Battle of Jutland | Fort Vaux | 1 June 1916

Battle of Jutland Very, very quick recap. Ships of the High Seas Fleet and Grand Fleet fired on each other in anger yesterday, for the Continue reading Battle of Jutland | Fort Vaux | 1 June 1916

Battle of Jutland | 31 May 1916

Battle of Jutland Today’s the day. Der Tag, as the Germans have been calling it. For my money, there is only one thing we can Continue reading Battle of Jutland | 31 May 1916

The fleets leave port | Jutland | 30 May 1916

Battle of Jutland The High Seas Fleet continues concentrating in preparation to sortie immediately after midnight. The water seethes with activity as ship after ship Continue reading The fleets leave port | Jutland | 30 May 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

Julna | Easter Rising | 24 Apr 1916

Siege of Kut Today sees the final, desperate throw of the dice for relieving the Siege of Kut. A large paddle steamer, the Julna, has Continue reading Julna | Easter Rising | 24 Apr 1916

Rain at Kondoa | Daily Mailed | 23 Apr 1916

Rain at Kondoa In Africa, the penny is beginning to drop for General van Deventer quite how foolhardy he’s been in leading the march to Continue reading Rain at Kondoa | Daily Mailed | 23 Apr 1916

Vindex | Harwich Force | 25 Mar 1916

Hoyer/Højer Here we have one marked “Things the Royal Navy Would Rather You Forgot About”. It begins with a funny name. HMS Vindex is not Continue reading Vindex | Harwich Force | 25 Mar 1916

The west bank of the Meuse | 5 Mar 1916

The west bank of the Meuse After at least a full week of jumping up and down and yelling, General von Falkenhayn’s subordinates have finally Continue reading The west bank of the Meuse | 5 Mar 1916

The Grand Fleet | 25 Jan 1916

Grand Fleet The Battle of Trafalgar, a hundred and ten years before this war, was not made in a day. The fleet that won at Continue reading The Grand Fleet | 25 Jan 1916

Wearing-out battle | Admiral Scheer | 18 Jan 1916

Haig and the wearing-out battle Right, time to engage with one of the more notorious subjects that comes up when discussing General Haig and the Continue reading Wearing-out battle | Admiral Scheer | 18 Jan 1916

War at sea | Eastern Front | 12 Jan 1916

Eastern Front General Joffre isn’t the world’s biggest fan of the Salonika expedition. However, he’s a practical man. Not only does it still have the Continue reading War at sea | Eastern Front | 12 Jan 1916

Hartlepool | Scarborough | Whitby | 16 Dec 1914

The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has this to say on today.  “Today,” it says, “is big.  Really big…” Well, perhaps not, but we do Continue reading Hartlepool | Scarborough | Whitby | 16 Dec 1914

North Sea | 15 Dec 1914

Time to go back to sea. Big things are afoot (aship?) in the North Sea. First, we’ll sweep up the last day of the increasingly-misnamed Continue reading North Sea | 15 Dec 1914

Heligoland Bight | 28 August 1914

A relatively quiet day on land, but in the Heligoland Bight, the naval war is about to heat up considerably. Heligoland Bight A large British Continue reading Heligoland Bight | 28 August 1914

The war begins | 5 Aug 1914

Lord Kitchener Britain needs a War Secretary. A hundred years ago, governments were a lot less squeamish about what armies were for. Everyone has War Continue reading The war begins | 5 Aug 1914

Conrad and Moltke | 4 Aug 1914

Siege of Liege The Belgian fortress of Liege is absolutely vital to the German war plan (again, we’ll explain it fully in a few days Continue reading Conrad and Moltke | 4 Aug 1914

The start of the war | 2 August 1914

The beginning of war The start of the Second World War was rather an odd one. Once Nazi Germany got rid of Poland, and with Continue reading The start of the war | 2 August 1914

Austro-Hungarian railways | 31 July 1914

Austria-Hungary News has reached Vienna that a Russian general mobilisation is underway. Their army must now attempt to transition from their War Plan B (for Continue reading Austro-Hungarian railways | 31 July 1914

The start of the war | 2 August 1914

The beginning of war The start of the Second World War was rather an odd one. Once Nazi Germany got rid of Poland, and with Continue reading The start of the war | 2 August 1914