Polygon Wood | 25 Oct 1914

The German hammer comes down on the Yser again. They’re slowly expanding their bridgehead at Nieuport, and yet again they throw everything they have at Continue reading Polygon Wood | 25 Oct 1914

Polygon Wood | 24 Oct 1914

Polygon Wood is either a large wood or a small forest about four miles east of Ypres, located on undulating terrain between the Gheluvelt plateau Continue reading Polygon Wood | 24 Oct 1914

Messines | Menin | 19 Oct 1914

The pendulum is swinging back towards the Germans. Their latest major offensive begins today, from La Bassee, through Armentieres and Messines, to Menin and Roulers, Continue reading Messines | Menin | 19 Oct 1914

Albert | 25 Sep 1914

It’s second verse, same as the first, in northern France, as the fighting sweeps north of the Somme. Albert The Germans cross the Somme south Continue reading Albert | 25 Sep 1914

Picardy | 23 Sep 1914

Move and counter-move on the Western Front; impatience in the East. Picardy The French have by far the better of the day in Picardy. They Continue reading Picardy | 23 Sep 1914

St Nazaire | Aisne | Sep 11 1914

A pause on the Western Front; a pause is all it will be, before the Allies reach the Aisne. The Aisne The Germans now running Continue reading St Nazaire | Aisne | Sep 11 1914

Marne | Grand Couronne | 10 Sep 1914

A day of endings in the West, at the Marne and Grand Couronne, while battles continue to rage in the East. The Marne It’s reputed Continue reading Marne | Grand Couronne | 10 Sep 1914

Taxis of the Marne | 7 Sep 2014

There are two legendary moments of the First World War that run through French culture like the Somme (or the evacuation from Dunkirk) does in Continue reading Taxis of the Marne | 7 Sep 2014

Ourcq | Marne | Drina | 5 Sep 1914

Alea iacta est. The Battle of the Marne begins at the Ourcq; Grand Couronne continues. Soon, the entire French army will be fighting at once. Continue reading Ourcq | Marne | Drina | 5 Sep 1914

Rawa | Lanrezac | Sep 3 1914

It’s a rare quiet day for the men on the Great Retreat; the major bloodshed today is at Headquarters. However, it is a violent one Continue reading Rawa | Lanrezac | Sep 3 1914

Kitchener & French | Marne | 1 September 1914

The Great Retreat is coming to an end. Three important rearguard actions are fought today; meanwhile, Lord Kitchener makes an important intervention with Sir John Continue reading Kitchener & French | Marne | 1 September 1914

Paris | 31 August 1914

There is no significant fighting today, but the Germans make a vital strategic decision involving Paris, which is worth looking at in some detail. Paris Continue reading Paris | 31 August 1914

Samsonov | Great Retreat | 30 Aug 1914

The Battle of Tannenberg ends today, with severe consequences for General Samsonov. The Great Retreat continues in typically chaotic fashion. Samsonov & Tannenberg General Samsonov Continue reading Samsonov | Great Retreat | 30 Aug 1914

St Quentin | 29 August 1914

A French offensive at St Quentin is our focus today; and there’s also big wins and losses for both sides in the East. Let’s get Continue reading St Quentin | 29 August 1914

Tannenberg | Etreux | 27 August 1914

Today, a well-known battle in the East (Tannenberg), a lesser-known one in the West (Etreux), and plenty else besides. Tannenberg Today is the crucial day Continue reading Tannenberg | Etreux | 27 August 1914

Great Retreat | 25 August 1914

Before we get into events on the road back from Mons, as the Great Retreat begins, today is the day that Japan declares war on Continue reading Great Retreat | 25 August 1914

Great Retreat | Cer | 24 August 1914

One well-known event today and one lesser-known happening.  On the Western Front, the Great Retreat from Mons begins, during which both sides will march over Continue reading Great Retreat | Cer | 24 August 1914