Russian Retreat | 26 Aug 1915

Time to rectify an oversight. I’ve been entirely short-changing events on the Eastern Front over the last couple of months; not something I wanted to Continue reading Russian Retreat | 26 Aug 1915

Amara | Second Artois | 11 May 1915

Today we’re mostly catching up with more of our blokes, although we do also have quite a few developments. Let’s get away from the Western Continue reading Amara | Second Artois | 11 May 1915

Moyia Harab | 01 Feb 1915

It may be the first of February, but things are about to get damn hot on the Suez Canal. There’s a large body of men Continue reading Moyia Harab | 01 Feb 1915

Marne | Grand Couronne | 10 Sep 1914

A day of endings in the West, at the Marne and Grand Couronne, while battles continue to rage in the East. The Marne It’s reputed Continue reading Marne | Grand Couronne | 10 Sep 1914

Miracle of the Marne | 6 Sep 2014

These are the days that will determine the future course of the war. Not for nothing is the popular title “Miracle of the Marne” applied. Continue reading Miracle of the Marne | 6 Sep 2014

Rawa | Lanrezac | Sep 3 1914

It’s a rare quiet day for the men on the Great Retreat; the major bloodshed today is at Headquarters. However, it is a violent one Continue reading Rawa | Lanrezac | Sep 3 1914

Galicia | Great Retreat | 2 Sep 1914

The Great Retreat is coming to an end, and the Battle of Galicia enters its final phase. Galicia Before we consider Galicia in detail, let’s Continue reading Galicia | Great Retreat | 2 Sep 1914

Paris | 31 August 1914

There is no significant fighting today, but the Germans make a vital strategic decision involving Paris, which is worth looking at in some detail. Paris Continue reading Paris | 31 August 1914

Samsonov | Great Retreat | 30 Aug 1914

The Battle of Tannenberg ends today, with severe consequences for General Samsonov. The Great Retreat continues in typically chaotic fashion. Samsonov & Tannenberg General Samsonov Continue reading Samsonov | Great Retreat | 30 Aug 1914

St Quentin | 29 August 1914

A French offensive at St Quentin is our focus today; and there’s also big wins and losses for both sides in the East. Let’s get Continue reading St Quentin | 29 August 1914

Heligoland Bight | 28 August 1914

A relatively quiet day on land, but in the Heligoland Bight, the naval war is about to heat up considerably. Heligoland Bight A large British Continue reading Heligoland Bight | 28 August 1914

Great Retreat | 25 August 1914

Before we get into events on the road back from Mons, as the Great Retreat begins, today is the day that Japan declares war on Continue reading Great Retreat | 25 August 1914

Great Retreat | Cer | 24 August 1914

One well-known event today and one lesser-known happening.  On the Western Front, the Great Retreat from Mons begins, during which both sides will march over Continue reading Great Retreat | Cer | 24 August 1914

Plan XVII | 8 Aug 1914

Ernest Shackleton In the middle of all this war business, one Ernest Shackleton, explorer extraordinare, is launching an expedition to cross Antarctica from sea to Continue reading Plan XVII | 8 Aug 1914

Belgrade | 29 Jul 1914

The downward spiral continues. SMS Bodrog The Austro-Hungarian monitor (a naval ship with large guns designed to operate in rivers rather than at sea) Bodrog Continue reading Belgrade | 29 Jul 1914

War becomes inevitable | 27 July 1914

Serbia As the Army continues to mobilise, telegrams continue arriving from Russia. The latest report is that Russia plans “immediately to commence an energetic offensive Continue reading War becomes inevitable | 27 July 1914

Count Berchtold | 30 Jun 1914

Having yesterday looked at the most important Serbian figure of the crisis, prime minister Nikola Pasic, today we’ll head to Vienna and do the same Continue reading Count Berchtold | 30 Jun 1914