Hill 304 | Dolomites | 17 May 1916

Battle of Verdun General Mangin is now ready to launch his second attempt to recapture Fort Douaumont. Once again, the plan is less than subtle. Continue reading Hill 304 | Dolomites | 17 May 1916

Battle of Latema Nek | Winning by accident | 12 Mar 1916

Battle of Latema Nek How many times have I talked already about moments when tragedy turns to farce? Ye gods, how many times in the Continue reading Battle of Latema Nek | Winning by accident | 12 Mar 1916

Ripples from Verdun | 1 Mar 1916

Battle of Verdun The first phase of the Battle of Verdun is over. The Germans have poked the hornet’s nest and stirred it up real Continue reading Ripples from Verdun | 1 Mar 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

Nicholas II | Stavka | 8 Sep 1915

Stavka In the wake of the Russian retreat from Poland, it’s obvious that something now needs to be done. There’s good news and bad news Continue reading Nicholas II | Stavka | 8 Sep 1915

Russian Retreat | 26 Aug 1915

Time to rectify an oversight. I’ve been entirely short-changing events on the Eastern Front over the last couple of months; not something I wanted to Continue reading Russian Retreat | 26 Aug 1915

General mobilisation | 30 July 1914

There’s nowhere else to start the day but St Petersburg, where partial mobilisation orders are sent out at midnight. Russian mobilisation However, Sergey Sazonov isn’t Continue reading General mobilisation | 30 July 1914

Belgrade | 29 Jul 1914

The downward spiral continues. SMS Bodrog The Austro-Hungarian monitor (a naval ship with large guns designed to operate in rivers rather than at sea) Bodrog Continue reading Belgrade | 29 Jul 1914

Russia supports Serbia | 25 July 1914

The July Crisis is turned on its head today as the Russian government commits itself to supporting Serbia with military force if necessary. I’ve also Continue reading Russia supports Serbia | 25 July 1914

Franco-Russian summit | 21 July

The German government singularly fails at acting like a mass of brutally efficient Teutons, bent on war at all costs. Meanwhile, President Poincare does his Continue reading Franco-Russian summit | 21 July