12 December 1916; Tuesday

Billy Truman brought me breakfast and I lay in for a short time. Not bad * and my arm prick† all right. Worked all day as usual.

Bethmann Hollweg1 made speech in the Reichstag.

  1. Bethmann Hollweg was the German Imperial Chancellor. One of the problems by this stage was that the German generals were increasingly taking charge of policy, while the relationship of the Kaiser, though nominally possessing autocratic power, with his appointed ministers was becoming increasingly ambiguous.