Spinning Jutland | 2 June 1916

Herbert Sulzbach Yes, this is an unusual way to start the day, but bear with me and you’ll see where I’m going with this. German Continue reading Spinning Jutland | 2 June 1916

Arsiero | Decimation | Italy | 27 May 1916

Battle of Asiago Picking up from yesterday. Arsiero has fallen, Asiago is about to go the same way. General Cadorna believes that the men are Continue reading Arsiero | Decimation | Italy | 27 May 1916

Smuts | Kondoa | 4 May 1916

Smuts and Kondoa Just about the only news today is from Kondoa Irangi, where General Smuts has gone forward to see how utterly terrible things Continue reading Smuts | Kondoa | 4 May 1916

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

Nightmares | Balakian’s escape | 15 Apr 1916

Battle of Bait Isa The rains rain, the men sink. There was supposed to be an all-out assault on the Twin Pimples today, in the Continue reading Nightmares | Balakian’s escape | 15 Apr 1916

Miracle at Hanna | 5 Apr 1916

Hanna chokepoint Yesterday, we left General Gorringe’s men at the Hanna chokepoint. They’re from the 13th (Western) Division, Kitchener’s Army men who’ve already survived Gallipoli Continue reading Miracle at Hanna | 5 Apr 1916

Tanzania | Ceyhan | 2 Apr 1916

Africa On the eve of General van Deventer’s departure on the long journey to Kondoa Irangi, General Smuts’s morale remains high. It’s so high, in Continue reading Tanzania | Ceyhan | 2 Apr 1916

Vaux | Souville | Baratov | 1 Apr 1916

Battle of Verdun The German Fifth Army has begun to focus large amounts of artillery fire on Fort Vaux and Fort Souville. Their next big Continue reading Vaux | Souville | Baratov | 1 Apr 1916

St Eloi Craters | 27 Mar 1916

Action of St Eloi Craters There’s more action brewing over in the Ypres salient, as General Plumer continues his quest to annoy the Boche by Continue reading St Eloi Craters | 27 Mar 1916

Moshi | Mines | 14 Mar 1916

Moshi Today General van Deventer and the South African Horse enter Moshi, on the Usambara Railway, and capture it unopposed. They’ve achieved their objectives, surely? Continue reading Moshi | Mines | 14 Mar 1916

Douaumont | Charles de Gaulle | 2 Mar 1916

Douaumont Relentless scrapping continues at the Battle of Verdun over Douaumont village, which is rapidly disappearing from the map. General Petain’s old 33rd Regiment is Continue reading Douaumont | Charles de Gaulle | 2 Mar 1916

Ripples from Verdun | 1 Mar 1916

Battle of Verdun The first phase of the Battle of Verdun is over. The Germans have poked the hornet’s nest and stirred it up real Continue reading Ripples from Verdun | 1 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

The Bluff | More tanks | 17 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun The Germans leave another note on the doorstep for the battle-man. “No battle today, please.” It’s still raining down there. The Bluff Continue reading The Bluff | More tanks | 17 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

The Wipers Times | 12 Feb 1916

Battle of Verdun The Battle of Verdun is…learning from the English and their strange “cricket” game. Rain has stopped play; the Germans begin a series Continue reading The Wipers Times | 12 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

Sir Douglas Haig | Wieltje | 19 Dec 1915

Sir John French The niceties and bureaucratic obligations have all been completed. Today it’s time for Sir John French to formally hand over command of Continue reading Sir Douglas Haig | Wieltje | 19 Dec 1915

Kraljevo | 27 Oct 1915

Serbia Now in the face of a coordinated three-power assault, the Serbian line in the north is beginning to crack and give way. Zajecar is Continue reading Kraljevo | 27 Oct 1915

Negligent Discharge | Field Punishment | 25 Oct 1915

On the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, that famous English victory against the French, let’s go round the BEF and see what stories Continue reading Negligent Discharge | Field Punishment | 25 Oct 1915

Preliminary bombardment | 21 Sep 1915

Offensive on the Western Front All up and down the great front, British and French guns are opening up on the enemy. Second Champagne, Third Continue reading Preliminary bombardment | 21 Sep 1915

Deception | 17 Sep 1915

Deception One of the more persistent myths about the war, as General Melchett embodies, is the idea that the generals not only refused to believe Continue reading Deception | 17 Sep 1915

Haig gets it right | 29 July 1915

Battle of Malazgirt The Russian Army is evacuating Van. Some will retreat to the Eleskirt Valley, and others will head for Persia instead. The vast Continue reading Haig gets it right | 29 July 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 Bellewaarde | 16 Jun 1915

After yesterday’s day of final preparation, there’s an awful lot of attacks going off, and awfully little being achieved by them. To France! Second Artois Continue reading Battle of Bellewaarde | 16 Jun 1915