15th December 1914 (Tuesday)

BORN TODAY: in Lincoln, England – Arthur Troop, founder of the International Police Association.



In the Balkans: Serbian troops retake the city of Belgrade, successfully repulsing the third Austro-Hungarian invasion of Serbia. [Burg & Purcell].

In the Middle East: After leaving Marseilles six days ago on a French steamer, a new “Military Intelligence Officer” reaches the north Egyptian coast to take up his new responsibilities with the (British) Egyptian Expeditionary Force in Cairo – T.E.Lawrence, erstwhile arabist and archaeologist. He and his superior officer immediately “set up shop on an upper floor of the Savoy (an eclectic blend of British Victorian and Indian Moghul architectures near the east bank of the Nile) while taking bedrooms at the Grand Intercontinental immediately adjacent” [Scott Anderson: “Lawrence In Arabia – War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East“]

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