Timeline of February 1916

German Zeppelin LZ 77, which raided eastern England in 1915 and was shot down by anti-aircraft fire over Revigny in France on 21 February 1916. From the Airships British and German Collection at the Imperial War Museum, copyright image Q58481,with my thanks.

German Zeppelin LZ 77, which raided eastern England in 1915 and was shot down by anti-aircraft fire over Revigny in France on 21 February 1916. From the Airships British and German Collection at the Imperial War Museum, copyright image Q58481,with my thanks.

February 1916

DateEvents
2Bulgarian forces capture Elbasan in Albania
8British government requests naval assistance from Japan
10Military Service Act becomes law in Britain
10German government advises United States that all defensively armed merchant ships will be considered as belligerents from 1 March onwards; on 21 Februarys adds that they will be considered as cruisers
11HMS "Arethusa" mined in the North Sea
12Russian forces begin attack on Erzerum; capture it on 16 February
14Allied powers issue guarantee of eventual independence and indemnification of Belgium
15Fifth Battle of the Isonzo begins
15British government reaches agreement with chieftains of Bakhtaria for co-operation in protection of Persian oilfields
16War Office takes over responsibility for air defence of London and rest of Britain from the Admiralty
16War Office takes over responsibility for operations in Mesopotamia from India Office
17Last of German forces quit southern Cameroons for internment in Spanish territory; next day, the last German post, Mora, surenders to the British
19Lieut-Gen. Smuts succeeds Tighe in command of British forces in East Africa
21Germans begin major offensive against French at Verdun
22Lieut-Gen. Sir George Fowke appointed Adjutant-General of BEF (replaced Macready)
23Portuguese government seizes German steamers in the River Tagus
25German forces capture key French position at Fort Douaumont
26British Western Frontier Force defeats Senussi in action at Agagiya in western Egypt
26Russian forces occupy Kermanshah in western Persia
27Austrian force captures Durazzo from Italians
28First elements of long-range British air bombing squadron formed
29In a small North Sea battle, German cruiser SMS "Greif" and British cruiser HMS "Alcantara" sink each other

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