On This Day - 11 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)

Western Front

Belgian powder factory blown up near Havre, many lives lost.

Southern Front

Publication of Gallipoli casualties up to 11 December.

Bulgarians attack Anglo-French front at Furka (Macedonia) and lose 8,000 men.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

300 hostile Arabs encountered by reconnoitring force near Mersa Matruh (W. Eg.) and driven west with many casualties.

Russians occupy Hamadan (Persia); rebel strength 8,000 irregulars, 13,000 gendarmes, with rifles and machine guns.

Political, etc.

Great rush of recruits, last two days under the age group system.

Yuan Shih-kai accepts throne of China.


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