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

Monfalcone | Bellewaarde | 24 May 1915

The Italian army marches across the border with its bootlaces tied together, the Germans make one final attempt to renew Second Ypres, someone in their Continue reading Monfalcone | Bellewaarde | 24 May 1915

Fokker | George Bemand | 23 May 1915

There’s a trailblazer in the Royal Artillery, and the Italian war machine is spluttering uncertainly into life. We’re starting in the skies above the Western Continue reading Fokker | George Bemand | 23 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 | 06 May 1915

If madness is doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different result…here comes the Second Battle of Krithia. Sir Ian Hamilton knows Continue reading Second Krithia | 06 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

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

Gorlice-Tarnow | The Nek | 2 May 1915

The tales of Gallipoli and Second Ypres continue, but for the first time in far too long, the main focus of a daily post puts Continue reading Gorlice-Tarnow | The Nek | 2 May 1915

GHQ Line | 01 May 1915

The BEF begins the process of retiring to the GHQ Line at Second Ypres. There’s also a major Ottoman counter-attack on Gallipoli; on the Eastern Continue reading GHQ Line | 01 May 1915

My pink half of the drainpipe | 29 Apr 1915

And breathe. With the failure of First Krithia, General Hunter-Weston orders the men at Cape Helles to dig in and rest. We’re also going outside Continue reading My pink half of the drainpipe | 29 Apr 1915

First Battle of Krithia | Tok Janggut | 28 Apr 1915

We’ve got the first major attack on Gallipoli since the landings, the BEF prepares to withdraw to the GHQ Line in the Ypres salient, and Continue reading First Battle of Krithia | Tok Janggut | 28 Apr 1915

Horace Smith-Dorrien | 27 Apr 1915

It’s man overboard at Second Ypres, the blokes on Gallipoli are still buggering on, the French Council of Ministers sticks its head over the parapet, Continue reading Horace Smith-Dorrien | 27 Apr 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

Second Ypres | Konigsberg | 25 Apr 1915

The major event of today is the Gallipoli landings. They’re so extensive that they get their own post. Here we deal with events at Second Continue reading Second Ypres | Konigsberg | 25 Apr 1915

Armenian Genocide | 24 Apr 1915

We’re checking in at Ypres and Gallipoli, where the troops have now set sail. However, today is usually recognised as the start of the Armenian Continue reading Armenian Genocide | 24 Apr 1915

Second Ypres | Amara | 23 Apr 1915

The next few days are going to be, ahem, rather busy. Second Ypres isn’t the only game in town. Amara Having seen off the Ottoman Continue reading Second Ypres | Amara | 23 Apr 1915

Second Ypres | Gas | 22 Apr 1915

There is only one thing we can possibly talk about today. Let’s get to it. Second Ypres The relief of Ypres has been proceeding while Continue reading Second Ypres | Gas | 22 Apr 1915

Shelling of Ypres | 20 Apr 1915

It’s a busy day in the Ypres salient. Ypres itself is about to take a pounding, and the Battle of Hill 60 (Belgium) continues. Defence Continue reading Shelling of Ypres | 20 Apr 1915

Suspension of Sentences Act | 16 Apr 1915

Desertion continues to be a major problem in the BEF, a recently-arrived cavalryman has what the paper might call a “Thrilling Adventure” at Hill 60, Continue reading Suspension of Sentences Act | 16 Apr 1915

Langemarck | Auguste Jaeger | 13 Apr 1915

The French face up to failure at the Battle of Woevre, the Ottomans come on strongly at Shaiba, and a young German private called Auguste Continue reading Langemarck | Auguste Jaeger | 13 Apr 1915