Supporting attacks | 12 Dec 1914

With the French offensive soon to be launched, they’re eager to bring their allies onside with it as much as possible; we’ll rejoin the BEF Continue reading Supporting attacks | 12 Dec 1914

La Bassee | Armentieres | 15 Oct 1914

The “Race to the Sea” ends (good, I hate that phrase), more steady advancement at La Bassee and Armentieres, and the clusterfuck at the Vistula Continue reading La Bassee | Armentieres | 15 Oct 1914

Armentieres | 13 Oct 1914

The Battle of Armentieres opens, and the 7th Division is on the march again. Armentieres One of the enduring questions of the Western Front is Continue reading Armentieres | 13 Oct 1914

Givenchy | 12 Oct 1914

The Allies open the Battle of La Bassee at Givenchy, Sir John French moves house again, and the Boers are revolting. Givenchy The BEF is Continue reading Givenchy | 12 Oct 1914

Antwerp | 7 Oct 1914

Back to Richard Tobin and his Royal Naval Division mates in the ‘trenches’ at Antwerp. Antwerp Antwerp is a lost cause. The Belgian field army Continue reading Antwerp | 7 Oct 1914

Chagos Islands | Churchill | 5 Oct 1914

Today is a comedy day. Red noses and trick flowers all around! The Chagos Islands and Antwerp both receive unexpected visitors. Chagos Islands No, I Continue reading Chagos Islands | Churchill | 5 Oct 1914

Arras | 3 Oct 1914

Back to the Western Front, where there’s a serious development at Arras. Arras French troops are pouring hodge-podge into the line in front of Arras. Continue reading Arras | 3 Oct 1914

Middle East | 2 Oct 1914

As the war continues to tick over, let’s have a look at the situation in the Middle East and the Mediterranean, with Italy and the Continue reading Middle East | 2 Oct 1914

Douai | Antwerp | 1 Oct 1914

The Germans step up their pressure against Antwerp, and continue pushing towards Douai and Arras. Arras 10th Army is ready to go into action and Continue reading Douai | Antwerp | 1 Oct 1914

St Mihiel | Arras | 30 Sep 1914

Another bad day to be French. Or Belgian. Or a Navy reservist. Let’s go to St Mihiel first. St Mihiel/Verdun/Meuse Bad news for the French; Continue reading St Mihiel | Arras | 30 Sep 1914

Albert | Lille | 29 Sep 1914

A day of endings. The hardest fighting is about to move away from Albert and towards Lille. Albert Like Picardy before it, the Battle of Continue reading Albert | Lille | 29 Sep 1914

Thiepval | 28 Sep 1914

Troops continue to head north, towards the general vicinity of Arras. Heavy fighting at Thiepval. Thiepval Outside Albert, the French are still just about in Continue reading Thiepval | 28 Sep 1914

Aisne | German efficiency | Sep 17 1914

The blokes on the Aisne are coming perilously close to settling down into some sort of routine, aided and abetted by some utterly hilarious stereotypical Continue reading Aisne | German efficiency | Sep 17 1914