On This Day - 6 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)

Western Front

Germans gain footing in salient, Hill 304 (Verdun).

Eastern Front

Fighting in Volhynia, west of Lutsk, round Tarnopol and Stanislau (Galicia) and round Dorna Vatra (Bukovina).

Fall of Bucharest, Ploeshti and Sinaia.

Orsova rear-guard on the Aluta capitulates (with 8,000 men).

Southern Front

Enemy activity on the Carso checked.

Reciprocal air attacks on Trieste and Aquileia (Isonzo mouth).

Hard fighting round Monastir.

Royalists at Athens in control.  British legation prepares to leave.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Further German attacks on Kibata (East Africa) repelled 7-15 December.

Political, etc.

Cabinet Crisis: Mr. Lloyd George asked to form administration.

Greek Provisional Government at Salonika denounces Royalist Government at Athens as unrepresentative.

Board of Agriculture given powers to acquire land.


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