Diary for Friday, March 3, 1916:
Armenia: General Abatsiev’s 10,000 men capture Bitlis after surprise night bayonet charge in blizzard, taking 1,000 PoWs and 20 guns. 2 Russian battalions land at Atina to advance on Trebizond, 60 miles in the west, more land at Mapavri (night 6/7). General Lyakhov occupies Rize, port 30 miles from Trebizond (March 8), drives Turks beyond river Kalopotamus on March 9.
Mesopotamia: Gertrude Bell arrives at Basra to be Arab Bureau representative.
North Sea: First Royal Navy minelaying submarine E24 lays minefield close to Elbe, but lost on next sortie (March 21).