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

Preparing for Flers-Courcelette | 15 Aug 1916

Battle of Flers-Courcelette Deep, long-suffering sigh. For reasons that we’ll get into in a moment, General Haig has decided that now is the time to Continue reading Preparing for Flers-Courcelette | 15 Aug 1916

Sixth Isonzo | Gorizia | 8 Aug 1916

Sixth Isonzo Hopefully you’re not still chewing on your knuckles from yesterday. The irony here really is painful. The Italian Army has spent a long, Continue reading Sixth Isonzo | Gorizia | 8 Aug 1916

Pozieres Windmill | Battle of Romani | 4 Aug 1916

Pozieres The objectives on the Somme just keep getting closer and closer. First they shot for Bapaume. Then they shot for the Second Line so Continue reading Pozieres Windmill | Battle of Romani | 4 Aug 1916

Maurepas | Guillemont | 30 Jul 1916

Maurepas and Guillemont The ears are senseless that should give us hearing to tell his commandment is fulfilled; that Maurepas and Guillemont are dead. Ahem. Continue reading Maurepas | Guillemont | 30 Jul 1916

Pozieres | Guillemont | 23 July 1916

Battle of the Somme Oh Christ, here comes another big attack at the Battle of the Somme. Let’s go round from the south again, like Continue reading Pozieres | Guillemont | 23 July 1916

Passing the buck | Fromelles | 17 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme Time to talk about the Somme again. It’s back to Delville Wood, while I sneak off to frantically google “things that Continue reading Passing the buck | Fromelles | 17 Jul 1916

Somme ennui | Erzincan | 5 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme The Battle of the Somme continues drifting aimlessly. At the top, both commanders-in-chief are busy fiddling around with the organisation of Continue reading Somme ennui | Erzincan | 5 Jul 1916

Montauban | Bayburt | 2 Jul 1916

Battle of Erzincan Let’s have a little palate-cleansing aperitif before we dive back into the Somme, shall we? Quick reminder; the Ottomans have attacked the Continue reading Montauban | Bayburt | 2 Jul 1916

Revolvers | Parapets | 25 Jun 1916

Battle of Verdun The French are now trying to get some counter-attacks going to push the Germans out of Thiaumont and Fleury, and away from Continue reading Revolvers | Parapets | 25 Jun 1916

Deception | Flying Elephant | 19 Jun 1916

Deception on the Somme There are ten days to go until Z Day at the Battle of the Somme. We’ve seen the BEF and French Continue reading Deception | Flying Elephant | 19 Jun 1916

Behaviour Modification | Petain’s worries | 12 Jun 1916

Behaviour Modification The Sunny Subaltern may not be around to participate, but the Battle of Mont Sorrel is due to go off tomorrow. Since the Continue reading Behaviour Modification | Petain’s worries | 12 Jun 1916

Fort Vaux to Mainz | Bernard Adams | 7 Jun 1916

Fall of Fort Vaux This is the end. A few men in scattered parties, thirties, twenties, and tens, have been given permission to break out Continue reading Fort Vaux to Mainz | Bernard Adams | 7 Jun 1916

Fort Vaux | Salandra vs Cadorna | 3 Jun 1916

Battle of Verdun It’s a very, very, very bad start to the day at Fort Vaux, if you’re French. They’ve hastily organised reinforcements, but the Continue reading Fort Vaux | Salandra vs Cadorna | 3 Jun 1916

Hill 304 | Verdun | 11 May 1916

Joffre and Petain You may recall a couple of days ago that General Petain recently used his new position as commander of Central Army Group Continue reading Hill 304 | Verdun | 11 May 1916

Battle of Kondoa | 7 May 1916

Battle of Kondoa Colonel von Lettow-Vorbeck has now gathered over 4,000 Schutztruppe, and (by theatre standards) plenty of artillery pieces, machine guns, and ammunition. On Continue reading Battle of Kondoa | 7 May 1916

The Middle East theatre | 1 May 1916

Battle of Verdun General Joffre’s command rearrangement officially takes effect today. General Nivelle now commands 2nd Army, with predictable results. Petain is now an army-group Continue reading The Middle East theatre | 1 May 1916

Negotiating for Kut | Hulluch | 27 Apr 1916

Siege of Kut Today General Townshend attempts to open negotiations for his surrender. I say “attempts” advisedly, since he spends a great deal of time Continue reading Negotiating for Kut | Hulluch | 27 Apr 1916

Rain at Kondoa | Daily Mailed | 23 Apr 1916

Rain at Kondoa In Africa, the penny is beginning to drop for General van Deventer quite how foolhardy he’s been in leading the march to Continue reading Rain at Kondoa | Daily Mailed | 23 Apr 1916

Strafexpedition | American ultimatum | 19 Apr 1916

Strafexpedition Right then. Let’s go back to the Italian Front for the first time in a while, where something big is brewing. On the Italian Continue reading Strafexpedition | American ultimatum | 19 Apr 1916

Nightmares | Balakian’s escape | 15 Apr 1916

Battle of Bait Isa The rains rain, the men sink. There was supposed to be an all-out assault on the Twin Pimples today, in the Continue reading Nightmares | Balakian’s escape | 15 Apr 1916

Verdun again | Halberstadt | 9 Apr 1916

Battle of Verdun Here we go again. With carefully moderated expectations, the Germans launch yet another punishing assault along the two banks of the River Continue reading Verdun again | Halberstadt | 9 Apr 1916

Sannaiyat | Lolkisale | 6 Apr 1916

Apologies for the rather disjointed update schedule of late. Stick with it; hopefully we’ll get back on terms by next week. Anyway. Siege of Kut Continue reading Sannaiyat | Lolkisale | 6 Apr 1916

March to Kondoa | Plans for the Somme | 3 Apr 1916

March to Kondoa General van Deventer can wait no longer for his 2nd Division to finish forming up. Time is of the essence here. They Continue reading March to Kondoa | Plans for the Somme | 3 Apr 1916

Tanzania | Ceyhan | 2 Apr 1916

Africa On the eve of General van Deventer’s departure on the long journey to Kondoa Irangi, General Smuts’s morale remains high. It’s so high, in Continue reading Tanzania | Ceyhan | 2 Apr 1916

Joffre, Petain and Nivelle | 26 Mar 1916

French elbows As the Battle of Verdun continues going nowhere, General Joffre attempts to make the best of a bad job. He’s still extremely put Continue reading Joffre, Petain and Nivelle | 26 Mar 1916

Latema Nek | 10 Mar 1916

Latema Nek From a British Empire perspective, there is precisely one good thing about the latest development in the invasion of German East Africa. This Continue reading Latema Nek | 10 Mar 1916

Verdun spreads | Serengeti | 6 Mar 1916

Battle of Verdun Today the Battle of Verdun spreads like a cancer onto the west bank of the River Meuse, where it should very probably Continue reading Verdun spreads | Serengeti | 6 Mar 1916

Fall of Douaumont | Submarines | 4 Mar 1916

Fall of Douaumont Douaumont, the village in the shadow of the fort, has almost ceased to exist. It’s no longer a village, just a small Continue reading Fall of Douaumont | Submarines | 4 Mar 1916

Armenian Genocide | Ostend | 25 Feb 1916

Today there were some goings-on at the Battle of Verdun. For reasons of space, they appear in a separate post over here. Meanwhile… Grigoris Balakian Continue reading Armenian Genocide | Ostend | 25 Feb 1916