On This Day - 16 September 1916

Spotlights over Paris Theatre definitions: Western Front comprises the Franco-German-Belgian front and any military action in Great Britain, Switzerland, Scandinavia and Holland.  Eastern Front comprises the German-Russian, Austro-Russian and Austro-Romanian fronts.  Southern Front comprises the Austro-Italian and Balkan (including Bulgaro-Romanian) fronts, and Dardanelles.  Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres comprises Egypt, Tripoli, the Sudan, Asia Minor (including Transcaucasia), Arabia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Persia, Afghanistan, Turkestan, China, India, etc.  Naval and Overseas Operations comprises operations on the seas (except where carried out in combination with troops on land) and in Colonial and Overseas theatres, America, etc.  Political, etc. comprises political and internal events in all countries, including Notes, speeches, diplomatic, financial, economic and domestic matters.  Source: Chronology of the War (1914-18, London; copyright expired)

Western Front

Somme near Courcelette the British front advanced 1,000 yards; "Danube" trench taken, and Mouquet farm (Thiepval) captured.

Eastern Front

Halicz front, Russians capture a position right bank of Zlota Lipa and many prisoners.

Along the Narajowka many Germans taken as well as Turks.

In the Dobruja, General Averesco (new Commander-in-Chief Romanian Army) arrives at front.

Romanians occupy Baraoltu dominating railway from Brasso to Foldvar (30 miles from Romanian frontier).

Naval and Overseas Operations

Lindi (port in southern German East Africa) occupied by British.

Political, etc.

Athens: New Cabinet formed, under M. Kalogeropoulos, expected to observe benevolent neutrality towards Entente.


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