On This Day - 7 May 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 fall back to the Vistok, and retreat in the Carpathians.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theatres

Massacres of Christians in Ottoman Empire.

Naval and Overseas Operations

"Lusitania" torpedoed off south-west coast of Ireland; 1,198 men, women, and children drowned, including 124 U.S. citizens.

Political, etc.

Japan presents an ultimatum to China.

Sir Edward Grey sends a message to the Ottoman Government as to the placing of allied citizens in the danger zone.


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