On This Day - 5 November 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

French occupy whole of Vaux.

Somme front north: British progress and retreat near Butte de Warlencourt; attack on Le Transloy.

French capture most of Saillisel and attack St. Pierre Vaast Wood.

Eastern Front

Enemy success south-west of Predeal and south-east of Roter Turm Passes.

Naval and Overseas Operations

German battleship torpedoed by British submarine in North Sea.

Political, etc.

Germany and Austria announce Poland to be established as independent State (but keep a tight hand on her).


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