On This Day - 23 February 1916
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)
Battle of Verdun: French evacuate Bois des Caures, Ornes and Samogneux. Germans claim 3,000 prisoners.
French regain part of trenches at Givenchy.
Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres
Russian capture of Erzerum relieves Egyptian front.
Naval and Overseas Operations
Portuguese seize German steamers in Tagus.
General Smuts arrives at Nairobi.
Lord Robert Cecil appointed Minister of Blockade.
Peace debate in Commons.