Timeline of September 1914

Scene of one of the most dramatic moments of the First World War. The right flank of General von Kluck's German First Army beyond the hills of Monthyon and Penchard, NW of Meaux, were attacked from here by the French Sixth Army in the first act of the Battle of the Ourcq. The vast German attack on France was halted  and turned around in the subsequent Battle of the Marne. Image from author's collection.

Scene of one of the most dramatic moments of the First World War. The right flank of General von Kluck’s German First Army beyond the hills of Monthyon and Penchard, NW of Meaux, were attacked from here by the French Sixth Army in the first act of the Battle of the Ourcq. The vast German attack on France was halted and turned around in the subsequent Battle of the Marne. Image from author’s collection.

September 1914

DateEvents
1Secretary of State for War Lord Kitchener visits France to confer with Commander-in-Chief, FM Sir John French
1First elements of Indian Expeditionary Force "C" land at Mombasa for operations in East Africa
5British Expeditionary Force in France ceases to withdraw southward
5French Sixth Army attacks enemy in area NW of Meaux (the Battle of the Ourcq, first phase of the Battle of the Marne)
5German forces cross frontier into Northern Rhodesia
6British Expeditionary Force begins to advance, joining French offensive in the Battle of the Marne
9German forces begin to withdraw northward from the Marne
9First elements of Indian Expeditionary Force "A" land at Suez en route for operations in France
11Orders are issued in Britain for raising of Second New Army
11Australian force lands in German New Guinea
12The Battle of the Aisne begins
13Orders are issued in Britain for raising of Third New Army
17German New Guinea capitulates to Australian force
19First elements of Indian Expeditionary Force "A" leave Egypt for Marseilles en route for operations in France
19South African forces occupy Luederitzbucht in German South West Africa
19British and French governments guarantee the integrity of Belgian colonies
21German forces in New Guinea surrender to Australian force
22HMS Aboukir, Hogue and Cressy all sunk by German submarine U-9
22German light cruiser "Emden" bombards Madras
22First Britiah air raid on Germany as airship sheds at Cologne and Dusseldorf are bombed
23British force at Tsingtao (Chian) joins with Japanese
26First elements of Indian Expeditionary Force "A" land at Marseilles en route for operations in France
27Germans begin siege of Antwerp in Belgium

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