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The Battle of La Malmaison – Breakthrough at Caporetto I THE GREAT WAR Week 170

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There are been 11 Battles of the Isonzo River, all launched offensively by the Italians, but that changes this week. This week a 12th battle begins, launched by the Central Powers, and this week the Italian front breaks. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week the Germans continued Operation Albion, a combined […]

Mexico in WW1 – The Mexican Revolution I THE GREAT WAR Special

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We’ve talked about the roles that several neutral nations played in the First World War, because even though you didn’t actually send an army to fight, you often couldn’t help but be involved in some way or another. One such country was Mexico. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to a Great War special episode about Mexico […]

The Animal Sound Library

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This episode is brought to you by the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois and the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, Germany. Hey, we are here in the National Park Unteres Odertal, and Poland is right there! We can see it! Also, my feet are freezing. Let’s go! People have been cultivating grain and farming cattle […]

The Lion of Africa – Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck I WHO DID WHAT IN WW1?

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The German General Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck received numerous decorations, titles, and nicknames during his military career. Officially, he was a Major General, unofficially he was widely known as “The Lion of Africa”, whose task during World War 1 was the defense of German East Africa. He influenced the course of the war in that […]

Taxi To The Front – The First Battle of the Marne I THE GREAT WAR – Week 7

Taxi To The Front – The First Battle of the Marne I THE GREAT WAR – Week 7

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The first five weeks of the war have seen great offensives by Germany, Russia, and Austria-Hungary, larger than any military operations in history. Hundred s of thousands of men have died, but today all of those offensives come to an end. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. At the beginning of the week, […]

Poison Gas Warfare In WW1 I THE GREAT WAR Special

Poison Gas Warfare In WW1 I THE GREAT WAR Special

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Imagine you’re a soldier, in any war, anywhere. You’re prepared for battle, for the enemy, and you know you might get shot or even killed. Imagine being on the front line, though, and suddenly something comes creeping around your legs. A cloud of yellow or green, that spreads and spreads until you have no choice […]

Western Front Artillery At The Outbreak of World War 1 I THE GREAT WAR Special

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When World War One began, nobody could really have guessed the unprecedented level of destruction the war would bring. An observer might have been able to guess how the war would be fought by looking at the weaponry developed by the nations that did the fighting, though, and the most destructive of these was artillery. […]

The Lion Of Verdun – Philippe Pétain I WHO DID WHAT IN WW1?

The Lion Of Verdun – Philippe Pétain I WHO DID WHAT IN WW1?

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He was 58 [years] old and a colonel when the first world war broke out And he had never seen active service yet within months He was a national hero and a commanding general and soon he would command the entire French army. I’m talking about Philippe Petain I’m indy neidell welcome to a great […]

The Battle of Neuve-Chapelle I THE GREAT WAR Week 33

The Battle of Neuve-Chapelle I THE GREAT WAR Week 33

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We’ve so far seen the horrors of modern war; the ones on the battlefield anyhow. Today we’ll also see one of the tragic by-products of the war, the death behind the lines, the painful, lingering horror of epidemic disease. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week we saw the British beat the […]

Fire In The Sky – Zeppelin Shot Down Over Britain I THE GREAT WAR Week 111

Fire In The Sky – Zeppelin Shot Down Over Britain I THE GREAT WAR Week 111

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There was a fire over Britain this week, but far from sparking fear, it sparked jubilation, for the fire was a German zeppelin being shot down, the first victim of incendiary bullets. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Okay, last week the Germans counter attacked successfully at the Somme, Romania joined the war […]