On This Day - 16 April 1915

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

Germans repulsed at Notre Dame de Lorette.

French airships bomb Strasbourg and other German towns.

Zeppelin raid on East Anglia: aeroplane bombs Faversham and Sittingbourne.

Eastern Front

Russians capture two heights south-west of Rosztoki Pass (Carpathians).

Southern Front

Allied fleets bombard Enos.

Albanian rebels bombard Durazzo.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Turks reach Urumia (north-west Persia).

Naval and Overseas Operations

French cruiser bombards El Arish.

British transport "Manitou" sunk by Turkish torpedo-boat destroyer.  51 lost.

Political, etc.

British apology to Chile for sinking of the "Dresden" in Chilean waters published.

Austria declares that the Italian proposals are in the main unacceptable.

Sinking of "Katwyk" by German submarine causes excitement in Holland.


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