Chinese Labour Corps | 23 Aug 1916

Chinese Labour Corps The story of hired Chinese labourers in the war is about to officially begin. The French government has spent the better part Continue reading Chinese Labour Corps | 23 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

Africa | Longueval | 27 Jul 1916

Africa The Prime Minister of South Africa, Louis Botha, has just arrived in German East Africa to find out first-hand why his crony Smuts’s grandiose Continue reading Africa | Longueval | 27 Jul 1916

Fort Souville | Contalmaison | 11 Jul 1916

Battle of Verdun Time to assault Verdun again. Let’s have the map for this. This is just about the last German throw of the dice. Continue reading Fort Souville | Contalmaison | 11 Jul 1916

Revolvers | Parapets | 25 Jun 1916

Battle of Verdun The French are now trying to get some counter-attacks going to push the Germans out of Thiaumont and Fleury, and away from Continue reading Revolvers | Parapets | 25 Jun 1916

Guns on the Somme | 24 Jun 1916

One man and his throne Signaller Dudley Menaud-Lissenberg is a telephone operator with a British artillery battery on the Somme. It’s early morning, miserable and Continue reading Guns on the Somme | 24 Jun 1916

Intelligence on the Somme | 22 July 1916

Battle of the Somme Once again, let’s start today with Malcolm White. All up and down the sector, the battalions who will be attacking in Continue reading Intelligence on the Somme | 22 July 1916

Madness at Asiago | 16 Jun 1916

Battle of Asiago The writing has been on the wall for rather a while now concerning the Battle of Asiago. Today Conrad von Hotzendorf does Continue reading Madness at Asiago | 16 Jun 1916

Brusilov Offensive | Sunny Subaltern | 6 Jun 1916

Brusilov Offensive The scale and design of the Brusilov Offensive is such that it only needs one relatively small success, quickly reinforced, to put the Continue reading Brusilov Offensive | Sunny Subaltern | 6 Jun 1916

Arsiero | Decimation | Italy | 27 May 1916

Battle of Asiago Picking up from yesterday. Arsiero has fallen, Asiago is about to go the same way. General Cadorna believes that the men are Continue reading Arsiero | Decimation | Italy | 27 May 1916

Strategic bombing | 25 May 1916

Strategic bombing It’s a big day in the development of aerial warfare. We’re having rather a lot of those, aren’t we? This one comes from Continue reading Strategic bombing | 25 May 1916

Fort Douaumont | Kondoa reinforced | 24 May 1916

Battle of Verdun Yesterday, General Mangin had egg on his face after prematurely declaring that Fort Douaumont had been recaptured for France. Today, the German Continue reading Fort Douaumont | Kondoa reinforced | 24 May 1916

Planning the Brusilov Offensive | 18 May 1916

Brusilov Offensive Right, time now to return to the oft-neglected (on this blog; once again I’ll tell the story properly for the book) Eastern Front. Continue reading Planning the Brusilov Offensive | 18 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

Battle of Asiago | 15 May 1916

Battle of Asiago Right then. Time for Conrad von Hotzendorf to prove, once and for all, that his armies are totally capable of fighting on Continue reading Battle of Asiago | 15 May 1916

Chinese labourers | Kondoa | 14 May 1916

Chinese labourers We open today with some very interesting news from France. Unsurprisingly, with the voracious demand for men to go into the Army, there’s Continue reading Chinese labourers | Kondoa | 14 May 1916

Lafayette Escadrille | 13 May 1916

Lafayette Escadrille The Lafayette Escadrille takes its first official combat flight today, over the Vosges front. James McConnell has published a combined memoir and collection Continue reading Lafayette Escadrille | 13 May 1916

Kondoa and Kigoma | 12 May 1916

Battle of Kondoa As Colonel von Lettow-Vorbeck continues dithering, the South Africans send out a couple of raiding parties to see what they can find. Continue reading Kondoa and Kigoma | 12 May 1916

Blunder at Kondoa | 10 May 1916

Battle of Kondoa The sun rises over Kondoa Irangi. Anyone know if there’s a word that means the exact opposite of “a pretty sight”? That’s Continue reading Blunder at Kondoa | 10 May 1916

Battle of Kondoa | 7 May 1916

Battle of Kondoa Colonel von Lettow-Vorbeck has now gathered over 4,000 Schutztruppe, and (by theatre standards) plenty of artillery pieces, machine guns, and ammunition. On Continue reading Battle of Kondoa | 7 May 1916

Smuts | Kondoa | 4 May 1916

Smuts and Kondoa Just about the only news today is from Kondoa Irangi, where General Smuts has gone forward to see how utterly terrible things Continue reading Smuts | Kondoa | 4 May 1916

Wulverghem | Supplies to Russia | 30 Apr 1916

Gas at Wulverghem There’s been another German gas attack on the Western Front, this one at Wulverghem, just south of Ypres. (It’s close enough to Continue reading Wulverghem | Supplies to Russia | 30 Apr 1916

Kut | Trebizond | 18 Apr 1916

Siege of Kut There’s now absolutely no chance for success if the relief column tries to attack out of Bait Isa towards Es Sinn. But, Continue reading Kut | Trebizond | 18 Apr 1916

Kondoa | Bait Isa | Air doctrine | 17 Apr 1916

March to Kondoa From Africa we have news from General van Deventer and the South African Horse. Most of it is not good. On the Continue reading Kondoa | Bait Isa | Air doctrine | 17 Apr 1916

Indian engineers | HMS Campania | 12 Apr 1916

Africa General van Deventer’s altitude is increasing as he and his horsemen ride through Tanzania. Today they’ve arrived at a boma, a fortified village with Continue reading Indian engineers | HMS Campania | 12 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

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

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

March to Kondoa | Plans for the Somme | 3 Apr 1916

March to Kondoa General van Deventer can wait no longer for his 2nd Division to finish forming up. Time is of the essence here. They Continue reading March to Kondoa | Plans for the Somme | 3 Apr 1916