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USS Leviathan probably during its arrival to N…

USS Leviathan probably during its arrival to New York City on Dec 16 1918 https://t.co/M80adAelXh https://t.co/ab1A5mJw4j http://twitter.com/ThisDayInWWI/status/1074346363637313536

Serjeant Edward Garland, British Army, Wiltshi…

Serjeant Edward Garland, British Army, Wiltshire Regiment, Service #18645, dies Dec 16 1918 https://t.co/0bNNDZR3m2 https://t.co/UaPXkdTCjB http://twitter.com/ThisDayInWWI/status/1074345248359276544

Lieutenant David George Griffiths MC. Unit: 84…

Lieutenant David George Griffiths MC. Unit: 84th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery dies on Dec 16 1918 in Bristol, Britain https://t.co/j8RGe8Wl53 https://t.co/eTGRTCROHK http://twitter.com/ThisDayInWWI/status/1074344961422708736

Dec 16 1918 of a Red Cross parade in Houston, …

Dec 16 1918 of a Red Cross parade in Houston, TX https://t.co/nySKqrjmSZ http://twitter.com/ThisDayInWWI/status/1074344358910996480

Some French and American officers who took par…

Some French and American officers who took part in the reconquest of cantigny in front of a French Schneider tank, May 1918.

Quelques officiers français et américains qui ont pris part à la reconquête de cantigny devant un char Schneider Français, mai 1918.

DURIEZ Frédéric

British Fight Turkish Forces at Hudaydah

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Ottoman soldiers leaving Yemen from Hudaydah in early 1919.

December 16 1918, Hudaydah–The Turks had had the upper hand in Yemen for most of the war, even nearly capturing Aden in 1915.  The area remained relatively quiet in the war’s latter years, however, as the British did not want to commit troops to such a remote theater and the Turks were largely cut off by the Hashemite revolt.  The Armistice of Mudros drastically changed the situation, as it called for the surrender of all Turkish garrisons in the area to the Allies.  However, this was easier said than done.  First of all, there was at this point no direct communication with the Turkish forces there, as all telegraph lines had been cut and they had no radio receivers; this meant the order had to be relayed through the British, and it was received skeptically at best.  Furthermore, Imam Yahya, who had poor relations with the Allies (who had aligned with the Idrisids), was reluctant to let the Turks depart, and refused to let them surrender.

The British, fearing that the Italians (who had a presence across the Red Sea in Eritrea) would try to take advantage of the confusion, decided to force the issue by seizing the port of Hudaydah, giving them a port in northern Yemen from which they could accept the surrender of the Turkish forces.  The British landed north of the town on the 15th, and captured it after a couple of hours of fierce fighting, and defended it from a Turkish counterattack that night.  The capture of Hudaydah, over six weeks after the Armistice of Mudros, marked the last conflict with the Turks of the war, though it would take some time for the Turkish forces to surrender–they would not begin in earnest until late January, and the last would not surrender until March 1919.  The British would remain in Hudaydah until January 1921, when they turned the port over to their Idrisid allies.  Imam Yahya would ultimately come out on top in the civil war in northern Yemen, however, and his forces took control of the town in March 1925.

In 2018, Hudaydah is once again the locus of fighting in Yemen, with Saudi-backed forces having launched an offensive against the city in an effort to cut off supplies from the Houthis.

Sources include: John Baldry, The British Military Administration of Al-Hudaydah, Yemen.

Dec 16 1918 Kitty Holty Postcard from Weehawke…

Dec 16 1918 Kitty Holty Postcard from Weehawken, NJ https://t.co/B8aEiY1mpD https://t.co/TtJjSx8LWp http://twitter.com/ThisDayInWWI/status/1074340653494988800

American statesman. Mr and Mrs Wilson leaving …

American statesman. Mr and Mrs Wilson leaving a Presbyterian church. Paris, on December 15, 1918. Photograph published in the newspaper “Excelsior”, on Dec 16 1918 https://t.co/BkraB6IiOF http://twitter.com/ThisDayInWWI/status/1074339749626703874

Dec 16 1918 “A group of young bathers in…

Dec 16 1918 “A group of young bathers in bathing costumes in the surf at Sumner beach on the Anniversary Day of Christchurch” https://t.co/roB1lMMonB https://t.co/xuA1m2tqvs http://twitter.com/ThisDayInWWI/status/1074338268903161856

Dec 15 1918 Le Petit Journal Strasbourg et l’A…

Dec 15 1918 Le Petit Journal
Strasbourg et l’Alsace rendues à la France
Strasbourg and Alsace surrendered to France
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