On This Day - 24 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

Further British advance towards Thiepval (northern Somme).

Hard fighting east and north-east edge of Delville Wood, ground gained and prisoners taken.

German attacks west of Ginchy (Somme) driven off.

French capture whole of Maurepas and repulse violent German counter-attacks south of village.

Zeppelin raid on east and south-east coast, nine killed, forty injured.

Southern Front

Italian progress in Dolomites.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Mush (Armenia) recaptured by Russians and 2,300 prisoners taken on way to Mosul.

Naval and Overseas Operations

H.M.S. "Duke of Albany", boarding S.S., torpedoed and sunk.

Political, etc.

Conference at Calais on Franco-British war finance.


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