Arab Revolt | Salandra’s fall | 10 Jun 1916

Italy and Asiago High drama in the recalled Italian parliament today. There’s been a series of fiery debates over whether the government or the army Continue reading Arab Revolt | Salandra’s fall | 10 Jun 1916

Fort Vaux | Salandra vs Cadorna | 3 Jun 1916

Battle of Verdun It’s a very, very, very bad start to the day at Fort Vaux, if you’re French. They’ve hastily organised reinforcements, but the Continue reading Fort Vaux | Salandra vs Cadorna | 3 Jun 1916

Planning the Brusilov Offensive | 18 May 1916

Brusilov Offensive Right, time now to return to the oft-neglected (on this blog; once again I’ll tell the story properly for the book) Eastern Front. Continue reading Planning the Brusilov Offensive | 18 May 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

Zupelli | Force Publique | 6 Feb 1916

Italian Front The Italian Front has been generally quiet over the last few months as General Cadorna attempts to rebuild his shattered army. A fresh Continue reading Zupelli | Force Publique | 6 Feb 1916

Schneider | Civilians in Italy | 11 Dec 1915

French tank development If there’s one thing I’ll never understand about this war, it’s the comparative arc of British and French tank designs. Back at Continue reading Schneider | Civilians in Italy | 11 Dec 1915

Third Isonzo | 21 Oct 1915

Third Battle of the Isonzo Let us first talk about the things that have gone well as Third Isonzo opens! Salandra needs things to go Continue reading Third Isonzo | 21 Oct 1915

Catchup with the Italian Front | 1 Oct 1915

Italian Front It’s been a while since we looked over to the Italian Front. Second Isonzo ended only a month previously, but it already seems Continue reading Catchup with the Italian Front | 1 Oct 1915

Van | Tyrol | 16 May 1915

We’re away from the Western Front today. First we’re off to Armenia, then the Italo-Austrian border, and finally back to the Friendly Feldwebel by way Continue reading Van | Tyrol | 16 May 1915

Goliath | U-boats | 13 May 1915

The sinking of Goliath has unsurprisingly dropped a massive bombshell into the situation at Gallipoli. We’re looking at the inevitable ructions. Meanwhile, things are even Continue reading Goliath | U-boats | 13 May 1915

Battle of Aubers Ridge | Second Artois | 09 May 1915

Ye gods, this is a busy period of the war. The gathering storm bursts over Aubers Ridge and Carency as the latest Entente offensive goes Continue reading Battle of Aubers Ridge | Second Artois | 09 May 1915

Mombasa | Italy | 04 May 1915

Everything that’s been happening continues to happen, and we’ve also got major developments in Africa and in Italy. Mombasa The Legion of Frontiersmen has landed Continue reading Mombasa | Italy | 04 May 1915

Treaty of London | 26 Apr 1915

Once again we’ve had to split today into two posts. For the second day on Gallipoli, see here. In other news, the situation at Ypres Continue reading Treaty of London | 26 Apr 1915

Shaiba | 10 Apr 1915

It’s a busy day. Mesopotamia! Africa! Champagne! Landships! Diplomacy! St Mihiel! Off we go! Friendly Feldwebel The Friendly Feldwebel comes out of the line again, Continue reading Shaiba | 10 Apr 1915

Split | 27 Mar 1915

Haggling continues between Italy, the Entente, and Austria-Hungary; the port of Split is proving a sticking point. The Friendly Feldwebel is still deep in the Continue reading Split | 27 Mar 1915

Dalmatia | 20 Mar 1915

The senior officers at the Dardanelles are becalmed in their cabins as the storm rages outside their portholes. The Entente sends an official response to Continue reading Dalmatia | 20 Mar 1915

Italian Army | 01 March 1915

All the latest from Champagne and the Dardanelles, and a look at the Italian Army as it prepares to mobilise. First Champagne French attacks continue, Continue reading Italian Army | 01 March 1915

The French Army at Gallipoli | 23 Feb 1915

Here’s one of the little-known facts that I love about this war. Did you know that, by some accounts, the French Army at Gallipoli lost Continue reading The French Army at Gallipoli | 23 Feb 1915

Moyia Harab | 01 Feb 1915

It may be the first of February, but things are about to get damn hot on the Suez Canal. There’s a large body of men Continue reading Moyia Harab | 01 Feb 1915

North Sea | 15 Dec 1914

Time to go back to sea. Big things are afoot (aship?) in the North Sea. First, we’ll sweep up the last day of the increasingly-misnamed Continue reading North Sea | 15 Dec 1914

Enver Pasha | 07 Dec 1914

Updates today from the Eastern Front, from Serbia, and Louis Barthas at Vermelles. Meanwhile, the Ottoman Empire prepares to re-ignite the campaign down in the Continue reading Enver Pasha | 07 Dec 1914

Now or never | 09 Jul 1914

With little new happening today, we’ll investigate more closely the position of the Chancellor of Germany, Bethmann-Hollweg, and try to understand why he’s come down Continue reading Now or never | 09 Jul 1914

Hoyos and the Kaiser | 05 Jul 1914

The Austro-Hungarian mission arrives in Berlin to see the Kaiser, full of beans and bluster. It finds an extremely favourable reception. Kaiser Wilhelm II The Continue reading Hoyos and the Kaiser | 05 Jul 1914