On This Day - 3 August 1914

Spotlights over Paris Theatre definitions: Western Front comprises the Franco-German-Belgian front and any military action in Great Britain, Switzerland, Scandinavia and Holland.  Eastern Front comprises the German-Russian, Austro-Russian and Austro-Romanian fronts.  Southern Front comprises the Austro-Italian and Balkan (including Bulgaro-Romanian) fronts, and Dardanelles.  Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres comprises Egypt, Tripoli, the Sudan, Asia Minor (including Transcaucasia), Arabia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Persia, Afghanistan, Turkestan, China, India, etc.  Naval and Overseas Operations comprises operations on the seas (except where carried out in combination with troops on land) and in Colonial and Overseas theatres, America, etc.  Political, etc. comprises political and internal events in all countries, including Notes, speeches, diplomatic, financial, economic and domestic matters.  Source: Chronology of the War (1914-18, London; copyright expired)

Countdown to War

Belgian answer to German Note, refusing demands, 7 a.m.  King of Belgians appeals to King George for diplomatic intervention to safeguard Belgian integrity.

Luneville bombed by German airmen.

Skirmish between outposts near Libau.

Grand Duke Nicholas proclaimed Generalissimo of Russian forces.

German reports - proved untrue - as to French officers in Belgium and French aviators over Karlsruhe, Nurnberg, etc.

Germany declares war on France.

Order for British mobilisation.

Sir Edward Grey speaks in House of Commons.


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