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To Arms! – The Deployment of Troops I THE GREAT WAR – Week 3

To Arms! – The Deployment of Troops I THE GREAT WAR – Week 3

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In the last two episodes we’ve seen how the mobilization for war really got going and the usual political intrigue and today we’re going to see a little bit of fighting. I’d like to now direct your attention to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Austria was now ready for war with Serbia, and on August 12th, 1914, […]

Red Terror in Soviet Russia I THE GREAT WAR Week 215

Red Terror in Soviet Russia I THE GREAT WAR Week 215

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You want your former ally to come back into the war, but their new government wants none of it. Well, you could attack them with your armies and try to force them to join you, or maybe you could bribe their government’s guards to murder their leaders and then install the government of your choice. […]

Revolution in Germany – Armistice in Austria I THE GREAT WAR Week 224

Revolution in Germany – Armistice in Austria I THE GREAT WAR Week 224

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What happens this week? Well, Austria-Hungary signs an armistice with the Allies, leaving Germany alone in the fight. If you think that was bad enough for Germany, this week also sees… revolution in Germany! I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week the Ottoman Empire signed an armistice and for them the active […]

Strikes and Mutiny I THE GREAT WAR Week 184

Strikes and Mutiny I THE GREAT WAR Week 184

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It’s 1918. The war began in 1914. There is no end in sight, and the men fighting for both the Entente and the Central Powers are fed up. And what does that mean? It means mutiny on both sides. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week the Finnish Civil War began, and […]

Operation Albion – Passchendaele Drowns In Mud I THE GREAT WAR Week 168

Operation Albion – Passchendaele Drowns In Mud I THE GREAT WAR Week 168

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The Allies had been gaining ground in the west the past couple of weeks, but this week they’ll re-learn the perennial autumn lesson of the war; you can fight in the cold, you can fight in the heat, but you just can’t fight in the mud. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last […]

Machinations In The British High Command I THE GREAT WAR Week 180

Machinations In The British High Command I THE GREAT WAR Week 180

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1917 has come to an end. It was a year of almost unimaginable events to people just a couple years ago. Not one, but two TWO Russian revolutions. The war to end all wars growing even larger as the United States joined the fray. Battles on unheard of scales like Passchendaele and Arras. A mutiny […]

Allied Unified Command On The Horizon I THE GREAT WAR Week 190

Allied Unified Command On The Horizon I THE GREAT WAR Week 190

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The Germans will occupy Odessa this week, and that marks the first time in 1500 years one power has control of Europe in a stretch from the North Sea to the Black Sea. Since the days of the Roman Empire. Victory in the east was complete. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last […]

Cavalry, Spies and Cossacks I THE GREAT WAR Week 47

Cavalry, Spies and Cossacks I THE GREAT WAR Week 47

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This week the war seemed almost like a romantic novel of war instead of an actual one, with spies, Cossacks, cavalry charges, and aerial bombardments, but don’t kid yourself, for the reality was the ending of two great battles that cost hundreds of thousands of lives and saw over a million men in action. I’m […]

Romania On The Ropes – Reflections On The Battle of the Somme I THE GREAT WAR Week 123

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What do you do if you’re a neutral nation surrounded by war and some of the “friendly” warring nations want to transport troops through your capital city? Well, if you’re Greece, you fight back. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Josef died and his grand nephew Karl ascended […]

Welcome To The Dirt – The Beginning of Trench Warfare I THE GREAT WAR – Week 8

Welcome To The Dirt – The Beginning of Trench Warfare I THE GREAT WAR – Week 8

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September 18th 1914 This week, we see the mobile and fast paced war of the past six weeks turning into something never imagined that would prove more sinister and deadly than even the bloodiest battles of the war’s beginning. This week began the war in the trenches. I’m Indy Neidell. Welcome to the Great War. […]