1260: From Mongol to Mamluk Control in the Near East

The following update has been inspired by an article I read by Nicholas Vincent (University of East Anglia) regarding the year 1260 and the incredibly important consequences that this date had for Europe and the Mediterranean world. Vincent declared this to be a dramatic year which is often overlooked despite the serious political change it … More 1260: From Mongol to Mamluk Control in the Near East

THE ELEVENTH BATTLE OF THE ISONZO: A FORGOTTEN SACRIFICE?

In A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway described the desolate environment of the Soča Valley: “There was fighting for that mountain too … the branches were bare and the trunks black with rain. The vineyards were thin and bare-branched too and all the country wet and brown and dead with autumn.” It is hard to … More THE ELEVENTH BATTLE OF THE ISONZO: A FORGOTTEN SACRIFICE?

Winchester at War: the Battle of Passchendaele

‘I died in hell – (They called it Passchendaele)’ – Siegfried Sassoon, Memorial Tablet. On this day, exactly one hundred years ago, the Battle of Passchendaele began. Today, the conflict has become infamous, remembered across the world as one of the major battles of the First World War. Tragically, over 500,000 allied and German soldiers … More Winchester at War: the Battle of Passchendaele

Romania: A Fight for Territory in the First World War

At first reluctant to join in the fighting, Romania entered the First World War in 1916, uniting with the Allies against the Central Powers. In August 1916, Romania invaded Transylvania, then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Its backing on the side of the Allies can be attributed to their relationship with Russia and its … More Romania: A Fight for Territory in the First World War

The Battle of Flers–Courcelette and the First Tanks of WWI

The Battle The battle of Flers-Courcelette, 15-22 September 1916, was the third main phase of the battle of the Somme. It is best known as the first battle in history to feature the use of tanks. The battle was the first full scale offensive since the first day of the Somme. It was to involve … More The Battle of Flers–Courcelette and the First Tanks of WWI

Fight for Gorizia: The Italian Front and the Isonzo Battles

Following our First World War timeline, we take a trip to the Italian Front to have a brief look over a conflict that was of significant meaning in the war narrative of Italy – despite the actual lack of strategic value and impact it had over the events at the front line. Gorizia itself was … More Fight for Gorizia: The Italian Front and the Isonzo Battles