On This Day - 5 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)

Eastern Front

Enemy counter-attacks in Carpathians.

Mackensen's demand for surrender of Bucharest refused; enemy advancing on Ploeshti (oilfields); Romanians abandon Predeal Pass; their Orsova rearguard gives battle on the Aluta.

Southern Front

Greece: Much unrest at Athens, but comparative order.  Reservists concerned in attack dismissed.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Reported advance of Turks in Arabia to Yanbu Port.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Portuguese invested by Germans at Newala escape over Rovuma River to Nangadi.

Political, etc.

Resignation of Mr. Asquith, preceded by that of Mr. Lloyd George.

Allies associate themselves with Belgian protest against German slave raids in Belgium.


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