While this day marked the seizure of German territory in New Guinea by Australian forces, it is significant also in the anticipation which everyone felt for the war on the Western Front.
At this point, both German and Entente forces were stretched far across France. The overall French commander, Joseph Joffre, had essentially invited the Germans to advance by failing, for several weeks, to see that the majority of his troops were needed in the North, not in the South where he had been attacking along the Franco-German border.
Now the French forces clung to the desperate hope that they could avoid collapse if they simply kept fighting. Paris, for all intents and purposes, seemed doomed to conquest.
The next three days would prove crucial in deciding the fate of France in WWI.