On This Day - 5 April 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 occupy Haucourt; attack on Bethincourt breaks down.

Zeppelin raid on north-east coast: 1 killed, 9 injured.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

British take Um-el-Hanna and Falahiya position (Mesopotamia), and positions on right bank of Tigris.

Sir J. Nixon's Mesopotamian despatch of 1 January 1916 published.

Naval and Overseas Operations

"Breslau" aids Turks near Trebizond.

Political, etc.

List of certified trades under Military Service Act revised.

"Military Medal" instituted.

General Morone becomes Minister of War in Italy.


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