On This Day - 5 December 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)

Eastern Front

Russian front at Dvinsk bombarded.

Germans report collapse Russian attack near Lake Babit, west of Riga.

Southern Front

Monastir evacuated by General Vassich.

Bulgar attack on French bridgehead at Demir Kapu (Vardar river) repulsed.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Siege of Kut begins; four Turk divisions, under Nur-ed-Din, surround town.

Naval and Overseas Operations

French submarine "Fresnel" sunk by Austrian mineship off Albania.

U.S. ship "Petrolite" attack by Austrian submarine.

Political, etc.

King Constantine's statement to "Times" correspondent.

10,000 Mohammedans in India protest against demanding political concessions in hour of Empire's danger.


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