The Middle East theatre | 1 May 1916

Battle of Verdun General Joffre’s command rearrangement officially takes effect today. General Nivelle now commands 2nd Army, with predictable results. Petain is now an army-group Continue reading The Middle East theatre | 1 May 1916

Fog of war | Ctesiphon | 24 Nov 1915

Fog of war at the Battle of Ctesiphon Today at the Battle of Ctesiphon provides an excellent example of how critical it is to remember Continue reading Fog of war | Ctesiphon | 24 Nov 1915

Churchill | Ctesiphon | Isonzo | 15 Nov 1915

Mesopotamia The final advance on Ctesiphon and Baghdad has now begun. General Townshend’s force is proceeding up the River Tigris in cautious leapfrogs. He has Continue reading Churchill | Ctesiphon | Isonzo | 15 Nov 1915

Battle of Es Sinn | 28 Sep 1915

Let’s try to break out from the Western Front a little, shall we? The other theatres of the war have obligingly kept quiet these past Continue reading Battle of Es Sinn | 28 Sep 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

Shell Crisis | Rolling barrage | 17 May 1915

The ructions in the British government are coming at an absolutely terrible time. Clear oversight and direction is needed from the Army’s political masters in Continue reading Shell Crisis | Rolling barrage | 17 May 1915

Amara | Second Artois | 11 May 1915

Today we’re mostly catching up with more of our blokes, although we do also have quite a few developments. Let’s get away from the Western Continue reading Amara | Second Artois | 11 May 1915

Leaning Virgin of Albert | 26 Jan 1915

Yes, those four words belong together. I’ll explain them in a little while, but after we’ve checked in with Nyasaland and Mesopotamia. Chilembwe Uprising A Continue reading Leaning Virgin of Albert | 26 Jan 1915