January 19, 1918

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Constituent Assembly forcibly dissolved by Bolshevists. The Times announces Sir Herbert Lawrence succeeded Sir Launcelot Kiggell as Chief of Staff to Sir Douglas Haig.

January 18, 1918

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British line in Palestine near Durah, 12 miles north of Jerusalem, advanced on a four-mile front. Constituent Assembly meets in Petrograd; amidst scenes of disorder it refuses to submit to Bolshevist dictation; processions celebrating its opening shot at in streets by Red Guard.

January 15, 1918

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Result of Cambrai inquiry announced by Mr. Bonar Law in House of Commons; War Cabinet satisfied that Higher Command was not surprised, but deprecate public discussion of “breakdown which undoubtedly occurred.” Austrian strikes spreading. Announced Russian Government ordered arrest of King of Rumania and his removal to Petrograd.

January 14, 1918

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Italian advance east of the Brenta Valley in the Asolone district, taking 491 prisoners. Sir Auckland Geddes introduces new Man Power Bill in the Commons; 420,000 to 450,000 men wanted from munition factories, shipbuilding works, &c.; age limit not to be raised or lowered nor compulsory service applied to Ireland. Yarmouth bombarded by enemy destroyers; four killed and eight injured.

January 12, 1918

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German attack at Chaume Wood, Verdun front, defeated. Announced British column disembarked at Port Amelia, Portuguese East Africa.

January 11, 1918

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War Office announces three columns of British troops from Rovuma river, from Lake Nyasa, and from the coast in conjunction with Portuguese in pursuit of enemy forces escaped into Mozambique. Changes in Admiralty: Rear-Admiral Fremantle succeeds Sir Henry Oliver as Deputy Chief of the General Staff; Rear-Admiral Hope succeeds Sir Rosslyn Wemyss as Deputy First Sea Lord. Vice-Admiral Bacon, Commanding Dover Patrol, transferred to Ministry of Munitions.

January 10, 1918

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Enemy abandon some positions on the canal joining the mouths of the Piave. Trotsky agrees to German demand to continue negotiations at Brest-Litovsk; Ukraine delegates to be represented at the conference.