Delville Wood | Longueval | 26 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme General Rawlinson is not particularly happy at the moment, having presided over a gigantic wet fart of an offensive on the Continue reading Delville Wood | Longueval | 26 Jul 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

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

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

Blunder at Kondoa | 10 May 1916

Battle of Kondoa The sun rises over Kondoa Irangi. Anyone know if there’s a word that means the exact opposite of “a pretty sight”? That’s Continue reading Blunder at Kondoa | 10 May 1916

Hanna | Gorringe | 30 Mar 1916

Hanna That’s the Hanna chokepoint in Mesopotamia. Why yes, I’m starting today with the relief effort for the Siege of Kut, rather than holding it Continue reading Hanna | Gorringe | 30 Mar 1916

General Hunter-Weston | 20 Jul 1915

Second Isonzo The grand old Duke of Aosta has succeeded in marching his ten thousand men to the top of the hill. (Well, after disease Continue reading General Hunter-Weston | 20 Jul 1915

Battle of Achi Baba Nullah | July 12 1915

Mbyuni On the Kenya/German East Africa border, there’s a small village called Mbyuni. It makes an excellent outpost for raids against the Uganda Railway, and Continue reading Battle of Achi Baba Nullah | July 12 1915

Belican Hills | 10 July 1915

Battle of Malazgirt After clearing out of Van and Malazgirt, the Ottomans had fallen back on the Belican Hills, a dominating area of higher ground Continue reading Belican Hills | 10 July 1915

Namibia | 9 July 1915

German South-West Africa The German Empire troops surrender. South Africa now takes control of Namibia and will spend the next 70-odd years squatting there and Continue reading Namibia | 9 July 1915

Blooding the pups | 27 Jun 1915

A comedy interlude from Mesopotamia, and then a blood-boiling one from Gallipoli as the MEF prepares for yet another attack. Nasiriya The latest sailing expedition Continue reading Blooding the pups | 27 Jun 1915

Second Artois | 5 Jun 1915

Third Krithia continues, Second Artois resumes. Reader discretion is advised because two of our correspondents are right in the thick of it and we are Continue reading Second Artois | 5 Jun 1915

Third Krithia | 4 Jun 1915

Today there’s developments on Mount Mrzli and on the Eastern Front. However, our main focus can only be the Third Battle of Krithia, which begins Continue reading Third Krithia | 4 Jun 1915

Doublethink | 2 Jun 1915

Martial law is declared in Sri Lanka, Sir Ian Hamilton isn’t making much sense, and Louis Barthas is being buggered around. Sri Lanka Riots The Continue reading Doublethink | 2 Jun 1915

Haricot Redoubt | 31 May 1915

A nondescript German cavalryman begins his journey towards fame, the French assault the Haricot, the situation in Sri Lanka is spiralling out of control fast, Continue reading Haricot Redoubt | 31 May 1915

Camouflage Committee | 08 May 1915

It’s the eve of the latest big push on the Western Front, and the French Camouflage Committee has been doing its bit for the Battle Continue reading Camouflage Committee | 08 May 1915

Second Krithia | Lusitania | 07 May 1915

Lots to talk about today. Not least the sinking of a rather large ship. Let’s get to it. Second Krithia General Hunter-Weston doubles down, ordering Continue reading Second Krithia | Lusitania | 07 May 1915

Second Krithia | 06 May 1915

If madness is doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different result…here comes the Second Battle of Krithia. Sir Ian Hamilton knows Continue reading Second Krithia | 06 May 1915

Windhoek | Hill 60 | 5 May 1915

These are busy days indeed. Today’s new developments, in addition to everything else that’s been happening, come in German South-West Africa (Namibia) and at Hill Continue reading Windhoek | Hill 60 | 5 May 1915

My pink half of the drainpipe | 29 Apr 1915

And breathe. With the failure of First Krithia, General Hunter-Weston orders the men at Cape Helles to dig in and rest. We’re also going outside Continue reading My pink half of the drainpipe | 29 Apr 1915

First Battle of Krithia | Tok Janggut | 28 Apr 1915

We’ve got the first major attack on Gallipoli since the landings, the BEF prepares to withdraw to the GHQ Line in the Ypres salient, and Continue reading First Battle of Krithia | Tok Janggut | 28 Apr 1915

Horace Smith-Dorrien | 27 Apr 1915

It’s man overboard at Second Ypres, the blokes on Gallipoli are still buggering on, the French Council of Ministers sticks its head over the parapet, Continue reading Horace Smith-Dorrien | 27 Apr 1915

Gallipoli landings | 26 Apr 1915

It’s another stacked day, and it’s Day 2 of the Gallipoli landings. There are developments in almost all the sectors (excepting S Beach, which remains Continue reading Gallipoli landings | 26 Apr 1915

First day at Gallipoli | 25 Apr 1915

The title speaks for itself. Today the British Empire lands on Gallipoli, and that must be our focus. It needs so much space that for Continue reading First day at Gallipoli | 25 Apr 1915

Capture of Les Eparges | 09 Apr 1915

The French achieve something they’ve been trying to do for about six months. A new British commander arrives in Mesopotamia. Sir Ian Hamilton continues worrying Continue reading Capture of Les Eparges | 09 Apr 1915

Battle of Woevre | 30 Mar 1915

In a moment, let’s go to the Verdun area and get our map on. There’s been sporadic fighting there for months, mostly in conjunction with Continue reading Battle of Woevre | 30 Mar 1915