Separate peace | 30 Nov 1915

Separate peace With General von Falkenhayn cautiously optimistic that the Russian Empire might be persuaded to sign a separate peace at some point in the Continue reading Separate peace | 30 Nov 1915

Shaitan | Fourth Isonzo | 29 Nov 1915

Retreat from Ctesiphon General Townshend is determined to preserve his regatta, and so sends out his cavalry to clear the local Arab snipers from around Continue reading Shaitan | Fourth Isonzo | 29 Nov 1915

Shaitan | 28 Nov 1915

Retreat from Ctesiphon It’s a Good News/Bad News day for General Townshend, on the retreat from Ctesiphon. The good news is that his blokes have Continue reading Shaitan | 28 Nov 1915

Hurricane on Gallipoli | 27 Nov 1915

Hurricane on Gallipoli There’s still just enough bullshit and uncertainty washing around about Gallipoli for nobody important to have taken a firm decision yet about Continue reading Hurricane on Gallipoli | 27 Nov 1915

Senussi Campaign | 25 Nov 1915

Senussi Campaign Let’s begin today by looking at something I’ve been shoving onto the back burner for the last little while for lack of space. Continue reading Senussi Campaign | 25 Nov 1915

Fog of war | Ctesiphon | 24 Nov 1915

Fog of war at the Battle of Ctesiphon Today at the Battle of Ctesiphon provides an excellent example of how critical it is to remember Continue reading Fog of war | Ctesiphon | 24 Nov 1915

Isonzo | Ctesiphon | 21 Nov 1915

Fourth Isonzo The attacks on Mount San Michele are re-focused once more onto the defences to the south; and near the southern slope of the Continue reading Isonzo | Ctesiphon | 21 Nov 1915

Working parties | 20 Nov 1915

Fourth Isonzo The Duke of Aosta continues his attempt to move his drinks cabinet six inches closer to Trieste. Again Mount San Michele is attacked Continue reading Working parties | 20 Nov 1915

Duke of Aosta | 19 Nov 1915

Fourth Isonzo The Duke of Aosta, commanding Italian troops on the Carso, has been only too happy to accept General Cadorna’s recent invitation to carry Continue reading Duke of Aosta | 19 Nov 1915

Gorizia | Kitchener | Falkenhayn | 18 Nov 1915

Fourth Isonzo As I mentioned a few days ago, the good news is that General Cadorna is now going to alter some of his methods. Continue reading Gorizia | Kitchener | Falkenhayn | 18 Nov 1915

Walking shapes of mud | 17 Nov 1915

Fourth Isonzo General Luigi Capello is not a very nice man. He’s the corps commander whose current area of responsibility is Gorizia. He’s been promoted Continue reading Walking shapes of mud | 17 Nov 1915

Boroevic | German japery | 16 Nov 1915

Fourth Isonzo General Boroevic is using the latest temporary pause to get out his megaphone and shout very loudly once again in Conrad von Hotzendorf’s Continue reading Boroevic | German japery | 16 Nov 1915

Churchill | Ctesiphon | Isonzo | 15 Nov 1915

Mesopotamia The final advance on Ctesiphon and Baghdad has now begun. General Townshend’s force is proceeding up the River Tigris in cautious leapfrogs. He has Continue reading Churchill | Ctesiphon | Isonzo | 15 Nov 1915

Mount San Michele | Shelling | 14 Nov 1915

Fourth Isonzo After a murderous night of fighting, the Italians are still firmly installed in the trench system south of Mount San Michele that they Continue reading Mount San Michele | Shelling | 14 Nov 1915

Boirault machine take 2 | San Michele | 13 Nov 1915

Fourth Isonzo Damn the rain, the mud, the rock, the enemy. Italian tactics on Mount San Michele are evolving, for a given value of “evolving”. Continue reading Boirault machine take 2 | San Michele | 13 Nov 1915

Prilip | Sarrail | Mackensen | 12 Nov 1915

Fourth Isonzo It’s another explosive and deadly day on the Isonzo. That one trench in front of Gorizia changes hands a few more times, and Continue reading Prilip | Sarrail | Mackensen | 12 Nov 1915

Fourth Isonzo | Mitrovica | 11 Nov 1915

Fourth Isonzo Once more unto the breach, dear friends. Once more, or close the wall up with Italian dead. General Cadorna has at least restricted Continue reading Fourth Isonzo | Mitrovica | 11 Nov 1915

Kosovo Offensive | 10 Nov 1915

Kosovo Offensive With much of Serbia now being occupied by Bulgaria, Austria-Hungary, and Germany, the final act in the third invasion of Serbia begins. The Continue reading Kosovo Offensive | 10 Nov 1915

Wully Robertson | 8 Nov 1915

Wully Robertson General Robertson is now making his play for high office. A paper written by himself (and, uncredited, his subordinate and friend General Frederick Continue reading Wully Robertson | 8 Nov 1915

Morale | 7 Nov 1915

Italian morale We know that there’s a new push coming at the Isonzo. General Cadorna is so determined to do something with Fourth Isonzo that Continue reading Morale | 7 Nov 1915