Diary December 2, 1917

Arrival of Trotzky at Brest-Litovsk
Arrival of the Russian negotiators Joffe, Karachan and Trotsky in Brest-Litovsk, seat of the German headquarters on the Eastern Front.
World War One Diary for Sunday, December 2, 1917:

Eastern Front

CEASEFIRE begins on dates fixed by local army commanders. Russian Armistice Commis­sion crosses German lines at Dvinsk and continues to Brest­-Litovsk welcomed by German C-in-C Prince Leopold.
Russia: Kornilov and 5 fellow generals (including Denikin) escape from prison in Bykhov, head for Don by train.

Southern Fronts

Piave: Italian strength 552 battalions plus 86 Anglo-French as 3 British divisions take over Montello sector (until December 4) and 3 French Mt Tomba area, but not attacked as expected. 3 German divisions ordered back to Germany, 4 remain. Emperor Charles suspends main offensive though Trentino attack to go on.

Middle East

Turkey: General Seeckt appointed CoS and adviser to Enver at Constanti­nople.


Mocambique: Lettow captures Portuguese Fort Nanguari with food and ammo in Ukula Hills on river Lugenda, has already split force into columns under Wahle and Goering.

Sea War

Channel: Coastal submarine UB-81 (1 survivor) mined and sunk off the Owers near Portsmouth.

Air War

Cambrai: Only limited air operations until December 6, with 3 German aircraft shot down (2 by McCudden), 3 British with 2 missing.

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