War Diary of World War One for Sunday, November 15, 1914:
French General Staff issues studies and plans on resumption of offensive, assuming a German retreat after their setbacks at Ypres and on the Eastern Front.
Ypres: Relief of BEF I Corps by French (Foch) begins until November 22. The French retain responsibility for salient until early 1915. Sir J French tells Lord Stamfordham ‘… we can hold on here…but are not strong enough…to take a vigorous offensive’.
Poland: Russian Second and Fifth Armies retreat to line Gumbin-Lodz and switch corps to latter. Russian Guards Corps casualties to date 14,000 men.
Carpathians: Second Russian invasion (Brusilov) of North Hungary (until December 12).
Serbia: Austrians occupy Valjevo. Vienna rejoices and Potiorek decorated, but rain turning roads into quagmires. Serbs abandon 20 guns by now of chronic shell shortage.
Mesopotamia: British troops beat 2,000 Turkish soldiers at Sahain.
Armenia: c. 5,000 Turkish irregulars wipe out 1 Russian battalion at the copper mine south of Batumi.
Cameroons: 1,247 Allied troops occupy Buea in Mountain district (1,200 Germans now captive).