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

Battle of Jutland | Fort Vaux | 1 June 1916

Battle of Jutland Very, very quick recap. Ships of the High Seas Fleet and Grand Fleet fired on each other in anger yesterday, for the Continue reading Battle of Jutland | Fort Vaux | 1 June 1916

Battle of Jutland | 31 May 1916

Battle of Jutland Today’s the day. Der Tag, as the Germans have been calling it. For my money, there is only one thing we can Continue reading Battle of Jutland | 31 May 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

Mine-laying submarines | Fort Vaux | 29 May 1916

Battle of Jutland Decision day for Admiral Scheer. For the full implications of the decision he must make today, skip back to yesterday. It’s a Continue reading Mine-laying submarines | Fort Vaux | 29 May 1916

The stakes at Jutland | 28 May 1916

It’s a slightly unusual opening today. Bear with me and you’ll see where I’m going with this. The Skagerrak and the Kattegat Hey, have you Continue reading The stakes at Jutland | 28 May 1916

Fort Douaumont | Cancelled raids | 23 May 1916

Battle of Verdun The French attack on Fort Douaumont yesterday can’t possibly help but provoke a major counter-attack from the Germans. And it seems as Continue reading Fort Douaumont | Cancelled raids | 23 May 1916

Kondoa and Kigoma | 12 May 1916

Battle of Kondoa As Colonel von Lettow-Vorbeck continues dithering, the South Africans send out a couple of raiding parties to see what they can find. Continue reading Kondoa and Kigoma | 12 May 1916

Explosion at Fort Douaumont | Kiggell | 8 May 1916

Battle of Verdun Tough job deciding what to lead off with. But it’s got to be off to Verdun, where the Germans have been making Continue reading Explosion at Fort Douaumont | Kiggell | 8 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

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

The west bank of the Meuse | 5 Mar 1916

The west bank of the Meuse After at least a full week of jumping up and down and yelling, General von Falkenhayn’s subordinates have finally Continue reading The west bank of the Meuse | 5 Mar 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

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

Moewe | Junkers | South Africans | 31 Jan 1916

Moewe Time to pick up the story of the German commerce raider Moewe again. The good news for the Admiralty is that, after 20 days Continue reading Moewe | Junkers | South Africans | 31 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