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Old 01-13-2018, 09:11 AM
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13 January 1918

Western Front
Raid by Canadians north of Lens.
British soldier using a mirror attached to his bayonet as a makeshift periscope: © IWM (Q 8434): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...900370913124354
British soldiers having a meal in a shell hole near Ypres: © IWM (Q 8441): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...144459998941184
U.S. soldiers in France are ordered not to swear at mules, as mules respond better to kindness than to “cusses.”

Southern Front
Italy
: Italian Army has received 300,000 British gas masks.

Political, etc
Russia
: Reds continue imprisonment of Romanian Ambassador Diamandi (released January 15 after diplomatic corps protest) and seize Rumanian gold in retaliation for Bessarabia takeover, also order King of Romania’s arrest on January 15.
Lenin and Stalin’s Decree No 13 in Pravda backs Armenian self-determination.
Estonia: Estonian Government issue declaration of independence (see November 28th, 1917 and February 25th and November 11th, 1918).
United States: Worst cold wave in 19 years hits the U.S., as well as multiple snowstorms, exacerbating the coal shortage plaguing the nation.
Norway: Sugar, coffee, corn and meal rationing.
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Old 01-14-2018, 11:58 AM
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Western Front
British bomb successfully, by day, Karlsruhe, Thionville and Metz area.
French repulse attacks on Chaume Wood and make successful raid in Lorraine.
Canadian raid north of Lens, successfully destroying German positions and taking prisoners without casualties.

Eastern Front
Brest-Litovsk
: Von Kuhlmann warns Russians that German terms have now reached extreme limit.

Southern Front
Italians advance east of Brenta Valley in Asolone District and to lesser extent in Piave Delta. Italian 22nd Infantry Division reaches Mt Asolone summit, taking 400 PoWs, but forced off until January 16.

Naval and Overseas Operations
German destroyers bombard Yarmouth (Norfolk); six killed, six injured.
Harwich Force (Reginald Tyrwhitt promoted Rear-Admiral today above 48 captains) sails within 90 minutes of shelling starting but unable to intercept until January 15.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theaters

Tafile, south-east of Dead Sea, captured by Hejaz troops.

Political, etc
Russia
: Attempted assassination of Lenin at Petrograd, after he receives diplomatic corps, and speaks at departure of ‘first volunteers of the Socialist army’. Lenin is unhurt, but Fritz Platten, a Swiss Communist who forced Lenin to take cover from the fire, is slightly injured.
Soldiers of the socialist revolution. A relatively small party of 350,000 men should succeed in bringing a country with 150 million inhabitants under control: https://i0.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...ution.jpg?ssl=1
France: M. Joseph Caillaux arrested on treason charge of ‘peace intrigue’ with Germans during 1915 Argentina visit. Convicted on lesser grounds February 1920 and soon released.
United Kingdom: House of Commons reassembles. Sir A. Geddes introduces Man-power Bill. 420,000-450,000 men needed immediately.
Argentina: Allies sign wheat convention with Argentina.
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Old 01-15-2018, 11:11 AM
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15 January 1918

Western Front
Lorraine:
US I Corps formed (General Hunter Liggett) at Neuf Chateau – 1st, 2nd, 26th and 42nd US Divisions.
US troops with Springfield rifles in front, probably from the ‘Rainbow’ division: https://i0.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...-1917.jpg?ssl=1
A British corporal manning a machine gun at night at Cambrai: © IWM (Q 6969): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...628907169189893

Eastern Front
Brest-Litovsk
: Czernin receives Vienna’s appeals to make early ‘bread peace’.
British War Cabinet cables General Poole to destroy Allied military stores.

Southern Front
Austrian counter-attacks on new Italian positions are repulsed.
A small destroyed chapel on the Italian front near Romanziol: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...598709187039232
A church damaged by shelling at Tezze sul Brenta, Italy: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...930906624405504

Naval and Overseas Operations
Construction begins on the HMS Hermes, the first ship designed as an aircraft carrier, at Walker, England.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theaters
Considerable air and patrol activity in Palestine.
Amman (Hejaz railway) bombed.

Political, etc
Austria-Hungary
: Strikes in Austria.
Russia: Bolsheviks issue 24 hours' ultimatum to Romania. Corps Diplomatique secure release of Ambassador. Arrest of King of Romania ordered by Bolsheviks
United Kingdom: Results of Cambrai enquiry published. British War Cabinet satisfied German counterstroke did not surprise BEF commanders, but admits ‘breakdown’.
Draft of compulsory rationing scheme issued to Control Committees.
Italy: Public schools in Venice, Italy reopen today. They were closed when the Austro-Hungarian and German offensive threatened the city last year.
United States: War labor administrator appointed.
Mexico: After January 15, US agent captures German spy Lothar Witzke (alias Russian Pablo Waberski) in Nogales. Sentenced to death in Texas, but commuted and freed 1923.
Egypt: Gamal Abdel Nasser (future President of Egypt) is born in Alexandria.
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Old 01-16-2018, 05:31 AM
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16 January 1918

Western Front
Verdun
: Successful French raid.
British again bomb Metz.
Men of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers with their goat mascot near Sommes: © IWM (Q 10654): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...961112626036736

Eastern Front
Brest-Litovsk
: Settlement in principle arrived at between Central Powers and Ukraine.

Southern Front
Austro-Hungarian attack on Italian positions at Cape Sile (lower Piave) repulsed with “heavy” loss.
A church damaged by shelling at Tezze sul Brenta, Italy: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...930906624405504

Naval and Overseas Operations
Spanish Commissioner guarantees all conditions were observed aboard Hospital ship Rewa.

Political, etc
Austria-Hungary
: General strikes until January 21 over daily bread ration cut (7 1/2 oz to under 6oz) and Brest-Litovsk impasse involve nearly 100,000 workers in Lower Austria alone and Government taken by surprise. Spreads to Hungary on January 18.
Germany: Prussian Finance Minister Hergt declares sufficient American troops cannot reach Europe. Hindenburg letter removes Kaiser’s radical Civil Cabinet chief (for past 10 years) Graf von Valentini (who protests to Crown Prince).
Russia: CEC (Central Executive Committee of Bolshevik) adopts decree forming Red Army.
Soviet Russia sends an ultimatum to Romania demanding the release of detained Russians and punishment for Romanian officials who disarmed Russian troops.
United Kingdom: Committee of Enquiry into expenditure of Government Departments announced. Board of Trade and Munitions Ministry allowed to drill for oil.
United States: U.S. publishes documents referring to Caillaux case.
Fuel Administrator closes all non-war industry east of Mississippi for 5 days (January 18-22) plus nine Mondays to save moving coal.
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Old 01-17-2018, 11:52 AM
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17 January 1918

Western Front
(Listed for yesterday): French troops carry out a successful raid north of Badonviller in the Vosges, taking 40 German prisoners.
Canadian troops repairing a trench in Lens: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...320978381197317

Eastern Front
Brest-Litovsk
: At Brest-Litovsk, Central Powers reject Soviet Russia’s proposal that armies of the Central Powers leave occupied areas before official peace is concluded.
Ukraine: Red Guard drive on Kiev begins, takes Poltava on January 18.

Naval and Overseas Operations
Light cruiser Köln II completed at Hamburg, first of projected 10-ship class, only 5 launched and one other, Rostock II completed on March 28.
Mozambique: British War Office announces progress in East Africa.

Political, etc
Austria-Hungary
: Strikes and riots break out in Vienna due to reduced flour rations and the perceived lack of progress in the peace negotiations with Russia.
Emperor Charles cables Ottokar Czernin ‘If peace is not made at Brest-Litovks it will be revolution here, no matter how much there is to eat’.
Emperor Karl I and Empress Zita of Austria-Hungary with Crown Prince Franz Josef Otto: https://i2.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...-Zita.jpg?ssl=1
United Kingdom: House of Commons defeat a bill that would have extended conscription to Ireland by a vote of 136 to 48.
Romania: Romania ignores Soviet Russia's ultimatum from yesterday, heightening tensions between Romania and Russia soldiers still stationed in the country.
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Old 01-18-2018, 05:31 AM
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Western Front
Major General Sir Hugh Trenchard is appointed as the first Chief of the Air Staff. He is succeeded as General Officer Commanding of the Royal Flying Corps in France, by Major General John Salmond.
German raids near Neuve Chapelle and Lens “repulsed”.

Eastern Front
Brest-Litovsk
: Germany refuses undertaking to withdraw troops from Russia. Trotsky breaks off talks, envoys leave to confer at home on January 20.
A professional revolutionary heads for peace talks with a Prussian general. The Germans knew that Russia could not stop their armies, but Trotzky hoped for a revolution in Germany: https://i0.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...towsk.jpg?ssl=1

Southern Front
Italian patrols active on Asiago plateau.

Naval and Overseas Operations
HMS Cavendish (later HMS Vindictive), Royal Navy cruiser converted into an aircraft carrier, is launched. The ship later in the year after completion: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...714843428810752

Asiatic and Egyptian Theaters
Mesopotamia
: Major-General Lionel Dunsterville arrives at Baghdad (left Karachi on January 6) to head British Mission to Caucasus.
Palestine: British advance at Dura, 12 miles north of Jerusalem.
British bomb Samaria.
Arabia: Arabs capture important Turkish convoy east of Medina.

Political, etc
Austria-Hungary: Hungary
: Serious strikes in Budapest.
Russia: Bolsheviks send further two hours' ultimatum to Romania demanding passage of troops.
Constituent Assembly meets in Petrograd and denounces Bolsheviks.
United Kingdom: Mr. Lloyd George again addresses Man-power Conference.
Australia: Mr. Hughes' Government defeats "No confidence" vote.
United States: U.S. Senate votes to oppose a planned shutdown of factories tomorrow, which would temporarily put millions of Americans out of work. The shutdown is planned to conserve coal supplies.
Finland: Mannerheim, Army C-in-C since President Svinhufvud’s promise of no Swedish intervention on January 16, takes night train from Helsinki to West coast port of Vaasa.
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Raids and counter raids in Cambrai sector.
British soldiers stacking captured German helmets for disposal at Metz: © IWM (Q 8444):
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Royal Field Artillery horses sheltered near a destroyed church in Ytres, France: © IWM (Q 8446): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...062126049619968
Squadron of British F.E.2b night bombers at Aire Aerodrome in France: © IWM (Q 11958): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...357806030782464

Asiatic and Egyptian Theaters
British troops in Palestine advanced one mile on a four-mile front north of Jerusalem, taking Ottoman prisoners.

Political, etc
Austria-Hungary
: Hungary: 86th Infantry Regiment mutinies at Szabadka, 2 other regiments likewise (February 11 and 14).
Hungarian War Loan appeal: https://i0.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...leihe.jpg?ssl=1
Germany: All passenger railroad traffic in Germany is reduced by 60 percent in order to free up capacity for the transport of soldiers and war-related materials.
Russia: Constituent Assembly forcibly dissolved by Bolsheviks.
United Kingdom: In Britain, it is announced that compulsory rationing will go into effect on February 25th.
Turkey: Mustaufi ul Mamalek succeeds Ain ed Douleh as Persian Prime Minister (see November 24th, 1917 and May 3rd, 1918).
Mushaver ul Mamalek succeeds Ala es Sultaneh as Persian Foreign Minister (see June 6th, 1917, and August 10th, 1918).
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