Battles of the First World War Podcast

By Mike Cunha

On Going since May 2016 • Updated bimonthy

The Battles of the First World War Podcast looks to go in-depth into the battles of the Great War of 1914-1918. The goal is to really go into the details of how and why these battles unfolded and happened as they did. In telling the narrative of these clashes we can revisit some of the stories of the men who lived, fought, and died during the first titanic struggle of the 20th Century, for these people have stories that deserve to be told.

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  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 30 Nov 2017

The air battle over the Somme in 1916 was as important as the massive struggle taking place on the shattered ground below, with the potential of the airplane ever expanding.   The BFWWP is now on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/BattlesoftheFirstWorldWarPodcast.   Any questions, comments or concerns please contact me through the website, www.firstworldwarpodcast.com or the Battles of … Continue reading "Episode 27: Somme – Pirouettes over Picardy". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 31 Oct 2017

On September 26th, the final assault on Thiepval was carried out by the British Reserve Army. Mighty Fortress Thiepval fell, dealing a brutal blow to the German Army.   The BFWWP is now on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/BattlesoftheFirstWorldWarPodcast.   Any questions, comments or concerns please contact me through the website, www.firstworldwarpodcast.com or the Battles of the First … Continue reading "Episode 26: Somme – A Tale of Two Vals, Part 2: Thiepval". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 05 Oct 2017

The village of Morval is the next domino to fall to the BEF on the Somme in the autumn of 1916. Lesboeufs, Combles, and Gueudecourt follow.   The BFWWP is now on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/BattlesoftheFirstWorldWarPodcast.   Any questions, comments or concerns please contact me through the website, www.firstworldwarpodcast.com or the Battles of the First World War … Continue reading "Episode 25: Somme – A Tale of Two Vals, Part 1: Morval". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 04 Sep 2017

No, not one written by me. (Thankfully.) But one written by the man who created Winnie the Pooh.    Here’s a little extra something since we just introduced the tanks in the past couple of episodes. Hope you enjoy. Check out this episode!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 29 Aug 2017

In the second episode on the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, the actions of the British 14th and 15th Corps are covered. The battlefield shook under the tracks of the new tanks.   The BFWWP is now on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/BattlesoftheFirstWorldWarPodcast.   Any questions, comments or concerns please contact me through the website, www.firstworldwarpodcast.com or the Battles of … Continue reading "Episode 24: Somme – The Battle of Flers-Courcelette, 3rd Strike on the Somme, Part 2". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 17 Aug 2017

On the 15th of September, 1916, 10 British divisions?aided by tanks for the first time in history?launched a third major strike at the Germans on the Somme. The Battle of Flers-Courcelette was on.   The BFWWP is now on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/BattlesoftheFirstWorldWarPodcast.   Any questions, comments or concerns please contact me through the website, www.firstworldwarpodcast.com or … Continue reading "Episode 23: Somme – The Battle of Flers-Courcelette, 3rd Strike on the Somme, Part 1". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 31 Jul 2017

In early September the French and British Armies continuously kept up the pressure on the Germans. These attacks were part of and preparation for the next big strike on the Somme.   The BFWWP is now on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/BattlesoftheFirstWorldWarPodcast.   Any questions, comments or concerns please contact me through the website, www.firstworldwarpodcast.com or the Battles … Continue reading "Episode 22: Somme – Towards the Next Big Thing". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 11 Jul 2017

A brief look at the home fronts of the three main belligerents on the Somme, with focus on the British.   The BFWWP is now on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/BattlesoftheFirstWorldWarPodcast.   Any questions, comments or concerns please contact me through the website, www.firstworldwarpodcast.com or the Battles of the First World War Podcast page on FaceBook. We’re also … Continue reading "Episode 21: Somme – Casualty Notices". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 27 Jun 2017

There was no strolling along at Guillemont on the Somme between July and September of 1916. The village was an unbreakable fortress for weeks until it finally fell to British and Irish troops. Nearby Ginchy fell days later.   The BFWWP is now on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/BattlesoftheFirstWorldWarPodcast.   Any questions, comments or concerns please contact me … Continue reading "Episode 20: Somme – Strolling Along in Gillymong". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 12 Jun 2017

The battle for High Wood continues through August and into September 1916. High Wood becomes a hell within the hell of the Somme battlefield.   Any questions, comments or concerns please contact me through the website, www.firstworldwarpodcast.com or the Battles of the First World War Podcast page on FaceBook. We’re also on Twitter! Follow us … Continue reading "Episode 19: Somme – A Bloody High Wood, Part 2". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 22 May 2017

This is a stand-alone episode, but we are staying near the front on the Somme to speak with a very, very special guest: Dr. Jeff Gusky, the photographer and talent behind the Hidden World of WW1.   Dr. Gusky is the photographer and talent behind the Hidden World of WW1, a fascinating exploration of the … Continue reading "Episode SA1: An Interview with Dr. Jeff Gusky of the Hidden World of WW1". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 17 May 2017

Hi Folks, Here is the link to the song played at the beginning of Episode 18:    . . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 17 May 2017

On the 14th and 15th of July, 1916, the British 4th Army began its first attacks on High Wood, igniting a brutal struggle for important high ground on the Somme battlefield.   Any questions, comments or concerns please contact me through the website, www.firstworldwarpodcast.com or the Battles of the First World War Podcast page on … Continue reading "Episode 18: Somme – A Bloody High Wood, Part 1". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 13 Apr 2017

The French 6th and 10th Armies grind on through July and August 1916.   Any questions, comments or concerns please contact me through the website, www.firstworldwarpodcast.com or the Battles of the First World War Podcast page on FaceBook. We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @WW1podcast. Not into social media? Email me directly at verdunpodcast@gmail.com. … Continue reading "Episode 17: Somme – The Grind, Part 2". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 27 Mar 2017

Many thanks again to listener Bob! Just a few photos of the Pozieres area. The view from the Windmill really shows the flat farmland all around. Many times the Australians had to move to their trenches over this ground in daylight, and in full view of the Germans.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 27 Mar 2017

Thanks to listener Bob, here are a few photos of Mametz Wood and the memorial to the men of the 38th (Welsh) Division. You can really see how thick and, frankly, menacing the wood looks even today.  . . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 26 Mar 2017

The Pozieres Ridge battle continues as the Australians of the 1st ANZAC Corps fight for Pozieres village, the Windmill, and Mouquet Farm.   Any questions, comments or concerns please contact me through the website, www.firstworldwarpodcast.com or the Battles of the First World War Podcast page on FaceBook. We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @WW1podcast. … Continue reading "Episode 16: Somme – The Diggers Grind it Out.". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 18 Mar 2017

On the 23rd of July, 1916, the Australians of the 1st ANZAC Corps attacked the village of Pozieres on the left of Bazentin Ridge. The Diggers had arrived on the Somme.   Any questions, comments or concerns please contact me through the website, www.firstworldwarpodcast.com or the Battles of the First World War Podcast page on … Continue reading "Episode 15: Somme – Enter the Australians". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 19 Feb 2017

The story of the 1st South African Infantry Brigade in the battle for Delville Wood, 15th-20th July 1916.   Any questions, comments or concerns please contact me through the website, www.firstworldwarpodcast.com or the Battles of the First World War Podcast page on FaceBook. We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at @WW1podcast. Not into social media? … Continue reading "Episode 14: Somme – Devil’s Wood.". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 19 Feb 2017

Hi Folks, Hope to have a new episode out shortly on Delville Wood. Here is a link to a photo that will be mentioned in the episode (photo is posted below the link as well): http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205220027. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 01 Jan 2017

On the 14th of July 1916, the British 4th Army launched its second major attack on the Somme, focusing its efforts on the German 2nd line on Bazentin Ridge.     Any questions, comments or concerns please contact me through the website, www.firstworldwarpodcast.com or the Battles of the First World War Podcast page on FaceBook. … Continue reading "Episode 13: Somme – Bazentin Ridge, 2nd Strike on the Somme". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 24 Dec 2016

Between the 3rd and 12th of July 1916, the British struggled to capture Mametz Wood. This episode covers the grinding fight conducted almost exclusively by the 17th and 38th (Welsh) Divisions.   Any questions, comments or concerns please contact me through the website, www.firstworldwarpodcast.com or the Battles of the First World War Podcast page on … Continue reading "Episode 12: Somme – Tomorrow We Must Go To Take Some Cursed Wood". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 27 Nov 2016

South of the Somme, the French continue their successful attacks on the Germans after the 1st of July. To the north, from the 2nd through the 14th of July, the British begin grinding towards the German second position with local, uncoordinated attacks. The Germans work desperately to recover their defense. Everyone bleeds.   Any questions, … Continue reading "Episode 11: Somme – The Grind, Part 1". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 16 Oct 2016

This episode we will briefly examine the causes of why the British attacks on the 1st of July 1916 were so costly and only partially successful.   Any questions, comments or concerns please contact me through the website, www.firstworldwarpodcast.com or the Battles of the First World War Podcast page on FaceBook. We’re also on Twitter! … Continue reading "Episode 10: Somme – The Reckoning". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 18 Sep 2016

This episode we take a side road on the Somme to honor four British men who were awarded the Victoria Cross on the 1st of July 1916.   Any questions, comments or concerns please contact me through the website, www.firstworldwarpodcast.com or the Battles of the First World War Podcast page on FaceBook. We’re also on … Continue reading "Episode 9: Somme – Valor on the Battlefield". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 30 Aug 2016

1st July 1916, Pt 2: the British Army attacks on the Somme. In this episode the front line from Fricourt to Gommecourt will be covered.   Any questions, comments or concerns please contact me through the website, www.firstworldwarpodcast.com or the Battles of the First World War Podcast page on FaceBook. We’re also on Twitter! Follow … Continue reading "Episode 8: Somme – 1 July 1916, Pt 2 – Fricourt to Gommecourt". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 09 Aug 2016

1st July 1916: after one week of bombardment the French and British Armies attack on the Somme. In this episode the front line from Fay to Fricourt will be covered.   Any questions, comments or concerns please contact me through the website, www.firstworldwarpodcast.com or the Battles of the First World War Podcast page on FaceBook. … Continue reading "Episode 7: Somme – 1 July 1916, Pt 1 – Fay to Fricourt". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 23 Jul 2016

Hey Folks, welcome to the Battles of the First World War Podcast. Today we will be conducted an interview with Professor William Philpott, who is Professor of the History of Warfare in the Department of War Studies at King’s College in London. So please join us and listen as a very nervous podcaster screws up … Continue reading "Episode 6: Somme – An Interview with Prof. William Philpott". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 21 Jul 2016

In this second part of The Stahlhelm, the Casque Adrian, and the Tin Hat, we take a look at the British soldiers preparing themselves for the Battle of the Somme. The British Expeditionary Force of 1916 was vastly different from the Old Contemptibles who had come across the Channel in 1914, and this was a very … Continue reading "Episode 5: Somme – The Stahlhelm, the Casque Adrian, and the Tin Hat Pt. 2". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 12 Jul 2016

On June 24th, 1916, the Allied bombardment of the German trench lines at the Somme began. 3,000 guns pounded away at the enemy. The bombardment was so loud it could London.   As the shells rain down we will take a look at the armies and the men who will be fighting the Battle of … Continue reading "Episode 4: Somme – The Stahlhelm, the Casque Adrian, and the Tin Hat Pt. 1". . .

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