On This Day - 17 July 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 storm and capture German second line positions on front of 1,500 yards.  Take Waterlot Farm, east of Longueval; clear Ovillers of the remaining Germans.

French repulse attacks at Biaches and La Maisonette Farm.

Eastern Front

Russians make progress in the Carpathians.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

In Sinai Peninsula a Turkish and German force under von Kressenstein advances westward on Katiya.

Naval and Overseas Operations

British capture two German steamers on Lake Victoria Nyanza.

Political, etc.

Trade Unions recommend postponement of all holidays in connection with munitions production.

Daily cost of war, six millions.


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