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

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

Fromelles | Pozieres | 20 Jul 1916

Battle of Fromelles The diversion at Fromelles has time for one last ignominy. During the evening, plans were made and orders were sent out at Continue reading Fromelles | Pozieres | 20 Jul 1916

Kondoa | Bait Isa | Air doctrine | 17 Apr 1916

March to Kondoa From Africa we have news from General van Deventer and the South African Horse. Most of it is not good. On the Continue reading Kondoa | Bait Isa | Air doctrine | 17 Apr 1916

On les aura! | Mousley’s horse | 10 Apr 1916

Edward Mousley Hey, is there anyone out there who’s got a pet? Yeah, me too. Um, this might be a bit difficult to read. You Continue reading On les aura! | Mousley’s horse | 10 Apr 1916

Hanna | Gorringe | 30 Mar 1916

Hanna That’s the Hanna chokepoint in Mesopotamia. Why yes, I’m starting today with the relief effort for the Siege of Kut, rather than holding it Continue reading Hanna | Gorringe | 30 Mar 1916

Lake Naroch Offensive | 18 Mar 1916

Lake Naroch Offensive Oh boy. Back to the Eastern Front now for the start of the Lake Naroch Offensive. Between Russian reinforcements and Germans leaving Continue reading Lake Naroch Offensive | 18 Mar 1916

Voie Sacree | 13 Mar 1916

Voie Sacree Right then. The Battle of Verdun is now firmly into the attrition phase. Time to consider how it was that the French were Continue reading Voie Sacree | 13 Mar 1916

Macker | Dujaila Redoubt | 8 Mar 1916

Battle of Verdun Today is the first day since the start of the Battle of Verdun where I’ve felt tempted to not write anything as Continue reading Macker | Dujaila Redoubt | 8 Mar 1916

Weather | Verdun | 11 Feb 1916

Erzrurum Offensive Neither rain nor snow nor gloom of night…as reinforcements plough through yet more ridiculously snowy weather high up a mountain, heading for the Continue reading Weather | Verdun | 11 Feb 1916

Longido | Tanzania | 22 Jan 1916

Longido Back to Africa today. General Smith-Dorrien is planning a major assault on German East Africa. His goal is nothing less than to entirely destroy Continue reading Longido | Tanzania | 22 Jan 1916

Mother | Hanna | 20 Jan 1916

Battle of the Somme Today General Joffre pays one of his little visits to General Haig at GHQ in St Omer. You may recall that Continue reading Mother | Hanna | 20 Jan 1916

Hanna chokepoint | Dubail | 19 Jan 1916

Mesopotamia Robert Palmer has something positive to report at last. He’s moving! I write while humming Here Comes The Sun. Sun at last; first fine Continue reading Hanna chokepoint | Dubail | 19 Jan 1916

Wearing-out battle | Admiral Scheer | 18 Jan 1916

Haig and the wearing-out battle Right, time to engage with one of the more notorious subjects that comes up when discussing General Haig and the Continue reading Wearing-out battle | Admiral Scheer | 18 Jan 1916

Sykes-Picot | Hasankale | 17 Jan 1916

Sykes-Picot Agreement I’ll take “Things which are extremely relevant to geopolitics in 2016”, please. Today the British and French foreign ministries have just finished the Continue reading Sykes-Picot | Hasankale | 17 Jan 1916

Marie | Nixon | 16 Jan 1916

Marie We open today with the news that, since Moewe did such a good job slipping the Blockade of Germany, the German Navy is now Continue reading Marie | Nixon | 16 Jan 1916

Piraeus | Sugar | 15 Jan 1916

Piraeus We begin the day in Greece. Piraeus is a large port city seven miles from the centre of Athens. The Greek government has issued Continue reading Piraeus | Sugar | 15 Jan 1916

Kozincan-dag | 14 Jan 1916

Erzurum Offensive Yesterday we had a nice bit of tension going. General Yudenich’s slightly complicated plan is working, so far. The Ottomans have committed their Continue reading Kozincan-dag | 14 Jan 1916

War at sea | Eastern Front | 12 Jan 1916

Eastern Front General Joffre isn’t the world’s biggest fan of the Salonika expedition. However, he’s a practical man. Not only does it still have the Continue reading War at sea | Eastern Front | 12 Jan 1916

The Wadi | Durazzo | 11 Jan 1916

Siege of Kut We begin in Mesopotamia, where the weather has finally cleared enough to allow the Royal Flying Corps, after a prolonged period on Continue reading The Wadi | Durazzo | 11 Jan 1916

Henri Desagneaux | Intelligence for Verdun | 10 Jan 1916

Erzurum Offensive Time to see how good at war General Yudenich really is. On the face of it, everything’s set up to fail. He’s produced Continue reading Henri Desagneaux | Intelligence for Verdun | 10 Jan 1916

Erzurum Offensive | The end of Gallipoli | 9 Jan 1916

Erzurum Offensive We open today in the Caucasus. You may recall that General Yudenich, the Russian commander, has been planning an audacious attack on eastern Continue reading Erzurum Offensive | The end of Gallipoli | 9 Jan 1916

Blowing up Cape Helles | Battle of Sheikh Sa’ad | 8 Jan 1916

Evacuation of Cape Helles They’ve nearly done it. An odd last-day-of-term feeling washes about the men as they wait for nightfall. One way or another, Continue reading Blowing up Cape Helles | Battle of Sheikh Sa’ad | 8 Jan 1916

Evacuating Cape Helles | Sheikh Sa’ad | 5 Jan 1916

Evacuating Cape Helles Liman von Sanders, the German commander of Ottoman forces on the Gallipoli peninsula, is deeply suspicious. The evacuation of Suvla Bay and Continue reading Evacuating Cape Helles | Sheikh Sa’ad | 5 Jan 1916

German Air Force | Ali Gharbi | 3 Jan 1916

Another day with little in the way of “new” developments, another long lecture about something. This one is about something I’ve been seriously short-changing in Continue reading German Air Force | Ali Gharbi | 3 Jan 1916

Personal accounts | 2 Jan 1916

Roll call As in previous years, there’ll be quite a few quiet days during the war; or at least, days with no new developments. These Continue reading Personal accounts | 2 Jan 1916

War Committee | Hersin | 28 Dec 1915

War Committee 1915 is now juddering to a highly unsatisfying end. The British War Committee, having just installed Wully Robertson as Chief of the Imperial Continue reading War Committee | Hersin | 28 Dec 1915

Daily Mail | Gossip | 27 Dec 1915

Apparently, nothing much happened today on a grand-strategy scale, so let’s do the round of our correspondents. Bernard Adams Bernard Adams is coming towards the Continue reading Daily Mail | Gossip | 27 Dec 1915

Spicer-Simson | Somme | Dec 26 1915

Spicer-Simson Let us now return to Africa and Lake Tanganyika.  It’s been a miserable, spartan Christmas for Spicer-Simson and the men of his ridiculous expedition.  Continue reading Spicer-Simson | Somme | Dec 26 1915