Gheluvelt | 31 Oct 1914

Sir John French would, in later life, rate the 31st of October 1914 as being the worst day of his life, containing the worst half Continue reading Gheluvelt | 31 Oct 1914

First Ypres | 30 Oct 1914

The day begins with French orders to renew the assault on Poelcappelle, sure that the Germans are about to crack.  The day ends with the Continue reading First Ypres | 30 Oct 1914

Ottoman raid on Russia | 29 Oct 1914

Once again, the big news today is away from the Western Front. The Ottoman Empire is now fully committed to joining the war, and launches Continue reading Ottoman raid on Russia | 29 Oct 1914

Penang | 28 Oct 1914

A series of actions all across the Western Front today, but first we’re going to Malaysia to catch up with our old friend the Emden. Continue reading Penang | 28 Oct 1914

Neuve Chapelle | 27 Oct 1914

“The situation at Neuve Chapelle, when morning dawned, was most unsatisfactory.” Once again Edmonds, the British official historian, shows a fine command of understatement. Neuve Continue reading Neuve Chapelle | 27 Oct 1914

Poelcappelle | 26 Oct 1914

Spirits are still high among the Allied commanders today. The French renew their attacks at Poelcappelle, north of Ypres; to the south, those dastardly Boches Continue reading Poelcappelle | 26 Oct 1914

Polygon Wood | 25 Oct 1914

The German hammer comes down on the Yser again. They’re slowly expanding their bridgehead at Nieuport, and yet again they throw everything they have at Continue reading Polygon Wood | 25 Oct 1914

Polygon Wood | 24 Oct 1914

Polygon Wood is either a large wood or a small forest about four miles east of Ypres, located on undulating terrain between the Gheluvelt plateau Continue reading Polygon Wood | 24 Oct 1914

Engineers | 23 Oct 1914

Today is a day of heavy fighting, but also a day of military engineers. There may be a lot of fighting going on, but unlike Continue reading Engineers | 23 Oct 1914

Langemarck | 22 Oct 1914

Another day in Flanders.  It’s now obvious to all that the German High Command has gone round headquarters with a set of tools, removed all Continue reading Langemarck | 22 Oct 1914

Ypres Salient | 21 Oct 1914

The German attacks in Flanders continue winding up. How much longer can the line hold in the face of it? Ypres 7th Division has received Continue reading Ypres Salient | 21 Oct 1914

Ypres | 20 Oct 1914

The Allies are once again well and truly on the defensive. Another grand plan to take the offensive in front of Ypres has fallen by Continue reading Ypres | 20 Oct 1914

Menin | 18 Oct 1914

Flanders inches ever-closer to its fate.  German advance guards arrive in Roulers and Menin. 7th Division gets its orders. German infantry engages the Belgians all Continue reading Menin | 18 Oct 1914

Texel | 17 Oct 1914

The situation in Flanders is just about to reach boiling point, the Germans make an important decision in Poland, and there’s plenty of action at Continue reading Texel | 17 Oct 1914

Yser | 16 Oct 1914

It’s a big day in Flanders.  The Allies make several important gains, and the Germans begin their advance against the Belgian last-ditch positions on the Continue reading Yser | 16 Oct 1914