Adapt or Die – The Artillery Barrage I THE GREAT WAR – Week 50

Adapt or die! That’s what they say, right? And it’s been true so far during the war. Cavalry charges and brightly colored uniforms gave way to trenches and drab colors against the destructive power of machine gun defenses, and defense had indeed been king so …

A New War With Old Generals – Carnage on the Western Front I THE GREAT WAR – Week 4

A New War With Old Generals – Carnage on the Western Front I THE GREAT WAR – Week 4

Many of the generals of World War I were almost completely out of touch with the lethal technology of the twentieth century. In August 1914 this became very apparent. It remained a problem throughout the war and led to the catastrophic loss of millions of …

Three Years of World War 1 I THE GREAT WAR Week 157

Three Years of World War 1 I THE GREAT WAR Week 157

The war that would be over by Christmas. The war that all of Europe marched off to joyously. The war that now has a death toll in the millions, casualties in the tens of millions, has brought in nations from all over the world, has …

Playing With Fire – The First Flame Thrower I THE GREAT WAR Week 32

Playing With Fire – The First Flame Thrower I THE GREAT WAR Week 32

We’ve seen men die by the hundreds of thousands, as Europe has been ripped apart in just half a year. New battlefronts have been opened to gain any advantage and soldiers come from all around the world to die, while new technology has taken the …

The Russian War Machine And The Race To The Sea I THE GREAT WAR – Week 9

The Russian War Machine And The Race To The Sea I THE GREAT WAR – Week 9

September 25, 1914. The mobile war of short intense battles was over and the filthy war in the trenches had begun, and this week we see the trenches grow like lighting on the western front in the race to the sea. We also see something …

The Fight for Montenegro & The Disaster Of Kut I THE GREAT WAR Week 78

The Fight for Montenegro & The Disaster Of Kut I THE GREAT WAR Week 78

The Gallipoli campaign, which was now over, was a huge failure for the Allies, especially for the British, a scale of failure that was virtually unknown to the British Empire, but this week, far away in Mesopotamia, Britain fails again. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to …

The German Occupation of Lithuania – Unrest in Russia I THE GREAT WAR – Week 61

The German Occupation of Lithuania – Unrest in Russia I THE GREAT WAR – Week 61

Whenever you think of this war, one of the main images you picture is that of the trenches. Filthy, dangerous, but necessary for survival. But the war began as a war of motion, of quick advances and retreats before it settled down on the western …

Oxford Professor (by We Are Thomasse)

Oxford Professor (by We Are Thomasse)

One of my key functions as visiting Professor of Philosophy from Oxford University is to impart upon my students the importance of clarification. By which, of course, I don’t mean the process of removing impurities from butter! is to impart upon my students the importance …

Operation Albion Concludes – Allied Failures In Belgium I THE GREAT WAR Week 169

Operation Albion Concludes – Allied Failures In Belgium I THE GREAT WAR Week 169

It’s been planned several times so far in the war and it’s had varying degrees of success, though never until this week will it have this degree of success – an amphibious assault. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week, Allied attacks …

Equilibrium of Carnage at Verdun – Portugal Joins The War I THE GREAT WAR – Week 85

Equilibrium of Carnage at Verdun – Portugal Joins The War I THE GREAT WAR – Week 85

What was the big news this week? The big news this week was simple. 100 years ago this week Portugal joined the war. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week the charge of the Dorset Yeomanry broke the Senussi defenses on the …