Tanga | Mametz Wood | 7 Jul 1916

Tanga We begin today with the settling of an old score in German East Africa. The Battle of Tanga, way back in November 1914, has, Continue reading Tanga | Mametz Wood | 7 Jul 1916

Frise | Rhodesia | 28 Jan 1916

Albania Austria-Hungary and Bulgaria are having a conference between friends to make sure there aren’t any unfortunate misunderstandings over the ultimate fate of Albania. Both Continue reading Frise | Rhodesia | 28 Jan 1916

Gardeners of Salonika? | 12 Dec 1915

Salonika All Entente troops who had crossed the border into Serbia are now back in Greece, which is good news for precisely nobody. It’s not Continue reading Gardeners of Salonika? | 12 Dec 1915

Crisis in Serbia | 14 Oct 1915

Bulgaria The Bulgarian government has its allies, and its fig leaf casus belli of two days ago. Today they declare war on Serbia and come Continue reading Crisis in Serbia | 14 Oct 1915

Lualaba | Third Artois | 11 Oct 1915

Third Invasion of Serbia The Austro-German advance into northern Serbia proceeds well. It’s now time to kick the Serbian Army in the nuts while they Continue reading Lualaba | Third Artois | 11 Oct 1915

Skopje | Constantine I | 5 Oct 1915

It’s all going off today. With what’s obviously a major British-French landing at Salonika in progress, King Constantine I of Greece uses his reserve powers Continue reading Skopje | Constantine I | 5 Oct 1915

The eve of battle | 24 Sep 1915

Third Artois With just 24 hours until the great autumn offensive on the Western Front, you may recall that the weather has broken and it’s Continue reading The eve of battle | 24 Sep 1915

Bulgaria, Greece, rain | 23 Sep 1915

The wind and the rain, it raineth every day The weather breaks in northern France. The entire front from Flanders to Picardy is deluged by Continue reading Bulgaria, Greece, rain | 23 Sep 1915

Bulgarian mobilisation | 22 Sep 1915

Bulgaria I’m sure that coordinated military action makes a lot of tactical sense, but it’s bloody annoying when you’re trying to do a day-by-day blog Continue reading Bulgarian mobilisation | 22 Sep 1915

Murdoch | Dawnay | Bulgaria | 6 Sep 1915

Bulgaria Bulgaria signs on the dotted line with the German ambassador. There’s a lot of fluffy and flowery twaddle about eternal friendship and alliance, and Continue reading Murdoch | Dawnay | Bulgaria | 6 Sep 1915

Bulgaria | 2 Sep 1915

The position of Bulgaria With little new happening today, let’s have a quick dekko at Bulgaria, and try to get our heads round why the Continue reading Bulgaria | 2 Sep 1915

Making friends with Bulgaria | 1 Sep 1915

Buy the book! Before we get into today, here’s some good news. I’m soon going to be releasing the blog entries from 1914 in a Continue reading Making friends with Bulgaria | 1 Sep 1915

Stopford gets stopped | 13 Aug 1915

Italy The attacks that are about to be launched by the Italians are usually reckoned part of Second Isonzo, although a casual observer might suggest Continue reading Stopford gets stopped | 13 Aug 1915

Cortina | Mimi and Toutou | 29 May 1915

The Admiralty prepares for the most ridiculous military operation in the world, the Italian Army is just ridiculous, Kenneth Best is unhappy, and Louis Barthas Continue reading Cortina | Mimi and Toutou | 29 May 1915

Bulgaria | 26 May 1915

Bulgaria is currently in the enviable position of entertaining diplomatic overtures from both sides, who are quite convinced that of only they can bring the Continue reading Bulgaria | 26 May 1915

Formidable | 01 Jan 1915

The new year is a natural time to re-evaluate strategic possibilities; there’ll be plenty of that in the coming days. First, to the Channel, and Continue reading Formidable | 01 Jan 1915

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

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

The Irony of Franz Ferdinand | 24 July 1914

The actual chronological events of today are contained in this post. However, I’d just like to take a moment here (well, okay, a few moments) Continue reading The Irony of Franz Ferdinand | 24 July 1914

Financial diplomacy | 16 July 1914

As Count Lutzow continues to leak freely in Vienna, we’ve still got time to consider a few underlying issues. Today, it’s financial diplomacy. Poincare visits Continue reading Financial diplomacy | 16 July 1914

The Joint Ministerial Council | 07 Jul 1914

A meeting of Austria-Hungary’s Joint Ministerial Council sees extensive debate on how they should proceed, now that they have the blank cheque secured. Count Tisza Continue reading The Joint Ministerial Council | 07 Jul 1914

Balkan diplomacy | 02 Jul 1914

The crisis continues to rumble nastily. First, to Vienna; then, into the recent past. Count Berchtold There is one thing that everyone in Vienna agrees Continue reading Balkan diplomacy | 02 Jul 1914