40: “Repel all boarders!”

• December 17th, 2015

The battle of Jutland rages into the night.

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39: Ghosts in the Mist

• November 25th, 2015

A decade after Dreadnought revolutionized naval warfare, the battle fleets of Great Britain and Germany finally meet.

EDIT: Since they were armoured cruisers, Arbuthnot was part of First Cruiser Squadron, not First 'Light' Cruiser as incorrectly stated. -Dan


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38: The Run to the South

• November 3rd, 2015

The battle of Jutland begins on the afternoon of May 31st, 1916.

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37: The Trident

• September 23rd, 2015

Reinhardt Scheer assumes command of the German battlefleet, and the war in the North Sea kicks into high gear.

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36: Conrad’s Folly

• August 19th, 2015

Conrad sees red, and attempts to eliminate the Italians with a single blow. At Verdun, the French discover retaking Fort Douaumont will require a bit more planning.


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35: A Prison of the Nations

• July 20th, 2015

Battered and bloodied, Austria-Hungary limps its way into 1916.

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34: Russia From the Ashes

• June 24th, 2015

Russia under goes some rapid internal changes.

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33: No Success Anywhere

• June 10th, 2015

Desperate to capture the Meuse Heights, the German 5th Army extends operations onto the west bank of the Meuse. When things falter, both armies commit more men to "the Mincer".


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32: Thunder and Earthquake

• May 29th, 2015

The battle at Verdun began on February 21st, 1916. Nothing would ever be the same.


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31: The New Way

• May 19th, 2015

Falkenhayn begins laying the ground work for the coming battle at Verdun.

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30: Character of the Coalition

• May 9th, 2015

As 1916 beckons, both the Allies and Central Powers realize they're in for another bloody year.

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29: Travelling on a Volcano

• April 29th, 2015

In this episode we discuss the sinking of the Cunard liner Lusitania and what it meant for the first unrestricted U-boat campaign.

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28: Order, Counter Order, Disorder

• April 21st, 2015

To contest the supremacy of the Allied fleets, Germany unleashes the first unrestricted U-Boat campaign in February, 1915.

*Gahh when I say the Russians retreated 500 miles, I mean 500 kilometers of course.  -Dan


SMS Blucher capsizing at the battle of Dogger Bank (January 1915).


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27: Puff From a Cigarette

• March 29th, 2015

An ambitious Anglo-French attack in Artois and Champagne is met with disaster. At the battles of Loos, the BEF makes use of chlorine gas for the first time.



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26: Field of Blackbirds

• March 19th, 2015

Serbia is the latest victim of Falkenhayn's combined offensive. The Serbs refuse to surrender, opting to evacuate and continue the fight elsewhere.

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25: Sing the Love of Danger

• March 9th, 2015

On May 23rd, 1915 an energized but divided Italy enters the Great War. This episode examines why the Italians initially chose neutrality, only to declare war against their former allies.


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24: The Great Retreat

• February 27th, 2015

A combined Austro-German offensive in May 1915 collapses the Polish Salient, forcing the Russians into a 4 month 310 mile retreat. The war on the Eastern Front is effectively over.


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23: No Risk Too Great- Part 2 of 2.

• February 17th, 2015

The Dardanelles campaign unravels as the Allies land on the Gallipoli peninsula.


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23: No Risk Too Great- Part 1 of 2.

• February 7th, 2015

With German efforts concentrated in the East, the Allies begin looking for alternative ways to break the deadlock, leading their focus to fall on the Dardanelles and Gallipoli peninsula.


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22: Codename: Disinfection

• January 28th, 2015

This week we examine German strategy in 1915, and Falkenhayn's decision to unleash chlorine gas at the Ypres Salient.
40 Maps That Explain World War One (Trench map is #26)


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21: The Road Ahead

• January 17th, 2015

Despite popular theory, the war does not end by Christmas. This week we are on the Western Front for the early goings of 1915.

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20: We’re All in This Together

• January 7th, 2015

Did Europe really cheer the outbreak of war?  An examination of the Western home fronts provides a glimpse into "the spirit of 1914".

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The Christmas Truce

• December 31st, 2014

Hello all, I hope the holidays are treating you well!

My local newspaper printed a brief article I submitted about the 1914 Christmas truce, so if you are interested in reading it I've pasted the full text here. -Dan

No Man’s Land match a myth

Hamilton Spectator

Christmas in the trenches 100 years ago (Dec. 18)

The piece on the 1914 Christmas Truce is another example of how we prefer the myths over the realities of the First World War. The circumstances surrounding the truce are highly debatable, and none more than the supposed soccer match between British and German soldiers in No Man's Land. First off, No Man's Land was no place to organize, let alone play a soccer match. Even in 1914, the ground was heavily cratered, dotted by barbed wire and uncollected dead, so the notion that a game spontaneously broke out in the middle of it is ridiculous. Second, the risk of enemy troops getting an unobstructed view of one's trench lines was far too great to allow prolonged fraternization; and third, soccer balls were simply not in abundance at the front.

Sources which we use to support this myth are unreliable. The lion's share coming from British testimonies which are often second-hand accounts, and historians have yet to uncover anything substantial from the German perspective. The choice to begin the piece with the quotation: "the gas clouds rolled no more" was careless. Chlorine gas did not appear on the Western Front until April 1915, nor do the accounts of Gerald Blake mention anything about a soccer game being played.

As we mark the centenary of the First World War, we should use this opportunity to shed light on the realities of those years, and not reinforce myths which no longer stand to modern research.

Daniel Clark, Hamilton


19: Numbers are Everything

• December 28th, 2014

A look at the larger world at war, and Graf Spee makes his voyage into the history books.

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18: Where Loyalties Lay

• December 18th, 2014

The final months of 1914 draw to a close on the Eastern Front. The Russians flex their military muscle, while the Austro-Hungarians suffer a defeat which helps doom their army.


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17: War of the Eagles

• December 8th, 2014

Our first look at events on the Eastern front; The Austrians humiliate themselves against the Serbs. While in East Prussia, the Russians are annihilated at Tannenberg.



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16: Massacre of the Innocents

• November 28th, 2014

The lines stagnate across the Western theatre.Near the Belgian town of Ypres, German and British troops learn a harsh reality.

Please note: The Asine runs west of Verdun, not east as I state in the episode. -Dan

Map of Western theatre (Sept-Nov 1914) Right click to view in full.


Mass grave at Langemark German Cemetery


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15: Those Long August Days

• November 19th, 2014

The war on the Western Front opens up, as the German army cruises through Belgium to the gates of Paris. The allies unveil a new secret weapon on the battlefield.

I apologize for the delay this week. I had a heck of a time getting all this stuff sorted out but this is a much better version then I what had originally written. -Dan

Map of the Western Theater, August-September 1914. Note the borders have been modified to to reflect 1914.



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14: To Constantinople With Love

• November 5th, 2014

Two German battle cruisers escape the pursuit of the Royal Navy and seek refuge at Constantinople. The entry of the Ottoman Empire by November 1914, ensures that fighting would no longer be restricted to the European continent.

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13: Into the Abyss: Part 2 of 2.

• October 24th, 2014

We conclude our discussion of the July Crisis by looking at events in Britain and offer an answer to why the war broke out.

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13: Into the Abyss: Part 1 of 2.

• October 3rd, 2014

A century after the Napoleonic Wars, the Concert of Europe crumbles in a matter of weeks following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

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12: To The Precipice

• September 23rd, 2014

Before killing off Franz Ferdinand, we take a look at some of the domestic issues effecting the Great Powers on the eve of July 1914.

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11: The Balkan Wars

• September 11th, 2014

On the heels of the Italian invasion of Libya, a collection of Balkan nations declare war on the Ottoman Empire.

A "very" basic map of the First Balkan War. October 1912-May 1913.


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An important heads up…

• August 26th, 2014

It turns out that the Great War Podcast will be taking two weeks off between episodes, so there will be no installment this week (August 25). I do sincerely apologize for this but it's for the good of the show. I confess that when I started this podcast I pretty much just jumped right into it headfirst. There was no grand outline, save for a few brief sketches of where I wanted to take it next. Initially it was just a fun hobby, but has come to take up more time then I had previously imagined.

So my plan is to take the Labour Day long weekend off, stuff my face with ribs at the Burlington Rib Fest and then launch right back into this thing for the week of September 8th. That should be just the right amount of time to get everything in order and be ready to hit our discussion of the Balkan Wars and July 1914 in full force.

Feel free to send an email (thegreatwarpodcast@outlook.com) or a Tweet (@GreatWarPodcast) for any comments or suggestions about the show.

I appreciate your patience in all this.


10: A Long Year

• August 19th, 2014

In an attempt to establish themselves as a great power, Italy declared war on the Ottomans in September of 1911. The subsequent invasion exposed Italian armed forces as logistically weak and unprepared in the event of a general European war. Watching events from a far, the Balkan states begin to contemplate plans for an attack on the Turks of their own.

Map of Libyan campaign (From the sources which I could piece together)

Zeppelin bombarding Turkish positions near Tobruk (Wikipedia Commons)


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09: The Bosnian Crisis

• August 11th, 2014

The annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina by the Austro-Hungarians is another humiliation for Russia, and leaves the Serbs seething toward the Habsburg monarch.

Map of Russian interests.


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08: Dreadnoughts and What Nots

• August 4th, 2014

With the war in the Far East raging in the background, Germany attempts to drive a wedge between France and its allies, but only succeeds in bringing them closer together.

I know I had stated there would be no episode this week, but unfortunately the long weekend plans fell through. -Dan

Beyond the Foxholes Podcast: http://www.breakthroughassault.co.uk/p/beyond-foxholes-podcast.html

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07: Win the War, Lose the Peace

• July 28th, 2014

The Russo-Japanese War provides us with a chilling glimpse into the nature of industrial warfare.

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06: Opposites Attract Part 2: The Anglo French Cordiale

• July 21st, 2014

After nearly coming to blows at Fashoda, the French and English decide to put aside their grievances. In the Far East, Japan and Russia declare war.

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05: The End of Isolation

• July 16th, 2014

With events in Asia threatening the status quo, Great Britain would find itself in desperate need of an ally.

* I apologize for this episode being behind schedule. We'll be back on track for Monday!*

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04: Opposites Attract: The Franco-Russian Alliance

• July 7th, 2014

In 1890 Wilhelm II dismissed Bismarck, allowing the French to break out of isolation; the British face a looming crisis in the years after 1894.

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03: Woe Unto My Poor Grandchildren

• June 30th, 2014

After the formation of Germany, Bismarck's primary concern was finding a place for the Second Reich in Europe; events in the Balkans would drive the Austro-Hungarians into a military alliance by 1879.

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02: The Chess Master

• June 23rd, 2014

The revolts of 1848 paved the way for the formation of Germany under the leadership of Otto von Bismarck. The events surrounding German unification play a major role in the political atmosphere leading up to 1890.

**I have added some introductory music and changed my recording software so I hope you will hear an improvement.

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01: The Shot Heard Around the World

• June 11th, 2014

Episode 1 overviews 19th century European politics after the Napoleonic War and the creation of the alliance systems.

This is my first ever podcast and am currently ironing out the kinks in my audio software so if the edits seem a bit off that is simply growing pains.

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