History of the Great War


Week by Week through the War to End All Wars

Episode 143: 1917 French Mutinies

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After the attacks on the Chemin des Dames in the middle of April 1917 the French army would go through what they would at the time term acts of collective indiscipline, they are known to history as the 1917 French Mutinies. These mutinies would occur in 4 phases in the spring and summer of 1917. The first phase...
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Episode 142: 1917 Offensives Pt. 4

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This is our fourth and final episode on the Nivelle Offensive of 1917 and will also be quite a bit shorter than the previous two episodes. Today we will cover what happened after the first day of the attacks on the Front. After these attacks fail we will transition to the political arena to look at how Neville...
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Episode 141: 1917 Offensives Pt. 3

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This week is our third episode covering the Entente Spring offensives of 1917, and in this episode the attacks will begin. We are going to break down the attack into two areas, the first will be on the British area of the front, an area that would include the Battles of Arras and Vimy Ridge. The second part...
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Episode 140: 1917 Offensives Pt. 2

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This week we continue our story of the French and British 1917 offensives. Last episode we focused mainly on the planning that occurred in late 1916 and early 1917 that would setup the events for the rest of the year. These discussions between the French and British military and political leadership would lead to a plan for a...
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Episode 139: 1917 Offensives Pt. 1

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Today we begin a long series of episodes to finish out the year, all focusing on Western Front during 1917. I will be honest and say that I have held these until the end of the year because I was suffering from some serious Western Front fatigue at the end of last year, after the Somme and Verdun...
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Episode 138: The War in the Air Pt. 3

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This episode is our third and last detailing the air war of 1916 and 1917 with our focus today being on the events of 1917. This penultimate year of the war would be in some ways the height of the air war. It had taken all of the belligerents several years to hit their stride, but now with...
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Episode 137: The War in the Air Pt. 2

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This is our second episode on the Air War over the front in 1916 and this week we will be focused solely on the air battle over the Somme. For the British, 1916 would be defined by the Somme, both on the ground and in the air. While the French and Germans would also participate it would just...
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Episode 136: The War in the Air Pt. 1

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This episode sees us once again going back in time to 1916, and while we are there we are going to talk about the air war over the Western Front. The last time that we talked about the war in the air was way back in our 1915 episodes, which was still before the aircraft, pilots, and aerial...
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Episode 135: The Great Neutral Pt. 4

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This is our fourth and final episode on how America entered the war in 1917 and what happened for the rest of that year. During this episode we are going to touch on what the Germans, French, and Austro-Hungarians thought of America's entry into the war and then we will spend the bulk of this episode discussing that...
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Episode 134: The Great Neutral Pt. 3

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This is our third episode on America's path into the war. Last episode we discussed America's road from neutrality in February 1917 to the declaration of war in April 1917 and this week we will be primarily concerned with what the planned to do now. There were several items on their to-do list before they could join in...
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