On This Day - 25 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 attack between Haudromont Wood and Thiaumont Farm.

Southern Front

Infantry battle for Buole Pass (Trentino) begins and lasts six days.

Austrians take Bettale.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Two Italian battalions land at Moraisa (west of Sollum).

Naval and Overseas Operations

German retreat in German East Africa; British occupy Same, Rufu lager, Lembeni, and Ngulu.

Political, etc.

Military Service Act becomes law; Congratulatory message from the King.

Mr. Lloyd George undertakes settlement of the Irish question.


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