On This Day - 18 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

Indian troops begin an attack on the Germans round Givenchy (La Bassee); a five days' battle commenced.

French pressure towards Peronne.

Eastern Front

Galicia: Austrians recover Lupkow Pass over the Carpathians.

Naval and Overseas Operations

German cruiser "Friedrich Karl" reported lost in Baltic.

Political, etc.

Egypt: Hussein I proclaimed Sultan.

Meeting of three Scandinavian Kings at Malmo.

Great Britain: Conviction of Ahlers quashed.


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