On This Day - 16 August 1917

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

Allies attack on mine-mile front north of Ypres-Menin road, crossing Steenbeek River, and capturing all objectives.  British carry Langemarck, and establish positions 0.5 mile beyond; on high ground north of Menin Road Germans press back British from ground won earlier in the day.

French advance on Craonne ridge.

Eastern Front

Russo-Romanian army still retreating before Mackensen's offensive up Sereth valley.  Baltareta bridgehead lost.

In Ocna region enemy take offensive, also in Susitsa valley.

Romanians hold their ground.

Naval and Overseas Operations

British and German destroyers in action in Bight of Heligoland.

Political, etc.

Mr. Lloyd George on shipping losses.


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