On This Day - 23 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

British advance towards Le Transloy capture 1,000 yards enemy trenches.

Weather breaks.

Aeroplane raid on Margate; two injured.

Eastern Front

In Predeal Pass (southern Transylvania) Romanian reverse, lose many prisoners.

Fall of Constanza, enemy in front of Cerna Voda.

Battle in Halicz dies down.

Germans claim total repulse of Russians from west bank of Narajowka.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Sir C. Dobell takes over command of Eastern (Sinai) force.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Severe fighting south-west of Iringa (East Africa).

British mine-sweeper "Genista", sunk, fighting.


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