Timeline of September 1916

The Battle of the Somme. British reinforcements crossing the old German front line during the advance towards Flers on 15 September 1916. From the Ministry of Information First World War Official Collection at the Imperial War Museum, copyright image Q188,with my thanks.

The Battle of the Somme. British reinforcements crossing the old German front line during the advance towards Flers on 15 September 1916. From the Ministry of Information First World War Official Collection at the Imperial War Museum, copyright image Q188,with my thanks.

September 1916

DateEvents
1Bulgaria declares war on Rumania
1British and Russian governments conclude "Sykes-Picot" agreement for eventual partition of Asia Minor
1Compulsory Service Bill comes into operation in New Zealand
2German and Bulgarian forces invade Dobrudja, capture Silistra on 10 September
2German raid by 14 airships (the greatest number in a simultaneous attack) on London and other parts of England; SL11 brought down at Cuffley
3In Battle of Somme, new British attacks on German second defensive system at Guillemont as those at Delville Wood and Pozieres come to conclusion
4Dar-es-Salaam in German East Africa is surrendered to British forces
9British attacks at Ginchy in Battle of Somme
14Italians attack again as 7th Battle of the Isonzo begins; lassts four days
15First ever deployment of tanks as British Fourth Army launches large scale offensive on Somme, the Battle of Flers-Courcelette
17British naval force occupies Lindi on coast of East Africa
18Greek IV Corps surrenders voluntarily to Germans at Kavala
19Belgian forces capture Tabora, capital of German East Africa
19Allies begin naval blockade of Greek Macedonian coast between rivers Struma and Mesta
20Albanian government under Essad Pasha is established in Salonika
22Turkish garrison at Taif in the Hejaz surrenders to Arab forces
23170 casualties in airship raids on London and English east coast. L32 and L33 brought down in Essex.
24French aircraft bomb Krupp munitions works at Essen in Germany
26New phase of Battle of Somme begins: Battles of Morval and Thiepval. The latter is finally captured
26Battle of Sibiu commnes in Transylvania; after three days the city is captured by Austrian forces
29Venizelos and Condouritis announce new Greek Provisional Government in Crete, in opposition to government in Athens

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