Evacuation of Suvla & ANZAC | Gallipoli | 20 Dec 1915

Evacuation of Gallipoli Time for the ANZACs to leave ANZAC Cove. Before we get into the details of what they’re doing, first we must take Continue reading Evacuation of Suvla & ANZAC | Gallipoli | 20 Dec 1915

Evacuating Gallipoli | 18 Dec 1915

Gallipoli The intermediate stage of the evacuation of ANZAC Cove and Suvla Bay has now been completed. You may have noticed that there’s been a Continue reading Evacuating Gallipoli | 18 Dec 1915

Louis Barthas’s Memorial | Gallipoli | 10 Dec 1915

Gallipoli Let us, at last, talk evacuation. The men on the ground have been preparing for it since General Monro recommended it; all they needed Continue reading Louis Barthas’s Memorial | Gallipoli | 10 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

Calais Conference | Gallipoli | 4 Dec 1915

Calais Conference It’s a French-British military conference. And it’s at Calais. The primary issue here is of course the Mediterranean, where there are, ahem, some Continue reading Calais Conference | Gallipoli | 4 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

Shaitan | Fourth Isonzo | 29 Nov 1915

Retreat from Ctesiphon General Townshend is determined to preserve his regatta, and so sends out his cavalry to clear the local Arab snipers from around Continue reading Shaitan | Fourth Isonzo | 29 Nov 1915

Shaitan | 28 Nov 1915

Retreat from Ctesiphon It’s a Good News/Bad News day for General Townshend, on the retreat from Ctesiphon. The good news is that his blokes have Continue reading Shaitan | 28 Nov 1915

Hurricane on Gallipoli | 27 Nov 1915

Hurricane on Gallipoli There’s still just enough bullshit and uncertainty washing around about Gallipoli for nobody important to have taken a firm decision yet about Continue reading Hurricane on Gallipoli | 27 Nov 1915

Battle of Ctesiphon | 22 Nov 1915

Battle of Ctesiphon As often happens with these kinds of things, the (spoilers) impending and slow-unfolding military disaster in Mesopotamia caught rather a lot of Continue reading Battle of Ctesiphon | 22 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

Serbian Army | 1 Nov 1915

Gallipoli The weather on Gallipoli is deteriorating alarmingly. They’re yet to have any serious rain, but high winds are ripping across the peninsula. Out at Continue reading Serbian Army | 1 Nov 1915

Aristide Briand | 29 Oct 1915

Aristide Briand Time for some lovely crunchy French politics. Rene Viviani’s last, desperate play to save himself as Prime Minister was to select a new Continue reading Aristide Briand | 29 Oct 1915

Strumica | Sava | Salonika | 23 Oct 1915

Serbia Before we get onto the events of the day, someone has just made me aware that 1,001 years ago (give or take a couple Continue reading Strumica | Sava | Salonika | 23 Oct 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

The Light Horse again | 27 Aug 1915

Battle of Hill 60 (Gallipoli) Apparently you can’t have a proper ANZAC bollocks-up on Gallipoli without somehow involving the 10th Light Horse, survivors of the Continue reading The Light Horse again | 27 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

Sir Ian Hamilton’s optimism | 18 Aug 1915

Hamilton’s optimism I can’t help but find it fascinating, bizarre, and perverse that the worse things get for Sir Ian Hamilton, and the more evidence Continue reading Sir Ian Hamilton’s optimism | 18 Aug 1915

Kiretch Tepe | Medical facilities | 15 Aug 1915

Kiretch Tepe Sir Ian Hamilton has, I think it’s fair to say, now been robbed of whatever ability he might have had to judge a Continue reading Kiretch Tepe | Medical facilities | 15 Aug 1915

Stopford gets stopped | 13 Aug 1915

Italy The attacks that are about to be launched by the Italians are usually reckoned part of Second Isonzo, although a casual observer might suggest Continue reading Stopford gets stopped | 13 Aug 1915

Ginger at Suvla | 12 Aug 1915

Kasigau Mountain Kasigau is a mountain near Mbyuni, which you may recall the Germans are using as an advance post for raids against the Uganda Continue reading Ginger at Suvla | 12 Aug 1915

Water at Suvla Bay | 11 Aug 1915

Same as yesterday; but this time, let’s take Gallipoli first. Suvla Bay The bungling continues unabated. General Stopford blithely describes the battalions thrown against Scimitar Continue reading Water at Suvla Bay | 11 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

Tekke Tepe | 9 Aug 1915

Once again we have a couple of miscellaneous events to sweep up before returning the hell that they call Suvla Bay. Defence of Verdun General Continue reading Tekke Tepe | 9 Aug 1915

Capture of Chunuk Bair | 8 Aug 1915

There’s a couple of things to round up before we get stuck into the shambles at Gallipoli again. And, whisper it gently, but we’ve actually Continue reading Capture of Chunuk Bair | 8 Aug 1915

Shambles at Suvla Bay | 7 Aug 1915

This post is about the events of today on Gallipoli, at Suvla Bay. For the Battle of Sari Bair at ANZAC Cove, see this post. Continue reading Shambles at Suvla Bay | 7 Aug 1915

Generals in disguise | 4 Aug 1915

We have the pick of a number of dates for the start of the First World War, since it took a while for everyone to Continue reading Generals in disguise | 4 Aug 1915

Landings at Suvla Bay | 1 Aug 1915

Attacks at Gallipoli: Landings at Suvla With just under a week to go before the men go into battle, let’s finally examine in detail the Continue reading Landings at Suvla Bay | 1 Aug 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

Logistics on Gallipoli | 22 July 1915

Kronborg Almost in passing, a small party of sailors from the Royal Navy drop in at Mansa Bay, the final resting place of the Kronborg. Continue reading Logistics on Gallipoli | 22 July 1915