On This Day - 17 April 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

Battle of Verdun: Germans repulsed at Douaumont, but gain footing in Bois de Chaudfour salient.

Southern Front

Italians blow up Col di Lana and take west part of Monte Ancona (Dol.).

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Russians occupy Surmeneh and reach Assene Kalessi (Armenia).

British take Beit Aiessa (Mesopotamia).

Naval and Overseas Operations

Germans in force at Kondoa Irangi (German East Africa).

Political, etc.

Committee appointed to investigate recruiting.

Italy prohibits trading with Germany.


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