Diary for Monday, November 15, 1915:
Gallipoli: Kitchener cables home evacuation might not be so costly. 52nd Division Helles bridgehead mining success near Krithia Vineyard.
Persia: Central Powers’ Ambassadors leave Tehran for Kum with 3,000 Persian gendarmes, expecting Shah to follow, but he takes refuge in Russian Embassy.
Flanders: Hard night frost after a week of heavy rain. Comparatively little activity for past week except for occasional sharp artillery duels. BEF CoS Robertson tells Haig his main aim ‘to get you in command’.
Serbia: General Ribarov’s Bulgar group in dire straits but rescued by part of First Army from Leskovac as Austro-German pursuit reaches river Ibar at Kossovo Plain north end, French estimate c.213,000 Allies vs 400,000 Central Powers’ troops.
Salonika: British General Mahon forms GHO Salonika Army.
Mediterranean: 452 Anglo-French anti-submarine vessels deployed including 85 destroyers (but 28 French broken down by November 30) and 63 torpedo boats. Admiral Dartigue estimates 140 destroyers needed.