Crisis in Serbia | 14 Oct 1915

Bulgaria The Bulgarian government has its allies, and its fig leaf casus belli of two days ago. Today they declare war on Serbia and come Continue reading Crisis in Serbia | 14 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

von Mackensen | Belgrade | 7 Oct 1915

Oh, I hope you weren’t expecting good news. There’s precious little good news to go around at the moment. Let’s cut to the chase… Third Continue reading von Mackensen | Belgrade | 7 Oct 1915

Parcels for the dead | 30 Sep 1915

Autumn offensive Today is a mostly quiet day. Second Champagne is put on hold as it becomes apparent that news of a breakthrough was in Continue reading Parcels for the dead | 30 Sep 1915

Sir John French | Blame | 29 Sep 1915

Battle of Loos With the Germans turning up the pressure on the Hohenzollern Redoubt higher and higher, General Haig has his eyes firmly on the Continue reading Sir John French | Blame | 29 Sep 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

John Kipling | 27 Sep 1915

Battle of Loos The BEF has one more card left to play as it searches for that elusive breakthrough of the German reserve line. The Continue reading John Kipling | 27 Sep 1915

Looking for Farbus | 26 Sep 1915

For the BEF at the Battle of Loos, see this post. Second Champagne Having achieved considerable success yesterday…the French Army comes to yet another ignominious Continue reading Looking for Farbus | 26 Sep 1915

Second Champagne | Third Artois | 25 Sep 1915

Sacre bleu, there’s so much to cover today that I’ve had to divide it into trois seperate posts! This is for the French Army at Continue reading Second Champagne | Third Artois | 25 Sep 1915

The eve of battle | 24 Sep 1915

Third Artois With just 24 hours until the great autumn offensive on the Western Front, you may recall that the weather has broken and it’s Continue reading The eve of battle | 24 Sep 1915

Bulgaria, Greece, rain | 23 Sep 1915

The wind and the rain, it raineth every day The weather breaks in northern France. The entire front from Flanders to Picardy is deluged by Continue reading Bulgaria, Greece, rain | 23 Sep 1915

Preliminary bombardment | 21 Sep 1915

Offensive on the Western Front All up and down the great front, British and French guns are opening up on the enemy. Second Champagne, Third Continue reading Preliminary bombardment | 21 Sep 1915

Deception | 17 Sep 1915

Deception One of the more persistent myths about the war, as General Melchett embodies, is the idea that the generals not only refused to believe Continue reading Deception | 17 Sep 1915

Preparation for battle | 15 Sep 1915

As we surely all know, proper preparation & planning prevents piss poor performance. Let’s see how that’s going, with the autumn offensive on the Western Continue reading Preparation for battle | 15 Sep 1915

Third Artois | 4 Sep 1915

Iron Hindenburg On the home front, the Vienna-conceived fundraising exercise of building giant wooden nail figures to raise money for war widows is rapidly spreading Continue reading Third Artois | 4 Sep 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

Haig gets it right | 29 July 1915

Battle of Malazgirt The Russian Army is evacuating Van. Some will retreat to the Eleskirt Valley, and others will head for Persia instead. The vast Continue reading Haig gets it right | 29 July 1915

Battle of Achi Baba Nullah | July 12 1915

Mbyuni On the Kenya/German East Africa border, there’s a small village called Mbyuni. It makes an excellent outpost for raids against the Uganda Railway, and Continue reading Battle of Achi Baba Nullah | July 12 1915

Inspection | 8 July 1915

Kenneth Best There’s a highly important happening in the trenches of the 4th and 5th East Lancs. Kenneth Best is there with them. Word passed Continue reading Inspection | 8 July 1915