On This Day - 25 August 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)
Retreat from Mons; rearguard action at Landrecies; Line of Le Cateau-Esnes occupied.
Germans take Sedan; Maubeuge invested; Mulhausen again evacuated by the French.
Last Namur fort silenced.
Poland: Austrian First Army defeats Russians at Krasnik and advances towards Lyublin.
Serbia: End of First Austrian invasion; complete defeat of the Austrians with heavy losses.
Naval and Overseas Operations
Cameroons: Tepe occupied by the Allies.
Austria-Hungary declares war on Japan.
Lord Kitchener's first speech as Secretary of State for War.