Wednesday, December 31, 2014

December 31st, 1914

- In Champagne the French II Corps recaptures most of the ground lost to the German counterattack of yesterday, but the Germans launch another four attacks along the front held by 4th Army.  With the German counterattacks threatening to turn the French offensive into a series of small back-and-forth battles, the commander of 4th Army orders an emphasis on the use of artillery to maintain pressure on the enemy.

- At Sarikamish the Ottoman attack has faltered due to the heavy casualties incurred not only by fighting the Russians but also the terrible weather.  Today Enver Pasha orders IX Corps to maintain its present lines, understanding that further exertions are now beyond the exhausted infantry.

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