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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

The Five Nation Army – The Salonica Front Erupts I THE GREAT WAR Week 109

The Five Nation Army – The Salonica Front Erupts I THE GREAT WAR Week 109

We’ve seen the British and French fight together or different parts of the British Empire collaborate with each other. We’ve seen combined Austro-German forces. But something happens this week we have not yet seen in the war. This week, the Allies build a true Five …

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. …

Italian Mountain Warfare – The Espionage Act I THE GREAT WAR Week 151

Italian Mountain Warfare – The Espionage Act I THE GREAT WAR Week 151

The United States had joined the Allies two months ago and had begun building an army, basically from scratch, to bring to Europe and one day join the fight. For the Allies, that distant day couldn’t come soon enough, but just thinking about it had …

French Mutinies – Tunnels Under Messines Ridge I THE GREAT WAR Week 149

French Mutinies – Tunnels Under Messines Ridge I THE GREAT WAR Week 149

For nearly three years, they fought to defend their land from invasion, and the causality toll is in the millions. But in the wake of the disastrous April Offensive, where they were ordered to make suicidal attacks, the French Army has had enough, and that …

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 …