First day on the Somme | 1 July 1916

On the signal, company will advance! First day on the Somme In the British imagination, 1st July 1916 looms over the rest of the First Continue reading First day on the Somme | 1 July 1916

Self propelled guns | Salonika | 2 May 1916

Self-propelled guns Two of the men who were involved with the initial stages of the tank design project, John Greg and Walter Wilson, have now Continue reading Self propelled guns | Salonika | 2 May 1916

Layes Brook | 12 Mar 1915

German reinforcements arrive at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, and General Joffre’s “brutal” attack goes in at First Champagne. First Champagne The attack is indeed Continue reading Layes Brook | 12 Mar 1915

Battle of Neuve Chapelle | 10 Mar 1915

The BEF takes its first serious offensive action in a long time today. Arguably since the start of the war, depending on how you feel Continue reading Battle of Neuve Chapelle | 10 Mar 1915

Neuve Chapelle | 09 Mar 1915

Eighteen hours to go until the start of the Battle of Neuve Chapelle. The heavy artillery is just arriving, right in the very nick of Continue reading Neuve Chapelle | 09 Mar 1915

Heavy artillery | 14 Feb 1915

British preparations for an attack at Neuve Chapelle are getting into high gear. The poilus are still shivering in the snowstorms at Perthes, waiting to Continue reading Heavy artillery | 14 Feb 1915

Chilembwe Uprising | Jan 25 1915

John Chilembwe’s efforts in Nyasaland continue, and there’s the fallout from the Battle of Dogger Bank to consider. Also, if you care about British generals, Continue reading Chilembwe Uprising | Jan 25 1915

Etaples | 06 Jan 1915

Another day of minimal happenings (the Caucasus excepted) affords us an opportunity to look at a small French town whose name is soon to be Continue reading Etaples | 06 Jan 1915