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1916

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 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 105: Changing of the Guard

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Last week we discussed three random topics, and this week we will cover a few more things that I also could not find a way to fit into other episodes. Unlike last episode where I felt that we were all over the place in terms of topics the items on the docket for today all have a theme....
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Episode 104: Death, Drafts, and Peace

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For this episode we will be starting off the year with a few random topics that are from 1916 that we did not get to before. These are items that were always on my list but that I also did not feel needed an entire episode to discuss. Because of this they were constantly pushed until an ever...
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Episode 103: The Battle of the Somme Pt.14

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This week we come to the end. This will be our 14th and last episode on the Battle of the Somme as we look at the last two month of fighting in October and November. These would be rough months for all involved not just because of the continued casualty rates, but also because of the weather that...
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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 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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