Erzincan | Haig & ANZACs | 25 Jul 1916

Battle of Erzincan Erzincan has surrendered. A second overwhelming Russian victory in 1916 is now complete. Vehip Pasha’s Third Army has, for the second time Continue reading Erzincan | Haig & ANZACs | 25 Jul 1916

Fort Douaumont | Kondoa reinforced | 24 May 1916

Battle of Verdun Yesterday, General Mangin had egg on his face after prematurely declaring that Fort Douaumont had been recaptured for France. Today, the German Continue reading Fort Douaumont | Kondoa reinforced | 24 May 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

Cephalonia | Trebizond | 20 Mar 1916

Greece Another day, another violation of Greek neutrality. This time the target is Cephalonia, away to the south, rather closer to Salonika than Corfu is. Continue reading Cephalonia | Trebizond | 20 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

Deception | 17 Sep 1915

Deception One of the more persistent myths about the war, as General Melchett embodies, is the idea that the generals not only refused to believe Continue reading Deception | 17 Sep 1915

Marne | Grand Couronne | 10 Sep 1914

A day of endings in the West, at the Marne and Grand Couronne, while battles continue to rage in the East. The Marne It’s reputed Continue reading Marne | Grand Couronne | 10 Sep 1914

Taxis of the Marne | 7 Sep 2014

There are two legendary moments of the First World War that run through French culture like the Somme (or the evacuation from Dunkirk) does in Continue reading Taxis of the Marne | 7 Sep 2014

Miracle of the Marne | 6 Sep 2014

These are the days that will determine the future course of the war. Not for nothing is the popular title “Miracle of the Marne” applied. Continue reading Miracle of the Marne | 6 Sep 2014

Ourcq | Marne | Drina | 5 Sep 1914

Alea iacta est. The Battle of the Marne begins at the Ourcq; Grand Couronne continues. Soon, the entire French army will be fighting at once. Continue reading Ourcq | Marne | Drina | 5 Sep 1914

Grand Couronne | Marne | 4 Sep 1914

The Great Retreat ends today. But, before we can turn to the Marne, there’s an important offensive somewhere else to be talked about. Grand Couronne Continue reading Grand Couronne | Marne | 4 Sep 1914

Battles of the Frontiers | 21 Aug 1914

We’re now finishing the opening skirmishes and tipping headlong into the first major battles. In two days’ time, there’ll be heavy fighting on the Eastern Continue reading Battles of the Frontiers | 21 Aug 1914