Nightmares | Balakian’s escape | 15 Apr 1916

Battle of Bait Isa The rains rain, the men sink. There was supposed to be an all-out assault on the Twin Pimples today, in the Continue reading Nightmares | Balakian’s escape | 15 Apr 1916

On les aura! | Mousley’s horse | 10 Apr 1916

Edward Mousley Hey, is there anyone out there who’s got a pet? Yeah, me too. Um, this might be a bit difficult to read. You Continue reading On les aura! | Mousley’s horse | 10 Apr 1916

Verdun again | Halberstadt | 9 Apr 1916

Battle of Verdun Here we go again. With carefully moderated expectations, the Germans launch yet another punishing assault along the two banks of the River Continue reading Verdun again | Halberstadt | 9 Apr 1916

Flooding | Yudenich | 7 Apr 1916

Siege of Kut Before dawn, another attack goes in against Sannaiyat. There’s not much to say about it other than it’s unsurprising that they tried, Continue reading Flooding | Yudenich | 7 Apr 1916

Sannaiyat | Lolkisale | 6 Apr 1916

Apologies for the rather disjointed update schedule of late. Stick with it; hopefully we’ll get back on terms by next week. Anyway. Siege of Kut Continue reading Sannaiyat | Lolkisale | 6 Apr 1916

March to Kondoa | Lolkisale | 4 Apr 1916

March to Kondoa Yesterday we left the situation in Africa with General van Deventer riding out of Arusha, secure in the knowledge that Lolkisale (or Continue reading March to Kondoa | Lolkisale | 4 Apr 1916

Tanzania | Ceyhan | 2 Apr 1916

Africa On the eve of General van Deventer’s departure on the long journey to Kondoa Irangi, General Smuts’s morale remains high. It’s so high, in Continue reading Tanzania | Ceyhan | 2 Apr 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

Ructions in Paris | Lafayette Escadrille | 28 Mar 1916

Fun and games in Paris So, that conference I mentioned the other day? Colonel Hankey, secretary to the British War Committee, would dearly like you Continue reading Ructions in Paris | Lafayette Escadrille | 28 Mar 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

Handeni | Kondoa | 23 Mar 1916

Africa With another clear victory at the Battle of Kahe under his belt, General Smuts now turns his attention to a command reorganisation. All the Continue reading Handeni | Kondoa | 23 Mar 1916

Kahe | Lafayette Escadrille | 21 Mar 1916

Battle of Kahe As we’ve seen over the past few days, the Schutztruppe have been progressively pushed off several hills around Kahe. Now, the South Continue reading Kahe | Lafayette Escadrille | 21 Mar 1916

Egypt | 19 Mar 1916

Egypt With everything that’s been happening continuing to happen, let’s drop in briefly on Egypt to see what’s happening. Generals Maxwell and Murray have spent Continue reading Egypt | 19 Mar 1916

Lake Naroch Offensive | 18 Mar 1916

Lake Naroch Offensive Oh boy. Back to the Eastern Front now for the start of the Lake Naroch Offensive. Between Russian reinforcements and Germans leaving Continue reading Lake Naroch Offensive | 18 Mar 1916

The bird in Mansell Copse | 17 Mar 1916

Kahe So, as we saw on the 14th, there’s a major problem for the men in German East Africa at Kahe. They’ve had a pause Continue reading The bird in Mansell Copse | 17 Mar 1916

Men for the Somme | 16 Mar 1916

Western Front As the Germans and French continue mulching themselves in front of the Mort Homme and in front of Fort Vaux, there’s a lot Continue reading Men for the Somme | 16 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

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

Battle of Latema Nek | 11 Mar 1916

Battle of Latema Nek Oooh boy. Here we go again. This time there’s no option but to launch a frontal attack. Time for General Malleson Continue reading Battle of Latema Nek | 11 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

Fifth Battle of the Isonzo | Portugal | 9 Mar 1916

Time to lead off with something other than Verdun for the first time in nearly three weeks! Isn’t that nice? Fifth Battle of the Isonzo Continue reading Fifth Battle of the Isonzo | Portugal | 9 Mar 1916

Macker | Dujaila Redoubt | 8 Mar 1916

Battle of Verdun Today is the first day since the start of the Battle of Verdun where I’ve felt tempted to not write anything as Continue reading Macker | Dujaila Redoubt | 8 Mar 1916

Verdun bogs down | 7 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun The German attack on the west bank of the River Meuse is now bogging down in earnest, after a strong first day. Continue reading Verdun bogs down | 7 Feb 1916

Verdun spreads | Serengeti | 6 Mar 1916

Battle of Verdun Today the Battle of Verdun spreads like a cancer onto the west bank of the River Meuse, where it should very probably Continue reading Verdun spreads | Serengeti | 6 Mar 1916

Verdun | Petain | Noria | 3 Mar 1916

Verdun and the noria General Petain’s innovations and rearrangements at the Battle of Verdun continue. He’s started making a personal point of, at least once Continue reading Verdun | Petain | Noria | 3 Mar 1916

Ripples from Verdun | 1 Mar 1916

Battle of Verdun The first phase of the Battle of Verdun is over. The Germans have poked the hornet’s nest and stirred it up real Continue reading Ripples from Verdun | 1 Mar 1916

The Bebe at Verdun | 29 Feb 1916

The air over Verdun French efforts to un-fuck themselves at Verdun continue. General Petain approves heartily of the artillery stationed on the west bank of Continue reading The Bebe at Verdun | 29 Feb 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

Shooting competitions | 12 Jun 1915

It’s a grisly day today; there’s civilian atrocities all over the shop, there’s fresh fighting being planned at Ypres, and living conditions on Gallipoli are Continue reading Shooting competitions | 12 Jun 1915