Chinese Labour Corps | 23 Aug 1916

Chinese Labour Corps The story of hired Chinese labourers in the war is about to officially begin. The French government has spent the better part Continue reading Chinese Labour Corps | 23 Aug 1916

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

Kigi | Joffre’s position | 20 Aug 1916

Joffre’s hopes General Joffre has been bombarding General Haig with requests to launch a major offensive almost night and day since Haig’s little dinner joke Continue reading Kigi | Joffre’s position | 20 Aug 1916

“Improving the position” | 18 Aug 1916

Bulgarian initiative and First Doiran Quick recap; Romania has just signed on to enter the war. The French have agreed to lead an attack to Continue reading “Improving the position” | 18 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

Albatros | Nieuport | SPAD | 13 Aug 1916

Battle of Bitlis About a week too late, Mustafa Kemal’s corps has finally been given permission to get into the Endres Valley. Having done so, Continue reading Albatros | Nieuport | SPAD | 13 Aug 1916

Haig’s joke | Flora Sandes | 12 Aug 1916

Battle of Romani Time to close up shop in Egypt for the forseeable future. The Ottomans have lost just about two-thirds of their force. General Continue reading Haig’s joke | Flora Sandes | 12 Aug 1916

Mouquet Farm | Contalmaison | 11 Aug 1916

Battle of the Somme Problem: To dislodge the Germans from Thiepval, Reserve Army needs to push north-west from Pozieres and threaten their rear. Just over Continue reading Mouquet Farm | Contalmaison | 11 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

Bitlis | Romani | Verdun | 5 Aug 1916

Battle of Bitlis In the Caucasus we have rather a curate’s egg of a battle for the Ottomans. On paper, things are going quite well. Continue reading Bitlis | Romani | Verdun | 5 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

Pozieres | Tabora | 3 Aug 1916

Pozieres We have some fighting worth speaking of at the Battle of the Somme. The BEF’s 36th Brigade is aiding us in our attempt to Continue reading Pozieres | Tabora | 3 Aug 1916

Justifying the Somme | 2 Aug 1916

Battle of Bitlis Off to the Caucasus for starters today, where Ottoman commander Izzet’s three-independent-corps concept is already starting to wobble. One corps is finding Continue reading Justifying the Somme | 2 Aug 1916

The uses of Churchill | 1 Aug 1916

August on the Somme Winston Churchill is a pain in the arse, but he does have his uses. The fiasco on Gallipoli hasn’t done much Continue reading The uses of Churchill | 1 Aug 1916

Taking stock | 31 July 1916

Battle of the Somme The Battle of the Somme is one month old. It’s been a long bloody month. I think I’ve said about all Continue reading Taking stock | 31 July 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 Windmill | 29 Jul 1916

Pozieres windmill Between the ANZACs and Pozieres windmill, there is a very nasty interconnected trench system with two main fire trenches. The staff knows them Continue reading Pozieres Windmill | 29 Jul 1916

General Gough | ANZACs | 28 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme In Pozieres, the battered and bruised 1st Australian Division is being removed from the line and replaced with fellow Gallipoli veterans Continue reading General Gough | ANZACs | 28 Jul 1916

Fromelles | Pozieres | 20 Jul 1916

Battle of Fromelles The diversion at Fromelles has time for one last ignominy. During the evening, plans were made and orders were sent out at Continue reading Fromelles | Pozieres | 20 Jul 1916

Battle of Fromelles | 19 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme Delville Wood has now been almost entirely recaptured by the Germans. A couple of hundred men of a single battalion are Continue reading Battle of Fromelles | 19 Jul 1916

Capture of Ovillers | 16 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme Good news, everybody! One more pink name on our map of the Somme turns black today! After 16 days of on-and-off Continue reading Capture of Ovillers | 16 Jul 1916

Verdun and the Somme | Fromelles | 13 Jul 1916

Battle of Verdun The Battle of the Somme has now succeeded in one of its main objectives. Today General von Falkenhayn orders offensive operations to Continue reading Verdun and the Somme | Fromelles | 13 Jul 1916

Fort Souville | Contalmaison | 11 Jul 1916

Battle of Verdun Time to assault Verdun again. Let’s have the map for this. This is just about the last German throw of the dice. Continue reading Fort Souville | Contalmaison | 11 Jul 1916

German counter-attacks | 4 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme A huge rainstorm has blown in. Even if the BEF had been in position to launch a major attack on the Continue reading German counter-attacks | 4 Jul 1916

Rain and raids | 28 Jun 1916

“Y” Day on the Somme Just as most of the BEF’s part of the Western Front has been delivering intense artillery bombardments to disguise the Continue reading Rain and raids | 28 Jun 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

Guns on the Somme | 24 Jun 1916

One man and his throne Signaller Dudley Menaud-Lissenberg is a telephone operator with a British artillery battery on the Somme. It’s early morning, miserable and Continue reading Guns on the Somme | 24 Jun 1916

Fleury | Bras | Souville | 23 Jun 1916

Battle of Verdun Here we go again. It’s time once more for the Germans to move hell and high water outside Verdun. The map again. Continue reading Fleury | Bras | Souville | 23 Jun 1916

Intelligence on the Somme | 22 July 1916

Battle of the Somme Once again, let’s start today with Malcolm White. All up and down the sector, the battalions who will be attacking in Continue reading Intelligence on the Somme | 22 July 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