Marie | Nixon | 16 Jan 1916

Marie We open today with the news that, since Moewe did such a good job slipping the Blockade of Germany, the German Navy is now Continue reading Marie | Nixon | 16 Jan 1916

Evacuating Gallipoli | 18 Dec 1915

Gallipoli The intermediate stage of the evacuation of ANZAC Cove and Suvla Bay has now been completed. You may have noticed that there’s been a Continue reading Evacuating Gallipoli | 18 Dec 1915

Chantilly | Joffre | 6 Dec 1915

Chantilly Conference Time for the Chantilly Conference: an excuse for some very dignified men to have several gluttonous lunches with General Joffre, the premier gourmand Continue reading Chantilly | Joffre | 6 Dec 1915

Fog of war | Ctesiphon | 24 Nov 1915

Fog of war at the Battle of Ctesiphon Today at the Battle of Ctesiphon provides an excellent example of how critical it is to remember Continue reading Fog of war | Ctesiphon | 24 Nov 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

Baghdad | 4 October 1915

Mesopotamia In the wake of capturing Kut-al-Amara, General Nixon would dearly love to push on towards Baghdad as soon as possible. General Townshend has already Continue reading Baghdad | 4 October 1915

Battle of Es Sinn | 28 Sep 1915

Let’s try to break out from the Western Front a little, shall we? The other theatres of the war have obligingly kept quiet these past Continue reading Battle of Es Sinn | 28 Sep 1915

Commitments and orders | 20 Aug 1915

Lord Kitchener Lord Kitchener is distracting himself from the Gallipoli situation with a bracing visit to the Western Front. Once more he finds himself in Continue reading Commitments and orders | 20 Aug 1915

Alpine war | 27 July 1915

Siege of Saisi The Siege of Saisi continues, with infantry raids now supporting the artillery duel. A 320-strong relief force is on its way, most Continue reading Alpine war | 27 July 1915

Siege of Saisi | 25 July 1915

Mesopotamia The Ottomans are falling back on Kut-al-Amara, home to a major garrison, as the more mobile ships of the British Empire flotilla head up Continue reading Siege of Saisi | 25 July 1915

Inspection | 8 July 1915

Kenneth Best There’s a highly important happening in the trenches of the 4th and 5th East Lancs. Kenneth Best is there with them. Word passed Continue reading Inspection | 8 July 1915

First Isonzo | 23 Jun 1915

There’s yet more movement in Mesopotamia, and the Royal Navy deploys either a cunning and exciting new innovation or a dirty stinking sneaky war crime Continue reading First Isonzo | 23 Jun 1915

Breakthrough and rupture | 30 May 1915

A number of places to look at today; Amara, London, New Delhi, Chantilly, Gallipoli and Mazingarbe, where Louis Barthas has formed a connection with two Continue reading Breakthrough and rupture | 30 May 1915

Sri Lanka | 28 May 1915

The Italian army bumbles into action, General Nixon continues trying to get someone to sign off on his Baghdad scheme, and the BEF resolves not Continue reading Sri Lanka | 28 May 1915

Shell Crisis | Rolling barrage | 17 May 1915

The ructions in the British government are coming at an absolutely terrible time. Clear oversight and direction is needed from the Army’s political masters in Continue reading Shell Crisis | Rolling barrage | 17 May 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

Capture of Les Eparges | 09 Apr 1915

The French achieve something they’ve been trying to do for about six months. A new British commander arrives in Mesopotamia. Sir Ian Hamilton continues worrying Continue reading Capture of Les Eparges | 09 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