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 …

No Peace For The Wicked I THE GREAT WAR Week 129

No Peace For The Wicked I THE GREAT WAR Week 129

Food shortages, strikes, assassinations, covert attempts to end the war, covert attempts to expand the war, the situation in Russia by now was dangerously unstable. It wouldn’t get any better this week, though as there was yet another political shakeup in Petrograd. I’m Indy Neidell; …

The French Counter Attack At Matz I THE GREAT WAR Week 203

The French Counter Attack At Matz I THE GREAT WAR Week 203

I start every episode with a hook, right? Something that hasn’t happened before in the war, or some really big news or event. Well, this week, it’s definitely something that hasn’t happened so far during the war – this week two of the Central Powers …

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 …

Revolution in Germany – Armistice in Austria I THE GREAT WAR Week 224

Revolution in Germany – Armistice in Austria I THE GREAT WAR Week 224

What happens this week? Well, Austria-Hungary signs an armistice with the Allies, leaving Germany alone in the fight. If you think that was bad enough for Germany, this week also sees… revolution in Germany! I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week the …

The Battle of Belleau Wood Begins I THE GREAT WAR Week 202

The Battle of Belleau Wood Begins I THE GREAT WAR Week 202

You’re at war and you’re trying to hold off a determined and capable enemy. When you falter and that enemy advances, you ask your ally for reinforcements. But what if he says they genuinely do not exist? You begin to evacuate your capital I’m Indy …

Germany in Two-Front War and the Schlieffen-Plan I THE GREAT WAR – Week 2

Germany in Two-Front War and the Schlieffen-Plan I THE GREAT WAR – Week 2

My name is Indy Neidell. Welcome to the Great War. We left off last time with the Austro-Hungarian Empire declaring war on the kingdom of Serbia, and you can find links to that episode below and to our special Prelude to War episodes. I’m going …

Operation Beach Party – Mustard Gas Unleashed I THE GREAT WAR Week 155

Operation Beach Party – Mustard Gas Unleashed I THE GREAT WAR Week 155

We’ve talked before about the innovations developed during the war that all sides created to try and gain an advantage or breakthrough, and this week you can add one more to the list: mustard gas. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week …

Bulgaria Digs In At Doiran – The Final Blow Against The Senussi I THE GREAT WAR Week 133

Bulgaria Digs In At Doiran – The Final Blow Against The Senussi I THE GREAT WAR Week 133

The war has grown larger and larger and ever more countries have joined the fight, and this week, one neutral nation takes one big step closer to war. This week, the United States breaks off diplomatic relations with Germany. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the …

Austria-Hungary Disintegrates – The Ottoman Empire Leaves the War I THE GREAT WAR Week 223

Austria-Hungary Disintegrates – The Ottoman Empire Leaves the War I THE GREAT WAR Week 223

Six weeks ago, the Central Powers looked to be in okay shape, even though Germany was taking a pounding on the Western Front, but when things changed, they changed fast. Bulgaria has left the war and this week, another central power follows suit. I’m Indy …