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Major-General Sir Arthur Reginald Hoskins with an officer of the Indian Army at Kibambwe, East Africa, January 1917. Image courtesy Imperial War Museum © IWM (Q 15464).

  • Major-General Sir Arthur Reginald Hoskins succeeds General Jan Christiaan Smuts as Commander-in -Chief of British forces in East Africa
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  • Tsar Nicholas II outlines his main policy objectives to new Russian Prime Minister, Prince Nikolai Dmitriyevich Golitsyn, He proposes continuation of the war effort, improved provisioning of the armies and civilian population, and improved transport systems. He trusts that the Duma (Russian State Assembly) and the Council of Europe will support the prince.