History of the Great War


Week by Week through the War to End All Wars

Episode 110: Food at the Front

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This will be our fifth episode where we end up talking a lot about food, but this one will be a bit different. Over the course of the last few years I have gathered a bunch of random notes on what the soldiers at the front were eating during the war. This seemed like as good of a...
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The Hunger War: Food, Rations, and Rationing 1914-1918 by Matthew Richardson

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You can support the podcast by purchasing the book directly from the publisher by clicking the image above or by clicking here Victory or defeat would hinge as much upon which side could keep their troops in the field supplied and fed – whilst at the same time avoiding starvation on the home front – as much as it would...
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Episode 109: Life on the Homefront Pt. 4

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our fourth and final episode on our tour of the homefronts around Europe, today we will be branching out a bit in our topics. We will start by discussing Italy by discussing just the general state of their society and why there was unrest that would built toward the end of the war. This is a good precursor...
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Episode 108: Life on the Homefront Pt. 3

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Last episode we looked at the food situation in Germany during the war and this episode will begin by looking at Germany's two most important allies, Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire. Austria would be in a position similar to that of Germany, although it would in general be far worse, especially in the Austrian heartland and in the...
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Episode 107: Life on the Homefront Pt. 2

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Last episode I said we would be focusing on the food situation in the Central Powers this week, but push came to shove and it turns out that I had more to say just about Germany than I expected, therefore this episode will be just about the food situation in Germany during the war. There is probably more...
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Episode 106: Life on the Homefront Pt. 1

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This week we begin what will be 4 episodes of looking into what was happening on the homefronts around Europe during the war. The war was a long, hard, struggle and that struggle did not just encompass the soldiers at the front but instead the entire continent of Europe. The strain placed on societies came from a variety...
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Episode 105: Changing of the Guard

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Last week we discussed three random topics, and this week we will cover a few more things that I also could not find a way to fit into other episodes. Unlike last episode where I felt that we were all over the place in terms of topics the items on the docket for today all have a theme....
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Episode 104: Death, Drafts, and Peace

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For this episode we will be starting off the year with a few random topics that are from 1916 that we did not get to before. These are items that were always on my list but that I also did not feel needed an entire episode to discuss. Because of this they were constantly pushed until an ever...
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Premium Episode 13: Berlin to Baghdad Railroad

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In our third episodes discussing railroads during the war we discuss a prewar engineering project that sought to build a railroad through the Middle East from Constantinople to Baghdad. To get access to this episode, subscribe to the the History of the Great War Patreon campaign:...
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Episode 103: The Battle of the Somme Pt.14

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This week we come to the end. This will be our 14th and last episode on the Battle of the Somme as we look at the last two month of fighting in October and November. These would be rough months for all involved not just because of the continued casualty rates, but also because of the weather that...
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