Rombon and Gallipoli | 29 Aug 1915

Doesn’t “Rombon and Gallipoli” sound like a crappy Sixties working men’s club comedy double act? If only. Battle of Hill 60 (Gallipoli) The battle ends Continue reading Rombon and Gallipoli | 29 Aug 1915

War crimes | 19 Aug 1915

Attention Great War shoppers, we’ve got a BOGOF special offer on war crimes in aisle 15. You can get there with a short cut through Continue reading War crimes | 19 Aug 1915

Stopford gets stopped | 13 Aug 1915

Italy The attacks that are about to be launched by the Italians are usually reckoned part of Second Isonzo, although a casual observer might suggest Continue reading Stopford gets stopped | 13 Aug 1915

Armin T Wegner | 2 Aug 1915

Second Isonzo The hell of living halfway up the Alps continues. Electric storms lash the mountansides. Freezing winds are accompanied by gargantuan hailstones. Hail and Continue reading Armin T Wegner | 2 Aug 1915

Haig gets it right | 29 July 1915

Battle of Malazgirt The Russian Army is evacuating Van. Some will retreat to the Eleskirt Valley, and others will head for Persia instead. The vast Continue reading Haig gets it right | 29 July 1915

Barbed wire | 28 July 1915

Second Isonzo Individual Italian units are still pecking at individual strong-points, but all pretence at a coordinated offensive has fallen away. Meanwhile, a fateful decision Continue reading Barbed wire | 28 July 1915

Alpine war | 27 July 1915

Siege of Saisi The Siege of Saisi continues, with infantry raids now supporting the artillery duel. A 320-strong relief force is on its way, most Continue reading Alpine war | 27 July 1915

Reed and Stopford | 26 July 1915

Mimi & Toutou The expedition which will, in one crew member’s words, “make Fiction look like Truth’s shabby sister” to bring Mimi and Toutou from Continue reading Reed and Stopford | 26 July 1915

Nasiriya | 24 July 1915

Second Isonzo Most of Second Isonzo is being wound down now after less than a week of attacks. The army’s remaining efforts will be pushed Continue reading Nasiriya | 24 July 1915

Second Isonzo | 23 July 1915

Battle of Malazgirt General Oganovski’s meagre reserves are thrown right into the heat of battle today. Most of them are raw and green and are, Continue reading Second Isonzo | 23 July 1915

Belgian National Day | 21 July 1915

Battle of Malazgirt Yet more Ottoman troops are arriving at the Belican Hills. There’s more hard fighting, and again the Russians manage to hold fast. Continue reading Belgian National Day | 21 July 1915

General Hunter-Weston | 20 Jul 1915

Second Isonzo The grand old Duke of Aosta has succeeded in marching his ten thousand men to the top of the hill. (Well, after disease Continue reading General Hunter-Weston | 20 Jul 1915

Legacy of the Konigsberg | 18 July 1915

Konigsberg Having finally succeeded in ending the Konigsberg, Admiral King-Hall has now found himself carrying the can for the failure to put her to bed Continue reading Legacy of the Konigsberg | 18 July 1915

Fokker Eindecker | 15 Jul 1915

Italian Army With a Second Isonzo imminent (of which more soon), someone in the Italian Army has had his thinking cap on. They’re issuing a Continue reading Fokker Eindecker | 15 Jul 1915