Krivolak | 17 Oct 1915

Serbia The Germans and Austro-Hungarians continue making steady progress. The course of the rivers Sava and Danube form a large pocket around Belgrade, and the Continue reading Krivolak | 17 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

Serbia and Italy | 15 Oct 1915

Serbia and Italy The Third Invasion of Serbia continues, albeit rather slowly due to violent rainstorms. Rivers everywhere are flooding, or else flowing so fast Continue reading Serbia and Italy | 15 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

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

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

British gas | 18 Sep 1915

Good Honest British Gas If nothing else, that title should do wonders for capturing people who are trying to find out about utility companies. Ahem. Continue reading British gas | 18 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

Graffiti & wine | 3 Sep 1915

Life in reserve The 12th Northumberland Fusiliers, a Kitchener’s Army battalion, is recently arrived in France. 1916 and the Battle of the Somme is usually Continue reading Graffiti & wine | 3 Sep 1915

Battle of Scimitar Hill | 21 Aug 1915

Vote of confidence The French government seeks to put to bed any rumblings about General Joffre’s competency by calling a vote of confidence in itself. Continue reading Battle of Scimitar Hill | 21 Aug 1915

Sir Ian Hamilton’s optimism | 18 Aug 1915

Hamilton’s optimism I can’t help but find it fascinating, bizarre, and perverse that the worse things get for Sir Ian Hamilton, and the more evidence Continue reading Sir Ian Hamilton’s optimism | 18 Aug 1915

Hill 60 (Gallipoli) | 17 Aug 1915

Battle of Scimitar Hill Sir Ian Hamilton is going off the deep end. Not only is he still convinced that one more push will achieve Continue reading Hill 60 (Gallipoli) | 17 Aug 1915

Gas masks | 16 Aug 1915

Gas masks There’s a new and exciting innovation in France. The initial response to the threat of German gas attack had been the Hypo “helmet”, Continue reading Gas masks | 16 Aug 1915

Mountain fighting in Italy | 14 Aug 1915

Second Isonzo Ye gods, it seems like years since we were watching the Italians battering their brains out against the redoubt at Cosich. It’s been Continue reading Mountain fighting in Italy | 14 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

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

Capture of Chunuk Bair | 8 Aug 1915

There’s a couple of things to round up before we get stuck into the shambles at Gallipoli again. And, whisper it gently, but we’ve actually Continue reading Capture of Chunuk Bair | 8 Aug 1915

Eleskirt Valley | 5 Aug 1915

Battle in the Eleskirt Valley In the Caucasus, the Ottoman forces are riding high, today returning to the streets of Van, with predictably brutal and Continue reading Eleskirt Valley | 5 Aug 1915

Landings at Suvla Bay | 1 Aug 1915

Attacks at Gallipoli: Landings at Suvla With just under a week to go before the men go into battle, let’s finally examine in detail the Continue reading Landings at Suvla Bay | 1 Aug 1915

Flamethrowers at Hooge | 30 July 1915

Herbert Sulzbach Sulzbach is heading back to that lovely war with his new gun battery. Entrain for the Western Front. Our Battery Commander is Lt Continue reading Flamethrowers at Hooge | 30 July 1915

Logistics on Gallipoli | 22 July 1915

Kronborg Almost in passing, a small party of sailors from the Royal Navy drop in at Mansa Bay, the final resting place of the Kronborg. Continue reading Logistics on Gallipoli | 22 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

End of the Konigsberg | Donkeys | 11 July 1915

Kenneth Best On Gallipoli, Kenneth Best hears some worrying news. No service possible owing to troop movements. Something big is impending. Staff men galloping about, Continue reading End of the Konigsberg | Donkeys | 11 July 1915

Namibia | 9 July 1915

German South-West Africa The German Empire troops surrender. South Africa now takes control of Namibia and will spend the next 70-odd years squatting there and Continue reading Namibia | 9 July 1915

Sir Bryan Mahon | Buggins’ turn | 03 July 1915

Kenneth Best Kenneth Best has some new arrivals to talk to. New Brigade of Jocks arriving, most in kilts. They look a sturdy, cheerful lot, Continue reading Sir Bryan Mahon | Buggins’ turn | 03 July 1915

Rhodesia | 25 Jun 1915

Fresh plans afoot in Africa for Colonel von Lettow-Vorbeck, and on Gallipoli for ANZAC commander General Birdwood. Louis Barthas We begin with a quick moment Continue reading Rhodesia | 25 Jun 1915

Doublethink | 2 Jun 1915

Martial law is declared in Sri Lanka, Sir Ian Hamilton isn’t making much sense, and Louis Barthas is being buggered around. Sri Lanka Riots The Continue reading Doublethink | 2 Jun 1915

Italy | Second Artois | 20 May 1915

The Italian parliament opens, the French Army begins slogging up Vimy Ridge, and there’s a new problem at ANZAC Cove. Second Artois The rain has Continue reading Italy | Second Artois | 20 May 1915

Boirault machine | Battle of Festubert | May 18 1915

It’s the turn of the French to trial a ridiculous impractical machine, the Ottomans prepare to attack ANZAC Cove, and a British sergeant has a Continue reading Boirault machine | Battle of Festubert | May 18 1915