Wulverghem | Supplies to Russia | 30 Apr 1916

Gas at Wulverghem There’s been another German gas attack on the Western Front, this one at Wulverghem, just south of Ypres. (It’s close enough to Continue reading Wulverghem | Supplies to Russia | 30 Apr 1916

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

French Government | Edith Cavell | Oct 12 1915

Edith Cavell Edith Cavell is a British nurse in Belgium, who had been in Brussels before the war and decided to stay on with the Continue reading French Government | Edith Cavell | Oct 12 1915

Stopford gets stopped | 13 Aug 1915

Italy The attacks that are about to be launched by the Italians are usually reckoned part of Second Isonzo, although a casual observer might suggest Continue reading Stopford gets stopped | 13 Aug 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

General mobilisation | 30 July 1914

There’s nowhere else to start the day but St Petersburg, where partial mobilisation orders are sent out at midnight. Russian mobilisation However, Sergey Sazonov isn’t Continue reading General mobilisation | 30 July 1914

War becomes inevitable | 27 July 1914

Serbia As the Army continues to mobilise, telegrams continue arriving from Russia. The latest report is that Russia plans “immediately to commence an energetic offensive Continue reading War becomes inevitable | 27 July 1914

Russia supports Serbia | 25 July 1914

The July Crisis is turned on its head today as the Russian government commits itself to supporting Serbia with military force if necessary. I’ve also Continue reading Russia supports Serbia | 25 July 1914

Ultimatum to Serbia | 23 July 1914

The gathering storm is about to break. Today is the day of the ultimatum, the day when the July Crisis changes from being any old Continue reading Ultimatum to Serbia | 23 July 1914

France and Serbia | 22 July 1914

President Poincare continues with his helpful contributions to peace and diplomacy, and Count Berchtold finally gets round to showing his German allies the content of Continue reading France and Serbia | 22 July 1914

Franco-Russian summit | 21 July

The German government singularly fails at acting like a mass of brutally efficient Teutons, bent on war at all costs. Meanwhile, President Poincare does his Continue reading Franco-Russian summit | 21 July

Sir Edward Grey | 20 July 1914

Today we are mostly looking at the position of the British government, and in particular, the Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey. Henriette Caillaux France’s attention Continue reading Sir Edward Grey | 20 July 1914

President Poincare | 15 July 1914

On a quiet day, we’re investigating the precise position of the President of France, Raymond Poincare, one of the few heads of state to take Continue reading President Poincare | 15 July 1914