A tree that has been destroyed by artillery fire.
Mitrailleur: The observer of a French Breguet 14 scout plane readies his guns before take-off. December 16, 1917. Observers took photographs, marked enemy locations on the map, and defended their pilot against marauding enemy fighters.
December 16, 1917 – Armistice Goes into Effect in the East
Pictured – Peacemakers.
The war in the east had ended – for now. Negotiations between the Bolsheviks and the Central Powers reached an armistice agreement that went into effect after December 15. For the next thirty days, troops on the Eastern Front would honor an armistice. The Germans agreed not to transfer any troops west during time.
The deal itself must have been a fascinating event. A team of negotiators led by German General Max Hoffman met with Leon Trotsky and twenty-work Bolshevik representatives specifically chosen to represent the Russian working classes, including a regular sailor, a soldier, a peasant (who had been picked up on the street when Trotsky decided they needed one) and a female revolutionaries whose claim to fame was having killed a general. The Central Powers’ military leaders did not appreciate her presence.
The talks happened in Brest-Litovsk, which the Russians had burnt to the ground during their retreat in 1915. While all of the Central Powers were represented, British and French leaders had answered Trotsky’s invitation with a stony, sullen silence.
Neutral Nations of WW1: Mexico
Dec 17 1917 American sub USS F-1 sinks in the Pacific Ocean after a collision with USS F-3 off Point Loma, California. Nineteen of her 22 crew were killed https://t.co/faCNT5wqcu https://t.co/lFdZw7zTSt http://twitter.com/ThisDayInWWI/status/942174094291693568
Dec 17 1917 Greek sailing vessel Nina sunk in the Mediterranean Sea south east of Crete (34°36′N 27°16′E) by SM UB-53. The Nina was this U-boats 1st kill https://t.co/fn9toRC5Oc https://t.co/mIpLz3XOzY http://twitter.com/ThisDayInWWI/status/942173724849197056
Dec 17 1917 British Royal Navy trawler HMT Duster (H267) wrecked in Scratten Cove, Portreath, Cornwall https://t.co/wcY2JO83TD http://twitter.com/ThisDayInWWI/status/942173361521639429
Dec 17 1917 British fishing smack Neptune struck a mine from SM U-80 and sank in the Atlantic off Black Head, County Clare with the loss of four crew https://t.co/5nGifZ5kTR http://twitter.com/ThisDayInWWI/status/942173063440822272