Nightmares | Balakian’s escape | 15 Apr 1916

Battle of Bait Isa The rains rain, the men sink. There was supposed to be an all-out assault on the Twin Pimples today, in the Continue reading Nightmares | Balakian’s escape | 15 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

Rations at Kut | SS Sussex | 11 Apr 1916

Siege of Kut The siege continues. The garrison, and Edward Mousley, has just had bad news. Two paramount budgets of especial interest and importance reached Continue reading Rations at Kut | SS Sussex | 11 Apr 1916

On les aura! | Mousley’s horse | 10 Apr 1916

Edward Mousley Hey, is there anyone out there who’s got a pet? Yeah, me too. Um, this might be a bit difficult to read. You Continue reading On les aura! | Mousley’s horse | 10 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

Kondoa Irangi | Rawlinson & Haig | 8 Apr 1916

March to Kondoa The South Africans’ march to Kondoa continues with all speed possible, but Colonel von Lettow-Vorbeck has been thinking hard, and his own Continue reading Kondoa Irangi | Rawlinson & Haig | 8 Apr 1916

Miracle at Hanna | 5 Apr 1916

Hanna chokepoint Yesterday, we left General Gorringe’s men at the Hanna chokepoint. They’re from the 13th (Western) Division, Kitchener’s Army men who’ve already survived Gallipoli Continue reading Miracle at Hanna | 5 Apr 1916

March to Kondoa | Plans for the Somme | 3 Apr 1916

March to Kondoa General van Deventer can wait no longer for his 2nd Division to finish forming up. Time is of the essence here. They Continue reading March to Kondoa | Plans for the Somme | 3 Apr 1916

Vaux | Souville | Baratov | 1 Apr 1916

Battle of Verdun The German Fifth Army has begun to focus large amounts of artillery fire on Fort Vaux and Fort Souville. Their next big Continue reading Vaux | Souville | Baratov | 1 Apr 1916

Lake Naroch | Verdun | 31 Mar 1916

Lake Naroch Offensive It would be unfair, just about, to say that the Russians have achieved nothing with the Lake Naroch Offensive. A lot of Continue reading Lake Naroch | Verdun | 31 Mar 1916

St Eloi Craters | 27 Mar 1916

Action of St Eloi Craters There’s more action brewing over in the Ypres salient, as General Plumer continues his quest to annoy the Boche by Continue reading St Eloi Craters | 27 Mar 1916

Vindex | Harwich Force | 25 Mar 1916

Hoyer/Højer Here we have one marked “Things the Royal Navy Would Rather You Forgot About”. It begins with a funny name. HMS Vindex is not Continue reading Vindex | Harwich Force | 25 Mar 1916

Submarines | Sussex | 24 Mar 1916

German submarines and Sussex When last we considered German submarine policy, we found a hilariously badly-conceived compromise. On the one hand we had General von Continue reading Submarines | Sussex | 24 Mar 1916

Handeni | Kondoa | 23 Mar 1916

Africa With another clear victory at the Battle of Kahe under his belt, General Smuts now turns his attention to a command reorganisation. All the Continue reading Handeni | Kondoa | 23 Mar 1916

Lake Naroch Offensive | 18 Mar 1916

Lake Naroch Offensive Oh boy. Back to the Eastern Front now for the start of the Lake Naroch Offensive. Between Russian reinforcements and Germans leaving Continue reading Lake Naroch Offensive | 18 Mar 1916

Men for the Somme | 16 Mar 1916

Western Front As the Germans and French continue mulching themselves in front of the Mort Homme and in front of Fort Vaux, there’s a lot Continue reading Men for the Somme | 16 Mar 1916

Moshi | Mines | 14 Mar 1916

Moshi Today General van Deventer and the South African Horse enter Moshi, on the Usambara Railway, and capture it unopposed. They’ve achieved their objectives, surely? Continue reading Moshi | Mines | 14 Mar 1916

Voie Sacree | 13 Mar 1916

Voie Sacree Right then. The Battle of Verdun is now firmly into the attrition phase. Time to consider how it was that the French were Continue reading Voie Sacree | 13 Mar 1916

Latema Nek | 10 Mar 1916

Latema Nek From a British Empire perspective, there is precisely one good thing about the latest development in the invasion of German East Africa. This Continue reading Latema Nek | 10 Mar 1916

Fifth Battle of the Isonzo | Portugal | 9 Mar 1916

Time to lead off with something other than Verdun for the first time in nearly three weeks! Isn’t that nice? Fifth Battle of the Isonzo Continue reading Fifth Battle of the Isonzo | Portugal | 9 Mar 1916

Macker | Dujaila Redoubt | 8 Mar 1916

Battle of Verdun Today is the first day since the start of the Battle of Verdun where I’ve felt tempted to not write anything as Continue reading Macker | Dujaila Redoubt | 8 Mar 1916

Verdun spreads | Serengeti | 6 Mar 1916

Battle of Verdun Today the Battle of Verdun spreads like a cancer onto the west bank of the River Meuse, where it should very probably Continue reading Verdun spreads | Serengeti | 6 Mar 1916

The west bank of the Meuse | 5 Mar 1916

The west bank of the Meuse After at least a full week of jumping up and down and yelling, General von Falkenhayn’s subordinates have finally Continue reading The west bank of the Meuse | 5 Mar 1916

Douaumont | Charles de Gaulle | 2 Mar 1916

Douaumont Relentless scrapping continues at the Battle of Verdun over Douaumont village, which is rapidly disappearing from the map. General Petain’s old 33rd Regiment is Continue reading Douaumont | Charles de Gaulle | 2 Mar 1916

Ripples from Verdun | 1 Mar 1916

Battle of Verdun The first phase of the Battle of Verdun is over. The Germans have poked the hornet’s nest and stirred it up real Continue reading Ripples from Verdun | 1 Mar 1916

The Bebe at Verdun | 29 Feb 1916

The air over Verdun French efforts to un-fuck themselves at Verdun continue. General Petain approves heartily of the artillery stationed on the west bank of Continue reading The Bebe at Verdun | 29 Feb 1916

Logistics | Verdun | 28 Feb 1916

The logistics of Verdun Attacks continue against Douaumont village; Douaumont continues to hold out. The German advance is now turning into consolidation, linking up isolated Continue reading Logistics | Verdun | 28 Feb 1916

Petain | Defence in depth | 27 Feb 1916

Douaumont village Douaumont village is still holding out. Every hour it holds is another hour for French reinforcements to arrive, for artillery to emplace on Continue reading Petain | Defence in depth | 27 Feb 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

Confiscation of Armenian property | 13 Sep 1915

Armenian Genocide As the genocide continues unabated, a particularly nasty and cynical aspect of it takes effect today. Armenians everywhere in the Ottoman Empire have Continue reading Confiscation of Armenian property | 13 Sep 1915