Diary January 8, 1918

Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) attempted to invite the European nations into the League of Nations, but was no supported by the Congress, and was subsequently defeated in the 1920 elections.

World War One Diary for Tuesday, January 8, 1918:

Politics

USA: WILSON’S FOURTEEN POINTS MESSAGE TO CONGRESS outlines peace programme. Office of Public Information distributes all over Europe. French Parliament adopts it on January 11.

Western Front

Britain: Haig’s fourth Dispatch on Battles of Arras, ‘Lens’, Messines and Third Ypres in previous summer, claims 131 German divisions defeated. Petain writes to Clemenceau ‘In reality, the 1918 battle will be defensive…‘. He and Haig present strategy together on January 24 and 30, only choice until US arrives in strength.
Upper Marne: Patton’s US Tank School opens at Langres.
Meuse: Major French trench raid near Seiche prey (Woevre); Legion (141 casualties) bring back 188 PoWs, 16 MGs and 9 mortars.

Eastern Front

Brest-Litovsk: Bolsheviks resume talks under Trotsky (arrived January 7); Talaat Pasha arrives.

Call of War
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