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The Battle At The Falkland Islands – The Death of Maximilian von Spee I THE GREAT WAR Week 20

The Battle At The Falkland Islands – The Death of Maximilian von Spee I THE GREAT WAR Week 20

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The 50 years prior to the War had seen military medicine advance more slowly than other branches of science, and without antibiotics, gangrene was a massive killer, but only one among many. Bullets, disease, drowning, murders of civilians, and more, and as winter began and the carnage continued, scenes of the worst horror imaginable were […]

Why study Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Birmingham.

Why study Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Birmingham.

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Hi – we all study Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Birmingham, and we’d like to tell you five reasons why it’s such a great choice. Reason One – It’s fascinating! To understand the present, you need to discover the past. Our programmes study the full diversity and richness of human cultural […]

Mission Accomplished? – The Austro-Hungarian Empire Conquers Belgrade  l THE GREAT WAR Week 19

Mission Accomplished? – The Austro-Hungarian Empire Conquers Belgrade l THE GREAT WAR Week 19

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Each of the warring nations on both sides entered the war for different reasons and with different objectives, but so far none of them had come close to their goals. This week however, for the first and only time for nearly the next four years, one of those nations, surprisingly enough the least militarily competent […]

Heavy Action At The Somme – The Fight For Monastir I THE GREAT WAR Week 121

Heavy Action At The Somme – The Fight For Monastir I THE GREAT WAR Week 121

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You can have a battle because you have superior firepower or manpower. You can have a battle because you have intelligence that you know gives you an advantage. Or you can have a battle because you think any sort of a victory will make you look good in front of your allies. Seems kind of […]

Second Battle of the Piave River I THE GREAT WAR Week 204

Second Battle of the Piave River I THE GREAT WAR Week 204

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Last fall the Central Powers dealt Italy a huge defeat at the Battle of Caporetto, and the Italian Front has been quiet since then, but no more. This week, the Austrians attack! I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week German and Ottoman troops – though Allies – skirmished in the Caucasus; this […]

Zeppelins over Britain – Terror in the Skies I THE GREAT WAR Week 89

Zeppelins over Britain – Terror in the Skies I THE GREAT WAR Week 89

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It’s now springtime in 1916 and away from the battlefields of Europe people looked to the skies to see the sun shining brightly above, and this week, if you were in England, you also saw something else, for this week the skies were alive with German zeppelins. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. […]

Star Trek: The Other Picard

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Struck in the chest with a compressed Tetryon beam, by a species called the Lenarians, Captain Jean Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise D, was placed on the biobed of his long time friend, Dr. Beverly Crusher, mere moments away from death. Yet rather than succumbing to his wound, Picard found himself brought before the […]

Donald Trump, A Very Stable Genius, Tries To Read The Constitution | All In | MSNBC

Donald Trump, A Very Stable Genius, Tries To Read The Constitution | All In | MSNBC

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

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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 Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week the Allied […]

Lenin Wants To Take The Train – First Battle of Gaza I THE GREAT WAR Week 140

Lenin Wants To Take The Train – First Battle of Gaza I THE GREAT WAR Week 140

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If you plan a battle, of course you need soldiers and weapons, and a battle plan, but that’s not all you need – you also need time, timing, and water. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week the allies made small advances in the west, the Balkans, and Macedonia. There was a […]