Timeline of October 1915

Canadian infantry in a front line breastwork in Ploegsteert Wood in October 1915. From the Royal Engineers Collection at the Imperial War Museum, copyright image Q29024, with my thanks.

Canadian infantry in a front line breastwork in Ploegsteert Wood in October 1915. From the Royal Engineers Collection at the Imperial War Museum, copyright image Q29024, with my thanks.

October 1915

DateEvents
2Greek Premier Venizelos asks British and French to land troops at Salonika as soon as possible
3Allied troops begin arriving off Salonika: Greek government protests
3"Livonia" becomes first German merchant ship sunk (in Baltic) by British submarine
4Entente Powers send ultimatum to Bulgaria: Russia also severs diplomatic relations with Bulgaria (5 Oct)
5Allied troops begin landing at Salonika. King Constantine refuses to support the policy of his Premier; Venizelos resigns
6Austrian-German invasion of Serbia begins
6King Constantine of Greece assures Britain that his country will remain neutral, but nonetheless Greek mobilisation proceeds
8New Greek government, with Zaimis as new Premier, confims position of neutrality
9Austrian forces capture Belgrade
9Fighting again at Hafiz Kor on North West frontier of India
10Greek government rejects Serbian plea for help against invasion
11Bulgarian forces commence hostilities against Serbia
12British nurse Edith Cavell executed by Germans after court-martial
13Airship raid on East coast of England causes 200 casualties
13Last large scale attack in Battle of Loos(against the Hohenzollern Redoubt)
13French forces commence hostilities against Bulgarians in Macedonia
14Bulgaria and Serbia declare war on each other
15Britain declares state of war with Bulgaria, as does Montenegro
15Rumanian government refuses assistance for Serbia
15Bulgarian forces capture Vranje in Serbia
15Gen. Sir Charles Munro appointed to succeed Ian Hamilton as Commnedr-in-Chief of Mediterranean Expeditionary Force: takes command 28 Oct
16France declares state of war with Bulgaria
16British government offers Cyprus to Greece is she will support Serbia: Greeks reject this (20 Oct)
16Allies begin naval blockade of Aegean coast of Bulgaria
18Third Battle of the Isonzo begins
19Bulgarian forces capture Ishtip in Serbia
19Russia and italy declare war on Bulgaria
21Allied naval squadron bombards Dedeagatch in Bulgaria
21Bulgarian forces capture Veles in Serbia
22Bulgarian forces capture Kumanovo and Skopje (Uskub) in Macedonia
24British letter to Sherif of Mecca defines boundaries of proposed Arab state
29Viviani resigns as French Premier, as does Minister for War Millerand
30Briand now French Premier and Gallieni is Minister for War
30In Cameroons, Allies begin third attack on Mora
30Last meeting of Dardanelles Committee of British Cabinet as decisions are taken to wind down Gallipoli campaign

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