On This Day - 20 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: French regain ground near Mort Homme and south of Douaumont.

Russian troops arrive at Marseilles.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Russians take Turkish positions in Bitlis region.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Disguised German warship "Aud" sunk while trying to land arms on Irish coast.

Political, etc.

New Volunteer regulations issued.

Manpower proposals to submitted to secret session of both Houses.

Sir Roger Casement lands in Ireland and is arrested.


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