On This Day - 19 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: Germans take a work south of Hill 287.

German air raid on coast of Kent; 1 killed, 2 injured; one German seaplane destroyed off Belgian Coast.

Southern Front

Italians retreat from Monte Toraro-Monte Campolon-Spitz Tonezza line (Trentino).

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Turks evacuate Es Sinn position on right bank (Tigris).

Political, etc.

Evidence of Mr. Birrell before Irish Commission.


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