15th August 1914 (Saturday)

BORN TODAY: British General Sir Basil Oscar Eugster, KCB, KCVO, CBE, DSO MC, Commander in Chief of UK Land Forces from 1972 to 1974.



On the Western Front: In North-East France, the French high command receives news that 10,000 German cavalry have crossed the River Meuse and are attacking the town of Dinant. Belatedly, the French acknowledge that the main German attack is coming from the North-East through Belgium, and not directly East across the Rhine.

The French forces re-directed to countering the threat are wondering why the promised British forces have not yet arrived.

[Barbara Tuchman: “The Guns of August”]

On the Balkan Front:  the Battle of Cer begins between Serbian and Austro-Hungarian forces around the region of the Cer mountain in Serbia. Estimates of the dead over the next four days range from 9,000 to 15,000 from both sides combined.


Protest: In Glasgow, Scotland, the left wing press reports  a crowd estimated at 5000 gathers to protest against the outbreak of the war and the “exploitation of the people’s food supply by profiteers who pose as patriots“. [Headline – “Glasgow’s Peace Protest – boycotted by the Press].



In Wisconsin, USA, at the country home of the architect Frank Lloyd Wright, cook Julian Carlton murders the architect’s wife and two children, sets fire to the house and kills four more with an axe as they try to escape, before himself swallowing acid in an (unsuccessful) suicide attempt. Carlton dies seven weeks later.





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