61st Division | Fromelles | 18 Jul 1916

Delville Wood It has been calculated that about 20,000 German shells were fired into a square mile of ground today. The wood is disappearing around Continue reading 61st Division | Fromelles | 18 Jul 1916

Arab Revolt | Salandra’s fall | 10 Jun 1916

Italy and Asiago High drama in the recalled Italian parliament today. There’s been a series of fiery debates over whether the government or the army Continue reading Arab Revolt | Salandra’s fall | 10 Jun 1916

A day in the life of the artillery | 20 May 1916

Battle of Asiago The next order of business at the Battle of Asiago is to push through the Sugana valley to reach Asiago town, and Continue reading A day in the life of the artillery | 20 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

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

Frise | Rhodesia | 28 Jan 1916

Albania Austria-Hungary and Bulgaria are having a conference between friends to make sure there aren’t any unfortunate misunderstandings over the ultimate fate of Albania. Both Continue reading Frise | Rhodesia | 28 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

War at sea | Eastern Front | 12 Jan 1916

Eastern Front General Joffre isn’t the world’s biggest fan of the Salonika expedition. However, he’s a practical man. Not only does it still have the Continue reading War at sea | Eastern Front | 12 Jan 1916

Spicer-Simson | Somme | Dec 26 1915

Spicer-Simson Let us now return to Africa and Lake Tanganyika.  It’s been a miserable, spartan Christmas for Spicer-Simson and the men of his ridiculous expedition.  Continue reading Spicer-Simson | Somme | Dec 26 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

Lukuga | Lake Tanganyika | 24 Oct 1915

Mimi and Toutou The world’s most ridiculous military operation is at an end. The journey has been some 14,000-odd miles and four months long, from Continue reading Lukuga | Lake Tanganyika | 24 Oct 1915

Suits of armour | 22 Oct 1915

Third Isonzo At one point when discussing some of the attacks today, the Austro-Hungarian Official History describes the Italian gains on the Carso as “meagre”. Continue reading Suits of armour | 22 Oct 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

Lettow-schnapps | Half-pint | 31 Aug 1915

Africa There’s time for a moment’s introspection in Africa as things begin to settle into stasis. General Tighe is not very optimistic about prospects for Continue reading Lettow-schnapps | Half-pint | 31 Aug 1915

Africa in late 1915 | 3 Aug 1915

Herbert Sulzbach Herbert Sulzbach continues describing for us his new position at Evricourt. The trenches along the front are a model of how trenches should Continue reading Africa in late 1915 | 3 Aug 1915

Reed and Stopford | 26 July 1915

Mimi & Toutou The expedition which will, in one crew member’s words, “make Fiction look like Truth’s shabby sister” to bring Mimi and Toutou from Continue reading Reed and Stopford | 26 July 1915

Cortina | Mimi and Toutou | 29 May 1915

The Admiralty prepares for the most ridiculous military operation in the world, the Italian Army is just ridiculous, Kenneth Best is unhappy, and Louis Barthas Continue reading Cortina | Mimi and Toutou | 29 May 1915

Gorizia | Lake Tanganyika | 21 Apr 1915

There’s been a lot happening on the Western Front recently. Today is a day where we can pause for a moment and widen our horizons Continue reading Gorizia | Lake Tanganyika | 21 Apr 1915

Goetzen | 05 Feb 1915

We’re in Africa again today. Last month I promised ridiculosity in the struggle for Lake Tanganyika. Today sees the Germans’ opening bid; and it’s a Continue reading Goetzen | 05 Feb 1915

Lake Kivu | 15 Jan 1915

It’s an African day. About now, there’s a meeting between British and Belgian military representatives at Lake Kivu. (Today it’s on the border between DR Continue reading Lake Kivu | 15 Jan 1915

Battle of the Ardennes | 22 Aug 1914

Japan Japan officially declares war on the German Empire, and immediately the Royal Navy prepares to allow the Japanese to take over operations at Tsingtao, Continue reading Battle of the Ardennes | 22 Aug 1914