Diary December 11, 1917

Allenby enters Jerusalem

British General Sir Edmund Allenby (front) enters Jerusalem.

World War One Diary for Tuesday, December 11, 1917:

Middle East

Palestine: Allenby enters Jerusalem on foot via Jaffa Gate with Allied parties including Major TE Lawrence and Lieutenant-Colonel Wavell (film released in Britain in February 1918). .

Eastern Front

Russia: National Council proclaims Lithuanian independence. Russian Front forces sent against Don Cossacks. Commissar for Polish Affairs appointed.

Home Fronts

Russia: Constituent Assembly meets at Petrograd until 13 December, when its broken up by Bolsheviks.
France: ­Clemenceau demands removal of parliament immunity from ex-Prime Minister Caillaux (arrested December 12) and two other deputies (done December 22-23).

Southern Fronts

Piave: Krauss with 4 divisions and 460 guns attacks Mt Grappa (‘Sacred Mountain’) sector; German 5th Division storms Mt Spinoncia but can get no farther despite repeated attacks. Austrian 4th Division, arrived from Eastern Front, captures Col della Berretta.

Sea War

East Atlantic: U-155 shells Funchal on the Portuguese island of Madeira.

Call of War
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