Diary December 19, 1916

Lloyd George (center) with Marshal Foch and Aristide Briand
Lloyd George (center) with Marshal Foch and Aristide Briand during the London conference in 1921, on which the German reparations were negotiated.
World War One Diary for Tuesday, December 19, 1916:

Politics

Britain: Lloyd George’s first speech as Prime Minister rejects peace talks without definite proposals ‘… we shall put our trust rather in an unbroken army than in broken faith’. British safe conduct for Austrian Ambassa­dor from US.

Home Fronts

Britain: National Service Department announced under Neville Chamberlain (appointed November 10).

Middle East

Arabia: British in Cairo meet a French request for £40,000 in gold to give Arabs.

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