Bitlis | Romani | Verdun | 5 Aug 1916

Battle of Bitlis In the Caucasus we have rather a curate’s egg of a battle for the Ottomans. On paper, things are going quite well. Continue reading Bitlis | Romani | Verdun | 5 Aug 1916

Pozieres Windmill | 29 Jul 1916

Pozieres windmill Between the ANZACs and Pozieres windmill, there is a very nasty interconnected trench system with two main fire trenches. The staff knows them Continue reading Pozieres Windmill | 29 Jul 1916

General Gough | ANZACs | 28 Jul 1916

Battle of the Somme In Pozieres, the battered and bruised 1st Australian Division is being removed from the line and replaced with fellow Gallipoli veterans Continue reading General Gough | ANZACs | 28 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

Rain and raids | 28 Jun 1916

“Y” Day on the Somme Just as most of the BEF’s part of the Western Front has been delivering intense artillery bombardments to disguise the Continue reading Rain and raids | 28 Jun 1916

Bayburt | French infantry tactics | 20 Jun 1916

Offensives in Anatolia We begin today with a return to the Russo-Ottoman fighting on the Caucasus front. Quick recap: the Ottomans have sent significant reinforcements Continue reading Bayburt | French infantry tactics | 20 Jun 1916

Brusilov Overture | Fort Vaux | 4 Jun 1916

Brusilov Offensive The great summer offensive plays its overture today. Today is given over entirely to artillery barrages. The Austro-Hungarian generals remain unconcerned; if this Continue reading Brusilov Overture | Fort Vaux | 4 Jun 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

Cephalonia | Trebizond | 20 Mar 1916

Greece Another day, another violation of Greek neutrality. This time the target is Cephalonia, away to the south, rather closer to Salonika than Corfu is. Continue reading Cephalonia | Trebizond | 20 Mar 1916

Macker | Dujaila Redoubt | 8 Mar 1916

Battle of Verdun Today is the first day since the start of the Battle of Verdun where I’ve felt tempted to not write anything as Continue reading Macker | Dujaila Redoubt | 8 Mar 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

Weather | Verdun | 11 Feb 1916

Erzrurum Offensive Neither rain nor snow nor gloom of night…as reinforcements plough through yet more ridiculously snowy weather high up a mountain, heading for the Continue reading Weather | Verdun | 11 Feb 1916

Forts | Erzurum | Douaumont | 8 Feb 1916

Erzurum Offensive Back now to the Caucasus, where General Yudenich has been waiting for the right moment to attempt to capture Erzurum. Let’s recap: Erzurum Continue reading Forts | Erzurum | Douaumont | 8 Feb 1916

Sykes-Picot | Hasankale | 17 Jan 1916

Sykes-Picot Agreement I’ll take “Things which are extremely relevant to geopolitics in 2016”, please. Today the British and French foreign ministries have just finished the Continue reading Sykes-Picot | Hasankale | 17 Jan 1916

Kozincan-dag | 14 Jan 1916

Erzurum Offensive Yesterday we had a nice bit of tension going. General Yudenich’s slightly complicated plan is working, so far. The Ottomans have committed their Continue reading Kozincan-dag | 14 Jan 1916

War at sea | Eastern Front | 12 Jan 1916

Eastern Front General Joffre isn’t the world’s biggest fan of the Salonika expedition. However, he’s a practical man. Not only does it still have the Continue reading War at sea | Eastern Front | 12 Jan 1916

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

Erzurum Offensive | The end of Gallipoli | 9 Jan 1916

Erzurum Offensive We open today in the Caucasus. You may recall that General Yudenich, the Russian commander, has been planning an audacious attack on eastern Continue reading Erzurum Offensive | The end of Gallipoli | 9 Jan 1916

Caucasus | Koprukoy | 8 Dec 1915

Caucasus It’s been a while since last we checked in with the Caucasus front. Both Russia and the Ottoman Empire have had more pressing concerns Continue reading Caucasus | Koprukoy | 8 Dec 1915

The eve of battle | 24 Sep 1915

Third Artois With just 24 hours until the great autumn offensive on the Western Front, you may recall that the weather has broken and it’s Continue reading The eve of battle | 24 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

First Battle of Krithia | Tok Janggut | 28 Apr 1915

We’ve got the first major attack on Gallipoli since the landings, the BEF prepares to withdraw to the GHQ Line in the Ypres salient, and Continue reading First Battle of Krithia | Tok Janggut | 28 Apr 1915