von Knobelsdorf | Iringa | 21 Aug 1916

Nyasalanders in Tanzania Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the Nyasalanders’ campaign in the south-west of Tanzania is proving to be rather a Continue reading von Knobelsdorf | Iringa | 21 Aug 1916

Sixth Isonzo | Bir el Abd | 6 Aug 1916

Battle of the Somme It’s just about job done at Pozieres. All they need to do now is dig in. This morning the ANZACs finally Continue reading Sixth Isonzo | Bir el Abd | 6 Aug 1916

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

Delville Wood | High Wood | 15 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme We start the day with a story from the 16th King’s Royal Rifle Corps. They’re urgently needed as reinforcements. 4th Army Continue reading Delville Wood | High Wood | 15 Jul 1916

Somme ennui | Erzincan | 5 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme The Battle of the Somme continues drifting aimlessly. At the top, both commanders-in-chief are busy fiddling around with the organisation of Continue reading Somme ennui | Erzincan | 5 Jul 1916

Montauban | Bayburt | 2 Jul 1916

Battle of Erzincan Let’s have a little palate-cleansing aperitif before we dive back into the Somme, shall we? Quick reminder; the Ottomans have attacked the Continue reading Montauban | Bayburt | 2 Jul 1916

Hunter-Weston | Serre | 27 Jun 1916

Battle of the Somme Not everyone in the BEF is entirely content with the plans for the Battle of the Somme. General Hubert Rees will Continue reading Hunter-Weston | Serre | 27 Jun 1916

Intelligence on the Somme | 22 July 1916

Battle of the Somme Once again, let’s start today with Malcolm White. All up and down the sector, the battalions who will be attacking in Continue reading Intelligence on the Somme | 22 July 1916

Fleury | Souville | 18 Jun 1916

Battle of Verdun The French really could do with some good news from Verdun. No such luck, though. To the map! French reserves are now Continue reading Fleury | Souville | 18 Jun 1916

Behaviour Modification | Petain’s worries | 12 Jun 1916

Behaviour Modification The Sunny Subaltern may not be around to participate, but the Battle of Mont Sorrel is due to go off tomorrow. Since the Continue reading Behaviour Modification | Petain’s worries | 12 Jun 1916

Brusilov Offensive | 9 Jun 1916

Brusilov Offensive Another important day in the Brusilov Offensive. To this point I’ve been mostly focused on the fighting around Lutsk, at the very north Continue reading Brusilov Offensive | 9 Jun 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

Battle of Kondoa | 7 May 1916

Battle of Kondoa Colonel von Lettow-Vorbeck has now gathered over 4,000 Schutztruppe, and (by theatre standards) plenty of artillery pieces, machine guns, and ammunition. On Continue reading Battle of Kondoa | 7 May 1916

Self propelled guns | Salonika | 2 May 1916

Self-propelled guns Two of the men who were involved with the initial stages of the tank design project, John Greg and Walter Wilson, have now Continue reading Self propelled guns | Salonika | 2 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

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

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

Handeni | Kondoa | 23 Mar 1916

Africa With another clear victory at the Battle of Kahe under his belt, General Smuts now turns his attention to a command reorganisation. All the Continue reading Handeni | Kondoa | 23 Mar 1916

Italian Front | Self-propelled guns | 22 Mar 1916

Italian Front The Italian Front is apparently settling back down into business as usual. General Cadorna’s headquarters in Udine is quietly picking up the pieces Continue reading Italian Front | Self-propelled guns | 22 Mar 1916

Voie Sacree | 13 Mar 1916

Voie Sacree Right then. The Battle of Verdun is now firmly into the attrition phase. Time to consider how it was that the French were Continue reading Voie Sacree | 13 Mar 1916

Verdun bogs down | 7 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun The German attack on the west bank of the River Meuse is now bogging down in earnest, after a strong first day. Continue reading Verdun bogs down | 7 Feb 1916

Petain | Defence in depth | 27 Feb 1916

Douaumont village Douaumont village is still holding out. Every hour it holds is another hour for French reinforcements to arrive, for artillery to emplace on Continue reading Petain | Defence in depth | 27 Feb 1916

Air superiority at Verdun | Samogneux | 23 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun The Germans continue relentlessly turning the screw at Verdun. Without their long autumn and winter of trench-digging, the French would now be Continue reading Air superiority at Verdun | Samogneux | 23 Feb 1916

Verdun gathers steam | 22 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun The MSPaint map at daybreak: Today the Germans push hard. The artillery’s continued firing at new targets all through the night. The Continue reading Verdun gathers steam | 22 Feb 1916

Smuts in East Africa | French politics | 19 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun Not today, thank you. It’s still raining. Still no battle. As we saw yesterday, the Germans are now starting to get slightly Continue reading Smuts in East Africa | French politics | 19 Feb 1916

Dogger Bank | Torpedo boats | 10 Feb 1916

Dogger Bank Admiral Scheer’s slow ramping up of operations in the North Sea continues, as he prepares for an important meeting with the Kaiser at Continue reading Dogger Bank | Torpedo boats | 10 Feb 1916