von Knobelsdorf | Iringa | 21 Aug 1916

Nyasalanders in Tanzania Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the Nyasalanders’ campaign in the south-west of Tanzania is proving to be rather a Continue reading von Knobelsdorf | Iringa | 21 Aug 1916

“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

Air bombing | First Doiran | 9 Aug 1916

Sixth Isonzo There is one area of war in which the Italians are unquestionably world leaders. This is in long-range bombing missions against the enemy’s Continue reading Air bombing | First Doiran | 9 Aug 1916

Bitlis | Romani | Verdun | 5 Aug 1916

Battle of Bitlis In the Caucasus we have rather a curate’s egg of a battle for the Ottomans. On paper, things are going quite well. Continue reading Bitlis | Romani | Verdun | 5 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

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

Verdun and the Somme | Fromelles | 13 Jul 1916

Battle of Verdun The Battle of the Somme has now succeeded in one of its main objectives. Today General von Falkenhayn orders offensive operations to Continue reading Verdun and the Somme | Fromelles | 13 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

Rain and raids | 28 Jun 1916

“Y” Day on the Somme Just as most of the BEF’s part of the Western Front has been delivering intense artillery bombardments to disguise the Continue reading Rain and raids | 28 Jun 1916

Hunter-Weston | Serre | 27 Jun 1916

Battle of the Somme Not everyone in the BEF is entirely content with the plans for the Battle of the Somme. General Hubert Rees will Continue reading Hunter-Weston | Serre | 27 Jun 1916

Revolvers | Parapets | 25 Jun 1916

Battle of Verdun The French are now trying to get some counter-attacks going to push the Germans out of Thiaumont and Fleury, and away from Continue reading Revolvers | Parapets | 25 Jun 1916

Guns on the Somme | 24 Jun 1916

One man and his throne Signaller Dudley Menaud-Lissenberg is a telephone operator with a British artillery battery on the Somme. It’s early morning, miserable and Continue reading Guns on the Somme | 24 Jun 1916

Fleury | Bras | Souville | 23 Jun 1916

Battle of Verdun Here we go again. It’s time once more for the Germans to move hell and high water outside Verdun. The map again. Continue reading Fleury | Bras | Souville | 23 Jun 1916

Intelligence on the Somme | 22 July 1916

Battle of the Somme Once again, let’s start today with Malcolm White. All up and down the sector, the battalions who will be attacking in Continue reading Intelligence on the Somme | 22 July 1916

Serre | Beaumont Hamel | 21 Jun 1916

Battle of the Somme There are eight days to go until the Battle of the Somme. Today sees Lieutenant Malcolm White’s final day of hard Continue reading Serre | Beaumont Hamel | 21 Jun 1916

Bayburt | French infantry tactics | 20 Jun 1916

Offensives in Anatolia We begin today with a return to the Russo-Ottoman fighting on the Caucasus front. Quick recap: the Ottomans have sent significant reinforcements Continue reading Bayburt | French infantry tactics | 20 Jun 1916

Deception | Flying Elephant | 19 Jun 1916

Deception on the Somme There are ten days to go until Z Day at the Battle of the Somme. We’ve seen the BEF and French Continue reading Deception | Flying Elephant | 19 Jun 1916

Fleury | Souville | 18 Jun 1916

Battle of Verdun The French really could do with some good news from Verdun. No such luck, though. To the map! French reserves are now Continue reading Fleury | Souville | 18 Jun 1916

Behaviour Modification | Petain’s worries | 12 Jun 1916

Behaviour Modification The Sunny Subaltern may not be around to participate, but the Battle of Mont Sorrel is due to go off tomorrow. Since the Continue reading Behaviour Modification | Petain’s worries | 12 Jun 1916

Souville and Fleury | 11 Jun 1916

Battle of the Somme It seems that the final days of preparation for the Battle of the Somme are going to be plagued by Anglo-French Continue reading Souville and Fleury | 11 Jun 1916

Suez Canal | The air war | 8 Jun 1916

Suez Canal Over the past week or so, we’ve been hearing news from correspondent Oskar Teichman about an Ottoman buildup at El Arish to oppose Continue reading Suez Canal | The air war | 8 Jun 1916

Brusilov Offensive | Sunny Subaltern | 6 Jun 1916

Brusilov Offensive The scale and design of the Brusilov Offensive is such that it only needs one relatively small success, quickly reinforced, to put the Continue reading Brusilov Offensive | Sunny Subaltern | 6 Jun 1916

Lord Kitchener | Brusilov Offensive | 5 Jun 1916

Brusilov Offensive The Entente’s summer offensive is finally underway. We’ve been building up to this for at least six months. There have been a couple Continue reading Lord Kitchener | Brusilov Offensive | 5 Jun 1916

Brusilov Overture | Fort Vaux | 4 Jun 1916

Brusilov Offensive The great summer offensive plays its overture today. Today is given over entirely to artillery barrages. The Austro-Hungarian generals remain unconcerned; if this Continue reading Brusilov Overture | Fort Vaux | 4 Jun 1916

Fort Vaux | Salandra vs Cadorna | 3 Jun 1916

Battle of Verdun It’s a very, very, very bad start to the day at Fort Vaux, if you’re French. They’ve hastily organised reinforcements, but the Continue reading Fort Vaux | Salandra vs Cadorna | 3 Jun 1916

Spinning Jutland | 2 June 1916

Herbert Sulzbach Yes, this is an unusual way to start the day, but bear with me and you’ll see where I’m going with this. German Continue reading Spinning Jutland | 2 June 1916

Battle of Jutland | Fort Vaux | 1 June 1916

Battle of Jutland Very, very quick recap. Ships of the High Seas Fleet and Grand Fleet fired on each other in anger yesterday, for the Continue reading Battle of Jutland | Fort Vaux | 1 June 1916

Fort Douaumont | Kondoa reinforced | 24 May 1916

Battle of Verdun Yesterday, General Mangin had egg on his face after prematurely declaring that Fort Douaumont had been recaptured for France. Today, the German Continue reading Fort Douaumont | Kondoa reinforced | 24 May 1916

Return to Fort Douaumont | 22 May 1916

Battle of Verdun So, time for the latest fruitless attempt to achieve something at the Battle of Verdun. And, with General Mangin in command, we Continue reading Return to Fort Douaumont | 22 May 1916