Sixth Isonzo | Boselli | Bissolati | 17 Aug 1916

Romania Negotiations for bringing Romania into the war have finally concluded, to the alleged satisfaction of all parties. I’m far from convinced. After a little Continue reading Sixth Isonzo | Boselli | Bissolati | 17 Aug 1916

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

General Gough | ANZACs | 28 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme In Pozieres, the battered and bruised 1st Australian Division is being removed from the line and replaced with fellow Gallipoli veterans Continue reading General Gough | ANZACs | 28 Jul 1916

Erzincan | Haig & ANZACs | 25 Jul 1916

Battle of Erzincan Erzincan has surrendered. A second overwhelming Russian victory in 1916 is now complete. Vehip Pasha’s Third Army has, for the second time Continue reading Erzincan | Haig & ANZACs | 25 Jul 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

Tanga | Mametz Wood | 7 Jul 1916

Tanga We begin today with the settling of an old score in German East Africa. The Battle of Tanga, way back in November 1914, has, Continue reading Tanga | Mametz Wood | 7 Jul 1916

German counter-attacks | 4 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme A huge rainstorm has blown in. Even if the BEF had been in position to launch a major attack on the Continue reading German counter-attacks | 4 Jul 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

Charles Tennant | French mining | 17 Jan 1915

Today, we’re getting a Territorial subaltern’s view of things, and seeing how French mining efforts are progressing. Charles Tennant Lieutenant Tennant (ho ho ho) is Continue reading Charles Tennant | French mining | 17 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

Germany declares war on France | 3 Aug 1914

Belgium The inevitable media storm sweeps through France and Britain as the Belgian government distributes the text of von Moltke’s ultimatum. It’s quickly recognised as Continue reading Germany declares war on France | 3 Aug 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

The Joint Ministerial Council | 07 Jul 1914

A meeting of Austria-Hungary’s Joint Ministerial Council sees extensive debate on how they should proceed, now that they have the blank cheque secured. Count Tisza Continue reading The Joint Ministerial Council | 07 Jul 1914

Balkan diplomacy | 02 Jul 1914

The crisis continues to rumble nastily. First, to Vienna; then, into the recent past. Count Berchtold There is one thing that everyone in Vienna agrees Continue reading Balkan diplomacy | 02 Jul 1914