On This Day - 20 August 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)

Eastern Front

Russians evacuate Byelostok; enemy occupies Byelsk (north of Brest).

Southern Front

Topkaneh (Arsenal at Constantinople) bombed by Russian aviators.

Naval and Overseas Operations

Naval battle of Riga continues.

German Fleet penetrates Gulf.

Political, etc.

Italy declares war on Turkey.

Second reading of War Loan Bill in Reichstag.  1,000,000,000 marks voted.


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