16 November 1916
- The first conscription ballot is held in New Zealand, following the passing of the Military Service Act on 1 August. Described by the New Zealand Truth as “the gamble in human life” and “an epoch making event in New Zealand’s history”, the ballot would result in 32,000 conscripts serving with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force alongside 72,000 volunteers.
- British forces on the Western Front extend their line eastwards from Beaucourt and retreat to the east of the Butte de Warlencourt
- French and German forces engage in heavy air fights near Amiens
- Romanian troops continue their retreat on the Eastern Front; severe fighting continues south-east of Tolgyes, and in the valleys of Aluta and Jiu
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