Erzurum, Mus, Findikli | 15 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun The wind and the rain. The wind and the rain; it raineth every day. Verdun is still quiet, if rather soggy. What Continue reading Erzurum, Mus, Findikli | 15 Feb 1916

Mother | L19 | 2 Feb 1916

Mother It’s time for the official trial of Mother, the British tank prototype, attended by the great and the good. This being the case, the Continue reading Mother | L19 | 2 Feb 1916

Frise | Rhodesia | 28 Jan 1916

Albania Austria-Hungary and Bulgaria are having a conference between friends to make sure there aren’t any unfortunate misunderstandings over the ultimate fate of Albania. Both Continue reading Frise | Rhodesia | 28 Jan 1916

Henri Desagneaux | Intelligence for Verdun | 10 Jan 1916

Erzurum Offensive Time to see how good at war General Yudenich really is. On the face of it, everything’s set up to fail. He’s produced Continue reading Henri Desagneaux | Intelligence for Verdun | 10 Jan 1916

Montenegro | Moewe | 6 Jan 1916

Montenegro Still determined to prove that yes, Austria-Hungary can totally invade other countries on their own, Mummy, Conrad von Hotzendorf launches his attempt to invade Continue reading Montenegro | Moewe | 6 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

War Committee | Hersin | 28 Dec 1915

War Committee 1915 is now juddering to a highly unsatisfying end. The British War Committee, having just installed Wully Robertson as Chief of the Imperial Continue reading War Committee | Hersin | 28 Dec 1915

Daily Mail | Gossip | 27 Dec 1915

Apparently, nothing much happened today on a grand-strategy scale, so let’s do the round of our correspondents. Bernard Adams Bernard Adams is coming towards the Continue reading Daily Mail | Gossip | 27 Dec 1915

Truces? | Christmas | Dec 25 1915

Salonika It may be Christmas, but duty does call for some.  One of those is Joffre’s right hand General Castelnau, who is visiting Salonika to Continue reading Truces? | Christmas | Dec 25 1915

Evacuation of Suvla & ANZAC | Gallipoli | 20 Dec 1915

Evacuation of Gallipoli Time for the ANZACs to leave ANZAC Cove. Before we get into the details of what they’re doing, first we must take Continue reading Evacuation of Suvla & ANZAC | Gallipoli | 20 Dec 1915

Evacuating Gallipoli | 18 Dec 1915

Gallipoli The intermediate stage of the evacuation of ANZAC Cove and Suvla Bay has now been completed. You may have noticed that there’s been a Continue reading Evacuating Gallipoli | 18 Dec 1915

Sapping at Kut | Elbasan | 17 Dec 1915

Siege of Kut The Ottomans, at least, are now doing the siege of Kut properly. Now that it’s been thoroughly surrounded, Field Marshal von der Continue reading Sapping at Kut | Elbasan | 17 Dec 1915

Emile Driant | Verdun | 16 Dec 1915

Emile Driant Lieutenant-Colonel Emile Driant is, as you may have gathered from his getting an entire heading to himself, no ordinary French Army officer. He’s Continue reading Emile Driant | Verdun | 16 Dec 1915

British strategy | 15 Dec 1915

British strategy Just about the last thing that General Archibald Murray will do before his official (and already settled) replacement by Wully Robertson as Chief Continue reading British strategy | 15 Dec 1915

Third Army School | 13 Dec 1915

Bernard Adams Meanwhile, Bernard Adams has won a major jackpot from the military fruit machine. Not only has his unit been sent back to rest Continue reading Third Army School | 13 Dec 1915

Schneider | Civilians in Italy | 11 Dec 1915

French tank development If there’s one thing I’ll never understand about this war, it’s the comparative arc of British and French tank designs. Back at Continue reading Schneider | Civilians in Italy | 11 Dec 1915

Caucasus | Kut | 9 Dec 1915

Siege of Kut With the Ottoman presence around Kut steadily increasing, one of their mid-ranking officers officers has a Good Idea. In the absence of Continue reading Caucasus | Kut | 9 Dec 1915

Firefly | Comet | Tigris | 1 Dec 1915

Retreat from Ctesiphon It’s rearguard action day on the Retreat from Ctesiphon, as General Townshend is obliged to turn about and do something to stop Continue reading Firefly | Comet | Tigris | 1 Dec 1915

Retreat from Serbia | Ctesiphon | 23 Nov 1915

Retreat from Serbia General Sarrail gives the order and initiates his force’s retreat back to Salonika. It’s been in Serbian-held territory for about a month Continue reading Retreat from Serbia | Ctesiphon | 23 Nov 1915

Kosovo Offensive | 10 Nov 1915

Kosovo Offensive With much of Serbia now being occupied by Bulgaria, Austria-Hungary, and Germany, the final act in the third invasion of Serbia begins. The Continue reading Kosovo Offensive | 10 Nov 1915

Third Isonzo | 21 Oct 1915

Third Battle of the Isonzo Let us first talk about the things that have gone well as Third Isonzo opens! Salandra needs things to go Continue reading Third Isonzo | 21 Oct 1915

The Christmas Truce, and more | Dec 25 1914

We’ll get to the one thing everyone knows about in due course. However, before we do that, I’d like to set it in its proper Continue reading The Christmas Truce, and more | Dec 25 1914

Serbia against the wall | 24 July 1914

With the ultimatum in hand, the situation for Serbia looks extremely grim. They need help, and they need it now. Before we consider their position Continue reading Serbia against the wall | 24 July 1914

Balkan diplomacy | 02 Jul 1914

The crisis continues to rumble nastily. First, to Vienna; then, into the recent past. Count Berchtold There is one thing that everyone in Vienna agrees Continue reading Balkan diplomacy | 02 Jul 1914