Pozieres | Guillemont | 23 July 1916

Battle of the Somme Oh Christ, here comes another big attack at the Battle of the Somme. Let’s go round from the south again, like Continue reading Pozieres | Guillemont | 23 July 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

Longido | Tanzania | 22 Jan 1916

Longido Back to Africa today. General Smith-Dorrien is planning a major assault on German East Africa. His goal is nothing less than to entirely destroy Continue reading Longido | Tanzania | 22 Jan 1916

The end of Third Isonzo | 4 Nov 1915

Third Isonzo The already-ridiculous rainfall continues with even greater intensity, and now the writing’s on the wall for the battle. Any hope of an Italian Continue reading The end of Third Isonzo | 4 Nov 1915

Galicia | Great Retreat | 2 Sep 1914

The Great Retreat is coming to an end, and the Battle of Galicia enters its final phase. Galicia Before we consider Galicia in detail, let’s Continue reading Galicia | Great Retreat | 2 Sep 1914

Kitchener & French | Marne | 1 September 1914

The Great Retreat is coming to an end. Three important rearguard actions are fought today; meanwhile, Lord Kitchener makes an important intervention with Sir John Continue reading Kitchener & French | Marne | 1 September 1914

Paris | 31 August 1914

There is no significant fighting today, but the Germans make a vital strategic decision involving Paris, which is worth looking at in some detail. Paris Continue reading Paris | 31 August 1914

Samsonov | Great Retreat | 30 Aug 1914

The Battle of Tannenberg ends today, with severe consequences for General Samsonov. The Great Retreat continues in typically chaotic fashion. Samsonov & Tannenberg General Samsonov Continue reading Samsonov | Great Retreat | 30 Aug 1914

St Quentin | 29 August 1914

A French offensive at St Quentin is our focus today; and there’s also big wins and losses for both sides in the East. Let’s get Continue reading St Quentin | 29 August 1914