On This Day - 9 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 gain footing on Hill 295, but fail in attack on 12-mile front west of Meuse.

Recapture of mine crater at St. Eloi by British reported.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

British attack on main Turkish position at Sanna-i-Yat (Mesopotamia) fails.

Abiad (Darfur) occupied.

Political, etc.

Greco-Bulgarian frontier closed to passenger traffic, mails for Bulgaria and Turkey continue.


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