Fort Vaux to Mainz | Bernard Adams | 7 Jun 1916

Fall of Fort Vaux This is the end. A few men in scattered parties, thirties, twenties, and tens, have been given permission to break out Continue reading Fort Vaux to Mainz | Bernard Adams | 7 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

LZ85 | Hill 304 | 5 May 1916

Salonika The big news for today is from somewhere else, but first, the Gardeners of Salonika have actually done something! Over the past few months, Continue reading LZ85 | Hill 304 | 5 May 1916

Wulverghem | Supplies to Russia | 30 Apr 1916

Gas at Wulverghem There’s been another German gas attack on the Western Front, this one at Wulverghem, just south of Ypres. (It’s close enough to Continue reading Wulverghem | Supplies to Russia | 30 Apr 1916

Nightmares | Balakian’s escape | 15 Apr 1916

Battle of Bait Isa The rains rain, the men sink. There was supposed to be an all-out assault on the Twin Pimples today, in the Continue reading Nightmares | Balakian’s escape | 15 Apr 1916

Haig, tanks, & Swinton | 14 April 1916

Tanks for the Somme Time to start exploring what General Haig might have been thinking when he decided that bite and hold was not going Continue reading Haig, tanks, & Swinton | 14 April 1916

Joffre, Petain and Nivelle | 26 Mar 1916

French elbows As the Battle of Verdun continues going nowhere, General Joffre attempts to make the best of a bad job. He’s still extremely put Continue reading Joffre, Petain and Nivelle | 26 Mar 1916

Italian Front | Self-propelled guns | 22 Mar 1916

Italian Front The Italian Front is apparently settling back down into business as usual. General Cadorna’s headquarters in Udine is quietly picking up the pieces Continue reading Italian Front | Self-propelled guns | 22 Mar 1916

Cephalonia | Trebizond | 20 Mar 1916

Greece Another day, another violation of Greek neutrality. This time the target is Cephalonia, away to the south, rather closer to Salonika than Corfu is. Continue reading Cephalonia | Trebizond | 20 Mar 1916

Egypt | 19 Mar 1916

Egypt With everything that’s been happening continuing to happen, let’s drop in briefly on Egypt to see what’s happening. Generals Maxwell and Murray have spent Continue reading Egypt | 19 Mar 1916

Lake Naroch Offensive | 18 Mar 1916

Lake Naroch Offensive Oh boy. Back to the Eastern Front now for the start of the Lake Naroch Offensive. Between Russian reinforcements and Germans leaving Continue reading Lake Naroch Offensive | 18 Mar 1916

Men for the Somme | 16 Mar 1916

Western Front As the Germans and French continue mulching themselves in front of the Mort Homme and in front of Fort Vaux, there’s a lot Continue reading Men for the Somme | 16 Mar 1916

Smuts | Stewart | Fischer | 15 Mar 1916

Africa General Smuts is deeply, deeply unhappy that Colonel von Lettow-Vorbeck is sitting pretty at Kahe rather than walking into a gentleman’s captivity. When the Continue reading Smuts | Stewart | Fischer | 15 Mar 1916

Moshi | Mines | 14 Mar 1916

Moshi Today General van Deventer and the South African Horse enter Moshi, on the Usambara Railway, and capture it unopposed. They’ve achieved their objectives, surely? Continue reading Moshi | Mines | 14 Mar 1916

Verdun | Petain | Noria | 3 Mar 1916

Verdun and the noria General Petain’s innovations and rearrangements at the Battle of Verdun continue. He’s started making a personal point of, at least once Continue reading Verdun | Petain | Noria | 3 Mar 1916

Verdun gathers steam | 22 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun The MSPaint map at daybreak: Today the Germans push hard. The artillery’s continued firing at new targets all through the night. The Continue reading Verdun gathers steam | 22 Feb 1916

Frise, Vimy, and the Somme | 14 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun It’s still raining at Verdun. No battle today. Instead, there’s another attack in the Ypres salient at the Bluff, another all-but-insignificant knobbly Continue reading Frise, Vimy, and the Somme | 14 Feb 1916

Weather | Verdun | 11 Feb 1916

Erzrurum Offensive Neither rain nor snow nor gloom of night…as reinforcements plough through yet more ridiculously snowy weather high up a mountain, heading for the Continue reading Weather | Verdun | 11 Feb 1916

Demonstrations for Verdun | 9 Feb 1916

Demonstrations and deceptions The Germans now initiate their main programme of deception to support the imminent Battle of Verdun. They’ve been very precisely designed to Continue reading Demonstrations for Verdun | 9 Feb 1916

de Langle at Verdun | Salaita | 3 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun General de Langle has been inspecting the state of Verdun’s defences now that the region is under his army group, and his Continue reading de Langle at Verdun | Salaita | 3 Feb 1916

Mother | L19 | 2 Feb 1916

Mother It’s time for the official trial of Mother, the British tank prototype, attended by the great and the good. This being the case, the Continue reading Mother | L19 | 2 Feb 1916

French artillery | L19 | 1 Feb 1916

French artillery You might not think it, but the current state of French artillery is actually rather interesting. They’ve recently done a lot of reorganisation, Continue reading French artillery | L19 | 1 Feb 1916

Smuts | Deserters at Verdun | 30 Jan 1916

Battle of Verdun The worst-kept secret on the Western Front continues to be terribly kept. There’s a steady stream of deserters coming across No Man’s Continue reading Smuts | Deserters at Verdun | 30 Jan 1916

Ottoman logistics | Hatfield House | 29 Jan 1916

Mother After its recent successful provincial shows, Mother, the first tank prototype, has come down to London for a sold-out run. The Conservative politician Lord Continue reading Ottoman logistics | Hatfield House | 29 Jan 1916

Sykes-Picot | Hasankale | 17 Jan 1916

Sykes-Picot Agreement I’ll take “Things which are extremely relevant to geopolitics in 2016”, please. Today the British and French foreign ministries have just finished the Continue reading Sykes-Picot | Hasankale | 17 Jan 1916

Marie | Nixon | 16 Jan 1916

Marie We open today with the news that, since Moewe did such a good job slipping the Blockade of Germany, the German Navy is now Continue reading Marie | Nixon | 16 Jan 1916

Battle of the Wadi | 13 Jan 1916

The Wadi At midday, everything in Mesopotamia seems to be going quite well for the British Empire. They’ve taken Chittab Fort with very little fuss, Continue reading Battle of the Wadi | 13 Jan 1916

Erzurum Offensive | The end of Gallipoli | 9 Jan 1916

Erzurum Offensive We open today in the Caucasus. You may recall that General Yudenich, the Russian commander, has been planning an audacious attack on eastern Continue reading Erzurum Offensive | The end of Gallipoli | 9 Jan 1916