On This Day - 20 December 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

Battle of Givenchy continued.

Furious German attacks on Indian troops.

Eastern Front

Poland: Russians holding the Bzura against heavy German assaults.

Galicia: Russians begin to counter-attack and to recover the Carpathian Passes.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Armenia: Russians defeat the Turks near Lake Van.

Naval and Overseas Operations

South Africa: Captain Fourie shot; his brother's sentence commuted.


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