From: Los Angeles
14 October 1918
The Austro-Hungarian Empire continued to disintegrate. On this date the Czechoslovakia council declared that it was not only an independent state, but that it joined the Allies. On this same day, Austro-Hungarian Foreign Minister Baron István Burián von Rajecz requested an armistice based on Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points.
Evidently, President Wilson had now become the primary contact for the Central Powers to negotiate armistices. Apparently, since the U. S. was still a relative newcomer in the war, it was believed he took a less hardened view and was willing to offer better terms. On this date the Ottoman government joined the other two Central Powers empires in suggesting an armistice to the U. S. President.
However, he was no longer willing to be as generous when it came to Germany. On this date Wilson further increased his armistice conditions, demanding withdrawal from all invaded territory, plus the cessation of all war crimes. By this last he meant the end of unrestricted U-boat warfare but apparently not Britain's starvation blockade of Germany.
This month was probably the worst month of the Spanish Flu epidemic for America and Europe. The sick rolls on both sides reached fearsome levels, and young adults died at the same or higher rates than the old. However, nutrition made a difference, and so food-short Germany was hit even harder the Allies were.
In the Middle East, disease was able to do what Ottoman soldiers could not: the Allied advances northward had to be slowed for a time. The flu and malaria not only severely cut the number of soldiers able to march and fight, but required shipments of ammunition and replacement troops to be curtailed in favor of medicines and medical staff.
At 0535, the G.A.F. (Flanders Army Group) kicked off its next big push in the sector of the Lys River. This time, the “creeping” barrage was more a rolling barrage, advancing at 90 meters (100 yards) per minute. The attack used British, French, and Belgian troops and all three were successful. By the end of the day the British took the village of Moorslede and occupied the high ground which dominated the area. The Belgian troops seized the village of Cortemarck, and French units surrounded the biggest prize, the city of Roulers. (which, being a part of Belgium, is now generally called Roeselare.)
If there had been any doubt that the Belgians were now first-string troops, those doubts were gone.
Civil war? What does that mean? Is there any foreign war? Isn't every war fought between men, between brothers?