Tanga | Mametz Wood | 7 Jul 1916

Tanga We begin today with the settling of an old score in German East Africa. The Battle of Tanga, way back in November 1914, has, Continue reading Tanga | Mametz Wood | 7 Jul 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

The stakes at Jutland | 28 May 1916

It’s a slightly unusual opening today. Bear with me and you’ll see where I’m going with this. The Skagerrak and the Kattegat Hey, have you Continue reading The stakes at Jutland | 28 May 1916

Tanzania | Ceyhan | 2 Apr 1916

Africa On the eve of General van Deventer’s departure on the long journey to Kondoa Irangi, General Smuts’s morale remains high. It’s so high, in Continue reading Tanzania | Ceyhan | 2 Apr 1916

Latema Nek | 10 Mar 1916

Latema Nek From a British Empire perspective, there is precisely one good thing about the latest development in the invasion of German East Africa. This Continue reading Latema Nek | 10 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

Zupelli | Force Publique | 6 Feb 1916

Italian Front The Italian Front has been generally quiet over the last few months as General Cadorna attempts to rebuild his shattered army. A fresh Continue reading Zupelli | Force Publique | 6 Feb 1916

Mother | L19 | 2 Feb 1916

Mother It’s time for the official trial of Mother, the British tank prototype, attended by the great and the good. This being the case, the Continue reading Mother | L19 | 2 Feb 1916

Smuts | Deserters at Verdun | 30 Jan 1916

Battle of Verdun The worst-kept secret on the Western Front continues to be terribly kept. There’s a steady stream of deserters coming across No Man’s Continue reading Smuts | Deserters at Verdun | 30 Jan 1916

Frise | Rhodesia | 28 Jan 1916

Albania Austria-Hungary and Bulgaria are having a conference between friends to make sure there aren’t any unfortunate misunderstandings over the ultimate fate of Albania. Both Continue reading Frise | Rhodesia | 28 Jan 1916

Marie | Nixon | 16 Jan 1916

Marie We open today with the news that, since Moewe did such a good job slipping the Blockade of Germany, the German Navy is now Continue reading Marie | Nixon | 16 Jan 1916

Smith-Dorrien | Africa | 30 Dec 1915

Africa Before we leave Africa for the year, there’s a few developments to report, of some importance. South Africans have begun arriving in Kenya for Continue reading Smith-Dorrien | Africa | 30 Dec 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

Battle of Es Sinn | 28 Sep 1915

Let’s try to break out from the Western Front a little, shall we? The other theatres of the war have obligingly kept quiet these past Continue reading Battle of Es Sinn | 28 Sep 1915

Lettow-schnapps | Half-pint | 31 Aug 1915

Africa There’s time for a moment’s introspection in Africa as things begin to settle into stasis. General Tighe is not very optimistic about prospects for Continue reading Lettow-schnapps | Half-pint | 31 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

Rhodesia | 25 Jun 1915

Fresh plans afoot in Africa for Colonel von Lettow-Vorbeck, and on Gallipoli for ANZAC commander General Birdwood. Louis Barthas We begin with a quick moment Continue reading Rhodesia | 25 Jun 1915

First Isonzo | 23 Jun 1915

There’s yet more movement in Mesopotamia, and the Royal Navy deploys either a cunning and exciting new innovation or a dirty stinking sneaky war crime Continue reading First Isonzo | 23 Jun 1915

Severn | Mersey | 3 Jun 1915

Free of Churchill’s influence, the Royal Navy has resorted to a rather more sane solution to the Konigsberg problem than setting the entire river on Continue reading Severn | Mersey | 3 Jun 1915

Mombasa | Italy | 04 May 1915

Everything that’s been happening continues to happen, and we’ve also got major developments in Africa and in Italy. Mombasa The Legion of Frontiersmen has landed Continue reading Mombasa | Italy | 04 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

Vimy | 02 Apr 1915

Today we’re going to do the “In April 1915…” round-up of news without a specific date. The planning for Second Artois is also beginning to Continue reading Vimy | 02 Apr 1915

Adriatic | 28 Feb 1915

February judders to an end with little new occurring and little chance of anything getting better for the forseeable future. We’ll take a leisurely journey Continue reading Adriatic | 28 Feb 1915

Uganda Railway | 10 Feb 1915

Time to review the situation in German East Africa away from the Lake Tanganyika border. Both sides have now re-evaluated their tactics. Umba Valley The Continue reading Uganda Railway | 10 Feb 1915

Goetzen | 05 Feb 1915

We’re in Africa again today. Last month I promised ridiculosity in the struggle for Lake Tanganyika. Today sees the Germans’ opening bid; and it’s a Continue reading Goetzen | 05 Feb 1915

Lake Kivu | 15 Jan 1915

It’s an African day. About now, there’s a meeting between British and Belgian military representatives at Lake Kivu. (Today it’s on the border between DR Continue reading Lake Kivu | 15 Jan 1915

Soissons | Mafia | 09 Jan 1915

British Empire troops in Africa make their landing on Mafia Island, and for a brief moment the French general staff nearly has a heart attack. Continue reading Soissons | Mafia | 09 Jan 1915

The Christmas Truce, and more | Dec 25 1914

We’ll get to the one thing everyone knows about in due course. However, before we do that, I’d like to set it in its proper Continue reading The Christmas Truce, and more | Dec 25 1914

Umba Valley | Givenchy | 19 Dec 1914

First Artois continues to no great effect; tomorrow the French Army is going to launch their offensive in Champagne. Meanwhile, developments in Africa, in the Continue reading Umba Valley | Givenchy | 19 Dec 1914

Kilimanjaro | Nov 03 1914

The Ypres salient broods ominously. German guns are firing all along it, hammering its defenders again and again. The Germans are rather unsportingly remaining in Continue reading Kilimanjaro | Nov 03 1914