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5 December 1916

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  • British Prime Minister Herbert Asquith resigns following a political crisis about the British War effort. After lengthy cabinet discussions Asquith agrees to delegate decision-making to a small, three-man committee chaired by the secretary of state for war, David Lloyd George, but changes his mind after The Times portrays the proposed change as a defeat for him. Asquith is succeeded by David Lloyd George who forms a small war cabinet.
  • The German Parliament (Reichstag) passes the Patriotic Auxiliary Service Bill by 235 to 19 votes. Men between the ages of 17 and 60 years of age are now liable to be called up for labour.
  • The Battle of the Arges ends in Transylvania after four days’ fighting. Romania sustains 400,000 casualties; Romanian civilians flee to Russia.