On This Day - 18 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

British advance from Pozieres to Somme; ground gained towards Ginchy and Guillemont.

French gain part of Maurepas and extend their gains south-east.

Violent German counter-attacks north of Maurepas beaten back by French.

French take the whole of Fleury (Verdun) and make progress at Thiaumont.

Southern Front

Bulgarians having advanced through East Macedonia, occupy several Greek forts.

Naval and Overseas Operations

General Northey occupied Lupembe (East Africa).


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