On This Day - 8 October 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

North and east of Courcelette, British line advanced, enemy attack Schwaben Redoubt and regain some trenches.

Eastern Front

Germans occupy island in Danube near Ruschuk.

Southern Front

Artillery activity on whole Italian front.

Italians inflict heavy losses on Busa Alta.

Serbs occupy the Dobropolye summit (east of Kaymakachlan).

Naval and Overseas Operations

Enemy submarine, U.53, outside Newport, Rhode Island, eight vessels sunk.

Atlantic Ports International.  Merc. Marine orders no vessels to sail pending instructions.


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