Body Armor – Fortress Design – Belgian Armoured Car Division I OUT OF THE TRENCHES

Body Armor – Fortress Design – Belgian Armoured Car Division I OUT OF THE TRENCHES

I ‘m Indy Neidell and this is another exciting episode of “Out of the Trenches”, where I sit here, in the chair of wisdom, and answer your questions about the first world war. From Facebook, Chris Rhenius writes: Well, by 1914, the idea – the classical idea – of the fortress was outdated. Years before,…Continue reading Body Armor – Fortress Design – Belgian Armoured Car Division I OUT OF THE TRENCHES

360: First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme (UCL Institute of Education)

360: First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme (UCL Institute of Education)

I think it’s useful to go there because you can’t really imagine what they saw while they were fighting. When you go there it’s not going to be how it was then. Now it’s a nice place but then it was a battlefield where people died. It’s a bit like a mass grave because there…Continue reading 360: First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme (UCL Institute of Education)

The Battle of San River – Winston Churchill Gets Fired I THE GREAT WAR Week 43

The Battle of San River – Winston Churchill Gets Fired I THE GREAT WAR Week 43

We’ve seen disastrous decisions by political and military leaders throughout the war, but rarely have they been called to account. At least so far, but that changes this week. This week, Winston Churchill gets fired. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. When we left off, South African forces had captured the German colonial…Continue reading The Battle of San River – Winston Churchill Gets Fired I THE GREAT WAR Week 43

The First Battle of Champagne – Dying In Caucasus Snow  I THE GREAT WAR Week 22

The First Battle of Champagne – Dying In Caucasus Snow I THE GREAT WAR Week 22

When the war began, nearly five months ago, it was to be glorious, and the warring nations all saw a war that would be over by Christmas. And now, hundreds of thousands of men had been butchered- civilians too- and many more horribly wounded or maimed. The war was anything but over and today it’s…Continue reading The First Battle of Champagne – Dying In Caucasus Snow I THE GREAT WAR Week 22

The First Tank-on-Tank Battle in History – The Zeebrugge Raid I THE GREAT WAR Week 196

The First Tank-on-Tank Battle in History – The Zeebrugge Raid I THE GREAT WAR Week 196

Week after week in this war, something new happens that the world has never seen before, and this week is no exception. This week sees the first tank on tank battle in history. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week, the German Offensive in Flanders continued, but looked like it was stalling,…Continue reading The First Tank-on-Tank Battle in History – The Zeebrugge Raid I THE GREAT WAR Week 196

The Battle of Hill 70 – Mackensen Advances in Romania I THE GREAT WAR Week 160

The Battle of Hill 70 – Mackensen Advances in Romania I THE GREAT WAR Week 160

Russia’s army had been badly defeated in Galicia, and the men were in full retreat, with tens of thousands of deserters. But what would they find when they reached Russia? Well, if they reached home now, they’d find chaos and misery. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week the Central Powers began…Continue reading The Battle of Hill 70 – Mackensen Advances in Romania I THE GREAT WAR Week 160

The World at War – The Ottoman Empire Enters The Stage I THE GREAT WAR Week 15

The World at War – The Ottoman Empire Enters The Stage I THE GREAT WAR Week 15

Three months of war have devastated Europe, and with conflict recently spreading to colonial territory in Africa and the Far East it grew ever larger. It would grow many times larger this week though, and open up huge new theaters of battle, as the Ottoman Empire entered the war. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the…Continue reading The World at War – The Ottoman Empire Enters The Stage I THE GREAT WAR Week 15

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