Crisis in Serbia | 14 Oct 1915

Bulgaria The Bulgarian government has its allies, and its fig leaf casus belli of two days ago. Today they declare war on Serbia and come Continue reading Crisis in Serbia | 14 Oct 1915

von Mackensen | Belgrade | 7 Oct 1915

Oh, I hope you weren’t expecting good news. There’s precious little good news to go around at the moment. Let’s cut to the chase… Third Continue reading von Mackensen | Belgrade | 7 Oct 1915

Baghdad | 4 October 1915

Mesopotamia In the wake of capturing Kut-al-Amara, General Nixon would dearly love to push on towards Baghdad as soon as possible. General Townshend has already Continue reading Baghdad | 4 October 1915

Hohenzollern Redoubt | 2 Oct 1915

Western Front The Hohenzollern Redoubt is falling. Too many Germans with too many grenades, supported by too many Minenwerfers and too good a knowledge of Continue reading Hohenzollern Redoubt | 2 Oct 1915

Parcels for the dead | 30 Sep 1915

Autumn offensive Today is a mostly quiet day. Second Champagne is put on hold as it becomes apparent that news of a breakthrough was in Continue reading Parcels for the dead | 30 Sep 1915

Sir John French | Blame | 29 Sep 1915

Battle of Loos With the Germans turning up the pressure on the Hohenzollern Redoubt higher and higher, General Haig has his eyes firmly on the Continue reading Sir John French | Blame | 29 Sep 1915

Battle of Es Sinn | 28 Sep 1915

Let’s try to break out from the Western Front a little, shall we? The other theatres of the war have obligingly kept quiet these past Continue reading Battle of Es Sinn | 28 Sep 1915

John Kipling | 27 Sep 1915

Battle of Loos The BEF has one more card left to play as it searches for that elusive breakthrough of the German reserve line. The Continue reading John Kipling | 27 Sep 1915

Second Champagne | Third Artois | 25 Sep 1915

Sacre bleu, there’s so much to cover today that I’ve had to divide it into trois seperate posts! This is for the French Army at Continue reading Second Champagne | Third Artois | 25 Sep 1915

The eve of battle | 24 Sep 1915

Third Artois With just 24 hours until the great autumn offensive on the Western Front, you may recall that the weather has broken and it’s Continue reading The eve of battle | 24 Sep 1915

Bulgarian mobilisation | 22 Sep 1915

Bulgaria I’m sure that coordinated military action makes a lot of tactical sense, but it’s bloody annoying when you’re trying to do a day-by-day blog Continue reading Bulgarian mobilisation | 22 Sep 1915

Preliminary bombardment | 21 Sep 1915

Offensive on the Western Front All up and down the great front, British and French guns are opening up on the enemy. Second Champagne, Third Continue reading Preliminary bombardment | 21 Sep 1915

Deception | 17 Sep 1915

Deception One of the more persistent myths about the war, as General Melchett embodies, is the idea that the generals not only refused to believe Continue reading Deception | 17 Sep 1915

Preparation for battle | 15 Sep 1915

As we surely all know, proper preparation & planning prevents piss poor performance. Let’s see how that’s going, with the autumn offensive on the Western Continue reading Preparation for battle | 15 Sep 1915

Second Champagne | 5 Sep 1915

Second Champagne Yesterday we looked at the planning for Third Artois, and were sure to pay careful attention to how it bore no resemblance whatsoever Continue reading Second Champagne | 5 Sep 1915

Water at Suvla Bay | 11 Aug 1915

Same as yesterday; but this time, let’s take Gallipoli first. Suvla Bay The bungling continues unabated. General Stopford blithely describes the battalions thrown against Scimitar Continue reading Water at Suvla Bay | 11 Aug 1915

Battle of Achi Baba Nullah | July 12 1915

Mbyuni On the Kenya/German East Africa border, there’s a small village called Mbyuni. It makes an excellent outpost for raids against the Uganda Railway, and Continue reading Battle of Achi Baba Nullah | July 12 1915

Inspection | 8 July 1915

Kenneth Best There’s a highly important happening in the trenches of the 4th and 5th East Lancs. Kenneth Best is there with them. Word passed Continue reading Inspection | 8 July 1915