Chinese Labour Corps | 23 Aug 1916

Chinese Labour Corps The story of hired Chinese labourers in the war is about to officially begin. The French government has spent the better part Continue reading Chinese Labour Corps | 23 Aug 1916

Bitlis | Romani | Verdun | 5 Aug 1916

Battle of Bitlis In the Caucasus we have rather a curate’s egg of a battle for the Ottomans. On paper, things are going quite well. Continue reading Bitlis | Romani | Verdun | 5 Aug 1916

The uses of Churchill | 1 Aug 1916

August on the Somme Winston Churchill is a pain in the arse, but he does have his uses. The fiasco on Gallipoli hasn’t done much Continue reading The uses of Churchill | 1 Aug 1916

Erzincan | Haig & ANZACs | 25 Jul 1916

Battle of Erzincan Erzincan has surrendered. A second overwhelming Russian victory in 1916 is now complete. Vehip Pasha’s Third Army has, for the second time Continue reading Erzincan | Haig & ANZACs | 25 Jul 1916

Somme ennui | Erzincan | 5 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme The Battle of the Somme continues drifting aimlessly. At the top, both commanders-in-chief are busy fiddling around with the organisation of Continue reading Somme ennui | Erzincan | 5 Jul 1916

First day on the Somme | 1 July 1916

On the signal, company will advance! First day on the Somme In the British imagination, 1st July 1916 looms over the rest of the First Continue reading First day on the Somme | 1 July 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

Rain and raids | 28 Jun 1916

“Y” Day on the Somme Just as most of the BEF’s part of the Western Front has been delivering intense artillery bombardments to disguise the Continue reading Rain and raids | 28 Jun 1916

Hunter-Weston | Serre | 27 Jun 1916

Battle of the Somme Not everyone in the BEF is entirely content with the plans for the Battle of the Somme. General Hubert Rees will Continue reading Hunter-Weston | Serre | 27 Jun 1916

Somme postponed | 26 Jun 1916

Battle of the Somme The weather has turned nasty over the Somme battlefields. Heavy summer rains are starting to blow in from the south, and Continue reading Somme postponed | 26 Jun 1916

Revolvers | Parapets | 25 Jun 1916

Battle of Verdun The French are now trying to get some counter-attacks going to push the Germans out of Thiaumont and Fleury, and away from Continue reading Revolvers | Parapets | 25 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

Intelligence on the Somme | 22 July 1916

Battle of the Somme Once again, let’s start today with Malcolm White. All up and down the sector, the battalions who will be attacking in Continue reading Intelligence on the Somme | 22 July 1916

Serre | Beaumont Hamel | 21 Jun 1916

Battle of the Somme There are eight days to go until the Battle of the Somme. Today sees Lieutenant Malcolm White’s final day of hard Continue reading Serre | Beaumont Hamel | 21 Jun 1916

Bayburt | French infantry tactics | 20 Jun 1916

Offensives in Anatolia We begin today with a return to the Russo-Ottoman fighting on the Caucasus front. Quick recap: the Ottomans have sent significant reinforcements Continue reading Bayburt | French infantry tactics | 20 Jun 1916

Deception | Flying Elephant | 19 Jun 1916

Deception on the Somme There are ten days to go until Z Day at the Battle of the Somme. We’ve seen the BEF and French Continue reading Deception | Flying Elephant | 19 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

Brusilov Offensive | Secret Session | 17 Jun 1916

Brusilov Offensive Let’s have an update from the Brusilov Offensive, why not? The south of the Eastern Front has now been steadily rumbling west for Continue reading Brusilov Offensive | Secret Session | 17 Jun 1916

Madness at Asiago | 16 Jun 1916

Battle of Asiago The writing has been on the wall for rather a while now concerning the Battle of Asiago. Today Conrad von Hotzendorf does Continue reading Madness at Asiago | 16 Jun 1916

Gommecourt | Boulogne | Executions | 15 Jun 1916

German East Africa: The Northern Railway No, this is not an extremely boring classic film for railway enthusiasts. A couple of weeks ago, with the Continue reading Gommecourt | Boulogne | Executions | 15 Jun 1916

Retaking Mont Sorrel | Mecca | 13 Jun 1916

Battle of Mont Sorrel At the Battle of Mont Sorrel, the Germans are not overly concerned by another 30-minute Canadian artillery bombardment. Leaving only a Continue reading Retaking Mont Sorrel | Mecca | 13 Jun 1916

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

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

Fort Douaumont | Kondoa reinforced | 24 May 1916

Battle of Verdun Yesterday, General Mangin had egg on his face after prematurely declaring that Fort Douaumont had been recaptured for France. Today, the German Continue reading Fort Douaumont | Kondoa reinforced | 24 May 1916

Vaux | Souville | Baratov | 1 Apr 1916

Battle of Verdun The German Fifth Army has begun to focus large amounts of artillery fire on Fort Vaux and Fort Souville. Their next big Continue reading Vaux | Souville | Baratov | 1 Apr 1916

Mining | Noel Pemberton Billing | 29 Mar 1916

Mining on the Italian Front Even the Italian army is capable of learning and trying to do war slightly better. Some bright spark back at Continue reading Mining | Noel Pemberton Billing | 29 Mar 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

Voie Sacree | 13 Mar 1916

Voie Sacree Right then. The Battle of Verdun is now firmly into the attrition phase. Time to consider how it was that the French were Continue reading Voie Sacree | 13 Mar 1916