Readers will have noticed that I stopped updating this blog on 28 June 2019, the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. That was always the end point I had in mind for this project, even though much at that point still remained unresolved – notably the future shape of Turkey, the fate of Russia, the status of Ireland (my own country) and indeed whether the United States would join the League of Nations. I could have continued the blog further but the Treaty’s signing on the anniversary of Franz Ferdinand’s murder was too convenient a stopping point, and any continuation beyond that point would have meant a dissipation of focus away from the First World War itself.
So is that the end of this blog? Basically, yes. I had hoped to occasionally treat readers to reviews of Great War related books, but other demands on my time have left these hopes unrealised. I have also failed to produce short notes on some general Great War topics (whose fault was the war, why did the Allies win, could the war have turned out differently, and so on). These may yet appear though if they do it will be a pleasant surprise.
One thing however I am going to do is complete the posts I had been doing compiling each month’s worth of posts in one place (you can see links to these for the years 1914 to 1916 here and 1917 here). Pressure of time in the early summer of 2018 forced me to abandon these, with the April 1918 post being the last one on the blog. I was never that clear whether anyone read these (which is true of posts on the blog generally), but as a completist I feel the need to finish these off, so I am going to post the remaining ones of these month by month from the end of May this year to June 2021. I have created a page for links to these monthly summary posts for 1918 here, should readers wish to catch up on what was going on in the spring of 1918 (summary: Germany was trying to win the war before the arrival of American troops irrevocably turned the tide in the Allies’ favour).
If you are interested, I also have another blog, on which I post occasionally about books and films and music and stuff.
images all from Giant Military Cats on Twitter, which I recommend to anyone who likes both cats and military things.