Henri Desagneaux | Intelligence for Verdun | 10 Jan 1916

Erzurum Offensive Time to see how good at war General Yudenich really is. On the face of it, everything’s set up to fail. He’s produced Continue reading Henri Desagneaux | Intelligence for Verdun | 10 Jan 1916

Spicer-Simson | Somme | Dec 26 1915

Spicer-Simson Let us now return to Africa and Lake Tanganyika.  It’s been a miserable, spartan Christmas for Spicer-Simson and the men of his ridiculous expedition.  Continue reading Spicer-Simson | Somme | Dec 26 1915

Suits of armour | 22 Oct 1915

Third Isonzo At one point when discussing some of the attacks today, the Austro-Hungarian Official History describes the Italian gains on the Carso as “meagre”. Continue reading Suits of armour | 22 Oct 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

Gas | 14 Apr 1915

There is, I think, nothing more evocative of the First World War in particular, than gas. Today is a natural time to have a little Continue reading Gas | 14 Apr 1915

Battle of Woevre | 30 Mar 1915

In a moment, let’s go to the Verdun area and get our map on. There’s been sporadic fighting there for months, mostly in conjunction with Continue reading Battle of Woevre | 30 Mar 1915

Camouflage | St Mihiel | 12 Feb 1915

We’ve got a pretty stacked deck today. It’s all going on, so let’s get to it. First up, GQG at Chantilly, where General Joffre is Continue reading Camouflage | St Mihiel | 12 Feb 1915

Syria | 29 Jan 1915

The planning for Gallipoli chugs onward, and the Germans launch a very important limited attack. Aubreville This is very near where the German Sapper is Continue reading Syria | 29 Jan 1915

Ypres salient | 21 Jan 1915

The wrangling between General Joffre and Sir John French over strategy continues, and not everyone in Germany is 100% behind recent war developments. Berliner Tageblatt Continue reading Ypres salient | 21 Jan 1915

Mezieres | 11 Dec 1914

Having looked at the preparations for First Artois yesterday, we’re now turning to First Champagne. Mezieres The town of Charleville-Mezieres seems to come up a Continue reading Mezieres | 11 Dec 1914

Noyon Salient | 20 Nov 1914

So, a couple of days ago we looked at the current situation on the Western Front. The Germans are mostly (but not entirely) digging in Continue reading Noyon Salient | 20 Nov 1914

St Mihiel | Arras | 30 Sep 1914

Another bad day to be French. Or Belgian. Or a Navy reservist. Let’s go to St Mihiel first. St Mihiel/Verdun/Meuse Bad news for the French; Continue reading St Mihiel | Arras | 30 Sep 1914

Noyon | Strategy | Sep 18 1914

Signs of life on the Western Front today, and an assessment of the wider strategic picture. Noyon General Manoury’s 6th Army looks to slide west Continue reading Noyon | Strategy | Sep 18 1914

Marne | Grand Couronne | 10 Sep 1914

A day of endings in the West, at the Marne and Grand Couronne, while battles continue to rage in the East. The Marne It’s reputed Continue reading Marne | Grand Couronne | 10 Sep 1914

Taxis of the Marne | 7 Sep 2014

There are two legendary moments of the First World War that run through French culture like the Somme (or the evacuation from Dunkirk) does in Continue reading Taxis of the Marne | 7 Sep 2014

Miracle of the Marne | 6 Sep 2014

These are the days that will determine the future course of the war. Not for nothing is the popular title “Miracle of the Marne” applied. Continue reading Miracle of the Marne | 6 Sep 2014

Ourcq | Marne | Drina | 5 Sep 1914

Alea iacta est. The Battle of the Marne begins at the Ourcq; Grand Couronne continues. Soon, the entire French army will be fighting at once. Continue reading Ourcq | Marne | Drina | 5 Sep 1914

Grand Couronne | Marne | 4 Sep 1914

The Great Retreat ends today. But, before we can turn to the Marne, there’s an important offensive somewhere else to be talked about. Grand Couronne Continue reading Grand Couronne | Marne | 4 Sep 1914

Wiesner report | Humbert’s speech | 13 July 1914

Lots of varying arguments today over the complicity, or otherwise, of the Serbian government. Which, incidentally, is an impossible question to answer because you can Continue reading Wiesner report | Humbert’s speech | 13 July 1914