War Diary November 4, 1914

German Schutztruppe in East Africa

The German ‘Schutztruppe’ in East Africa in combat.

War Diary of World War One for Wednesday, November 4, 1914:

African Fronts

East Africa: IE ‘B’ (517 casualties) repulsed by Lettow’s 1,000 men (148 casualties) flank counter-attack after Lettow’s bicycle recce (bees halt fighting).
Cameroons­: 120 French repulsed from Mora in north until next day.

Western Front

Flanders: Allies temporarily recover Lombartzyde. BEF 1 st Division now has only 3,583 men infantry left. Captain A O’Neill of Military Police with BEF, first MP (of 22) to be killed.

Eastern Front

Galicia: Austrians beaten at Jaroslav; 19,000 PoWs and 40 guns lost in 12 days.

Southern Fronts

Serbia: Austrians attack from Sabac and also cross Savaat Mishar (night November 4-5).

Middle East

Armenia: Russians occupy Diyadin and up to 17 miles over the frontier.


Persia refuses to join Turkey against the Allies.

Sea War

Atlantic: British Admiralty orders Rear-Admiral Sturdee with battlecruisers Invincible and Inflexible to proceed secretly to South Atlantic to intercept von Spee’s squadron. They sail from Devonport on November 11.
Channel: Old turret ship Hood scuttled to fill gap in Portland harbour‘s defences.
Caribbean: German light cruiser Karlsruhe, having sunk 15 British ships, sunk by internal explosion (unstable cordite), 200 miles northeast of Trinidad. Royal Navy do not know until January 1915.


USA: National City Bank loans $10 millions short-term credit to France.

Home Fronts

Britain: Gold reserves nearly £69 billions. King and Queen plus Kitchener inspect CEF.

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