Haig and Rawlinson | 22 Aug 1916

Haig and Rawlinson It seems that the rule among the BEF’s high command at the moment is “if in doubt, shout at General Rawlinson”. While Continue reading Haig and Rawlinson | 22 Aug 1916

Eland | Florina | 19 Aug 1916

Battle of Doiran The Serbian Army has been forced to give up the town of Florina, near Lake Ostrovo. Happily for them, there happens to Continue reading Eland | Florina | 19 Aug 1916

Preparing for Flers-Courcelette | 15 Aug 1916

Battle of Flers-Courcelette Deep, long-suffering sigh. For reasons that we’ll get into in a moment, General Haig has decided that now is the time to Continue reading Preparing for Flers-Courcelette | 15 Aug 1916

Mouquet Farm | 14 Aug 1916

Mouquet Farm The march towards Mouquet Farm continues for the 4th Australian Division at the Battle of the Somme. They’ve almost done their job too Continue reading Mouquet Farm | 14 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

Haig’s joke | Flora Sandes | 12 Aug 1916

Battle of Romani Time to close up shop in Egypt for the forseeable future. The Ottomans have lost just about two-thirds of their force. General Continue reading Haig’s joke | Flora Sandes | 12 Aug 1916

Mouquet Farm | Contalmaison | 11 Aug 1916

Battle of the Somme Problem: To dislodge the Germans from Thiepval, Reserve Army needs to push north-west from Pozieres and threaten their rear. Just over Continue reading Mouquet Farm | Contalmaison | 11 Aug 1916

Joffre and Haig | Tanks | 10 Aug 1916

Sixth Isonzo The Italian Army is now, three days too late, pulling its collective finger out for a jolly good bash at the Austro-Hungarians’ reserve Continue reading Joffre and Haig | Tanks | 10 Aug 1916

Air bombing | First Doiran | 9 Aug 1916

Sixth Isonzo There is one area of war in which the Italians are unquestionably world leaders. This is in long-range bombing missions against the enemy’s Continue reading Air bombing | First Doiran | 9 Aug 1916

Gorizia | Sixth Isonzo | 7 Aug 1916

Sixth Isonzo Yesterday we had a rather odd concept to digest; there’s been a battle on the Isonzo and there is good news for the Continue reading Gorizia | Sixth Isonzo | 7 Aug 1916

Sixth Isonzo | Bir el Abd | 6 Aug 1916

Battle of the Somme It’s just about job done at Pozieres. All they need to do now is dig in. This morning the ANZACs finally Continue reading Sixth Isonzo | Bir el Abd | 6 Aug 1916

Bitlis | Romani | Verdun | 5 Aug 1916

Battle of Bitlis In the Caucasus we have rather a curate’s egg of a battle for the Ottomans. On paper, things are going quite well. Continue reading Bitlis | Romani | Verdun | 5 Aug 1916

Pozieres | Tabora | 3 Aug 1916

Pozieres We have some fighting worth speaking of at the Battle of the Somme. The BEF’s 36th Brigade is aiding us in our attempt to Continue reading Pozieres | Tabora | 3 Aug 1916

Taking stock | 31 July 1916

Battle of the Somme The Battle of the Somme is one month old. It’s been a long bloody month. I think I’ve said about all Continue reading Taking stock | 31 July 1916

Unexpected changes | Somme | 22 July 1916

I am going to try a little experiment today and format everything back to front, so we’ll start with the rear-area personal account and finish Continue reading Unexpected changes | Somme | 22 July 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

Battle of Fromelles | 19 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme Delville Wood has now been almost entirely recaptured by the Germans. A couple of hundred men of a single battalion are Continue reading Battle of Fromelles | 19 Jul 1916