Burying the dead | 31 Oct 1915

Today, thankfully, is in the main another “nothing of importance” day. The Serbian Army continues waiting for French deliverance; the action at Third Isonzo is Continue reading Burying the dead | 31 Oct 1915

Crisis in Serbia | 14 Oct 1915

Bulgaria The Bulgarian government has its allies, and its fig leaf casus belli of two days ago. Today they declare war on Serbia and come Continue reading Crisis in Serbia | 14 Oct 1915

The end at Loos | 13 Oct 1915

Farce of Loos I refuse to call this a battle. As I may have mentioned before, a battle is something that you have at least Continue reading The end at Loos | 13 Oct 1915

Farce | 10 Oct 1915

Farce at Loos I’ve had enough of calling this load of old crap a “battle”. A battle against sanity, maybe. But to my mind, a Continue reading Farce | 10 Oct 1915

Serbia in trouble | 9 Oct 1915

Italian Front I’m afraid we’re starting today with pretty much the worst news possible from Italy. General Cadorna has just cancelled all leave from the Continue reading Serbia in trouble | 9 Oct 1915

Mills bomb | Belgrade | 8 Oct 1915

A big hello to those of you clicking through from the Lawyers, Guns & Money blog. Enjoy your archive binge! Battle of Loos The Germans Continue reading Mills bomb | Belgrade | 8 Oct 1915

Hohenzollern Redoubt | 2 Oct 1915

Western Front The Hohenzollern Redoubt is falling. Too many Germans with too many grenades, supported by too many Minenwerfers and too good a knowledge of Continue reading Hohenzollern Redoubt | 2 Oct 1915

Catchup with the Italian Front | 1 Oct 1915

Italian Front It’s been a while since we looked over to the Italian Front. Second Isonzo ended only a month previously, but it already seems Continue reading Catchup with the Italian Front | 1 Oct 1915

Parcels for the dead | 30 Sep 1915

Autumn offensive Today is a mostly quiet day. Second Champagne is put on hold as it becomes apparent that news of a breakthrough was in Continue reading Parcels for the dead | 30 Sep 1915

Sir John French | Blame | 29 Sep 1915

Battle of Loos With the Germans turning up the pressure on the Hohenzollern Redoubt higher and higher, General Haig has his eyes firmly on the Continue reading Sir John French | Blame | 29 Sep 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

John Kipling | 27 Sep 1915

Battle of Loos The BEF has one more card left to play as it searches for that elusive breakthrough of the German reserve line. The Continue reading John Kipling | 27 Sep 1915

The eve of battle | 24 Sep 1915

Third Artois With just 24 hours until the great autumn offensive on the Western Front, you may recall that the weather has broken and it’s Continue reading The eve of battle | 24 Sep 1915

Bulgaria, Greece, rain | 23 Sep 1915

The wind and the rain, it raineth every day The weather breaks in northern France. The entire front from Flanders to Picardy is deluged by Continue reading Bulgaria, Greece, rain | 23 Sep 1915

Bulgarian mobilisation | 22 Sep 1915

Bulgaria I’m sure that coordinated military action makes a lot of tactical sense, but it’s bloody annoying when you’re trying to do a day-by-day blog Continue reading Bulgarian mobilisation | 22 Sep 1915

Preliminary bombardment | 21 Sep 1915

Offensive on the Western Front All up and down the great front, British and French guns are opening up on the enemy. Second Champagne, Third Continue reading Preliminary bombardment | 21 Sep 1915

Farce of Longido | 20 Sep 1915

Longido In Africa, General Tighe, man of action that he is, has been simply unable to restrain himself. Sitting and waiting for the Belgians, or Continue reading Farce of Longido | 20 Sep 1915

Goldilocks mining | 19 Sep 1915

Mining As we’ve already seen, the ground under the Western Front is seething with mines and counter-mines as underground warfare continues to be an integral Continue reading Goldilocks mining | 19 Sep 1915

British gas | 18 Sep 1915

Good Honest British Gas If nothing else, that title should do wonders for capturing people who are trying to find out about utility companies. Ahem. Continue reading British gas | 18 Sep 1915

Deception | 17 Sep 1915

Deception One of the more persistent myths about the war, as General Melchett embodies, is the idea that the generals not only refused to believe Continue reading Deception | 17 Sep 1915

Sailing to Kut | 16 Sep 1915

Mesopotamia As the full weight of summer in the desert blasts down, nearly 50 celsius in the shade, the force that’s supposed to be sailing Continue reading Sailing to Kut | 16 Sep 1915

Preparation for battle | 15 Sep 1915

As we surely all know, proper preparation & planning prevents piss poor performance. Let’s see how that’s going, with the autumn offensive on the Western Continue reading Preparation for battle | 15 Sep 1915

Graffiti & wine | 3 Sep 1915

Life in reserve The 12th Northumberland Fusiliers, a Kitchener’s Army battalion, is recently arrived in France. 1916 and the Battle of the Somme is usually Continue reading Graffiti & wine | 3 Sep 1915

Wepeaonised Spleeing Mitsakes [sic] | 28 Aug 1915

Don’t adjust your set, that’s quite intentional. We’ve also got a look at the BEF’s plans for the Battle of Loos, but first… Ministry of Continue reading Wepeaonised Spleeing Mitsakes [sic] | 28 Aug 1915

On the ground at Loos | 22 Aug 1915

Battle of Loos Having had certain facts explained to him by Lord Kitchener, Sir John French today informs General Joffre that the BEF will be Continue reading On the ground at Loos | 22 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

Stopford gets stopped | 13 Aug 1915

Italy The attacks that are about to be launched by the Italians are usually reckoned part of Second Isonzo, although a casual observer might suggest Continue reading Stopford gets stopped | 13 Aug 1915