3rd January 1915 (Sunday)

BORN TODAY: in Germany, Erika Bergman – Nazi slave labour camp overseer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erika_Bergmann

War!

The Dardanelles: Having considered the options for supporting Russia by an attack threatening Constantinople, the British Foreign Office sends a message to Tsar Nicholas assuring him that there will be some form of Britsh attack against Turkey. [Burg & Purcell].

In the Caucasus: As the figthing between Russia and Turkey at the Battle of Sarikamish comes to a close, the  “legend of ‘Armenian treachery’ ” is born, supporting the turkish government’s determination to “remove all traces of the Armenian population from the empire”.

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pathways/firstworldwar/spotlights/armenian.htm

From the Eastern Front, come disturbing stories that the German army has used gas for the first time as a weapon of war.

http://www.worldwar1.com/arm006.htm

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