Morale | 7 Nov 1915

Italian morale We know that there’s a new push coming at the Isonzo. General Cadorna is so determined to do something with Fourth Isonzo that Continue reading Morale | 7 Nov 1915

Isonzo goes ever on and on | 5 Nov 1915

Third Isonzo The battle has been suspended. Time to pick up the pieces. That first of all means looking at the casualties. For the Italians, Continue reading Isonzo goes ever on and on | 5 Nov 1915

The end of Third Isonzo | 4 Nov 1915

Third Isonzo The already-ridiculous rainfall continues with even greater intensity, and now the writing’s on the wall for the battle. Any hope of an Italian Continue reading The end of Third Isonzo | 4 Nov 1915

War Committee | 3 Nov 1915

The British government and Gallipoli The British government hocks up a giant hairball and attempts to do something to assert a little control over the Continue reading War Committee | 3 Nov 1915

Colonel Viola | 2 Nov 1915

Third Isonzo There is good news, of a sort, for a given value of “good news”. The Italians have broken into the trenches at Monte Continue reading Colonel Viola | 2 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

Never work with children or animals | 28 Oct 1915

The King Before we get into things today, let’s start with an extended metaphor. As we know, George V of Britain is in France at Continue reading Never work with children or animals | 28 Oct 1915

Kraljevo | 27 Oct 1915

Serbia Now in the face of a coordinated three-power assault, the Serbian line in the north is beginning to crack and give way. Zajecar is Continue reading Kraljevo | 27 Oct 1915

Nis | Podgora | 26 Oct 1915

Serbia The British men in Salonika have finally been authorised to do something, after considerable pressure from the French. Today they prepare to begin moving Continue reading Nis | Podgora | 26 Oct 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

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

Third Isonzo | 21 Oct 1915

Third Battle of the Isonzo Let us first talk about the things that have gone well as Third Isonzo opens! Salandra needs things to go Continue reading Third Isonzo | 21 Oct 1915

Third Isonzo | 18 Oct 1915

Third Battle of the Isonzo Here we go, here we go again. Time for Third Isonzo. The plan, such as it is: heavy attacks on Continue reading Third Isonzo | 18 Oct 1915

Serbia and Italy | 15 Oct 1915

Serbia and Italy The Third Invasion of Serbia continues, albeit rather slowly due to violent rainstorms. Rivers everywhere are flooding, or else flowing so fast Continue reading Serbia and Italy | 15 Oct 1915

Serbia in trouble | 9 Oct 1915

Italian Front I’m afraid we’re starting today with pretty much the worst news possible from Italy. General Cadorna has just cancelled all leave from the Continue reading Serbia in trouble | 9 Oct 1915