Over By Christmas? – Growing Allied Confidence I THE GREAT WAR Week 213

You launch a series of stunningly successful offensives over a period of months, and yet, when they’re over you find yourself in a worse position then when you started. How can that be? Let’s take a look. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week, the Battle of Continue Reading

Scorched Earth – Russia’s retreat goes up in flames! l THE GREAT WAR Week 52

Russia had been in retreat from the German and Austro-Hungarian armies for nearly three months, losing huge areas of land and hundreds of thousands of prisoners, but what could she do to prevent the invaders from making use of their gains? Well, Russia adopted a scorched earth policy. I’m Indy Continue Reading

The Baltic States in World War 1 I THE GREAT WAR SPECIAL

Before the First World War, what are today Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia were part of the Russian Empire. As that empire fought and fell, so too fought the soldiers of the Baltic States, first during the war, and then in their struggles for eventual independence. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to Continue Reading

T.E. Lawrence And How He Became Lawrence Of Arabia I WHO DID WHAT IN WW1?

T.E. Lawrence. Perhaps no other name from the First World War has the same almost mythlike status as Lawrence of Arabia, the modern Robin Hood with his tales of courage and adventure that remain in our imagination even today, and that’s the man I’m going to talk about right now. Continue Reading

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 Continue Reading

Women’s Suffrage: Crash Course US History #31

Episode 31: Feminism and Suffrage Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course U.S. history and today we’re going to talk about women in the progressive era. My God, that is a fantastic hat. Wait, votes for women?? So between Teddy Roosevelt, and Woodrow Wilson, and all those doughboys headed Continue Reading

It’s raining bombs, keep calm and carry on… – WW2 – 059 – October 12 1940

October 12, 1940 They have a unified front to the rest of the world, publicly dismissing any talk of a civil war in the face of invasion, but this week the Chinese Nationalists and Communists fight each other. I’m Indy Neidell; this is World War Two. Last week, Adolf Hitler Continue Reading

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. Continue Reading

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 Continue Reading

Champion for Democracy? – Woodrow Wilson I WHO DID WHAT IN WW1?

Debate about Woodrow Wilson has raged since the war and still does today. Who was he? A brilliant statesman? Just another racist? Both? Neither? It’s been said that anyone who followed Wilson down a political path was almost certain to meet him coming in the opposite direction, so let’s take Continue Reading