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

Handeni | Kondoa | 23 Mar 1916

Africa With another clear victory at the Battle of Kahe under his belt, General Smuts now turns his attention to a command reorganisation. All the Continue reading Handeni | Kondoa | 23 Mar 1916

Beaumont | Woevre | Verdun | 24 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun The Germans continue rolling carefully but slowly forwards, now beginning to nuzzle up against what a week ago had been the third Continue reading Beaumont | Woevre | Verdun | 24 Feb 1916

Air superiority at Verdun | Samogneux | 23 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun The Germans continue relentlessly turning the screw at Verdun. Without their long autumn and winter of trench-digging, the French would now be Continue reading Air superiority at Verdun | Samogneux | 23 Feb 1916

Verdun gathers steam | 22 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun The MSPaint map at daybreak: Today the Germans push hard. The artillery’s continued firing at new targets all through the night. The Continue reading Verdun gathers steam | 22 Feb 1916

de Langle at Verdun | Salaita | 3 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun General de Langle has been inspecting the state of Verdun’s defences now that the region is under his army group, and his Continue reading de Langle at Verdun | Salaita | 3 Feb 1916

Hanna chokepoint | Dubail | 19 Jan 1916

Mesopotamia Robert Palmer has something positive to report at last. He’s moving! I write while humming Here Comes The Sun. Sun at last; first fine Continue reading Hanna chokepoint | Dubail | 19 Jan 1916

Second Champagne | Third Artois | 25 Sep 1915

Sacre bleu, there’s so much to cover today that I’ve had to divide it into trois seperate posts! This is for the French Army at Continue reading Second Champagne | Third Artois | 25 Sep 1915

Second Champagne | 5 Sep 1915

Second Champagne Yesterday we looked at the planning for Third Artois, and were sure to pay careful attention to how it bore no resemblance whatsoever Continue reading Second Champagne | 5 Sep 1915

Landings at Suvla Bay | 1 Aug 1915

Attacks at Gallipoli: Landings at Suvla With just under a week to go before the men go into battle, let’s finally examine in detail the Continue reading Landings at Suvla Bay | 1 Aug 1915

The Narrows | 16 Mar 1915

Change of command in the Dardanelles safely executed, Admiral de Roebeck opts not to tinker with the plan that Admiral Carden had developed before stepping Continue reading The Narrows | 16 Mar 1915

Lessons to be learned | 14 Mar 1915

There are several lessons to be learned from all this attacking that’s been going on recently, and we’ve got a moment to stop and review Continue reading Lessons to be learned | 14 Mar 1915

Nail figures | 06 Mar 1915

The Austro-Hungarians have just invented a rather interesting way for citizens to show their patriotism, and the actions at Champagne and the Dardanelles grind on. Continue reading Nail figures | 06 Mar 1915

Nukhaila | 02 Mar 1915

Back to Mesopotamia today, on top of everything else. There’s precious little good news for the Entente. First Champagne General Joffre decides to cancel the Continue reading Nukhaila | 02 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

Forcing of the Dardanelles | 18 Feb 1915

The British fleet sets sail for the forcing of the Dardanelles. Alea iacta est. First Champagne Herbert Sulzbach is feeling rather optimistic. The fighting continues. Continue reading Forcing of the Dardanelles | 18 Feb 1915

Camouflage | St Mihiel | 12 Feb 1915

We’ve got a pretty stacked deck today. It’s all going on, so let’s get to it. First up, GQG at Chantilly, where General Joffre is Continue reading Camouflage | St Mihiel | 12 Feb 1915

Herbert Sulzbach | 28 Jan 1915

It’s another day for people’s stories. Before we go join them, let’s check in with General Joffre, who is indulging in a little micromanagement. Housekeeping Continue reading Herbert Sulzbach | 28 Jan 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

Jasin | 13 Jan 1915

General Joffre formally suspends First Champagne today. Time for some official French navel-gazing. There’s also business afoot in Africa and Egypt. First Champagne Don’t worry, Continue reading Jasin | 13 Jan 1915

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

Mezieres | 11 Dec 1914

Having looked at the preparations for First Artois yesterday, we’re now turning to First Champagne. Mezieres The town of Charleville-Mezieres seems to come up a Continue reading Mezieres | 11 Dec 1914