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

Haig’s joke | Flora Sandes | 12 Aug 1916

Battle of Romani Time to close up shop in Egypt for the forseeable future. The Ottomans have lost just about two-thirds of their force. General Continue reading Haig’s joke | Flora Sandes | 12 Aug 1916

Piraeus | Sugar | 15 Jan 1916

Piraeus We begin the day in Greece. Piraeus is a large port city seven miles from the centre of Athens. The Greek government has issued Continue reading Piraeus | Sugar | 15 Jan 1916

General mobilisation | 30 July 1914

There’s nowhere else to start the day but St Petersburg, where partial mobilisation orders are sent out at midnight. Russian mobilisation However, Sergey Sazonov isn’t Continue reading General mobilisation | 30 July 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

War becomes inevitable | 27 July 1914

Serbia As the Army continues to mobilise, telegrams continue arriving from Russia. The latest report is that Russia plans “immediately to commence an energetic offensive Continue reading War becomes inevitable | 27 July 1914

Franco-Russian summit | 21 July

The German government singularly fails at acting like a mass of brutally efficient Teutons, bent on war at all costs. Meanwhile, President Poincare does his Continue reading Franco-Russian summit | 21 July

Leaks | 11 Jul 1914

Despite all the desire for secrecy expressed yesterday by various important Austro-Hungarians, their intentions regarding Serbia begin leaking today. We’re also in Paris, where President Continue reading Leaks | 11 Jul 1914

Now or never | 09 Jul 1914

With little new happening today, we’ll investigate more closely the position of the Chancellor of Germany, Bethmann-Hollweg, and try to understand why he’s come down Continue reading Now or never | 09 Jul 1914

The Blank Cheque | 06 Jul 1914

The Kaiser is persuaded to return to his sailing holiday today, as Germany assures Austria-Hungary of its support. The meeting The events of yesterday are Continue reading The Blank Cheque | 06 Jul 1914

Hoyos and the Kaiser | 05 Jul 1914

The Austro-Hungarian mission arrives in Berlin to see the Kaiser, full of beans and bluster. It finds an extremely favourable reception. Kaiser Wilhelm II The Continue reading Hoyos and the Kaiser | 05 Jul 1914

Austria-Hungary and Germany | 04 Jul 1914

In Vienna, imperial foreign minister Count Berchtold and Hungarian Prime Minister Count Tisza have not been able to agree on much. Count Hoyos The one Continue reading Austria-Hungary and Germany | 04 Jul 1914