On This Day - 18 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

Zouaves recapture Les Chambrettes.

End of French offensive at Verdun.

Eastern Front

Russian position between Kovel and Lutsk restored.

Romanians and Russians retreat towards Sereth line.

Braila and Galatz threatened.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

British move round Sanna-i-Yat and reach Tigris above Kut, severing enemy's lateral communications and commanding river upstream of Khadairi Bend.

Political, etc.

German "Peace" Note of 12 December received at British and French Foreign Offices.

Italian Chamber declares solidarity with Allies.  Venizelos threatened with arrest for his Press articles.


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