First day on the Somme | 1 July 1916

On the signal, company will advance! First day on the Somme In the British imagination, 1st July 1916 looms over the rest of the First Continue reading First day on the Somme | 1 July 1916

Footballs on the Somme | 29 Jun 1916

Battle of the Somme This, of course, should have been Z Day, but due to the bad weather, Z Day’s been put back to the Continue reading Footballs on the Somme | 29 Jun 1916

Rain and raids | 28 Jun 1916

“Y” Day on the Somme Just as most of the BEF’s part of the Western Front has been delivering intense artillery bombardments to disguise the Continue reading Rain and raids | 28 Jun 1916

Somme postponed | 26 Jun 1916

Battle of the Somme The weather has turned nasty over the Somme battlefields. Heavy summer rains are starting to blow in from the south, and Continue reading Somme postponed | 26 Jun 1916

Revolvers | Parapets | 25 Jun 1916

Battle of Verdun The French are now trying to get some counter-attacks going to push the Germans out of Thiaumont and Fleury, and away from Continue reading Revolvers | Parapets | 25 Jun 1916

Guns on the Somme | 24 Jun 1916

One man and his throne Signaller Dudley Menaud-Lissenberg is a telephone operator with a British artillery battery on the Somme. It’s early morning, miserable and Continue reading Guns on the Somme | 24 Jun 1916

Fleury | Bras | Souville | 23 Jun 1916

Battle of Verdun Here we go again. It’s time once more for the Germans to move hell and high water outside Verdun. The map again. Continue reading Fleury | Bras | Souville | 23 Jun 1916

Intelligence on the Somme | 22 July 1916

Battle of the Somme Once again, let’s start today with Malcolm White. All up and down the sector, the battalions who will be attacking in Continue reading Intelligence on the Somme | 22 July 1916

Serre | Beaumont Hamel | 21 Jun 1916

Battle of the Somme There are eight days to go until the Battle of the Somme. Today sees Lieutenant Malcolm White’s final day of hard Continue reading Serre | Beaumont Hamel | 21 Jun 1916

Deception | Flying Elephant | 19 Jun 1916

Deception on the Somme There are ten days to go until Z Day at the Battle of the Somme. We’ve seen the BEF and French Continue reading Deception | Flying Elephant | 19 Jun 1916

Madness at Asiago | 16 Jun 1916

Battle of Asiago The writing has been on the wall for rather a while now concerning the Battle of Asiago. Today Conrad von Hotzendorf does Continue reading Madness at Asiago | 16 Jun 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

Suez Canal | The air war | 8 Jun 1916

Suez Canal Over the past week or so, we’ve been hearing news from correspondent Oskar Teichman about an Ottoman buildup at El Arish to oppose Continue reading Suez Canal | The air war | 8 Jun 1916

Battle of Jutland | Fort Vaux | 1 June 1916

Battle of Jutland Very, very quick recap. Ships of the High Seas Fleet and Grand Fleet fired on each other in anger yesterday, for the Continue reading Battle of Jutland | Fort Vaux | 1 June 1916

Decimation | Cadorna | Asiago | 26 May 1916

Battle of Asiago Let us begin with an update from the actual fighting at the Battle of Asiago. It’s still pretty much unmitigated bad news Continue reading Decimation | Cadorna | Asiago | 26 May 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 | 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

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

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

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

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

Smuts | Kondoa | 4 May 1916

Smuts and Kondoa Just about the only news today is from Kondoa Irangi, where General Smuts has gone forward to see how utterly terrible things Continue reading Smuts | Kondoa | 4 May 1916

Ruanda | Air tactics | 3 May 1916

Africa We’ve got a significant development in the very north-west of German East Africa. The Belgians! The Belgians are coming! Said nobody in the history Continue reading Ruanda | Air tactics | 3 May 1916

Unconditional surrender | Lt-Col Churchill | 28 Apr 1916

Siege of Kut Let’s go straight to Edward Mousley. It’s been an extremely busy day, and I feel I owe it to him to let Continue reading Unconditional surrender | Lt-Col Churchill | 28 Apr 1916

Tank delivery | James McConnell | 26 Apr 1916

Tanks for the Somme The story of tanks on the Somme takes a considerable lurch to the left today. Regardless of what Colonel Swinton told Continue reading Tank delivery | James McConnell | 26 Apr 1916

Rain at Kondoa | Daily Mailed | 23 Apr 1916

Rain at Kondoa In Africa, the penny is beginning to drop for General van Deventer quite how foolhardy he’s been in leading the march to Continue reading Rain at Kondoa | Daily Mailed | 23 Apr 1916

Bait Isa | Luxueil | 16 Apr 1916

Battle of Bait Isa Good news from Mesopotamia! For one thing, the rain’s stopped for the moment. And, after some very confused, very wet, very Continue reading Bait Isa | Luxueil | 16 Apr 1916

Rations at Kut | SS Sussex | 11 Apr 1916

Siege of Kut The siege continues. The garrison, and Edward Mousley, has just had bad news. Two paramount budgets of especial interest and importance reached Continue reading Rations at Kut | SS Sussex | 11 Apr 1916

Verdun again | Halberstadt | 9 Apr 1916

Battle of Verdun Here we go again. With carefully moderated expectations, the Germans launch yet another punishing assault along the two banks of the River Continue reading Verdun again | Halberstadt | 9 Apr 1916

Kondoa Irangi | Rawlinson & Haig | 8 Apr 1916

March to Kondoa The South Africans’ march to Kondoa continues with all speed possible, but Colonel von Lettow-Vorbeck has been thinking hard, and his own Continue reading Kondoa Irangi | Rawlinson & Haig | 8 Apr 1916