Sixth Isonzo | Boselli | Bissolati | 17 Aug 1916

Romania Negotiations for bringing Romania into the war have finally concluded, to the alleged satisfaction of all parties. I’m far from convinced. After a little Continue reading Sixth Isonzo | Boselli | Bissolati | 17 Aug 1916

Joffre and Haig | Tanks | 10 Aug 1916

Sixth Isonzo The Italian Army is now, three days too late, pulling its collective finger out for a jolly good bash at the Austro-Hungarians’ reserve Continue reading Joffre and Haig | Tanks | 10 Aug 1916

Sixth Isonzo | Gorizia | 8 Aug 1916

Sixth Isonzo Hopefully you’re not still chewing on your knuckles from yesterday. The irony here really is painful. The Italian Army has spent a long, Continue reading Sixth Isonzo | Gorizia | 8 Aug 1916

Gorizia | Sixth Isonzo | 7 Aug 1916

Sixth Isonzo Yesterday we had a rather odd concept to digest; there’s been a battle on the Isonzo and there is good news for the Continue reading Gorizia | Sixth Isonzo | 7 Aug 1916

Sixth Isonzo | Bir el Abd | 6 Aug 1916

Battle of the Somme It’s just about job done at Pozieres. All they need to do now is dig in. This morning the ANZACs finally Continue reading Sixth Isonzo | Bir el Abd | 6 Aug 1916

Pozieres Windmill | Battle of Romani | 4 Aug 1916

Pozieres The objectives on the Somme just keep getting closer and closer. First they shot for Bapaume. Then they shot for the Second Line so Continue reading Pozieres Windmill | Battle of Romani | 4 Aug 1916

Shaitan | Fourth Isonzo | 29 Nov 1915

Retreat from Ctesiphon General Townshend is determined to preserve his regatta, and so sends out his cavalry to clear the local Arab snipers from around Continue reading Shaitan | Fourth Isonzo | 29 Nov 1915

Shaitan | 28 Nov 1915

Retreat from Ctesiphon It’s a Good News/Bad News day for General Townshend, on the retreat from Ctesiphon. The good news is that his blokes have Continue reading Shaitan | 28 Nov 1915

Hurricane on Gallipoli | 27 Nov 1915

Hurricane on Gallipoli There’s still just enough bullshit and uncertainty washing around about Gallipoli for nobody important to have taken a firm decision yet about Continue reading Hurricane on Gallipoli | 27 Nov 1915

Mrzli | Gorizia | 26 Nov 1915

Fourth Isonzo First we go to Mount Mrzli, where they’re now suffering from a shortage of kitchen sinks to throw in. The line rocks and Continue reading Mrzli | Gorizia | 26 Nov 1915

Gorizia | Kitchener | Falkenhayn | 18 Nov 1915

Fourth Isonzo As I mentioned a few days ago, the good news is that General Cadorna is now going to alter some of his methods. Continue reading Gorizia | Kitchener | Falkenhayn | 18 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

Fourth Isonzo | Mitrovica | 11 Nov 1915

Fourth Isonzo Once more unto the breach, dear friends. Once more, or close the wall up with Italian dead. General Cadorna has at least restricted Continue reading Fourth Isonzo | Mitrovica | 11 Nov 1915

Kosovo Offensive | 10 Nov 1915

Kosovo Offensive With much of Serbia now being occupied by Bulgaria, Austria-Hungary, and Germany, the final act in the third invasion of Serbia begins. The Continue reading Kosovo Offensive | 10 Nov 1915

War Committee | 3 Nov 1915

The British government and Gallipoli The British government hocks up a giant hairball and attempts to do something to assert a little control over the Continue reading War Committee | 3 Nov 1915

Serbian Army | 1 Nov 1915

Gallipoli The weather on Gallipoli is deteriorating alarmingly. They’re yet to have any serious rain, but high winds are ripping across the peninsula. Out at Continue reading Serbian Army | 1 Nov 1915

Never work with children or animals | 28 Oct 1915

The King Before we get into things today, let’s start with an extended metaphor. As we know, George V of Britain is in France at Continue reading Never work with children or animals | 28 Oct 1915

Kraljevo | 27 Oct 1915

Serbia Now in the face of a coordinated three-power assault, the Serbian line in the north is beginning to crack and give way. Zajecar is Continue reading Kraljevo | 27 Oct 1915

Nis | Podgora | 26 Oct 1915

Serbia The British men in Salonika have finally been authorised to do something, after considerable pressure from the French. Today they prepare to begin moving Continue reading Nis | Podgora | 26 Oct 1915

Third Isonzo | 18 Oct 1915

Third Battle of the Isonzo Here we go, here we go again. Time for Third Isonzo. The plan, such as it is: heavy attacks on Continue reading Third Isonzo | 18 Oct 1915

Serbia and Italy | 15 Oct 1915

Serbia and Italy The Third Invasion of Serbia continues, albeit rather slowly due to violent rainstorms. Rivers everywhere are flooding, or else flowing so fast Continue reading Serbia and Italy | 15 Oct 1915

Catchup with the Italian Front | 1 Oct 1915

Italian Front It’s been a while since we looked over to the Italian Front. Second Isonzo ended only a month previously, but it already seems Continue reading Catchup with the Italian Front | 1 Oct 1915

Second Isonzo | 23 July 1915

Battle of Malazgirt General Oganovski’s meagre reserves are thrown right into the heat of battle today. Most of them are raw and green and are, Continue reading Second Isonzo | 23 July 1915

Mount San Michele | 04 July 1914

We’ve got a real rarity today; a serious chance of a breakthrough on the Italian Front! Battle of Gully Ravine It’s another quiet day, with Continue reading Mount San Michele | 04 July 1914

First Isonzo | Jun 24 1915

Today we have a little French strategy, a lot of Italian failure, and another dose of the horrors of war from Kenneth Best. First Isonzo Continue reading First Isonzo | Jun 24 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

Battle of Bukoba | 22 Jun 1915

There’s a lot of stuff today carrying over into tomorrow. We’re on the eve of First Isonzo, it’s the first day of the Battle of Continue reading Battle of Bukoba | 22 Jun 1915

Haricot | Attrition | 21 Jun 1915

Battle of Bukoba General Tighe has managed to assemble a force of some 1,500 rifles (and their much larger entourage of deemed-expendable African porters) for Continue reading Haricot | Attrition | 21 Jun 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