Arab Revolt | Salandra’s fall | 10 Jun 1916

Italy and Asiago High drama in the recalled Italian parliament today. There’s been a series of fiery debates over whether the government or the army Continue reading Arab Revolt | Salandra’s fall | 10 Jun 1916

Cephalonia | Trebizond | 20 Mar 1916

Greece Another day, another violation of Greek neutrality. This time the target is Cephalonia, away to the south, rather closer to Salonika than Corfu is. Continue reading Cephalonia | Trebizond | 20 Mar 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

Longido | Tanzania | 22 Jan 1916

Longido Back to Africa today. General Smith-Dorrien is planning a major assault on German East Africa. His goal is nothing less than to entirely destroy Continue reading Longido | Tanzania | 22 Jan 1916

Piraeus | Sugar | 15 Jan 1916

Piraeus We begin the day in Greece. Piraeus is a large port city seven miles from the centre of Athens. The Greek government has issued Continue reading Piraeus | Sugar | 15 Jan 1916

End of the year | 31 Dec 1915

Last day of the year. Let’s do something unusual and start with Flora Sandes. Flora Sandes Private Flora Sandes has reached the Adriatic Sea coast. Continue reading End of the year | 31 Dec 1915

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

Gardeners of Salonika? | 12 Dec 1915

Salonika All Entente troops who had crossed the border into Serbia are now back in Greece, which is good news for precisely nobody. It’s not Continue reading Gardeners of Salonika? | 12 Dec 1915

Chantilly | Joffre | 6 Dec 1915

Chantilly Conference Time for the Chantilly Conference: an excuse for some very dignified men to have several gluttonous lunches with General Joffre, the premier gourmand Continue reading Chantilly | Joffre | 6 Dec 1915

Lukuga | Greece | 2 Dec 1915

Quick note: the gap back to the 28th should be filled in by tomorrow. It’s been a busy week. Anyway. Lukuga Back to Lake Tanganyika! Continue reading Lukuga | Greece | 2 Dec 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

Californian | 9 Nov 1915

SS Californian You may be familiar with the Californian if you’ve ever looked into the Titanic disaster in any detail. Californian was the passenger liner Continue reading Californian | 9 Nov 1915

Morale | 7 Nov 1915

Italian morale We know that there’s a new push coming at the Isonzo. General Cadorna is so determined to do something with Fourth Isonzo that Continue reading Morale | 7 Nov 1915

The end of Third Isonzo | 4 Nov 1915

Third Isonzo The already-ridiculous rainfall continues with even greater intensity, and now the writing’s on the wall for the battle. Any hope of an Italian Continue reading The end of Third Isonzo | 4 Nov 1915

Third Isonzo | 21 Oct 1915

Third Battle of the Isonzo Let us first talk about the things that have gone well as Third Isonzo opens! Salandra needs things to go Continue reading Third Isonzo | 21 Oct 1915

The eve of battle | 24 Sep 1915

Third Artois With just 24 hours until the great autumn offensive on the Western Front, you may recall that the weather has broken and it’s Continue reading The eve of battle | 24 Sep 1915

Bulgaria, Greece, rain | 23 Sep 1915

The wind and the rain, it raineth every day The weather breaks in northern France. The entire front from Flanders to Picardy is deluged by Continue reading Bulgaria, Greece, rain | 23 Sep 1915

Bulgaria | 2 Sep 1915

The position of Bulgaria With little new happening today, let’s have a quick dekko at Bulgaria, and try to get our heads round why the Continue reading Bulgaria | 2 Sep 1915

Stopford gets stopped | 13 Aug 1915

Italy The attacks that are about to be launched by the Italians are usually reckoned part of Second Isonzo, although a casual observer might suggest Continue reading Stopford gets stopped | 13 Aug 1915

Dardanelles | 02 Jan 1915

It happened, like so many other things in this war, because someone had to act on faulty or out-of-date information. Today marks the first step Continue reading Dardanelles | 02 Jan 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

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

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

Germany declares war on France | 3 Aug 1914

Belgium The inevitable media storm sweeps through France and Britain as the Belgian government distributes the text of von Moltke’s ultimatum. It’s quickly recognised as Continue reading Germany declares war on France | 3 Aug 1914

Financial diplomacy | 16 July 1914

As Count Lutzow continues to leak freely in Vienna, we’ve still got time to consider a few underlying issues. Today, it’s financial diplomacy. Poincare visits Continue reading Financial diplomacy | 16 July 1914

Balkan diplomacy | 02 Jul 1914

The crisis continues to rumble nastily. First, to Vienna; then, into the recent past. Count Berchtold There is one thing that everyone in Vienna agrees Continue reading Balkan diplomacy | 02 Jul 1914