On This Day - 14 October 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

West of Belloy-en-Santerre (south of Somme) brilliant French attack on line of 1.25 miles, capture German first line, also Genermont, north-east of Ablaincourt.

French bombardment of Sailly-Saillisel (Bapume-Peronne road) commences.

Eastern Front

Enemy advance through Torzburg Pass and reach Rucar (six miles within Romania).

Frontier ridge at Predeal won by enemy and town burnt.

Romanians have now withdrawn from Transylvania, except in north-east corner.

Southern Front

General indecisive attack by Allies on main Bulgar line (Macedonian front).

End of offensive in Carso, Italians consolidate all positions, line advanced two miles; Italians claim 8,000 prisoners.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Russian submarine captures "Rodosto" Turk armed transport in Black Sea.


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