Rhodesia | 25 Jun 1915

Fresh plans afoot in Africa for Colonel von Lettow-Vorbeck, and on Gallipoli for ANZAC commander General Birdwood. Louis Barthas We begin with a quick moment Continue reading Rhodesia | 25 Jun 1915

Artois | Bukoba | 19 Jun 1915

Lip service to the many supporting operations for Second Artois, and then it’s back to Africa, where the Legion of Frontiersmen are about to go Continue reading Artois | Bukoba | 19 Jun 1915

Piet Pretorius | 18 Jun 1915

It’s the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, and a few of our British correspondents pause for a moment to make note of it, Continue reading Piet Pretorius | 18 Jun 1915

Battle of Bellewaarde | 16 Jun 1915

After yesterday’s day of final preparation, there’s an awful lot of attacks going off, and awfully little being achieved by them. To France! Second Artois Continue reading Battle of Bellewaarde | 16 Jun 1915

One shilling a day | 15 Jun 1915

A day of preparing things and making investments for the future, to be paid off later. Second Artois On the last day of artillery preparation Continue reading One shilling a day | 15 Jun 1915

Death and depression | 13 Jun 1915

As the French Army prepares another attack, General Plumer is having a Good Idea, and one of Louis Barthas’s mates is suffering an attack of Continue reading Death and depression | 13 Jun 1915

Stealing wine | 11 Jun 1915

What do you know, a quiet day! I have no idea what even to do with these any more. Gallipoli Looking in at the Ottoman Continue reading Stealing wine | 11 Jun 1915

Neuville | 10 Jun 1915

The Italians stop to think again, and the French find success of a sort at Second Artois. River Isonzo General Cadorna has now received enough Continue reading Neuville | 10 Jun 1915

The Rocca | Monfalcone | 09 Jun 1915

We’re mostly in Italy and Artois today, with a soupcon of flavour from Gallipoli. Kenneth Best We’ll start on Gallipoli, where Kenneth Best has already Continue reading The Rocca | Monfalcone | 09 Jun 1915

Balfour and the Landships | 8 Jun 1915

There’s a big question mark over the fate of the Landships Committee. With Winston Churchill out at the Admiralty, will he be able to protect Continue reading Balfour and the Landships | 8 Jun 1915

Flamethrower | 7 Jun 1915

At Second Artois, Louis Barthas gets attacked by a horrific new weapon. There’s also an update from Herbert Sulzbach, and an important decision is taken Continue reading Flamethrower | 7 Jun 1915

Second Artois | 5 Jun 1915

Third Krithia continues, Second Artois resumes. Reader discretion is advised because two of our correspondents are right in the thick of it and we are Continue reading Second Artois | 5 Jun 1915

Doublethink | 2 Jun 1915

Martial law is declared in Sri Lanka, Sir Ian Hamilton isn’t making much sense, and Louis Barthas is being buggered around. Sri Lanka Riots The Continue reading Doublethink | 2 Jun 1915

Breakthrough and rupture | 30 May 1915

A number of places to look at today; Amara, London, New Delhi, Chantilly, Gallipoli and Mazingarbe, where Louis Barthas has formed a connection with two Continue reading Breakthrough and rupture | 30 May 1915

Sri Lanka | 28 May 1915

The Italian army bumbles into action, General Nixon continues trying to get someone to sign off on his Baghdad scheme, and the BEF resolves not Continue reading Sri Lanka | 28 May 1915

Triumph | Shell Crisis | 25 May 1915

The word “Triumph” in that title does not, sadly, refer to any kind of victory. Before we can decode that, it’s to Artois and London Continue reading Triumph | Shell Crisis | 25 May 1915

Italy | Second Artois | 20 May 1915

The Italian parliament opens, the French Army begins slogging up Vimy Ridge, and there’s a new problem at ANZAC Cove. Second Artois The rain has Continue reading Italy | Second Artois | 20 May 1915

Shell Crisis | Rolling barrage | 17 May 1915

The ructions in the British government are coming at an absolutely terrible time. Clear oversight and direction is needed from the Army’s political masters in Continue reading Shell Crisis | Rolling barrage | 17 May 1915

Shell Crisis | Portugal | 14 May 1915

It’s a tempestuous time to be in government. The Times is giving the British government a good kicking, and Alessandro Salandra has just threatened to Continue reading Shell Crisis | Portugal | 14 May 1915

Amara | Second Artois | 11 May 1915

Today we’re mostly catching up with more of our blokes, although we do also have quite a few developments. Let’s get away from the Western Continue reading Amara | Second Artois | 11 May 1915

Second Artois | 10 May 1915

General Haig would have liked to renew the Battle of Aubers Ridge today, but practical concerns (like not having any shells, and the large numbers Continue reading Second Artois | 10 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

Camouflage Committee | 08 May 1915

It’s the eve of the latest big push on the Western Front, and the French Camouflage Committee has been doing its bit for the Battle Continue reading Camouflage Committee | 08 May 1915

Second Krithia | Lusitania | 07 May 1915

Lots to talk about today. Not least the sinking of a rather large ship. Let’s get to it. Second Krithia General Hunter-Weston doubles down, ordering Continue reading Second Krithia | Lusitania | 07 May 1915

Hermagor | Vimy Ridge | 03 May 1915

Oh great, we’ve got yet more goddamn battles starting. Not only do we have Second Ypres ready to heat up again, Gallipoli smouldering nastily, and Continue reading Hermagor | Vimy Ridge | 03 May 1915

Aubers Ridge | 30 Apr 1915

We’ve got to spend some time with British generals today, looking at some of the fallout from the fall (hahaha) of General Smith-Dorrien. There’s also Continue reading Aubers Ridge | 30 Apr 1915

The plan for Gallipoli | 11 Apr 1915

It’s time for another look at wider French strategy. The Friendly Feldwebel gets a new boss. But the most important thing to note is that Continue reading The plan for Gallipoli | 11 Apr 1915

Vimy | 02 Apr 1915

Today we’re going to do the “In April 1915…” round-up of news without a specific date. The planning for Second Artois is also beginning to Continue reading Vimy | 02 Apr 1915

Vimy | Aubers | Mar 29 1915

There’s a four-way Entente conference today at GQG in Chantilly. Lord Kitchener and Sir John French have travelled to meet with General Joffre and war Continue reading Vimy | Aubers | Mar 29 1915