Maurepas | Guillemont | 30 Jul 1916

Maurepas and Guillemont The ears are senseless that should give us hearing to tell his commandment is fulfilled; that Maurepas and Guillemont are dead. Ahem. Continue reading Maurepas | Guillemont | 30 Jul 1916

Montauban | Bayburt | 2 Jul 1916

Battle of Erzincan Let’s have a little palate-cleansing aperitif before we dive back into the Somme, shall we? Quick reminder; the Ottomans have attacked the Continue reading Montauban | Bayburt | 2 Jul 1916

Fleury | Bras | Souville | 23 Jun 1916

Battle of Verdun Here we go again. It’s time once more for the Germans to move hell and high water outside Verdun. The map again. Continue reading Fleury | Bras | Souville | 23 Jun 1916

Fort Vaux | Salandra vs Cadorna | 3 Jun 1916

Battle of Verdun It’s a very, very, very bad start to the day at Fort Vaux, if you’re French. They’ve hastily organised reinforcements, but the Continue reading Fort Vaux | Salandra vs Cadorna | 3 Jun 1916

Strategic bombing | 25 May 1916

Strategic bombing It’s a big day in the development of aerial warfare. We’re having rather a lot of those, aren’t we? This one comes from Continue reading Strategic bombing | 25 May 1916

Fort Douaumont | Cancelled raids | 23 May 1916

Battle of Verdun The French attack on Fort Douaumont yesterday can’t possibly help but provoke a major counter-attack from the Germans. And it seems as Continue reading Fort Douaumont | Cancelled raids | 23 May 1916

Verdun | Petain | Noria | 3 Mar 1916

Verdun and the noria General Petain’s innovations and rearrangements at the Battle of Verdun continue. He’s started making a personal point of, at least once Continue reading Verdun | Petain | Noria | 3 Mar 1916

Ripples from Verdun | 1 Mar 1916

Battle of Verdun The first phase of the Battle of Verdun is over. The Germans have poked the hornet’s nest and stirred it up real Continue reading Ripples from Verdun | 1 Mar 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

Preliminary bombardment | 21 Sep 1915

Offensive on the Western Front All up and down the great front, British and French guns are opening up on the enemy. Second Champagne, Third Continue reading Preliminary bombardment | 21 Sep 1915

Lone Pine | 6 Aug 1915

Today begins the major summer offensive on Gallipoli. Very politely, there are no major actions, or at least no major developments, anywhere else. (The Battle Continue reading Lone Pine | 6 Aug 1915

Eleskirt Valley | 5 Aug 1915

Battle in the Eleskirt Valley In the Caucasus, the Ottoman forces are riding high, today returning to the streets of Van, with predictably brutal and Continue reading Eleskirt Valley | 5 Aug 1915

Africa in late 1915 | 3 Aug 1915

Herbert Sulzbach Herbert Sulzbach continues describing for us his new position at Evricourt. The trenches along the front are a model of how trenches should Continue reading Africa in late 1915 | 3 Aug 1915

Barbed wire | 28 July 1915

Second Isonzo Individual Italian units are still pecking at individual strong-points, but all pretence at a coordinated offensive has fallen away. Meanwhile, a fateful decision Continue reading Barbed wire | 28 July 1915

Battle of Bellewaarde | 16 Jun 1915

After yesterday’s day of final preparation, there’s an awful lot of attacks going off, and awfully little being achieved by them. To France! Second Artois Continue reading Battle of Bellewaarde | 16 Jun 1915

Shooting competitions | 12 Jun 1915

It’s a grisly day today; there’s civilian atrocities all over the shop, there’s fresh fighting being planned at Ypres, and living conditions on Gallipoli are Continue reading Shooting competitions | 12 Jun 1915

Stealing wine | 11 Jun 1915

What do you know, a quiet day! I have no idea what even to do with these any more. Gallipoli Looking in at the Ottoman Continue reading Stealing wine | 11 Jun 1915

The Diggers | 21 May 1915

With no developments anywhere worth talking about (the French continue marching up Vimy Ridge six inches at a time, etc and anon), most of the Continue reading The Diggers | 21 May 1915

Mahendra Pratap | 17 Apr 1915

The Germans have held out hope for quite some time now that they can forment revolution in India and tear the British Empire apart. We’re Continue reading Mahendra Pratap | 17 Apr 1915

Return to Ypres | Woevre | 12 Apr 1915

A look at what “taking over the Ypres salient” actually entails, the French try again for a breakthrough at the Battle of Woevre, and the Continue reading Return to Ypres | Woevre | 12 Apr 1915

The wedding man | 03 Apr 1915

We’ve got a great funny story from the British home front, while Sir Ian Hamilton’s diary continues to make fascinating reading as the anatomy of Continue reading The wedding man | 03 Apr 1915

Shell-holes | 26 Mar 1915

We’re spending today with the blokes. There’s just space here for me to note that Sir Ian Hamilton has now arrived at Cairo and set Continue reading Shell-holes | 26 Mar 1915

Gramophone warfare | 23 Mar 1915

I believe this is the first day of the blog where the “Actions in Progress” column is empty. “Wastage” continues everywhere, mind you. The butcher’s Continue reading Gramophone warfare | 23 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

Inspecting the dinner | 24 Feb 1915

Back in England, there’s plenty of Territorials itching to get out to France. With the Battle of Neuve Chapelle inching closer, they’ll soon have their Continue reading Inspecting the dinner | 24 Feb 1915

Unrestricted submarine warfare | 04 Feb 1915

There’s still activity at the Suez Canal, and then after that we’re going to go and look at the intricacies of maritime law! Isn’t that Continue reading Unrestricted submarine warfare | 04 Feb 1915