Sixth Isonzo | Gorizia | 8 Aug 1916

Sixth Isonzo Hopefully you’re not still chewing on your knuckles from yesterday. The irony here really is painful. The Italian Army has spent a long, Continue reading Sixth Isonzo | Gorizia | 8 Aug 1916

Delville Wood | Longueval | 26 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme General Rawlinson is not particularly happy at the moment, having presided over a gigantic wet fart of an offensive on the Continue reading Delville Wood | Longueval | 26 Jul 1916

Flooding | Yudenich | 7 Apr 1916

Siege of Kut Before dawn, another attack goes in against Sannaiyat. There’s not much to say about it other than it’s unsurprising that they tried, Continue reading Flooding | Yudenich | 7 Apr 1916

Sir Douglas Haig | Wieltje | 19 Dec 1915

Sir John French The niceties and bureaucratic obligations have all been completed. Today it’s time for Sir John French to formally hand over command of Continue reading Sir Douglas Haig | Wieltje | 19 Dec 1915

Gallipoli | Chantilly | 7 Dec 1915

Evacuation of Gallipoli Yes, you read that right. Sing Hallelujah and ring the church bells. The British Cabinet has a meeting today, where it’s faced Continue reading Gallipoli | Chantilly | 7 Dec 1915

Fog of war | Ctesiphon | 24 Nov 1915

Fog of war at the Battle of Ctesiphon Today at the Battle of Ctesiphon provides an excellent example of how critical it is to remember Continue reading Fog of war | Ctesiphon | 24 Nov 1915

Retreat from Serbia | Ctesiphon | 23 Nov 1915

Retreat from Serbia General Sarrail gives the order and initiates his force’s retreat back to Salonika. It’s been in Serbian-held territory for about a month Continue reading Retreat from Serbia | Ctesiphon | 23 Nov 1915

Churchill | Ctesiphon | Isonzo | 15 Nov 1915

Mesopotamia The final advance on Ctesiphon and Baghdad has now begun. General Townshend’s force is proceeding up the River Tigris in cautious leapfrogs. He has Continue reading Churchill | Ctesiphon | Isonzo | 15 Nov 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

Skopje | Constantine I | 5 Oct 1915

It’s all going off today. With what’s obviously a major British-French landing at Salonika in progress, King Constantine I of Greece uses his reserve powers Continue reading Skopje | Constantine I | 5 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

Henri de Lecluse | 3 Oct 1915

Western Front The Hohenzollern Redoubt is fully recaptured by the Germans. The BEF line is still attached to it by communication trenches; the battle here Continue reading Henri de Lecluse | 3 Oct 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

Sir John French | Blame | 29 Sep 1915

Battle of Loos With the Germans turning up the pressure on the Hohenzollern Redoubt higher and higher, General Haig has his eyes firmly on the Continue reading Sir John French | Blame | 29 Sep 1915

John Kipling | 27 Sep 1915

Battle of Loos The BEF has one more card left to play as it searches for that elusive breakthrough of the German reserve line. The Continue reading John Kipling | 27 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

Wepeaonised Spleeing Mitsakes [sic] | 28 Aug 1915

Don’t adjust your set, that’s quite intentional. We’ve also got a look at the BEF’s plans for the Battle of Loos, but first… Ministry of Continue reading Wepeaonised Spleeing Mitsakes [sic] | 28 Aug 1915

On the ground at Loos | 22 Aug 1915

Battle of Loos Having had certain facts explained to him by Lord Kitchener, Sir John French today informs General Joffre that the BEF will be Continue reading On the ground at Loos | 22 Aug 1915

Commitments and orders | 20 Aug 1915

Lord Kitchener Lord Kitchener is distracting himself from the Gallipoli situation with a bracing visit to the Western Front. Once more he finds himself in Continue reading Commitments and orders | 20 Aug 1915

Liberation of Chunuk Bair | 10 Aug 1915

Today’s fluff that jerks the curtain for the main event at Gallipoli is the squabbling generals on the Western Front. Battle of Loos More clashes Continue reading Liberation of Chunuk Bair | 10 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

Battle of Achi Baba Nullah | July 12 1915

Mbyuni On the Kenya/German East Africa border, there’s a small village called Mbyuni. It makes an excellent outpost for raids against the Uganda Railway, and Continue reading Battle of Achi Baba Nullah | July 12 1915

First Isonzo | Jun 24 1915

Today we have a little French strategy, a lot of Italian failure, and another dose of the horrors of war from Kenneth Best. First Isonzo Continue reading First Isonzo | Jun 24 1915

Sri Lanka | 28 May 1915

The Italian army bumbles into action, General Nixon continues trying to get someone to sign off on his Baghdad scheme, and the BEF resolves not Continue reading Sri Lanka | 28 May 1915

Shell Crisis | Portugal | 14 May 1915

It’s a tempestuous time to be in government. The Times is giving the British government a good kicking, and Alessandro Salandra has just threatened to Continue reading Shell Crisis | Portugal | 14 May 1915

Second Artois | 10 May 1915

General Haig would have liked to renew the Battle of Aubers Ridge today, but practical concerns (like not having any shells, and the large numbers Continue reading Second Artois | 10 May 1915