On This Day - 19 February 1915

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

French make a little progress at Les Eparges (east of Verdun).

Heavy fighting in the Vosges; Germans take the Reichsackerkopf and occupy Metzeral and Sondernach.

Eastern Front

Russian counter-offensive on East Prussian frontier.

Sorties at Przemsyl repulsed.

Austrian offensive on Dunajec checked after slight advance.

Russian retreat near Nadworna.

Southern Front

Bombardment of forts at entrance to Dardanelles by five British and three French battleships and battle-cruisers.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Norwegian S.S. "Belridge" torpedoed in Channel, but not sunk.

Political, etc.

Memoranda published by British Government in reply to U.S.A. Notes about the neutral flag and S.S. "Wilhelmina".


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