World War One Diary for Tuesday, November 12, 1918:
France: Paris celebrates even more enthusiastically (until November 13).
Germany: Council of Peoples Commissars abolish Auxiliary Service Law and censorship; declare amnesty, 8 hour day (from January 1, 1919) and universal suffrage.
Britain: Lloyd George addresses selected Liberals ‘Revolution I am not afraid of. Bolshevism I am not afraid of. Reaction I am afraid of.’ Northcliffe resigns as Director of Propaganda in Enemy Countries. Reconstruction Minister Dr Addison says a year’s unemployment benefit for demobilized soldiers (those with jobs waiting to be demobilized first); 6 months unemployment pay for civilians. Commons votes £700 million credit (total £2.5 billion in 1918), £8,743 million since war began.
France: Foch’s Message to Allied Armies: ‘You have won the greatest battle in history and saved the most sacred cause: World Freedom.’ Lieutenant-General Sir R Haking British delegation chief to Permanent International Armistice Commission.
Poland: Pogroms reported.
Turkey: Allied Fleet (60 ships) passes the Dardanelles.
Caspian: Bicherakov’s 8,500 troops with 3,000 refugees and 3 gunboats arrive at Enzeli.
South Persia: Bushire reinforcements from India arrive (until November 23) and occupy Mallu Pass (November 18).
Rhodesia – LAST AFRICAN ACTION OF THE WAR: Hawkins’ KAR force river Milina vs Captain Kohl’s rearguard as German main body reaches Kasama.
Dardanelles: Battleship HMS Superb leads Allied Fleet of 7 battleships, 7 cruisers and 18 destroyers to Constantinople (November 13) after 600 mines cleared from Dardanelles.
Austria: German Austrian Republic proclaimed in Vienna.
Britain: King George V decorates Emir Feisal.