Kigi | Joffre’s position | 20 Aug 1916

Joffre’s hopes General Joffre has been bombarding General Haig with requests to launch a major offensive almost night and day since Haig’s little dinner joke Continue reading Kigi | Joffre’s position | 20 Aug 1916

Albatros | Nieuport | SPAD | 13 Aug 1916

Battle of Bitlis About a week too late, Mustafa Kemal’s corps has finally been given permission to get into the Endres Valley. Having done so, Continue reading Albatros | Nieuport | SPAD | 13 Aug 1916

Sixth Isonzo | Gorizia | 8 Aug 1916

Sixth Isonzo Hopefully you’re not still chewing on your knuckles from yesterday. The irony here really is painful. The Italian Army has spent a long, Continue reading Sixth Isonzo | Gorizia | 8 Aug 1916

Pozieres Windmill | 29 Jul 1916

Pozieres windmill Between the ANZACs and Pozieres windmill, there is a very nasty interconnected trench system with two main fire trenches. The staff knows them Continue reading Pozieres Windmill | 29 Jul 1916

General Gough | ANZACs | 28 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme In Pozieres, the battered and bruised 1st Australian Division is being removed from the line and replaced with fellow Gallipoli veterans Continue reading General Gough | ANZACs | 28 Jul 1916

Delville Wood | Longueval | 26 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme General Rawlinson is not particularly happy at the moment, having presided over a gigantic wet fart of an offensive on the Continue reading Delville Wood | Longueval | 26 Jul 1916

Mission creep | Somme | 21 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme I’ve been so caught up in shouting at British generalship over the last week that I’ve almost completely ignored a major Continue reading Mission creep | Somme | 21 Jul 1916

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

Verdun and the Somme | Fromelles | 13 Jul 1916

Battle of Verdun The Battle of the Somme has now succeeded in one of its main objectives. Today General von Falkenhayn orders offensive operations to Continue reading Verdun and the Somme | Fromelles | 13 Jul 1916

German counter-attacks | 4 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme A huge rainstorm has blown in. Even if the BEF had been in position to launch a major attack on the Continue reading German counter-attacks | 4 Jul 1916

Bayburt | French infantry tactics | 20 Jun 1916

Offensives in Anatolia We begin today with a return to the Russo-Ottoman fighting on the Caucasus front. Quick recap: the Ottomans have sent significant reinforcements Continue reading Bayburt | French infantry tactics | 20 Jun 1916

Souville and Fleury | 11 Jun 1916

Battle of the Somme It seems that the final days of preparation for the Battle of the Somme are going to be plagued by Anglo-French Continue reading Souville and Fleury | 11 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

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

Fort Douaumont | Cancelled raids | 23 May 1916

Battle of Verdun The French attack on Fort Douaumont yesterday can’t possibly help but provoke a major counter-attack from the Germans. And it seems as Continue reading Fort Douaumont | Cancelled raids | 23 May 1916

Return to Fort Douaumont | 22 May 1916

Battle of Verdun So, time for the latest fruitless attempt to achieve something at the Battle of Verdun. And, with General Mangin in command, we Continue reading Return to Fort Douaumont | 22 May 1916

Ruanda | Mort Homme | 21 May 1916

Ruanda In 1916, Ruanda was a major province of German East Africa; today it’s independent as Rwanda. Incidentally, anyone ever heard of a vicious civil Continue reading Ruanda | Mort Homme | 21 May 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

The Cow of Beaumetz | 19 May 1916

Battle of Asiago There is an important tactical point to note about the Austro-Hungarian advance into the Asiago plateau. For all his offensiveness and shouting, Continue reading The Cow of Beaumetz | 19 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

Sykes-Picot Agreement | 16 May 1916

Sykes-Picot Agreement There is an argument to be made that May 16 1916 is in fact the most significant date of the entire war. All Continue reading Sykes-Picot Agreement | 16 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

Hill 304 | Verdun | 11 May 1916

Joffre and Petain You may recall a couple of days ago that General Petain recently used his new position as commander of Central Army Group Continue reading Hill 304 | Verdun | 11 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 | 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

Explosion at Fort Douaumont | Kiggell | 8 May 1916

Battle of Verdun Tough job deciding what to lead off with. But it’s got to be off to Verdun, where the Germans have been making Continue reading Explosion at Fort Douaumont | Kiggell | 8 May 1916