World War One Diary for Tuesday, January 8, 1918:
USA: WILSON’S FOURTEEN POINTS MESSAGE TO CONGRESS outlines peace programme. Office of Public Information distributes all over Europe. French Parliament adopts it on January 11.
Britain: Haig’s fourth Dispatch on Battles of Arras, ‘Lens’, Messines and Third Ypres in previous summer, claims 131 German divisions defeated. Petain writes to Clemenceau ‘In reality, the 1918 battle will be defensive…‘. He and Haig present strategy together on January 24 and 30, only choice until US arrives in strength.
Upper Marne: Patton’s US Tank School opens at Langres.
Meuse: Major French trench raid near Seiche prey (Woevre); Legion (141 casualties) bring back 188 PoWs, 16 MGs and 9 mortars.
Brest-Litovsk: Bolsheviks resume talks under Trotsky (arrived January 7); Talaat Pasha arrives.