On This Day - 24 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

Verdun front: French attack on line of half-mile; recapture village and fort of Douaumont and quarries at Haudromont, take 4,500 prisoners (French Army now back to positions held by it in May).

Eastern Front

Enemy advances Torzburg region; fighting near Campulung.

In Dobruja, Mackensen advancing north and north-west of Constanza, reaches Mejidia (on Danube-Black Sea railway); enemy claims 6,700 prisoners.

Southern Front

Serbs take heights on left bank Cherna.  To the west communications established between Italians (at Koritsa) and the French (south-west of L. Prespa).


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