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The Hungarian Romanian War & The Downfall of the Hungarian Soviet Republic I THE GREAT WAR 1919

The Hungarian Romanian War & The Downfall of the Hungarian Soviet Republic I THE GREAT WAR 1919

This episode of The Great War is sponsored by Mack Wheldon. Mack Wheldon make Men’s clothing that focuses on high quality, well designed basics for every occasion. We spend long days here in the studio filming of The Great War, and I need my clothing to be comfortable and durable, plus I want to look good for the camera. In their very easy to use webshop we picked Mack Wheldon’s under shirts and this button down shirt I am wearing…

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The Russian October Revolution 1917 I THE GREAT WAR Week 172

The Russian October Revolution 1917 I THE GREAT WAR Week 172

Each episode of this show begins with a hook; something that hasn’t happened so far in the war, but not today. This week’s episode begins with a hook that has happened before, in fact, it happened only eight months ago – revolution in Russia. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week, the Central Powers breakthrough on the Italian front – the Battle of Caporetto – continued, with the Italians retreating all week and the Germans and Austrians…

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The Five Nation Army – The Salonica Front Erupts I THE GREAT WAR Week 109

The Five Nation Army – The Salonica Front Erupts I THE GREAT WAR Week 109

We’ve seen the British and French fight together or different parts of the British Empire collaborate with each other. We’ve seen combined Austro-German forces. But something happens this week we have not yet seen in the war. This week, the Allies build a true Five Nation Army. I’m Indy Neidell. Welcome to the Great War. Last week, the British and French advanced at the Somme, and at Verdun the French retook the whole of Fleury, causing German morale to plummet….

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The Macedonian Standoff – The Five Nation Army Is Repelled I THE GREAT WAR Week 146

The Macedonian Standoff – The Five Nation Army Is Repelled I THE GREAT WAR Week 146

When the Western Front became a stalemate in 1914 the Allies began looking for new places further and further afield to try and breakthrough. From Gallipoli to Palestine to the Tigris River they’d had high hopes, but to no avail. And more high hopes come crashing down this week as Russian, French, British, Italian, and Serbian forces – the five nation army – fail in Macedonia. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week, French army Chief of…

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The Socialists Call for Peace – But the Plans Do Not I THE GREAT WAR – Week 59

The Socialists Call for Peace – But the Plans Do Not I THE GREAT WAR – Week 59

We’ve watched the war in the skies as it’s grown ever larger, and with it has grown the need for defense from it; something to protect the troops and the public at home from death from above; the need for anti-aircraft weaponry. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week, Tsar Nicholas dismissed Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolayevich as commander in chief of the Russian armies and personally replaced him. Russia also lost the fortress of Grodno to the…

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Socialist and Front Soldier – Louis Barthas I WHO DID WHAT IN WW1?

Socialist and Front Soldier – Louis Barthas I WHO DID WHAT IN WW1?

Louis Barthas was Frenchman who fought at the front lines for three years during the First World War, miraculously surviving. He was a common man, yet unique, for Barthas kept diaries of his experiences; a series of 19 notebooks that detail the horrors of the war perhaps better than any of his contemporaries, and so Louis Barthas is the hero of today’s special. I’m Indy Neidell, welcome to another episode of our Great War special bio series, “who did what…

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The Ottoman Disaster – The Battle of Sarikamish I THE GREAT WAR Week 23

The Ottoman Disaster – The Battle of Sarikamish I THE GREAT WAR Week 23

Over the past few months we’ve seen battlefronts all over the world, we’ve seen triumphs and disasters, but this week, as the New Year rolls in, we see something we haven’t seen, yet the annihilation of an entire army. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War Last week we saw the fighting go quiet on much of the western front as the soldiers of both sides celebrated a spontaneous Christmas truce. The rest of the week though, it was…

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Fire In The Sky – Zeppelin Shot Down Over Britain I THE GREAT WAR Week 111

Fire In The Sky – Zeppelin Shot Down Over Britain I THE GREAT WAR Week 111

There was a fire over Britain this week, but far from sparking fear, it sparked jubilation, for the fire was a German zeppelin being shot down, the first victim of incendiary bullets. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Okay, last week the Germans counter attacked successfully at the Somme, Romania joined the war and occupied East Transylvania, the British occupied Morogoro in German East Africa, and German army Chief of Staff Erich von Falkenhayn was sacked and replaced…

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From Socialist to Fascist – Benito Mussolini in World War 1 I WHO DID WHAT IN WW1?

From Socialist to Fascist – Benito Mussolini in World War 1 I WHO DID WHAT IN WW1?

The war affected all who lived through to a great extent, but perhaps it was even greater for those who would become leaders in the postwar world, as their actions had such a strong effect on their nations and on the Second World War. One such man was Benito Mussolini I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to our Great War bio series “Who did what in World War One?” today featuring Benito Mussolini. Benito Andrea Amilcare Mussolini was born July 29th, 1883….

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Lenin Wants To Take The Train – First Battle of Gaza I THE GREAT WAR Week 140

Lenin Wants To Take The Train – First Battle of Gaza I THE GREAT WAR Week 140

If you plan a battle, of course you need soldiers and weapons, and a battle plan, but that’s not all you need – you also need time, timing, and water. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week the allies made small advances in the west, the Balkans, and Macedonia. There was a munitions strike in Britain, rival factions attempting to lead in post revolutionary Russia, political machinations from Austria-Hungary, and hundreds of civilian deaths at sea caused…

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