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Assassination Attempt on Lenin – Chaos in Romania I THE GREAT WAR Week 182

Assassination Attempt on Lenin – Chaos in Romania I THE GREAT WAR Week 182

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He is the leader of the new Russian government, which is just over two months old since the October Revolution, but this week Lenin very nearly dies. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week US President Woodrow Wilson outlined his 14 points, which he hoped would be the basis for postwar peace […]

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, […]

Ludendorff Plans for a Spring Offensive I THE GREAT WAR – Week 179

Ludendorff Plans for a Spring Offensive I THE GREAT WAR – Week 179

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Three years ago I said several times that the nations that began this war thought it would be over by Christmas. That was Christmas 1914. They were wrong, for this week comes the fourth Christmas of the war, and it’s still far from over. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week Russia […]

Austro-Hungarian House of Cards I THE GREAT WAR Week 185

Austro-Hungarian House of Cards I THE GREAT WAR Week 185

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The battles have been fought in the field for 42 months now, back and forth, all over the world. And at home? In the political machines of the warring nations and empires? It’s maneuver and outmaneuver, not just against the enemy, but against your own. In fact, by this time in Austria-Hungary, it very much […]

The Tsar Abdicates – Baghdad Falls I THE GREAT WAR Week 138

The Tsar Abdicates – Baghdad Falls I THE GREAT WAR Week 138

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There’s only one word I can say to describe the main event of this week: Revolution!!! I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week the British and Indian forces pushed up the Tigris toward Baghdad, the Ottomans pulling back both there and in Persia, where they were being chased by the Russians. Russia […]

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. […]

The World at War – The Ottoman Empire Enters The Stage I THE GREAT WAR Week 15

The World at War – The Ottoman Empire Enters The Stage I THE GREAT WAR Week 15

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Three months of war have devastated Europe, and with conflict recently spreading to colonial territory in Africa and the Far East it grew ever larger. It would grow many times larger this week though, and open up huge new theaters of battle, as the Ottoman Empire entered the war. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the […]

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 […]

They Did Not Pass – The Battle Of Verdun Ends I THE GREAT WAR Week 126

They Did Not Pass – The Battle Of Verdun Ends I THE GREAT WAR Week 126

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It had raged since February. It was now December. In an area just 25 km wide and 10 km deep hundreds of thousands of men had become casualties of war. I’m talking about the Battle of Verdun, and this week that battle came to an end. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last […]

T.E. Lawrence And How He Became Lawrence Of Arabia I WHO DID WHAT IN WW1?

T.E. Lawrence And How He Became Lawrence Of Arabia I WHO DID WHAT IN WW1?

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T.E. Lawrence. Perhaps no other name from the First World War has the same almost mythlike status as Lawrence of Arabia, the modern Robin Hood with his tales of courage and adventure that remain in our imagination even today, and that’s the man I’m going to talk about right now. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to […]