History of the Great War


Week by Week through the War to End All Wars

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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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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