The Devil’s Hole | 25 Mar 1915

Let’s catch up with our pet Germans. The Friendly Feldwebel is going back up the line and has drawn the shortest of short straws, but Continue reading The Devil’s Hole | 25 Mar 1915

Dalmatia | 20 Mar 1915

The senior officers at the Dardanelles are becalmed in their cabins as the storm rages outside their portholes. The Entente sends an official response to Continue reading Dalmatia | 20 Mar 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

Layes Brook | 12 Mar 1915

German reinforcements arrive at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, and General Joffre’s “brutal” attack goes in at First Champagne. First Champagne The attack is indeed Continue reading Layes Brook | 12 Mar 1915

Bois du Biez | Mauquissart | 11 Mar 1915

It’s the second day of the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, but that’s not all. We’re going to finish at the Dardanelles, but first we’re going Continue reading Bois du Biez | Mauquissart | 11 Mar 1915

Eren Keui Bay | 08 Mar 1915

We’re stopping by GQG, where you’ll be shocked to learn what General Joffre is thinking now, and then it’s back to Neuve Chapelle and the Continue reading Eren Keui Bay | 08 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

Gabrielle D’Annunzio | 05 Mar 1915

It’s a pretty loaded day with plenty going on. We’ll be paying another visit to Italy to take a look at a highly singular public Continue reading Gabrielle D’Annunzio | 05 Mar 1915

Caterpillar tracks | 04 March 1915

All the usual war news, plus an update from the Landships Committee. First Champagne Still going badly for the French. Herbert Sulzbach notes laconically that Continue reading Caterpillar tracks | 04 March 1915

Ghadir | Achi Baba | 03 Mar 1915

Is there any good news today for the Entente? What do you think? Let’s start in Champagne. First Champagne I wonder what Herbert Sulzbach thinks Continue reading Ghadir | Achi Baba | 03 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

Italian Army | 01 March 1915

All the latest from Champagne and the Dardanelles, and a look at the Italian Army as it prepares to mobilise. First Champagne French attacks continue, Continue reading Italian Army | 01 March 1915

Dardanelles | 27 Feb 1915

Everything that’s been happening, continues to happen. Sound off! Forcing of the Dardanelles Having efficiently reduced the outer forts at the Dardanelles, the fleet now Continue reading Dardanelles | 27 Feb 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

Nyororo Island | 20 Feb 1915

It’s a busy old day. Amiens to Asia via Africa. It’s time to make another attempt on Konigsberg, in the absence of Churchill’s plan to Continue reading Nyororo Island | 20 Feb 1915

Sedd el Bahr | 19 Feb 1915

The Royal Navy’s “extended operations”, beginning today with a forcing of the Dardanelles and ending with the landing of troops in Constantinople, are supposed to Continue reading Sedd el Bahr | 19 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

First Champagne | 17 Feb 1915

First Champagne continues rumbling onwards, accompanied by considerable political rumblings from the Brains Trust at GQG and GHQ. Herbert Sulzbach In front of Sulzbach’s guns, Continue reading First Champagne | 17 Feb 1915

First Champagne | 16 Feb 1915

The winter lull is well and truly over, and the war is heating up once more on all fronts. First Champagne is renewed today. Herbert Continue reading First Champagne | 16 Feb 1915

Singapore Mutiny | 15 Feb 1915

We’re heading all the way to Singapore today to catch up with the 5th Light Infantry; but we’re going there by way of Champagne and Continue reading Singapore Mutiny | 15 Feb 1915

Heavy artillery | 14 Feb 1915

British preparations for an attack at Neuve Chapelle are getting into high gear. The poilus are still shivering in the snowstorms at Perthes, waiting to Continue reading Heavy artillery | 14 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

Uganda Railway | 10 Feb 1915

Time to review the situation in German East Africa away from the Lake Tanganyika border. Both sides have now re-evaluated their tactics. Umba Valley The Continue reading Uganda Railway | 10 Feb 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

Mafia | 08 Jan 1915

No, not the Cosa Nostra. The Mafia we’re interested in is a small island off the coast of German East Africa. Mafia More specifically, it’s Continue reading Mafia | 08 Jan 1915

Dardanelles | 02 Jan 1915

It happened, like so many other things in this war, because someone had to act on faulty or out-of-date information. Today marks the first step Continue reading Dardanelles | 02 Jan 1915

Year end review | Dec 31 1914

Conveniently, the final day of 1914 contains no major developments, so we’ll pause and review the situation as a whole. Quick round-up first. Sarikamis The Continue reading Year end review | Dec 31 1914

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