On This Day - 27 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

British fall back from St. Quentin.

Lille and Mezieres occupied by the Germans.

Namur: Last of the forts reduced.

Ostend occupied by mixed British force (Marines, etc.).

Eastern Front

Galicia: Russians capture Halicz and Tarnopol.

Naval and Overseas Operations

"Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse" sunk by H.M.S. "Highflyer".

"Magdeburg", German cruiser, destroyed in Gulf of Finland.

Political, etc.

France: M. Viviani's Ministry reconstructed: entry of MM. Millerand (War) and Delcasse (Foreign Affairs).


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