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Old 02-07-2018, 10:50 AM
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Western Front
British soldiers smoking and sharing jokes in the trenches at Cambrin: © IWM (Q 8458): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...957551226642433
British troops carry out successful raids against German lines east of Armentieres and at Queant, France, taking several German prisoners.
British officers wading through a communication trench that has been muddied by thawing snow at Essigny, France: © IWM (Q 10681): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...223127656271872

Eastern Front
Brest-Litovsk
: Kaiser orders Richard von Kühlmann to end talks and demand Baltic States.
Finish Civil War: (until May 15): Civil war in Finland still raging.

Southern Front
Salonika
: King Alexander visits British including Struma front on February 9.
Italian Front: King Albert of the Belgians visits until February 9, ‘I thought that the Italian Army was more disciplined than ours’.
(Listed for yesterday): American Red Cross distributing gifts to Italian soldiers in the trenches along the Piave River: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...836739609874432

Political, etc
Austria-Hungary
: (Listed for yesterday): Gustav Klimt, Austrian symbolist painter https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...927350669172737 known for works such as the “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...927350669172737 , passed away.
France: Decree creates Czech Army. A group of Czechoslovak soldiers in French uniforms on the Western Front. They were recruited from captured or deserted Austro-Hungarian soldiers: https://i2.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...front.jpg?ssl=1
United Kingdom: Britain makes a call for Jews holding British or other Allied citizenship to serve in the British Army to fight against the Ottomans in Palestine.
Romania: British Foreign Office cables to Jassy urging no separate Romanian peace.
C-in-C Alexandru Averescu promises Col Colin Ballard to try and stop munitions going to Central Powers.
United States: Former President Roosevelt undergoes surgery for fistula and abscesses in his ears, but contracts an infection during the process.
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Old 02-08-2018, 07:21 AM
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Western Front
General Luigi Cadorna succeeded by General Gaetano Giardino on Versailles Committee.
Repulse of Germans on Chemin des Dames.
Britain: London Air Defence Area has 200 aircraft, 323 searchlights, 249 anti-aircraft guns.
Germany: French bombers attack Saarbrücken.
A British officer and a kitten at his dug-out at Essigny, France: © IWM (Q 10679): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...298699237421056

Eastern Front
Finish Civil War
: (until May 15): Mannerheim moves Headquarter inland to Seinajoki rail junction, first 5 Swedish officers join him on February 10.
The Czech Legion in Russia: https://i0.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...egion.jpg?ssl=1

Naval and Overseas Operations
Channel
: British destroyer Boxer sunk by collision in English Channel with SS St Patrick. 1 crewman is killed.
Irish Sea: Only 3 Q-ships now based at Queenstown.
Mediterranean: Revel memo detailing Italy’s weak maritime situation shocks Allies in Rome conference (until February 9) which concentrates on Otranto Barrage. British mobile concept approved. US Admiral Sims presents plan for Adriatic offensive involving 30,000 troops, 25,000 mines and 5 US battleships to seize Curzola Island and attack Cattaro. First Sea Lord Geddes goes on to tour Mediterranean bases, urging end to shipping delays (until February 17).

Political, etc
Russia
: Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky slandered by Paris press to be receiving pay from German agents.
United States: R. M. McElroy, a history professor at Princeton, calls for the Frederick the Great statue in Washington DC to be melted down and made into bullets.
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Old 02-09-2018, 11:07 AM
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Western Front
Somme
: GHQ allows Gough (Fifth Army) to conduct fighting withdrawal before expected spring offensive.
French troops with a bomb thrower in a trench at La Ville-aux-Bois: © IWM (Q 70053): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...615890402996224

Eastern Front
Brest-Litovsk
: Peace signed at Brest-Litovsk between Bulgaria, Central Powers and Turkey and the Ukraine Rada; also supplementary Treaty between Central Powers and The Ukraine; borders of new Ukrainian State defined (see 1st and January 3rd). Treaty includes a provision of 1 million t food for Polish Kholm land.
https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...918883794956290
Pavlo Skoropadsky, Hetman of the Ukraine, talks to the Kaiser: https://i1.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...aiser.jpg?ssl=1
Ukraine: (Listed for yesterday): City of Kiev falls to the advancing Soviet Russian forces as the Ukrainian government retreats to Zhytomyr.

Political, etc
United Kingdom
: Embargo on Dutch commercial cables provisionally raised.
Economic Council sits in London.
Bertrand Russell is sentenced by a British court to 6 months in prison for opposing the U.S. entering the war on the Allied side.
Canada: Canada observes “heatless” days, where factories not deemed essential will be shut down for three days starting today.
Turkey: First Women’s Labour battalion (male officers initially) attached to First Army.
Romania: New Romanian Cabinet formed, with General Alexandru Averescu as Premier and Foreign Minister (see 6th, and March 12th).
United States: Disease spreads across U.S. Army and National Guard camps, with 117 soldiers dying of “pneumonia” in just one week.
American Museum of Natural History hosts a “Whale Steak Luncheon” to promote alternative food sources to combat food shortages and rises in price caused by the war: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...677290412363777
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Old 02-10-2018, 10:58 AM
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Some significant political developments today:
Western Front
Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps members tending to the graves of fallen British soldiers: © IWM (Q 8468): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...039694031601665

Eastern Front
Brest-Litovsk
: Order given for demobilisation of Russian forces.

Southern Front
Renewed Austro-Hungarian activity on Asiago front driven away by heavy Italian artillery fire.

Naval and Overseas Operations
Adriatic
: Poet Gabriele D’Annunzio goes on failed raid by 3 MAS boats to attack 4 steamers near Fiume (night February 10-11).

Political, etc
Germany
: Kaiser addresses Homburgers ‘War is a disciplinary action by God to educate mankind … Our Lord God means us to have peace’.
Russia: M. Leon Trotski announces that state of war between Russia and Central Powers, Bulgaria and Turkey is ended, but that Russia will not sign formal peace treaty (see 18th and January 30th). Russia out of the War.
Ukraine: Publication of peace treaty between Central Powers and Ukraine.
United Kingdom: “Information“ Ministry founded, Beaverbrook Minister in charge of Propaganda.(Ministry formally established March 4 ‘To direct the thought of most of the world’).
c.4,500 motor vehicles using coal gas.
Turkey: Death of Abdul Hamid II, ex-Sultan of Turkey. Abdul Hamid II: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...351731635089409
United States: US Navy recruiting poster: https://i2.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...-navy.jpg?ssl=1
Finland: Unarmed Finnish Civil Guards land in Aland Islands but forced out by Sweden.
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Old 02-12-2018, 10:06 AM
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Western Front
Metz raided by French airmen.
Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps members at Dieppe, France baking bread for the British Army: © IWM (Q 8476): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...412133697847297
U.S. soldiers waiting to get hot drinks on a cold day at a canteen in a base in France: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...714122788929538
Men of the Chinese Labour Corps in France celebrating Chinese New Year: © IWM (Q 8484): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...774520288260096

Southern Front
Fighting in Asiago region to advantage of Italians.

Naval and Overseas Operations
Adriatic
: British Adriatic Force reorganized. Franco-Italian net barraged completed between Fano Island and Corfu.
Atlantic: French submarine Diane suffers an internal explosion in the Bay of Biscay and sinks with all 43 of its crew.
Mozambique: (11-18 February): Main German force dislodged from Lujenda Valley, moves southwards from Mtarika area towards Upper Rio (frontier of Mozambique).

Political, etc
Germany
: Berlin papers prematurely hail peace with Russia.
Skeptical German view of Wilson as ‘peace maker’: https://i1.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...maker.jpg?ssl=1
Russia: Soviet Red Fleet founded on volunteer basis, 5 commissars (SOVNARKOM) to run Baltic Fleet on February 12.
General Alexey Kaledin, an early leader of the anti-Bolshevik forces in Russia, commits suicide after losing hope that the Bolsheviks could be defeated: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...683914321047552
Belgium: Great Brussels demo against separate Flanders.
United States: President Wilson delivers Message to Congress restating War Aims and laying down four additional Points.
Lord Reading arrives in U.S. as Ambassador.
Poland: Polish Cabinet resigns as protest against Ukraine treaty.
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Western Front
The Air Council approves the introduction of the terms 'areas' and 'groups' for the Royal Flying Corps’ higher formations.
Germany: 2 DH4s of No 55 Squadron bomb railways and barracks at Offenburg (Baden).
Allied planes also bomb Metz, etc.
Fighting in Passchendaele region.
French troops launch a raid against German trenches in Woëvre, taking 250 German prisoners.
A German prisoner being interrogated by a Canadian Intelligence Officer: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...046326048043008

Eastern Front
Southern Russia
: Reds capture two points on Novorossiisk-Tsaritsyn railway and defeat Polish Corps at Rogachev.

Southern Front
Salonika
: 20 Royal Flying Corps bombers burn out Cestovo ammo dump.

Naval and Overseas Operations
Eastern Atlantic
: U-89 rammed and sunk off Malin Head (North Ireland) with all hands by British cruiser Roxburgh (night February 12-13)

Asiatic and Egyptian Theaters
Armenia
: Turkish Offensive (45,000-50,000 in 8 divisions with 160 guns) begins with taking Cardakli on Zara-Sivas road and advance to Erzincan (February 14). Colonel Morel’s 2,000 Armenians with 6 guns make epic retreat to Erzerum (February 14-25).
Turkish Mountain Ski Troops in the Caucasus: https://i1.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...kasus.jpg?ssl=1

Political, etc
United Kingdom
: Parliament meets. Mr. Herbert Asquith asks for explanation of extension of powers of Versailles Council; answer refused.
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Old 02-13-2018, 05:26 AM
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Western Front
Champagne
: French win salient between Tahure and Butte de Mesnil, US guns give fire support, 177 PoWs. German counter-attack on February 18.
Men of the Black Watch Regiment receiving mail outside of their dugout at Morchies, France: © IWM (Q 8508): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...076526211305472
In response to French air raids against Saarbrucken, German aeroplanes bomb Nancy, France.

Eastern Front
General Mikhail Alexeiev defeated by the Bolsheviki (see 4th).
Anatoly Nazarov elected Ataman (until February 25).

Southern Front
British line in Italy extended.

Naval and Overseas Operations
Adriatic
: Around this day the French submarine Bemouilli probably lost to mines.

Political, etc
Germany
: Erich Ludendorff promises Kaiser victory in proposed spring offensive.
Bad Homburg Crown Council decides on further advance into Russia, Kaiser demands Bolsheviks be ‘beaten to death’.
Poster glibly assuring Germany that their army would win the freedom of the seas: https://i0.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...-meer.jpg?ssl=1
United Kingdom: Pacifist group in House of Commons defeated.
United States: U.S. diplomats and naval officers in London celebrating the anniversary of Lincoln’s birthday: © IWM (Q 54173): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...106726059937793
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Western Front
(Listed for yesterday): French forces carry out a large raid in Champagne along a 1200 yards front, destroying German defenses and taking 100 prisoners.
New Zealand troops in France at Requiem Mass to honour their fallen comrades: © IWM (Q 69156): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...475393578663936
Wounded British soldiers on a hospital barge on the Lys River near Aire-sur-la-Lys, France: © IWM (Q 10664): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...671668324556801

Naval and Overseas Operations
Western Mediterranean
: U-35 lands 2 agents and it is also claimed 12 cases of anthrax germs hidden in sugar cubes (immediately seized) off Cartagena, Spain. The anthrax shipment, if it existed, was destined for Argentina as part of an alleged plot to destroy livestock in neutral countries that was being supplied to the Allies.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theaters
British troops advance at Mukhmas, north-east of Jerusalem; line advanced two miles on six mile front.

Political, etc
Russia
: Red Army declared a Volunteer force, commanders to get 4 months basic training at four cities.
Soldiers of the new Red Army: https://i1.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...armee.jpg?ssl=1
On 24 January 1918 (old style) the Council of People's Commissars issued a decree that Wednesday, 31 January 1918, was to be followed by Thursday, 14 February 1918, thus dropping 13 days from the calendar.
France: Bolo Pasha and Filippo Cavallini condemned to death.
Canada: Death of Sir Cecil Sping Rice, British Ambassador, U.S., at Ottawa. Sir Cecil Spring Rice, also author of the poem “I Vow to Thee, My Country,”: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...762288019886080
Poland: Resignation of M. Jan Kucharzewski, Prime Minister, and Cabinet, Warsaw.
China: (Listed for yesterday): A magnitude 7.2 earthquake hits Shantou, China, resulting in over 1000 casualties: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...368429611900929
Switzerland: Exchange of prisoners between Austria-Hungary and the Allies take place, with several hundred POWs exchanged at Buchs, Switzerland.
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Eastern Front
Poland
: General Stanislaw Haller and 5,000 men escape to Russia.

Naval and Overseas Operations
Third German destroyer raid by 11 German destroyers (2nd Flotilla) in Straits of Dover (night 15th/16th) (see April 20th, 1917) British trawler and seven drifters sunk in Straits of Dover; 4 more vessels damaged. No retaliation due to Royal Navy misreading of Dover Patrol signals.
Submarine shells Dover, one killed, seven injured.
U-55 last High Seas Fleet U-boat to use Dover Straits on February 18.
Representatives of Allied Governments arrange establishment of the "Allied Maritime Transport Council" (see December 3rd, 1917 and March 11th, 1918).
German destroyers at sea: https://i0.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...oerer.jpg?ssl=1
Mozambique: In Coastal area British column from Port Amelia approaching Meza.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theaters
Palestine
: Jan Smuts cables that Edmund Allenby should have 2 divisions from Mesopotamia for 1918 offensive.
Persia: Lionel Dunsterville and armored car leave Hamadan for Enzeli on Caspian Sea (arrives February 17). Last Russians evacuate Meshed in east, 176 British soldiers replace them on March 14.

Political, etc
United States
: U.S. Government takes over complete control of foreign trade.
U.S. government threatens striking shipbuilders that their draft exemptions will be revoked if they do not go back to work.
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England
: Moonlight raid on London. Giant R12 (Seydlitz-Gerstenburg) rams balloon aprox. 10,000ft over Woolwich and plunges 1,000ft, inadvertently dropping two 660lb bombs and injuring air mechanic; remaining bombs jettisoned at Beckenham, and before return to Belgian base. R39 drops first 2,204lb bomb (largest of war) delivered to England, destroys Northern Pavilion of Chelsea Hospital. 1 (or 2) Giants ineffectually raid Dover (night February 16-17); 60 defence sorties (3 brief attacks)
An unsubstantiated claim that one German machine goes down (This might refer to the aircraft that collided with the barrage balloon). Twelve killed, 6 injured.
Sighting of damage after a German air raid on England: https://i1.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...griff.jpg?ssl=1
British Intelligence issue appreciation on imminence of German offensive.
France: Royal Flying Corps No 101 Squadron (FE2bs) begin night bombing of German airfields and rest billets (February 19, 21, 24 and 25). McCudden is again credited with 4 victories.
Ferdinand Foch aiming at Philippe Petain’s removal (Fayolle diary and on February 26). US Army Supply Services open at Tours.
Fighting in Cambrai section.
Women of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry attending to their ambulances at St. Omer, France: © IWM (Q 10700): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...187586838368256
A British soldier looks across the devastated landscape of Ypres, with a destroyed Mark IV Tank in the background. © IWM (Q 10709): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...202692968173568
Australian troops setting up camouflage screen over their trenches at Messines: © IWM (E (AUS) 4543): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...461897440464898

Eastern Front
Brest-Litovsk
: Germans declare Armistice with Russia will end noon February 18.

Political, etc
Lithuania
: Lithuania declares independence.
United Kingdom: Sir William Robertson, the British Chief of the Imperial General Staff, announces his resignation due to conflicts with Premier Lloyd George on how to conduct the war: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...492114120802305
Sir Henry Wilson succeeds Sir William Robertson as Chief of Imperial Staff.
Canada: Canadian children playing tug-of-war in the snow in Toronto: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...523537393508352
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Western Front
Britain
: Air raid on London: 21 killed, 32 injured. Giant R25 bombs St Pancras Station and hotel (42 casualties of the total 53) in solo London raid (night February 17-18), engaged by only 3 of 69 defence sorties (1 fatal crash).
Zeppelin Staaken R25 Giant bomber in flight: https://i2.wp.com/ww2-weapons.com/w...168-1.jpg?ssl=1
Germany: Solid cloud cover with rain forces 12 DH4s of No 55 squadron to end mission against Mannheim chemical works. One ton of bombs dropped in and near Metz.
French troops training to fire a Chauchat light machine gun while advancing: © IWM (Q 57005): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...855724760281089
British Bristol fighters in formation after taking off from Serny aerodrome, France: © IWM (Q 12055): https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...885922637598720

Eastern Front
Finish Civil War
: (until May 15): 80 Finn Jägers land from Germany with 44,000 rifles, 65 MGs and some guns; 1,130 more Jägers land on February 25.
Ukraine: Rada appeals for German help against Red invasion.

Asiatic and Egyptian Theaters
Persia
: General Lionel Dunsterville's Mission reaches Enzeli (see May 21st, 1915, January 27th and April 1st, 1918).

Political, etc
Austria-Hungary
: Count Károly Khuen-Héderváry, the former Prime Minister of Hungary, passed away: https://twitter.com/CenturyAgoToday...825523489771520
Germany: Carl Hoffmann diary ‘The whole of Russia is … a vast heap of maggots’.
Hindenburg memo to Chancellor; no more strikes, SDP and unions must condemn or be judged traitors.
Russia: Central Executive Committee of Bolshevik Party rejects Lenin’s proposal to accept German peace terms.
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