War Committee | Hersin | 28 Dec 1915

War Committee 1915 is now juddering to a highly unsatisfying end. The British War Committee, having just installed Wully Robertson as Chief of the Imperial Continue reading War Committee | Hersin | 28 Dec 1915

Chantilly | Joffre | 6 Dec 1915

Chantilly Conference Time for the Chantilly Conference: an excuse for some very dignified men to have several gluttonous lunches with General Joffre, the premier gourmand Continue reading Chantilly | Joffre | 6 Dec 1915

Firefly | Comet | Tigris | 1 Dec 1915

Retreat from Ctesiphon It’s rearguard action day on the Retreat from Ctesiphon, as General Townshend is obliged to turn about and do something to stop Continue reading Firefly | Comet | Tigris | 1 Dec 1915

Walking shapes of mud | 17 Nov 1915

Fourth Isonzo General Luigi Capello is not a very nice man. He’s the corps commander whose current area of responsibility is Gorizia. He’s been promoted Continue reading Walking shapes of mud | 17 Nov 1915

Prilip | Sarrail | Mackensen | 12 Nov 1915

Fourth Isonzo It’s another explosive and deadly day on the Isonzo. That one trench in front of Gorizia changes hands a few more times, and Continue reading Prilip | Sarrail | Mackensen | 12 Nov 1915

Fourth Isonzo | Mitrovica | 11 Nov 1915

Fourth Isonzo Once more unto the breach, dear friends. Once more, or close the wall up with Italian dead. General Cadorna has at least restricted Continue reading Fourth Isonzo | Mitrovica | 11 Nov 1915

Kosovo Offensive | 10 Nov 1915

Kosovo Offensive With much of Serbia now being occupied by Bulgaria, Austria-Hungary, and Germany, the final act in the third invasion of Serbia begins. The Continue reading Kosovo Offensive | 10 Nov 1915

Isonzo goes ever on and on | 5 Nov 1915

Third Isonzo The battle has been suspended. Time to pick up the pieces. That first of all means looking at the casualties. For the Italians, Continue reading Isonzo goes ever on and on | 5 Nov 1915

The end of Third Isonzo | 4 Nov 1915

Third Isonzo The already-ridiculous rainfall continues with even greater intensity, and now the writing’s on the wall for the battle. Any hope of an Italian Continue reading The end of Third Isonzo | 4 Nov 1915

Colonel Viola | 2 Nov 1915

Third Isonzo There is good news, of a sort, for a given value of “good news”. The Italians have broken into the trenches at Monte Continue reading Colonel Viola | 2 Nov 1915

Serbian Army | 1 Nov 1915

Gallipoli The weather on Gallipoli is deteriorating alarmingly. They’re yet to have any serious rain, but high winds are ripping across the peninsula. Out at Continue reading Serbian Army | 1 Nov 1915

Aristide Briand | 29 Oct 1915

Aristide Briand Time for some lovely crunchy French politics. Rene Viviani’s last, desperate play to save himself as Prime Minister was to select a new Continue reading Aristide Briand | 29 Oct 1915

Never work with children or animals | 28 Oct 1915

The King Before we get into things today, let’s start with an extended metaphor. As we know, George V of Britain is in France at Continue reading Never work with children or animals | 28 Oct 1915

Lukuga | Lake Tanganyika | 24 Oct 1915

Mimi and Toutou The world’s most ridiculous military operation is at an end. The journey has been some 14,000-odd miles and four months long, from Continue reading Lukuga | Lake Tanganyika | 24 Oct 1915

Third Isonzo | 21 Oct 1915

Third Battle of the Isonzo Let us first talk about the things that have gone well as Third Isonzo opens! Salandra needs things to go Continue reading Third Isonzo | 21 Oct 1915

Vranje | Sir Ian Hamilton | 16 Oct 1915

Serbia The weather has calmed itself a little, and the northern German/Austro-Hungarian offensive continues making slow, steady progress, never pausing for enough time to allow Continue reading Vranje | Sir Ian Hamilton | 16 Oct 1915

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

Serbia in trouble | 9 Oct 1915

Italian Front I’m afraid we’re starting today with pretty much the worst news possible from Italy. General Cadorna has just cancelled all leave from the Continue reading Serbia in trouble | 9 Oct 1915

Mills bomb | Belgrade | 8 Oct 1915

A big hello to those of you clicking through from the Lawyers, Guns & Money blog. Enjoy your archive binge! Battle of Loos The Germans Continue reading Mills bomb | Belgrade | 8 Oct 1915

Bulgaria, Greece, rain | 23 Sep 1915

The wind and the rain, it raineth every day The weather breaks in northern France. The entire front from Flanders to Picardy is deluged by Continue reading Bulgaria, Greece, rain | 23 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

Murdoch | Dawnay | Bulgaria | 6 Sep 1915

Bulgaria Bulgaria signs on the dotted line with the German ambassador. There’s a lot of fluffy and flowery twaddle about eternal friendship and alliance, and Continue reading Murdoch | Dawnay | Bulgaria | 6 Sep 1915

Bulgaria | 2 Sep 1915

The position of Bulgaria With little new happening today, let’s have a quick dekko at Bulgaria, and try to get our heads round why the Continue reading Bulgaria | 2 Sep 1915

Making friends with Bulgaria | 1 Sep 1915

Buy the book! Before we get into today, here’s some good news. I’m soon going to be releasing the blog entries from 1914 in a Continue reading Making friends with Bulgaria | 1 Sep 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

Gorizia | Lake Tanganyika | 21 Apr 1915

There’s been a lot happening on the Western Front recently. Today is a day where we can pause for a moment and widen our horizons Continue reading Gorizia | Lake Tanganyika | 21 Apr 1915

Split | 27 Mar 1915

Haggling continues between Italy, the Entente, and Austria-Hungary; the port of Split is proving a sticking point. The Friendly Feldwebel is still deep in the Continue reading Split | 27 Mar 1915

Vermelles | 04 Dec 1914

The Western Front is beginning to warm up again; the other campaigns are still red hot. Not literally, obviously. It’s still freezing winter weather for Continue reading Vermelles | 04 Dec 1914

Albert | Lille | 29 Sep 1914

A day of endings. The hardest fighting is about to move away from Albert and towards Lille. Albert Like Picardy before it, the Battle of Continue reading Albert | Lille | 29 Sep 1914