History of the Great War


Week by Week through the War to End All Wars

Premium Episode 12: Railroads Pt.2

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In the second part of our series on the railroads of Europe during the war we talk about the British railways, one of the greatest rail disasters in history, and some specialized railroads used during the war. To get access to this episode, subscribe to the the History of the Great War Patreon campaign:...
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Episode 102: The Battle of the Somme Pt.13

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Our story today begins in September as the Battle of the Somme enters its third month and while the fighting would continue all the way until November this would be the month of the last large British and French offensives in an attempt to break the German line. It would be a long hard month of fighting with...
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Episode 101: The Battle of the Somme Pt.12

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This week we take our Somme narrative out of the fateful month of July and into August. In his book The Somme: Darkest Hour on the Western Front Peter Hart would say that "In some ways the study of August and early September is the least rewarding and most utterly depressing chapter in the whole tragic epic of...
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Episode 100: Question Time

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About a month ago I reached out on Facebook, Twitter, and Patreon to try and round up some questions or topics that listeners would like discussed and that resulted in a list of about 7 topics to be discussed today. They are sort of all over the place but I think they should be interesting. If you have...
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Episode 99: The Battle of the Somme Pt.11

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This week is our 11th chronicling the battle of the Somme and we move onto the next set of attacks during the last 8 days of July which would be launched by the 4th Army with the assistance of the Reserve Army under General Gough. This would also be the first attack that would involve the Australians and...
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Premium Episode 11: Railroads Pt. 1

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In the new premium episode we look at the development, and the challenges, of the French and German railways in the century before the war. This will be the first in a three part series looking at maybe the most important piece of the entire war, the railroads. To get access to this episode, subscribe to the the...
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Episode 98: The Battle of the Somme Pt.10

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This week we move onto what was sort of the second big attack on the Somme, or the second big British effort anyway, which would take place on the 14th of July. While not as big as the first attack on the 1st it would sort of set the template for later attacks where there would be a...
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Premium Episode 10: Tanks Pt.2

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Last episode we discussed a bit about the early developments of the tank before it went into battle in September 1916. This included the early designs and changes to what would become known as the tank, some of the production difficulties, and then how they were sent to the front. This episode we will carry forward that story...
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Premium Episode 9: Tanks Pt. 1

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With the 100th anniversary of the appearance of the tank on the battlefield in September 1916, we look back at the evolution of the tank from the ridiculous designs on a drawing board to the somewhat disappointing machine that made its debut on the Somme. To get access to this episode, subscribe to the the History of the...
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