On This Day - 16 January 1918

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

Successful French raid south-east Verdun.

British again bomb Metz.

Eastern Front

Settlement in principle arrives at between Central Powers and Ukraine.

Southern Front

Austrians attack on Italian positions at Cape Sile (lower Piave) repulsed with heavy loss.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Hospital ship "Rewa": Spanish Commissioner guarantees all conditions were observed.

Political, etc.

U.S.A. publishes documents referring to Caillaux case.

Prussian Finance Minister Hergt declares sufficient American troops cannot reach Europe.

Committee of Enquiry into expenditure of Government Departments announced.


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