Strategies 1916

The year opened with the Central Powers and the Allies at approximately equal strength. The manpower drain in France was serious. Britain was on the verge of introducing compulsory military service to fill its expanding armies. Unrest in Ireland was approaching rebellion. Russia, with more than sufficient manpower, hoped for time to reorganise. In an Allied conference at Chantilly in December 1915, Britain, Russia, Italy, and Romania agreed that co-ordinated offensives would be launched on the western, eastern, and Italian fronts, probably about June, when Russia would be ready.

Now all roads lead to France
And heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead
Returning lightly dance.