Diary December 24, 1917

Meeting of British Naval Officers
Meeting of British Naval Officers. Left foreground standing on the left Beatty of the Grand Fleet, and far right Jellicoe, who was C-in-C at Jutland.
World War One Diary for Monday, December 24, 1917:

Sea War

Britain: Jellicoe resigns as First Sea Lord at Geddes’ request (made public on December 26). Admiral Sir W Wemyss succeeds, Admiral Sir S Fremantle replaces Oliver as DCNS; Bacon recalled from Dover Patrol on December 28.

Eastern Front

Austrians row with Bulgars at Brest-Litovsk.
Ukraine­: Battles at Tamarovka Station and Oboyan (West of Kharkov), Sievers’ Reds capture Lyubotin on December 25.

Southern Fronts

Trentino: Italian counter­-stroke recaptures Mt Melago and Col del Rosso save summit. First heavy snow, a month late.


Belgium: King Albert replies to Papal peace note.
Austria: Czernin (Red delegate Joffe at Brest-Litovsk assures him over Tsar on December 26) to Emperor Charles ‘Your Majesty must therefore get Poland in order to maintain parity’ (with Germany).

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