Timeline of December 1917

Men of the 1/5th Battalion of the Buffs (East Kent Regiment) passing over the Jebel Hamrin, December 1917. The photograph gives a good impression of infantry marching in desert conditions in Palestine. From the Ministry of Information First World War Official Collection at the Imperial War Museum, copyright image Q24374,with my thanks.

Men of the 1/5th Battalion of the Buffs (East Kent Regiment) passing over the Jebel Hamrin, December 1917. The photograph gives a good impression of infantry marching in desert conditions in Palestine. From the Ministry of Information First World War Official Collection at the Imperial War Museum, copyright image Q24374,with my thanks.

December 1917

DateEvents
 The second French offensive at Verdun continues until 15 December, having begun on 20 August
 The Twelfth Battle of the Isonzo also continues, ends 26 December
1Last German forces driven out of German East Africa into Portuguese territory
2Hostilities between Russian and German forces cease
3First session of peace delegates from Russia and Central Powers takes place at Brest-Litovsk
3Allied conference in Paris resolves to establish an Allied Maritime Transport Council, principally to co-ordinate shipping
6Finland declares independence
6Hostilities between Rumania and German forces cease
6Brest-Litovsk meeting suspended after truce arranged; truce begins next day
6United States Battleship Division joins British Grand Fleet at Scapa Flow
7United Stares declares war on Austria-Hungary
7Ecuador severs diplomatic relations with Germany
9Jerusalem falls to British forces in Palestine
9In Italian naval raid on Trieste harbour, the Austrian battlehsip "Wien" is sunk
9Rumanians agree armistice with Central Powers: the Truce of Focsani; hostilities cease next day
10Panama declares war on Austria-Hungary
10Cardosa de Paes succeeds A. A. da Costa as Portuguese premire
11Russian constituent assembly meets in Petrograd: it is broken up by Bolshevik forces two days later
11General Sir Edmund Allenby makes formal entry to Jerusalem
11Machado Guimaraes is deposted as President of Portugal
12German submarine shells Madeira
12HMS "Partridge" sunk in North Sea during German destroyer raid on a convoy
13Brest-Litovsk talks resume
14French recall General Sarrail from Salonika command; he is replaced by Guillaumat on 22 December
15Armistice signed between Russia and Central Powers: begins noon 14 December and lasts until 14 January 1918
16Cuba declares war on Austria-Hungary
17British government gives written assurance of independence of Arab people to King of the Hejaz
21Battle of Jaffa begins in Palestine, ends next day
22Peace negotiations commence at Brest-Litovsk. Russians and Germans also agree secret deal concerning Poland
22Lieut-General Sir R C maxwell resigns at Quartermaster-General of the BEF; replaced by Lt-Gen Sir T E Clarke
23Independent republic of Moldavia proclaimed at Kishinev
26British defence of Jerusalem begins as Turks counter attack; ends on 30 December
26Admiral Sir John Jellicoe resigns as First Sea Lord; is replaced next day by Admiral Sir Rosslyn Wemyss
28da Silva Paes is appointed Acting President of Portugal

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