World War One Diary for Monday, December 11, 1916:
Adriatic: Italian battleship Regina Margherita (many casualties including Captain) sunk by two mines from UC-14 off Valona, Albania, returning to Taranto for refit. Italy only announces the loss on January 20, 1917.
Baltic: Vice-Admiral Nepenin’s Fleet order against non-saluting becomes unpopular with officers and men.
Somme: Violent Allied artillery bombardment.
Verdun: Preparatory French bombardment by 760 guns (350 heavy).
Britain: Grey resigns as British Foreign Secretary after exactly 11 years in office, Balfour succeeds.
Greece: Admiarl Fournet relieved of command for December 1 action.
Britain: Lord Derby succeeds Lloyd George as War Minister. Labour Ministry formed.