On This Day - 16 December 1918

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)

Eastern Front

Announced that British squadron in Gulf of Finland had bombarded Bolshevik position at Wesenberg (Estonia), but that the Bolsheviks continue to advance near Pskov.

Bolshevik reverse north of Ekaterinburg (Urals).

Southern Front

Marshal Mackensen and his force surrender to the Hungarians near Budapest.

Political, etc.

Imperial Conference of Workers' and Soldiers' Council opens at Berlin.


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