History of the Great War

Week by Week through the War to End All Wars

Episode 129: War Beneath the Waves Pt. 1

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This week we begin a three episode series on the underwater war at sea, and that means a lot of discussion about U-boats. It has been a long time since we talked about U-Boats, Episode 59 by my count and in that episode we left off the story with the end of the unrestricted submarine warfare campaign of...
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Episode 128: Revolution: Russia Pt. 6

This week we come to the end of our episode on the Russian Revolutions, and in general the state of Russia during 1917. This will also probably be our last episode focusing on the events in Russia during the war since one of the big topics for today is how Russia exited the war in early 1918. After...
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Episode 127: Revolution: Russia Pt. 5

We come now, finally, to the most famous event in 1917, at least as far as Russia is concerned, the October Revolution. Even though the February Revolution had ended hundreds of years of Tsarist rule, and brought something approaching democracy to Russia, it is often overshadowed by the revolution that would bring the Bolsheviks into power. The move...
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Episode 126: Revolution: Russia Pt. 4

This week we bring our attention out of Russian politics and back to the war. Once things had begun to settle down in Petrograd and the rest of Russia, with the Provisional Government now mostly in control, everybody's mind turned back to the war. The most important area of focus was the upcoming attack that the Russians had...
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Episode 125: Revolution: Russia Pt. 3

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Last episode saw the February Revolution sweep through Petrograd and the abdication of the Tsar. This week we are going to look at the fallout. With the overthrow of the Tsar and his government the question very rapidly became what, and who, to replace it with, a question that would find its answer in the Provisional Government. Unfortunately...
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Episode 124: Revolution: Russia Pt. 2

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This week is our second on the turmoil in Russia during 1917. the first revolution of 1917 was a textbook case of a spontaneous and unplanned action by a massive number of people within Petrograd, the capital city of Russia previously known as St. Petersburg. The leaders of the future revolutions, and the most famous Russians of those...
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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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