Reading the local newspapers at the end of 1916 would lead you to believe the war was in a quiet phase.
In France, it probably was, with some shelling and minor actions in the Somme and Verdun areas. The battle of Verdun, which cost so many French and German lives, is considered to have ended Dec. 18. Between February and December, the French lost between 156,000 and 162,000 men, while German losses are estimated at 143,000 .
But there was some heavy fighting going on, especially in Lithuania and elsewhere on the Eastern Front and in the Middle East, where the British were having success against the Ottoman Empire in the Sinai peninsula. Small reports from Eastern Europe made the news, but there was nothing from the Sinai.