Air bombing | First Doiran | 9 Aug 1916

Sixth Isonzo There is one area of war in which the Italians are unquestionably world leaders. This is in long-range bombing missions against the enemy’s Continue reading Air bombing | First Doiran | 9 Aug 1916

Bitlis | Romani | Verdun | 5 Aug 1916

Battle of Bitlis In the Caucasus we have rather a curate’s egg of a battle for the Ottomans. On paper, things are going quite well. Continue reading Bitlis | Romani | Verdun | 5 Aug 1916

Pozieres Windmill | Battle of Romani | 4 Aug 1916

Pozieres The objectives on the Somme just keep getting closer and closer. First they shot for Bapaume. Then they shot for the Second Line so Continue reading Pozieres Windmill | Battle of Romani | 4 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

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

Unexpected changes | Somme | 22 July 1916

I am going to try a little experiment today and format everything back to front, so we’ll start with the rear-area personal account and finish Continue reading Unexpected changes | Somme | 22 July 1916

Fromelles | Pozieres | 20 Jul 1916

Battle of Fromelles The diversion at Fromelles has time for one last ignominy. During the evening, plans were made and orders were sent out at Continue reading Fromelles | Pozieres | 20 Jul 1916

Battle of Fromelles | 19 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme Delville Wood has now been almost entirely recaptured by the Germans. A couple of hundred men of a single battalion are Continue reading Battle of Fromelles | 19 Jul 1916

Passing the buck | Fromelles | 17 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme Time to talk about the Somme again. It’s back to Delville Wood, while I sneak off to frantically google “things that Continue reading Passing the buck | Fromelles | 17 Jul 1916

Fleury | Bras | Souville | 23 Jun 1916

Battle of Verdun Here we go again. It’s time once more for the Germans to move hell and high water outside Verdun. The map again. Continue reading Fleury | Bras | Souville | 23 Jun 1916

Bayburt | French infantry tactics | 20 Jun 1916

Offensives in Anatolia We begin today with a return to the Russo-Ottoman fighting on the Caucasus front. Quick recap: the Ottomans have sent significant reinforcements Continue reading Bayburt | French infantry tactics | 20 Jun 1916

Souville and Fleury | 11 Jun 1916

Battle of the Somme It seems that the final days of preparation for the Battle of the Somme are going to be plagued by Anglo-French Continue reading Souville and Fleury | 11 Jun 1916

Arab Revolt | Salandra’s fall | 10 Jun 1916

Italy and Asiago High drama in the recalled Italian parliament today. There’s been a series of fiery debates over whether the government or the army Continue reading Arab Revolt | Salandra’s fall | 10 Jun 1916

Suez Canal | The air war | 8 Jun 1916

Suez Canal Over the past week or so, we’ve been hearing news from correspondent Oskar Teichman about an Ottoman buildup at El Arish to oppose Continue reading Suez Canal | The air war | 8 Jun 1916

Lord Kitchener | Brusilov Offensive | 5 Jun 1916

Brusilov Offensive The Entente’s summer offensive is finally underway. We’ve been building up to this for at least six months. There have been a couple Continue reading Lord Kitchener | Brusilov Offensive | 5 Jun 1916

The fleets leave port | Jutland | 30 May 1916

Battle of Jutland The High Seas Fleet continues concentrating in preparation to sortie immediately after midnight. The water seethes with activity as ship after ship Continue reading The fleets leave port | Jutland | 30 May 1916

Arsiero | Decimation | Italy | 27 May 1916

Battle of Asiago Picking up from yesterday. Arsiero has fallen, Asiago is about to go the same way. General Cadorna believes that the men are Continue reading Arsiero | Decimation | Italy | 27 May 1916

Strategic bombing | 25 May 1916

Strategic bombing It’s a big day in the development of aerial warfare. We’re having rather a lot of those, aren’t we? This one comes from Continue reading Strategic bombing | 25 May 1916

Blunder at Kondoa | 10 May 1916

Battle of Kondoa The sun rises over Kondoa Irangi. Anyone know if there’s a word that means the exact opposite of “a pretty sight”? That’s Continue reading Blunder at Kondoa | 10 May 1916

Rain at Kondoa | Daily Mailed | 23 Apr 1916

Rain at Kondoa In Africa, the penny is beginning to drop for General van Deventer quite how foolhardy he’s been in leading the march to Continue reading Rain at Kondoa | Daily Mailed | 23 Apr 1916

Strafexpedition | American ultimatum | 19 Apr 1916

Strafexpedition Right then. Let’s go back to the Italian Front for the first time in a while, where something big is brewing. On the Italian Continue reading Strafexpedition | American ultimatum | 19 Apr 1916

Egypt | 19 Mar 1916

Egypt With everything that’s been happening continuing to happen, let’s drop in briefly on Egypt to see what’s happening. Generals Maxwell and Murray have spent Continue reading Egypt | 19 Mar 1916

Erzurum Offensive | The end of Gallipoli | 9 Jan 1916

Erzurum Offensive We open today in the Caucasus. You may recall that General Yudenich, the Russian commander, has been planning an audacious attack on eastern Continue reading Erzurum Offensive | The end of Gallipoli | 9 Jan 1916

Senussi Campaign | 25 Nov 1915

Senussi Campaign Let’s begin today by looking at something I’ve been shoving onto the back burner for the last little while for lack of space. Continue reading Senussi Campaign | 25 Nov 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

Les Eparges | 06 Apr 1915

Let’s see what the French managed to achieve yesterday at Les Eparges, shall we? Elsewhere, the German Sapper continues trying not to die, the Friendly Continue reading Les Eparges | 06 Apr 1915

Singapore Mutiny | 15 Feb 1915

We’re heading all the way to Singapore today to catch up with the 5th Light Infantry; but we’re going there by way of Champagne and Continue reading Singapore Mutiny | 15 Feb 1915

Goetzen | 05 Feb 1915

We’re in Africa again today. Last month I promised ridiculosity in the struggle for Lake Tanganyika. Today sees the Germans’ opening bid; and it’s a Continue reading Goetzen | 05 Feb 1915

Unrestricted submarine warfare | 04 Feb 1915

There’s still activity at the Suez Canal, and then after that we’re going to go and look at the intricacies of maritime law! Isn’t that Continue reading Unrestricted submarine warfare | 04 Feb 1915

Suez Canal | 03 Feb 1915

This is the critical day in this first fight over the Suez Canal. On a brightly moonlit night, the Ottomans are coming in force. Tussum Continue reading Suez Canal | 03 Feb 1915