On This Day - 20 December 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

Six German aeroplanes bomb La Panne, H.Q. of King and Queen of Belgians.

Eastern Front

General Russki invalided and relieved of command.

Southern Front

Successful evacuation Anzac and Suvla; Turks completely deceived.

Bulgar-Greeks collision at Koritza (north Epirus).

Diplomatic discussions Turkish forces: Dardanelles, 15 Divisions; Constantinople, 3; Adrianople, 6.

Italian troops at Durazzo, rallying point for Serbs.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Russians take Kum (Persia); German intrigue there stopped.

Turkish forces: Armenia 11 Divisions; Syria, 6 Divisions; Smyrna, 3 Divisions.

Political, etc.

Derby groups of single men called up.

German Government disavows its secret agents in U.S.A.

Gounarist majority at Greek elections; Venizelists did not vote.

Release of General de Wet (South Africa) on signing guarantee.

Mr. Lloyd George's speech on work Ministry Munitions inferior to Germans, skilled men wanted.


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