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 17 Sep 2018

Hey Folks, it’s been a little bit, hasn’t it? The last two weeks have seen the beginning of the new school year here in the US, and as always these first days are busy for teachers. This year was no exception, although it was smoother. So, here are the videos I took during our visit … Continue reading "Hawthorn Ridge Crater Association – A Minor Correction and Some Videos". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 04 Sep 2018

It’s time to start the new battle we’re going to cover, which will be the American-led Meuse-Argonne Offensive of 1918. We’re going to begin with an interview with Mr. Randy Gaulke, a fellow WW1 enthusiast, researcher, website master, and battlefield tour guide.   Mr. Gaulke runs the website www.meuse-argonne.com, which contains a wealth of information … Continue reading "Episode 47: Meuse Argonne – An Interview with Randy Gaulke of Meuse-Argonne.com". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 02 Sep 2018

One of the points of interest during our day in St. Mihiel was the German Military Cemetery. Located in Gobessart Woods north of Apremont-la-Forét, this resting place for 6,046 German soldiers is located deep in the woods off a dirt road at the edge of a semi-industrial area. After the Great War, French authorities allowed … Continue reading "St. Mihiel German Military Cemetery". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 01 Sep 2018

During my recent trip to France, my crew and I had the most wonderful experience when we visited Mr. Andy Robertshaw and Mr. Colin Winn and their archeological dig team out at the Hawthorn Crater on the Somme. How we met the people of the Hawthorn Crater Association will be told in the interview that … Continue reading "Episode SA7: An Interview with the Hawthorn Ridge Crater Association". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 25 Aug 2018

A German Blockhaus that served as a field hospital in the St. Mihiel sector. Inscription left by a recent traveler.Walking in the woods near St. Mihiel.Christophe took us into the woods to explore well-preserved German positions in the former support and reserve lines of the St. Mihiel Salient.Gunner’s position. During the war there would have … Continue reading "St. Mihiel – Blockhaus Field Hospital and MG Post". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 24 Aug 2018

On the 10th of August, we had a truly remarkable day: a full day of battlefield tours with our guide Christophe and his daughter. We started in the town itself, visiting the medieval cathedrals of Saint Michel and Saint Etienne and then walking through the streets of this old city. During our walk, Christophe stopped … Continue reading "St. Mihiel Salient Tour – City Sites". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 21 Aug 2018

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  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 21 Aug 2018

The ground over which the US Marines of the 4th Marine Brigade, 2nd Division attacked in June 1918: BW Wheat Fields. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 21 Aug 2018

Just got back from 10 days in France, and I’ve decided to actually start using this website for more posts. Right after we landed in Paris and got our car, we headed right out for Belleau Wood. A little over an hour northeast of the City of Light, this was the first battle area we … Continue reading "German Cemetery at Belleau, France". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 13 Jul 2018

On June 6, 1918, men of the 5th and 6th United States Marine Regiments assaulted the German positions in Belleau Wood. So began a three-week battle for a one-mile square patch of wood that would enter US Marine Corps and American WW1 legend.   The BFWWP is now on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/BattlesoftheFirstWorldWarPodcast.   Any questions, comments … Continue reading "Episode 46: Belleau Wood – Warriors Into the Woods". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 30 Jun 2018

The third major German attack on the Western Front in late May 1918 led to the release of the American 2nd Infantry Division to Allied Command to stem the enemy tide. The 5th and 6th Marine Regiments, part of that US Army division, set up positions just south of a patch of forest known as … Continue reading "Episode 45: Belleau Wood – Among the Distant Trees". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 27 Jun 2018

The Battle of Verdun came to an end on December 18, 1916.But the Verdun salient remained a violent sector of the Western Front until the very last days of World War One.   In this final episode of the Battle of Verdun the after-effects of the 1916 onslaught in the Meuse are covered, from military … Continue reading "Episode 44: Verdun – Je Fait Verdun". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 26 Jun 2018

The long-awaited French counterattack at Verdun comes. Generals Petain, Nivelle and Mangin deliver a powerful strike on the Right Bank, against which the degraded German 5th Army is unable to hold.   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 43: Verdun – October Knockout". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 18 Jun 2018

The Mill on the Meuse grinds on at Verdun through the summer of 1916. The Germans go on the defensive and GEN Mangin hammers away at them.   The Battle of Verdun begins to make political casualties as well. As summer turns to fall the French begin to prepare for their long-awaited counter-offensive.   The … Continue reading "Episode 42: Verdun – Wastage". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 13 Jun 2018

July 1916 begins and the Battle of the Somme erupts to relieve pressure at Verdun. The Germans begin to divert all available resources for the new battle.   The German 5th Army at Verdun makes one more attempt to break through on the Right Bank of the River Meuse. The line Fleury-Fort Souville-Fort Tavannes is … Continue reading "Episode 41: Verdun – Little Willie’s Last Thrust". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 04 Jun 2018

The story of the Trench of Bayonets.   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 on Twitter! Follow us at @WW1podcast. Not into social media? Email me directly … Continue reading "Episode 40: Verdun – The Trench of Bayonets". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 28 May 2018

With terrible losses and plummeting morale, the French 2nd Army strains to hold the Right Bank after the fall of Fort Vaux. The German 5th Army continues its attacks, focusing on the Ouvrage de Thaiumont – Fleury – Fort Souville ridge line just three miles northeast of Verdun.   In the blazing heat of June, … Continue reading "Episode 39: Verdun – Fury in the Desert". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 21 May 2018

With a new attack on the Right Bank at Verdun, the Germans surround and lay siege to Fort Vaux. But this fort, commanded by the tenacious Major Raynal, will not be surrendered as easily as Fort Douaumont. Raynal and the other poilus trapped inside the fort will put up an epic defense that will last … Continue reading "Episode 38: Verdun – Vaux". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 13 May 2018

While the Battle of Verdun raged on the ground, it raged in the sky as well. Control of the airspace over the battlefield shifted hands several times during the course of the fighting.   All of the famous pilots met and fought at Verdun: the great Guynemer, Navarre, Nungesser, the Lafayette Escadrille on the French … Continue reading "Episode 37: Verdun – Dogfights Over Death Ground". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 06 May 2018

Hi Folks, Here are the links to Ross Barnwell’s 8000ft Media and Andy Robertshaw’s Battlefield Partnerships: http://8000ftmedia.com/ http://battlefieldpartnerships.com/ Check them out! 8000ft Media has some great short videos to watch, and Battlefield Partnerships hosts WW1 battlefield tours as well as some research services.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 06 May 2018

What an opportunity! Last week Mr. Ross Barnwell and Mr. Andy Robertshaw came on to the BFWWP to speak about their short film project, Beaumont-Hamel, and WW1 topics in general. What a conversation! Sadly the last three minutes were lost, which has put your host in a funk. Sigh.   Ross Barnwell is one of … Continue reading "Episode SA6: An Interview with 8000ft Media". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 29 Apr 2018

With the capture of Hill 304 and le Mort Homme on the Left Bank, the Battle of Verdun shifts back to the Right Bank with a disastrous French attempt to retake Fort Douaumont and ensuing German attacks on the lines there. GEN Petain is promoted in order to have a more ideologically favorable General Robert … Continue reading "Episode 36: Verdun – Back to the Right Bank". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 15 Apr 2018

Seicheprey is a little hamlet in the Woëvre, and in April of 1918 it was the scene of the first clash between the newly-arrived American Doughboys and the battle-hardened German soldier.   The Germans set out to teach the Americans a lesson: that they shouldn’t hope to tangle with the German soldier. In return the … Continue reading "Episode SA5: Seicheprey – Cherry Blossoms in Spring". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 15 Apr 2018

The Battle of Verdun widens as the Germans now launch attacks on the Left Bank of the River Meuse.   The battles for le Mort Homme and Hill 304 rage as the French and Germans fight bitterly for every inch of ground.   The BFWWP is now on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/BattlesoftheFirstWorldWarPodcast.   Any questions, comments or … Continue reading "Episode 35: Verdun – Firepower Kills". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 08 Apr 2018

In April of 1917 the United States of America formally entered the Great War on the Allied side.    As American Doughboys arrived in France, they would need training and mentoring to prepare for warfare on a scale hitherto unseen. American leadership was adamant however that they remain their own separate army with their own … Continue reading "Episode SA4: Seicheprey – Doughboys in the Woëvre". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 01 Apr 2018

The Battle of Verdun grinds forward as the Germans press their attack on broken French lines following the capture of Fort Douaumont. French Army leadership determines that the lines at Verdun will be held whatever the cost.     General Philippe Petain comes in as commander of French forces and resistance stiffens. The battlefield spreads … Continue reading "Episode 34: Verdun – Metastasis". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 25 Mar 2018

The Battle of Verdun of World War One opens in earnest. The German 5th Army pressed its offensive on the French Right Bank of the Verdun Salient following the opening barrage unleashed on  February 21st. Attacking steadily and overrunning French battle lines in the face of desperate but confused resistance, the Germans pushed the French … Continue reading "Episode 33: Verdun – Durchbruch und Douaumont". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 11 Mar 2018

In this episode we’ll cover the first two days of the battle, from the barrage on the 21st through the defense of the Boise des Caures by LTC Emile Driant and his 56th and 59th Chasseurs a Pied.   On February 21st, 1916, nine days past schedule, the Germans opened their attack on Verdun on … Continue reading "Episode 32: Verdun – Judgment on the Meuse". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 01 Mar 2018

The Battle of Verdun has been likened to a “microcosm of the entire First World War in itself:” in 1916 over 10 months on an approximately 125-square mile battlefield the French and German armies poured in some 40,000,000 artillery shells in order for the Germans to push the frontline in 6 miles and for the … Continue reading "Episode 31: Verdun – The Background and the Plan". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 20 Feb 2018

With the Battle of the Somme now complete, the Battle of Verdun Podcast will be shut down and all Verdun episodes will transfer over to the BFWWP. More admin details inside.   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 SA3: Battle of Verdun Episodes Transfer Notice". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 12 Feb 2018

What was the Battle of the Somme about? Was it worth it? In this final episode on the Somme, we’ll take a look at what was lost and what was gained in the mammoth clash of arms in Picardy in 1916.   We’ll also talk about future plans: mainly the next battle to be covered. … Continue reading "Episode 30: Somme – The Aftermath". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 05 Feb 2018

November 1916 saw the inevitable downshift and closing of operations by the Allies on the Somme. Local struggles continued, and the British still launched large attacks at Butte de Warlencourt and along the River Ancre. Only the onset of winter weather finally brought the titanic clash of arms to an end.   The BFWWP is … Continue reading "Episode 29: Somme – Adieu la Somme". . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 25 Jan 2018

October on the Somme saw four Allied field armies attacking the Germans in a sea of mud. Despite the efforts the battles that took place would be local ones with little territorial gain.   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 28: Somme – October Slog". . .

  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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