“Improving the position” | 18 Aug 1916

Bulgarian initiative and First Doiran Quick recap; Romania has just signed on to enter the war. The French have agreed to lead an attack to Continue reading “Improving the position” | 18 Aug 1916

Preparing for Flers-Courcelette | 15 Aug 1916

Battle of Flers-Courcelette Deep, long-suffering sigh. For reasons that we’ll get into in a moment, General Haig has decided that now is the time to Continue reading Preparing for Flers-Courcelette | 15 Aug 1916

Mouquet Farm | 14 Aug 1916

Mouquet Farm The march towards Mouquet Farm continues for the 4th Australian Division at the Battle of the Somme. They’ve almost done their job too Continue reading Mouquet Farm | 14 Aug 1916

Mouquet Farm | Contalmaison | 11 Aug 1916

Battle of the Somme Problem: To dislodge the Germans from Thiepval, Reserve Army needs to push north-west from Pozieres and threaten their rear. Just over Continue reading Mouquet Farm | Contalmaison | 11 Aug 1916

Joffre and Haig | Tanks | 10 Aug 1916

Sixth Isonzo The Italian Army is now, three days too late, pulling its collective finger out for a jolly good bash at the Austro-Hungarians’ reserve Continue reading Joffre and Haig | Tanks | 10 Aug 1916

Gorizia | Sixth Isonzo | 7 Aug 1916

Sixth Isonzo Yesterday we had a rather odd concept to digest; there’s been a battle on the Isonzo and there is good news for the Continue reading Gorizia | Sixth Isonzo | 7 Aug 1916

Pozieres Windmill | Battle of Romani | 4 Aug 1916

Pozieres The objectives on the Somme just keep getting closer and closer. First they shot for Bapaume. Then they shot for the Second Line so Continue reading Pozieres Windmill | Battle of Romani | 4 Aug 1916

The uses of Churchill | 1 Aug 1916

August on the Somme Winston Churchill is a pain in the arse, but he does have his uses. The fiasco on Gallipoli hasn’t done much Continue reading The uses of Churchill | 1 Aug 1916

Taking stock | 31 July 1916

Battle of the Somme The Battle of the Somme is one month old. It’s been a long bloody month. I think I’ve said about all Continue reading Taking stock | 31 July 1916

Maurepas | Guillemont | 30 Jul 1916

Maurepas and Guillemont The ears are senseless that should give us hearing to tell his commandment is fulfilled; that Maurepas and Guillemont are dead. Ahem. Continue reading Maurepas | Guillemont | 30 Jul 1916

General Gough | ANZACs | 28 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme In Pozieres, the battered and bruised 1st Australian Division is being removed from the line and replaced with fellow Gallipoli veterans Continue reading General Gough | ANZACs | 28 Jul 1916

Africa | Longueval | 27 Jul 1916

Africa The Prime Minister of South Africa, Louis Botha, has just arrived in German East Africa to find out first-hand why his crony Smuts’s grandiose Continue reading Africa | Longueval | 27 Jul 1916

Erzincan | Haig & ANZACs | 25 Jul 1916

Battle of Erzincan Erzincan has surrendered. A second overwhelming Russian victory in 1916 is now complete. Vehip Pasha’s Third Army has, for the second time Continue reading Erzincan | Haig & ANZACs | 25 Jul 1916

Kowel | Pozieres | 24 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme The Battle of the Somme is congealing again. Not that it moved very far on the 23rd, mind you. A satirical Continue reading Kowel | Pozieres | 24 Jul 1916

Pozieres | Guillemont | 23 July 1916

Battle of the Somme Oh Christ, here comes another big attack at the Battle of the Somme. Let’s go round from the south again, like Continue reading Pozieres | Guillemont | 23 July 1916

Unexpected changes | Somme | 22 July 1916

I am going to try a little experiment today and format everything back to front, so we’ll start with the rear-area personal account and finish Continue reading Unexpected changes | Somme | 22 July 1916

Mission creep | Somme | 21 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme I’ve been so caught up in shouting at British generalship over the last week that I’ve almost completely ignored a major Continue reading Mission creep | Somme | 21 Jul 1916

Battle of Fromelles | 19 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme Delville Wood has now been almost entirely recaptured by the Germans. A couple of hundred men of a single battalion are Continue reading Battle of Fromelles | 19 Jul 1916

Capture of Ovillers | 16 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme Good news, everybody! One more pink name on our map of the Somme turns black today! After 16 days of on-and-off Continue reading Capture of Ovillers | 16 Jul 1916

Delville Wood | High Wood | 15 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme We start the day with a story from the 16th King’s Royal Rifle Corps. They’re urgently needed as reinforcements. 4th Army Continue reading Delville Wood | High Wood | 15 Jul 1916

Bazentin Ridge | Mwanza | 14 Jul 1916

Mwanza Back to Africa today, where the Force Publique gets well and truly stuck into Major Wintgens’s defensive positions outside Mwanza, on Lake Victoria. The Continue reading Bazentin Ridge | Mwanza | 14 Jul 1916

Castelletto | Souville | 12 Jul 1916

Castelletto For the past six months, the Italian army has been launching sporadic operations at the north-eastern end of the Dolomites. In theory, if they Continue reading Castelletto | Souville | 12 Jul 1916

Fort Souville | Contalmaison | 11 Jul 1916

Battle of Verdun Time to assault Verdun again. Let’s have the map for this. This is just about the last German throw of the dice. Continue reading Fort Souville | Contalmaison | 11 Jul 1916

Tanga | Mametz Wood | 7 Jul 1916

Tanga We begin today with the settling of an old score in German East Africa. The Battle of Tanga, way back in November 1914, has, Continue reading Tanga | Mametz Wood | 7 Jul 1916

Somme ennui | Erzincan | 5 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme The Battle of the Somme continues drifting aimlessly. At the top, both commanders-in-chief are busy fiddling around with the organisation of Continue reading Somme ennui | Erzincan | 5 Jul 1916

German counter-attacks | 4 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme A huge rainstorm has blown in. Even if the BEF had been in position to launch a major attack on the Continue reading German counter-attacks | 4 Jul 1916

Joffre’s temper | 3 Jul 1916

German East Africa In Tanzania, the Schutztruppe is now in full-on retreat from the north of the colony. Colonel von Lettow-Vorbeck’s clear instruction has been Continue reading Joffre’s temper | 3 Jul 1916

Montauban | Bayburt | 2 Jul 1916

Battle of Erzincan Let’s have a little palate-cleansing aperitif before we dive back into the Somme, shall we? Quick reminder; the Ottomans have attacked the Continue reading Montauban | Bayburt | 2 Jul 1916

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