Chinese Labour Corps | 23 Aug 1916

Chinese Labour Corps The story of hired Chinese labourers in the war is about to officially begin. The French government has spent the better part Continue reading Chinese Labour Corps | 23 Aug 1916

Kigi | Joffre’s position | 20 Aug 1916

Joffre’s hopes General Joffre has been bombarding General Haig with requests to launch a major offensive almost night and day since Haig’s little dinner joke Continue reading Kigi | Joffre’s position | 20 Aug 1916

Tanga | Mametz Wood | 7 Jul 1916

Tanga We begin today with the settling of an old score in German East Africa. The Battle of Tanga, way back in November 1914, has, Continue reading Tanga | Mametz Wood | 7 Jul 1916

Ruanda | Mort Homme | 21 May 1916

Ruanda In 1916, Ruanda was a major province of German East Africa; today it’s independent as Rwanda. Incidentally, anyone ever heard of a vicious civil Continue reading Ruanda | Mort Homme | 21 May 1916

Chinese labourers | Kondoa | 14 May 1916

Chinese labourers We open today with some very interesting news from France. Unsurprisingly, with the voracious demand for men to go into the Army, there’s Continue reading Chinese labourers | Kondoa | 14 May 1916

LZ85 | Hill 304 | 5 May 1916

Salonika The big news for today is from somewhere else, but first, the Gardeners of Salonika have actually done something! Over the past few months, Continue reading LZ85 | Hill 304 | 5 May 1916

Kut surrenders | Easter Rising | 29 Apr 1916

Surrender of Kut General Townshend is apparently too sick to surrender personally. He is, however, apparently well enough to issue one last message to the Continue reading Kut surrenders | Easter Rising | 29 Apr 1916

Tank delivery | James McConnell | 26 Apr 1916

Tanks for the Somme The story of tanks on the Somme takes a considerable lurch to the left today. Regardless of what Colonel Swinton told Continue reading Tank delivery | James McConnell | 26 Apr 1916

Julna | Easter Rising | 24 Apr 1916

Siege of Kut Today sees the final, desperate throw of the dice for relieving the Siege of Kut. A large paddle steamer, the Julna, has Continue reading Julna | Easter Rising | 24 Apr 1916

Breslau | Trenchard | 13 Apr 1916

Breslau in the Black Sea The preparations for the final attack on Trebizond are nearly complete, and then what must be the final straw is Continue reading Breslau | Trenchard | 13 Apr 1916

Verdun again | Halberstadt | 9 Apr 1916

Battle of Verdun Here we go again. With carefully moderated expectations, the Germans launch yet another punishing assault along the two banks of the River Continue reading Verdun again | Halberstadt | 9 Apr 1916

Armenian Genocide | Ostend | 25 Feb 1916

Today there were some goings-on at the Battle of Verdun. For reasons of space, they appear in a separate post over here. Meanwhile… Grigoris Balakian Continue reading Armenian Genocide | Ostend | 25 Feb 1916

Conscription | Gallipoli | 24 Jan 1916

Africa Another quick note from Africa, where a British Empire brigade continues preparations for the attack on German East Africa by evicting the Schutztruppe from Continue reading Conscription | Gallipoli | 24 Jan 1916

Kozincan-dag | 14 Jan 1916

Erzurum Offensive Yesterday we had a nice bit of tension going. General Yudenich’s slightly complicated plan is working, so far. The Ottomans have committed their Continue reading Kozincan-dag | 14 Jan 1916

Cape Helles | Mother | 7 Jan 1916

Housekeeping note: I’m currently having trouble with my internet connection. Entries may be a bit spotty through Sunday. Gallipoli The intermediate phase of the evacuation Continue reading Cape Helles | Mother | 7 Jan 1916

French aviation | Marching on Kut | 4 Jan 1916

Following on from yesterday, let’s now look at the state of French military aviation. French aviation On the other side of the hill, there are Continue reading French aviation | Marching on Kut | 4 Jan 1916

German Air Force | Ali Gharbi | 3 Jan 1916

Another day with little in the way of “new” developments, another long lecture about something. This one is about something I’ve been seriously short-changing in Continue reading German Air Force | Ali Gharbi | 3 Jan 1916

End of the year | 31 Dec 1915

Last day of the year. Let’s do something unusual and start with Flora Sandes. Flora Sandes Private Flora Sandes has reached the Adriatic Sea coast. Continue reading End of the year | 31 Dec 1915

Smith-Dorrien | Africa | 30 Dec 1915

Africa Before we leave Africa for the year, there’s a few developments to report, of some importance. South Africans have begun arriving in Kenya for Continue reading Smith-Dorrien | Africa | 30 Dec 1915

Wully Robertson | CIGS | 23 Dec 1915

Today, General Sir William Robertson, usually known by “Wully”, takes up his new role as the head of the British Army.  It’s hard to underestimate Continue reading Wully Robertson | CIGS | 23 Dec 1915

Flora Sandes | War Badges | 14 Dec 1915

Tanks Time for an arresting little anecdote from the quest to build Britain some tanks. The factory is due to start building the first working Continue reading Flora Sandes | War Badges | 14 Dec 1915

Chantilly | Joffre | 6 Dec 1915

Chantilly Conference Time for the Chantilly Conference: an excuse for some very dignified men to have several gluttonous lunches with General Joffre, the premier gourmand Continue reading Chantilly | Joffre | 6 Dec 1915

Lemon’s Wheel | 6 Nov 1915

Gallipoli Lord Kitchener’s farcical journey to Gallipoli continues. Admiral Keyes has failed to make it to Marseilles in time to take ship with him. It Continue reading Lemon’s Wheel | 6 Nov 1915

French landships | 10 Sep 1915

Landships in France Yesterday we looked at Little Willie, the latest British prototype from the Landships Committee. It’s a very odd thing that French efforts, Continue reading French landships | 10 Sep 1915

Belgian National Day | 21 July 1915

Battle of Malazgirt Yet more Ottoman troops are arriving at the Belican Hills. There’s more hard fighting, and again the Russians manage to hold fast. Continue reading Belgian National Day | 21 July 1915