On This Day - 16 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)

Southern Front

Montenegrin troops land in Corfu.

Bulgaro-Austrian advance on Durazzo.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Russians take Erzerum; nearly 13,000 prisoners and 323 guns.

Arabs desert from Turkish army in large numbers.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Conquest of Cameroons practically completed.

Political, etc.

Air debate in House of Commons.

U.S. refuses German proposals on the "Lusitania" question.

Entente renews pledges to Belgium.


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