Lake Kivu | 15 Jan 1915

It’s an African day. About now, there’s a meeting between British and Belgian military representatives at Lake Kivu. (Today it’s on the border between DR Continue reading Lake Kivu | 15 Jan 1915

Mafia | 08 Jan 1915

No, not the Cosa Nostra. The Mafia we’re interested in is a small island off the coast of German East Africa. Mafia More specifically, it’s Continue reading Mafia | 08 Jan 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

Field Punishment | 05 Jan 1915

On the Western Front, General Joffre is shuffling his cards again, and brings First Artois to an effective close. I’m also having a look at Continue reading Field Punishment | 05 Jan 1915

The trenches | 04 Jan 1915

We’ve hit on a day with not a lot new happening; let’s go down to the trenches on the Western Front and see how the Continue reading The trenches | 04 Jan 1915

Britain in 1915 | 3 Jan 1915

At the risk of being Anglo-centric, today is an excellent day to stop and consider what Britain will be doing this year in the war. Continue reading Britain in 1915 | 3 Jan 1915

Formidable | 01 Jan 1915

The new year is a natural time to re-evaluate strategic possibilities; there’ll be plenty of that in the coming days. First, to the Channel, and Continue reading Formidable | 01 Jan 1915

Year end review | Dec 31 1914

Conveniently, the final day of 1914 contains no major developments, so we’ll pause and review the situation as a whole. Quick round-up first. Sarikamis The Continue reading Year end review | Dec 31 1914

Dunkirk | 30 Dec 1914

The French Army has been going nowhere except slightly deeper into the mud for the last two weeks, but this apparently is no reason to Continue reading Dunkirk | 30 Dec 1914

Turnagel | 29 Dec 1914

The year is drifting to an end. Enver Pasha’s chickens are about to come home to roost. Let’s get to it. Perthes Having stalled out Continue reading Turnagel | 29 Dec 1914

Landships | 28 Dec 1914

We’ve got a quieter day today, even down in the Caucasus. However, important events are still afoot! Nieuport The Belgians have continued attacking over the Continue reading Landships | 28 Dec 1914

Lombartzyde | Sarikamis | 27 Dec 1914

The Belgians are getting their war on again at Lombartzyde, First Artois and First Champagne grind back into life, and fighting reaches Sarikamis itself. Lombartzyde Continue reading Lombartzyde | Sarikamis | 27 Dec 1914

Sarikamis | 26 Dec 1914

Back to that lovely war. Hurrah. Well, mostly. There are some areas of the Western Front where good feelings can’t be dispersed so easily with Continue reading Sarikamis | 26 Dec 1914

The Christmas Truce, and more | Dec 25 1914

We’ll get to the one thing everyone knows about in due course. However, before we do that, I’d like to set it in its proper Continue reading The Christmas Truce, and more | Dec 25 1914

Bardiz | 24 Dec 1914

This is one of the most important days of the Battle of Sarikamis, although there’s been very little actual fighting. On the Western Front, practicality Continue reading Bardiz | 24 Dec 1914

Oltu | Dixmude | 23 Dec 1914

The preliminary fighting in front of Sarikamis continues to proceed well for the Ottomans; and the Belgians are re-asserting themselves at Dixmude. Dixmude About 95% Continue reading Oltu | Dixmude | 23 Dec 1914

Battle of Sarikamis | 22 Dec 1914

The Ottoman troops start advancing towards Sarikamis. Time for Enver Pasha to find out how much of a military genius he is. Battle of Sarikamis Continue reading Battle of Sarikamis | 22 Dec 1914

Artois | 18 Dec 1914

We’ll rejoin the Western Front and the First Battle of Artois in a moment; but first, off to Koprukoy to check in with the Ottomans’ Continue reading Artois | 18 Dec 1914

Top Yol | 13 Dec 1914

Today it’s time to return to the Caucasus, and look at the Ottoman plans for a counter-attack in Anatolia.  We’ve also got naval excitement in Continue reading Top Yol | 13 Dec 1914