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

Longido | Tanzania | 22 Jan 1916

Longido Back to Africa today. General Smith-Dorrien is planning a major assault on German East Africa. His goal is nothing less than to entirely destroy Continue reading Longido | Tanzania | 22 Jan 1916

Mother | Hanna | 20 Jan 1916

Battle of the Somme Today General Joffre pays one of his little visits to General Haig at GHQ in St Omer. You may recall that Continue reading Mother | Hanna | 20 Jan 1916

Hanna chokepoint | Dubail | 19 Jan 1916

Mesopotamia Robert Palmer has something positive to report at last. He’s moving! I write while humming Here Comes The Sun. Sun at last; first fine Continue reading Hanna chokepoint | Dubail | 19 Jan 1916

Marie | Nixon | 16 Jan 1916

Marie We open today with the news that, since Moewe did such a good job slipping the Blockade of Germany, the German Navy is now Continue reading Marie | Nixon | 16 Jan 1916

Kozincan-dag | 14 Jan 1916

Erzurum Offensive Yesterday we had a nice bit of tension going. General Yudenich’s slightly complicated plan is working, so far. The Ottomans have committed their Continue reading Kozincan-dag | 14 Jan 1916

Chantilly | Joffre | 6 Dec 1915

Chantilly Conference Time for the Chantilly Conference: an excuse for some very dignified men to have several gluttonous lunches with General Joffre, the premier gourmand Continue reading Chantilly | Joffre | 6 Dec 1915

Defences of Kut | 5 Dec 1915

Mesopotamia So with General Townshend apparently determined to stand at Kut-al-Amara, and with all kinds of PONTIs* and assorted paperclip-counters scuttling away from the town Continue reading Defences of Kut | 5 Dec 1915

Calais Conference | Gallipoli | 4 Dec 1915

Calais Conference It’s a French-British military conference. And it’s at Calais. The primary issue here is of course the Mediterranean, where there are, ahem, some Continue reading Calais Conference | Gallipoli | 4 Dec 1915

Falkenhayn | Belfort | Verdun | 3 Dec 1915

German strategy General von Falkenhayn’s determination to somehow take the initiative on the Western Front with a really, really big battle continues apace. As mentioned Continue reading Falkenhayn | Belfort | Verdun | 3 Dec 1915

Lukuga | Greece | 2 Dec 1915

Quick note: the gap back to the 28th should be filled in by tomorrow. It’s been a busy week. Anyway. Lukuga Back to Lake Tanganyika! Continue reading Lukuga | Greece | 2 Dec 1915

Firefly | Comet | Tigris | 1 Dec 1915

Retreat from Ctesiphon It’s rearguard action day on the Retreat from Ctesiphon, as General Townshend is obliged to turn about and do something to stop Continue reading Firefly | Comet | Tigris | 1 Dec 1915

Shaitan | Fourth Isonzo | 29 Nov 1915

Retreat from Ctesiphon General Townshend is determined to preserve his regatta, and so sends out his cavalry to clear the local Arab snipers from around Continue reading Shaitan | Fourth Isonzo | 29 Nov 1915

Shaitan | 28 Nov 1915

Retreat from Ctesiphon It’s a Good News/Bad News day for General Townshend, on the retreat from Ctesiphon. The good news is that his blokes have Continue reading Shaitan | 28 Nov 1915

Senussi Campaign | 25 Nov 1915

Senussi Campaign Let’s begin today by looking at something I’ve been shoving onto the back burner for the last little while for lack of space. Continue reading Senussi Campaign | 25 Nov 1915

Fog of war | Ctesiphon | 24 Nov 1915

Fog of war at the Battle of Ctesiphon Today at the Battle of Ctesiphon provides an excellent example of how critical it is to remember Continue reading Fog of war | Ctesiphon | 24 Nov 1915

Churchill | Ctesiphon | Isonzo | 15 Nov 1915

Mesopotamia The final advance on Ctesiphon and Baghdad has now begun. General Townshend’s force is proceeding up the River Tigris in cautious leapfrogs. He has Continue reading Churchill | Ctesiphon | Isonzo | 15 Nov 1915

Baghdad | 4 October 1915

Mesopotamia In the wake of capturing Kut-al-Amara, General Nixon would dearly love to push on towards Baghdad as soon as possible. General Townshend has already Continue reading Baghdad | 4 October 1915

Sir John French | Blame | 29 Sep 1915

Battle of Loos With the Germans turning up the pressure on the Hohenzollern Redoubt higher and higher, General Haig has his eyes firmly on the Continue reading Sir John French | Blame | 29 Sep 1915

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

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

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

Alpine war | 27 July 1915

Siege of Saisi The Siege of Saisi continues, with infantry raids now supporting the artillery duel. A 320-strong relief force is on its way, most Continue reading Alpine war | 27 July 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

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