Diary December 19, 1918

Douglas Haig 1916

On this picture from 1916 Douglas Haig (right) can be seen with Joffre, the French President Poincare, King George V and Foch.

World War One Diary for Thursday, December 19, 1918:

Home Fronts

Britain: Haig and his 5 army commanders return to London. Sir E Geddes made Coordinator for Army demobili­zation. Military gratuities scale issued (Navy’s on December 24).
Czechoslovakia: 8 hour day, 48 hour week introduced.

Western Front

Holland – The ‘Limburg Passage’: Dutch Foreign Minister Van Karnebeek reports to Parliament that 70,300 German soldiers have passed through South Holland since Armistice; disarming proce­dures strictly observed; baggage searched for war material; no consultation with German authorities, only unit commanders in transit.
Britain: Haig, CoS Lieutenant-General Lawrence and five Army commanders receive official welcome home in London.

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