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

Breslau | Trenchard | 13 Apr 1916

Breslau in the Black Sea The preparations for the final attack on Trebizond are nearly complete, and then what must be the final straw is Continue reading Breslau | Trenchard | 13 Apr 1916

Hanna | Gorringe | 30 Mar 1916

Hanna That’s the Hanna chokepoint in Mesopotamia. Why yes, I’m starting today with the relief effort for the Siege of Kut, rather than holding it Continue reading Hanna | Gorringe | 30 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

Macker | Dujaila Redoubt | 8 Mar 1916

Battle of Verdun Today is the first day since the start of the Battle of Verdun where I’ve felt tempted to not write anything as Continue reading Macker | Dujaila Redoubt | 8 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

Smuts in East Africa | French politics | 19 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun Not today, thank you. It’s still raining. Still no battle. As we saw yesterday, the Germans are now starting to get slightly Continue reading Smuts in East Africa | French politics | 19 Feb 1916

Erzurum, Mus, Findikli | 15 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun The wind and the rain. The wind and the rain; it raineth every day. Verdun is still quiet, if rather soggy. What Continue reading Erzurum, Mus, Findikli | 15 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

Bleriot | Clemenceau | 5 Feb 1916

Louis Bleriot Louis Bleriot is a French national hero. Most famous as the first man to fly an aeroplane across the English Channel, he’s divided Continue reading Bleriot | Clemenceau | 5 Feb 1916

War at sea | Eastern Front | 12 Jan 1916

Eastern Front General Joffre isn’t the world’s biggest fan of the Salonika expedition. However, he’s a practical man. Not only does it still have the Continue reading War at sea | Eastern Front | 12 Jan 1916

Caucasus | Kut | 9 Dec 1915

Siege of Kut With the Ottoman presence around Kut steadily increasing, one of their mid-ranking officers officers has a Good Idea. In the absence of Continue reading Caucasus | Kut | 9 Dec 1915

The wedding man | 03 Apr 1915

We’ve got a great funny story from the British home front, while Sir Ian Hamilton’s diary continues to make fascinating reading as the anatomy of Continue reading The wedding man | 03 Apr 1915

Queen Elizabeth | 11 Jan 1915

Not a monarch or a consort, no.  This Queen Elizabeth is the Navy’s newest super-dreadnought. But first, back to Africa, and then the Caucasus. Mafia Continue reading Queen Elizabeth | 11 Jan 1915

Dardanelles | 02 Jan 1915

It happened, like so many other things in this war, because someone had to act on faulty or out-of-date information. Today marks the first step Continue reading Dardanelles | 02 Jan 1915

Rufiji Delta | Basra | 19 Nov 1914

Once again, we have a day light on action on the Western Front, and plenty to talk about elsewhere. Konigsberg There’s been a lot of Continue reading Rufiji Delta | Basra | 19 Nov 1914

Kolubara | 16 Nov 1914

As the relief of Ypres begins in earnest, it’s time for us to return to Serbia, where all this song and dance got started. When Continue reading Kolubara | 16 Nov 1914

Wytschaete | Caucasus | 2 Nov 1914

Russia and the Ottoman Empire finally get round to formally declaring war on each other today. They’re about to open hostilities on a completely new Continue reading Wytschaete | Caucasus | 2 Nov 1914

Ottoman raid on Russia | 29 Oct 1914

Once again, the big news today is away from the Western Front. The Ottoman Empire is now fully committed to joining the war, and launches Continue reading Ottoman raid on Russia | 29 Oct 1914

Germany declares war on France | 3 Aug 1914

Belgium The inevitable media storm sweeps through France and Britain as the Belgian government distributes the text of von Moltke’s ultimatum. It’s quickly recognised as Continue reading Germany declares war on France | 3 Aug 1914