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 …

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 …

The Death of Max Immelmann – Haig’s Final Offensive I THE GREAT WAR – Week 100

The Death of Max Immelmann – Haig’s Final Offensive I THE GREAT WAR – Week 100

You may or may not know this, but the great pilots, the flying aces, were the rock stars of World War One, celebrated far and wide as heroes of their nations, and in 1916 there was perhaps none greater than Max Immelmann. Until this week …

Austro-Hungarian House of Cards I THE GREAT WAR Week 185

Austro-Hungarian House of Cards I THE GREAT WAR Week 185

The battles have been fought in the field for 42 months now, back and forth, all over the world. And at home? In the political machines of the warring nations and empires? It’s maneuver and outmaneuver, not just against the enemy, but against your own. …

Learning From Napoleon – Russia, The Underestimated Enemy I THE GREAT WAR – Week 12

Learning From Napoleon – Russia, The Underestimated Enemy I THE GREAT WAR – Week 12

So far this war things had looked grim for the Russians. They had unwillingly entered the war in the first place and the colossal defeats at the battles of Tannenberg and Masurian lakes had convinced the German and Austro-Hungarian armies that Russia’s army was both …

Zeppelins Over England – New Inventions For The Modern War I THE GREAT WAR Week 26

Zeppelins Over England – New Inventions For The Modern War I THE GREAT WAR Week 26

When most people think of the First World War, they think most often of either the Western Front and the trenches and flying aces, and possibly the Italian or Eastern fronts, but the war was by no means confined to mainland Europe, and this week …

Jerusalem Surrenders – Bolsheviks Consolidate Control I THE GREAT WAR Week 177

Jerusalem Surrenders – Bolsheviks Consolidate Control I THE GREAT WAR Week 177

It’s a Holy City for three religions, and really is one of the most important cities in our world history. As such, it is a big prize during this world war, and this week, Jerusalem surrenders to the British. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the …

In Dire Straits – Russia on Austro-Hungary’s Doorstep I THE GREAT WAR Week 24

A few months ago we saw the devastation that followed when the war in both the east and the west became bogged down in the muds of the autumn, and this week, as the new year gets going, we see the new challenges and above …