On This Day - 19 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)

Eastern Front

Enemy's advance from the west checked 30 miles from Braila.

Russians in the Dobruja fall back towards Braila.

Political, etc.

Mr. Lloyd George's first speech as Premier on Government control of Shipping, National Service, etc.

German assurance given re: Captain Blaikie.

British Government prepared to recognise agents of Venizelist (National) Government.

Greek Government protests re: Venizelist occupation of islands under Allies' protection.

British safe conduct granted to Austria-Hungary Ambassador (Count Tarnowski) from U.S.A.


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