On This Day - 25 December 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

British take over more French line.

Eastern Front

Severe fighting west of Lower Sereth; Macin bridgehead attacked.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Armenian front: fighting round Van.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Combined offensive (in East Africa) by Generals Northey and van Deventer begins, pushing enemy east and south.

Political, etc.

King's Christmas message.

Tsar replies to German Peace overtures.

Premiers of self-governing Colonies and Indian representatives invited to War Conference.

Coalition Government formed in Romania, including M. Take Jonescu.


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