Maurepas | Guillemont | 30 Jul 1916

Maurepas and Guillemont The ears are senseless that should give us hearing to tell his commandment is fulfilled; that Maurepas and Guillemont are dead. Ahem. Continue reading Maurepas | Guillemont | 30 Jul 1916

Erzincan | Haig & ANZACs | 25 Jul 1916

Battle of Erzincan Erzincan has surrendered. A second overwhelming Russian victory in 1916 is now complete. Vehip Pasha’s Third Army has, for the second time Continue reading Erzincan | Haig & ANZACs | 25 Jul 1916

Delville Wood | High Wood | 15 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme We start the day with a story from the 16th King’s Royal Rifle Corps. They’re urgently needed as reinforcements. 4th Army Continue reading Delville Wood | High Wood | 15 Jul 1916

Strategic bombing | 25 May 1916

Strategic bombing It’s a big day in the development of aerial warfare. We’re having rather a lot of those, aren’t we? This one comes from Continue reading Strategic bombing | 25 May 1916

Self propelled guns | Salonika | 2 May 1916

Self-propelled guns Two of the men who were involved with the initial stages of the tank design project, John Greg and Walter Wilson, have now Continue reading Self propelled guns | Salonika | 2 May 1916

Vehip and Izzet | 20 Apr 1916

Still too busy for my own good right now. Today, though, we have lots of little snippets to be catching up with. Siege of Kut Continue reading Vehip and Izzet | 20 Apr 1916

Flooding | Yudenich | 7 Apr 1916

Siege of Kut Before dawn, another attack goes in against Sannaiyat. There’s not much to say about it other than it’s unsurprising that they tried, Continue reading Flooding | Yudenich | 7 Apr 1916

March to Kondoa | Plans for the Somme | 3 Apr 1916

March to Kondoa General van Deventer can wait no longer for his 2nd Division to finish forming up. Time is of the essence here. They Continue reading March to Kondoa | Plans for the Somme | 3 Apr 1916

Ructions in Paris | Lafayette Escadrille | 28 Mar 1916

Fun and games in Paris So, that conference I mentioned the other day? Colonel Hankey, secretary to the British War Committee, would dearly like you Continue reading Ructions in Paris | Lafayette Escadrille | 28 Mar 1916

Battle of Latema Nek | Winning by accident | 12 Mar 1916

Battle of Latema Nek How many times have I talked already about moments when tragedy turns to farce? Ye gods, how many times in the Continue reading Battle of Latema Nek | Winning by accident | 12 Mar 1916

Erzurum, Mus, Findikli | 15 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun The wind and the rain. The wind and the rain; it raineth every day. Verdun is still quiet, if rather soggy. What Continue reading Erzurum, Mus, Findikli | 15 Feb 1916

Frise, Vimy, and the Somme | 14 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun It’s still raining at Verdun. No battle today. Instead, there’s another attack in the Ypres salient at the Bluff, another all-but-insignificant knobbly Continue reading Frise, Vimy, and the Somme | 14 Feb 1916

Dogger Bank | Torpedo boats | 10 Feb 1916

Dogger Bank Admiral Scheer’s slow ramping up of operations in the North Sea continues, as he prepares for an important meeting with the Kaiser at Continue reading Dogger Bank | Torpedo boats | 10 Feb 1916

Mother | L19 | 2 Feb 1916

Mother It’s time for the official trial of Mother, the British tank prototype, attended by the great and the good. This being the case, the Continue reading Mother | L19 | 2 Feb 1916

War Committee | Hersin | 28 Dec 1915

War Committee 1915 is now juddering to a highly unsatisfying end. The British War Committee, having just installed Wully Robertson as Chief of the Imperial Continue reading War Committee | Hersin | 28 Dec 1915

Wully Robertson | CIGS | 23 Dec 1915

Today, General Sir William Robertson, usually known by “Wully”, takes up his new role as the head of the British Army.  It’s hard to underestimate Continue reading Wully Robertson | CIGS | 23 Dec 1915

British strategy | 15 Dec 1915

British strategy Just about the last thing that General Archibald Murray will do before his official (and already settled) replacement by Wully Robertson as Chief Continue reading British strategy | 15 Dec 1915

Retreat from Serbia | Ctesiphon | 23 Nov 1915

Retreat from Serbia General Sarrail gives the order and initiates his force’s retreat back to Salonika. It’s been in Serbian-held territory for about a month Continue reading Retreat from Serbia | Ctesiphon | 23 Nov 1915

Wully Robertson | 8 Nov 1915

Wully Robertson General Robertson is now making his play for high office. A paper written by himself (and, uncredited, his subordinate and friend General Frederick Continue reading Wully Robertson | 8 Nov 1915

Chilembwe Uprising | Jan 25 1915

John Chilembwe’s efforts in Nyasaland continue, and there’s the fallout from the Battle of Dogger Bank to consider. Also, if you care about British generals, Continue reading Chilembwe Uprising | Jan 25 1915