Shell Crisis | Portugal | 14 May 1915

It’s a tempestuous time to be in government. The Times is giving the British government a good kicking, and Alessandro Salandra has just threatened to Continue reading Shell Crisis | Portugal | 14 May 1915

Second Artois | 10 May 1915

General Haig would have liked to renew the Battle of Aubers Ridge today, but practical concerns (like not having any shells, and the large numbers Continue reading Second Artois | 10 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

Vimy | 02 Apr 1915

Today we’re going to do the “In April 1915…” round-up of news without a specific date. The planning for Second Artois is also beginning to Continue reading Vimy | 02 Apr 1915

Split | 27 Mar 1915

Haggling continues between Italy, the Entente, and Austria-Hungary; the port of Split is proving a sticking point. The Friendly Feldwebel is still deep in the Continue reading Split | 27 Mar 1915

Machine guns | 07 Mar 1915

Time for the fleet in the Dardanelles to try something different again. Arthur Agius and his men arrive at Neuve Chapelle. Forcing of the Dardanelles Continue reading Machine guns | 07 Mar 1915

Inspecting the dinner | 24 Feb 1915

Back in England, there’s plenty of Territorials itching to get out to France. With the Battle of Neuve Chapelle inching closer, they’ll soon have their Continue reading Inspecting the dinner | 24 Feb 1915

Ypres salient | 21 Jan 1915

The wrangling between General Joffre and Sir John French over strategy continues, and not everyone in Germany is 100% behind recent war developments. Berliner Tageblatt Continue reading Ypres salient | 21 Jan 1915

Charles Tennant | French mining | 17 Jan 1915

Today, we’re getting a Territorial subaltern’s view of things, and seeing how French mining efforts are progressing. Charles Tennant Lieutenant Tennant (ho ho ho) is Continue reading Charles Tennant | French mining | 17 Jan 1915

Landships | 28 Dec 1914

We’ve got a quieter day today, even down in the Caucasus. However, important events are still afoot! Nieuport The Belgians have continued attacking over the Continue reading Landships | 28 Dec 1914

Lombartzyde | Sarikamis | 27 Dec 1914

The Belgians are getting their war on again at Lombartzyde, First Artois and First Champagne grind back into life, and fighting reaches Sarikamis itself. Lombartzyde Continue reading Lombartzyde | Sarikamis | 27 Dec 1914

Sarikamis | 26 Dec 1914

Back to that lovely war. Hurrah. Well, mostly. There are some areas of the Western Front where good feelings can’t be dispersed so easily with Continue reading Sarikamis | 26 Dec 1914

Oltu | Dixmude | 23 Dec 1914

The preliminary fighting in front of Sarikamis continues to proceed well for the Ottomans; and the Belgians are re-asserting themselves at Dixmude. Dixmude About 95% Continue reading Oltu | Dixmude | 23 Dec 1914

Battle of Sarikamis | 22 Dec 1914

The Ottoman troops start advancing towards Sarikamis. Time for Enver Pasha to find out how much of a military genius he is. Battle of Sarikamis Continue reading Battle of Sarikamis | 22 Dec 1914

First Champagne | 20 Dec 1914

It’s the busiest day in the West in quite some time; Petain’s mob is still wading towards Carency, the First Battle of Champagne is about Continue reading First Champagne | 20 Dec 1914

Umba Valley | Givenchy | 19 Dec 1914

First Artois continues to no great effect; tomorrow the French Army is going to launch their offensive in Champagne. Meanwhile, developments in Africa, in the Continue reading Umba Valley | Givenchy | 19 Dec 1914

Artois | 18 Dec 1914

We’ll rejoin the Western Front and the First Battle of Artois in a moment; but first, off to Koprukoy to check in with the Ottomans’ Continue reading Artois | 18 Dec 1914

First Artois | 17 Dec 1914

Spot the Difference: The hour of attack has sounded. After having contained the attack of the Germans, it is necessary now to smash them and Continue reading First Artois | 17 Dec 1914