Battle of Jutland | Fort Vaux | 1 June 1916

Battle of Jutland Very, very quick recap. Ships of the High Seas Fleet and Grand Fleet fired on each other in anger yesterday, for the Continue reading Battle of Jutland | Fort Vaux | 1 June 1916

The stakes at Jutland | 28 May 1916

It’s a slightly unusual opening today. Bear with me and you’ll see where I’m going with this. The Skagerrak and the Kattegat Hey, have you Continue reading The stakes at Jutland | 28 May 1916

Fort Douaumont | Cancelled raids | 23 May 1916

Battle of Verdun The French attack on Fort Douaumont yesterday can’t possibly help but provoke a major counter-attack from the Germans. And it seems as Continue reading Fort Douaumont | Cancelled raids | 23 May 1916

Return to Fort Douaumont | 22 May 1916

Battle of Verdun So, time for the latest fruitless attempt to achieve something at the Battle of Verdun. And, with General Mangin in command, we Continue reading Return to Fort Douaumont | 22 May 1916

Julna | Easter Rising | 24 Apr 1916

Siege of Kut Today sees the final, desperate throw of the dice for relieving the Siege of Kut. A large paddle steamer, the Julna, has Continue reading Julna | Easter Rising | 24 Apr 1916

Rain at Kondoa | Daily Mailed | 23 Apr 1916

Rain at Kondoa In Africa, the penny is beginning to drop for General van Deventer quite how foolhardy he’s been in leading the march to Continue reading Rain at Kondoa | Daily Mailed | 23 Apr 1916

Arsing around | North Sea | Douaumont | 22 Apr 1916

Arsing around in the North Sea Hopefully we’re all used by now to scratching our heads at the intermittent North Sea naval actions that have Continue reading Arsing around | North Sea | Douaumont | 22 Apr 1916

Vindex | Harwich Force | 25 Mar 1916

Hoyer/Højer Here we have one marked “Things the Royal Navy Would Rather You Forgot About”. It begins with a funny name. HMS Vindex is not Continue reading Vindex | Harwich Force | 25 Mar 1916

The Grand Fleet | 25 Jan 1916

Grand Fleet The Battle of Trafalgar, a hundred and ten years before this war, was not made in a day. The fleet that won at Continue reading The Grand Fleet | 25 Jan 1916

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

North Sea | 15 Dec 1914

Time to go back to sea. Big things are afoot (aship?) in the North Sea. First, we’ll sweep up the last day of the increasingly-misnamed Continue reading North Sea | 15 Dec 1914

Texel | 17 Oct 1914

The situation in Flanders is just about to reach boiling point, the Germans make an important decision in Poland, and there’s plenty of action at Continue reading Texel | 17 Oct 1914

U-9 | Papeete | Madras | 22 Sep 1914

There’s a major action on the Western Front, but today is a Navy day. A Kaiserliche Marine day at that, as U-9 arguably changes the Continue reading U-9 | Papeete | Madras | 22 Sep 1914

Conrad and Moltke | 4 Aug 1914

Siege of Liege The Belgian fortress of Liege is absolutely vital to the German war plan (again, we’ll explain it fully in a few days Continue reading Conrad and Moltke | 4 Aug 1914

The start of the war | 2 August 1914

The beginning of war The start of the Second World War was rather an odd one. Once Nazi Germany got rid of Poland, and with Continue reading The start of the war | 2 August 1914

Austro-Hungarian railways | 31 July 1914

Austria-Hungary News has reached Vienna that a Russian general mobilisation is underway. Their army must now attempt to transition from their War Plan B (for Continue reading Austro-Hungarian railways | 31 July 1914

The start of the war | 2 August 1914

The beginning of war The start of the Second World War was rather an odd one. Once Nazi Germany got rid of Poland, and with Continue reading The start of the war | 2 August 1914