Lord Kitchener | Brusilov Offensive | 5 Jun 1916

Brusilov Offensive The Entente’s summer offensive is finally underway. We’ve been building up to this for at least six months. There have been a couple Continue reading Lord Kitchener | Brusilov Offensive | 5 Jun 1916

Brusilov Overture | Fort Vaux | 4 Jun 1916

Brusilov Offensive The great summer offensive plays its overture today. Today is given over entirely to artillery barrages. The Austro-Hungarian generals remain unconcerned; if this Continue reading Brusilov Overture | Fort Vaux | 4 Jun 1916

Battle of Kondoa | 9 May 1916

Battle of Kondoa Today should just be a formality. Sure, we’ve seen a load of different times in this theatre when a numerically superior force Continue reading Battle of Kondoa | 9 May 1916

Ructions in Paris | Lafayette Escadrille | 28 Mar 1916

Fun and games in Paris So, that conference I mentioned the other day? Colonel Hankey, secretary to the British War Committee, would dearly like you Continue reading Ructions in Paris | Lafayette Escadrille | 28 Mar 1916

Battle of Latema Nek | Winning by accident | 12 Mar 1916

Battle of Latema Nek How many times have I talked already about moments when tragedy turns to farce? Ye gods, how many times in the Continue reading Battle of Latema Nek | Winning by accident | 12 Mar 1916

Waiting at Verdun | Plumer and the Bluff | 18 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun There shall be no battle here. Today, at least. It’s still raining. With a few long-suffering Teutonic sighs, the offensive is put Continue reading Waiting at Verdun | Plumer and the Bluff | 18 Feb 1916

Mother | L19 | 2 Feb 1916

Mother It’s time for the official trial of Mother, the British tank prototype, attended by the great and the good. This being the case, the Continue reading Mother | L19 | 2 Feb 1916

Wully Robertson | CIGS | 23 Dec 1915

Today, General Sir William Robertson, usually known by “Wully”, takes up his new role as the head of the British Army.  It’s hard to underestimate Continue reading Wully Robertson | CIGS | 23 Dec 1915

Retreat from Serbia | Ctesiphon | 23 Nov 1915

Retreat from Serbia General Sarrail gives the order and initiates his force’s retreat back to Salonika. It’s been in Serbian-held territory for about a month Continue reading Retreat from Serbia | Ctesiphon | 23 Nov 1915

Battle of Ctesiphon | 22 Nov 1915

Battle of Ctesiphon As often happens with these kinds of things, the (spoilers) impending and slow-unfolding military disaster in Mesopotamia caught rather a lot of Continue reading Battle of Ctesiphon | 22 Nov 1915

Gorizia | Kitchener | Falkenhayn | 18 Nov 1915

Fourth Isonzo As I mentioned a few days ago, the good news is that General Cadorna is now going to alter some of his methods. Continue reading Gorizia | Kitchener | Falkenhayn | 18 Nov 1915

Walking shapes of mud | 17 Nov 1915

Fourth Isonzo General Luigi Capello is not a very nice man. He’s the corps commander whose current area of responsibility is Gorizia. He’s been promoted Continue reading Walking shapes of mud | 17 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

Fourth Isonzo | Mitrovica | 11 Nov 1915

Fourth Isonzo Once more unto the breach, dear friends. Once more, or close the wall up with Italian dead. General Cadorna has at least restricted Continue reading Fourth Isonzo | Mitrovica | 11 Nov 1915

Californian | 9 Nov 1915

SS Californian You may be familiar with the Californian if you’ve ever looked into the Titanic disaster in any detail. Californian was the passenger liner Continue reading Californian | 9 Nov 1915

Wully Robertson | 8 Nov 1915

Wully Robertson General Robertson is now making his play for high office. A paper written by himself (and, uncredited, his subordinate and friend General Frederick Continue reading Wully Robertson | 8 Nov 1915

Lemon’s Wheel | 6 Nov 1915

Gallipoli Lord Kitchener’s farcical journey to Gallipoli continues. Admiral Keyes has failed to make it to Marseilles in time to take ship with him. It Continue reading Lemon’s Wheel | 6 Nov 1915

Isonzo goes ever on and on | 5 Nov 1915

Third Isonzo The battle has been suspended. Time to pick up the pieces. That first of all means looking at the casualties. For the Italians, Continue reading Isonzo goes ever on and on | 5 Nov 1915

The end of Third Isonzo | 4 Nov 1915

Third Isonzo The already-ridiculous rainfall continues with even greater intensity, and now the writing’s on the wall for the battle. Any hope of an Italian Continue reading The end of Third Isonzo | 4 Nov 1915

War Committee | 3 Nov 1915

The British government and Gallipoli The British government hocks up a giant hairball and attempts to do something to assert a little control over the Continue reading War Committee | 3 Nov 1915

Vranje | Sir Ian Hamilton | 16 Oct 1915

Serbia The weather has calmed itself a little, and the northern German/Austro-Hungarian offensive continues making slow, steady progress, never pausing for enough time to allow Continue reading Vranje | Sir Ian Hamilton | 16 Oct 1915

The end at Loos | 13 Oct 1915

Farce of Loos I refuse to call this a battle. As I may have mentioned before, a battle is something that you have at least Continue reading The end at Loos | 13 Oct 1915

Skopje | Constantine I | 5 Oct 1915

It’s all going off today. With what’s obviously a major British-French landing at Salonika in progress, King Constantine I of Greece uses his reserve powers Continue reading Skopje | Constantine I | 5 Oct 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

Bulgaria, Greece, rain | 23 Sep 1915

The wind and the rain, it raineth every day The weather breaks in northern France. The entire front from Flanders to Picardy is deluged by Continue reading Bulgaria, Greece, rain | 23 Sep 1915

Preliminary bombardment | 21 Sep 1915

Offensive on the Western Front All up and down the great front, British and French guns are opening up on the enemy. Second Champagne, Third Continue reading Preliminary bombardment | 21 Sep 1915

British gas | 18 Sep 1915

Good Honest British Gas If nothing else, that title should do wonders for capturing people who are trying to find out about utility companies. Ahem. Continue reading British gas | 18 Sep 1915