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Knocking Out The Hejaz Railway I THE GREAT WAR Week 195

Knocking Out The Hejaz Railway I THE GREAT WAR Week 195

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The Hejaz Railway was a vital supply and communications line for the Ottoman Empire, connecting Damascus and Medina, and this week, Lawrence of Arabia and the forces of the Arab Revolt take a big chunk of it. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week Germany had renewed its Western Front offensives as […]

The Battle of La Lys – Operation Georgette I THE GREAT WAR Week 194

The Battle of La Lys – Operation Georgette I THE GREAT WAR Week 194

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If I were to make sensational newspaper headlines about some of this week’s activity, I wonder how they’d read? Hm… “the betrayal of an ally” or “an Emperor’s humiliation!” Yeah, those are pretty good. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week, Operation Michael, the first phase of the German Spring Offensives, came […]

Gas On The Western Front – Baptism of Fire for Canada I THE GREAT WAR Week 39

Gas On The Western Front – Baptism of Fire for Canada I THE GREAT WAR Week 39

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It seems I repeat myself. I begin many of these episodes by talking about new introductions to the war- a new front, a new weapon, a new strategy- but impossibly, the war, with a death toll in the millions, still grows larger day by day, as this week Canadian troops really show their skills for […]

Three Years of World War 1 I THE GREAT WAR Week 157

Three Years of World War 1 I THE GREAT WAR Week 157

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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 seen the use of flamethrowers, mustard gas, bombing of civilians, […]

The Battle of Passchendaele – Mutiny in the German Navy I THE GREAT WAR Week 158

The Battle of Passchendaele – Mutiny in the German Navy I THE GREAT WAR Week 158

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Ever since his offensive at Arras in April, British Commander in Chief Sir Douglas Haig has been champing at the bit to get his summer offensive going in Belgium, and this week, it happens. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. The shift from last week to this week marks the 3rd anniversary of […]

Pershing Under Pressure – The End Of La Lys I THE GREAT WAR Week 197

Pershing Under Pressure – The End Of La Lys I THE GREAT WAR Week 197

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Away from the front lines of the war, day-to-day life still goes on, sometimes even seemingly normal. But the war and life at home cross paths all the time, and one such way is trials of civilians for treason. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week saw a British naval raid in […]

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

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

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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 Russia launched a major offensive on the Eastern Front and […]

The Defensive War on the Western Front I THE GREAT WAR Week 16

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Hundreds of thousands of men have died and the conflict has now spread all over the globe, and as the snows and winds of November grow harsher and the western front freezes into total stalemate, all of the warring armies realize one great reality of this war: defense is more powerful than offense. This would […]

Learning From Napoleon – Russia, The Underestimated Enemy I THE GREAT WAR – Week 12

Learning From Napoleon – Russia, The Underestimated Enemy I THE GREAT WAR – Week 12

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So far this war things had looked grim for the Russians. They had unwillingly entered the war in the first place and the colossal defeats at the battles of Tannenberg and Masurian lakes had convinced the German and Austro-Hungarian armies that Russia’s army was both backward and incompetent, but beginning this week they would learn […]