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

Blowing up Cape Helles | Battle of Sheikh Sa’ad | 8 Jan 1916

Evacuation of Cape Helles They’ve nearly done it. An odd last-day-of-term feeling washes about the men as they wait for nightfall. One way or another, Continue reading Blowing up Cape Helles | Battle of Sheikh Sa’ad | 8 Jan 1916

Cape Helles | Mother | 7 Jan 1916

Housekeeping note: I’m currently having trouble with my internet connection. Entries may be a bit spotty through Sunday. Gallipoli The intermediate phase of the evacuation Continue reading Cape Helles | Mother | 7 Jan 1916

Evacuating Cape Helles | Sheikh Sa’ad | 5 Jan 1916

Evacuating Cape Helles Liman von Sanders, the German commander of Ottoman forces on the Gallipoli peninsula, is deeply suspicious. The evacuation of Suvla Bay and Continue reading Evacuating Cape Helles | Sheikh Sa’ad | 5 Jan 1916

Battle of Ctesiphon | 22 Nov 1915

Battle of Ctesiphon As often happens with these kinds of things, the (spoilers) impending and slow-unfolding military disaster in Mesopotamia caught rather a lot of Continue reading Battle of Ctesiphon | 22 Nov 1915

Aristide Briand | 29 Oct 1915

Aristide Briand Time for some lovely crunchy French politics. Rene Viviani’s last, desperate play to save himself as Prime Minister was to select a new Continue reading Aristide Briand | 29 Oct 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

British gas | 18 Sep 1915

Good Honest British Gas If nothing else, that title should do wonders for capturing people who are trying to find out about utility companies. Ahem. Continue reading British gas | 18 Sep 1915

French landings at Gallipoli? | 30 Aug 1915

Army of the Near East In a desperate attempt to hit a note that was something other than “utterly depressing” yesterday, I mentioned that Sir Continue reading French landings at Gallipoli? | 30 Aug 1915

The Light Horse again | 27 Aug 1915

Battle of Hill 60 (Gallipoli) Apparently you can’t have a proper ANZAC bollocks-up on Gallipoli without somehow involving the 10th Light Horse, survivors of the Continue reading The Light Horse again | 27 Aug 1915

Lone Pine | 6 Aug 1915

Today begins the major summer offensive on Gallipoli. Very politely, there are no major actions, or at least no major developments, anywhere else. (The Battle Continue reading Lone Pine | 6 Aug 1915

Flamethrowers at Hooge | 30 July 1915

Herbert Sulzbach Sulzbach is heading back to that lovely war with his new gun battery. Entrain for the Western Front. Our Battery Commander is Lt Continue reading Flamethrowers at Hooge | 30 July 1915

Konigsberg | 6 July 1915

Gallipoli With the Battle of Gully Ravine over, the Ottomans take the opportunity to reshuffle their command structure at Cape Helles. The defence has been Continue reading Konigsberg | 6 July 1915

Akaika Channel | 29 Jun 1915

We’re back with Grigoris Balakian in Cankiri, General Joffre is planning a big party, and the latest escapade in the Akaika Channel. First, an update Continue reading Akaika Channel | 29 Jun 1915

Boirault machine | Battle of Festubert | May 18 1915

It’s the turn of the French to trial a ridiculous impractical machine, the Ottomans prepare to attack ANZAC Cove, and a British sergeant has a Continue reading Boirault machine | Battle of Festubert | May 18 1915

Van | Tyrol | 16 May 1915

We’re away from the Western Front today. First we’re off to Armenia, then the Italo-Austrian border, and finally back to the Friendly Feldwebel by way Continue reading Van | Tyrol | 16 May 1915

Gurkha Bluff | Goliath | 12 May 1915

It’s a busy day on Gallipoli. While most of the blokes get on with the serious business of trying not to die, the Gurkhas are Continue reading Gurkha Bluff | Goliath | 12 May 1915

Hermagor | Vimy Ridge | 03 May 1915

Oh great, we’ve got yet more goddamn battles starting. Not only do we have Second Ypres ready to heat up again, Gallipoli smouldering nastily, and Continue reading Hermagor | Vimy Ridge | 03 May 1915

GHQ Line | 01 May 1915

The BEF begins the process of retiring to the GHQ Line at Second Ypres. There’s also a major Ottoman counter-attack on Gallipoli; on the Eastern Continue reading GHQ Line | 01 May 1915

My pink half of the drainpipe | 29 Apr 1915

And breathe. With the failure of First Krithia, General Hunter-Weston orders the men at Cape Helles to dig in and rest. We’re also going outside Continue reading My pink half of the drainpipe | 29 Apr 1915

Horace Smith-Dorrien | 27 Apr 1915

It’s man overboard at Second Ypres, the blokes on Gallipoli are still buggering on, the French Council of Ministers sticks its head over the parapet, Continue reading Horace Smith-Dorrien | 27 Apr 1915

Capture of Les Eparges | 09 Apr 1915

The French achieve something they’ve been trying to do for about six months. A new British commander arrives in Mesopotamia. Sir Ian Hamilton continues worrying Continue reading Capture of Les Eparges | 09 Apr 1915

Defence of Gallipoli | 24 Mar 1915

With silence from the fleet and reports of British troop convoys everywhere, the focus of the Ottoman defenders switches from Constantinople to Gallipoli. Meanwhile, French Continue reading Defence of Gallipoli | 24 Mar 1915

Gramophone warfare | 23 Mar 1915

I believe this is the first day of the blog where the “Actions in Progress” column is empty. “Wastage” continues everywhere, mind you. The butcher’s Continue reading Gramophone warfare | 23 Mar 1915

Forcing the Dardanelles | 18 Mar 1915

The weather is fine over Gallipoli, Canakkale and the Dardanelles today. There’s a good firm wind to throw caution to. After nearly a month of Continue reading Forcing the Dardanelles | 18 Mar 1915

Souain | 26 Feb 1915

Preparations continue for the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, as does bombardment of the Dardanelles. But it’s time to go to Champagne first, where the French Continue reading Souain | 26 Feb 1915

Enver and the Armenians | 25 Feb 1915

With the weather finally clear, the Royal Navy (and their French mates) are finally able to start bombarding the Dardanelles again. Meanwhile, Enver Pasha is Continue reading Enver and the Armenians | 25 Feb 1915

Sedd el Bahr | 19 Feb 1915

The Royal Navy’s “extended operations”, beginning today with a forcing of the Dardanelles and ending with the landing of troops in Constantinople, are supposed to Continue reading Sedd el Bahr | 19 Feb 1915

The Schlieffen Plan? | 10 Aug 1914

The Schlieffen Plan? Right. Let’s buckle in. Let’s discuss whatever the hell it is the Germans think they’re trying to do. This will take a Continue reading The Schlieffen Plan? | 10 Aug 1914