On This Day - 8 March 1915

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

Local attack by Germans, after heavy bombardment, fails at Dixmude.

Eastern Front

Severe fighting on whole front north of Vistula.

Fighting goes in favour of Russians round Osovyets.

Despite heavy losses, Austrians continue to attack at Baligrod.

Russians checked at Kosziowa (southern Carpathians), but retain positions by a counter-attack.

Southern Front

Dardanelles: Operations hindered by bad weather.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Heraclea (Eregli) (Asia Minor) and neighbouring coast bombarded by Russian Black Sea fleet.

Ostend bombed.

Political, etc.

Greece: M. Zaimis having refused to form a ministry, King Constantine summons M. Gounaris who forms a cabinet.

In a council at Vienna, the Emperor Francis Joseph accepts the principle of a rectification of frontiers in favour of Italy.


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