Timeline of December 1915

The British hospital ship "Braemar Castle" at Salonika, Greece, on 14 December 1915. From the French First Wold War Official Exchange Collection  at the Imperial War Museum, copyright image Q48891,with my thanks. Built in Glasgow 1898 as a passenger ship for the Castle Line, she saw service in the Boer War as well as WW1.

The British hospital ship "Braemar Castle" at Salonika, Greece, on 14 December 1915. From the French First Wold War Official Exchange Collection at the Imperial War Museum, copyright image Q48891,with my thanks. Built in Glasgow 1898 as a passenger ship for the Castle Line, she saw service in the Boer War as well as WW1.

December 1915

DateEvents
2Bulgarian forces capture Monastir in Serbia
36th (Poona) Division, retreating from defeat at Ctesiphon in November, reaches Kut-al-Amara. The town is placed in a state of defence but by 7 December the garrison is besieged by Turkish forces
7Fighting at Kosturino in Salonika theatre; British begin a retreat
8British forces at Anzac and Suvla areas of Gallipoli are ordered to evacuate; begins on 19 December
11Bulgarian forces capture Doiran and Gevgeli in southern Serbia
14Hamadain in western Persia is occupied by Russian troops
15Last Allied forces in Macedonia withdraw into Greek territory
15Qasr-i-Shirin in western Persia is occupied by Turkish troops
15Field Marshal Sir John French resigns as Commander-in-Chief of British armies in France and Flanders
17Russian mines sink German light cruiser "Bremen" in the Baltic
19General Sir Douglas Haig appointed as Commander-in-Chief of British armies in France and Flanders
20Italian forces occupy Durazzo
22Lieut-Gen L. E. Kiggell succeeds Sir William Robertson as Chief of the General Staff to BEF
22Lieut-Gen. Sir A. J. Murray resigns as Chief of the Imperial General Staff. He is succeeded next day by Lieut-Gen. Sir William Robertson
23British begin naval operations on Lake Tanganyika
25Turkish forces attack besieged 6th (Poona) Division at Kut-al-Amara
26German surface raider "Moewe" makes first sortie from Bremen
26British government concludes treaty with Ibn Sa'ud, Emir of Nejd
28British and Indian force at Cape Helles is ordered to evacuate Gallipoli
29Draft rules are approved for Inter-Allied War Council
30Consuls of Central Power nations are arested at Salonika and deported
301905 armoured cruiser HMS "Natal" is destroyed in Cromarty Firth as result of series of internal explosions at 3.25pm. Around 400 dead
31Last units of Indian Expeditionary Force "G" leave Dardanelles bound for Egypt

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