History of the Great War


Week by Week through the War to End All Wars

Episode 123: Revolution: Russia Pt. 1

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We start today at the beginning of 1917 at which point at least the Russian military leadership was somewhat positive about what they thought they could accomplish in 1917. In reality if the revolutions had not happened there is a good chance that the Russians would have been a highly productive member of their alliance in 1917. They...
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Episode 122: Italian Front Pt. 7

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Last episode saw the Germans join into the fray on the Italian front. They joined the Austrians to launch an attack that would be named the Battle of Caporetto. After firing their artillery, a good number of which were gas shells, the combined Austrian and German army attacked. In response to this the Italian army, mostly just fell...
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Episode 121: Italian Front Pt. 6

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This week we come now, at last, to something that I have been referring to during all of these episodes on the action on the Italian front, the Battle of Caporetto. Caporetto was the climax of the fighting on the Italian Front during the war, I think it actually occupies the same place as the Spring 1918 Offensives...
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Episode 120: Italian Front Pt. 5

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Welcome to 1917 as we have finally arrived and we are going to jump right into the action. Today we will be discussions the 10th and the 11th, and last, battles of the Isonzo. These would be the only two Italian attacks during 1917 and they would set the stage for what we will discuss during the next...
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Episode 119: Italian Front Pt. 4

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This week we will start off by discussing the 9th Battle of the Isonzo, which would be the last major action on the Italian front for 1916. It had been a year of several offensives and this one would not look that much different than the previous 2 Italian attacks, however this time they would push the Austrians...
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Episode 118: Italian Front Pt. 3

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This episode we will be looking at another attack on the Isonzo when the Italians launch what will become known at the 8th battle. This time the Austrians would once again be pushed further right up to the breaking point however, they would also once again barely manage to hold the line against the Italian attacks. The second...
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Christian County Missouri: Memorial Day Commemoration

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Today I had the privilege of speaking at the Memorial Day commemoration event in Nixa Missouri to honor all of the servicemen and women from Christian County Missouri who served in the First World War. I am always honored to be involved in this kind of events, and it is great to see the war getting the focus...
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Episode 117: Italian Front Pt. 2

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This episode is our second on the Italian front of 1916 and this time we are headed back to our familiar stomping grounds, the Isonzo, where the Italians will launch two more attacks against the Austrian defenders. These attacks would be slightly different than those that had come before because instead of attacking on the entire front the...
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Episode 116: Italian Front 1917 Pt. 1

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This week we jump into a place that we have not discussed for a few years now, the Italian front. Our last visit to this front was way back in Episode 47 which basically feels like ancient history at this point. The plan was to catch back up on the Italian front last year, but the other events...
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Episode 115: Romania Pt. 4

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This week we are back to Romania and when we last left the theater Falkenhayn had advanced into the mountain passes over the Carpathians and in the south Mackenson had turned back the Romanian attack across the Danube. It was from these positions that the Germans, Austrians, and Bulgarians would plan to finish off the Romanians with an...
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