December 7, 1916

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Mr. Lloyd George, Prime Minister. German 9th Army cuts off Rumanian Army holding Predeal and Predelus Passes; 10,000 prisoners claimed. Renewed Russian offensive in Carpathians. Blockade of Greece announced from December 8 to be maintained until adequate reparation is made for outrages on Allies in Athens. French regain part of ground lost at Hill 304, Verdun.

December 6, 1916

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Fall of Bukarest to the Germans; Ploesti also taken; Rumanian division, cut off in retreat from Orsova, engaged at the Alt and forced to capitulate. More atrocities in Athens; Royalist party regained control of posts and telegraphs. Slight German success at Hill 304, Verdun. Mr. Bonar Law refuses to form a Ministry; the task accepted by Mr. Lloyd George.

December 5, 1916

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Mr. Asquith Resigns, following resignation of Mr. Lloyd George, who had failed to carry his point with the Premier, and threatened resignation of the Unionist leaders; the King sends for Mr. Bonar Law. Enemy advancing on Bukarest. Russians carry the commanding height of the Jablonica Pass. Serbian success north-east of Monastir. Messages from Athens describe reign of terror there and murder and torture of Venizelists. Admiral Sir Cecil Burney and Captain Lionel Halsey announced appointed Second and Fourth Sea Lords.

December 4, 1916

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Rumanian retreat continues; enemy advancing towards Ploesti, the centre of the oil districts; retreat of the 2nd Rumanian Army defending the Prahova Valley menaced. Further Serbian successes north-east of Monastir; Staravina carried by assault. Armed and disguised German vessel reported sighted in the Atlantic.

December 3, 1916

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German victory on the River Arges; Tirgovisten taken; 1st Rumanian Army defeated and driven beyond Titu; Rumanian Army south-west of Bukarest driven back; furious fighting in Dobrudja. Serbian advance north-east of Monastir; heights north of Grunishta carried. German submarines bombard the Portuguese port of Funchai, Madeira. Mr. Asquith agrees to reconstruction of Cabinet and so advises the King.

December 2, 1916

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Enemy progress in Rumania; heavy fighting in the Arges Valley; Rumanian retirement along the PitestiBukarest railway, Germans allege 1st Army Headquarters captured and over 6,000 prisoners taken. Rumanian resistance south-east of Bukarest; enemy driven back on the Alexandria road; 26 guns taken and Comana and Gostinari recaptured. Slight Russian progress in Trotus and Sulta valleys, north of the Rumanian frontier. Serious crisis in Greece; King Constantine offers to surrender eight batteries instead of 10 demanded. M. Trepoff, new Russian Premier, announces Allies have acknowledged Russia’s right to Constantinople and the Straits.

December 1, 1916

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Cabinet crisis; Mr. Lloyd George presses Mr. Asquith for reform of war administration and urges establishment of small War Committee to have supreme charge of war. Greek Government refuses to yield to Allied demands; Admiral du Fournet lands troops in Piræus; troops fired upon and after some fighting Allies withdraw; King Constantine offers to surrender six batteries instead of the 10 demanded.

November 29, 1916

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Appointments of Sir John Jellicoe to succeed Sir Henry Jackson as First Sea Lord and of Sir David Beatty as Commander-in-Chief, Grand Fleet, announced. Falkenhayn‘s advance continues; Pitesti captured.