Wesley Livesay

Wesley Livesay

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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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Episode 114: Vimy

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This week is something of a special episode as we will break from our usual programming to instead discuss something that happened 100 years ago, the Battle of Vimy Ridge. This battle occurred between April 9th and 12th 1917. This action would be part of the larger Battle of Arras which was the British portion of the Nivelle...
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Episode 113: Romania Pt. 3

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This is the third episode on the Romanian campaign, or as I like to call it, the first part in a two part episode called Romania's No Good Very Bad Time. Last episode the Romanians had invaded Transylvania, advanced around 100 kilometers from all sides and then did, precisely, nothing. While they waited the Germans, Austrians, Bulgarians, and...
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Episode 112: Romania Pt. 2

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This is our second episode on the Romanian campaign. Last episode we looked at the run up to the war and the terms under which Romania entered on the side of the Entente. Today we will talk about what Romania planned to do with the army that it mobilized ty discussing their war plan, their mobilization procedures, and...
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Episode 111: Romania Pt. 1

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This week we begin a new series though, four episodes on the Romanian campaign of 1916. Romania would not enter the war until late in 1916, their path to this decision to enter the war was long and winding with the negotiations with the Entente taking many twists and turns. However, even though the path would be long,...
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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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