Brusilov Overture | Fort Vaux | 4 Jun 1916

Brusilov Offensive The great summer offensive plays its overture today. Today is given over entirely to artillery barrages. The Austro-Hungarian generals remain unconcerned; if this Continue reading Brusilov Overture | Fort Vaux | 4 Jun 1916

Mother | L19 | 2 Feb 1916

Mother It’s time for the official trial of Mother, the British tank prototype, attended by the great and the good. This being the case, the Continue reading Mother | L19 | 2 Feb 1916

Ottoman logistics | Hatfield House | 29 Jan 1916

Mother After its recent successful provincial shows, Mother, the first tank prototype, has come down to London for a sold-out run. The Conservative politician Lord Continue reading Ottoman logistics | Hatfield House | 29 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

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

Cape Helles | Mother | 7 Jan 1916

Housekeeping note: I’m currently having trouble with my internet connection. Entries may be a bit spotty through Sunday. Gallipoli The intermediate phase of the evacuation Continue reading Cape Helles | Mother | 7 Jan 1916

Nureddin | Kut | Tanks | 24 Dec 1915

Siege of Kut Colonel Nureddin appears not to have taken too well to siege warfare. With nothing to do but wait, Field Marshall von der Continue reading Nureddin | Kut | Tanks | 24 Dec 1915

Flora Sandes | War Badges | 14 Dec 1915

Tanks Time for an arresting little anecdote from the quest to build Britain some tanks. The factory is due to start building the first working Continue reading Flora Sandes | War Badges | 14 Dec 1915

Schneider | Civilians in Italy | 11 Dec 1915

French tank development If there’s one thing I’ll never understand about this war, it’s the comparative arc of British and French tank designs. Back at Continue reading Schneider | Civilians in Italy | 11 Dec 1915

Never work with children or animals | 28 Oct 1915

The King Before we get into things today, let’s start with an extended metaphor. As we know, George V of Britain is in France at Continue reading Never work with children or animals | 28 Oct 1915

Sir John French | Blame | 29 Sep 1915

Battle of Loos With the Germans turning up the pressure on the Hohenzollern Redoubt higher and higher, General Haig has his eyes firmly on the Continue reading Sir John French | Blame | 29 Sep 1915

Wepeaonised Spleeing Mitsakes [sic] | 28 Aug 1915

Don’t adjust your set, that’s quite intentional. We’ve also got a look at the BEF’s plans for the Battle of Loos, but first… Ministry of Continue reading Wepeaonised Spleeing Mitsakes [sic] | 28 Aug 1915