Explosion at Fort Douaumont | Kiggell | 8 May 1916

Battle of Verdun Tough job deciding what to lead off with. But it’s got to be off to Verdun, where the Germans have been making Continue reading Explosion at Fort Douaumont | Kiggell | 8 May 1916

Battle of Es Sinn | 28 Sep 1915

Let’s try to break out from the Western Front a little, shall we? The other theatres of the war have obligingly kept quiet these past Continue reading Battle of Es Sinn | 28 Sep 1915

The eve of battle | 24 Sep 1915

Third Artois With just 24 hours until the great autumn offensive on the Western Front, you may recall that the weather has broken and it’s Continue reading The eve of battle | 24 Sep 1915

Graffiti & wine | 3 Sep 1915

Life in reserve The 12th Northumberland Fusiliers, a Kitchener’s Army battalion, is recently arrived in France. 1916 and the Battle of the Somme is usually Continue reading Graffiti & wine | 3 Sep 1915

Liberation of Chunuk Bair | 10 Aug 1915

Today’s fluff that jerks the curtain for the main event at Gallipoli is the squabbling generals on the Western Front. Battle of Loos More clashes Continue reading Liberation of Chunuk Bair | 10 Aug 1915

Tekke Tepe | 9 Aug 1915

Once again we have a couple of miscellaneous events to sweep up before returning the hell that they call Suvla Bay. Defence of Verdun General Continue reading Tekke Tepe | 9 Aug 1915

Capture of Chunuk Bair | 8 Aug 1915

There’s a couple of things to round up before we get stuck into the shambles at Gallipoli again. And, whisper it gently, but we’ve actually Continue reading Capture of Chunuk Bair | 8 Aug 1915

Haig gets it right | 29 July 1915

Battle of Malazgirt The Russian Army is evacuating Van. Some will retreat to the Eleskirt Valley, and others will head for Persia instead. The vast Continue reading Haig gets it right | 29 July 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

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

Flamethrower | 7 Jun 1915

At Second Artois, Louis Barthas gets attacked by a horrific new weapon. There’s also an update from Herbert Sulzbach, and an important decision is taken Continue reading Flamethrower | 7 Jun 1915

Les Eparges | 06 Apr 1915

Let’s see what the French managed to achieve yesterday at Les Eparges, shall we? Elsewhere, the German Sapper continues trying not to die, the Friendly Continue reading Les Eparges | 06 Apr 1915

Givenchy | 21 Dec 1914

It’s mostly another “more of the same” day. The French Army continues flinging itself on the German guns. Enver Pasha’s cunning plan is about to Continue reading Givenchy | 21 Dec 1914

Desertion | 02 Dec 1914

The lull in major events continues.  We’ll have a quick dekko at the general situation on the Eastern Front, and then go on to talk Continue reading Desertion | 02 Dec 1914

Kitchener’s Army | 6 Aug 1914

Serbia Austria-Hungary has nearly finished deploying forces along the River Drina, which marks the Serbian border. They’re going to hold in position briefly to guard Continue reading Kitchener’s Army | 6 Aug 1914