On This Day - 27 July 1914
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)
Countdown to War
Tsar wires to Belgrade that Russia cannot be indifferent to fate of Serbia: Russia still conciliatory: proposes to Vienna conversations re: Serbia.
Germany says she knows nothing of proposed Conference, but has taken mediatory steps. (No record of these.)
Dispersal of British Fleet countermanded at instance of Admiral Prince Louis of Battenberg. Statement by Sir Edward Grey in House of Commons. Austria says proposal of mediation or Conference too late.