Eland | Florina | 19 Aug 1916

Battle of Doiran The Serbian Army has been forced to give up the town of Florina, near Lake Ostrovo. Happily for them, there happens to Continue reading Eland | Florina | 19 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

Rain at Kondoa | Daily Mailed | 23 Apr 1916

Rain at Kondoa In Africa, the penny is beginning to drop for General van Deventer quite how foolhardy he’s been in leading the march to Continue reading Rain at Kondoa | Daily Mailed | 23 Apr 1916

Haig, tanks, & Swinton | 14 April 1916

Tanks for the Somme Time to start exploring what General Haig might have been thinking when he decided that bite and hold was not going Continue reading Haig, tanks, & Swinton | 14 April 1916

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

Fall of Douaumont | Submarines | 4 Mar 1916

Fall of Douaumont Douaumont, the village in the shadow of the fort, has almost ceased to exist. It’s no longer a village, just a small Continue reading Fall of Douaumont | Submarines | 4 Mar 1916

Douaumont | Charles de Gaulle | 2 Mar 1916

Douaumont Relentless scrapping continues at the Battle of Verdun over Douaumont village, which is rapidly disappearing from the map. General Petain’s old 33rd Regiment is Continue reading Douaumont | Charles de Gaulle | 2 Mar 1916

Dogger Bank | Torpedo boats | 10 Feb 1916

Dogger Bank Admiral Scheer’s slow ramping up of operations in the North Sea continues, as he prepares for an important meeting with the Kaiser at Continue reading Dogger Bank | Torpedo boats | 10 Feb 1916

Salaita | Moewe | 7 Feb 1916

Salaita Recon-by-fire efforts are continuing at Salaita Hill. There’s a final one planned for the 9th, after one on the 5th identified at least 300 Continue reading Salaita | Moewe | 7 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

Mother | L19 | 2 Feb 1916

Mother It’s time for the official trial of Mother, the British tank prototype, attended by the great and the good. This being the case, the Continue reading Mother | L19 | 2 Feb 1916

Frise | Rhodesia | 28 Jan 1916

Albania Austria-Hungary and Bulgaria are having a conference between friends to make sure there aren’t any unfortunate misunderstandings over the ultimate fate of Albania. Both Continue reading Frise | Rhodesia | 28 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

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

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

Personal accounts | 2 Jan 1916

Roll call As in previous years, there’ll be quite a few quiet days during the war; or at least, days with no new developments. These Continue reading Personal accounts | 2 Jan 1916

End of the year | 31 Dec 1915

Last day of the year. Let’s do something unusual and start with Flora Sandes. Flora Sandes Private Flora Sandes has reached the Adriatic Sea coast. Continue reading End of the year | 31 Dec 1915

War Committee | Hersin | 28 Dec 1915

War Committee 1915 is now juddering to a highly unsatisfying end. The British War Committee, having just installed Wully Robertson as Chief of the Imperial Continue reading War Committee | Hersin | 28 Dec 1915

Daily Mail | Gossip | 27 Dec 1915

Apparently, nothing much happened today on a grand-strategy scale, so let’s do the round of our correspondents. Bernard Adams Bernard Adams is coming towards the Continue reading Daily Mail | Gossip | 27 Dec 1915

Spicer-Simson | Somme | Dec 26 1915

Spicer-Simson Let us now return to Africa and Lake Tanganyika.  It’s been a miserable, spartan Christmas for Spicer-Simson and the men of his ridiculous expedition.  Continue reading Spicer-Simson | Somme | Dec 26 1915

Truces? | Christmas | Dec 25 1915

Salonika It may be Christmas, but duty does call for some.  One of those is Joffre’s right hand General Castelnau, who is visiting Salonika to Continue reading Truces? | Christmas | Dec 25 1915

Evacuation of Suvla & ANZAC | Gallipoli | 20 Dec 1915

Evacuation of Gallipoli Time for the ANZACs to leave ANZAC Cove. Before we get into the details of what they’re doing, first we must take Continue reading Evacuation of Suvla & ANZAC | Gallipoli | 20 Dec 1915

Sapping at Kut | Elbasan | 17 Dec 1915

Siege of Kut The Ottomans, at least, are now doing the siege of Kut properly. Now that it’s been thoroughly surrounded, Field Marshal von der Continue reading Sapping at Kut | Elbasan | 17 Dec 1915

Emile Driant | Verdun | 16 Dec 1915

Emile Driant Lieutenant-Colonel Emile Driant is, as you may have gathered from his getting an entire heading to himself, no ordinary French Army officer. He’s Continue reading Emile Driant | Verdun | 16 Dec 1915

British strategy | 15 Dec 1915

British strategy Just about the last thing that General Archibald Murray will do before his official (and already settled) replacement by Wully Robertson as Chief Continue reading British strategy | 15 Dec 1915

Flora Sandes | War Badges | 14 Dec 1915

Tanks Time for an arresting little anecdote from the quest to build Britain some tanks. The factory is due to start building the first working Continue reading Flora Sandes | War Badges | 14 Dec 1915

Third Army School | 13 Dec 1915

Bernard Adams Meanwhile, Bernard Adams has won a major jackpot from the military fruit machine. Not only has his unit been sent back to rest Continue reading Third Army School | 13 Dec 1915

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

Firefly | Comet | Tigris | 1 Dec 1915

Retreat from Ctesiphon It’s rearguard action day on the Retreat from Ctesiphon, as General Townshend is obliged to turn about and do something to stop Continue reading Firefly | Comet | Tigris | 1 Dec 1915