Castelletto | Souville | 12 Jul 1916

Castelletto For the past six months, the Italian army has been launching sporadic operations at the north-eastern end of the Dolomites. In theory, if they Continue reading Castelletto | Souville | 12 Jul 1916

Nightmares | Balakian’s escape | 15 Apr 1916

Battle of Bait Isa The rains rain, the men sink. There was supposed to be an all-out assault on the Twin Pimples today, in the Continue reading Nightmares | Balakian’s escape | 15 Apr 1916

Haig, tanks, & Swinton | 14 April 1916

Tanks for the Somme Time to start exploring what General Haig might have been thinking when he decided that bite and hold was not going Continue reading Haig, tanks, & Swinton | 14 April 1916

Mining | Noel Pemberton Billing | 29 Mar 1916

Mining on the Italian Front Even the Italian army is capable of learning and trying to do war slightly better. Some bright spark back at Continue reading Mining | Noel Pemberton Billing | 29 Mar 1916

St Eloi Craters | 27 Mar 1916

Action of St Eloi Craters There’s more action brewing over in the Ypres salient, as General Plumer continues his quest to annoy the Boche by Continue reading St Eloi Craters | 27 Mar 1916

Moshi | Mines | 14 Mar 1916

Moshi Today General van Deventer and the South African Horse enter Moshi, on the Usambara Railway, and capture it unopposed. They’ve achieved their objectives, surely? Continue reading Moshi | Mines | 14 Mar 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

Little Willie | 9 Sep 1915

Little Willie No, we’re not casting aspersions on anyone’s manhood. Little Willie, currently known as the No. 1 Lincoln Machine, is usually cited as the Continue reading Little Willie | 9 Sep 1915

Second Artois | 10 May 1915

General Haig would have liked to renew the Battle of Aubers Ridge today, but practical concerns (like not having any shells, and the large numbers Continue reading Second Artois | 10 May 1915

Van | 15 Apr 1915

We’re spending most of today in Armenia, where something very big is going off in Van. Hill 60 Hill 60 is one of these places Continue reading Van | 15 Apr 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

Split | 27 Mar 1915

Haggling continues between Italy, the Entente, and Austria-Hungary; the port of Split is proving a sticking point. The Friendly Feldwebel is still deep in the Continue reading Split | 27 Mar 1915

Machine guns | 07 Mar 1915

Time for the fleet in the Dardanelles to try something different again. Arthur Agius and his men arrive at Neuve Chapelle. Forcing of the Dardanelles Continue reading Machine guns | 07 Mar 1915

Inspecting the dinner | 24 Feb 1915

Back in England, there’s plenty of Territorials itching to get out to France. With the Battle of Neuve Chapelle inching closer, they’ll soon have their Continue reading Inspecting the dinner | 24 Feb 1915

Ypres salient | 21 Jan 1915

The wrangling between General Joffre and Sir John French over strategy continues, and not everyone in Germany is 100% behind recent war developments. Berliner Tageblatt Continue reading Ypres salient | 21 Jan 1915

Charles Tennant | French mining | 17 Jan 1915

Today, we’re getting a Territorial subaltern’s view of things, and seeing how French mining efforts are progressing. Charles Tennant Lieutenant Tennant (ho ho ho) is Continue reading Charles Tennant | French mining | 17 Jan 1915

Britain in 1915 | 3 Jan 1915

At the risk of being Anglo-centric, today is an excellent day to stop and consider what Britain will be doing this year in the war. Continue reading Britain in 1915 | 3 Jan 1915

First Champagne | 20 Dec 1914

It’s the busiest day in the West in quite some time; Petain’s mob is still wading towards Carency, the First Battle of Champagne is about Continue reading First Champagne | 20 Dec 1914

Vermelles | 04 Dec 1914

The Western Front is beginning to warm up again; the other campaigns are still red hot. Not literally, obviously. It’s still freezing winter weather for Continue reading Vermelles | 04 Dec 1914

Givenchy | 12 Oct 1914

The Allies open the Battle of La Bassee at Givenchy, Sir John French moves house again, and the Boers are revolting. Givenchy The BEF is Continue reading Givenchy | 12 Oct 1914