War Diary for Saturday, November 28, 1914:
Artois: German attacks round Arras. French poet Jean de La Ville de Mirmont killed by landmine explosion at Verreiul, aged 27.
Carpathians: Russians again secure Passes. Austrian Third Army forced back to river Toplya and Bartfeld in North Hungary.
Galicia: Austrian XI Corps retreats to Wieliczka c.8 miles (ca. 13 km) east of Cracow after fighting Russian Third Army since November 22. Conrad returns Austrian Fourth Army south of the Vistula.
Grand Duke Nicholas meets his 2 Front commanders at Siedlce (until November 30), Cracow offensive agreed.
Serbia: Putnik orders Belgrade’s evacuation after Austrian Sixth Army’s alarming gains. Front extends nearly 70 miles (ca. 113 km).
East Africa: Battleship Goliath (after disabling 2 German ships Commander Ritchie wins first naval Victoria Cross) and cruiser Fox bombard Dar-es-Salaam for 15 minutes (and also on November 30). Governor’s palace destroyed.
Germany: Austria sells to Germany 5 U-boats which were building for her at Kiel (launched as U66-U70 from April 22 to June 24, 1915).
German Field Marshal Goltz ordered to Constantinople as Sultan’s ‘Adjutant General’. Turks announce drive (fictitious) towards the Suez Canal.
Belgium: General Bissing replaces Goltz as Governor-General.
India: Skirmish at Miranshah on Northwest Frontier until November 29.
South Africa: Admiral King-Hall informed that South African Army is ready to resume campaign against Southwest Africa.
Britain: All moving into hotels must register with police. Professional football continues before large male crowds, despite protests.