On This Day - 21 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

Northern Russia: Fighting south of Dvinsk.  Also on south Galician rivers.

In Dobruja, Russians drive Bulgars into Lake Ibolota (Babadagh).

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

British occupy El Arish.

Turkish base removed from Shumran to Baghela (Tigris); but shipping at latter bombed by British.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Two British T.B.D.'s sunk by collision in North Sea.

Political, etc.

Allies' new Note to Greece.

V. Spitzmuller (Austria) unable to form Cabinet; duty entrusted to Count Clam Martinic.


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