Joffre, Petain and Nivelle | 26 Mar 1916

French elbows As the Battle of Verdun continues going nowhere, General Joffre attempts to make the best of a bad job. He’s still extremely put Continue reading Joffre, Petain and Nivelle | 26 Mar 1916

Battle of Latema Nek | 11 Mar 1916

Battle of Latema Nek Oooh boy. Here we go again. This time there’s no option but to launch a frontal attack. Time for General Malleson Continue reading Battle of Latema Nek | 11 Mar 1916

Fifth Battle of the Isonzo | Portugal | 9 Mar 1916

Time to lead off with something other than Verdun for the first time in nearly three weeks! Isn’t that nice? Fifth Battle of the Isonzo Continue reading Fifth Battle of the Isonzo | Portugal | 9 Mar 1916

Waiting at Verdun | Plumer and the Bluff | 18 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun There shall be no battle here. Today, at least. It’s still raining. With a few long-suffering Teutonic sighs, the offensive is put Continue reading Waiting at Verdun | Plumer and the Bluff | 18 Feb 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

Smith-Dorrien | Africa | 30 Dec 1915

Africa Before we leave Africa for the year, there’s a few developments to report, of some importance. South Africans have begun arriving in Kenya for Continue reading Smith-Dorrien | Africa | 30 Dec 1915

Farce of Longido | 20 Sep 1915

Longido In Africa, General Tighe, man of action that he is, has been simply unable to restrain himself. Sitting and waiting for the Belgians, or Continue reading Farce of Longido | 20 Sep 1915

Ewart Grogan | Nairobi | 7 Sep 1915

Africa It’s very easy when assessing the strategic decisions made by people during a war to forget a very simple and utterly fundamental principle. Generally Continue reading Ewart Grogan | Nairobi | 7 Sep 1915

Lettow-schnapps | Half-pint | 31 Aug 1915

Africa There’s time for a moment’s introspection in Africa as things begin to settle into stasis. General Tighe is not very optimistic about prospects for Continue reading Lettow-schnapps | Half-pint | 31 Aug 1915

Ammonal at Hooge | 14 Jul 1914

Affair of Mbyuni In Africa, we’ll hopefully remember that General Tighe has just ordered an attack on Mbyuni, hoping to stem the tide of attacks Continue reading Ammonal at Hooge | 14 Jul 1914

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

First Isonzo | Jun 24 1915

Today we have a little French strategy, a lot of Italian failure, and another dose of the horrors of war from Kenneth Best. First Isonzo Continue reading First Isonzo | Jun 24 1915

Artois | Bukoba | 19 Jun 1915

Lip service to the many supporting operations for Second Artois, and then it’s back to Africa, where the Legion of Frontiersmen are about to go Continue reading Artois | Bukoba | 19 Jun 1915

Mombasa | Italy | 04 May 1915

Everything that’s been happening continues to happen, and we’ve also got major developments in Africa and in Italy. Mombasa The Legion of Frontiersmen has landed Continue reading Mombasa | Italy | 04 May 1915

Shaiba | 10 Apr 1915

It’s a busy day. Mesopotamia! Africa! Champagne! Landships! Diplomacy! St Mihiel! Off we go! Friendly Feldwebel The Friendly Feldwebel comes out of the line again, Continue reading Shaiba | 10 Apr 1915

Vimy | 02 Apr 1915

Today we’re going to do the “In April 1915…” round-up of news without a specific date. The planning for Second Artois is also beginning to Continue reading Vimy | 02 Apr 1915

Uganda Railway | 10 Feb 1915

Time to review the situation in German East Africa away from the Lake Tanganyika border. Both sides have now re-evaluated their tactics. Umba Valley The Continue reading Uganda Railway | 10 Feb 1915

Jasin | Landships | 18 Jan 1915

Colonel von Lettow-Vorbeck fights a pitched battle in Africa. In London, one W. Churchill is bored with the War Office’s lack of urgency around building Continue reading Jasin | Landships | 18 Jan 1915

Jasin | 13 Jan 1915

General Joffre formally suspends First Champagne today. Time for some official French navel-gazing. There’s also business afoot in Africa and Egypt. First Champagne Don’t worry, Continue reading Jasin | 13 Jan 1915

Mafia | 08 Jan 1915

No, not the Cosa Nostra. The Mafia we’re interested in is a small island off the coast of German East Africa. Mafia More specifically, it’s Continue reading Mafia | 08 Jan 1915

The Christmas Truce, and more | Dec 25 1914

We’ll get to the one thing everyone knows about in due course. However, before we do that, I’d like to set it in its proper Continue reading The Christmas Truce, and more | Dec 25 1914

Umba Valley | Givenchy | 19 Dec 1914

First Artois continues to no great effect; tomorrow the French Army is going to launch their offensive in Champagne. Meanwhile, developments in Africa, in the Continue reading Umba Valley | Givenchy | 19 Dec 1914

Tanga | 04 Nov 1914

The fighting at Tanga turns today from “mildly embarrassing” into “completely humiliating” for the British commanders, and it’s the Germans’ turn to see a slightly Continue reading Tanga | 04 Nov 1914