On This Day - 20 October 1914

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

Battle round Arras: fierce German attack repulsed.

Poelcapelle captured by the Germans.

Indian Expeditionary Force (Cavalry, Meerut and Lahore Division) reaches the front.

Heavy fighting near La Bassee.

Eastern Front

Poland: German attacks in front of Warsaw weakening: Russians begin to take the offensive.

Political, etc.

Germans report 149,000 French, 107,000 Russian, 32,000 Belgian, and 9,000 British prisoners.

British losses to date 57,000, including sick.


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