Strumica | 19 Oct 1915

Serbia The third invasion of Serbia continues unabated as Field Marshal Putnik orders a general retirement to a more easily defended line while he waits Continue reading Strumica | 19 Oct 1915

Hohenzollern Redoubt | 2 Oct 1915

Western Front The Hohenzollern Redoubt is falling. Too many Germans with too many grenades, supported by too many Minenwerfers and too good a knowledge of Continue reading Hohenzollern Redoubt | 2 Oct 1915

Bulgaria, Greece, rain | 23 Sep 1915

The wind and the rain, it raineth every day The weather breaks in northern France. The entire front from Flanders to Picardy is deluged by Continue reading Bulgaria, Greece, rain | 23 Sep 1915

Farce of Longido | 20 Sep 1915

Longido In Africa, General Tighe, man of action that he is, has been simply unable to restrain himself. Sitting and waiting for the Belgians, or Continue reading Farce of Longido | 20 Sep 1915

British gas | 18 Sep 1915

Good Honest British Gas If nothing else, that title should do wonders for capturing people who are trying to find out about utility companies. Ahem. Continue reading British gas | 18 Sep 1915

Sailing to Kut | 16 Sep 1915

Mesopotamia As the full weight of summer in the desert blasts down, nearly 50 celsius in the shade, the force that’s supposed to be sailing Continue reading Sailing to Kut | 16 Sep 1915

French landships | 10 Sep 1915

Landships in France Yesterday we looked at Little Willie, the latest British prototype from the Landships Committee. It’s a very odd thing that French efforts, Continue reading French landships | 10 Sep 1915

Second Champagne | 5 Sep 1915

Second Champagne Yesterday we looked at the planning for Third Artois, and were sure to pay careful attention to how it bore no resemblance whatsoever Continue reading Second Champagne | 5 Sep 1915

Third Artois | 4 Sep 1915

Iron Hindenburg On the home front, the Vienna-conceived fundraising exercise of building giant wooden nail figures to raise money for war widows is rapidly spreading Continue reading Third Artois | 4 Sep 1915

French landings at Gallipoli? | 30 Aug 1915

Army of the Near East In a desperate attempt to hit a note that was something other than “utterly depressing” yesterday, I mentioned that Sir Continue reading French landings at Gallipoli? | 30 Aug 1915

The Light Horse again | 27 Aug 1915

Battle of Hill 60 (Gallipoli) Apparently you can’t have a proper ANZAC bollocks-up on Gallipoli without somehow involving the 10th Light Horse, survivors of the Continue reading The Light Horse again | 27 Aug 1915

On the ground at Loos | 22 Aug 1915

Battle of Loos Having had certain facts explained to him by Lord Kitchener, Sir John French today informs General Joffre that the BEF will be Continue reading On the ground at Loos | 22 Aug 1915

Commitments and orders | 20 Aug 1915

Lord Kitchener Lord Kitchener is distracting himself from the Gallipoli situation with a bracing visit to the Western Front. Once more he finds himself in Continue reading Commitments and orders | 20 Aug 1915

Siege of Saisi | 25 July 1915

Mesopotamia The Ottomans are falling back on Kut-al-Amara, home to a major garrison, as the more mobile ships of the British Empire flotilla head up Continue reading Siege of Saisi | 25 July 1915

Logistics on Gallipoli | 22 July 1915

Kronborg Almost in passing, a small party of sailors from the Royal Navy drop in at Mansa Bay, the final resting place of the Kronborg. Continue reading Logistics on Gallipoli | 22 July 1915

Belgian National Day | 21 July 1915

Battle of Malazgirt Yet more Ottoman troops are arriving at the Belican Hills. There’s more hard fighting, and again the Russians manage to hold fast. Continue reading Belgian National Day | 21 July 1915

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

Legacy of the Konigsberg | 18 July 1915

Konigsberg Having finally succeeded in ending the Konigsberg, Admiral King-Hall has now found himself carrying the can for the failure to put her to bed Continue reading Legacy of the Konigsberg | 18 July 1915

Armenians on the march | 17 Jul 1915

Armenian Genocide Let’s go back to the deportation caravans of the Armenian Genocide, shall we? Survivor stories coming up. Anyone who fell behind was shot Continue reading Armenians on the march | 17 Jul 1915

Fokker Eindecker | 15 Jul 1915

Italian Army With a Second Isonzo imminent (of which more soon), someone in the Italian Army has had his thinking cap on. They’re issuing a Continue reading Fokker Eindecker | 15 Jul 1915

End of the Konigsberg | Donkeys | 11 July 1915

Kenneth Best On Gallipoli, Kenneth Best hears some worrying news. No service possible owing to troop movements. Something big is impending. Staff men galloping about, Continue reading End of the Konigsberg | Donkeys | 11 July 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

Inspection | 8 July 1915

Kenneth Best There’s a highly important happening in the trenches of the 4th and 5th East Lancs. Kenneth Best is there with them. Word passed Continue reading Inspection | 8 July 1915

Henry Pedris | Chantilly Conference | 7 July 1915

Henry Pedris Henry Pedris has been found guilty by FGCM and sentenced to death. That sentence has also been confirmed by General Malcolm, the local Continue reading Henry Pedris | Chantilly Conference | 7 July 1915

Sir Bryan Mahon | Buggins’ turn | 03 July 1915

Kenneth Best Kenneth Best has some new arrivals to talk to. New Brigade of Jocks arriving, most in kilts. They look a sturdy, cheerful lot, Continue reading Sir Bryan Mahon | Buggins’ turn | 03 July 1915

JRR Tolkien | 28 Jun 1915

This post deals with most of what happened on the 28th, except the beginning of the Battle of Gully Ravine. That’s covered in this separate Continue reading JRR Tolkien | 28 Jun 1915

Malazgirt | 26 Jun 1915

Back to the Caucasus today. It’s not been quiet, as such; it’s just been full of large bodies of men concentrating, provisioning themselves, and then Continue reading Malazgirt | 26 Jun 1915