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 …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …