Sixth Isonzo | Boselli | Bissolati | 17 Aug 1916

Romania Negotiations for bringing Romania into the war have finally concluded, to the alleged satisfaction of all parties. I’m far from convinced. After a little Continue reading Sixth Isonzo | Boselli | Bissolati | 17 Aug 1916

Africa | Longueval | 27 Jul 1916

Africa The Prime Minister of South Africa, Louis Botha, has just arrived in German East Africa to find out first-hand why his crony Smuts’s grandiose Continue reading Africa | Longueval | 27 Jul 1916

German counter-attacks | 4 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme A huge rainstorm has blown in. Even if the BEF had been in position to launch a major attack on the Continue reading German counter-attacks | 4 Jul 1916

Smuts | Kondoa | 4 May 1916

Smuts and Kondoa Just about the only news today is from Kondoa Irangi, where General Smuts has gone forward to see how utterly terrible things Continue reading Smuts | Kondoa | 4 May 1916

Kondoa Irangi | Rawlinson & Haig | 8 Apr 1916

March to Kondoa The South Africans’ march to Kondoa continues with all speed possible, but Colonel von Lettow-Vorbeck has been thinking hard, and his own Continue reading Kondoa Irangi | Rawlinson & Haig | 8 Apr 1916

March to Kondoa | Lolkisale | 4 Apr 1916

March to Kondoa Yesterday we left the situation in Africa with General van Deventer riding out of Arusha, secure in the knowledge that Lolkisale (or Continue reading March to Kondoa | Lolkisale | 4 Apr 1916

Tanzania | Ceyhan | 2 Apr 1916

Africa On the eve of General van Deventer’s departure on the long journey to Kondoa Irangi, General Smuts’s morale remains high. It’s so high, in Continue reading Tanzania | Ceyhan | 2 Apr 1916

Joffre, Petain and Nivelle | 26 Mar 1916

French elbows As the Battle of Verdun continues going nowhere, General Joffre attempts to make the best of a bad job. He’s still extremely put Continue reading Joffre, Petain and Nivelle | 26 Mar 1916

Handeni | Kondoa | 23 Mar 1916

Africa With another clear victory at the Battle of Kahe under his belt, General Smuts now turns his attention to a command reorganisation. All the Continue reading Handeni | Kondoa | 23 Mar 1916

Lake Naroch Offensive | 18 Mar 1916

Lake Naroch Offensive Oh boy. Back to the Eastern Front now for the start of the Lake Naroch Offensive. Between Russian reinforcements and Germans leaving Continue reading Lake Naroch Offensive | 18 Mar 1916

The bird in Mansell Copse | 17 Mar 1916

Kahe So, as we saw on the 14th, there’s a major problem for the men in German East Africa at Kahe. They’ve had a pause Continue reading The bird in Mansell Copse | 17 Mar 1916

Smuts | Stewart | Fischer | 15 Mar 1916

Africa General Smuts is deeply, deeply unhappy that Colonel von Lettow-Vorbeck is sitting pretty at Kahe rather than walking into a gentleman’s captivity. When the Continue reading Smuts | Stewart | Fischer | 15 Mar 1916

Moshi | Mines | 14 Mar 1916

Moshi Today General van Deventer and the South African Horse enter Moshi, on the Usambara Railway, and capture it unopposed. They’ve achieved their objectives, surely? Continue reading Moshi | Mines | 14 Mar 1916

Battle of Latema Nek | 11 Mar 1916

Battle of Latema Nek Oooh boy. Here we go again. This time there’s no option but to launch a frontal attack. Time for General Malleson Continue reading Battle of Latema Nek | 11 Mar 1916

Latema Nek | 10 Mar 1916

Latema Nek From a British Empire perspective, there is precisely one good thing about the latest development in the invasion of German East Africa. This Continue reading Latema Nek | 10 Mar 1916

Macker | Dujaila Redoubt | 8 Mar 1916

Battle of Verdun Today is the first day since the start of the Battle of Verdun where I’ve felt tempted to not write anything as Continue reading Macker | Dujaila Redoubt | 8 Mar 1916

Verdun bogs down | 7 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun The German attack on the west bank of the River Meuse is now bogging down in earnest, after a strong first day. Continue reading Verdun bogs down | 7 Feb 1916

The west bank of the Meuse | 5 Mar 1916

The west bank of the Meuse After at least a full week of jumping up and down and yelling, General von Falkenhayn’s subordinates have finally Continue reading The west bank of the Meuse | 5 Mar 1916

Beaumont | Woevre | Verdun | 24 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun The Germans continue rolling carefully but slowly forwards, now beginning to nuzzle up against what a week ago had been the third Continue reading Beaumont | Woevre | Verdun | 24 Feb 1916

Smuts in East Africa | French politics | 19 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun Not today, thank you. It’s still raining. Still no battle. As we saw yesterday, the Germans are now starting to get slightly Continue reading Smuts in East Africa | French politics | 19 Feb 1916

Waiting at Verdun | Plumer and the Bluff | 18 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun There shall be no battle here. Today, at least. It’s still raining. With a few long-suffering Teutonic sighs, the offensive is put Continue reading Waiting at Verdun | Plumer and the Bluff | 18 Feb 1916

Smuts | Deserters at Verdun | 30 Jan 1916

Battle of Verdun The worst-kept secret on the Western Front continues to be terribly kept. There’s a steady stream of deserters coming across No Man’s Continue reading Smuts | Deserters at Verdun | 30 Jan 1916

Smith-Dorrien | Africa | 30 Dec 1915

Africa Before we leave Africa for the year, there’s a few developments to report, of some importance. South Africans have begun arriving in Kenya for Continue reading Smith-Dorrien | Africa | 30 Dec 1915

Bulgaria | 26 May 1915

Bulgaria is currently in the enviable position of entertaining diplomatic overtures from both sides, who are quite convinced that of only they can bring the Continue reading Bulgaria | 26 May 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

Walvis Bay | 11 Feb 1914

We’re still mostly in Africa today. With the Boer rebellion in South Africa now thoroughly suppressed, they’re ready to start thinking about helping the war Continue reading Walvis Bay | 11 Feb 1914

Givenchy | 12 Oct 1914

The Allies open the Battle of La Bassee at Givenchy, Sir John French moves house again, and the Boers are revolting. Givenchy The BEF is Continue reading Givenchy | 12 Oct 1914