On This Day - 31 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 gas attacks at Arras and Armentieres.

Heavy German attacks between Ginchy and Bois Foureaux.

Eastern Front

Fighting at Halicz and east of Lemberg; many prisoners taken in Lutsk area by Russians.

Southern Front

Buk (north-east Drama, Macedonia) air raid on bridges.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

British cars raid and capture Senussi convoy 20 miles north-west of Jaghbub (Tripoli).

Political, etc.

Canadian casualties to date (published 22 September 1916): 8,644 killed (or died), 27,212 wounded, 2,005 missing.


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