Kut surrenders | Easter Rising | 29 Apr 1916

Surrender of Kut General Townshend is apparently too sick to surrender personally. He is, however, apparently well enough to issue one last message to the Continue reading Kut surrenders | Easter Rising | 29 Apr 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

Kondoa Irangi | Rawlinson & Haig | 8 Apr 1916

March to Kondoa The South Africans’ march to Kondoa continues with all speed possible, but Colonel von Lettow-Vorbeck has been thinking hard, and his own Continue reading Kondoa Irangi | Rawlinson & Haig | 8 Apr 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

Longido | Tanzania | 22 Jan 1916

Longido Back to Africa today. General Smith-Dorrien is planning a major assault on German East Africa. His goal is nothing less than to entirely destroy Continue reading Longido | Tanzania | 22 Jan 1916

Hanna chokepoint | Dubail | 19 Jan 1916

Mesopotamia Robert Palmer has something positive to report at last. He’s moving! I write while humming Here Comes The Sun. Sun at last; first fine Continue reading Hanna chokepoint | Dubail | 19 Jan 1916

Chantilly | Joffre | 6 Dec 1915

Chantilly Conference Time for the Chantilly Conference: an excuse for some very dignified men to have several gluttonous lunches with General Joffre, the premier gourmand Continue reading Chantilly | Joffre | 6 Dec 1915

Falkenhayn | Belfort | Verdun | 3 Dec 1915

German strategy General von Falkenhayn’s determination to somehow take the initiative on the Western Front with a really, really big battle continues apace. As mentioned Continue reading Falkenhayn | Belfort | Verdun | 3 Dec 1915

Firefly | Comet | Tigris | 1 Dec 1915

Retreat from Ctesiphon It’s rearguard action day on the Retreat from Ctesiphon, as General Townshend is obliged to turn about and do something to stop Continue reading Firefly | Comet | Tigris | 1 Dec 1915

Separate peace | 30 Nov 1915

Separate peace With General von Falkenhayn cautiously optimistic that the Russian Empire might be persuaded to sign a separate peace at some point in the Continue reading Separate peace | 30 Nov 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

Mrzli | Gorizia | 26 Nov 1915

Fourth Isonzo First we go to Mount Mrzli, where they’re now suffering from a shortage of kitchen sinks to throw in. The line rocks and Continue reading Mrzli | Gorizia | 26 Nov 1915

Senussi Campaign | 25 Nov 1915

Senussi Campaign Let’s begin today by looking at something I’ve been shoving onto the back burner for the last little while for lack of space. Continue reading Senussi Campaign | 25 Nov 1915

Fog of war | Ctesiphon | 24 Nov 1915

Fog of war at the Battle of Ctesiphon Today at the Battle of Ctesiphon provides an excellent example of how critical it is to remember Continue reading Fog of war | Ctesiphon | 24 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

Isonzo | Ctesiphon | 21 Nov 1915

Fourth Isonzo The attacks on Mount San Michele are re-focused once more onto the defences to the south; and near the southern slope of the Continue reading Isonzo | Ctesiphon | 21 Nov 1915

Duke of Aosta | 19 Nov 1915

Fourth Isonzo The Duke of Aosta, commanding Italian troops on the Carso, has been only too happy to accept General Cadorna’s recent invitation to carry Continue reading Duke of Aosta | 19 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

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

Baghdad | 4 October 1915

Mesopotamia In the wake of capturing Kut-al-Amara, General Nixon would dearly love to push on towards Baghdad as soon as possible. General Townshend has already Continue reading Baghdad | 4 October 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

Sailing to Kut | 16 Sep 1915

Mesopotamia As the full weight of summer in the desert blasts down, nearly 50 celsius in the shade, the force that’s supposed to be sailing Continue reading Sailing to Kut | 16 Sep 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

Ypres | 1 Jun 1915

We’re checking in with the situation at Ypres today. The Italians continue blundering around on Mount Mrzli, and the riots in Sri Lanka are spreading Continue reading Ypres | 1 Jun 1915

Second Ypres | Amara | 23 Apr 1915

The next few days are going to be, ahem, rather busy. Second Ypres isn’t the only game in town. Amara Having seen off the Ottoman Continue reading Second Ypres | Amara | 23 Apr 1915