Timeline of February 1918

A merchant transport ship, painted with a dazzle camouflage scheme, ups anchor to leave Portsmouth harbour in February 1918. On the right the dockside is visible with a few buildings in the background. By Geoffrey Stephen Allfree. From the Art Collection at the Imperial War Museum, copyright image IWM ART 771,with my thanks.

A merchant transport ship, painted with a dazzle camouflage scheme, ups anchor to leave Portsmouth harbour in February 1918. On the right the dockside is visible with a few buildings in the background. By Geoffrey Stephen Allfree. From the Art Collection at the Imperial War Museum, copyright image IWM ART 771,with my thanks.

February 1918

DateEvents
1Governments of the Central Powers formally recognise the Ukraine republic
3British government announces enlargement of powers of the Supreme War Council at Versailles
4General Alexeyev with a force of Don cossacks moves towards Moscow for action against the Bolsheviks. This is defeated by 13 February and Alexeyev commits suicide
4British government makes declaration to King of the Hejaz reaffirming their pledges regarding freeing of the Arab peoples
5British ship "Tuscania", carrying US troops, sunk by German submarine UB-77 off coast of Ireland
6German givernment sends ultimatum to Rumanian government demanding peace negotiations within four days; Rumanian premier Bratianu resigns; new Cabinet formed next day
9Ukraine signs peace treaty with Central Powers at Brest Litovsk: on 20 February Britain says it will not recognise this treaty
10Trotski announces that state of war between Russia and Germany is ended but that Russia will not sign a formal treaty
11US President Wilson addresses Congress adding four more to the "Fourteen Points"
15Third German destroyer raid in Straits of Dover
16Port of Dover shelled by German submarine
17General Dunsterville's Mission reaches Enzeli in NW Persia
18Armistice on Russian front expires. German armies resume hostilities and begin to advance; they soon capture Dvinsk
18 General Sir William Robertson ("Wully") resigns as Chief of the Imperial General Staff; he is replaced next day by General Sir Henry Wilson
19Russian Bolshevik government indicates willingness to sign peace treaty with Germany
21British forces capture Jericho in Palestine
21British government forms a Ministry of Information
23Inter-Alled Labour and Socialist Conference in London passes resultion with regard to war aims
24Turkish forces recapture Trebizond in Asia Minor
24German forces move to occupy Dorpat in Estonia
25German forces caoture Pernau, Reval and Pskov as advance against Russians continues
25British forces occupy Kermanshah in western Persia
25Peace negotiations begin in Bucharest
26British hospital ship "Glenart Castle" is sunk by German submarine U-56 in Bristol Channel. Out of the 200 men and women aboard, only 38 were saved
28Military operations cease on Eastern Front as Bolshevik Russians resume negotiations

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