Kigi | Joffre’s position | 20 Aug 1916

Joffre’s hopes General Joffre has been bombarding General Haig with requests to launch a major offensive almost night and day since Haig’s little dinner joke Continue reading Kigi | Joffre’s position | 20 Aug 1916

Haig’s joke | Flora Sandes | 12 Aug 1916

Battle of Romani Time to close up shop in Egypt for the forseeable future. The Ottomans have lost just about two-thirds of their force. General Continue reading Haig’s joke | Flora Sandes | 12 Aug 1916

Joffre and Haig | Tanks | 10 Aug 1916

Sixth Isonzo The Italian Army is now, three days too late, pulling its collective finger out for a jolly good bash at the Austro-Hungarians’ reserve Continue reading Joffre and Haig | Tanks | 10 Aug 1916

Gorizia | Sixth Isonzo | 7 Aug 1916

Sixth Isonzo Yesterday we had a rather odd concept to digest; there’s been a battle on the Isonzo and there is good news for the Continue reading Gorizia | Sixth Isonzo | 7 Aug 1916

Taking stock | 31 July 1916

Battle of the Somme The Battle of the Somme is one month old. It’s been a long bloody month. I think I’ve said about all Continue reading Taking stock | 31 July 1916

Delville Wood | High Wood | 15 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme We start the day with a story from the 16th King’s Royal Rifle Corps. They’re urgently needed as reinforcements. 4th Army Continue reading Delville Wood | High Wood | 15 Jul 1916

Charteris’s intelligence | 6 Jul 1916

The Power of Positivity There is at least one person in the whole of the British Army who is entirely confident in his own performance Continue reading Charteris’s intelligence | 6 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

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

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

Souville and Fleury | 11 Jun 1916

Battle of the Somme It seems that the final days of preparation for the Battle of the Somme are going to be plagued by Anglo-French Continue reading Souville and Fleury | 11 Jun 1916

Brusilov Offensive | 9 Jun 1916

Brusilov Offensive Another important day in the Brusilov Offensive. To this point I’ve been mostly focused on the fighting around Lutsk, at the very north Continue reading Brusilov Offensive | 9 Jun 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

Decimation | Cadorna | Asiago | 26 May 1916

Battle of Asiago Let us begin with an update from the actual fighting at the Battle of Asiago. It’s still pretty much unmitigated bad news Continue reading Decimation | Cadorna | Asiago | 26 May 1916

Hill 304 | Dolomites | 17 May 1916

Battle of Verdun General Mangin is now ready to launch his second attempt to recapture Fort Douaumont. Once again, the plan is less than subtle. Continue reading Hill 304 | Dolomites | 17 May 1916

Hill 304 | Verdun | 11 May 1916

Joffre and Petain You may recall a couple of days ago that General Petain recently used his new position as commander of Central Army Group Continue reading Hill 304 | Verdun | 11 May 1916

Vehip and Izzet | 20 Apr 1916

Still too busy for my own good right now. Today, though, we have lots of little snippets to be catching up with. Siege of Kut Continue reading Vehip and Izzet | 20 Apr 1916

Kondoa Irangi | Rawlinson & Haig | 8 Apr 1916

March to Kondoa The South Africans’ march to Kondoa continues with all speed possible, but Colonel von Lettow-Vorbeck has been thinking hard, and his own Continue reading Kondoa Irangi | Rawlinson & Haig | 8 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

Joffre, Petain and Nivelle | 26 Mar 1916

French elbows As the Battle of Verdun continues going nowhere, General Joffre attempts to make the best of a bad job. He’s still extremely put Continue reading Joffre, Petain and Nivelle | 26 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

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

Battle of Latema Nek | Winning by accident | 12 Mar 1916

Battle of Latema Nek How many times have I talked already about moments when tragedy turns to farce? Ye gods, how many times in the Continue reading Battle of Latema Nek | Winning by accident | 12 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

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

Fall of Douaumont | Submarines | 4 Mar 1916

Fall of Douaumont Douaumont, the village in the shadow of the fort, has almost ceased to exist. It’s no longer a village, just a small Continue reading Fall of Douaumont | Submarines | 4 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

General Petain’s rise | Fort Douaumont’s fall | 25 Feb 1916

It’s time for another split day. This is about today at the Battle of Verdun. For everything else today, see this post. Petain’s dirty weekend Continue reading General Petain’s rise | Fort Douaumont’s fall | 25 Feb 1916

Beaumont | Woevre | Verdun | 24 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun The Germans continue rolling carefully but slowly forwards, now beginning to nuzzle up against what a week ago had been the third Continue reading Beaumont | Woevre | Verdun | 24 Feb 1916