March to Kondoa | Plans for the Somme | 3 Apr 1916

March to Kondoa General van Deventer can wait no longer for his 2nd Division to finish forming up. Time is of the essence here. They Continue reading March to Kondoa | Plans for the Somme | 3 Apr 1916

Smuts | Stewart | Fischer | 15 Mar 1916

Africa General Smuts is deeply, deeply unhappy that Colonel von Lettow-Vorbeck is sitting pretty at Kahe rather than walking into a gentleman’s captivity. When the Continue reading Smuts | Stewart | Fischer | 15 Mar 1916

Fifth Battle of the Isonzo | Portugal | 9 Mar 1916

Time to lead off with something other than Verdun for the first time in nearly three weeks! Isn’t that nice? Fifth Battle of the Isonzo Continue reading Fifth Battle of the Isonzo | Portugal | 9 Mar 1916

Macker | Dujaila Redoubt | 8 Mar 1916

Battle of Verdun Today is the first day since the start of the Battle of Verdun where I’ve felt tempted to not write anything as Continue reading Macker | Dujaila Redoubt | 8 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

Verdun spreads | Serengeti | 6 Mar 1916

Battle of Verdun Today the Battle of Verdun spreads like a cancer onto the west bank of the River Meuse, where it should very probably Continue reading Verdun spreads | Serengeti | 6 Mar 1916

Waiting at Verdun | Plumer and the Bluff | 18 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun There shall be no battle here. Today, at least. It’s still raining. With a few long-suffering Teutonic sighs, the offensive is put Continue reading Waiting at Verdun | Plumer and the Bluff | 18 Feb 1916

Tank Detachment | Swinton | 16 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun Rain stopped play again. No battle today. Come back tomorrow. Tank Detachment The War Office continues its preparations to field the first Continue reading Tank Detachment | Swinton | 16 Feb 1916

Tank Supply Committee | 13 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun The rain continues. No battle today. Instead, another demonstration outside Frise, and one at Hooge Crater. Erzurum Offensive It’s yet another good Continue reading Tank Supply Committee | 13 Feb 1916

The Wipers Times | 12 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun The Battle of Verdun is…learning from the English and their strange “cricket” game. Rain has stopped play; the Germans begin a series Continue reading The Wipers Times | 12 Feb 1916

Weather | Verdun | 11 Feb 1916

Erzrurum Offensive Neither rain nor snow nor gloom of night…as reinforcements plough through yet more ridiculously snowy weather high up a mountain, heading for the Continue reading Weather | Verdun | 11 Feb 1916

Demonstrations for Verdun | 9 Feb 1916

Demonstrations and deceptions The Germans now initiate their main programme of deception to support the imminent Battle of Verdun. They’ve been very precisely designed to Continue reading Demonstrations for Verdun | 9 Feb 1916

Salaita | Moewe | 7 Feb 1916

Salaita Recon-by-fire efforts are continuing at Salaita Hill. There’s a final one planned for the 9th, after one on the 5th identified at least 300 Continue reading Salaita | Moewe | 7 Feb 1916

de Langle at Verdun | Salaita | 3 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun General de Langle has been inspecting the state of Verdun’s defences now that the region is under his army group, and his Continue reading de Langle at Verdun | Salaita | 3 Feb 1916