On This Day - 8 December 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

Long-distance bombardment of Fumes by the Germans.

Southern Front

Austrians completely defeated south of Belgrade (Battle of Rudnik Ridges).

Naval and Overseas Operations

South Africa: Collapse of rebellion; 1,200 rebels surrender.

Battle of Falkland Islands, Admiral Sturdee sinks most of German squadron.

Political, etc.

Great Britain: Trial of Ahlers for high-treason commenced.


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