On This Day - 9 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

Continuous fighting throughout Russian southern front.

Germans claim capture since 1 December of 70,000 Romanian prisoners and 184 guns.

Southern Front

Bulgarians cross Danube near Silistria and Tutrakan, capturing towns on left bank.

Fighting near Monastir.

Turks posts taken south of Seres.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Distress caused in Canary Islands by German blockade.

Political, etc.

British and U.S.A. Ministers have audience of King Constantine.

Formation of New War Cabinet and three new Ministries, and list of New Government.


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