The Battle of Jutland – Royal Navy vs. German Imperial Navy I THE GREAT WAR Week 97

Since the beginning of the war, the two most powerful navies in the world had failed to decisively engage, the British navy instead blockading the Germans to deprive them of supplies, the Germans harassing international shipping with U-boats, but that changes this week when mighty …

The Serbian Exodus Through Albania I THE GREAT WAR – Week 71

The Serbian Exodus Through Albania I THE GREAT WAR – Week 71

If you’re watching this in 2015, you are no doubt aware of the refugee crisis that’s being going on throughout the year, but you might not be aware that it is history repeating itself, for 100 years ago, another population, another nation, was forced to …

Serbia’s Last Stand Against The Central Powers I THE GREAT WAR – Week 68

Serbia’s Last Stand Against The Central Powers I THE GREAT WAR – Week 68

You have an army. Tens of thousands of men. And you come to the aid of a beleaguered ally; so close you can hear sounds of battle as your ally gamely holds out. But then the harsh realities of nature get in the way. I’m …

The Rape of Belgium And The Battle of Tannenberg I THE GREAT WAR – Week 5

August 28th 1914. Throughout August, 1914, as the war progressed in Belgium, France, and Serbia, the Austrian and German high command either sanctioned or ignored the widespread execution and rape of civilians and the sacking and burning of occupied towns. A shocked and revolted world …

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 …