Serbia in trouble | 9 Oct 1915

Italian Front I’m afraid we’re starting today with pretty much the worst news possible from Italy. General Cadorna has just cancelled all leave from the Continue reading Serbia in trouble | 9 Oct 1915

Mills bomb | Belgrade | 8 Oct 1915

A big hello to those of you clicking through from the Lawyers, Guns & Money blog. Enjoy your archive binge! Battle of Loos The Germans Continue reading Mills bomb | Belgrade | 8 Oct 1915

von Mackensen | Belgrade | 7 Oct 1915

Oh, I hope you weren’t expecting good news. There’s precious little good news to go around at the moment. Let’s cut to the chase… Third Continue reading von Mackensen | Belgrade | 7 Oct 1915

North Sea | 15 Dec 1914

Time to go back to sea. Big things are afoot (aship?) in the North Sea. First, we’ll sweep up the last day of the increasingly-misnamed Continue reading North Sea | 15 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

Supporting attacks | 12 Dec 1914

With the French offensive soon to be launched, they’re eager to bring their allies onside with it as much as possible; we’ll rejoin the BEF Continue reading Supporting attacks | 12 Dec 1914

Limanowa | 03 Dec 1914

It’s another very important day in the East. Yet another major battle opens, as the Austro-Hungarians attempt to capitalise on a Russian mishap. And it’s Continue reading Limanowa | 03 Dec 1914

Desertion | 02 Dec 1914

The lull in major events continues.  We’ll have a quick dekko at the general situation on the Eastern Front, and then go on to talk Continue reading Desertion | 02 Dec 1914

Jam-tin bombs | Landships | 1 Dec 1914

The Eastern Front is about to boil over again; both Russia and Austria-Hungary are shuffling men around near Krakow and the Carpathians. There’s also some Continue reading Jam-tin bombs | Landships | 1 Dec 1914

Dar-es-Salaam | Miranshah | 29 Nov 1914

The focus remains on India, Serbia and Africa, as the Western Front simmers nastily. Affair of Miranshah We’re still extremely diffy on information about this Continue reading Dar-es-Salaam | Miranshah | 29 Nov 1914

Afghanistan | 28 Nov 1914

Yeah, you heard me.  Afghanistan. There’s very little information available about today’s events in the North-West Frontier of India, but we’ll do the best we Continue reading Afghanistan | 28 Nov 1914

Cocos | Emden | 09 Nov 1914

There’s far too much all happening at once right now. Germans attack north of Ypres! British land troops in Mesopotamia! Berbers in Morocco giving the Continue reading Cocos | Emden | 09 Nov 1914

Kitchener’s Army | 6 Aug 1914

Serbia Austria-Hungary has nearly finished deploying forces along the River Drina, which marks the Serbian border. They’re going to hold in position briefly to guard Continue reading Kitchener’s Army | 6 Aug 1914

Belgrade | 29 Jul 1914

The downward spiral continues. SMS Bodrog The Austro-Hungarian monitor (a naval ship with large guns designed to operate in rivers rather than at sea) Bodrog Continue reading Belgrade | 29 Jul 1914

Austria-Hungary declares war | 28 July 1914

Diplomacy has failed. The July Crisis is coming to its head. These are melodramatic times, and it’s hard to talk about them without sounding somewhat Continue reading Austria-Hungary declares war | 28 July 1914

Russia supports Serbia | 25 July 1914

The July Crisis is turned on its head today as the Russian government commits itself to supporting Serbia with military force if necessary. I’ve also Continue reading Russia supports Serbia | 25 July 1914

Ultimatum to Serbia | 23 July 1914

The gathering storm is about to break. Today is the day of the ultimatum, the day when the July Crisis changes from being any old Continue reading Ultimatum to Serbia | 23 July 1914

Secrecy | Death of Hartwig | 10 Jul 1914

Holy hell, is there ever a lot of secrecy going round at the moment. We’ll take a look at one of its major manifestations, and Continue reading Secrecy | Death of Hartwig | 10 Jul 1914