On This Day - 8 December 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)

Eastern Front

Heavy fighting in Galicia, in south of Bukovina, and on Moldavian frontier.

Romanian force retiring on Bucharest from Sinaia captured at Ploeshti.

Murman railway opened.

Southern Front

Allied Colonies leaving Athens.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Greek Blockade effective from 8 a.m.

Portuguese retire from Nangadi (East Africa); Germans occupy it.

Italian battleship "Regina Margherita" blown up on Italian minefield.

Political, etc.

Allies demand explanation of Greek troops concentrated round Athens.


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