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History of the Great War Podcast by Wesley Livesay

History of the Great War Podcast

by Wesley Livesay

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History of the Great War is a weekly podcast that will cover the First World War that occurred from 1914 and 1918. Every week we will be discussing the events that occurred exactly 100 years ago. We will journey from the borders of France in the blistering heat of 1914, to the shores of Gallipoli, to the banks of Somme, to the final knockout attempt by the German army in the spring of 1918.


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100 Years Ago Today

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sat, Jun 28, 2014


100 Years ago today Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated by a Serbian radical in Sarajevo. How did this event result in a war that would consume not just Europe but the World? In this episode we will talk about the situation in Europe in 1914 and the nations that would take part in the war. We will also discover how an assassination in Sarajevo, Bosnia resulted in the largest armies in the world striving for dominance over the next four years.

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War Has Changed

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sat, Jul 05, 2014


War had changed in the years leading up to 1914. Never before had armies been so large, never before had there been such a robust and developed rail network to move the troops around, never before had there been such large concentrations of machine guns and artillery. The armies of 1914 were products of strategic and technological choices made in the late 19th and early 20th century. In this episode we discuss what the armies of 1914 looked like and the technology they used to fight the war.

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July Crisis Part 1

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sat, Jul 12, 2014


The diplomatic maneuvering of July 1914 would go down in history as the July Crisis. This week we begin navigating the complicated waters of this crisis by introducing the primary diplomatic players in the crisis and then covering the events of the crisis that occurred between July 12 and July 18 1914.

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July Crisis Part 2

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sat, Jul 19, 2014


The third week of July saw the Austro-Hungarian ultimatum delivered to Serbia and a response given by Serbia. The reply was rejected and the mobilization of Serbia and Austria-Hungary would begin. This week we look at the events that led up to these mobilizations and take a quick tour around Europe at the armies being mobilized and the men who led them.

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July Crisis Part 3

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sat, Jul 26, 2014


The events of the July Crisis come to their seemingly inevitable conclusion. We will start our narrative on July 26th and follow it all the way through until the declarations of war begin to fly in the first few days of August.

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Plans

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sat, Aug 02, 2014


During the first week of August men and armies all over Europe were preparing for war. Millions of troops were being mobilized and moving toward the front and the fighting had begun in many places in Serbia, Belgium, and France. This week we will look at what the leaders of the armies of Europe planned to do with these millions of men, and how they planned to win the war.

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Liege

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sat, Aug 09, 2014


The war has started and soldiers are on the move. The Germans are ready to begin their march through Belgium but first they must deal with the formidable fortifications at Liege. Liege has some of the best fortifications in the world, but the Germans have a plan. The French are not idle and they execute their first attack of the war, to disappointing results.

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Battle of the Frontiers

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sat, Aug 16, 2014


With the Germans marching through Belgium the French begin their series of attacks that they think will end the war quickly. From Lorraine in the South, to the Ardennes Forest, to Belgium in the north the French ready three hammer blows against the Germans. Unfortunately the results do not live up to expectations.

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The British

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sat, Aug 23, 2014


The British came to France to help their allies against the German invasion. After landing at the channel ports they march to Mons in Belgium where they will get their first taste of combat. The little British force, given the uninspiring name of British Expeditionary Force, is about to run into the full force of the German First Army.

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Disaster in the East

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sat, Aug 30, 2014


While battles raged in Western Europe the Russian army was advancing into East Prussia, the heartland of the German army. Most of the German army was in the West and they were put in a situation where they were drastically outnumbered. How then, did the German army manage to inflict one of the most crushing defeats of the war on the Russian army? In the south the Austrians move over to the attack, running smack into the Russians in Galicia. It doesn't go so well for them.

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Miracle on the Marne

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sat, Sep 06, 2014


The German Army was marching through northern France while the British and French retreated before them. For over a week they had been trying to stay ahead of the German steamroller. They would turn to fight at the Battle of the Marne, a battle that some would later call a miracle.

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Balkan Bravery

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sat, Sep 13, 2014


With the Germans retreating in the west we turn our attention back to the east. We first check in on Serbia to see how the tiny nation in the Balkans is doing against its neighbor to the north Austria-Hungary. Then we look at the second battle in east Prussia when the Germans confront the Russians at the First Battle of the Masurian lakes. Finally, we reflect on the first month of hostilities in Europe.

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Race to the Sea

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sat, Sep 20, 2014


The Germans were stopped at the Marne but they have had time to regroup on the banks of the Aisne. The French and British attack to try to drive them out of France. In the aftermath the race to the sea begins as each army continues to leapfrog to the north in an attempt to outflank their opponent.

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War Around the World

Author: Wesley Livesay
Mon, Sep 29, 2014


This episode jumps all around the world as we check back in with the Eastern Front as the German and Russian armies meet at the Battle of the Vistula River. We then begin our world wide tour with a look at how the colonies of Britain, France, and Germany were taking part in the war. We end this week by finding out how exactly a division of British troops from the Royal Navy ended up alongside the Belgians in Antwerp.

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Naval Introduction

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Oct 05, 2014


In the years leading up to the war the Germans invested heavily in their navy. In this episode we look at what caused them to do this and how the British felt about it. Then we will check out the naval technology that these nations were using in 1914 and how it had changed so drastically in the years leading up to the war.

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War Upon the Seas

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Oct 12, 2014


After last week's introduction to the Naval situation in 1914 this week we look at the composition of the British and German Navies. Then we will delve into how the two nations planned to use their very expensive ships. Finally, we will follow them as we discover what they actually did in 1914.

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Ypres

Author: Wesley Liesay
Fri, Nov 07, 2014


The Race to the Sea would reach its conclusion at the small Belgian town of Ypres. Ypres would become one of the bloodiest areas for the British and Germans over the 4 years of the war but in 1914 it was just a Belgian town where they met on the road north from the Aisne to the sea. The British Army, with their French allies, would march into Ypres where they would be tested almost to their breaking point.

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Christmas Truce

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Dec 21, 2014


With the war raging for months the men in the trenches take a moment around the holidays to stop trying to kill each other and instead celebrate the Christian holidays in style. Ceasefires, truces, and fraternization abound in No Man's Land for at least a few days.

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A New Year

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Jan 04, 2015


A new year dawns on the war, what are they going to do now?

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Artois and Champagne

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Jan 11, 2015


This is our second episode covering the events of 1915 so we will of course spend most of the episode talking about what the French did in the last few weeks of 1914.

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Winter in the East Part 1

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Jan 18, 2015


As the year turns on the eastern front the fighting continues in the winter conditions of central Poland and the Carpathian mountains. It is cold, it is snowing, but the fight goes o

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Winter in the East Part 2

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Jan 25, 2015


In Prussia and Poland Germany is again on the attack first at the Vistula River, where poison gas makes its first appearance of the war and then in Prussia at the Second Battle of the Masuria Lakes. As winter turns into spring the Russians make one more attempt to break through the Carpathian mountain passes.

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New Entries

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Feb 1, 2015


There were a group of countries that would enter the war after August 1914, in this episodes we look at each of them in turn to find out why the Ottoman Empire, Bulgaria, Romania, and Italy would enter the war.

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Caucasus Campaign

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Feb 8, 2015


With the entry of the Ottoman empire into the war fighting quickly begins in the Caucasus Mountains as both Russia and Ottoman troops attack each other in turn.

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Gallipoli Part 1

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Feb 15, 2015


This episode will be the first of what I believe to be five episodes on the Dardanelles slash Gallipoli campaign and today we will look at the events leading up to the first shot being fired by Royal Navy battleships off the coast of the Dardanelles before moving into the events of February and March 1915 that saw the Royal Navy, with some French help, try to force the straits using nothing but ship and shell.

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Gallipoli Part 2

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Feb 22, 2015


The Allied ships enter the Dardanelles for their final, and largest attack. We then dig into what British plan to do after it fails.

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Gallipoli Part 3

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Mar 01, 2015


The first day of landings on the Gallipoli peninsula. The soldiers of the ANZAC have their date with destiny at what will come to be called ANZAC Cove. The French land on the Asiatic shore, and the RND just sort of wanders around.

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Gallipoli Part 4

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Mar 08, 2015


While other troops are landing elsewhere the primary point of effort was at Cape Helles by the men of the British 29th division. They would land on 5 beaches scattered around the end of the Gallipoli peninsula early in the morning of April 25th.

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Gallipoli Part 5

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Mar 15, 2015


Last week we covered the landings on the five beaches on the tip of the peninsula at Capre Helles so all of the troops are shore. The ANZAC troops from Australia and New Zealand now find themselves in the shallow beachhead at Anzac Cove. The 29th Division and the Royal Naval Division are ensconced in the trenches not too far from their landing beaches at Helles. None of the landings had really achieved their goals so they now had to launch more attacks to try and get further inland. Today we will discuss these attacks that began shortly after the landings and went all through the summer. But first we talk about the fighting conditions that the troops had to endure while they were living and fighting on the peninsula.

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Gallipoli Part 6

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Mar 22, 2015


The summer breakout attempts from Helles had been unsuccessful with the three battle of Krithia ending in failure for the British. The troops at ANZAC hadn't been idle during this time, but the primary point of effort had been elsewhere, but that was about to change.

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Gallipoli Part 7

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Mar 29, 2015


The troops had also been on a hell of journey, but now they found themselves suck on the peninsula without any real hope of breaking out. Winter was coming down on them soon and while it was really hot in the summer it would also be really cold in the winter. So something had to be done and that something was evacuation.

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Neuve Chapelle

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Apr 5, 2015


The British attack at Neuve Chapelle and the French attack at St. Mihiel.

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Second Battle of Ypres

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Apr 16, 2015


The Germans introduce a new weapon on the Western Front in the form of poison gas.

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Eastern Economics

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, May 05, 2015


An overview of the economic situation in Austria-Hungary and Russia as they move into the second year of the war.

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Sinking of the Lusitania

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, May 10, 2015


On May 9th the passenger ship Lusitania was hit by torpedos by a German U-Boat. 1,191 passengers would perish, including almost 200 American citizens.

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Innovation in the Air

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, May 17, 2015


World War 1 would be the first war in which air combat played a significant role, the roots for that combat lay in the technological and strategic choices of 1915.

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Second Battle of Artois Part 1

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, May 24, 2015


With the previous attacks winding down the British and French prepare to launch another attack on the Western front, on very familiar ground.

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Second Battle of Artois Part 2

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, May 31, 2015


The Second Battle of Artois gets moving, will the French and British be successful in their attempt to punch through the lines?

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Life in the Trenches

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Jun 7, 2015


This week we look at what it was like to live in the trenches, and what the battlefield looked like, in 1915.

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Russian Retreat Part 1

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Jun 14, 2015


With the Germans on the defense in the West they gather their strength for a summer of attacks in the East.

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Russian Retreat Part 2

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Jun 21, 2015


The German's unleash their offensive at the Battle of Gorlice-Tarnow, the Russians are left reeling.

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Russian Retreat Part 3

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Jun 28, 2015


With the Russians hurting, the Germans launch an even larger set of offensives with the goal of pushing them out of Poland.

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Russian Retreat Part 4

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Jul 05, 2015


The Russians are in retreat, the Germans in pursuit. The bloody summer in the east comes to an end.

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Life and Death on the Isonzo Part 1

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Aug 02, 2015


The Italians enter the war, this episode gives an overview of their military, their commander, and where they plan to fight.

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Life and Death on the Isonzo Part 2

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Aug 09, 2015


With the planning and preparations out the way, the Italians begin their attacks on the Isonzo.

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Life and Death on the Isonzo Part 3

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Aug 16, 2015


The first attacks failed, but the Italians would try again.

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Life and Death on the Isonzo Part 4

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Aug 23, 2015


The Italians race against the clock to break through the Austrian defenses as winter descends on the battlefield.

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Admiral Spee's Great Adventure Part 1

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Aug 30, 2015


In 1914 Vice Admiral Spee led his ships halfway around the world from China to South America, what happens when they get there?

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Admiral Spee's Great Adventure Part 2

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Sep 06, 2015


In 1914 Vice Admiral Spee led his ships halfway around the world from China to South America, what happens when they get there?

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The Battle of Dogger Bank

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Sep 13, 2015


The biggest naval battle of 1915 happened in January when a fleet of battlecruisers from both sides met in the North Sea.

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Fall Offensives Part 1

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Sep 20, 2015


As the summer of 1915 came to an end the French and British planned to launch one more effort before winter set in.

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Fall Offensives Part 2

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Sep 27, 2015


The great fall offensives in Artois and Champagne are launched and the results are disappointing.

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Fall Offensives Part 3

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Oct 04, 2015


With the failures of the French in Artois and Champagne, will the British do better at Loos?

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Fall Offensives: Aftermath

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Oct 14, 2015


The attacks are over, but what happens now? And what happened throughout the entire year on the war's premiere front?

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Middle Eastern Adventures Part 1

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Nov 15, 2015


The Middle East would be a sideshow for most of the war, but that doesn't mean it was important both during the war and afterwards.

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Middle Eastern Adventures Part 2

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Nov 22, 2015


In the opening moves in the Middle East the Suez Canal would be under threat and British forces would land as Basra on the Persian Gulf.

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Middle Eastern Adventures Part 3

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Dec 06, 2015


The British drive towards Baghad, and fail, before the greatest British military humiliation happens at a town called Kut.

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Submarine Warfare Part 1

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Dec 13, 2015


For the first war in history submarines, or U-Boats as the Germans called them, would play an important role.

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Submarine Warfare Part 2

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Dec 20, 2015


The path to and away from unrestricted submarine warfare.

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Fall of Serbia

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Jan 03, 2016


As 1915 drew to a close so to did the defiance of the little Balkan nation that started it all.

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Year of Years

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Jan 31, 2016


By January 1st 1916 the war, which was supposed to be over by Christmas was now 522 days old. And 1916 would be the year of the war, it would be the year that everybody remembers, it would be the year of Jutland, the year Verdun, the year of the Somme.

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Shell Shock

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Feb 07, 2016


100 years later and soldiers still come back from serving their country irrevocably changed. The fact that service men and women still suffer from problems not dissimilar from those experienced by men in the trenches gives this topic a type of applicability that often is not present in our histories.

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Verdun Pt. 1

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Feb 14, 2016


In many ways Verdun became the First World War, and it distills down all of the problems that the armies had been facing since 1914, all of the lessons they had thought they had learned, and showcased so many of the problems that they still had to solve before either side could obtain victory.

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Verdun Pt. 2

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Feb 21, 2016


This week we are going to dive much deeper into the German plans for their attack at Verdun. The attack would be planned for two phases, the first phase the attack at Verdun and then the second phase was the counter attack to a British or French relief offensive. We will also talk about why on earth the Germans would attack Verdun and more importantly the geography and fortifications around Verdun which made it such an imposing target for an army in 1916 to try and attack, let alone make any progress.

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Verdun Pt. 3

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Feb 28, 2016


This week we move one step closer to the start of the battle in February by looking at the German preparations for their attack. First we will talk about one of the most important features of the fighting, which was the masses of German artillery that would be utilized in the opening attacks. Then we will take our discussion of plans down another level of detail to look at how the Corps of the Fifth Army were arranged around Verdun and what orders were given to the infantry that would be executing the attack. Then we will dive into some specific preparations happening on the ground that were unique to the attack at Verdun. The German troops then had to suffer through weeks of waiting for the weather to be right for the attack, which was a painful and slow process given the winter weather that blew through the region in early February 1916.

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Verdun Pt. 4

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Mar 06, 2016


Up to this point in these episodes we have been discussing Falkenhayn, The Germans, and their plans for the attack almost exclusively. It is finally time to take a look at the French, what they had been up to, and how they prepared for the defense against the coming storm.

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Verdun Pt. 5

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Mar 13, 2016


Today the action finally begins at Verdun. Today we will look at the opening German attacks on the first and second days of fighting.

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Verdun Pt. 6

Author: Wesley Livesay
Mon, Mar 21, 2016


Today we will look at the third and fourth days of fighting before looking at one incident that happened on the fifth day.

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Verdun Pt. 7

Author: Wesley Livesay
Mon, Mar 28, 2016


Into this situation there would be one man who was given command over Verdun and would forever be associated with the rest of the battle, than man was General Henri Phillipe Petain. Soon he would become the savior of Verdun, then the Savior of France, and then the man who led France to Victory. Through that process Petain would, more than any other single person on either side, become associated with Verdun. Today we will look at how Petain became involved with the fighting before talking about some of the decisions that he quickly made to stabilize the situation at the front.

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Verdun Pt. 8

Author: Wesley Livesay
Wed, Apr 06, 2016


This week we will ask the question that the German leaders were also beginning to look around and ask themselves "what next." After the offensive finally came to a halt on the east bank on the 28th of February Falkenhayn, the Crown Prince, and Knobelsdorf would meet to determine the answer to that question, an answer that would eventually become an attack on the West Bank.

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Verdun Pt. 9

Author: Wesley Livesay
Wed, Apr 13, 2016


Last week the Germans failed in their attacks on the West Bank at Verdun in March 1916. April would mark the beginning of what I am calling The Long Grind by which I mean a series of attacks and counter attacks against the same targets for the next several months.

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Verdun Pt. 10

Author: Wesley Livesay
Tue, Apr 18, 2016


This week we move forward to May and the attacks launched by both sides during the month. In the ned May would be catastrophically deadly for all involved. After covering the events of May we will then cover one of the most harrowing events of the entire campaign, the fall of Fort Vaux which occurred in June. It is an important event for sure, but it is more than that because of the events that occurred and the resistance of the French soldiers inside the fort well beyond the normal limits of resistance. There was an endless mountain of suffering at Verdun, but even in that mountain Vaux still stands out as an extreme case.

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Verdun Pt. 11

Author: Wesley Livesay
Wed, Apr 27, 2016


This episode represents our third to last episode on the events of the battle of Verdun. In the months of June and July the Germans would launch another set of attacks, this time aiming for Fort Souville. This goal could have represented the final goal of the campaign, but we will never know. The effort of these attacks, coupled with the Brusilov Offensive in June and the British attack on the Somme in July, meant that this would also be the end of the German attacks at Verdun. Finally, we will discuss a bit about a change in the German high command where Falkenhayn is forced to resign in favor of Hindenburg and Ludendorff.

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Verdun Pt. 12

Author: Wesley Livesay
Wed, May 04, 2016


After a long hard fought offensive the Germans were finally stopped by the end of July and now it was time for the French to start pushing them back, it is these actions that we will discuss today.

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Verdun Pt. 13

Author: Wesley Livesay
Wed, May 11, 2016


Verdun, is over.

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Jutland Pt. 1

Author: Wesley Livesay
Wed, May 18, 2016


We start today on our story of the greatest naval battle of the war, it was an action that took place on the North sea on May the 30th and into the next morning. It involved 150 British ships and 100 German vessels. It would be both the biggest and the last purely surface encounter of primary fleets in naval history. Its result would be somewhat ambiguous with discussions even to this day on who was in fact the winner. The battle would be called Jutland by the British and Skaggerak by the Germans.

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Jutland Pt. 2

Author: Wesley Livesay
Wed, May 25, 2016


So it begins.

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Jutland Pt. 3

Author: Wesley Livesay
Mon, Jun 20, 2016


This week we pick up at that point with the battlecruisers of the two Admirals fully engaged with each other. There was however another group about the enter the battle and that was the 5th Battle Squadron and its 4 Queen Elizabeth class superdreadnoughts under the command of Evan-Thomas.

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Jutland Pt. 4

Author: Wesley Livesay
Wed, Jun 29, 2016


Now it is time for the largest naval battle of the war, and I think the largest one in history up to 1916, so let's get to it.

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Jutland Pt. 5

Author: Wesley Livesay
Wed, Jul 06, 2016


This is the fifth and final episode on the battle of Jutland.

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Easter Rising Pt. 1

Author: Wesley Livesay
Wed, Jul 13, 2016


This episode we leave the battlefield and instead move to the streets of Dublin, which are about to erupt in rebellion.

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Easter Rising Pt. 2

Author: Wesley Livesay
Wed, Jul 20, 2016


This episode we leave the battlefield and instead move to the streets of Dublin, which are about to erupt in rebellion.

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Easter Rising Pt. 3

Author: Wesley Livesay
Wed, Jul 27, 2016


The Rising, that so quickly came to be, will now quickly come to an end.

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Brusilov Offensive Pt. 1

Author: Wesley Livesay
Wed, Aug 02, 2016


In the East, the great battle of 1916 is about to begin.

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Brusilov Offensive Pt. 2

Author: Wesley Livesay
Wed, Aug 10, 2016


In the East, the great battle of 1916 is about to begin.

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Brusilov Offensive Pt. 3

Author: Wesley Livesay
Wed, Aug 17, 2016


In the East, the great battle of 1916 is about to begin.

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Brusilov Offensive Pt. 4

Author: Wesley Livesay
Wed, Aug 24, 2016


All three armies take a breather in the East, as all prepare for what is to come.

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Brusilov Offensive Pt. 5

Author: Wesley Livesay
Wed, Aug 31, 2016


All three armies take a breather in the East, as all prepare for what is to come.

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Tragedy on the Somme Pt. 1

Author: Wesley Livesay
Wed, Sep 06, 2016


In early 1916 the British and French were gearing up for their next great offensive astride the banks of a little river called the Somme.

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Tragedy on the Somme Pt. 2

Author: Wesley Livesay
Wed, Sep 13, 2016


In early 1916 the British and French were gearing up for their next great offensive astride the banks of a little river called the Somme.

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Tragedy on the Somme Pt. 3

Author: Wesley Livesay
Wed, Sep 28, 2016


A critical piece of the preparations for the Somme was the artillery, this episode looks at it in detail.

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Tragedy on the Somme Pt. 4

Author: Wesley Livesay
Wed, Oct 05, 2016


After months of planning, and a week of artillery fire, the day had come, and July the 1st dawned.

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Tragedy on the Somme Pt. 5

Author: Wesley Livesay
Wed, Oct 12, 2016


The 8th and 10th Corps moved forward against the German lines on July 1st, the results were less than amazing.

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Tragedy on the Somme Pt. 6

Author: Wesley Livesay
Wed, Oct 19, 2016


It is the Third and the Fifteenth Corps time in our story as they move out toward the German postions, and actually accomplish something.

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Tragedy on the Somme Pt. 7

Author: Wesley Livesay
Thu, Oct 27, 2016


At the far south of the British line the 13th Corps goes hand-in-hand with the French, and things actually go pretty good.

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Tragedy on the Somme Pt. 8

Author: Wesley Livesay
Wed, Nov 02, 2016


The dreadful day of July 1st is over, so it is time to us to take a breath and look back, before looking forward.

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Tragedy on the Somme Pt. 9

Author: Wesley Livesay
Wed, Nov 09, 2016


The attack was not over, but on July 3rd the British entered a lull in the fighting, a lull resulting in 25,000 more casualties.

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Tragedy on the Somme Pt. 10

Author: Wesley Livesay
Thu, Nov 18, 2016


The next big British effort would be on July 14th, it would actually sort of work.

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Tragedy on the Somme Pt. 11

Author: Wesley Livesay
Wed, Nov 23, 2016


The last two weeks of July were a fitting end to what had been a month of hell for all of the men on the Somme.

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Sources:

  • The First World War by John Keegan
  • A World Undone by G.J. Meyer
  • Ring of Steel by Alexander Watson
  • Pyrrhic Victory by Robert A. Doughty
  • Zero Hour: First Day on the Somme by Andrew Roberts
  • The Somme by Lyn MacDonald
  • Through German Eyes: The British and the Somme 1916 by Christopher Duffy
  • Somme: The Darkest Hour on the Western Front by Peter Hart
  • The British Air Campaign During the Battle of the Somme April-November 1916: A Pyrrhic Victory by Thomas G. Bradbeer
  • The First Day on the Somme by Martin Middlebrook
  • The Somme by Robin Prior and Trevor Wilson
  • Three Armies on the Somme by William Philpott
  • The German Army on the Somme by Jack Sheldon


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Episode 100 Listener Question Time

Author: Wesley Livesay
Fri, Dec 02, 2016


To celebrate episode 100 I asked listeners for questions, and here is what they came up with.

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Tragedy on the Somme Pt. 12

Author: Wesley Livesay
Thu, Dec 08, 2016


August and September were a depressing time for the British and French on the Somme as yet another effort would be launched and yet another effort would fail.

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Sources:

  • The First World War by John Keegan
  • A World Undone by G.J. Meyer
  • Ring of Steel by Alexander Watson
  • Pyrrhic Victory by Robert A. Doughty
  • Zero Hour: First Day on the Somme by Andrew Roberts
  • The Somme by Lyn MacDonald
  • Through German Eyes: The British and the Somme 1916 by Christopher Duffy
  • Somme: The Darkest Hour on the Western Front by Peter Hart
  • The British Air Campaign During the Battle of the Somme April-November 1916: A Pyrrhic Victory by Thomas G. Bradbeer
  • The First Day on the Somme by Martin Middlebrook
  • The Somme by Robin Prior and Trevor Wilson
  • Three Armies on the Somme by William Philpott
  • The German Army on the Somme by Jack Sheldon


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Tragedy on the Somme Pt. 13

Author: Wesley Livesay
Thu, Dec 15, 2016


September would be the month of the tank, the month of the last general offensives, and the most costly month for the Germans.

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Sources:

  • The First World War by John Keegan
  • A World Undone by G.J. Meyer
  • Ring of Steel by Alexander Watson
  • Pyrrhic Victory by Robert A. Doughty
  • Zero Hour: First Day on the Somme by Andrew Roberts
  • The Somme by Lyn MacDonald
  • Through German Eyes: The British and the Somme 1916 by Christopher Duffy
  • Somme: The Darkest Hour on the Western Front by Peter Hart
  • The British Air Campaign During the Battle of the Somme April-November 1916: A Pyrrhic Victory by Thomas G. Bradbeer
  • The First Day on the Somme by Martin Middlebrook
  • The Somme by Robin Prior and Trevor Wilson
  • Three Armies on the Somme by William Philpott
  • The German Army on the Somme by Jack Sheldon


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Tragedy on the Somme Pt. 14

Author: Wesley Livesay
Thu, Dec 22, 2016


October and November would be the final months on the Somme and another force would join the fighting, weather.

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Sources:

  • The First World War by John Keegan
  • A World Undone by G.J. Meyer
  • Ring of Steel by Alexander Watson
  • Pyrrhic Victory by Robert A. Doughty
  • Zero Hour: First Day on the Somme by Andrew Roberts
  • The Somme by Lyn MacDonald
  • Through German Eyes: The British and the Somme 1916 by Christopher Duffy
  • Somme: The Darkest Hour on the Western Front by Peter Hart
  • The British Air Campaign During the Battle of the Somme April-November 1916: A Pyrrhic Victory by Thomas G. Bradbeer
  • The First Day on the Somme by Martin Middlebrook
  • The Somme by Robin Prior and Trevor Wilson
  • Three Armies on the Somme by William Philpott
  • The German Army on the Somme by Jack Sheldon


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End of 2016 Special Report

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Jan 01, 2017


Lets talk about things for just a bit.

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Death, Drafts, and Peace

Author: Wesley Livesay
Mon, Jan 30, 2017


A catch up episode of some random topics that missed previous episodes. Lord Kitchener dies, Britain institutes the draft, and politicians all over Europe start wondering if peace is a good idea.

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Premium Preview: Neutrals of Europe

Author: Wesley Livesay
Wed, Feb 01, 2017


Special free Patreon episode on the neutrals of Europe.

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Changing of the Guard

Author: Wesley Livesay
Mon, Feb 06, 2017


By the second half of 1916 for both the French and Germans it was time for a change at the very top and by the end of the year both Joffre and Falkenhayn would be replaced.

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Life on the Homefront Pt. 1

Author: Wesley Livesay
Tue, Feb 14, 2017


While fighting was raging at the front, back at home it was no cakewalk, and there certainly was no cake.

Sources:
The Hunger War by Matthew Richardson
The White War by Mark Thompson
Ring of Steel by Alexander Watson
and more

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Life on the Homefront Pt. 2

Author: Wesley Livesay
Thu, Feb 23, 2017


We talk about the struggles in Germany where food was hard to find.

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The Hunger War by Matthew Richardson
The White War by Mark Thompson
Ring of Steel by Alexander Watson
and more

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Life on the Homefront Pt. 3

Author: Wesley Livesay
Fri, Mar 3, 2017


Austro-Hungarian and the Ottoman Empires would both have problems with food while all countries would try to keep their citizens in support of the war.

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The Hunger War by Matthew Richardson
The White War by Mark Thompson
Ring of Steel by Alexander Watson
and more

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Life on the Homefront Pt. 4

Author: Wesley Livesay
Tue, Mar 14, 2017


We catch up with what was happening in Italy, before just discussing some random topics from the homefront.

Sources:
The Hunger War by Matthew Richardson
The White War by Mark Thompson
Ring of Steel by Alexander Watson
and more

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Food at the Front

Author: Wesley Livesay
Sun, Mar 19, 2017


In our final episode about food (for now) we check in with what the men are eating at the front.

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Sources:
The Hunger War by Matthew Richardson
The White War by Mark Thompson
Ring of Steel by Alexander Watson
and more

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Romania Pt. 1

Author: Wesley Livesay
Wed, Mar 29, 2017


The first of four episodes on the Romanian front during the war.

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Sources:
The Hunger War by Matthew Richardson
The White War by Mark Thompson
Ring of Steel by Alexander Watson
and more

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Romania Pt. 2

Author: Wesley Livesay
Mon, Apr 03, 2017


The Romanian Campaign started with a bang for the Romanians.

Romania in 1914:

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The Hunger War by Matthew Richardson
The White War by Mark Thompson
Ring of Steel by Alexander Watson
and more

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Romania Pt. 3

Author: Wesley Livesay
Mon, Apr 10, 2017


The Romanian Campaign started with a bang for the Romanians.

Romania in 1914:

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Sources:
The Hunger War by Matthew Richardson
The White War by Mark Thompson
Ring of Steel by Alexander Watson
and more

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Vimy

Author: Wesley Livesay
Wed, Apr 12, 2017


O Canada

Barrage Map:

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The Hunger War by Matthew Richardson
The White War by Mark Thompson
Ring of Steel by Alexander Watson
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Romania Pt. 4

Author: Wesley Livesay
Wed, Apr 19, 2017


Part 2 of Romania's No Good Very Bad Day.

Romania in 1914:

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Sources:
The Hunger War by Matthew Richardson
The White War by Mark Thompson
Ring of Steel by Alexander Watson
and more

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Italian Front 1917 Pt. 1

Author: Wesley Livesay
Thu, May 18, 2017


Part 1 of our chronicle of the events of 1916 and 1917 on the Italian front.

Sources:


Discipline in the Italian Army 1915-1918 by Vanda Wilcox
Italy and the War in the Adriatic by Renato Sicurezza
Morale and Discipline in the Italian Army, 1915-1918 by John Gooch
Morale and Battlefield Performance at Caporetto, 1917 by Vanda Wilcox
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Italian Front 1917 Pt. 2

Author: Wesley Livesay
Thu, May 25, 2017


Part 2 of our coverage of the Italian front in 1916 sees the Italians try two more offensives on the Isonzo.

Sources:


Discipline in the Italian Army 1915-1918 by Vanda Wilcox
Italy and the War in the Adriatic by Renato Sicurezza
Morale and Discipline in the Italian Army, 1915-1918 by John Gooch
Morale and Battlefield Performance at Caporetto, 1917 by Vanda Wilcox
and more

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