War Diary December 31, 1914

War Diary World War One for Thursday, December 31, 1914: Western Front Kitchener breakfasts with Field Marshal French, he and Joffre must ‘break the German line’ in next 5 weeks or else the new Armies may not come to Western… learn more

War Diary December 30, 1914

War Diary World War One for Wednesday, December 30, 1914: Western Front Flanders: Allies consolidate positions at Ypres. Champagne: French 33rd Division captures 300 yards of German trenches, but 34th Division pinned by German artillery, weather worsening. Eastern Front Poland:… learn more

War Diary December 29, 1914

War Diary World War One for Tuesday, December 29, 1914: Secret War Britain: Churchill in a letter to Asquith urges Royal Navy Baltic attack to land Russians for march on Berlin. And ‘are there not other alternatives than sending our… learn more

War Diary December 28, 1914

War Diary World War One for Monday, December 28, 1914: Western Front Sir J French proposes amalgamation of BEF and Belgian Army. Flanders: Allies recapture St Georges on river Yser and repel recovery attempts at next day. Artois: Non-stop rain… learn more

War Diary December 27, 1914

War Diary World War One for Sunday, December 27, 1914: Western Front Joffre and Field Marshall French confer at Chantilly. Artois: 10 Chasseurs de Alpins battalions capture 800 yards of Bavarian trenches at La Targette after 2­ hours artillery preparation.… learn more

War Diary December 26, 1914

War Diary World War One for Saturday, December 26, 1914: Western Front Artois: Petain (XXXIII Corps) reports on deep mud delaying advance, Tenth Army attack postponed. Argonne: Italian Legion, 4th Regiment of the Legion, first in action (until January 9,… learn more

War Diary December 25, 1914

War Diary World War One for Friday, December 25, 1914: Sea War North Sea – The Cuxhaven Raid: British seaplane carriers Empress, Engadine and Riviera launch 7 Short floatplanes against Nordholz Zeppelin sheds (not hit). Alternative targets bombed despite fog.… learn more

War Diary December 24, 1914

War Diary World War One for Thursday, December 24, 1914: Western Front Champagne: French 33rd Infantry Division clears Bois des Moutons with bayonet. Flanders: ­’CHRISTMAS TRUCE‘ (unofficial). Sniffily dismissed by British War Office as the ‘Fraternization episode’ Meuse: French gains… learn more

War Diary December 23, 1914

War Diary World War One for Wednesday, December 23, 1914: Middle East Armenia: Istomin’s brigade of 8,000 men forced by 3 Turk divisions of X Corps to abandon Olta in frontier salient, loses 750 PoWs and 6 guns, retreats 12… learn more

War Diary December 22, 1914

War Diary World War One for Tuesday, December 22, 1914: Western Front Flanders: British I Corps relieves Indian Corps and German pressure eases at Givenchy, lost trenches regained next day. Champagne: ­French I Corps gains ground near Beausejour Farm. African… learn more

War Diary December 21, 1914

War Diary World War One for Monday, December 21, 1914: Western Front Flanders: British 1st Division bolsters Indian Corps defending Givenchy sector. Aisne: French XXV Corps (Sixth Army) attacks vainly (and on December 25), facing German grenade attacks Middle East… learn more

War Diary December 20, 1914

War Diary World War One for Sunday, December 20, 1914: Secret War Western Front: 21 of 28 carrier pigeons sent from BEF GHQ to Belgium since November 2 have returned. Western Front Champagne – FIRST BATTLE OF CHAMPAGNE (‘Winter Battle… learn more