On This Day - 18 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)

Western Front

Battle of Verdun: German attacks repulsed at Hill 304 and in Avocourt Wood.

Southern Front

Italians evacuate Zugna Torta and retire from Monte Maggio-Seglio d'Aspio (Trentino).

Naval and Overseas Operations

British advance in Para and Usambara districts (German East Africa).

British bombard El Arish (northern Sinai).

Political, etc.

Royal Commissions on Irish rebellion opens.

Mr. Balfour makes a statement on sea power.


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