Bazentin Ridge | Mwanza | 14 Jul 1916

Mwanza Back to Africa today, where the Force Publique gets well and truly stuck into Major Wintgens’s defensive positions outside Mwanza, on Lake Victoria. The Continue reading Bazentin Ridge | Mwanza | 14 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

Mine-laying submarines | Fort Vaux | 29 May 1916

Battle of Jutland Decision day for Admiral Scheer. For the full implications of the decision he must make today, skip back to yesterday. It’s a Continue reading Mine-laying submarines | Fort Vaux | 29 May 1916

Vehip and Izzet | 20 Apr 1916

Still too busy for my own good right now. Today, though, we have lots of little snippets to be catching up with. Siege of Kut Continue reading Vehip and Izzet | 20 Apr 1916

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

Tekke Tepe | 9 Aug 1915

Once again we have a couple of miscellaneous events to sweep up before returning the hell that they call Suvla Bay. Defence of Verdun General Continue reading Tekke Tepe | 9 Aug 1915

General Hunter-Weston | 20 Jul 1915

Second Isonzo The grand old Duke of Aosta has succeeded in marching his ten thousand men to the top of the hill. (Well, after disease Continue reading General Hunter-Weston | 20 Jul 1915

Triumph | Shell Crisis | 25 May 1915

The word “Triumph” in that title does not, sadly, refer to any kind of victory. Before we can decode that, it’s to Artois and London Continue reading Triumph | Shell Crisis | 25 May 1915

Vimy | 02 Apr 1915

Today we’re going to do the “In April 1915…” round-up of news without a specific date. The planning for Second Artois is also beginning to Continue reading Vimy | 02 Apr 1915

Trench newspapers | 01 Apr 1915

The first of a new month is always a busy day. We’re looking in detail at trench newspapers, but first we’re going to check in Continue reading Trench newspapers | 01 Apr 1915

Dalmatia | 20 Mar 1915

The senior officers at the Dardanelles are becalmed in their cabins as the storm rages outside their portholes. The Entente sends an official response to Continue reading Dalmatia | 20 Mar 1915

Admiral Carden | 15 Mar 1915

We’re down in the Dardanelles today. Active operations are on temporary hold, but there’s still plenty going on. Forcing of the Dardanelles To begin with, Continue reading Admiral Carden | 15 Mar 1915

Enver and the Armenians | 25 Feb 1915

With the weather finally clear, the Royal Navy (and their French mates) are finally able to start bombarding the Dardanelles again. Meanwhile, Enver Pasha is Continue reading Enver and the Armenians | 25 Feb 1915

Battle of Dogger Bank | 24 Jan 1915

So, to recap from yesterday; the German Navy thinks that the British fishing fleet is spying on them. They’re sending a raiding group to the Continue reading Battle of Dogger Bank | 24 Jan 1915

Falklands | 08 Dec 1914

Quiet period of the war, my arse. There’s far too many treatments of it that would have you believe that the only thing of any Continue reading Falklands | 08 Dec 1914

Masurian Lakes | Marne | 8 Sep 1914

For once, this is a day when nothing new happens. It’s just a question of everything that’s been happening, continues to happen. We’ll go to Continue reading Masurian Lakes | Marne | 8 Sep 1914

Grand Couronne | Marne | 4 Sep 1914

The Great Retreat ends today. But, before we can turn to the Marne, there’s an important offensive somewhere else to be talked about. Grand Couronne Continue reading Grand Couronne | Marne | 4 Sep 1914

St Quentin | 29 August 1914

A French offensive at St Quentin is our focus today; and there’s also big wins and losses for both sides in the East. Let’s get Continue reading St Quentin | 29 August 1914

Tannenberg | Etreux | 27 August 1914

Today, a well-known battle in the East (Tannenberg), a lesser-known one in the West (Etreux), and plenty else besides. Tannenberg Today is the crucial day Continue reading Tannenberg | Etreux | 27 August 1914

The Schlieffen Plan? | 10 Aug 1914

The Schlieffen Plan? Right. Let’s buckle in. Let’s discuss whatever the hell it is the Germans think they’re trying to do. This will take a Continue reading The Schlieffen Plan? | 10 Aug 1914

Kitchener’s Army | 6 Aug 1914

Serbia Austria-Hungary has nearly finished deploying forces along the River Drina, which marks the Serbian border. They’re going to hold in position briefly to guard Continue reading Kitchener’s Army | 6 Aug 1914

The war begins | 5 Aug 1914

Lord Kitchener Britain needs a War Secretary. A hundred years ago, governments were a lot less squeamish about what armies were for. Everyone has War Continue reading The war begins | 5 Aug 1914

The Blank Cheque | 06 Jul 1914

The Kaiser is persuaded to return to his sailing holiday today, as Germany assures Austria-Hungary of its support. The meeting The events of yesterday are Continue reading The Blank Cheque | 06 Jul 1914

Assassination of Franz Ferdinand | 28 Jun 1914

It’s only fitting that the trigger for the crisis that launched the First World War should happen in such a bloody stupid way. The chain Continue reading Assassination of Franz Ferdinand | 28 Jun 1914