Timeline of December 1916

British troops purchasing geese in the market place at Bailleul, for their Christmas dinner in December 1916. From the Ministry of Information First World War Official Collection at the Imperial War Museum, copyright image Q1629,with my thanks.

British troops purchasing geese in the market place at Bailleul, for their Christmas dinner in December 1916. From the Ministry of Information First World War Official Collection at the Imperial War Museum, copyright image Q1629,with my thanks.

December 1916

DateEvents
1Battle of the Arges begins in Rumania, lasts four days
1Allied forces withdraw from Athens and Piraeus after conflict with Greeks
1Final meeting of the British War Committee
2Russian premier Trepov announces that Allies have acknowledged Russia's right to Constantinople and the Dardenelles
3German submarine bombards Funchal (Madeira)
3British and French agree co-ordinated approach to shipping
4Admiral Sir John Jellicoe appointed as First Sea Lord, replacing Admiral Sir Henry Jackson
4British Prime Minister Asquith resigns
6German forces capture Bucharest in Rumania
6Massacre in Athens of supporters of Venizel governmment
7David Lloyd George becomes British Prime Minister
8Murmansk railway is declared open in North Russia
8Allied naval blockade of Greece begins
9First meeting of new British War Cabinet
11Allies note to Greece demands complete demobilisation
11British coalition cabinet meets for the first time; Lord Derby succeeds Lloyd George as Minister for War; Balfour succeeds Grey in Foreign Affairs
11British Ministry of Labour is established
12Reorganisation of French government; General Nivelle is appointed Commander-in-Chief of Northern and North-Eastern Groups of Armies; Joffre becomes technical military adviser to government
12German, Austro-Hungarian, Bulgarian and Turkish governments all hands notes to United States embassies stating they are ready to negotiate a peace; on 18 December President Wilson issues circular note suggesting negotiations
13British forces in Mesopotamia commence operations to recapture Kut-al-Amara
14Allied powers demand that Greece removes all forces from Thessaly: Greeks accept
17Greek government issues warrant for arrest of Venizelos on charge of high treason
19British government decides to institute National Service
19British government formally recognises Venizelos government of Greece
21British forces occupy El Arish in advance across Sinai
21Count Heinrich Clam-Martinitz becomes Austrian premier
22British government forms new Ministries of Food, Pensions and Shipping
26Central Powers agree to President Wilson's suggestion of negotiations
26Anglo-French conference in London discusses Wilson's note, the campaign in Salonika and division of forces on the Western Front
26General Joffre appointed as a Marshal of France
26Lord Davenport appointed as first Food Controller in Britain
30Allied governments reject German peace proposal
30British and Chinese governments agree on employment of Chinese labour in France
30Bulgarian government accepts President Wilson's proposals for peace negotiations
31Rasputin murdered in Petrograd, Russia

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