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Hi Indy and crew. With the USA only having recently entered the war, and starting to massively expand it's army personnel, what measures were taken to ensure that the frontline officer cadre (captains, lieutentants etc.) where suitably experienced before hitting the front lines, i.e. were people sent to French and British units as observers or on secondment, before hundreds of thousands more men took a deep dive into modern war. P.s. keep up the great work.Answered 2 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Hello Indy and the whole Great War team. We often hear about prisoner numbers in the thousands or tens of thousands. How did the forces secure those large numbers of prisoners and transports them to POW camps without weakening their front-line forces? How many prisoners would there typically be per soldier escorting them?Answered 2 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Were there any sort of noteworthy superstitions among troops in the war? For instance did any notable number of troops believe things like particular colours were unlucky or that wearing certain items or doing certain things before battle prevented them from being hit?Answered 2 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Indy if you said anything in your voice it would make it sound historical and epic. Can you say 'the great war of 1912 struck hermannwurfil kingdom of cee so badly it brought the puke king down and put him in a sandwich cult.'Answered 6 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
You've often mentioned that at the beginning of the war most of the warring nations believed that the war would be quick and easy based off of the results of the Franco-Prussian War, and they believed that the long bloody American Civil War was too alien to be considered relevant even though, in the end, the Great War ended up resembling in many wyas the American Civil War. Why was the Franco-Prussian War such a quick war in comparison to the American Civil War?Answered 6 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
What was the Jewish involvement during the war? Since the Jews were spread all over Europe, was there conflict between different Jewish community's based on there country? Could you shed some light on the Jewish struggle against the Ottoman Empire during the war in modern day Israel? Thanks, keep on the good work.Answered 8 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Hey Indy! During the First World War how did naval tactics evolve? Did they evolve as massively as tactics on the ground or due to the rather static nature of naval warfare did new tactics for naval warfare just not evolve to the same extent and did Dreadnaughts have a profound effect on how naval forces engaged each other, like how the machine gun to the infantry? Love your show, you inspire me to research global history on my own so thank you for giving me the inspiration to follow my dreams!Answered 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Since Germany made significant gains at the start of the war and later captured more Russian territory wouldn't it have made sense for them to just make peace and use occupied France and Belgium as a bargaining chip? I would think that at least by 1915 people would have realised that a breakthrough was not going to happen on the Western Front, Germany could have come out of the war stronger than before, or at least could have cut their losses. Why was there no peace earlier?Answered 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Hi Indy and TGW team, thanks for all our ongoing work, love the show. What were conditions for the highest ranked officers which were taken prisoner? Thinking of Major-General Charles Townshend after the surrender at Kut Al-amara. Thanks againAnswered 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Howdy from a fellow Houstonian Indy. I actually live right next to St. Johns, anyway, you may have already said something about this but why were the Ottomans having such difficult time holding back the British in Mesopotamia and Sinai and the Russians in the Caucasus, now that Gallipoli had ended and most of the Turkish manpower could be diverted on these fronts. Was it just poor leadership and tactics or something else? Can't tell you how much I love the show, y'all are great!Answered 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
My great grandfather fought in the British Royal Marines in the WW2 and thus, I wish to join the Royal Marines also. My question is what was the role of the Royal Marines in WW1 in did any other nations have Marines and if so, how were they used and where were they deployed? Regards Lewis PruntyAnswered 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.