World War One Diary for Monday, October 8, 1917:
Russia: Kerensky forms third Coalition Government to rule until Constituent Assembly meets. Trotsky now Petrograd Soviet chairman denounces it as a government of civil war. 1.2 million rail workers on strike since October 6.
Britain: Haig letter to CIGS Robertson , reports ‘good progress’ at Ypres and assures Robertson that BEF can fight German Army with minimal Allied (ie French or Russian) assistance until arrival of US armies in 1918. Haig deplores ‘interference’ by Allies or Prime Minister Lloyd George.
Champagne: French attack southwest of Beaumont.
Germany: Navy airship L57 destroyed during a storm.