Gas | 14 Apr 1915

There is, I think, nothing more evocative of the First World War in particular, than gas. Today is a natural time to have a little Continue reading Gas | 14 Apr 1915

Langemarck | Auguste Jaeger | 13 Apr 1915

The French face up to failure at the Battle of Woevre, the Ottomans come on strongly at Shaiba, and a young German private called Auguste Continue reading Langemarck | Auguste Jaeger | 13 Apr 1915

Return to Ypres | Woevre | 12 Apr 1915

A look at what “taking over the Ypres salient” actually entails, the French try again for a breakthrough at the Battle of Woevre, and the Continue reading Return to Ypres | Woevre | 12 Apr 1915

Shaiba | 10 Apr 1915

It’s a busy day. Mesopotamia! Africa! Champagne! Landships! Diplomacy! St Mihiel! Off we go! Friendly Feldwebel The Friendly Feldwebel comes out of the line again, Continue reading Shaiba | 10 Apr 1915

Capture of Les Eparges | 09 Apr 1915

The French achieve something they’ve been trying to do for about six months. A new British commander arrives in Mesopotamia. Sir Ian Hamilton continues worrying Continue reading Capture of Les Eparges | 09 Apr 1915

Hand-to-hand fighting | 08 Apr 1915

We’re still with our Germans today. It’s the Friendly Feldwebel’s turn to go hand-to-hand. Perhaps fortunately, his account is rather less detailed. Herbert Sulzbach First, Continue reading Hand-to-hand fighting | 08 Apr 1915

Les Eparges | 06 Apr 1915

Let’s see what the French managed to achieve yesterday at Les Eparges, shall we? Elsewhere, the German Sapper continues trying not to die, the Friendly Continue reading Les Eparges | 06 Apr 1915

Disarming the Armenians | 05 Apr 1915

Today’s focus is on the Ottoman Empire, where we’re scratching the veneer away a little. Anti-Armenian efforts have recently been stepped up, with some amazingly Continue reading Disarming the Armenians | 05 Apr 1915

Vauquois | 04 Apr 1915

The French Army is going to support the main action of the Battle of Woevre with a heavy diversionary attack at Vauquois. The German Sapper, Continue reading Vauquois | 04 Apr 1915

Qurna | Mar 31 1915

Time to widen our focus again for a moment and get back to Mesopotamia, where things are starting to get rather hairy for Indian Expeditionary Continue reading Qurna | Mar 31 1915

Battle of Woevre | 30 Mar 1915

In a moment, let’s go to the Verdun area and get our map on. There’s been sporadic fighting there for months, mostly in conjunction with Continue reading Battle of Woevre | 30 Mar 1915

Split | 27 Mar 1915

Haggling continues between Italy, the Entente, and Austria-Hungary; the port of Split is proving a sticking point. The Friendly Feldwebel is still deep in the Continue reading Split | 27 Mar 1915

Defence of Gallipoli | 24 Mar 1915

With silence from the fleet and reports of British troop convoys everywhere, the focus of the Ottoman defenders switches from Constantinople to Gallipoli. Meanwhile, French Continue reading Defence of Gallipoli | 24 Mar 1915