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

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

War Committee | 3 Nov 1915

The British government and Gallipoli The British government hocks up a giant hairball and attempts to do something to assert a little control over the Continue reading War Committee | 3 Nov 1915

The start of the war | 2 August 1914

The beginning of war The start of the Second World War was rather an odd one. Once Nazi Germany got rid of Poland, and with Continue reading The start of the war | 2 August 1914

Germany declares war | 1 Aug 1914

Germany declares war Russia continues general mobilisation. Germany now genuinely does have no choice; general Russian mobilisation can only be aimed at invading Germany. At Continue reading Germany declares war | 1 Aug 1914

Austro-Hungarian railways | 31 July 1914

Austria-Hungary News has reached Vienna that a Russian general mobilisation is underway. Their army must now attempt to transition from their War Plan B (for Continue reading Austro-Hungarian railways | 31 July 1914

General mobilisation | 30 July 1914

There’s nowhere else to start the day but St Petersburg, where partial mobilisation orders are sent out at midnight. Russian mobilisation However, Sergey Sazonov isn’t Continue reading General mobilisation | 30 July 1914

Austria-Hungary declares war | 28 July 1914

Diplomacy has failed. The July Crisis is coming to its head. These are melodramatic times, and it’s hard to talk about them without sounding somewhat Continue reading Austria-Hungary declares war | 28 July 1914

War becomes inevitable | 27 July 1914

Serbia As the Army continues to mobilise, telegrams continue arriving from Russia. The latest report is that Russia plans “immediately to commence an energetic offensive Continue reading War becomes inevitable | 27 July 1914

Russia supports Serbia | 25 July 1914

The July Crisis is turned on its head today as the Russian government commits itself to supporting Serbia with military force if necessary. I’ve also Continue reading Russia supports Serbia | 25 July 1914

Serbia against the wall | 24 July 1914

With the ultimatum in hand, the situation for Serbia looks extremely grim. They need help, and they need it now. Before we consider their position Continue reading Serbia against the wall | 24 July 1914

Sir Edward Grey | 20 July 1914

Today we are mostly looking at the position of the British government, and in particular, the Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey. Henriette Caillaux France’s attention Continue reading Sir Edward Grey | 20 July 1914

Russo-French Alliance | Localisation | 17 July 1914

Once again we’re looking at the underlying situation. This time it’s the arrangements between Britain, France, and Russia in 1914; and the German strategy of Continue reading Russo-French Alliance | Localisation | 17 July 1914

The start of the war | 2 August 1914

The beginning of war The start of the Second World War was rather an odd one. Once Nazi Germany got rid of Poland, and with Continue reading The start of the war | 2 August 1914