Albatros | Nieuport | SPAD | 13 Aug 1916

Battle of Bitlis About a week too late, Mustafa Kemal’s corps has finally been given permission to get into the Endres Valley. Having done so, Continue reading Albatros | Nieuport | SPAD | 13 Aug 1916

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

Footballs on the Somme | 29 Jun 1916

Battle of the Somme This, of course, should have been Z Day, but due to the bad weather, Z Day’s been put back to the Continue reading Footballs on the Somme | 29 Jun 1916

Guns on the Somme | 24 Jun 1916

One man and his throne Signaller Dudley Menaud-Lissenberg is a telephone operator with a British artillery battery on the Somme. It’s early morning, miserable and Continue reading Guns on the Somme | 24 Jun 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

Fleury | Souville | 18 Jun 1916

Battle of Verdun The French really could do with some good news from Verdun. No such luck, though. To the map! French reserves are now Continue reading Fleury | Souville | 18 Jun 1916

Wulverghem | Supplies to Russia | 30 Apr 1916

Gas at Wulverghem There’s been another German gas attack on the Western Front, this one at Wulverghem, just south of Ypres. (It’s close enough to Continue reading Wulverghem | Supplies to Russia | 30 Apr 1916

Kut surrenders | Easter Rising | 29 Apr 1916

Surrender of Kut General Townshend is apparently too sick to surrender personally. He is, however, apparently well enough to issue one last message to the Continue reading Kut surrenders | Easter Rising | 29 Apr 1916

Negotiating for Kut | Hulluch | 27 Apr 1916

Siege of Kut Today General Townshend attempts to open negotiations for his surrender. I say “attempts” advisedly, since he spends a great deal of time Continue reading Negotiating for Kut | Hulluch | 27 Apr 1916

Ottoman logistics | Hatfield House | 29 Jan 1916

Mother After its recent successful provincial shows, Mother, the first tank prototype, has come down to London for a sold-out run. The Conservative politician Lord Continue reading Ottoman logistics | Hatfield House | 29 Jan 1916

Sir Douglas Haig | Wieltje | 19 Dec 1915

Sir John French The niceties and bureaucratic obligations have all been completed. Today it’s time for Sir John French to formally hand over command of Continue reading Sir Douglas Haig | Wieltje | 19 Dec 1915

Baghdad | 4 October 1915

Mesopotamia In the wake of capturing Kut-al-Amara, General Nixon would dearly love to push on towards Baghdad as soon as possible. General Townshend has already Continue reading Baghdad | 4 October 1915

Second Champagne | 5 Sep 1915

Second Champagne Yesterday we looked at the planning for Third Artois, and were sure to pay careful attention to how it bore no resemblance whatsoever Continue reading Second Champagne | 5 Sep 1915

Monfalcone | Bellewaarde | 24 May 1915

The Italian army marches across the border with its bootlaces tied together, the Germans make one final attempt to renew Second Ypres, someone in their Continue reading Monfalcone | Bellewaarde | 24 May 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

Armenian Genocide | 24 Apr 1915

We’re checking in at Ypres and Gallipoli, where the troops have now set sail. However, today is usually recognised as the start of the Armenian Continue reading Armenian Genocide | 24 Apr 1915

Second Ypres | Gas | 22 Apr 1915

There is only one thing we can possibly talk about today. Let’s get to it. Second Ypres The relief of Ypres has been proceeding while Continue reading Second Ypres | Gas | 22 Apr 1915

Gallipoli | 18th Apr 1915

Final preparations for Gallipoli are now underway. The Battle of Hill 60 (Belgium), which I’m calling that to distinguish it from the Battle of Hill Continue reading Gallipoli | 18th Apr 1915

Suspension of Sentences Act | 16 Apr 1915

Desertion continues to be a major problem in the BEF, a recently-arrived cavalryman has what the paper might call a “Thrilling Adventure” at Hill 60, Continue reading Suspension of Sentences Act | 16 Apr 1915

Gas | 14 Apr 1915

There is, I think, nothing more evocative of the First World War in particular, than gas. Today is a natural time to have a little Continue reading Gas | 14 Apr 1915

Langemarck | Auguste Jaeger | 13 Apr 1915

The French face up to failure at the Battle of Woevre, the Ottomans come on strongly at Shaiba, and a young German private called Auguste Continue reading Langemarck | Auguste Jaeger | 13 Apr 1915