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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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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; […]

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, […]