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1916

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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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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Episode 97: The Battle of the Somme Pt.9

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After July 2nd the first attacks on the Somme were over, but there were more planned and they would happen very soon. The British did need a few days to catch there breath and put things in order, and for the next two weeks they would be launching attacks that would keep the Germans off balance, hopefully. This...
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Episode 95: The Battle of the Somme Pt.7

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This will be our last episode detailing the events of July 1st, 1916. It has been several now, this will be our 4th. In the first three episodes we discussed little but completely failures for the British as they tried to move forward against the German defenses. This week, in our last, we will discuss by far the...
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Episode 94: The Battle of the Somme Pt.6

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Today we continue our story of the attacks during the Battle of the Somme on the first of July 1916. We continue our journey south by looking at the attacks of the third and fifteenth Corps of the 4ths army in their attacks from just north of the village of Ovillers to just north of the village of...
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