Haig’s joke | Flora Sandes | 12 Aug 1916

Battle of Romani Time to close up shop in Egypt for the forseeable future. The Ottomans have lost just about two-thirds of their force. General Continue reading Haig’s joke | Flora Sandes | 12 Aug 1916

The fleets leave port | Jutland | 30 May 1916

Battle of Jutland The High Seas Fleet continues concentrating in preparation to sortie immediately after midnight. The water seethes with activity as ship after ship Continue reading The fleets leave port | Jutland | 30 May 1916

Rations at Kut | SS Sussex | 11 Apr 1916

Siege of Kut The siege continues. The garrison, and Edward Mousley, has just had bad news. Two paramount budgets of especial interest and importance reached Continue reading Rations at Kut | SS Sussex | 11 Apr 1916

On les aura! | Mousley’s horse | 10 Apr 1916

Edward Mousley Hey, is there anyone out there who’s got a pet? Yeah, me too. Um, this might be a bit difficult to read. You Continue reading On les aura! | Mousley’s horse | 10 Apr 1916

Aristide Briand | 29 Oct 1915

Aristide Briand Time for some lovely crunchy French politics. Rene Viviani’s last, desperate play to save himself as Prime Minister was to select a new Continue reading Aristide Briand | 29 Oct 1915

First Isonzo | Jun 24 1915

Today we have a little French strategy, a lot of Italian failure, and another dose of the horrors of war from Kenneth Best. First Isonzo Continue reading First Isonzo | Jun 24 1915

Battle of Bukoba | 22 Jun 1915

There’s a lot of stuff today carrying over into tomorrow. We’re on the eve of First Isonzo, it’s the first day of the Battle of Continue reading Battle of Bukoba | 22 Jun 1915

Battle of Bellewaarde | 16 Jun 1915

After yesterday’s day of final preparation, there’s an awful lot of attacks going off, and awfully little being achieved by them. To France! Second Artois Continue reading Battle of Bellewaarde | 16 Jun 1915

French strategy | 21 Mar 1915

General Joffre is called to a meeting of the Council of Ministers to discuss French strategy, and two old friends meet again. Watch the Birdie Continue reading French strategy | 21 Mar 1915

Jasin | 13 Jan 1915

General Joffre formally suspends First Champagne today. Time for some official French navel-gazing. There’s also business afoot in Africa and Egypt. First Champagne Don’t worry, Continue reading Jasin | 13 Jan 1915

Mafia | 08 Jan 1915

No, not the Cosa Nostra. The Mafia we’re interested in is a small island off the coast of German East Africa. Mafia More specifically, it’s Continue reading Mafia | 08 Jan 1915

Formidable | 01 Jan 1915

The new year is a natural time to re-evaluate strategic possibilities; there’ll be plenty of that in the coming days. First, to the Channel, and Continue reading Formidable | 01 Jan 1915

First Artois | 17 Dec 1914

Spot the Difference: The hour of attack has sounded. After having contained the attack of the Germans, it is necessary now to smash them and Continue reading First Artois | 17 Dec 1914

Bulwark | 26 Nov 1914

The first phase of the Battle of Kolubara is coming to an end; but before we go to Serbia, let’s spend a moment in the Continue reading Bulwark | 26 Nov 1914

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

Austria-Hungary declares war | 28 July 1914

Diplomacy has failed. The July Crisis is coming to its head. These are melodramatic times, and it’s hard to talk about them without sounding somewhat Continue reading Austria-Hungary declares war | 28 July 1914

War becomes inevitable | 27 July 1914

Serbia As the Army continues to mobilise, telegrams continue arriving from Russia. The latest report is that Russia plans “immediately to commence an energetic offensive Continue reading War becomes inevitable | 27 July 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

Serbia against the wall | 24 July 1914

With the ultimatum in hand, the situation for Serbia looks extremely grim. They need help, and they need it now. Before we consider their position Continue reading Serbia against the wall | 24 July 1914

Ultimatum to Serbia | 23 July 1914

The gathering storm is about to break. Today is the day of the ultimatum, the day when the July Crisis changes from being any old Continue reading Ultimatum to Serbia | 23 July 1914

France and Serbia | 22 July 1914

President Poincare continues with his helpful contributions to peace and diplomacy, and Count Berchtold finally gets round to showing his German allies the content of Continue reading France and Serbia | 22 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

Sir Edward Grey | 20 July 1914

Today we are mostly looking at the position of the British government, and in particular, the Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey. Henriette Caillaux France’s attention Continue reading Sir Edward Grey | 20 July 1914

Financial diplomacy | 16 July 1914

As Count Lutzow continues to leak freely in Vienna, we’ve still got time to consider a few underlying issues. Today, it’s financial diplomacy. Poincare visits Continue reading Financial diplomacy | 16 July 1914

President Poincare | 15 July 1914

On a quiet day, we’re investigating the precise position of the President of France, Raymond Poincare, one of the few heads of state to take Continue reading President Poincare | 15 July 1914

Leaking from the top | 14 July 1914

Today is a day of men sitting behind desks or around tables, considering the situation. The German Army is reassured that the French are in Continue reading Leaking from the top | 14 July 1914

Wiesner report | Humbert’s speech | 13 July 1914

Lots of varying arguments today over the complicity, or otherwise, of the Serbian government. Which, incidentally, is an impossible question to answer because you can Continue reading Wiesner report | Humbert’s speech | 13 July 1914