Brusilov Offensive | Sunny Subaltern | 6 Jun 1916

Brusilov Offensive The scale and design of the Brusilov Offensive is such that it only needs one relatively small success, quickly reinforced, to put the Continue reading Brusilov Offensive | Sunny Subaltern | 6 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

Fort Vaux | Salandra vs Cadorna | 3 Jun 1916

Battle of Verdun It’s a very, very, very bad start to the day at Fort Vaux, if you’re French. They’ve hastily organised reinforcements, but the Continue reading Fort Vaux | Salandra vs Cadorna | 3 Jun 1916

Spinning Jutland | 2 June 1916

Herbert Sulzbach Yes, this is an unusual way to start the day, but bear with me and you’ll see where I’m going with this. German Continue reading Spinning Jutland | 2 June 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

Unconditional surrender | Lt-Col Churchill | 28 Apr 1916

Siege of Kut Let’s go straight to Edward Mousley. It’s been an extremely busy day, and I feel I owe it to him to let Continue reading Unconditional surrender | Lt-Col Churchill | 28 Apr 1916

Negotiating for Kut | Hulluch | 27 Apr 1916

Siege of Kut Today General Townshend attempts to open negotiations for his surrender. I say “attempts” advisedly, since he spends a great deal of time Continue reading Negotiating for Kut | Hulluch | 27 Apr 1916

Miracle at Hanna | 5 Apr 1916

Hanna chokepoint Yesterday, we left General Gorringe’s men at the Hanna chokepoint. They’re from the 13th (Western) Division, Kitchener’s Army men who’ve already survived Gallipoli Continue reading Miracle at Hanna | 5 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

Vaux | Souville | Baratov | 1 Apr 1916

Battle of Verdun The German Fifth Army has begun to focus large amounts of artillery fire on Fort Vaux and Fort Souville. Their next big Continue reading Vaux | Souville | Baratov | 1 Apr 1916

St Eloi Craters | 27 Mar 1916

Action of St Eloi Craters There’s more action brewing over in the Ypres salient, as General Plumer continues his quest to annoy the Boche by Continue reading St Eloi Craters | 27 Mar 1916

Submarines | Sussex | 24 Mar 1916

German submarines and Sussex When last we considered German submarine policy, we found a hilariously badly-conceived compromise. On the one hand we had General von Continue reading Submarines | Sussex | 24 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

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

Verdun spreads | Serengeti | 6 Mar 1916

Battle of Verdun Today the Battle of Verdun spreads like a cancer onto the west bank of the River Meuse, where it should very probably Continue reading Verdun spreads | Serengeti | 6 Mar 1916

Tank Supply Committee | 13 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun The rain continues. No battle today. Instead, another demonstration outside Frise, and one at Hooge Crater. Erzurum Offensive It’s yet another good Continue reading Tank Supply Committee | 13 Feb 1916

Forts | Erzurum | Douaumont | 8 Feb 1916

Erzurum Offensive Back now to the Caucasus, where General Yudenich has been waiting for the right moment to attempt to capture Erzurum. Let’s recap: Erzurum Continue reading Forts | Erzurum | Douaumont | 8 Feb 1916

Salaita | Moewe | 7 Feb 1916

Salaita Recon-by-fire efforts are continuing at Salaita Hill. There’s a final one planned for the 9th, after one on the 5th identified at least 300 Continue reading Salaita | Moewe | 7 Feb 1916

The Battle of Verdun | The plan | 4 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun Right then. There are eight days to go until the Germans launch the Battle of Verdun, a battle that will define 1916 Continue reading The Battle of Verdun | The plan | 4 Feb 1916

Moewe | Junkers | South Africans | 31 Jan 1916

Moewe Time to pick up the story of the German commerce raider Moewe again. The good news for the Admiralty is that, after 20 days Continue reading Moewe | Junkers | South Africans | 31 Jan 1916