Diary December 22, 1917

town of Ypres
The town of Ypres, its houses ruined and deserted, pitted by huge water filled shell craters.
World War One Diary for Saturday, December 22, 1917:

Western Front

Britain: Lieutenant-General Sir R Maxwell BEF QMG since January 1915 resigns; succeeded by Lieutenant-General Sir T Clarke.
France: General Debeney in command of French First Army for duration of war.
Flanders­: Germans storm some British advanced posts on Ypres­-Staden rail line, trench raid near (December 29).

Eastern Front

Brest-Litovsk peace negotiations begin.
Rumanian troops occupy Bessarabia. Independent Moldavian Republic proclaimed there on December 23.

Southern Fronts

Salonika: New Allied C-in-C General Guillaumat (aged 54) arrives, reads Milne his instructions pn December 30 to protect Greece, then use her army in offensive.

Air War

Britain: Several Gothas thwarted in raid on southeast England by bad weather (1 Gotha emergency lands south of Margate, burnt by crew), 3 Giants (1 diverts to Boulogne) merely drop bombs in sea off Kent.


Russia: Bolsheviks peace proposals; Austrian Czernin rejects most on December 25.

Occupied Territories

Belgium: ­Flanders proclaimed independent.

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