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1 Jan 1918
  • The British Cabinet, hearing false rumours of Bolshevik atrocities at Irkutsk, Russia, sent a telegram to US President Wilson asking that he reconsider the proposal to land an Allied force in the Far East to safeguard the 600,000 tons of supplies and other interests at Vladivostok. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The Allies decided to supply the Ukraine and Romania through Persia and Siberia in the event of a renewed German offensive in the east. It was further decided that, for this purpose, the Trans-Siberian railway must be brought under Allied control. This would naturally involve the commitment of ground troops to the region. ww2dbase [AC]
2 Jan 1918
  • Walther von Brauchitsch was awarded the Saxe-Meiningen Honour Cross for War Merit. ww2dbase [Walther von Brauchitsch | CPC]
3 Jan 1918
  • A British Emissary, R. H. Lockhart, was ordered to Russia to open relations with the Bolsheviks. ww2dbase [AC]
7 Jan 1918

United States
  • Joseph Stilwell boarded USMS New York at New York, New York, United States. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | New York | CPC]
11 Jan 1918
  • Erwin Rommel was given a staff position at the headquarters of the German LXIV Armeekorp. ww2dbase [Erwin Rommel | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Kasuga ran aground on a sand bank in the Bangka Strait in the Dutch East Indies. She would remain stuck in that position for five months. ww2dbase [Kasuga | Bangka Strait | CPC]
14 Jan 1918
  • Francis Tuker was promoted to the rank of captain. ww2dbase [Francis Tuker | CPC]
18 Jan 1918

  • Paul Wenneker was officially released from captivity by the Netherlands, but he would actually remain interned until Dec 1918. ww2dbase [Paul Wenneker | CPC]
19 Jan 1918

France Mediterranean Sea
  • The German battlecruiser Goeben and cruiser Breslau (both under the Turkish flag) and screened by four torpedo boats, under the command of Admiral von Rebeur Paschwitz sortied out of the Bosphorus (Istanbul Strait) into the Mediterranean Sea with the intent on bombarding the British naval base of Mudros bay on the island of Lemnos, Greece. Within half an hour of leaving the Dardanelles the Goeben struck a mine. The damage was not that serious but did force the accompanying torpedo boats to turn back. ww2dbase [Aegean Sea | AC]
20 Jan 1918
  • General Tabouis, commander of the French military mission at Kiev, Ukraine, ordered the Czech Corps (under General Lafont to take up battle stations at Vinnitsa, Ukraine with the Polish Corps on its right and the Romanian army on its left) to counter a possible German thrust across the Vinnitsa-Mogilev line. The Czechs however refused to carry out the order which effectively destroyed any hope of Allied unity in the Ukraine. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Off Trukey, after firing on the Cape Kephalo lookout at Imbros Island and sinking the Royal Navy monitors Lord Raglan and M28 in Kusi Bay, German Admiral von Rebeur Paschwitz positioned his ships to bombard Mudros Bay. At 0830 hours however, the Breslau struck a mine, and almost at the same time a British aircraft, from Imbris, hit her with a bomb. The battlecruiser Goeben turned to try and take the stricken cruiser in tow, but also exploded a mine and began to list to port. The helpless Breslau drifted over four more mines which also detonated and blew off her stern. Within minutes the Cruiser sank with the loss of two thirds of her 370-man crew. Admiral Paschwitz abandoned his mission and, under constant air attack, made haste back towards the Dardanelles which he reached (after running over another mine) but then ran aground at Nagara Point. It would take a week before the battlecruiser could be pulled free during which time she would suffer more heavy damage from air attack. ww2dbase [AC]
Photo(s) dated 20 Jan 1918
Korean royal family at Deoksugung, Keijo (now Seoul), Japanese-occupied Korea, 20 Jan 1918; left to right: Crown Prince Yi Un, Emperor Sunjong, former King Gojong, Empress Sunjeong, Princess Deokhye
21 Jan 1918
  • While conducting a night exercise, Chuichi Nagumo's destroyer Kisaragi collided with sailing vessel Miyajima Maru; Nagumo was sentenced to two days in the brig. ww2dbase [Chuichi Nagumo | CPC]
22 Jan 1918

  • Ukrainian delegates traveled to Brest-Litovsk, Russia (now in Belarus) to take part in the peace talks. ww2dbase [Brest-Litovsk | AC]
23 Jan 1918
  • The Cossacks formed a Military Revolutionary Committee and deposed Russian General Alexei Kaledin. ww2dbase [AC]
24 Jan 1918
  • The Bolsheviks set up their own government at Kharkov and invaded the Ukraine. They ran into some resistance from the 1st Polish Corps, but this was quickly overcome and the Poles were forced to withdraw westward into German-held territory, where they surrendered. ww2dbase [AC]
25 Jan 1918

United Kingdom
  • The first aeroplane to be shot down by a night fighter was a German Gotha brought down by British Captain G. H. Hackwell and Lieutenant C. C. Banks during a raid on London, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [London, England | AC]
26 Jan 1918
  • George Patton was promoted to the temporary rank of major. ww2dbase [George Patton | CPC]
28 Jan 1918
  • The Russian Orthodox Church was formally separated from the state. Religious belief was still permitted by the regime provided it did not threaten public order or trespass into politics. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The Council of People's Commissars (the Soviet governing body) formally declared the formation of the Red Army. ww2dbase [CPC]
1 Feb 1918
  • William Halsey was promoted to the rank of commander. ww2dbase [William Halsey | CPC]
5 Feb 1918
  • 2nd Lieutenant Stephen W. Thompson shot down a German Albatros aircraft from his Breguet 14 biplane, while undergoing operational training, marking the first confirmed victory for the US Air Service. ww2dbase [AC]
6 Feb 1918

7 Feb 1918
  • The Bolsheviks captured Kiev which brought the entire Ukraine effectively under their control. ww2dbase [AC]
8 Feb 1918

Japan United Kingdom
  • The British Director of Naval Construction began planning the conversion of battleship Almirante Cochrane, still under construction, into a carrier. ww2dbase [Eagle | CPC]
10 Feb 1918

11 Feb 1918
  • The deposed Don Cossack leader, Russian General Alexi M. Kaledin, shot himself. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Robert Greim claimed a kill in aerial combat over France but it was not confirmed. ww2dbase [Robert von Greim | CPC]
12 Feb 1918

13 Feb 1918
  • Quintin Brand was promoted to the rank of major and became the commanding officer of No. 112 Squadron of the British Royal Flying Corps. ww2dbase [Quintin Brand | CPC]
  • Junichi Sasai was born. ww2dbase [Junichi Sasai | CPC]
  • British Rear Admiral T. W. Kemp, commanding the Murmansk Squadron, fearing a German attack northwards towards the vital Allied supply ports of Archangel and Murmansk (both held by the Bolsheviks) signaled the Admiralty to send 6,000 troops to northern Russia to form a defensive garrison. It was two weeks before he received a negative reply-there were no troops available and Kemp was expressly forbidden to engage in military action to protect the ports. ww2dbase [AC]
15 Feb 1918
  • Friedrich Christiansen shot down a British H12B flying boat off Felixstowe, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Friedrich Christiansen | CPC]
16 Feb 1918

France Lithuania
  • The nation of Lithuania was established. ww2dbase [TH]
18 Feb 1918
  • Lockhart, the British unofficial emissary to the Bolsheviks, held his first meeting with Trotsky. His encouraging report back to London, England, United Kingdom indicated that the latter appeared to hold great bitterness towards the Germans. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Robert Greim achieved his 8th kill over France. ww2dbase [Robert von Greim | CPC]
  • The Central Powers, unable to break the deadlock in the peace talks at Brest-Litovsk, Russia (now in Belarus), ordered their forces to move forward and occupy the territories that they were demanding under the peace terms. The German offensive took the Bolsheviks completely by surprise and an Anglo-French offer of military aid was readily accepted in Petrograd, Russia, even by a reluctant Lenin who realised that the renewed conflict with Germany was a major setback to the Bolshevik revolution. ww2dbase [Brest-Litovsk | AC]
21 Feb 1918
  • Russian General Mikhail Alekseev's exhausted Volunteer Army, its situation untenable and sadly in need of recruits and supplies, was forced to evacuate Rostov, Russia and retreated into the steppes south of the Don. ww2dbase [AC]
23 Feb 1918

  • Arthur Scherbius patented the idea of a cipher machine; it was to be introduced to the commercial market as the Enigma machine in 1923. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Although the Red Army was declared by the Council of People's Commissars (the Soviet governing body) one month prior, this date was considered the birth of the Red Army. ww2dbase [CPC]
24 Feb 1918

  • The nation of Estonia was established. ww2dbase [TH]
25 Feb 1918

  • Following the suicide of Ataman Alexey Kaledin and the departure of Lavr Kornilov's "Volunteer Army", a "Red" Cossack leader, V. S. Golubov, broke into the Parliament building at Novocherkassk, Russia forcibly dissolving the Krug (the parliament of the Don Cossacks) and then shot the new Ataman, Anatoly Nazarov, and several leading politicians. The reaction to the killing of the elected head of the Cossack State was instantaneous - General Popov, leader of the Don forces, deserted, with indecent haste, with 1,500 men (leaving behind an almost equal number to men to face the oncoming Reds). ww2dbase [Novocherkassk, Rostov | AC]
United States
  • Rear Admiral John D. McDonald was named the commanding officer of New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, United States. ww2dbase [New York Navy Yard | Brooklyn, New York | CPC]
26 Feb 1918
  • Pyotr Masherov was born. ww2dbase [Pyotr Masherov | CPC]
  • Douglas MacArthur assisted in capturing a number of German prisoners during a trench raid. For this action, French Major General Georges de Bazelaire later awarded MacArthur with the Croix de guerre, the first such award given to a member of the American Expeditionary Force. ww2dbase [Douglas MacArthur | CPC]
27 Feb 1918

  • Settsu departed Mako, Hoko Prefecture, Taiwan to patrol the Chinese coast. ww2dbase [Settsu | Mako, Hoko | CPC]
28 Feb 1918

France United Kingdom
  • The British Royal Navy purchased the under construction hull of battleship Almirante Cochrane; she was ordered to be converted to become an aircraft carrier. ww2dbase [Eagle | CPC]
1 Mar 1918
  • The Murmansk Soviet informed Petrograd, Russia that the Allied missions continued to be well inclined towards supporting the Bolsheviks and were willing to provide military aid and food supplies. ww2dbase [AC]
  • President Wilson drafted a message stating that he had no objection to an Allied request for a Japanese intervention in Siberia. But under pressure from his special adviser Colonel E. House, he was actually persuaded to compile a second note in which he stated that the US Government felt that such a Japanese intervention might be playing into the hands of the enemies of the Russian revolution (for which the US Government held the greatest sympathy). ww2dbase [AC]
2 Mar 1918
  • Friedrich Ruge was awarded the Iron Cross 1st Class medal. ww2dbase [Friedrich Ruge | CPC]
  • Masafumi Arima departed for an overseas tour. ww2dbase [Masafumi Arima | CPC]
  • Trotsky told the Murmansk Soviet to fully co-operate with the Allies. ww2dbase [AC]
3 Mar 1918

Japan Russia
  • Russia signed a peace treaty with the Central Powers at Brest-Litovsk, Russia (now in Belarus). Its fourteen articles reduced the territorial possessions of Russia to those of Muscovy before the time of Peter the Great. Poland, the Baltic Provinces and the Ukraine were all surrendered as well as a third of Russia's population. ww2dbase [Brest-Litovsk | AC]
4 Mar 1918

  • Lennart Oesch was given command of Finnish 8th J√§ger Battalion. ww2dbase [Lennart Oesch | CPC]
5 Mar 1918
  • Kurt Fricke was awarded Knight's Cross of the House Order of Hohenzollern with Swords. ww2dbase [Kurt Frike | CPC]
6 Mar 1918
  • British Admiral Kemp, with the full approval of the Murmansk Soviet (and it could be argued with that of Trotsky himself) put 130 Royal Marines ashore, the first Allied troops to set foot on Russian soil. Amidst considerable ceremony the Marines marched through the town to their barracks. Kemps flagship HMS Glory fired a salute to the Red Banner; the salute being cordially returned by a gunnery detail aboard the Russian battleship Chesma. ww2dbase [AC]
7 Mar 1918
  • The cruiser HMS Cochrane arrived at Murmansk, Russia to reinforce Admiral Kemp's Squadron. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Kurt Fricke was made aide-de-camp to the commander of the torpedo boats. ww2dbase [Kurt Frike | CPC]
9 Mar 1918
  • Douglas MacArthur led a company of the US 168th Infantry Regiment during raids on German trenches in the Salient du Feys, France. For this action, MacArthur was later awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. ww2dbase [Douglas MacArthur | CPC]
11 Mar 1918

Japan United States
  • James Doolittle was promoted to the rank of second lieutenant in the US Army Reserve. ww2dbase [James Doolittle | CPC]
12 Mar 1918

  • The Soviet government relocated from Petrograd to Moscow in Russia. Many of the government offices were housed in the Moscow Kremlin. Vladmir Lenin and Joseph Stalin also maintained personal quarters in the complex. ww2dbase [Kremlin and Red Square | Joseph Stalin | Moscow | CPC]
17 Mar 1918

19 Mar 1918
  • Douglas MacArthur led US Secretary of War Newton Baker on a tour near the front lines. ww2dbase [Douglas MacArthur | CPC]
  • The French cruiser Amiral Aube arrived at Murmansk, Russia to join Admiral Kemp's Squadron. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Admiral William S. Sims, commander of the US Naval forces in European waters, asked Washington to provide a warship to join the British and French naval force assembling at Murmansk, Russia. After consultation with the State Department, Admiral Benson, the Chief of Naval Operations, signaled back that no American ship could be spared to operate in north Russian water. Sims however continued to press for a reversal of the decision and after a few days Benson relented and ordered the cruiser USS Olympia to proceed to Murmansk. ww2dbase [AC]
20 Mar 1918

21 Mar 1918
  • The Germans opened their last great offensive on the western front, the Ludendorff offensive. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The British War Cabinet continued to press for American support to the idea of asking the Japanese to intervene in Siberia (to protect the war stores at Vladivostok, Russia). Colonel House, the US President's special adviser admitted that while he was impressed by the British argument he was not at all impressed by the attitude of the Japanese themselves. President Wilson refused to even discuss the subject of intervention. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Robert Greim achieved his 9th kill over France. ww2dbase [Robert von Greim | CPC]
22 Mar 1918
  • The French began negotiations with the Japanese to provide ships to evacuate the Czech Legion from Vladivostok, Russia. The Japanese replied that no ships could be made immediately available, and similar requests to the British and American Governments met with a similar response. For the time being the Czechs would have to employed only in support of Ataman Semenov, the Siberian Cossack leader, or of a Japanese intervention force. ww2dbase [AC]
23 Mar 1918
  • George Patton, commanding officer of the American Tank School in France, received his first 10 light tanks by train; he personally backed 7 of them from the train. ww2dbase [George Patton | CPC]
24 Mar 1918
  • Captain J. L. Trollope of No. 43 Squadron RFC in a Sopwith Camel aircraft shot down six enemy aircraft in a single day. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The USS Olympia arrived at Murmansk, Russia. Her captain placed the ship under Admiral Kemp's orders. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The Bolsheviks seized the telegraph office in Vladivostok, Russia; the staff immediately went on strike resulting in a complete breakdown of communication with the outside world. ww2dbase [AC]
United States
25 Mar 1918
  • US Navy Ensign John F. McNamara, operating from RNAS Portland, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, became the first US naval aviator to make an attack on an enemy submarine. ww2dbase [AC]
26 Mar 1918
  • Peter Drummond was awarded the Distinguished Service Order medal. ww2dbase [Peter Drummond | CPC]
  • Admiral Austin Knight, Commander-in-Chief of the US Asiatic Fleet (flying his flag in the USS Brooklyn) reported that a strong contingent of Red Guards, with at least three German officers among then, had arrived in Vladivostok, Russia. Two days later he reported that the Bolsheviks had begun to remove allied war supplies at the rate of forty railway truckloads per day. ww2dbase [Vladivostok | AC]
27 Mar 1918

British Palestine
  • Peter Drummond, in a Nieuport aircraft over Palestine, engaged six German aircraft and shot down one. Developing engine trouble, he was forced to land behind enemy lines several times before finally able to fly back to his unit. ww2dbase [Peter Drummond | CPC]
28 Mar 1918
  • Thomas Masaryk's Czech Legion commenced its move from Kiev to Vladivostok in accordance with an agreement made with Moscow earlier in the year that the 30,000-man Czech force (many of whose senior officers were Russians) should be transferred to the Western Front. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Karl von Le Suire was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class. ww2dbase [Karl von Le Suire | CPC]
30 Mar 1918
  • George Patton was promoted to the temporary rank of lieutenant colonel. ww2dbase [George Patton | CPC]
1 Apr 1918
  • Quintin Brand was promoted to the rank of temporary captain. ww2dbase [Quintin Brand | CPC]
  • The British Royal Air Force was created out of the uniting of the Army‚Äôs Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Navy Air Service. It was be the world's first independent air service. ww2dbase [AC]
3 Apr 1918
  • Kurt Fricke was awarded Friedrich August Cross 1st Class of Oldenburg. ww2dbase [Kurt Frike | CPC]
4 Apr 1918
  • Three armed men wearing Russian uniforms entered the Japanese shipping office in Vladivostok, Russia and demanded money. When the staff refused the raiders opened fire wounding three clerks, one of them fatally. ww2dbase [AC]
5 Apr 1918
  • A Japanese intervention force of 500 naval infantry disembarked at Vladivostok, Russia on the order of Admiral Kato; the Captain of HMS Suffolk also landed fifty Royal Marines to guard the British consulate. The Soviet government responded by halting all eastward movement on the Trans-Siberian railway and for a while it looked as if the Czech Legion would not be able to reach the port at all. ww2dbase [AC]
6 Apr 1918

Photo(s) dated 6 Apr 1918
Portrait of Thomas Hitchcock, Jr., 6 Apr 1918
12 Apr 1918
  • Westcott was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Westcott | CPC]
13 Apr 1918
  • With mounting distrust of the Bolshevik authorities, delegates from the Czech Legion Units decided that no further arms should be handed over to the Reds. They also made plans to seize fuel and rolling stock along the railway if their movement to Vladivostok,Russia was further impeded. ww2dbase [AC]
United States
19 Apr 1918
  • Quintin Brand was promoted to the rank of temporary major. ww2dbase [Quintin Brand | CPC]
20 Apr 1918

United States
  • Joseph Rochefort enlisted in the United States Navy. ww2dbase [Joseph Rochefort | CPC]
21 Apr 1918
  • Canadian Captain Roy Brown of No. 209 Squadron RFC probably shot down and killed the famous Red Baron, German ace Baron Manfred von Richthofen. ww2dbase [AC]
23 Apr 1918
  • Lieutenant Paul Baer shot down his fifth enemy aircraft while in US service to become the first ace of the American Expeditionary Force. ww2dbase [AC]
United States
24 Apr 1918 France
25 Apr 1918
29 Apr 1918

  • Robert Greim was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern with Swords medal. ww2dbase [Robert von Greim | CPC]
30 Apr 1918
  • Hyuga was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Hyuga | CPC]
2 May 1918
  • The Supreme War Council proposed that those Czech Legion units that have not yet made their way to Vladivostok, Russia should instead turn northwards to link up with the Allied forces from Archangel to establish a new eastern front line. The proposal was put to the Bolshevik authorities in Moscow by the French Military Mission and after some discussion Trotsky gave his consent. ww2dbase [AC]
8 May 1918

  • John Birch was born in Landour, northern India. ww2dbase [John Birch | Landour | CPC]
United States
  • Joseph Rochefort was activated by the United States Navy with the rating of Electrician 3rd Class at San Pedro, California, United States. ww2dbase [Joseph Rochefort | San Pedro, California | CPC]
10 May 1918
  • The first 8,000 men of the Czech Legion arrived in Vladivostok, Russia. But there was still no sign of shipping to take them out. The Legion had by this time grown to around 70,000 men including many new recruits picked up from prisoner of war camps en route. Although the decision had been taken weeks before, nobody in Vladivostok or in the Legion (which was strung out along the railway from the Kiev to Vladivostok) had been made aware of the Allies plan to link up with the forces at Archangel. The Japanese refused to co-operate and with no other real control or information about the Legion's future, many in the Legion were growing acutely suspicious of both the Bolsheviks and the Allies motives. ww2dbase [AC]
14 May 1918

  • Trouble flared on the Trans-Siberian railway at Chelyabinsk, Russia when a train carrying Hungarian prisoners of war who were being repatriated under the terms of the Brest-Litovsk treaty drew up alongside several trains filled with troops of the 3rd and 6th Czech regiment. The Czechs had been kept there for several days waiting for authority to continue, and their tempers were badly frayed and the sight of these Austrians on their way home did nothing to improve matters. Insults were hurled between the trains, and a Czech soldier was injured by a piece of iron thrown by a Hungarian. Impassioned the Czech soldiers boarded the Hungarian train preventing it from leaving, seized and lynched the culprit. A detachment of Red Guards now arrived on the scene and took away a number of Czechs to a nearby town to be held as witnesses pending an inquiry. When two days later a Czech officer went to secure their release he was arrested and imprisoned. The Czechs were furious; forming two battalions they marched on the town and forced the Soviets to hand over the imprisoned men and also seizing a quantity of weapons from the town arsenal. ww2dbase [Chelyabinsk | AC]
16 May 1918

Photo(s) dated 16 May 1918
Mayor J. von Haartman greeting General Mannerheim at Helsinki, Finland, 16 May 1918Carl Mannerheim in the victory parade in Helsinki, Finland, 16 May 1918
18 May 1918 Japan
  • Prince Naruhiko married Princess Toshiko, ninth daughter of Emperor Meiji. ww2dbase [Naruhiko | CPC]
20 May 1918
  • Delegates from the seventy-odd troop trains spread out along the Trans-Siberian railway gathered at Chelyabinsk, Russia for a General Congress. The Czechs now learned, via the French Military Mission in Moscow, of the Allied intention to re-route the Legion units still west of Omsk to Archangel. The Congress decided that such a division of the Legion's strength was unacceptable and rejected the idea in the face of strong protests from the French representatives present. Meanwhile, Russian leader Leon Trotsky ordered all Bolshevik organizations along the Trans-Siberian railway to disarm the Czech legion. ww2dbase [AC]
United States
  • USS New Mexico was commissioned into service under the command of Captain Ashley Herman Robertson. ww2dbase [New Mexico | CPC]
23 May 1918

United Kingdom
  • The British War Cabinet decided to despatch a 560-man force to Arkhangelsk in northern Russia, whose task it would be to train Russian forces in the area and to reorganize the Czech Corps making its way northwards from the Ukraine. In addition it was proposed to reinforce the Marines at Murmansk, Russia with a force of 600 infantry, machine-gunners and engineers under the command of Major General Sir Charles Maynard. ww2dbase [AC]
25 May 1918
  • Leon Trotsky repeated his order that the Czech Legion in Russia was to be disarmed and added that any Czech soldier found armed on the Trans-Siberian Railway was to be shot on the spot, and that any trains containing even one armed man were to be arrested and interned. To the Czechs this was nothing short of a declaration of war and that the only course open to them was to fight their way through to Vladivostok in eastern Russia. Before nightfall that day the Czechs had captured Marinsk and Marinova and disarmed two trainloads of Red Guards. ww2dbase [AC]
26 May 1918
  • In Siberia, Russia, the Czech legion captured Chelyabinsk and Novonikolayevsk. ww2dbase [AC]
28 May 1918
  • In Siberia, Russia, the Czech Legion captured Penza. ww2dbase [AC]
29 May 1918
  • The British Cabinet seceded that a large scale Allied intervention in Russia was now an inevitable necessity and that all possible pressure should be brought to bear on US President Wilson to persuade him to agree to it. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Prince Hiroyasu's second child, Princess Yasuko, married Marquis Nagatake Asano. ww2dbase [Hiroyasu | CPC]
30 May 1918
  • Richard O'Connor was Mentioned in Despatches. ww2dbase [Richard O'Connor | CPC]
31 May 1918
  • Quintin Brand was awarded the Distinguished Service Order award. ww2dbase [Quintin Brand | CPC]
  • In Siberia, Russia, the Czech Legion captured Petropavlovsk and Tomsk. ww2dbase [AC]
1 Jun 1918
  • Yoshijiro Umezu was promoted to the rank of major. ww2dbase [Yoshijiro Umezu | CPC]
United States
  • Kichisaburo Nomura stepped down as the naval attach√© to the United States. ww2dbase [Kichisaburo Nomura | CPC]
3 Jun 1918
  • US President Wilson consented to the sending of US troops to Russia if circumstances made it imperative to do so. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The Japanese Government gave its approval to a plan for joint intervention in Siberia, Russia. ww2dbase [AC]
4 Jun 1918
6 Jun 1918

  • Joseph Stilwell was attached the the G-2 Section of US 2nd Corps in France. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | CPC]
Germany United States
7 Jun 1918
  • In Siberia, Russia, the Czech Legion captured Omsk. ww2dbase [AC]
  • While in France, George Brett was promoted to the temporary rank of major. ww2dbase [George Brett | CPC]
8 Jun 1918
  • Edward Brooks was promoted to the rank of captain. ww2dbase [Edward Brooks | CPC]
United Kingdom
9 Jun 1918

  • The Germans began a new drive that threatened Paris, France; the position was critical, with the enemy's advance units only thirty-seven miles from the French capital. ww2dbase [Paris | AC]
11 Jun 1918
  • The British and French Governments asked the United States to send three battalions of infantry to North Russia. Although the US Government reluctantly agreed it would be three months before any American troops actually arrived. ww2dbase [AC]
13 Jun 1918

  • Vice Admiral Kazuyoshi Yamaji was named the commanding officer of the Mako naval port at Pescadores islands, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Mako Guard District | Mako, Hoko | CPC]
14 Jun 1918

United States
15 Jun 1918

  • Joseph Stilwell was temporarily unassigned from the G-2 Section of the US 2nd Corps in France. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | CPC]
18 Jun 1918
  • British Major General Maynard and his command embarked on the ship City of Marseilles at Newcastle, England, United Kingdom for Russia. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Robert Greim achieved his 15th kill over France. ww2dbase [Robert von Greim | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Carrier Eagle was towed to Armstrong-Whitworth's High Walker yard on the Tyne River in England, United Kingdom for fitting out. ww2dbase [Eagle | England | CPC]
19 Jun 1918
  • Maggiore Francesco Baracca, the leading Italian fighter ace of the war with 34 kills, was killed by Austrian ground fire over the Piave river in northeastern Italy. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Joseph Stilwell was made the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-2, US 4th Corps in Toul Sector of France. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | CPC]
22 Jun 1918

United States
23 Jun 1918
  • British Major General Maynard and his command arrived at Murmansk, Russia after a 5-day journey from Britain. ww2dbase [AC]
25 Jun 1918
  • At Vladivostok, Russia, the Czech Legion, still convinced that they were to play their part in opening a new front against the Germans, decided to strike westwards again, after first deposing of the Vladivostok Soviet and bringing the town under Allied control. ww2dbase [AC]
26 Jun 1918
  • Douglas MacArthur was promoted to the temporary rank of brigadier general, making him the youngest general in the American Expeditionary Force. ww2dbase [Douglas MacArthur | CPC]
27 Jun 1918
  • Lenin and Trotsky were outraged by the arrival of British force at Murmansk, Russia under Major General Maynard, especially when it was learnt that one of the Allies intentions was to link up with the Czech Legion. Trotsky ordered Alexei M. Yuryev, the head of the Murmansk Soviet, to immediately break off relations with the Allies, but Yuryev declined to obey on the grounds that Murmansk was totally dependant on the Allies for food and essential supplies. Lenin reacted by ordering 3,000 Bolshevik troops northwards from Petrograd by train to bring the Murmansk area under full Bolshevik military control. Maynard, meanwhile, had set off with his Brigade Major, his adjutant, an intelligence officer and a platoon of British Infantry on a tour of inspection. The two groups met at Kandalaksha. The commander of the Red train was drunk and very belligerent, but while the Russian was still trying to make up his mind what to do, Maynard deployed his troops to give the impression that the Bolsheviks were surrounded by a much larger force than Maynard actually had. The bluff worked and after a lot of hard talking the Bolshevik commander was persuaded to abandon his mission and turn around. Maynard found two more Bolshevik trains at Kem and these too were persuaded to hand over their weapons and turn back. ww2dbase [AC]
29 Jun 1918
  • Ernst Udet, his aircraft damaged by a French Breguet aircraft, jumped from his aircraft and survived by parachuting to the ground. Late opening of the parachute led to the spraining of his ankle upon landing. ww2dbase [Ernst Udet | CPC]
1 Jul 1918
  • William Leahy was promoted to the rank of captain. ww2dbase [William Leahy | CPC]
  • Clifton Cates was promoted to the temporary rank of first lieutenant. ww2dbase [Clifton Cates | CPC]
3 Jul 1918
  • The British War Cabinet recommended that an additional 5,000 troops be sent to northern Russia to reinforce General Poole's command; this force was to advance from Archangel southwards to the rail junction at Vologda to link up with Czech corps to form a rallying point for the Russian attempting to stop the Germans. The Supreme War Council gave its approval to the plan. Britain agreed to send 1,200 troops, the French government consented to provide a battalion of Colonial Infantry and the US government agreed to send troops to guard military stores (although a suggestion that the US should provide an Infantry Brigade was refused). ww2dbase [AC]
6 Jul 1918
  • US President Wilson approached the Japanese Government with a plan to rescue the Czech Legion (confining military operations to eastern Siberia only with no more than 12,000 Japanese troops to be employed). ww2dbase [AC]
  • Friedrich Christiansen strafed British submarine HMS C25 in the Thames estuary in southern England, United Kingdom, killing its captain and five crewmen. ww2dbase [Friedrich Christiansen | CPC]
9 Jul 1918
  • Quintin Brand was appointed the commanding officer of No. 151 Squadron RAF. ww2dbase [Quintin Brand | CPC]
United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt departed Washington Naval Shipyard in Washington DC, United States aboard USS Dyer. ww2dbase [Franklin Roosevelt | Washington | CPC]
10 Jul 1918
  • The British Government, mainly to pressure the Americans into making up their minds, announced that the 25th (Garrison) Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment would be transferred from Hong Kong to Vladivostok, Russia. The battalion would disembark in Russia on the same day that the first contingent of Japanese also arrived (followed forty eight hours later by 1,150 men of a French Colonial Infantry Battalion). ww2dbase [AC]
12 Jul 1918
  • The Japanese dreadnaught Kawachi was lost with 700 men in Tokuyama Bay, Japan, following an explosion of defective cordite in the ship's magazine. ww2dbase [AC]
14 Jul 1918

  • Egmont Prinz zur Lippe-Wei√üenfeld was born in Salzburg, Austria. ww2dbase [Egmont | Salzburg | CPC]
15 Jul 1918
17 Jul 1918
  • Omar Bradley was promoted to the temporary rank of major. ww2dbase [Omar Bradley | CPC]
  • Waterhen was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Waterhen | CPC]
United States
  • Henry Arnold's son William Bruce Arnold was born. ww2dbase [Henry Arnold | CPC]
18 Jul 1918

Photo(s) dated 18 Jul 1918
US 155 mm Howitzer Carriage M1917 (Schneider) howitzers near Soissons, France, 18 Jul 1918
19 Jul 1918

  • During the Battle of Soissons in Bouresches, France, he sent a report to describe his dire situation being pinned down in a trench, pinned down by machine gun fire, but "I WILL HOLD"; that phrase would later become associated with him even as he rose through the ranks. ww2dbase [Clifton Cates | Bouresches, Picardy | CPC]
United States
  • The armoured cruiser USS San Diego (formerly the USS California) was lost after hitting a mine 10 miles off Fire Island, New York, United States. ww2dbase [Fire Island, New York | AC]
21 Jul 1918

United Kingdom
22 Jul 1918
  • Danae was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Danae | CPC]
23 Jul 1918

  • Settsu was assigned to Battleship Division 1 of the First Fleet. ww2dbase [Settsu | CPC]
24 Jul 1918
  • Iwane Matsui was promoted to the rank of colonel. ww2dbase [Iwane Matsui | CPC]
  • General Heitaro Utsunomiya was named the commanding officer of the Japanese Chosen Army in occupied Korea, relieving Satoshi Matsukawa. ww2dbase [CPC]
26 Jul 1918
  • Peter Drummond was awarded a Bar to this Distinguished Service Order medal. ww2dbase [Peter Drummond | CPC]
27 Jul 1918

Photo(s) dated 27 Jul 1918
Launching ceremony of HMAS Adelaide, Cockatoo Island Dockyard, Sydney, Australia, 27 Jul 1918
28 Jul 1918

  • Douglas MacArthur was given command on the brigade level in France. ww2dbase [Douglas MacArthur | CPC]
29 Jul 1918
  • Douglas MacArthur received his third Silver Star medal. ww2dbase [Douglas MacArthur | CPC]
31 Jul 1918
  • Captain G. E. Chaplin of the Imperial Russian Navy landed with a small task force of (white) Russians at Archangel, Russia. The demoralised Bolsheviks put up only a limited resistance in the area of the docks and railway station, and by the end of the day the "Whites" had taken the town with only a few casualties. ww2dbase [AC]
1 Aug 1918
  • The Royal Navy landed a small force of Marines on Modyngski Island, commanding the approach to Archangel, Russia. ww2dbase [AC]
United States
  • George Brett was attached to the Director of Military Aeronautics of the US Army in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [George Brett | Washington | CPC]
2 Aug 1918
  • Major General F. C. Poole, Allied Commander in Chief in north Russia, landed at Archangel with a force of 870 French Colonial Infantry. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The Japanese government informed US President Wilson that Japan had no intention of helping to create a new Eastern Front. ww2dbase [AC]
3 Aug 1918
  • The first elements of the Japanese 12th Infantry Division went ashore at Vladivostok, Russia. ww2dbase [AC]
6 Aug 1918

  • In the early hours, eighteen officers and 503 other ranks of the 25th (Garrison) battalion of the British Middlesex Regiment, each man carrying 120 rounds of ammunition and in full marching order left Vladivostok station in Russia and proceeded up the line towards Nikolsk, which was reached about dawn. After a halt the battalion commanding officer, Colonel John Ward, decided to make his forward base at Spassk. ww2dbase [Vladivostok | AC]
7 Aug 1918

  • Robert Greim was named the commanding officer of Jagdgruppe 9 and achieved his 16th kill over France. ww2dbase [Robert von Greim | CPC]
12 Aug 1918
  • Future Dambuster leader, Wing Commander Guy Gibson, was born at Simia, India. ww2dbase [AC]
14 Aug 1918

United States
  • Joseph Rochefort applied for the transfer to the United States Naval Reserve Flying Corps; this request would soon be denied. ww2dbase [Joseph Rochefort | CPC]
15 Aug 1918
  • Chiaki Matsuda was assigned to battleship Haruna. ww2dbase [Chiaki Matsuda | CPC]
16 Aug 1918
  • The 27th United States Infantry was transferred from the Philippines to Vladivoskok, Russia. They were followed by the 31st US Infantry a week later. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Dragon was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Dragon | CPC]
20 Aug 1918

  • Settsu was assigned to Battleship Division 2 of the First Fleet. ww2dbase [Settsu | CPC]
22 Aug 1918
  • British battlecruiser Hood was launched. ww2dbase [Hood | CPC]
24 Aug 1918
  • Submarine R-1 was launched, sponsored by Mrs. George W. Dashiell. ww2dbase [R-1 | CPC]
27 Aug 1918

United States
28 Aug 1918
  • Clifton Cates's promotion to first lieutenant was authorized by his superiors. ww2dbase [Clifton Cates | CPC]
31 Aug 1918

  • Crown Prince Carol married Joanna Marie Valentina Lambrino at the Cathedral Church of Odessa, Ukraine. ww2dbase [Carol II | Odessa | CPC]
2 Sep 1918
  • Peter Drummond was promoted to the rank of acting major in the Royal Air Force. ww2dbase [Peter Drummond | CPC]
  • The VCheKa (All-Russian Extraordinary Commission for Combating Counter-Revolution, Speculation, Sabotage and Misconduct in Office) issued the order to arrest members of all political parties except for the Bolsheviks, businessmen, land owners, and priests, setting the precedence for similar mass-arrests of "enemies of the people" of the Stalin-era. ww2dbase [CPC]
4 Sep 1918

Japan Photo(s) dated 4 Sep 1918
Administration Building Vault, Building No. 1 at Pearl Harbor Naval Station, Honolulu, US Territory of Hawaii, 4 Sep 1918
6 Sep 1918
  • Argus was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Argus | CPC]
8 Sep 1918

United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt arrived in New York, New York, United States via passenger ship Leviathan. ww2dbase [Franklin Roosevelt | New York | CPC]
16 Sep 1918

United States
  • The United States Navy denied Joseph Rochefort's request to transfer to the Naval Reserve Flying Corps. ww2dbase [Joseph Rochefort | CPC]
18 Sep 1918

  • Harold George was transferred to 139th Aero Squadron in France. ww2dbase [Harold George | CPC]
19 Sep 1918
  • The German government issued a diplomatic protest against the American use of shotguns against German soldiers in the trenches, noting that they caused "unnecessary suffering". ww2dbase [Winchester Model 1897 | CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 19 Sep 1918
US Army Brigadier General Douglas MacArthur sitting in a chair in St. Benoit Chateau, France, 19 Sep 1918Destroyer USS Ward off Mare Island, California, 19 Sep 1918. Note the World War I style Dazzle paint scheme in the British style.
20 Sep 1918

23 Sep 1918

United States
  • George Brett stepped down as the Director of Military Aeronautics of the US Army in Washington DC, United States. ww2dbase [George Brett | Washington | CPC]
24 Sep 1918
  • US Navy Lieutenant David S. Ingalls, on exchange with No. 213 Squadron RAF, shared the destruction of a German Rumpler in his Sopwith Camel aircraft, becoming the only US Navy fighter Ace of World War I. ww2dbase [AC]
25 Sep 1918
  • Douglas MacArthur participated in a raid on German lines that began after nightfall and lasted through the next morning. For this action, he was later awarded his sixth Silver Star medal. ww2dbase [Douglas MacArthur | CPC]
26 Sep 1918
  • George Patton was injured in the leg during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in France. ww2dbase [George Patton | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 26 Sep 1918
American troops with FT-17 light tanks moving toward the Argonne Forest, France, 26 Sep 1918
27 Sep 1918
  • At the Battle of Canal du Nord in France, Lord Gort led his men to advance under heavy fire despite being wounded. He would later win the Victoria Cross. ww2dbase [John Vereker | CPC]
  • Robert Greim achieved his 25th kill over France. ww2dbase [Robert von Greim | CPC]
28 Sep 1918
  • Ernst Udet was wounded in the thigh. ww2dbase [Ernst Udet | CPC]
1 Oct 1918
  • Australian horsemen of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade entered Damascus in the Ottoman Empire, capturing 12,000 prisoners and scores of guns and machine guns. ww2dbase [AC]
2 Oct 1918
5 Oct 1918
  • Edward Brooks was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for actions at Montfaucon, France. ww2dbase [Edward Brooks | CPC]
8 Oct 1918
  • Major Ralph Sasse of the 301st Battalion of the American Expeditionary Forces made the first recorded use of a radio equipped tank when he called up assistance to help repel an attack at the village of Brancourt, France. ww2dbase [AC]
12 Oct 1918
  • Douglas MacArthur was injured by a German chemical weapon. ww2dbase [Douglas MacArthur | CPC]
14 Oct 1918

  • Robert Greim was awarded the Pour le M√©rite medal. ww2dbase [Robert von Greim | CPC]
17 Oct 1918
  • George Patton was promoted to the temporary rank of colonel. ww2dbase [George Patton | CPC]
  • The British Army entered Lille, France, ending four years of German occupation. ww2dbase [AC]
18 Oct 1918
  • Erwin Rommel was promoted to the rank of Hauptmann. ww2dbase [Erwin Rommel | CPC]
  • The nation of Czechoslovakia was established. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Kichisaburo Nomura was made the commanding officer of armored cruiser Yakumo. ww2dbase [Kichisaburo Nomura | CPC]
23 Oct 1918

  • Robert Greim was awarded the Military Order of Max Joseph, which added the honorific Ritter and the style von to his name, ie. Robert Ritter von Greim. ww2dbase [Robert von Greim | CPC]
24 Oct 1918
  • Edmund Herring was promoted to the rank of acting major and took command of B Battery, 99th Field Artillery Brigade of the British Army. ww2dbase [Edmund Herring | CPC]
27 Oct 1918

  • Harold George scored his first victory near Bantheville, France. ww2dbase [Harold George | CPC]
28 Oct 1918

  • Karl von Le Suire was awarded the Wound Badge in Black. ww2dbase [Karl von Le Suire | CPC]
29 Oct 1918

  • Harold George shared two victories with squadron mates over France. ww2dbase [Harold George | CPC]
30 Oct 1918

  • The German Navy was ordered to sea to seek out the British fleets for a final desperate battle. The sailors at the ports of Kiel and Wilhelmshaven in Germany refused and mutinied. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Ottoman ministers signed the Armistice of Mudros on board the Royal Navy warship, HMS Agamemnon, ending the Turkish war against the Allies. Fighting was to stop the following day. The Ottoman capital, Constantinople, was occupied two weeks later. ww2dbase [Moudros, North Aegean | AC]
1 Nov 1918

  • Masafumi Arima was assigned to destroyer Uzuki. ww2dbase [Masafumi Arima | CPC]
  • Major General Toyoshi Ono was named the chief of staff of the Japanese Chosen Army in occupied Korea. ww2dbase [CPC]
3 Nov 1918

United States
4 Nov 1918
  • After nightfall, the US 42nd Division launched an offensive on Sedan, France. During the confusion of battle, Douglas MacArthur was mistaken for a German general and was captured by men of the US 1st Division. ww2dbase [Douglas MacArthur | CPC]
  • Settsu completed her duty as the host to Emperor Taisho. ww2dbase [Settsu | CPC]
5 Nov 1918

  • Harold George shared a victory over France. ww2dbase [Harold George | CPC]
6 Nov 1918

United States
9 Nov 1918
  • Chiaki Matsuda was assigned to cruiser Azuma as a supplementary guidance officer. ww2dbase [Chiaki Matsuda | CPC]
  • Communist revolutionary Karl Liebknecht, a forty-seven-year-old lawyer and one time member of the German Reichstag, and Rosa Luxemburg, an intellectual theorist raised the Red Flag over the Imperial Palace in Berlin, Germany and proclaimed the establishment of the Spartakusbund (Spartakus Gruppe) to oppose Ebert's new Socialist government. ww2dbase [Berlin | AC]
  • Prince Maximilian handed the German Chancellorship to the moderate social democrat leader, Freidrich Ebert, desperately hoping the appointment might prevent a Bolshevik style revolution. Ebert too demands the Kaiser's abdication. ww2dbase [AC]
10 Nov 1918
  • Douglas MacArthur was appointed the commander of the US 42nd Division at the rank of temporary major general. ww2dbase [Douglas MacArthur | CPC]
  • Andrew McNaughton was promoted to the rank of brevet brigadier-general. ww2dbase [Andrew McNaughton | CPC]
  • Kaiser Wilhelm II, the man blamed for WW1, went into exile in neutral Netherlands. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Captain Kosaburo Uchida was named the commanding officer of Settsu. ww2dbase [Settsu | CPC]
11 Nov 1918
  • The armistice between the Allies and Germany went into effect at 1100 hours, ending WW1. ww2dbase [TH, CPC]
  • Friedrich Christiansen scored his 13th solo kill, bringing his total to 21 (which included shared victories). ww2dbase [Friedrich Christiansen | CPC]
  • Canadian troops entered the town of Mons, Belgium, scene of the first British battle of the war. It was to be the last major action of the war. ww2dbase [Mons, Wallonia | AC]
  • Henry Arnold arrived on the front lines in France as the war was coming to an end. ww2dbase [Henry Arnold | CPC]
  • The nation of Poland was established. ww2dbase [TH]
13 Nov 1918

  • The Austrian Republic was established. ww2dbase [TH]
16 Nov 1918

  • The Hungarian Republic was established. ww2dbase [TH]
Photo(s) dated 16 Nov 1918
US Navy freighter USS Federal with dazzle camouflage, photograph likely taken on 16 Nov 1918
18 Nov 1918
  • USS Arizona departed Hampton Roads, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Arizona | CPC]
  • The nation of Latvia was established. ww2dbase [TH]
22 Nov 1918
  • Douglas MacArthur was transferred to the US 84th Infantry Brigade. ww2dbase [Douglas MacArthur | CPC]
24 Nov 1918

United States
  • Submarine R-5 was launched at Quincy, Massachusetts, United States, sponsored by Miss Margaretta King. ww2dbase [R-5 | Quincy, Massachusetts | CPC]
  • The nation of Yugoslavia was established. ww2dbase [TH]
Photo(s) dated 24 Nov 1918
Launching ceremony of submarine R-5, Fore River Shipbuilding Company yard, Quincy, Massachusetts, United States, 24 Nov 1918
25 Nov 1918
  • German Colonel Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, who had been conducting a successful campaign in east Africa since 1914, surrendered at the Zambezi River in southern Africa. ww2dbase [AC]
27 Nov 1918
  • Lord Gort was awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry exhibited at the Battle of Canal du Nord in France on 27 Sep 1918. ww2dbase [John Vereker | CPC]
30 Nov 1918
  • USS Arizona arrived at Portland, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Arizona | CPC]
1 Dec 1918
  • Tamon Yamaguchi was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. ww2dbase [Tamon Yamaguchi | CPC]
  • Chuichi Nagumo studied an advanced course at the Japanese naval war college. ww2dbase [Chuichi Nagumo | CPC]
  • The Danish-Icelandic Act of Union was signed, establishing Iceland as a fully sovereign state in a personal union with Denmark for 25 years. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Vice Admiral Tatsuo Matsumura succeeded Admiral Teijiro Kuroi as the commanding officer of the Ryojun Military Port (previously known as Port Arthur; now Lushunkou, Liaoning Province, China), Kwantung Leased Territory in northeastern China. ww2dbase [Ryojun Guard District | Lushunkou, Liaoning | CPC]
  • Masafumi Arima was promoted to the rank of sublieutenant. ww2dbase [Masafumi Arima | CPC]
  • Minoru Ota began the Torpedo School Basic Course. ww2dbase [Minoru Ota | CPC]
Korea Taiwan
  • Rear Admiral Yoshitada Mikami was named the Chief of Staff of the Mako naval port at Pescadores islands, Taiwan. ww2dbase [Mako Guard District | Mako, Hoko | CPC]
United States
  • Joseph Rochefort reported to the headquarters of the United States Naval Auxiliary Reserve at the ferry terminal in Manhattan, New York, New York, United States. ww2dbase [Joseph Rochefort | New York | CPC]
3 Dec 1918
  • Quintin Brand was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross award. ww2dbase [Quintin Brand | CPC]
4 Dec 1918
  • Richard O'Connor was Mentioned in Despatches. ww2dbase [Richard O'Connor | CPC]
United States
  • US President Woodrow Wilson departed the United States for the post-WW1 peace talks at Versailles, France, becoming the first US president to travel to Europe while in office. ww2dbase [CPC]
8 Dec 1918

Photo(s) dated 8 Dec 1918
Princess Masako, Prince Morimasa, Princess Itsuko, and Princess Noriko, Tokyo, Japan, 8 Dec 1918
10 Dec 1918

  • Paul Wenneker was released from Dutch internment even though he had officially been released in Jan 1918. ww2dbase [Paul Wenneker | CPC]
12 Dec 1918
  • USS Arizona departed Portland, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Arizona | CPC]
13 Dec 1918
  • USS Arizona, among other ships, escorted the ship carrying US President Woodrow Wilson to Brest, France. ww2dbase [Arizona | CPC]
14 Dec 1918
  • USS Arizona departed Brest, France after embarking 238 American servicemen. ww2dbase [Arizona | CPC]
  • The Coupon Election: A general election was called by Lloyd George, leader of the British Liberal-Conservative coalition government. Coalition candidates received a letter of endorsement from Lloyd George and the conservative leader Bonar Law. Their opponents, chiefly Liberals who opposed Lloyd George and supported Asquith and Labour candidates contemptuously called this "the coupon". The coalition, mostly Conservatives, won overwhelmingly. ww2dbase [AC]
16 Dec 1918
  • USS R-1 was commissioned into service, Commander Conant Taylor in command. ww2dbase [R-1 | CPC]
17 Dec 1918
  • Kenkichi Ueda was made a staff officer attached to the Siberian Expeditionary Army. ww2dbase [Kenkichi Ueda | CPC]
19 Dec 1918

  • The first Soviet military intelligence organization, Military Department or VO, was formed as part of VCheKa (All-Russian Extraordinary Commission for Combating Counter-Revolution, Speculation, Sabotage and Misconduct in Office). ww2dbase [CPC]
21 Dec 1918
  • Erwin Rommel was transferred back to the 124th Infantry Regiment of the W√ľttemberg Army. ww2dbase [Erwin Rommel | CPC]
  • Stuart was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Stuart | CPC]
  • Josef Stroop arrived in Detmold, Germany to recuperate from combat wounds. ww2dbase [J√ľrgen Stroop | Detmold | CPC]
25 Dec 1918

United States
  • USS Arizona arrived at New York City, New York, United States. ww2dbase [Arizona | New York | CPC]
26 Dec 1918

United States
  • USS Arizona participated in a fleet review in New York Harbor, New York, United States for US Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels. ww2dbase [Arizona | New York | CPC]
  • USS New Mexico participated in the naval review in New York, New York, United States. ww2dbase [New Mexico | New York | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 26 Dec 1918
USS Arizona passing 96th Street Pier during a naval review in New York City, New York, United States, 26 Dec 1918Aerial photo looking straight down on the seaplane hangars and ramps at Luke Field on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec 26, 1918.
27 Dec 1918
  • Edward Brooks' daughter Elizabeth was born. ww2dbase [Edward Brooks | CPC]
28 Dec 1918
  • Submarine S-31 was launched, sponsored by Mrs. George A. Walker. ww2dbase [S-31 | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 28 Dec 1918
Launching of submarine S-31at San Francisco, California, United States, 28 Dec 1918
31 Dec 1918
  • American transport West Caruth was launched at 0800 hours, sponsored by Betty Howard, daughter of the company vice president of Southwestern Shipbuilding, William Howard. ww2dbase [Seisho Maru | CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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