Battle of Hanna | Robert Palmer | 21 Jan 1916

Battle of Hanna It’s time to attack at the Hanna chokepoint in Mesopotamia. The Siege of Kut has to be relieved somehow. Can’t make an Continue reading Battle of Hanna | Robert Palmer | 21 Jan 1916

Mother | Hanna | 20 Jan 1916

Battle of the Somme Today General Joffre pays one of his little visits to General Haig at GHQ in St Omer. You may recall that Continue reading Mother | Hanna | 20 Jan 1916

Hanna chokepoint | Dubail | 19 Jan 1916

Mesopotamia Robert Palmer has something positive to report at last. He’s moving! I write while humming Here Comes The Sun. Sun at last; first fine Continue reading Hanna chokepoint | Dubail | 19 Jan 1916

Wearing-out battle | Admiral Scheer | 18 Jan 1916

Haig and the wearing-out battle Right, time to engage with one of the more notorious subjects that comes up when discussing General Haig and the Continue reading Wearing-out battle | Admiral Scheer | 18 Jan 1916

Sykes-Picot | Hasankale | 17 Jan 1916

Sykes-Picot Agreement I’ll take “Things which are extremely relevant to geopolitics in 2016”, please. Today the British and French foreign ministries have just finished the Continue reading Sykes-Picot | Hasankale | 17 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

Piraeus | Sugar | 15 Jan 1916

Piraeus We begin the day in Greece. Piraeus is a large port city seven miles from the centre of Athens. The Greek government has issued Continue reading Piraeus | Sugar | 15 Jan 1916

Kozincan-dag | 14 Jan 1916

Erzurum Offensive Yesterday we had a nice bit of tension going. General Yudenich’s slightly complicated plan is working, so far. The Ottomans have committed their Continue reading Kozincan-dag | 14 Jan 1916

Battle of the Wadi | 13 Jan 1916

The Wadi At midday, everything in Mesopotamia seems to be going quite well for the British Empire. They’ve taken Chittab Fort with very little fuss, Continue reading Battle of the Wadi | 13 Jan 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

The Wadi | Durazzo | 11 Jan 1916

Siege of Kut We begin in Mesopotamia, where the weather has finally cleared enough to allow the Royal Flying Corps, after a prolonged period on Continue reading The Wadi | Durazzo | 11 Jan 1916

Henri Desagneaux | Intelligence for Verdun | 10 Jan 1916

Erzurum Offensive Time to see how good at war General Yudenich really is. On the face of it, everything’s set up to fail. He’s produced Continue reading Henri Desagneaux | Intelligence for Verdun | 10 Jan 1916

Erzurum Offensive | The end of Gallipoli | 9 Jan 1916

Erzurum Offensive We open today in the Caucasus. You may recall that General Yudenich, the Russian commander, has been planning an audacious attack on eastern Continue reading Erzurum Offensive | The end of Gallipoli | 9 Jan 1916

Cape Helles | Mother | 7 Jan 1916

Housekeeping note: I’m currently having trouble with my internet connection. Entries may be a bit spotty through Sunday. Gallipoli The intermediate phase of the evacuation Continue reading Cape Helles | Mother | 7 Jan 1916

Montenegro | Moewe | 6 Jan 1916

Montenegro Still determined to prove that yes, Austria-Hungary can totally invade other countries on their own, Mummy, Conrad von Hotzendorf launches his attempt to invade Continue reading Montenegro | Moewe | 6 Jan 1916

Evacuating Cape Helles | Sheikh Sa’ad | 5 Jan 1916

Evacuating Cape Helles Liman von Sanders, the German commander of Ottoman forces on the Gallipoli peninsula, is deeply suspicious. The evacuation of Suvla Bay and Continue reading Evacuating Cape Helles | Sheikh Sa’ad | 5 Jan 1916

French aviation | Marching on Kut | 4 Jan 1916

Following on from yesterday, let’s now look at the state of French military aviation. French aviation On the other side of the hill, there are Continue reading French aviation | Marching on Kut | 4 Jan 1916

German Air Force | Ali Gharbi | 3 Jan 1916

Another day with little in the way of “new” developments, another long lecture about something. This one is about something I’ve been seriously short-changing in Continue reading German Air Force | Ali Gharbi | 3 Jan 1916

Personal accounts | 2 Jan 1916

Roll call As in previous years, there’ll be quite a few quiet days during the war; or at least, days with no new developments. These Continue reading Personal accounts | 2 Jan 1916

War Committee | Hersin | 28 Dec 1915

War Committee 1915 is now juddering to a highly unsatisfying end. The British War Committee, having just installed Wully Robertson as Chief of the Imperial Continue reading War Committee | Hersin | 28 Dec 1915

Daily Mail | Gossip | 27 Dec 1915

Apparently, nothing much happened today on a grand-strategy scale, so let’s do the round of our correspondents. Bernard Adams Bernard Adams is coming towards the Continue reading Daily Mail | Gossip | 27 Dec 1915

Spicer-Simson | Somme | Dec 26 1915

Spicer-Simson Let us now return to Africa and Lake Tanganyika.  It’s been a miserable, spartan Christmas for Spicer-Simson and the men of his ridiculous expedition.  Continue reading Spicer-Simson | Somme | Dec 26 1915

Truces? | Christmas | Dec 25 1915

Salonika It may be Christmas, but duty does call for some.  One of those is Joffre’s right hand General Castelnau, who is visiting Salonika to Continue reading Truces? | Christmas | Dec 25 1915

Evacuation of Suvla & ANZAC | Gallipoli | 20 Dec 1915

Evacuation of Gallipoli Time for the ANZACs to leave ANZAC Cove. Before we get into the details of what they’re doing, first we must take Continue reading Evacuation of Suvla & ANZAC | Gallipoli | 20 Dec 1915

Sapping at Kut | Elbasan | 17 Dec 1915

Siege of Kut The Ottomans, at least, are now doing the siege of Kut properly. Now that it’s been thoroughly surrounded, Field Marshal von der Continue reading Sapping at Kut | Elbasan | 17 Dec 1915

British strategy | 15 Dec 1915

British strategy Just about the last thing that General Archibald Murray will do before his official (and already settled) replacement by Wully Robertson as Chief Continue reading British strategy | 15 Dec 1915

Senussi Campaign | 25 Nov 1915

Senussi Campaign Let’s begin today by looking at something I’ve been shoving onto the back burner for the last little while for lack of space. Continue reading Senussi Campaign | 25 Nov 1915

Retreat from Serbia | Ctesiphon | 23 Nov 1915

Retreat from Serbia General Sarrail gives the order and initiates his force’s retreat back to Salonika. It’s been in Serbian-held territory for about a month Continue reading Retreat from Serbia | Ctesiphon | 23 Nov 1915

Lemon’s Wheel | 6 Nov 1915

Gallipoli Lord Kitchener’s farcical journey to Gallipoli continues. Admiral Keyes has failed to make it to Marseilles in time to take ship with him. It Continue reading Lemon’s Wheel | 6 Nov 1915