On This Day - 26 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

General Joffre created a Marshal of France.

Eastern Front

Heavy shelling of Russian positions in Galicia.

Severe fighting along whole Romanian front.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Mesopotamia: Weather broken; operations much hindered.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Naval aeroplanes bomb Turkish camps at Galata (Dardanelles).

Naval air-raid on Zeebrugge.

Political, etc.

Germany's reply to President Wilson's Note of 20 December handed to U.S.A. at Berlin.

Austria-Hungary delivers similar reply.


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