On This Day - 5 September 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

Retirement of British and French forces ceases.

Battle of the Ourcq (Maunoury's 6th Army) begins at mid-day.

Reims and Pont-a-Mousson occupied by the Germans.

Eastern Front

Poland: Austrians defeated by Russians at Tomashov.

Naval and Overseas Operations

East Africa: Germans attack Abercorn.

H.M.S. "Pathfinder" sunk by German submarine.

Wilson liner "Runo" blown up by a mine.

Political, etc.

Agreement of London: Great Britain, France, and Russia pledge themselves to make no separate peace.


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