Timeline of May 1916

Australian pioneers at work behind the lines near Fleurbaix in May 1916. From the Ministry of Information First World War Official Collection at the Imperial War Museum, copyright image Q577,with my thanks.

Australian pioneers at work behind the lines near Fleurbaix in May 1916. From the Ministry of Information First World War Official Collection at the Imperial War Museum, copyright image Q577,with my thanks.

May 1916

DateEvents
1Leaders of rebellion in Ireland surrender to British forces: three are executed on 3 May
5German airship LZ85 downed by British guns at Salonika
9British and French givernments conclude "Sykes-Picot" agreement regarding eventual partition of Asia Minor
14Austrian forces begin a new offensive against Italy in the Trentino
15Allies begin blockade of Hejaz coast to assist Arab revolt under Sherif of Mecca
15In northern Mesopotamia, Russian forces occupy Rowanduz and Kahniqin; next day a detachment of Cossacks reaches contact with British force on River Tigris
16British government passes extension to Military Service Act, bringing married men into scope for conscription: becomes law on 25 May
19Turkish force evacuates Es Sinn and withdraws to Kut-al-Amara
25British forces in Nyasaland and Northern Rhodesia begin advance into German East Africa
26German and Bulgarian force occupied Fort Rupel on Greek border with Macedonia; Allied governments protest to Greece on 31 May
31British and German fleets clash in Battle of Jutland in the North Sea

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