Hill 304 | Dolomites | 17 May 1916

Battle of Verdun General Mangin is now ready to launch his second attempt to recapture Fort Douaumont. Once again, the plan is less than subtle. Continue reading Hill 304 | Dolomites | 17 May 1916

Kondoa and Kigoma | 12 May 1916

Battle of Kondoa As Colonel von Lettow-Vorbeck continues dithering, the South Africans send out a couple of raiding parties to see what they can find. Continue reading Kondoa and Kigoma | 12 May 1916

Kozincan-dag | 14 Jan 1916

Erzurum Offensive Yesterday we had a nice bit of tension going. General Yudenich’s slightly complicated plan is working, so far. The Ottomans have committed their Continue reading Kozincan-dag | 14 Jan 1916

War at sea | Eastern Front | 12 Jan 1916

Eastern Front General Joffre isn’t the world’s biggest fan of the Salonika expedition. However, he’s a practical man. Not only does it still have the Continue reading War at sea | Eastern Front | 12 Jan 1916

Spicer-Simson | Somme | Dec 26 1915

Spicer-Simson Let us now return to Africa and Lake Tanganyika.  It’s been a miserable, spartan Christmas for Spicer-Simson and the men of his ridiculous expedition.  Continue reading Spicer-Simson | Somme | Dec 26 1915

Falkenhayn | Belfort | Verdun | 3 Dec 1915

German strategy General von Falkenhayn’s determination to somehow take the initiative on the Western Front with a really, really big battle continues apace. As mentioned Continue reading Falkenhayn | Belfort | Verdun | 3 Dec 1915

Lukuga | Greece | 2 Dec 1915

Quick note: the gap back to the 28th should be filled in by tomorrow. It’s been a busy week. Anyway. Lukuga Back to Lake Tanganyika! Continue reading Lukuga | Greece | 2 Dec 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

Suits of armour | 22 Oct 1915

Third Isonzo At one point when discussing some of the attacks today, the Austro-Hungarian Official History describes the Italian gains on the Carso as “meagre”. Continue reading Suits of armour | 22 Oct 1915

Lualaba | Third Artois | 11 Oct 1915

Third Invasion of Serbia The Austro-German advance into northern Serbia proceeds well. It’s now time to kick the Serbian Army in the nuts while they Continue reading Lualaba | Third Artois | 11 Oct 1915

Battle of Es Sinn | 28 Sep 1915

Let’s try to break out from the Western Front a little, shall we? The other theatres of the war have obligingly kept quiet these past Continue reading Battle of Es Sinn | 28 Sep 1915

Farce of Longido | 20 Sep 1915

Longido In Africa, General Tighe, man of action that he is, has been simply unable to restrain himself. Sitting and waiting for the Belgians, or Continue reading Farce of Longido | 20 Sep 1915

Nicholas II | Stavka | 8 Sep 1915

Stavka In the wake of the Russian retreat from Poland, it’s obvious that something now needs to be done. There’s good news and bad news Continue reading Nicholas II | Stavka | 8 Sep 1915

Lettow-schnapps | Half-pint | 31 Aug 1915

Africa There’s time for a moment’s introspection in Africa as things begin to settle into stasis. General Tighe is not very optimistic about prospects for Continue reading Lettow-schnapps | Half-pint | 31 Aug 1915

Alpine war | 27 July 1915

Siege of Saisi The Siege of Saisi continues, with infantry raids now supporting the artillery duel. A 320-strong relief force is on its way, most Continue reading Alpine war | 27 July 1915

Reed and Stopford | 26 July 1915

Mimi & Toutou The expedition which will, in one crew member’s words, “make Fiction look like Truth’s shabby sister” to bring Mimi and Toutou from Continue reading Reed and Stopford | 26 July 1915

One shilling a day | 15 Jun 1915

A day of preparing things and making investments for the future, to be paid off later. Second Artois On the last day of artillery preparation Continue reading One shilling a day | 15 Jun 1915

Balfour and the Landships | 8 Jun 1915

There’s a big question mark over the fate of the Landships Committee. With Winston Churchill out at the Admiralty, will he be able to protect Continue reading Balfour and the Landships | 8 Jun 1915

Cortina | Mimi and Toutou | 29 May 1915

The Admiralty prepares for the most ridiculous military operation in the world, the Italian Army is just ridiculous, Kenneth Best is unhappy, and Louis Barthas Continue reading Cortina | Mimi and Toutou | 29 May 1915