Goldilocks mining | 19 Sep 1915

Mining As we’ve already seen, the ground under the Western Front is seething with mines and counter-mines as underground warfare continues to be an integral Continue reading Goldilocks mining | 19 Sep 1915

Neuve Chapelle | 09 Mar 1915

Eighteen hours to go until the start of the Battle of Neuve Chapelle. The heavy artillery is just arriving, right in the very nick of Continue reading Neuve Chapelle | 09 Mar 1915

Umba Valley | Givenchy | 19 Dec 1914

First Artois continues to no great effect; tomorrow the French Army is going to launch their offensive in Champagne. Meanwhile, developments in Africa, in the Continue reading Umba Valley | Givenchy | 19 Dec 1914

Artois | 18 Dec 1914

We’ll rejoin the Western Front and the First Battle of Artois in a moment; but first, off to Koprukoy to check in with the Ottomans’ Continue reading Artois | 18 Dec 1914

Reinforcement | 15 Nov 1914

8th Division has arrived in strength; the horrific weather in Flanders continues, and the Germans are showing less and less willing to keep attacking with Continue reading Reinforcement | 15 Nov 1914

Hollebeke | 08 Nov 1914

Again denied useful intelligence by the atrocious weather, the Germans are still poking at various parts of the Ypres salient from Pilckem to Hollebeke, to Continue reading Hollebeke | 08 Nov 1914

Neuve Chapelle | 27 Oct 1914

“The situation at Neuve Chapelle, when morning dawned, was most unsatisfactory.” Once again Edmonds, the British official historian, shows a fine command of understatement. Neuve Continue reading Neuve Chapelle | 27 Oct 1914

Poelcappelle | 26 Oct 1914

Spirits are still high among the Allied commanders today. The French renew their attacks at Poelcappelle, north of Ypres; to the south, those dastardly Boches Continue reading Poelcappelle | 26 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

Engineers | 23 Oct 1914

Today is a day of heavy fighting, but also a day of military engineers. There may be a lot of fighting going on, but unlike Continue reading Engineers | 23 Oct 1914

Langemarck | 22 Oct 1914

Another day in Flanders.  It’s now obvious to all that the German High Command has gone round headquarters with a set of tools, removed all Continue reading Langemarck | 22 Oct 1914

Ypres Salient | 21 Oct 1914

The German attacks in Flanders continue winding up. How much longer can the line hold in the face of it? Ypres 7th Division has received Continue reading Ypres Salient | 21 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

Menin | 18 Oct 1914

Flanders inches ever-closer to its fate.  German advance guards arrive in Roulers and Menin. 7th Division gets its orders. German infantry engages the Belgians all Continue reading Menin | 18 Oct 1914

Texel | 17 Oct 1914

The situation in Flanders is just about to reach boiling point, the Germans make an important decision in Poland, and there’s plenty of action at Continue reading Texel | 17 Oct 1914

Yser | 16 Oct 1914

It’s a big day in Flanders.  The Allies make several important gains, and the Germans begin their advance against the Belgian last-ditch positions on the Continue reading Yser | 16 Oct 1914

La Bassee | Armentieres | 15 Oct 1914

The “Race to the Sea” ends (good, I hate that phrase), more steady advancement at La Bassee and Armentieres, and the clusterfuck at the Vistula Continue reading La Bassee | Armentieres | 15 Oct 1914

Ypres | 14 Oct 1914

The offensive spreads northwards, and the BEF marches into Ypres for the first time. Ypres In British memory, the Somme probably stands alone for outright Continue reading Ypres | 14 Oct 1914

Armentieres | 13 Oct 1914

The Battle of Armentieres opens, and the 7th Division is on the march again. Armentieres One of the enduring questions of the Western Front is Continue reading Armentieres | 13 Oct 1914

Givenchy | 12 Oct 1914

The Allies open the Battle of La Bassee at Givenchy, Sir John French moves house again, and the Boers are revolting. Givenchy The BEF is Continue reading Givenchy | 12 Oct 1914