A day in the life of the artillery | 20 May 1916

Battle of Asiago The next order of business at the Battle of Asiago is to push through the Sugana valley to reach Asiago town, and Continue reading A day in the life of the artillery | 20 May 1916

Chinese labourers | Kondoa | 14 May 1916

Chinese labourers We open today with some very interesting news from France. Unsurprisingly, with the voracious demand for men to go into the Army, there’s Continue reading Chinese labourers | Kondoa | 14 May 1916

Ruanda | Air tactics | 3 May 1916

Africa We’ve got a significant development in the very north-west of German East Africa. The Belgians! The Belgians are coming! Said nobody in the history Continue reading Ruanda | Air tactics | 3 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

Tank delivery | James McConnell | 26 Apr 1916

Tanks for the Somme The story of tanks on the Somme takes a considerable lurch to the left today. Regardless of what Colonel Swinton told Continue reading Tank delivery | James McConnell | 26 Apr 1916

Arsing around | North Sea | Douaumont | 22 Apr 1916

Arsing around in the North Sea Hopefully we’re all used by now to scratching our heads at the intermittent North Sea naval actions that have Continue reading Arsing around | North Sea | Douaumont | 22 Apr 1916

Kut | Trebizond | 18 Apr 1916

Siege of Kut There’s now absolutely no chance for success if the relief column tries to attack out of Bait Isa towards Es Sinn. But, Continue reading Kut | Trebizond | 18 Apr 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

Rations at Kut | SS Sussex | 11 Apr 1916

Siege of Kut The siege continues. The garrison, and Edward Mousley, has just had bad news. Two paramount budgets of especial interest and importance reached Continue reading Rations at Kut | SS Sussex | 11 Apr 1916

Battle of Latema Nek | Winning by accident | 12 Mar 1916

Battle of Latema Nek How many times have I talked already about moments when tragedy turns to farce? Ye gods, how many times in the Continue reading Battle of Latema Nek | Winning by accident | 12 Mar 1916

Battle of Latema Nek | 11 Mar 1916

Battle of Latema Nek Oooh boy. Here we go again. This time there’s no option but to launch a frontal attack. Time for General Malleson Continue reading Battle of Latema Nek | 11 Mar 1916

Douaumont | Charles de Gaulle | 2 Mar 1916

Douaumont Relentless scrapping continues at the Battle of Verdun over Douaumont village, which is rapidly disappearing from the map. General Petain’s old 33rd Regiment is Continue reading Douaumont | Charles de Gaulle | 2 Mar 1916

The eve of Verdun | Deception | 20 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun For the eighth day in a row, it’s no go for the German attacks. However, the rain does seem to be easing Continue reading The eve of Verdun | Deception | 20 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

German Air Force | Ali Gharbi | 3 Jan 1916

Another day with little in the way of “new” developments, another long lecture about something. This one is about something I’ve been seriously short-changing in Continue reading German Air Force | Ali Gharbi | 3 Jan 1916

Personal accounts | 2 Jan 1916

Roll call As in previous years, there’ll be quite a few quiet days during the war; or at least, days with no new developments. These Continue reading Personal accounts | 2 Jan 1916

Truces? | Christmas | Dec 25 1915

Salonika It may be Christmas, but duty does call for some.  One of those is Joffre’s right hand General Castelnau, who is visiting Salonika to Continue reading Truces? | Christmas | Dec 25 1915

Wully Robertson | CIGS | 23 Dec 1915

Today, General Sir William Robertson, usually known by “Wully”, takes up his new role as the head of the British Army.  It’s hard to underestimate Continue reading Wully Robertson | CIGS | 23 Dec 1915

Evacuation of Suvla & ANZAC | Gallipoli | 20 Dec 1915

Evacuation of Gallipoli Time for the ANZACs to leave ANZAC Cove. Before we get into the details of what they’re doing, first we must take Continue reading Evacuation of Suvla & ANZAC | Gallipoli | 20 Dec 1915

Caucasus | Koprukoy | 8 Dec 1915

Caucasus It’s been a while since last we checked in with the Caucasus front. Both Russia and the Ottoman Empire have had more pressing concerns Continue reading Caucasus | Koprukoy | 8 Dec 1915

Churchill | Ctesiphon | Isonzo | 15 Nov 1915

Mesopotamia The final advance on Ctesiphon and Baghdad has now begun. General Townshend’s force is proceeding up the River Tigris in cautious leapfrogs. He has Continue reading Churchill | Ctesiphon | Isonzo | 15 Nov 1915

Colonel Viola | 2 Nov 1915

Third Isonzo There is good news, of a sort, for a given value of “good news”. The Italians have broken into the trenches at Monte Continue reading Colonel Viola | 2 Nov 1915

Serbian Army | 1 Nov 1915

Gallipoli The weather on Gallipoli is deteriorating alarmingly. They’re yet to have any serious rain, but high winds are ripping across the peninsula. Out at Continue reading Serbian Army | 1 Nov 1915

Burying the dead | 31 Oct 1915

Today, thankfully, is in the main another “nothing of importance” day. The Serbian Army continues waiting for French deliverance; the action at Third Isonzo is Continue reading Burying the dead | 31 Oct 1915

Negligent Discharge | Field Punishment | 25 Oct 1915

On the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, that famous English victory against the French, let’s go round the BEF and see what stories Continue reading Negligent Discharge | Field Punishment | 25 Oct 1915

Strumica | 19 Oct 1915

Serbia The third invasion of Serbia continues unabated as Field Marshal Putnik orders a general retirement to a more easily defended line while he waits Continue reading Strumica | 19 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

Dallas Moor’s VC | 6 Jun 1915

Second Artois, Third Krithia, and not for the first time. Heyyyy! Second Artois Having advanced into Neuville, the French seek now to advance left and Continue reading Dallas Moor’s VC | 6 Jun 1915