On This Day - 17 August 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

Violent artillery fighting north and south of the Somme.

Determined German attack on broad front, north-west of Pozieres, beaten off.

Eastern Front

Strong enemy attacks beaten back by Russians on Zlota-Lipa (Galicia) front.

Southern Front

Lively and artillery action on upper and lower Isonzo.

Considerable activity along whole of Balkans front.

Political, etc.

Romania concludes agreement with Allies for intervention; favourable demonstration at Bucharest.


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