On This Day - 16 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)

Southern Front

Austrian advance checked at Zugna Torta.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Russian advance on Mosul.

Anzacs storm Turkish camp at Bayud (Sinai).

Naval and Overseas Operations

Dutch S.S. "Batavier V." blown up in North Sea.

British destroyers and monitors engage German destroyers on Belgian coast.

Russian submarine torpedoes three German ships off Sweden.

Political, etc.

Military Service Bill (extending compulsion to married men) passes the House of Commons.


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