Timeline of December 1914

Belgian machine gunners with their dog-drawn gun carriages on the Western Front on 5 December 1914. Image Q 53452 from the Sport & General Press Agency collection held by the Imperial War Museum, with my thanks.

Belgian machine gunners with their dog-drawn gun carriages on the Western Front on 5 December 1914. Image Q 53452 from the Sport & General Press Agency collection held by the Imperial War Museum, with my thanks.

December 1914

DateEvents
1First Australian and New Zealand units arrive at Suez in Egypt
4Fighting begins at Qurna in Mesopotamia
4Portuguese Expeditionary Force leaves home for service in Angola
8Naval battle of the Falklands: Royal Navy destroys Admiral von Spee's squadron
10Field Marshal von der Goltz leaves Germany to take command of Turkish Army
13British submarine B-11 sinks Turkish battleship "Messoudieh" in the Dardanelles
14First of several minor British attacks on Wytschaete-Messines-Ploegstreet front: all fail with heavy losses
15German airship sighted off East coast of England
16German battle cruisers bombard Scarborough and Hartlepool
18Britain proclaims Egypt as a Protectorate
19Britain proclaims Prince Hussein Kemal Pasha as Sultan of Egypt
20German attack on Givenchy is beaten off by Indian Corps
21First German air raid on England. Aeroplane dromps bombs in sea off Dover
21British force occupies Jasin in East Africa
24Second German air raid results in dropping of first aerial bomb on English soil, near Dover
24Unofficial and localised truces begin at locations along Western Front
25British seaplane air raid on Cuxhaven
28End of organised rebellion in South Africa
30Russian Grand Duke Nicholas suggests British military operations against Turks to ease situation in Caucasus
30Indian Expeditionary Force "C" in East Africa absorbed into Indian Expeditionary Force "B"

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