Disease in Ypres | 12 Jan 1915

The confiscation of Mafia concludes in satisfactory fashion, and the situation at Ypres is about to get sadder still. Mafia Today the British Empire troops Continue reading Disease in Ypres | 12 Jan 1915

Reinforcement | 15 Nov 1914

8th Division has arrived in strength; the horrific weather in Flanders continues, and the Germans are showing less and less willing to keep attacking with Continue reading Reinforcement | 15 Nov 1914

Lodz | 12 Nov 1914

It’s still bloody hot in and around Ypres. In a great example of the effects of fog of war, General Haig is now more worried Continue reading Lodz | 12 Nov 1914

Menin Road | 10 Nov 1914

Back to Flanders. Back to First Ypres. And back, in the end, to the Menin Road. One more push here will surely break the stubborn Continue reading Menin Road | 10 Nov 1914

Cocos | Emden | 09 Nov 1914

There’s far too much all happening at once right now. Germans attack north of Ypres! British land troops in Mesopotamia! Berbers in Morocco giving the Continue reading Cocos | Emden | 09 Nov 1914

Hollebeke | 08 Nov 1914

Again denied useful intelligence by the atrocious weather, the Germans are still poking at various parts of the Ypres salient from Pilckem to Hollebeke, to Continue reading Hollebeke | 08 Nov 1914

Francis Orme | 07 Nov 1914

The British Official history notes that “The 7th November was misty and marked the definite commencement of winter weather. Henceforth, mud seriously interfered with operations, Continue reading Francis Orme | 07 Nov 1914

Rats, shells, corpses | 06 Nov 1914

Another day full of shells, shells and more shells on the Western Front. The last five days have been full of me writing variations on Continue reading Rats, shells, corpses | 06 Nov 1914

Kilimanjaro | Nov 03 1914

The Ypres salient broods ominously. German guns are firing all along it, hammering its defenders again and again. The Germans are rather unsportingly remaining in Continue reading Kilimanjaro | Nov 03 1914

Messines | Coronel | 01 Nov 1914

Today we see the first instance of what will become a recurring theme. German intelligence takes the 2nd Worcesters’ vigorous counter-attack as evidence that the Continue reading Messines | Coronel | 01 Nov 1914

Gheluvelt | 31 Oct 1914

Sir John French would, in later life, rate the 31st of October 1914 as being the worst day of his life, containing the worst half Continue reading Gheluvelt | 31 Oct 1914

First Ypres | 30 Oct 1914

The day begins with French orders to renew the assault on Poelcappelle, sure that the Germans are about to crack.  The day ends with the Continue reading First Ypres | 30 Oct 1914

Ottoman raid on Russia | 29 Oct 1914

Once again, the big news today is away from the Western Front. The Ottoman Empire is now fully committed to joining the war, and launches Continue reading Ottoman raid on Russia | 29 Oct 1914

Neuve Chapelle | 27 Oct 1914

“The situation at Neuve Chapelle, when morning dawned, was most unsatisfactory.” Once again Edmonds, the British official historian, shows a fine command of understatement. Neuve Continue reading Neuve Chapelle | 27 Oct 1914

Engineers | 23 Oct 1914

Today is a day of heavy fighting, but also a day of military engineers. There may be a lot of fighting going on, but unlike Continue reading Engineers | 23 Oct 1914

Ypres Salient | 21 Oct 1914

The German attacks in Flanders continue winding up. How much longer can the line hold in the face of it? Ypres 7th Division has received Continue reading Ypres Salient | 21 Oct 1914

Ypres | 20 Oct 1914

The Allies are once again well and truly on the defensive. Another grand plan to take the offensive in front of Ypres has fallen by Continue reading Ypres | 20 Oct 1914

Messines | Menin | 19 Oct 1914

The pendulum is swinging back towards the Germans. Their latest major offensive begins today, from La Bassee, through Armentieres and Messines, to Menin and Roulers, Continue reading Messines | Menin | 19 Oct 1914

Menin | 18 Oct 1914

Flanders inches ever-closer to its fate.  German advance guards arrive in Roulers and Menin. 7th Division gets its orders. German infantry engages the Belgians all Continue reading Menin | 18 Oct 1914

Yser | 16 Oct 1914

It’s a big day in Flanders.  The Allies make several important gains, and the Germans begin their advance against the Belgian last-ditch positions on the Continue reading Yser | 16 Oct 1914

Ypres | 14 Oct 1914

The offensive spreads northwards, and the BEF marches into Ypres for the first time. Ypres In British memory, the Somme probably stands alone for outright Continue reading Ypres | 14 Oct 1914