On This Day - 23 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

Belgians cross the Yser and establish themselves on right bank of Dixmude.

Eastern Front

Poland: Germans succeed in crossing the Bzura at two points.

Galicia: Russians compelled to raise the siege of Cracow.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Egypt: Arrival of Australian and New Zealand troops at Cairo.

Political, etc.

Germany: Captain of the "Yorck" sentenced to two years' detention for loss of ship.


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