On This Day - 24 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)

Western Front

General Retreat from the Line of the Sambre and the Meuse; British fall back from Mons; Germans massacre civilians at Dinant and occupy Tournai, but driven from Malines; French offensive north of Nancy.

Eastern Front

Russians advancing in East Prussia.

Austrians advance in Poland beyond Kyeltsi.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Cattaro, Austrian Adriatic port, bombarded by Franco-British fleet.


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