24th August 1914 (Monday)

BORN TODAY: Ivar Iversen, Norwegian sprint canoer.



Southern (Balkan) Front: Austrian forces in Serbia are forced to withdraw back across their own border.

[Burg & Purcell]

The Western Front: Mildred Aldrich, American retiree in France, visits Paris, and reports on the panic among foreigners wishing to leave:

“But all the foreigners, caught here by the unexpectedness of the war, seem to be fighting to get off by the same train and the same day to catch the first ship…”   She continues ” there are almost no men in the streets. There are no busses or tramways, and cabs and automobiles are rare… Paris is no longer our Paris, lovely as it still is”.  [from “A Hilltop on the Marne”]

The widening war: In Bombay (now Mumbai) in India,  7th (Indian) Division embarks for Europe as part of the Indian Expeditionary Force “A” which is being sent to reinforce the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in France.





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