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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Sinking of the Lusitania – The Gorlice-Tarnów Offensive I THE GREAT WAR – Week 41

Sinking of the Lusitania – The Gorlice-Tarnów Offensive I THE GREAT WAR – Week 41

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When I was a little kid, I’d heard of two ships, two ocean liners that had met with catastrophe. One of them was the Titanic, who sank in 1912, but as for the other one… 100 years ago today, on May 7th, 1915, the passenger ship Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-Boat, […]

The Forgotten Front – World War 1 in Libya I THE GREAT WAR – Week 69

The Forgotten Front – World War 1 in Libya I THE GREAT WAR – Week 69

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I said the other week that there were now 12 war zones in this war. 12. On three continents. But you know what? That’s obviously not enough because this week yet another war zone opens. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week the Italians had begun the Fourth Battle of the Isonzo […]

Serbia Is Invaded Once Again – The Entente Lands in Greece I THE GREAT WAR Week 63

Serbia Is Invaded Once Again – The Entente Lands in Greece I THE GREAT WAR Week 63

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Last year- 1914- Serbia was repeatedly invaded by the Austro-Hungarian Imperial army, but managed to repel the invaders each time. Over the following winter and spring, a typhus epidemic secured Serbian borders but at a great cost in lives, and over the summer, Serbian enemies had their hands full on other fronts, but this week, […]

Pride Comes Before The Fall – British Trouble in Mesopotamia I THE GREAT WAR – Week 70

Pride Comes Before The Fall – British Trouble in Mesopotamia I THE GREAT WAR – Week 70

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Britain had an empire that spanned the globe, and even though the British army was being stretched to its limit against the Germans, the British leadership and British people still knew that their army was certainly far better than any force from the “less civilized” parts of the world, and could easily handle enemy forces. […]

Equilibrium of Carnage at Verdun – Portugal Joins The War I THE GREAT WAR – Week 85

Equilibrium of Carnage at Verdun – Portugal Joins The War I THE GREAT WAR – Week 85

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What was the big news this week? The big news this week was simple. 100 years ago this week Portugal joined the war. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week the charge of the Dorset Yeomanry broke the Senussi defenses on the Libyan front, in the West more and more men were […]

The Raid On Scarborough – A Failed Attempt at Intimidation  I THE GREAT WAR Week 21

The Raid On Scarborough – A Failed Attempt at Intimidation I THE GREAT WAR Week 21

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December 18th, 1914 The British Empire was worldwide in 1914, and the sun truly never set upon it. It had been built by centuries of war and conquest abroad, but this week something different happened. For the first time in over 200 years, British civilians at home were killed by enemy action. I’m Indy Neidell; […]

The Ghost Of The Lusitania – Russia Takes Erzurum I THE GREAT WAR – Week 82

The Ghost Of The Lusitania – Russia Takes Erzurum I THE GREAT WAR – Week 82

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Last year, Russia lost city after city to the advancing Austro-German colossus- Warsaw, Lemberg, Kovno, thousands and thousands of miles of territory. Well, 1916 turns that around, for this week Russia takes Erzurum from the Ottoman Empire. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week the Serbian army had finished its evacuation to […]