On This Day - 8 May 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

Battle of Verdun: Germans repulsed at Hill 304, severe fighting at Thiaumont Farm.

Anzacs in line in France.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Turks claim victory over Russians at Pirnakapan (Armenia).

Air raid on Port Said.

Naval and Overseas Operations

"Cymric" White Star liner, torpedoed in Atlantic.

German attack repulsed at Nhika (Portuguese East Africa).

Political, etc.

U.S.A. Note to Germany on submarine warfare.

Four more Irish rebels shot.


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