Souville and Fleury | 11 Jun 1916

Battle of the Somme It seems that the final days of preparation for the Battle of the Somme are going to be plagued by Anglo-French Continue reading Souville and Fleury | 11 Jun 1916

Battle of Jutland | 31 May 1916

Battle of Jutland Today’s the day. Der Tag, as the Germans have been calling it. For my money, there is only one thing we can Continue reading Battle of Jutland | 31 May 1916

LZ85 | Hill 304 | 5 May 1916

Salonika The big news for today is from somewhere else, but first, the Gardeners of Salonika have actually done something! Over the past few months, Continue reading LZ85 | Hill 304 | 5 May 1916

Kondoa Irangi | Rawlinson & Haig | 8 Apr 1916

March to Kondoa The South Africans’ march to Kondoa continues with all speed possible, but Colonel von Lettow-Vorbeck has been thinking hard, and his own Continue reading Kondoa Irangi | Rawlinson & Haig | 8 Apr 1916

Handeni | Kondoa | 23 Mar 1916

Africa With another clear victory at the Battle of Kahe under his belt, General Smuts now turns his attention to a command reorganisation. All the Continue reading Handeni | Kondoa | 23 Mar 1916

The west bank of the Meuse | 5 Mar 1916

The west bank of the Meuse After at least a full week of jumping up and down and yelling, General von Falkenhayn’s subordinates have finally Continue reading The west bank of the Meuse | 5 Mar 1916

Douaumont village | 26 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun Something rather interesting happens today at Verdun. The Germans today attempt to push on out of Fort Douaumont to Douaumont village, just Continue reading Douaumont village | 26 Feb 1916

Air superiority at Verdun | Samogneux | 23 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun The Germans continue relentlessly turning the screw at Verdun. Without their long autumn and winter of trench-digging, the French would now be Continue reading Air superiority at Verdun | Samogneux | 23 Feb 1916

Verdun gathers steam | 22 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun The MSPaint map at daybreak: Today the Germans push hard. The artillery’s continued firing at new targets all through the night. The Continue reading Verdun gathers steam | 22 Feb 1916

The first day of Verdun | 21 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun Today, at long last, it is time to go back to the MSPaint map of Verdun and remind ourselves of the situation. Continue reading The first day of Verdun | 21 Feb 1916

Forts | Erzurum | Douaumont | 8 Feb 1916

Erzurum Offensive Back now to the Caucasus, where General Yudenich has been waiting for the right moment to attempt to capture Erzurum. Let’s recap: Erzurum Continue reading Forts | Erzurum | Douaumont | 8 Feb 1916

Looking for Farbus | 26 Sep 1915

For the BEF at the Battle of Loos, see this post. Second Champagne Having achieved considerable success yesterday…the French Army comes to yet another ignominious Continue reading Looking for Farbus | 26 Sep 1915

The eve of battle | 24 Sep 1915

Third Artois With just 24 hours until the great autumn offensive on the Western Front, you may recall that the weather has broken and it’s Continue reading The eve of battle | 24 Sep 1915

Rombon and Gallipoli | 29 Aug 1915

Doesn’t “Rombon and Gallipoli” sound like a crappy Sixties working men’s club comedy double act? If only. Battle of Hill 60 (Gallipoli) The battle ends Continue reading Rombon and Gallipoli | 29 Aug 1915

Shooting competitions | 12 Jun 1915

It’s a grisly day today; there’s civilian atrocities all over the shop, there’s fresh fighting being planned at Ypres, and living conditions on Gallipoli are Continue reading Shooting competitions | 12 Jun 1915

Third Krithia | 4 Jun 1915

Today there’s developments on Mount Mrzli and on the Eastern Front. However, our main focus can only be the Third Battle of Krithia, which begins Continue reading Third Krithia | 4 Jun 1915

Treaty of London | 26 Apr 1915

Once again we’ve had to split today into two posts. For the second day on Gallipoli, see here. In other news, the situation at Ypres Continue reading Treaty of London | 26 Apr 1915

Second Ypres | Amara | 23 Apr 1915

The next few days are going to be, ahem, rather busy. Second Ypres isn’t the only game in town. Amara Having seen off the Ottoman Continue reading Second Ypres | Amara | 23 Apr 1915

Second Ypres | Gas | 22 Apr 1915

There is only one thing we can possibly talk about today. Let’s get to it. Second Ypres The relief of Ypres has been proceeding while Continue reading Second Ypres | Gas | 22 Apr 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

The plan for Gallipoli | 11 Apr 1915

It’s time for another look at wider French strategy. The Friendly Feldwebel gets a new boss. But the most important thing to note is that Continue reading The plan for Gallipoli | 11 Apr 1915

Battle of Woevre | 30 Mar 1915

In a moment, let’s go to the Verdun area and get our map on. There’s been sporadic fighting there for months, mostly in conjunction with Continue reading Battle of Woevre | 30 Mar 1915

Forcing the Dardanelles | 18 Mar 1915

The weather is fine over Gallipoli, Canakkale and the Dardanelles today. There’s a good firm wind to throw caution to. After nearly a month of Continue reading Forcing the Dardanelles | 18 Mar 1915

The Narrows | 16 Mar 1915

Change of command in the Dardanelles safely executed, Admiral de Roebeck opts not to tinker with the plan that Admiral Carden had developed before stepping Continue reading The Narrows | 16 Mar 1915

Bois du Biez | Mauquissart | 11 Mar 1915

It’s the second day of the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, but that’s not all. We’re going to finish at the Dardanelles, but first we’re going Continue reading Bois du Biez | Mauquissart | 11 Mar 1915

Battle of Neuve Chapelle | 10 Mar 1915

The BEF takes its first serious offensive action in a long time today. Arguably since the start of the war, depending on how you feel Continue reading Battle of Neuve Chapelle | 10 Mar 1915

Neuve Chapelle | 09 Mar 1915

Eighteen hours to go until the start of the Battle of Neuve Chapelle. The heavy artillery is just arriving, right in the very nick of Continue reading Neuve Chapelle | 09 Mar 1915

Dardanelles | 27 Feb 1915

Everything that’s been happening, continues to happen. Sound off! Forcing of the Dardanelles Having efficiently reduced the outer forts at the Dardanelles, the fleet now Continue reading Dardanelles | 27 Feb 1915