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

Louis Barthas’s Memorial | Gallipoli | 10 Dec 1915

Gallipoli Let us, at last, talk evacuation. The men on the ground have been preparing for it since General Monro recommended it; all they needed Continue reading Louis Barthas’s Memorial | Gallipoli | 10 Dec 1915

Gallipoli | Chantilly | 7 Dec 1915

Evacuation of Gallipoli Yes, you read that right. Sing Hallelujah and ring the church bells. The British Cabinet has a meeting today, where it’s faced Continue reading Gallipoli | Chantilly | 7 Dec 1915

Battle of Ctesiphon | 22 Nov 1915

Battle of Ctesiphon As often happens with these kinds of things, the (spoilers) impending and slow-unfolding military disaster in Mesopotamia caught rather a lot of Continue reading Battle of Ctesiphon | 22 Nov 1915

Aristide Briand | 29 Oct 1915

Aristide Briand Time for some lovely crunchy French politics. Rene Viviani’s last, desperate play to save himself as Prime Minister was to select a new Continue reading Aristide Briand | 29 Oct 1915

Water at Suvla Bay | 11 Aug 1915

Same as yesterday; but this time, let’s take Gallipoli first. Suvla Bay The bungling continues unabated. General Stopford blithely describes the battalions thrown against Scimitar Continue reading Water at Suvla Bay | 11 Aug 1915

Liberation of Chunuk Bair | 10 Aug 1915

Today’s fluff that jerks the curtain for the main event at Gallipoli is the squabbling generals on the Western Front. Battle of Loos More clashes Continue reading Liberation of Chunuk Bair | 10 Aug 1915

Tekke Tepe | 9 Aug 1915

Once again we have a couple of miscellaneous events to sweep up before returning the hell that they call Suvla Bay. Defence of Verdun General Continue reading Tekke Tepe | 9 Aug 1915

Capture of Chunuk Bair | 8 Aug 1915

There’s a couple of things to round up before we get stuck into the shambles at Gallipoli again. And, whisper it gently, but we’ve actually Continue reading Capture of Chunuk Bair | 8 Aug 1915

Murder at the Nek | 7 Aug 1915

This post is about the events of today on Gallipoli, at ANZAC Cove. For the landings at Suvla, see this post. Battle of Sari Bair Continue reading Murder at the Nek | 7 Aug 1915

Lone Pine | 6 Aug 1915

Today begins the major summer offensive on Gallipoli. Very politely, there are no major actions, or at least no major developments, anywhere else. (The Battle Continue reading Lone Pine | 6 Aug 1915

Eleskirt Valley | 5 Aug 1915

Battle in the Eleskirt Valley In the Caucasus, the Ottoman forces are riding high, today returning to the streets of Van, with predictably brutal and Continue reading Eleskirt Valley | 5 Aug 1915

Battle of Sari Bair | 31 July 1915

Siege of Saisi General Wahle sends Major O’Sullevan a polite note suggesting that he might like to surrender and save everyone a lot of trouble. Continue reading Battle of Sari Bair | 31 July 1915

Barbed wire | 28 July 1915

Second Isonzo Individual Italian units are still pecking at individual strong-points, but all pretence at a coordinated offensive has fallen away. Meanwhile, a fateful decision Continue reading Barbed wire | 28 July 1915

Suvla Bay | Henry Pedris | 1 July 1915

Today’s entry takes in Namibia and Sri Lanka as well as Gallipoli and the skies over the Western Front. Battle of Otavi The German Empire Continue reading Suvla Bay | Henry Pedris | 1 July 1915

Rhodesia | 25 Jun 1915

Fresh plans afoot in Africa for Colonel von Lettow-Vorbeck, and on Gallipoli for ANZAC commander General Birdwood. Louis Barthas We begin with a quick moment Continue reading Rhodesia | 25 Jun 1915

Triumph | Shell Crisis | 25 May 1915

The word “Triumph” in that title does not, sadly, refer to any kind of victory. Before we can decode that, it’s to Artois and London Continue reading Triumph | Shell Crisis | 25 May 1915

Monfalcone | Bellewaarde | 24 May 1915

The Italian army marches across the border with its bootlaces tied together, the Germans make one final attempt to renew Second Ypres, someone in their Continue reading Monfalcone | Bellewaarde | 24 May 1915

The Diggers | 21 May 1915

With no developments anywhere worth talking about (the French continue marching up Vimy Ridge six inches at a time, etc and anon), most of the Continue reading The Diggers | 21 May 1915

Italy | Second Artois | 20 May 1915

The Italian parliament opens, the French Army begins slogging up Vimy Ridge, and there’s a new problem at ANZAC Cove. Second Artois The rain has Continue reading Italy | Second Artois | 20 May 1915

Portugal | ANZAC Cove | 19 May 1915

In the early hours of the morning, there’s a major attack at ANZAC Cove by the Ottomans. Meanwhile, in Portugal… May 14 Revolt The May Continue reading Portugal | ANZAC Cove | 19 May 1915

Boirault machine | Battle of Festubert | May 18 1915

It’s the turn of the French to trial a ridiculous impractical machine, the Ottomans prepare to attack ANZAC Cove, and a British sergeant has a Continue reading Boirault machine | Battle of Festubert | May 18 1915

Gorlice-Tarnow | The Nek | 2 May 1915

The tales of Gallipoli and Second Ypres continue, but for the first time in far too long, the main focus of a daily post puts Continue reading Gorlice-Tarnow | The Nek | 2 May 1915

GHQ Line | 01 May 1915

The BEF begins the process of retiring to the GHQ Line at Second Ypres. There’s also a major Ottoman counter-attack on Gallipoli; on the Eastern Continue reading GHQ Line | 01 May 1915

My pink half of the drainpipe | 29 Apr 1915

And breathe. With the failure of First Krithia, General Hunter-Weston orders the men at Cape Helles to dig in and rest. We’re also going outside Continue reading My pink half of the drainpipe | 29 Apr 1915

Horace Smith-Dorrien | 27 Apr 1915

It’s man overboard at Second Ypres, the blokes on Gallipoli are still buggering on, the French Council of Ministers sticks its head over the parapet, Continue reading Horace Smith-Dorrien | 27 Apr 1915

Gallipoli landings | 26 Apr 1915

It’s another stacked day, and it’s Day 2 of the Gallipoli landings. There are developments in almost all the sectors (excepting S Beach, which remains Continue reading Gallipoli landings | 26 Apr 1915

First day at Gallipoli | 25 Apr 1915

The title speaks for itself. Today the British Empire lands on Gallipoli, and that must be our focus. It needs so much space that for Continue reading First day at Gallipoli | 25 Apr 1915

The plan for Gallipoli | 11 Apr 1915

It’s time for another look at wider French strategy. The Friendly Feldwebel gets a new boss. But the most important thing to note is that Continue reading The plan for Gallipoli | 11 Apr 1915