Timeline of January 1916

The ruins of the Cloth Hall (Lakenhalle) and St Martin's Cathedral in Ypres, 23 January 1916. From the Royal Engineers Collection at the Imperial War Museum, copyright image Q29056,with my thanks.

The ruins of the Cloth Hall (Lakenhalle) and St Martin’s Cathedral in Ypres, 23 January 1916. From the Royal Engineers Collection at the Imperial War Museum, copyright image Q29056,with my thanks.

January 1916

DateEvents
1British forces capture Yaunde in the Cameroons
4Attempts begin to releieve besieged 6th (Poona) Division at Kut-al-Amara; last until April 1916
6HMS "King Edward VII" mined off north of Scotland
6Battle at Sheikh Sa'ad as British force tries to reach Kut
7British begin to evacuate Cape Helles at Gallipoli; ends 8 January
10Allied governments inform Greece of intention to move Serbian army to Corfu; next day Corfu is occupied by French force; Greeks refuse consent (13 Jan); Serbs begin to land (15 Jan)
10General Sir Archibald Murray takes command of Mediterranean Expeditionary Force
11Russian forces begin offensive towards Erzerum
12Armistice between Montenegro and Austria
13Turkish forces occupy Kermanshah in western Persia
14Battle at the Wadi as British force tries to reach Kut
14Lieut-Gen. Sir Percy Lake appointed Commander-in-Chief in Mesopotamia (takes command 19 Jan)
16French General Sarrail takes command of all Allied forces in Salonika
20Armistice between Montenegro and Austria ceases as talks break down
21Battle at the Hanna as British force tries to reach Kut
22Rumanian government begins negotaitions with Russians over military assistance
24British Parliament passes Military Service Act
29Last German airship raid on Paris
31General Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien resigns as Commander-in-Chief of British forces in East Africa
31German airship raid on England makes greatest westward penatration; 183 casualties

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