On This Day - 26 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: Germans capture Fort Douaumont: French save the situation by a counter-attack and repulse Germans at Poivre Hill.
Activity on Italian front: indecisive results.
Italians leave Durazzo.
Serbians, Montenegrins and Albanians withdraw from Albania.
Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres
Russians occupy Ashkala (Armenia).
Senussi attacked and defeated by Brigadier-General Lukin near Agagia (Barani, Egypt).
Charge of Dorset Yeomanry; Gaafer Pasha, prisoner.
Naval and Overseas Operations
French transport, "Provence II" torpedoed in Mediterranean (930 lost).
Taxation of war profits in Germany ordered.