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The Austro-Hungarian assault across the Drina in Serbia has settled down into the trenches. Further north, the Austro-Hungarian town of Przemyśl has been under siege by the Russian Army since September 16. However, the Russians are in retreat from the battle of the Masurian Lakes, where the Germans have crushed them and destroyed one full army and elements of another. 70,000 German casualties show, compared to 100,000 Russian casualties, plus an additional 45,000 prisoners.

To the West, with fighting ongoing at the Aisne in France and Belgium, the Allied and German forces are attempting to flank one another to the north, with the result that both flanks are being extended towards the North Sea. The Germans, prepared as they were for a fast, mobile war, have been forced to adapt to trenches. These trenches, started as shallow depressions to shield them from bullets, have grown in some places to be nearly seven feet deep.

In South Africa, former Boer rebels from the Second Boer War have launched a rebellion on September 15 under the command of Manie Martiz. They are attacking the British Union of South Africa and have declared a new Boer South African Republic. They are undoubtedly supported by the Germans.

On September 20, the naval battle of Zanzibar was fought between the Kaiserliche Marine and British Royal Navy. The German light cruiser Konigsberg sailed into harbor past a British tugboat and fired upon the British protected cruiser Pegasus, whose guns were not able to reach the German vessel. After sinking the cruiser, the Konigsberg left the harbor, damaging the tug on the way out. 100 British marines died, with no casualties aboard the Konigsberg.

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