Mouquet Farm | Contalmaison | 11 Aug 1916

Battle of the Somme Problem: To dislodge the Germans from Thiepval, Reserve Army needs to push north-west from Pozieres and threaten their rear. Just over Continue reading Mouquet Farm | Contalmaison | 11 Aug 1916

Pozieres Windmill | 29 Jul 1916

Pozieres windmill Between the ANZACs and Pozieres windmill, there is a very nasty interconnected trench system with two main fire trenches. The staff knows them Continue reading Pozieres Windmill | 29 Jul 1916

General Gough | ANZACs | 28 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme In Pozieres, the battered and bruised 1st Australian Division is being removed from the line and replaced with fellow Gallipoli veterans Continue reading General Gough | ANZACs | 28 Jul 1916

Delville Wood | Longueval | 26 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme General Rawlinson is not particularly happy at the moment, having presided over a gigantic wet fart of an offensive on the Continue reading Delville Wood | Longueval | 26 Jul 1916

Erzincan | Haig & ANZACs | 25 Jul 1916

Battle of Erzincan Erzincan has surrendered. A second overwhelming Russian victory in 1916 is now complete. Vehip Pasha’s Third Army has, for the second time Continue reading Erzincan | Haig & ANZACs | 25 Jul 1916

Pozieres | Guillemont | 23 July 1916

Battle of the Somme Oh Christ, here comes another big attack at the Battle of the Somme. Let’s go round from the south again, like Continue reading Pozieres | Guillemont | 23 July 1916

Unexpected changes | Somme | 22 July 1916

I am going to try a little experiment today and format everything back to front, so we’ll start with the rear-area personal account and finish Continue reading Unexpected changes | Somme | 22 July 1916

Fromelles | Pozieres | 20 Jul 1916

Battle of Fromelles The diversion at Fromelles has time for one last ignominy. During the evening, plans were made and orders were sent out at Continue reading Fromelles | Pozieres | 20 Jul 1916

Battle of Fromelles | 19 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme Delville Wood has now been almost entirely recaptured by the Germans. A couple of hundred men of a single battalion are Continue reading Battle of Fromelles | 19 Jul 1916

Verdun and the Somme | Fromelles | 13 Jul 1916

Battle of Verdun The Battle of the Somme has now succeeded in one of its main objectives. Today General von Falkenhayn orders offensive operations to Continue reading Verdun and the Somme | Fromelles | 13 Jul 1916

Rain and raids | 28 Jun 1916

“Y” Day on the Somme Just as most of the BEF’s part of the Western Front has been delivering intense artillery bombardments to disguise the Continue reading Rain and raids | 28 Jun 1916

Egypt | 19 Mar 1916

Egypt With everything that’s been happening continuing to happen, let’s drop in briefly on Egypt to see what’s happening. Generals Maxwell and Murray have spent Continue reading Egypt | 19 Mar 1916

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

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 Scimitar Hill | 21 Aug 1915

Vote of confidence The French government seeks to put to bed any rumblings about General Joffre’s competency by calling a vote of confidence in itself. Continue reading Battle of Scimitar Hill | 21 Aug 1915

Commitments and orders | 20 Aug 1915

Lord Kitchener Lord Kitchener is distracting himself from the Gallipoli situation with a bracing visit to the Western Front. Once more he finds himself in Continue reading Commitments and orders | 20 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

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

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

Camouflage Committee | 08 May 1915

It’s the eve of the latest big push on the Western Front, and the French Camouflage Committee has been doing its bit for the Battle Continue reading Camouflage Committee | 08 May 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

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

Suspension of Sentences Act | 16 Apr 1915

Desertion continues to be a major problem in the BEF, a recently-arrived cavalryman has what the paper might call a “Thrilling Adventure” at Hill 60, Continue reading Suspension of Sentences Act | 16 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

Vauquois | 04 Apr 1915

The French Army is going to support the main action of the Battle of Woevre with a heavy diversionary attack at Vauquois. The German Sapper, Continue reading Vauquois | 04 Apr 1915

French strategy | 21 Mar 1915

General Joffre is called to a meeting of the Council of Ministers to discuss French strategy, and two old friends meet again. Watch the Birdie Continue reading French strategy | 21 Mar 1915

Bois du Biez | Mauquissart | 11 Mar 1915

It’s the second day of the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, but that’s not all. We’re going to finish at the Dardanelles, but first we’re going Continue reading Bois du Biez | Mauquissart | 11 Mar 1915