Macker | Dujaila Redoubt | 8 Mar 1916

Battle of Verdun Today is the first day since the start of the Battle of Verdun where I’ve felt tempted to not write anything as Continue reading Macker | Dujaila Redoubt | 8 Mar 1916

Smuts in East Africa | French politics | 19 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun Not today, thank you. It’s still raining. Still no battle. As we saw yesterday, the Germans are now starting to get slightly Continue reading Smuts in East Africa | French politics | 19 Feb 1916

Tank Detachment | Swinton | 16 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun Rain stopped play again. No battle today. Come back tomorrow. Tank Detachment The War Office continues its preparations to field the first Continue reading Tank Detachment | Swinton | 16 Feb 1916

Erzurum, Mus, Findikli | 15 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun The wind and the rain. The wind and the rain; it raineth every day. Verdun is still quiet, if rather soggy. What Continue reading Erzurum, Mus, Findikli | 15 Feb 1916

Frise, Vimy, and the Somme | 14 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun It’s still raining at Verdun. No battle today. Instead, there’s another attack in the Ypres salient at the Bluff, another all-but-insignificant knobbly Continue reading Frise, Vimy, and the Somme | 14 Feb 1916

The Wipers Times | 12 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun The Battle of Verdun is…learning from the English and their strange “cricket” game. Rain has stopped play; the Germans begin a series Continue reading The Wipers Times | 12 Feb 1916

Weather | Verdun | 11 Feb 1916

Erzrurum Offensive Neither rain nor snow nor gloom of night…as reinforcements plough through yet more ridiculously snowy weather high up a mountain, heading for the Continue reading Weather | Verdun | 11 Feb 1916

Forts | Erzurum | Douaumont | 8 Feb 1916

Erzurum Offensive Back now to the Caucasus, where General Yudenich has been waiting for the right moment to attempt to capture Erzurum. Let’s recap: Erzurum Continue reading Forts | Erzurum | Douaumont | 8 Feb 1916

Ottoman logistics | Hatfield House | 29 Jan 1916

Mother After its recent successful provincial shows, Mother, the first tank prototype, has come down to London for a sold-out run. The Conservative politician Lord Continue reading Ottoman logistics | Hatfield House | 29 Jan 1916

Frise | Kornes | Durazzo | 27 Jan 1916

British conscription The Military Service Bill has completed its accelerated journey through Parliament and been to see the King. In two months the Army’s recruitment Continue reading Frise | Kornes | Durazzo | 27 Jan 1916

Erzrurum Fortress | 23 Jan 1916

Africa Well, I hope you weren’t getting too excited about Africa as a chance for a wronged man to restore his reputation after yesterday. General Continue reading Erzrurum Fortress | 23 Jan 1916

Wearing-out battle | Admiral Scheer | 18 Jan 1916

Haig and the wearing-out battle Right, time to engage with one of the more notorious subjects that comes up when discussing General Haig and the Continue reading Wearing-out battle | Admiral Scheer | 18 Jan 1916

Sykes-Picot | Hasankale | 17 Jan 1916

Sykes-Picot Agreement I’ll take “Things which are extremely relevant to geopolitics in 2016”, please. Today the British and French foreign ministries have just finished the Continue reading Sykes-Picot | Hasankale | 17 Jan 1916

Marie | Nixon | 16 Jan 1916

Marie We open today with the news that, since Moewe did such a good job slipping the Blockade of Germany, the German Navy is now Continue reading Marie | Nixon | 16 Jan 1916

Piraeus | Sugar | 15 Jan 1916

Piraeus We begin the day in Greece. Piraeus is a large port city seven miles from the centre of Athens. The Greek government has issued Continue reading Piraeus | Sugar | 15 Jan 1916

Battle of the Wadi | 13 Jan 1916

The Wadi At midday, everything in Mesopotamia seems to be going quite well for the British Empire. They’ve taken Chittab Fort with very little fuss, Continue reading Battle of the Wadi | 13 Jan 1916

War at sea | Eastern Front | 12 Jan 1916

Eastern Front General Joffre isn’t the world’s biggest fan of the Salonika expedition. However, he’s a practical man. Not only does it still have the Continue reading War at sea | Eastern Front | 12 Jan 1916

The Wadi | Durazzo | 11 Jan 1916

Siege of Kut We begin in Mesopotamia, where the weather has finally cleared enough to allow the Royal Flying Corps, after a prolonged period on Continue reading The Wadi | Durazzo | 11 Jan 1916

Henri Desagneaux | Intelligence for Verdun | 10 Jan 1916

Erzurum Offensive Time to see how good at war General Yudenich really is. On the face of it, everything’s set up to fail. He’s produced Continue reading Henri Desagneaux | Intelligence for Verdun | 10 Jan 1916