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History Of The Great War
<p>History of the Great War is a weekly podcast that will cover the First World War that occurred from 1914 and 1918. Every week we will be discussing the events that occurred exactly 100 years ago. We will journey from the borders of France in the blistering heat of 1914, to the shores of Gallipoli, to the banks of Somme, to the final knockout attempt by the German army in the spring of 1918.</p>
225: Irish Civil War Pt. 2
The Anglo-Irish war would end with a treaty that had to be accepted in Dublin, but not everybody thought that it was the best path forward.
24 min
224: Irish Civil War Pt. 1
With the war over, the dreams of Irish Home Rule quickly turned into a violent nightmare
30 min
Introducing The Next Big Idea
7 min
223: Middle Eastern Revolts Pt. 3
The people of Iraq had risen against British rule, but could they actually succeed?
24 min
222: Middle Eastern Revolts Pt. 2
The new British Mandate of Mesopotamia would rise in revolt in 1920, hoping to throw off their new British rulers.
18 min
221: Middle Eastern Revolts Pt. 1
Egypt and Iraq would both find themselves under the control of the British Empire after the war, neither of them were necessarily thrilled with that arrangement.
21 min
220: Turkish War of Independence Pt. 3
The Greeks would first land in Anatolia in Smyrna, and when they returned it would cause a disaster.
20 min
219: Turkish War of Independence Pt. 2
While Mustafa Kemal solidifies his power in Ankara, the Greeks arrive.
20 min
218: Turkish War of Independence Pt. 1
The Armistice of Mudros ended the war for the Ottoman Empire, but fighting in the remnants of the Empire was far from over.
21 min
217: Baltic Independence Pt. 3
During its fight for independence Lithuania would be trapped between its neighbors.
20 min
216: Baltic Independence Pt. 2
With the retreat of the German army in November 1918, the Latvian began a fight for their future.
23 min
215: Baltic Independence Pt. 1
In the years after 1918 Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia would fight for their independence.
26 min
214: Finnish Civil War Pt. 2
With the battle lines drawn the Finnish Civil War heats up, and then swiftly ends.
18 min
213: Finnish Civil War Pt. 1
When the Tsar was removed from power nationalist movements all over the Empire were emboldened in their quest for independence, and one of these movements was in Finland.
21 min
212: Polish-Soviet War Pt. 6
The Polish and Soviet forces would find themselves largely back where they started the year, and it was time to think about peace.
25 min
211: Polish-Soviet War Pt. 5
In August 1920 the Red Army would be very close to their goal of capturing Warsaw, then everything would fall apart.
25 min
210: Polish-Soviet War Pt. 4
After the Polish attack the Red Army would prepare a counterstroke, one that would take them to the gates of Warsaw.
24 min
209: Polish-Soviet War Pt. 3
After a brief pause in the fighting, the Polish-Soviet War would reignite with a Polish invasion of Ukraine.
22 min
208: Polish-Soviet War Pt. 2
The fighting between Poland and the Red Army would begin in a tiny town in modern day Belarus.
23 min
207: Polish-Soviet War Pt. 1
The First World War was over, the Russian Civil War was ongoing, but the fighting in Eastern Europe was just getting started.
22 min
206: The Russian Civil War Pt. 6
When the Communist leaders in Moscow defeated the Whites, they still have a plethora of other problems to work though.
32 min
205: The Russian Civil War Pt. 5
In 1919 the White forces in Russia would reach their point of greatest strength, and then they would fall apart.
28 min
204: The Russian Civil War Pt. 4
With the Russian Civil War heating up, one the strongest White armies would arise in Siberia, and it would march West.
27 min
203: The Russian Civil War Pt. 3
After our discussions of the Communists in the previous episodes it is time to turn our eyes to the anti-Bolshevik forces.
29 min
202: The Russian Civil War Pt. 2
Before jumping into the first battles of the Civil War in Episode 203, we have to take some time to discuss the actions of the Bolsheviks, later Communists, on the political front.
30 min
201: The Russian Civil War Pt. 1
After the signing of the armistice on the Western front, the fighting continued around the world. Nowhere was that fighting more deadly than in Russia.
27 min
200: The Tolkien Special
One of my favorite authors would serve during the war, taking part in the Battle of the Somme.
24 min
Patreon Preview: Cavalry Pt. 4
Part 4 of our examination of the role of cavalry during the war
33 min
Patreon Preview: Cavalry Pt. 3
Part 3 of our examination of the role of cavalry during the war
21 min
Patreon Preview: Cavalry Pt. 2
Part 2 of our examination of the role of cavlary during the war
32 min
Patreon Preview: Cavalry Pt. 1
Of all of the military arms that took part in the war the cavalry is perhaps the most ridiculed, but is that a fair assessment?
32 min
199: Versailles Pt. 16 - Legacies
We come now to the end as we chronicle the last days before Germany signed their treaty.
32 min
198: Versailles Pt. 15 - Reparations
The most discussed feature of the German treaty was the details of the expected reparations.
24 min
197: Versailles Pt. 14 - Last but Not Least
Many topics were discussed at the Paris Peace Conference, none were considered more important than what to do about Germany.
38 min
196: Versailles Pt. 13 - Russia
Alone of the countries that had entered the war against Germany, Russia was not invited to Paris. In this episode we discuss why.
23 min
195: Versailles Pt. 12 - Between Two Giants
Between Bolshevik Russia and a defeated Germany the Poles were trying to create a new country, and they it would be a long road.
22 min
194: Versailles Pt. 11 - Shadows of an Empire
There were many countries trying to carve out their own place in post-war Eastern Europe.
25 min
193: Versailles Pt. 10 - A Kingdom for the Serb...
The war had started with an ultimatum to Serbia, Serbia would also be there when it was over.
21 min
192: Versailles Pt. 9 - To Kill and Empire
Nobody knew what to do with Austria and Hungary, because they were Austria-Hungary, but then they weren't
23 min
191: Versailles Pt. 8 - A Jewish Homeland
The Mandate of Palestine would be given to the British, and they had some big promises to keep.
20 min
190: The Medical War Pt. 2
In this second special episode we continue our look at the medical side of war with a special focus on neurosurgery.
43 min
189: The Medical War Pt. 1
In this special episode we discuss medical care during the war.
50 min
188: Versailles Pt. 7 - The Dissolution of Turk...
While the delegates in Paris debated the future of the Ottoman Empire, in Anatolia they were taking matters into their own hands.
27 min
187: Versailles Pt. 6 - Breaking Up the Middle ...
The Middle East would be broken up between the British and French, but they had some problems determining exactly how, and then keeping control of their new territory.
29 min
2018 Podcast Retrospective
Let's talk about the past and the future!
13 min
186: Versailles Pt. 5 - Distributing the Spoils
In our first episode about how the Middle East was handled at the Conference we need to talk about what mandates are and how they were applied all over the world.
23 min
185: Versailles Pt. 4 - Racial Equality, Denied...
Both Japan and China would send representatives to the Paris Peace Conference.
25 min
184: Versailles Pt. 3 - The League of Nations
One of the major topics for discussion at the Paris Peace Conference was the League of Nations.
25 min
183: Versailles Pt. 2 - Guests at the Party
As our introduction to the Paris Peace Conference continues we discuss the British, the Supreme Council, and the concept of self-determination.
33 min
182: Versailles Pt. 1 - The Treaty That Shaped ...
After the fighting had stopped, it was time to decide what the peace would look like.
38 min
Listener Questions Pt. 3
It is once again time to dig into the question pile to talk about a variety of topics.
33 min
Patreon Preview: Neutral Spain
This 2017 Patreon episode covers Spain, a country that technically stayed out of the war, but which still felt its effects.
32 min
Patreon Preview: Trench Raids
This 2017 Patreon episode take a look at a near constant fact of life on the Western Front, Trench Raids.
20 min
The Great Influenza Pt. 2 - Circling the Globe
The last few months of 1918 saw an influenza pandemic that circled the globe.
19 min
The Great Influenza Pt. 1 - So It Begins
In 1918, as war raged in Europe a new, more deadly foe joined the battle.
17 min
The Armistice Pt. 3 - Aftermath
20 min
The Armistice Pt. 2 - The Sound of Silence
November 11th. The End.
24 min
The Armistice Pt. 1 - The Situation at Home
Why did the leaders of Germany and Austria-Hungary need an armistice? What did they try to do to keep their countries together?
20 min
The Hundred Days Offensive Pt. 9 - Racing to th...
With the Germans reeling from repeated Allied offensives, the German army and society begins to fall apart.
20 min
The Hundred Days Offensive Pt. 8 - The Last Off...
In October 1918 the Allies would attack along the entire front, pushing the Germans to the brink.
20 min
The Hundred Days Offensive Pt. 7 - Attack, Atta...
After a disastrous start in late September there was only one possible course of action for the Americans at the Meuse-Argonne.
20 min
The Hundred Days Offensive Pt. 6 - The Lost Bat...
Amidst our very large story, we zoom in to talk about the events of a single battalion that ends up getting lost.
22 min
The Hundred Days Offensive Pt. 5 - War is Hell
The Americans give it a go in the Meuse-Argonne offensive, and they found out that actually this whole war thing is pretty hard.
21 min
The Hundred Days Offensive Pt. 4 - Americans
The French and British had already launched their attacks, and now it was time for the Americans to join it, at a place called St. Mihiel
21 min
The Hundred Days Offensive Pt. 3 - Onward from ...
After August 8th the attacks at Amiens would continue, and after attacks would be launched all along the front.
26 min
The Hundred Days Offensive Pt. 2 - The Black Day
On August 8th the Allied attack at Amiens would begin, it would not be a good day for the German Army
26 min
The Hundred Days Offensive Pt. 1 - Second Battl...
The German offensives are over, the Allied offensives are about to begin.
23 min
Listener Questions Pt. 2
You had questions, I have some answers.
33 min
Kaiserschlacht Pt. 9
In the summer of 1918 the German Army would try two more times to crack open the Western Front.
26 min
Kaiserschlacht Pt. 8
With so many French and British troops moved north to meet the previous German attacks, Ludendorff begins his next attack in the south.
22 min
Kaiserschlacht Pt. 7
The German focus shifts north, and Georgette is launched in Flanders.
23 min
Kaiserschlacht Pt. 6
Operation Michael was over, but what had it accomplished?
20 min
Kaiserschlacht Pt. 5
The German attack has been launched, and the first day was successful. What happens next?
25 min
Kaiserschlacht Pt. 4
After months of preparation, on March 21st the German attack begins.
24 min
Kaiserschlacht Pt. 3
In the days leading up to the attack the German troops prepared for their great offensive.
18 min
Kaiserschlacht Pt. 2
With the German Army gearing up for an attack, the British and French were still recovering from a disastrous 1917.
23 min
Kaiserschlacht Pt. 1
1918 would see the Germans launch the greatest series of offensives yet seen in the war, that story starts here.
25 min
The Air War: 1918
While the war was coming to a climax on the Western Front, in the skies above pilots and machines were reaching new heights.
29 min
Listener Questions Pt. 1
A few months ago I asked for questions then I received many questions.
24 min
Italian Front: The End
After three years of fighting on the Italian front, the war was over.
19 min
Italian Front: Last Gasps on the Piave
On the Italian Front both armies entered 1918 beat down from 3 years of war, but they both had enough power for one more effort.
19 min
Italian Front: The Walking Wounded
On the Italian front both sides stumbled into 1918.
18 min
Middle East: The End
The war came to an end in 1918, in this episode is a quick summary of what came next.
18 min
Middle East: Gaza and Beersheba
The war in the Middle East would come to an end, but not before a successful British attack at Gaza and Beersheba.
23 min
Middle East: The Advance into Palestine
The primary effort for the British in the Middle East in 1917 would be an attack out of Egypt and into Palestine.
16 min
Middle East: Mesopotamia & Caucasus
The Ottoman military would be stretched in multiple directions, some of which were forced upon them, some they forced upon themselves.
24 min
Middle East: Arab Revolt Pt. 2
The Arab Revolt began, and then fizzled very quickly. Lawrence of Arabia also makes an appearance.
23 min
Middle East: Arab Revolt Pt. 1
With the downfall of the Ottoman Empire seemingly imminent, the British would reach out to its subjects in hopes of stoking the fires of rebellion.
23 min
The Beginning of the End
15 min
Passchendaele: Mud and Misery
As their major effort for 1917 the British would launch an offensive in Flanders, it would contain some of the most famous, or infamous British actions for the entire war.
120 min
1917 French Mutinies
After the failures of the Nivelle offensive, the French army decided it had enough of useless failures.
21 min
Nivelle Offensives Pt. 4
The first days of attack had failed, and now Nivelle would have to answer for his promises of swift victory.
15 min
Nivelle Offensives Pt. 3
In mid-April 1917, the attacks would begin, they would go okay, I guess.
30 min
Nivelle Offensives Pt. 2
With the date for the attack set, the French goverment, and generals, start to have some concerns.
31 min
Nivelle Offensives Pt. 1
1917 would see another attempt by the French and British to win the war on the Western Front, it would not work.
22 min
The Air War Pt. 3
1917 would be a high point for the air war.
33 min
The Air War Pt. 2
1916 would see the RFC take on their greatest task yet, the Battle of the Somme
26 min
The Air War Pt. 1
The start of 1916 brought with it the dawn of a new era of aerial combat.
29 min
The Yanks Are Coming Pt. 4
In our last episode on America entering the war, we have a bit of a grab bag of topics.
25 min
The Yanks Are Coming Pt. 3
Saying you are joining a war and fighting a war are very different, as the Americans would find out in 1917.
20 min
The Yanks Are Coming Pt. 2
On April 6th, 1917 the United States would declare war, how did they get there? What happened next?
21 min
The Yanks Are Coming Pt. 1
1917 would see the entry of the last major belligerent in the war, the United States, and it would start with a telegram.
24 min
War Beneath the Waves Pt. 3
The U-Boats have been unleashed, it is time for the British and Americans to respond.
24 min
War Beneath the Waves Pt. 2
In 1917 the Germans made the decision to launch another unrestricted U-Boat campaing, but why?
23 min
War Beneath the Waves Pt. 1
A key inflection point for the war was the decision for a German unrestricted submarine campaign in 1917.
26 min
Revolution: Russia Pt. 6
With the Bolsheviks now in control it was time to get out of the war, and the cost would be great.
19 min
Revolution: Russia Pt. 5
The second Russian Revolution of 1917 would come to pass in October, and behind it would be a group called the Bolsheviks.
23 min
Revolution: Russia Pt. 4
When your country is crumbling around you, the best course of action is to launch an attack, obviously.
22 min
Revolution: Russia Pt. 3
With the Tsar now gone, Russia continues its slide into the abyss.
21 min
Revolution: Russia Pt. 2
The February Revolution would bring the Tsarist government toppling down, but what would take it's place?
20 min
Revolution: Russia Pt. 1
1917 would be a hard year for Russia as it experienced 2 revolutions, in this episode we discuss some of the causes.
15 min
Italian Front 1917 Pt. 7
Part 7 of our Italian front episodes sees the Caporetto attack come to is conclusion, and we bid farewell to an old friend.
19 min
Italian Front 1917 Pt. 6
Part 6 of our Italian front episodes and the climax of the Italian front arrives as the Germans and Austrians launch the Battle of Caporetto.
21 min
Italian Front 1917 Pt. 5
Part 5 of our Italian front episodes sees us finally arrive in 1917. It is time for the Italians do to what the Italians had been done, 10th time's a charm?
23 min
Premium Preview: Dealing with Doctrine
Special introduction episode to a new series of Patreon episodes.
17 min
Italian Front 1917 Pt. 4
Part 4 of our Italian front episodes sees the final attack of 1916, the death of an Emperor, and a meeting of the minds in Rome.
19 min
Italian Front 1917 Pt. 3
Part 3 of our coverage of the Italian Front in 1916 we look at the 8th Battle of the Isonzo and then discuss morale and discipline in the Italian Army.
21 min
Italian Front 1917 Pt. 2
Part 2 of our coverage of the Italian front in 1916 sees the Italians try two more offensives on the Isonzo.
22 min
Italian Front 1917 Pt. 1
Part 1 of our chronicle of the events of 1916 and 1917 on the Italian front.
24 min
Romania Pt. 4
Part 2 of Romania's No Good Very Bad Day.
24 min
O Canada
34 min
Romania Pt. 3
Part 1 of Romania's No Good Very Bad Day.
22 min
Romania Pt. 2
The Romanian Campaign started with a bang for the Romanians.
21 min
Romania Pt. 1
In August 1916 Romania entered the war.
22 min
Food at the Front
In our final episode about food (for now) we check in with what the men are eating at the front.
21 min
Life on the Homefront Pt. 4
We catch up with what was happening in Italy, before just discussing some random topics from the homefront.
21 min
Life on the Homefront Pt. 3
Austro-Hungarian and the Ottoman Empires would both have problems with food while all countries would try to keep their citizens in support of the war.
22 min
Life on the Homefront Pt. 2
We talk about the struggles in Germany where food was hard to find.
24 min
Life on the Homefront Pt. 1
While fighting was raging at the front, back at home it was no cakewalk, and there certainly was no cake.
22 min
Changing of the Guard
By the second half of 1916 for both the French and Germans it was time for a change at the very top and by the end of the year both Joffre and Falkenhayn would be replaced.
18 min
Premium Preview: Neutrals of Europe
Special free Patreon episode on the neutrals of Europe.
27 min
Death, Drafts, and Peace
A catch up episode of some random topics that missed previous episodes. Lord Kitchener dies, Britain institutes the draft, and politicians all over Europe start wondering if peace is a good idea.
26 min
End of 2016 Special Report
Lets talk about things for just a bit.
1 min
Tragedy on the Somme Pt. 14
October and November would be the final months on the Somme and another force would join the fighting, weather.
30 min
Tragedy on the Somme Pt. 13
September would be the month of the tank, the month of the last general offensives, and the most costly month for the Germans.
27 min
Tragedy on the Somme Pt. 12
August and September were a depressing time for the British and French on the Somme as yet another effort would be launched and yet another effort would fail.
25 min
Episode 100 Listener Question Time
To celebrate episode 100 I asked listeners for questions, and here is what they came up with.
29 min
Tragedy on the Somme Pt. 11
The last two weeks of July were a fitting end to what had been a month of hell for all of the men on the Somme.
22 min
Tragedy on the Somme Pt. 10
The next big British effort would be on July 14th, it would actually sort of work.
28 min
Tragedy on the Somme Pt. 9
The attack was not over, but on July 3rd the British entered a lull in the fighting, a lull resulting in 25,000 more casualties.
26 min
Tragedy on the Somme Pt. 8
The dreadful day of July 1st is over, so it is time to us to take a breath and look back, before looking forward.
28 min
Tragedy on the Somme Pt. 7
At the far south of the British line the 13th Corps goes hand-in-hand with the French, and things actually go pretty good.
25 min
Tragedy on the Somme Pt. 6
It is the Third and the Fifteenth Corps time in our story as they move out toward the German postions, and actually accomplish something.
22 min
Tragedy on the Somme Pt. 5
The 8th and 10th Corps moved forward against the German lines on July 1st, the results were less than amazing.
28 min
Tragedy on the Somme Pt. 4
After months of planning, and a week of artillery fire, the day had come, and July the 1st dawned.
27 min
Tragedy on the Somme Pt. 3
A critical piece of the preparations for the Somme was the artillery, this episode looks at it in detail.
29 min
Tragedy on the Somme Pt. 2
In early 1916 the British and French were gearing up for their next great offensive astride the banks of a little river called the Somme.
31 min
Tragedy on the Somme Pt. 1
In early 1916 the British and French were gearing up for their next great offensive astride the banks of a little river called the Somme.
33 min
Brusilov Offensive Pt. 5
All three armies take a breather in the East, as all prepare for what is to come.
28 min
Brusilov Offensive Pt. 4
All three armies take a breather in the East, as all prepare for what is to come.
31 min
Brusilov Offensive Pt. 3
In the East, the great battle of 1916 is about to begin.
32 min
Brusilov Offensive Pt. 2
In the East, the great battle of 1916 is about to begin.
34 min
Brusilov Offensive Pt. 1
In the East, the great battle of 1916 is about to begin.
26 min
Easter Rising Pt. 3
The Rising, that so quickly came to be, will now quickly come to an end.
34 min
Easter Rising Pt. 2
This episode we leave the battlefield and instead move to the streets of Dublin, which are about to erupt in rebellion.
36 min
Easter Rising Pt. 1
This episode we leave the battlefield and instead move to the streets of Dublin, which are about to erupt in rebellion.
23 min
Jutland Pt. 5
This is the fifth and final episode on the battle of Jutland.
31 min
Jutland Pt. 4
Now it is time for the largest naval battle of the war, and I think the largest one in history up to 1916, so let's get to it.
23 min
Jutland Pt. 3
This week we pick up at that point with the battlecruisers of the two Admirals fully engaged with each other.
21 min
Jutland Pt. 2
So it begins.
30 min
Jutland Pt. 1
We start today on our story of the greatest naval battle of the war.
25 min
Verdun Pt. 13
Verdun, is over.
15 min
Verdun Pt. 12
After a long hard fought offensive the Germans were finally stopped by the end of July and now it was time for the French to start pushing them back, it is these actions that we will discuss today.
29 min
Verdun Pt. 11
This episode represents our third to last episode on the events of the battle of Verdun.
27 min
Verdun Pt. 10
This week we move forward to May and the attacks launched by both sides during the month.
24 min
Verdun Pt. 9
Last week the Germans failed in their attacks on the West Bank at Verdun in March 1916.
26 min
Verdun Pt. 8
This week we will ask the question that the German leaders were also beginning to look around and ask themselves "what next."
22 min
Verdun Pt. 7
Into this situation there would be one man who was given command over Verdun and would forever be associated with the rest of the battle, than man was General Henri Phillipe Petain.
25 min
Verdun Pt. 6
Today we will look at the third and fourth days of fighting before looking at one incident that happened on the fifth day.
26 min
Verdun Pt. 5
Today the action finally begins at Verdun. Today we will look at the opening German attacks on the first and second days of fighting.
26 min
Verdun Pt. 4
Up to this point in these episodes we have been discussing Falkenhayn, The Germans, and their plans for the attack almost exclusively. It is finally time to take a look at the French.
27 min
Verdun Pt. 3
This week we move one step closer to the start of the battle in February by looking at the German preparations for their attack.
28 min
Verdun Pt. 2
This week we are going to dive much deeper into the German plans for their attack at Verdun.
26 min
Verdun Pt. 1
In many ways Verdun became the First World War, and it distills down all of the problems that the armies had been facing since 1914, all of the lessons they had thought they had learned.
31 min
Shell Shock
100 years later and soldiers still come back from serving their country irrevocably changed.
24 min
Year of Years
By January 1st 1916 the war, which was supposed to be over by Christmas was now 522 days old. And 1916 would be the year of the war, it would be the year that everybody remembers, it would be the year of Jutland, the year Verdun, the year of the Somme.
23 min
Fall of Serbia
As 1915 drew to a close so to did the defiance of the little Balkan nation that started it all.
25 min
Submarine Warfare Part 2
The path to and away from unrestricted submarine warfare.
25 min
Submarine Warfare Part 1
For the first war in history submarines, or U-Boats as the Germans called them, would play an important role.
25 min
Middle Eastern Adventures Part 3
The British drive towards Baghad, and fail, before the greatest British military humiliation happens at a town called Kut.
23 min
Middle Eastern Adventures Part 2
In the opening moves in the Middle East the Suez Canal would be under threat and British forces would land as Basra on the Persian Gulf.
21 min
Middle Eastern Adventures Part 1
The Middle East would be a sideshow for most of the war, but that doesn't mean it was important both during the war and afterwards.
22 min
Fall Offensives: Aftermath
The attacks are over, but what happens now? And what happened throughout the entire year on the war's premiere front?
25 min
Fall Offensives Part 3
With the failures of the French in Artois and Champagne, will the British do better at Loos?
24 min
Fall Offensives Part 2
The great fall offensives in Artois and Champagne are launched and the results are disappointing.
26 min
Fall Offensives Part 1
As the summer of 1915 came to an end the French and British planned to launch one more effort before winter set in.
26 min
The Battle of Dogger Bank
The biggest naval battle of 1915 happened in January when a fleet of battlecruisers from both sides met in the North Sea.
31 min
Admiral Spee's Great Adventure Part 2
In 1914 Vice Admiral Spee led his ships halfway around the world from China to South America, what happens when they get there?
25 min
Admiral Spee's Great Adventure Part 1
In 1914 Vice Admiral Spee led his ships halfway around the world from China to South America, what happens when they get there?
31 min
Life and Death on the Isonzo Part 4
The Italians race against the clock to break through the Austrian defenses as winter descends on the battlefield.
21 min
Life and Death on the Isonzo Part 3
The first attacks failed, but the Italians would try again.
22 min
Life and Death on the Isonzo Part 2
With the planning and preparations out the way, the Italians begin their attacks on the Isonzo.
24 min
Life and Death on the Isonzo Part 1
The Italians enter the war, this episode gives an overview of their military, their commander, and where they plan to fight.
25 min
Russian Retreat Part 4
The Russians are in retreat, the Germans in pursuit. The bloody summer in the east comes to an end.
26 min
Russian Retreat Part 3
With the Russians hurting, the Germans launch an even larger set of offensives with the goal of pushing them out of Poland.
28 min
Russian Retreat Part 2
The German's unleash their offensive at the Battle of Gorlice-Tarnow, the Russians are left reeling.
22 min
Russian Retreat Part 1
With the Germans on the defense in the West they gather their strength for a summer of attacks in the East.
26 min
Life in the Trenches
This week we look at what it was like to live in the trenches, and what the battlefield looked like, in 1915.
32 min
Second Battle of Artois Part 2
The Second Battle of Artois gets moving, will the French and British be successful in their attempt to punch through the lines?
27 min
Second Battle of Artois Part 1
With the previous attacks winding down the British and French prepare to launch another attack on the Western front, on very familiar ground.
20 min
Innovation in the Air
World War 1 would be the first war in which air combat played a significant role, the roots for that combat lay in the technological and strategic choices of 1915.
29 min
Sinking of the Lusitania
On May 9th the passenger ship Lusitania was hit by torpedos by a German U-Boat. 1,191 passengers would perish, including almost 200 American citizens.
22 min
Eastern Economics
An overview of the economic situation in Austria-Hungary and Russia as they move into the second year of the war.
26 min
Second Battle of Ypres
The Germans introduce a new weapon on the Western Front in the form of poison gas.
21 min
Neuve Chapelle
The British attack at Neuve Chapelle and the French attack at St. Mihiel.
25 min
Gallipoli Part 7
Part 7 of 7 in our story of the great Gallipoli adventure.
29 min
Gallipoli Part 6
Part 6 of 7 in our story of the great Gallipoli adventure.
37 min
Gallipoli Part 5
Part 5 of 7 in our story of the great Gallipoli adventure.
36 min
Gallipoli Part 4
Part 4 of 7 in our story of the great Gallipoli adventure.
33 min
Gallipoli Part 3
Part 3 of 7 in our story of the great Gallipoli adventure.
29 min
Gallipoli Part 2
Part 2 of 7 in our story of the great Gallipoli adventure.
37 min
Gallipoli Part 1
Part 1 of 7 in our story of the great Gallipoli adventure.
30 min
Caucasus Campaign
Soon after entering the war Ottoman troops are on the attack in the Caucasus Mountains.
26 min
New Entries
Why did Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, and the Ottoman Empire enter the war.
22 min
Winter in the East Part 2
Part 2 of our coverage of the Winter War on the Eastern Front.
23 min
Winter in the East Part 1
As the year turns on the eastern front the fighting continues in the winter conditions of central Poland and the Carpathian mountains. It is cold, it is snowing, but the fight goes o
31 min
Artois and Champagne
This is our second episode covering the events of 1915 so we will of course spend most of the episode talking about what the French did in the last few weeks of 1914.
24 min
A New Year
A new year dawns on the war, what are they going to do now?
37 min
Christmas Truce
Even in war, time was made for the holidays.
24 min
Every great battlefield has its christening.
25 min
War Upon the Seas
Big Ships, Big Shells, Shooting at each other
24 min
Naval Introduction
Big boats with guns, what's not to like?
22 min
War Around the World
Antwerp Falls and we go around the world for the first time.
25 min
Race to the Sea
The Race to the Sea begins.
25 min
Balkan Bravery
Austia-Hungary attacks Serbia
20 min
Miracle on the Marne
The Battle of the Marne.
27 min
Disaster in the East
Two battles in the east, two disasters for either side.
26 min
The British
The British have arrived.
26 min
Battle of the Frontiers
The great French attack begins and ends.
26 min
The war has started and the Germans invade Belgium.
24 min
War Plans of Europe in 1914
25 min
July Crisis Part 3
War is declared in Europe.
15 min
July Crisis Part 2
The second week of the July Crisis of 1914
25 min
July Crisis Part 1
The beginning of the July Crisis of 1914
14 min
War Has Changed
A century of military influences in 1914.
27 min
100 Years Ago Today
The Assassination of the Archduke
19 min