Blunder at Kondoa | 10 May 1916

Battle of Kondoa The sun rises over Kondoa Irangi. Anyone know if there’s a word that means the exact opposite of “a pretty sight”? That’s Continue reading Blunder at Kondoa | 10 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

Unconditional surrender | Lt-Col Churchill | 28 Apr 1916

Siege of Kut Let’s go straight to Edward Mousley. It’s been an extremely busy day, and I feel I owe it to him to let Continue reading Unconditional surrender | Lt-Col Churchill | 28 Apr 1916

Vehip and Izzet | 20 Apr 1916

Still too busy for my own good right now. Today, though, we have lots of little snippets to be catching up with. Siege of Kut Continue reading Vehip and Izzet | 20 Apr 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

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

Caucasus | Kut | 9 Dec 1915

Siege of Kut With the Ottoman presence around Kut steadily increasing, one of their mid-ranking officers officers has a Good Idea. In the absence of Continue reading Caucasus | Kut | 9 Dec 1915

Stealing wine | 11 Jun 1915

What do you know, a quiet day! I have no idea what even to do with these any more. Gallipoli Looking in at the Ottoman Continue reading Stealing wine | 11 Jun 1915

Defence of Gallipoli | 24 Mar 1915

With silence from the fleet and reports of British troop convoys everywhere, the focus of the Ottoman defenders switches from Constantinople to Gallipoli. Meanwhile, French Continue reading Defence of Gallipoli | 24 Mar 1915

Admiral Carden | 15 Mar 1915

We’re down in the Dardanelles today. Active operations are on temporary hold, but there’s still plenty going on. Forcing of the Dardanelles To begin with, Continue reading Admiral Carden | 15 Mar 1915

Enver and the Armenians | 25 Feb 1915

With the weather finally clear, the Royal Navy (and their French mates) are finally able to start bombarding the Dardanelles again. Meanwhile, Enver Pasha is Continue reading Enver and the Armenians | 25 Feb 1915

Dunkirk | 30 Dec 1914

The French Army has been going nowhere except slightly deeper into the mud for the last two weeks, but this apparently is no reason to Continue reading Dunkirk | 30 Dec 1914

Turnagel | 29 Dec 1914

The year is drifting to an end. Enver Pasha’s chickens are about to come home to roost. Let’s get to it. Perthes Having stalled out Continue reading Turnagel | 29 Dec 1914

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

The Christmas Truce, and more | Dec 25 1914

We’ll get to the one thing everyone knows about in due course. However, before we do that, I’d like to set it in its proper Continue reading The Christmas Truce, and more | Dec 25 1914

Bardiz | 24 Dec 1914

This is one of the most important days of the Battle of Sarikamis, although there’s been very little actual fighting. On the Western Front, practicality Continue reading Bardiz | 24 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

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

Top Yol | 13 Dec 1914

Today it’s time to return to the Caucasus, and look at the Ottoman plans for a counter-attack in Anatolia.  We’ve also got naval excitement in Continue reading Top Yol | 13 Dec 1914

Enver Pasha | 07 Dec 1914

Updates today from the Eastern Front, from Serbia, and Louis Barthas at Vermelles. Meanwhile, the Ottoman Empire prepares to re-ignite the campaign down in the Continue reading Enver Pasha | 07 Dec 1914

Kolubara | 16 Nov 1914

As the relief of Ypres begins in earnest, it’s time for us to return to Serbia, where all this song and dance got started. When Continue reading Kolubara | 16 Nov 1914