On This Day - 20 April 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

Germans bombard Reims and Ypres.

Germans retake Embermenil (Lorraine).

Eastern Front

Austrians repulsed near Gorlitse.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Turks lay siege to Van (Armenia).

Naval and Overseas Operations

Union forces defeat the Germans at Kebus (north of Keetmanshoop).

Anglo-French troops take Mandera (Cameroons).

Political, etc.

Mr. Asquith at Newcastle denies that military operations have been hampered by lack of munitions.

Correspondence between Great Britain and U.S.A. on the "Peklat" case published.

President Wilson announces that U.S.A. hopes to share in restoration of peace.


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