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

Mouquet Farm | 14 Aug 1916

Mouquet Farm The march towards Mouquet Farm continues for the 4th Australian Division at the Battle of the Somme. They’ve almost done their job too Continue reading Mouquet Farm | 14 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

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

Bazentin Ridge | Mwanza | 14 Jul 1916

Mwanza Back to Africa today, where the Force Publique gets well and truly stuck into Major Wintgens’s defensive positions outside Mwanza, on Lake Victoria. The Continue reading Bazentin Ridge | Mwanza | 14 Jul 1916

Joffre’s temper | 3 Jul 1916

German East Africa In Tanzania, the Schutztruppe is now in full-on retreat from the north of the colony. Colonel von Lettow-Vorbeck’s clear instruction has been Continue reading Joffre’s temper | 3 Jul 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

Fort Vaux to Mainz | Bernard Adams | 7 Jun 1916

Fall of Fort Vaux This is the end. A few men in scattered parties, thirties, twenties, and tens, have been given permission to break out Continue reading Fort Vaux to Mainz | Bernard Adams | 7 Jun 1916

Spinning Jutland | 2 June 1916

Herbert Sulzbach Yes, this is an unusual way to start the day, but bear with me and you’ll see where I’m going with this. German Continue reading Spinning Jutland | 2 June 1916

Kondoa and Kigoma | 12 May 1916

Battle of Kondoa As Colonel von Lettow-Vorbeck continues dithering, the South Africans send out a couple of raiding parties to see what they can find. Continue reading Kondoa and Kigoma | 12 May 1916

The Middle East theatre | 1 May 1916

Battle of Verdun General Joffre’s command rearrangement officially takes effect today. General Nivelle now commands 2nd Army, with predictable results. Petain is now an army-group Continue reading The Middle East theatre | 1 May 1916

Kut | Trebizond | 18 Apr 1916

Siege of Kut There’s now absolutely no chance for success if the relief column tries to attack out of Bait Isa towards Es Sinn. But, Continue reading Kut | Trebizond | 18 Apr 1916

St Eloi Craters | 27 Mar 1916

Action of St Eloi Craters There’s more action brewing over in the Ypres salient, as General Plumer continues his quest to annoy the Boche by Continue reading St Eloi Craters | 27 Mar 1916

Italian Front | Self-propelled guns | 22 Mar 1916

Italian Front The Italian Front is apparently settling back down into business as usual. General Cadorna’s headquarters in Udine is quietly picking up the pieces Continue reading Italian Front | Self-propelled guns | 22 Mar 1916

Smuts | Stewart | Fischer | 15 Mar 1916

Africa General Smuts is deeply, deeply unhappy that Colonel von Lettow-Vorbeck is sitting pretty at Kahe rather than walking into a gentleman’s captivity. When the Continue reading Smuts | Stewart | Fischer | 15 Mar 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

Petain | Defence in depth | 27 Feb 1916

Douaumont village Douaumont village is still holding out. Every hour it holds is another hour for French reinforcements to arrive, for artillery to emplace on Continue reading Petain | Defence in depth | 27 Feb 1916

Forts | Erzurum | Douaumont | 8 Feb 1916

Erzurum Offensive Back now to the Caucasus, where General Yudenich has been waiting for the right moment to attempt to capture Erzurum. Let’s recap: Erzurum Continue reading Forts | Erzurum | Douaumont | 8 Feb 1916

Personal accounts | 2 Jan 1916

Roll call As in previous years, there’ll be quite a few quiet days during the war; or at least, days with no new developments. These Continue reading Personal accounts | 2 Jan 1916

Boroevic | German japery | 16 Nov 1915

Fourth Isonzo General Boroevic is using the latest temporary pause to get out his megaphone and shout very loudly once again in Conrad von Hotzendorf’s Continue reading Boroevic | German japery | 16 Nov 1915

Mount San Michele | Shelling | 14 Nov 1915

Fourth Isonzo After a murderous night of fighting, the Italians are still firmly installed in the trench system south of Mount San Michele that they Continue reading Mount San Michele | Shelling | 14 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

The end at Loos | 13 Oct 1915

Farce of Loos I refuse to call this a battle. As I may have mentioned before, a battle is something that you have at least Continue reading The end at Loos | 13 Oct 1915

Little Willie | 9 Sep 1915

Little Willie No, we’re not casting aspersions on anyone’s manhood. Little Willie, currently known as the No. 1 Lincoln Machine, is usually cited as the Continue reading Little Willie | 9 Sep 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

On the ground at Loos | 22 Aug 1915

Battle of Loos Having had certain facts explained to him by Lord Kitchener, Sir John French today informs General Joffre that the BEF will be Continue reading On the ground at Loos | 22 Aug 1915

Commitments and orders | 20 Aug 1915

Lord Kitchener Lord Kitchener is distracting himself from the Gallipoli situation with a bracing visit to the Western Front. Once more he finds himself in Continue reading Commitments and orders | 20 Aug 1915

Hill 60 (Gallipoli) | 17 Aug 1915

Battle of Scimitar Hill Sir Ian Hamilton is going off the deep end. Not only is he still convinced that one more push will achieve Continue reading Hill 60 (Gallipoli) | 17 Aug 1915