Timeline of May 1918

British troops of the 13th (Western) Division entering Kirkuk in northern Iraq, 7 May 1918. From the Ministry of Information First World War Official Collection at the Imperial War Museum, copyright image IWM Q24682,with my thanks.

British troops of the 13th (Western) Division entering Kirkuk in northern Iraq, 7 May 1918. From the Ministry of Information First World War Official Collection at the Imperial War Museum, copyright image IWM Q24682,with my thanks.

May 1918

DateEvents
1German forces capture Sevastopol in the Crimea
1German forces seize part of Russian Black Sea fleet
2Netherlands concludes agreement with Germany regarding supply of sand and gravel
4Russian and Ukraine governments sign an armistice at Koronevo
5Field Marshal Sir John French appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
6German and Turkish delegates arrive at Batum to negotaite peace with Georgians and Armenians
7British forces capture Kirkuk in northern Iraq
7Finnish civil war ends as White Guards capture Frederickshamn
7Final peace treaty signed between Rumania and Bulgaria, Central Powers and Turkey
8Nicaragua declares war on Germany and Austria-Hungary
8German forces capture Rostov in south Russia
9British naval forces carry out second attack on Ostende: HMS "Vindictive" sunk to block harbour
9Joint Trade Committee of the Entente Powers formed in the Netherlands
9Dr da Silva Paes elected Portuguese President
11Finland and Turkey conclude a peace agreement
12Germany and Austria-Hungary sign a military treaty ("Waffenbund")
14Italian naval raid on Pula harbour
15German submarine bombards St Kilda in the Hebrides
15Entente powers sign agreement with Japan and China regarding German penetration in the Far East
16Japan and China sign agreement for military co-operation against German and Russian Bolshevik aggression
17Sinn Fein leaders arrested and interned in Ireland
18British air raid on Cologne: first retaliatory raid on German towns
18Turkish forces occupy Alexandropol in Georgia
19German night air raid on London: proves to be last in which casualties are inflicted (49 killed and 177 wounded) before WW2
19Heavy casualties in German air raid on British camps and hospitals at Etaples in France
23Costa Rica declares war on Germany
24British forces evacuate Kirkuk in northern Iraq
24General Poole lands at Murmansk, to organise the North Russian Expeditionary Force
25British government publishes accounts of Irish-German plots
26Dissolution of Trans-Caucasion Federal Government, as Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia each declare independence
27Major German attack (known to British as Battle of the Aisne 1918) in Chemin des Dames area: Craonne is captured
29Soissons falls to Germans as their advance continues
29Finland and Austria-Hungary conclude peace treaty
30Fere-en-Tardenois falls to Germans as their advance continues
31German advance from Chemin des Dames reaches River Marne; Chateau-Thierry and Dormans are both captured
31Cooreman succeeds Baron de Broqueville as Belgian Prime Minister

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