Negotiating for Kut | Hulluch | 27 Apr 1916

Siege of Kut Today General Townshend attempts to open negotiations for his surrender. I say “attempts” advisedly, since he spends a great deal of time Continue reading Negotiating for Kut | Hulluch | 27 Apr 1916

Miracle at Hanna | 5 Apr 1916

Hanna chokepoint Yesterday, we left General Gorringe’s men at the Hanna chokepoint. They’re from the 13th (Western) Division, Kitchener’s Army men who’ve already survived Gallipoli Continue reading Miracle at Hanna | 5 Apr 1916

Tanzania | Ceyhan | 2 Apr 1916

Africa On the eve of General van Deventer’s departure on the long journey to Kondoa Irangi, General Smuts’s morale remains high. It’s so high, in Continue reading Tanzania | Ceyhan | 2 Apr 1916

Vaux | Souville | Baratov | 1 Apr 1916

Battle of Verdun The German Fifth Army has begun to focus large amounts of artillery fire on Fort Vaux and Fort Souville. Their next big Continue reading Vaux | Souville | Baratov | 1 Apr 1916

Goldilocks mining | 19 Sep 1915

Mining As we’ve already seen, the ground under the Western Front is seething with mines and counter-mines as underground warfare continues to be an integral Continue reading Goldilocks mining | 19 Sep 1915

Return to Ypres | Woevre | 12 Apr 1915

A look at what “taking over the Ypres salient” actually entails, the French try again for a breakthrough at the Battle of Woevre, and the Continue reading Return to Ypres | Woevre | 12 Apr 1915

First Ypres | 18 Nov 1914

The exact end date of the First Battle of Ypres is up for negotiation, but today’s as good a day as any to review the Continue reading First Ypres | 18 Nov 1914

Very lights | 13 Nov 1914

We almost have a quiet day! There’s a fair amount of heavy fighting, to be sure, but nothing happens that hasn’t already been happening. The Continue reading Very lights | 13 Nov 1914

Nonneboschen | 11 Nov 1914

Well, this is it. Today the Prussian Guards are going into action at Ypres to spearhead the offensive. Behind the defenders is the artillery; behind Continue reading Nonneboschen | 11 Nov 1914

Menin Road | 10 Nov 1914

Back to Flanders. Back to First Ypres. And back, in the end, to the Menin Road. One more push here will surely break the stubborn Continue reading Menin Road | 10 Nov 1914

Cocos | Emden | 09 Nov 1914

There’s far too much all happening at once right now. Germans attack north of Ypres! British land troops in Mesopotamia! Berbers in Morocco giving the Continue reading Cocos | Emden | 09 Nov 1914

Hollebeke | 08 Nov 1914

Again denied useful intelligence by the atrocious weather, the Germans are still poking at various parts of the Ypres salient from Pilckem to Hollebeke, to Continue reading Hollebeke | 08 Nov 1914

Francis Orme | 07 Nov 1914

The British Official history notes that “The 7th November was misty and marked the definite commencement of winter weather. Henceforth, mud seriously interfered with operations, Continue reading Francis Orme | 07 Nov 1914

First Ypres | 30 Oct 1914

The day begins with French orders to renew the assault on Poelcappelle, sure that the Germans are about to crack.  The day ends with the Continue reading First Ypres | 30 Oct 1914

Neuve Chapelle | 27 Oct 1914

“The situation at Neuve Chapelle, when morning dawned, was most unsatisfactory.” Once again Edmonds, the British official historian, shows a fine command of understatement. Neuve Continue reading Neuve Chapelle | 27 Oct 1914

Poelcappelle | 26 Oct 1914

Spirits are still high among the Allied commanders today. The French renew their attacks at Poelcappelle, north of Ypres; to the south, those dastardly Boches Continue reading Poelcappelle | 26 Oct 1914

Langemarck | 22 Oct 1914

Another day in Flanders.  It’s now obvious to all that the German High Command has gone round headquarters with a set of tools, removed all Continue reading Langemarck | 22 Oct 1914

Messines | Menin | 19 Oct 1914

The pendulum is swinging back towards the Germans. Their latest major offensive begins today, from La Bassee, through Armentieres and Messines, to Menin and Roulers, Continue reading Messines | Menin | 19 Oct 1914

Menin | 18 Oct 1914

Flanders inches ever-closer to its fate.  German advance guards arrive in Roulers and Menin. 7th Division gets its orders. German infantry engages the Belgians all Continue reading Menin | 18 Oct 1914