On This Day - 9 February 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

French regain part of trenches lost at Frise, and repulse Germans at Vimy Ridge.

Air raid on Margate and Broadstairs, three injured.

Germans' reserves estimated at 2,000,000.

Eastern Front

Severe fighting in Volhynia and Galicia.

Southern Front

Fortification of Monastir by Bulgaro-Germans reported.

Germans reported at Gevgeli.

Serbian Government set up at Corfu.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Major-General W. Peyton succeeds Major-General A. Wallace in command of western force, Egypt.

Naval and Overseas Operations

"Moewe" reported to have sunk five ships since 16 January.

Agreement between U.S.A. and Germany on the "Lusitania" case reported.

Political, etc.

Military Service Act comes into operation.

Extension of restrictions on lighting and on sale of sugar.

Greek neutrality re-affirmed.


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