Diary December 29, 1916

Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig

Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, the controversial commander of the British forces on the Western Front between 1915 and 1918.

World War One Diary for Friday, December 29, 1916:

Western Front

Somme: Haig’s Battle of the Somme Dispatch published, covers BEF operations from May 15 to November 18, 1916. He divides battle into four phases, lists capture of 38,000 PoWs and 125 guns. Haig stresses that fully half German Army engaged and defeated and that British troops (many only partially trained) surpassed all expectations.

Eastern Front

Russia: STAVKA conference until December 31 includes Tsar and all three Front C­-in-Cs, Brusilov decides, in principle, to launch 1917 offensive.

Air War

Western Front: Bad weather hampers flying until December 30.

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