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

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

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

Evacuating Gallipoli | 18 Dec 1915

Gallipoli The intermediate stage of the evacuation of ANZAC Cove and Suvla Bay has now been completed. You may have noticed that there’s been a Continue reading Evacuating Gallipoli | 18 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

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

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

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

Isonzo goes ever on and on | 5 Nov 1915

Third Isonzo The battle has been suspended. Time to pick up the pieces. That first of all means looking at the casualties. For the Italians, Continue reading Isonzo goes ever on and on | 5 Nov 1915

Aristide Briand | 29 Oct 1915

Aristide Briand Time for some lovely crunchy French politics. Rene Viviani’s last, desperate play to save himself as Prime Minister was to select a new Continue reading Aristide Briand | 29 Oct 1915

French strategy | 21 Mar 1915

General Joffre is called to a meeting of the Council of Ministers to discuss French strategy, and two old friends meet again. Watch the Birdie Continue reading French strategy | 21 Mar 1915

Formidable | 01 Jan 1915

The new year is a natural time to re-evaluate strategic possibilities; there’ll be plenty of that in the coming days. First, to the Channel, and Continue reading Formidable | 01 Jan 1915

Taxis of the Marne | 7 Sep 2014

There are two legendary moments of the First World War that run through French culture like the Somme (or the evacuation from Dunkirk) does in Continue reading Taxis of the Marne | 7 Sep 2014

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

Grand Couronne | Marne | 4 Sep 1914

The Great Retreat ends today. But, before we can turn to the Marne, there’s an important offensive somewhere else to be talked about. Grand Couronne Continue reading Grand Couronne | Marne | 4 Sep 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

Kitchener & French | Marne | 1 September 1914

The Great Retreat is coming to an end. Three important rearguard actions are fought today; meanwhile, Lord Kitchener makes an important intervention with Sir John Continue reading Kitchener & French | Marne | 1 September 1914