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

Mission creep | Somme | 21 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme I’ve been so caught up in shouting at British generalship over the last week that I’ve almost completely ignored a major Continue reading Mission creep | Somme | 21 Jul 1916

Bazentin Ridge | Mwanza | 14 Jul 1916

Mwanza Back to Africa today, where the Force Publique gets well and truly stuck into Major Wintgens’s defensive positions outside Mwanza, on Lake Victoria. The Continue reading Bazentin Ridge | Mwanza | 14 Jul 1916

Somme postponed | 26 Jun 1916

Battle of the Somme The weather has turned nasty over the Somme battlefields. Heavy summer rains are starting to blow in from the south, and Continue reading Somme postponed | 26 Jun 1916

Bayburt | French infantry tactics | 20 Jun 1916

Offensives in Anatolia We begin today with a return to the Russo-Ottoman fighting on the Caucasus front. Quick recap: the Ottomans have sent significant reinforcements Continue reading Bayburt | French infantry tactics | 20 Jun 1916

Suez Canal | The air war | 8 Jun 1916

Suez Canal Over the past week or so, we’ve been hearing news from correspondent Oskar Teichman about an Ottoman buildup at El Arish to oppose Continue reading Suez Canal | The air war | 8 Jun 1916

Battle of Jutland | Fort Vaux | 1 June 1916

Battle of Jutland Very, very quick recap. Ships of the High Seas Fleet and Grand Fleet fired on each other in anger yesterday, for the Continue reading Battle of Jutland | Fort Vaux | 1 June 1916

Kondoa Irangi | Rawlinson & Haig | 8 Apr 1916

March to Kondoa The South Africans’ march to Kondoa continues with all speed possible, but Colonel von Lettow-Vorbeck has been thinking hard, and his own Continue reading Kondoa Irangi | Rawlinson & Haig | 8 Apr 1916

Men for the Somme | 16 Mar 1916

Western Front As the Germans and French continue mulching themselves in front of the Mort Homme and in front of Fort Vaux, there’s a lot Continue reading Men for the Somme | 16 Mar 1916

Latema Nek | 10 Mar 1916

Latema Nek From a British Empire perspective, there is precisely one good thing about the latest development in the invasion of German East Africa. This Continue reading Latema Nek | 10 Mar 1916

Verdun bogs down | 7 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun The German attack on the west bank of the River Meuse is now bogging down in earnest, after a strong first day. Continue reading Verdun bogs down | 7 Feb 1916

Falkenhayn | Belfort | Verdun | 3 Dec 1915

German strategy General von Falkenhayn’s determination to somehow take the initiative on the Western Front with a really, really big battle continues apace. As mentioned Continue reading Falkenhayn | Belfort | Verdun | 3 Dec 1915

Kraljevo | 27 Oct 1915

Serbia Now in the face of a coordinated three-power assault, the Serbian line in the north is beginning to crack and give way. Zajecar is Continue reading Kraljevo | 27 Oct 1915

Lualaba | Third Artois | 11 Oct 1915

Third Invasion of Serbia The Austro-German advance into northern Serbia proceeds well. It’s now time to kick the Serbian Army in the nuts while they Continue reading Lualaba | Third Artois | 11 Oct 1915

Serbia in trouble | 9 Oct 1915

Italian Front I’m afraid we’re starting today with pretty much the worst news possible from Italy. General Cadorna has just cancelled all leave from the Continue reading Serbia in trouble | 9 Oct 1915

Skopje | Constantine I | 5 Oct 1915

It’s all going off today. With what’s obviously a major British-French landing at Salonika in progress, King Constantine I of Greece uses his reserve powers Continue reading Skopje | Constantine I | 5 Oct 1915

John Kipling | 27 Sep 1915

Battle of Loos The BEF has one more card left to play as it searches for that elusive breakthrough of the German reserve line. The Continue reading John Kipling | 27 Sep 1915

Looking for Farbus | 26 Sep 1915

For the BEF at the Battle of Loos, see this post. Second Champagne Having achieved considerable success yesterday…the French Army comes to yet another ignominious Continue reading Looking for Farbus | 26 Sep 1915

The eve of battle | 24 Sep 1915

Third Artois With just 24 hours until the great autumn offensive on the Western Front, you may recall that the weather has broken and it’s Continue reading The eve of battle | 24 Sep 1915

Third Artois | 4 Sep 1915

Iron Hindenburg On the home front, the Vienna-conceived fundraising exercise of building giant wooden nail figures to raise money for war widows is rapidly spreading Continue reading Third Artois | 4 Sep 1915

Water at Suvla Bay | 11 Aug 1915

Same as yesterday; but this time, let’s take Gallipoli first. Suvla Bay The bungling continues unabated. General Stopford blithely describes the battalions thrown against Scimitar Continue reading Water at Suvla Bay | 11 Aug 1915

Battle of Achi Baba Nullah | July 12 1915

Mbyuni On the Kenya/German East Africa border, there’s a small village called Mbyuni. It makes an excellent outpost for raids against the Uganda Railway, and Continue reading Battle of Achi Baba Nullah | July 12 1915

First Isonzo | Jun 24 1915

Today we have a little French strategy, a lot of Italian failure, and another dose of the horrors of war from Kenneth Best. First Isonzo Continue reading First Isonzo | Jun 24 1915

Piet Pretorius | 18 Jun 1915

It’s the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, and a few of our British correspondents pause for a moment to make note of it, Continue reading Piet Pretorius | 18 Jun 1915

Breakthrough and rupture | 30 May 1915

A number of places to look at today; Amara, London, New Delhi, Chantilly, Gallipoli and Mazingarbe, where Louis Barthas has formed a connection with two Continue reading Breakthrough and rupture | 30 May 1915

Shell Crisis | Portugal | 14 May 1915

It’s a tempestuous time to be in government. The Times is giving the British government a good kicking, and Alessandro Salandra has just threatened to Continue reading Shell Crisis | Portugal | 14 May 1915

Aubers Ridge | 30 Apr 1915

We’ve got to spend some time with British generals today, looking at some of the fallout from the fall (hahaha) of General Smith-Dorrien. There’s also Continue reading Aubers Ridge | 30 Apr 1915

Second Ypres | Konigsberg | 25 Apr 1915

The major event of today is the Gallipoli landings. They’re so extensive that they get their own post. Here we deal with events at Second Continue reading Second Ypres | Konigsberg | 25 Apr 1915

Field Punishment | 05 Jan 1915

On the Western Front, General Joffre is shuffling his cards again, and brings First Artois to an effective close. I’m also having a look at Continue reading Field Punishment | 05 Jan 1915