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The First Modern Battle – The Battle of Hamel I THE GREAT WAR Week 206

The First Modern Battle – The Battle of Hamel I THE GREAT WAR Week 206

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The warring armies have air forces, they have armored cars and tanks, they have artillery, they have gas, they have machine guns, they have endless infantry, but until this week no one had ever really integrated those all together into one tight battle plan. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week the […]

Showdown In The Dardanelles – Bulgaria Flirts With The Central Powers I THE GREAT WAR Week 36

Showdown In The Dardanelles – Bulgaria Flirts With The Central Powers I THE GREAT WAR Week 36

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April 2nd, 1915. On carts, on horse, but mostly walking they move. All over Europe. Some carrying bags, some dragging huge amounts of possessions, but all too many empty handed. Forced from their homes and their lands, and desperate for somewhere, anywhere to continue their lives. These were the refugees of the Great War. I’m […]

The Ottoman Disaster – The Battle of Sarikamish I THE GREAT WAR Week 23

The Ottoman Disaster – The Battle of Sarikamish I THE GREAT WAR Week 23

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Over the past few months we’ve seen battlefronts all over the world, we’ve seen triumphs and disasters, but this week, as the New Year rolls in, we see something we haven’t seen, yet the annihilation of an entire army. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War Last week we saw the fighting go quiet […]

The Ostende Raid – Peace of Bucharest I THE GREAT WAR Week 198

The Ostende Raid – Peace of Bucharest I THE GREAT WAR Week 198

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What do you do to stop the enemy from sending his submarines and destroyers at you? You try to destroy his harbors, and how do you do that? You raid them by night. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week, the Battle of La Lys finished in Belgium, with the Germans unable […]

The French Counter Attack At Matz I THE GREAT WAR Week 203

The French Counter Attack At Matz I THE GREAT WAR Week 203

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I start every episode with a hook, right? Something that hasn’t happened before in the war, or some really big news or event. Well, this week, it’s definitely something that hasn’t happened so far during the war – this week two of the Central Powers fight each other in the field. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nivelle’s Spring Offensive – Royal Conspiracy In Greece I THE GREAT WAR Week 131

Nivelle’s Spring Offensive – Royal Conspiracy In Greece I THE GREAT WAR Week 131

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Germany had a new plan that they were soon to implement, and it may well bring neutral nations into the war as enemies. One of those nations was the United States, but Germany wasn’t worried about them, and this week they tell you why. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week there […]

Back For Christmas? – The Illusion Of A Short War I THE GREAT WAR – Week 11

Back For Christmas? – The Illusion Of A Short War I THE GREAT WAR – Week 11

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The war of rapid victories was over and the continuous war in the filthy trenches had begun, ending the rush of optimism with which the warring nations had begun the war and bringing in a heavy mood of disillusionment that would crush the spirits of the millions of men fighting and dying. I’m Indy Neidell; […]