Out of the Trenches is our community format where your questions are being answered. Praise, criticism or a simple question about World War 1 – Indy will take some time to give you answers. The more questions you ask, the more episodes we can produce. Don't hesitate!
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 2 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 5 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Hey Indy and the Team! I love how the quality of the show just keeps getting better and better. As I was reading about the war, I came across a story about the French building a 'fake' Paris that was meant to fool German bomber crews into attacking the wrong target. Were these types of tactics prevalent and were there any other notable occurrences of the warring nations making use of decoys or camouflage to confuse enemy air raids?Answered 5 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
I would like to ask you: Which were the rules of the naval warfare back in time? It was common to rescue enemy sailors after sinking the ship? Or were they just left alone in the sea? Thank you very much!Answered 5 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
I read that the Swiss army rapidly increased the size of its stanfing army from 38,00 in November 1916 to ver 100,000 in the winter of 1916-1917 due to concerns of a proposed French invasion called plan H. I can't find any more information on Plan H and I was wondering if you guys could go more into detail about it.Answered 5 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Hi Indy. I have a question for Out Of The Trenches. Who invented the 'Creeping Barrage' as it was used extensively used during the later stages of the war. Was it a normal infantryman or a high ranking officer who invented it. Please tell me and could you maybe do an episode on the barrages history. From AustraliaAnswered 5 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
A question for Out Of The Trenches: Maybe it's just my perception, but much seems to be said about German innovations in the Great War. The use of artillery, decentralized command structure, flame throwers and gas warfare come first to mind. But I seem to hear less about innovations coming from the Entente. Off the top of my head, depth charges and armored vehicles are the only examples I can think of. Can you comment on this seeming disparity in innovation?Answered 5 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Why did the Imperial German army continue distributing the Pickelhaube even after the adaption of steel helmets? It was an obvious target and served minimal protection to the head. Thank you guys for your amazing work and greetings from Austin Texas! Jared EnriquezAnswered 5 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Great show guys, here's my q: I've been reading a lot of memoirs from the war lately and I can't quite grasp what a listening post is? Do soldiers really listen for a sound of attack or something there? Seems quite stupid with all the artillery fire and everything.Answered 5 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
I'm not familiar if this is the proper place for questions, but here goes. We're all familiar with the German Schlieffen Plan, but did the French have any sort of equivalent contingency plan? What was the French plan for an invasion of Germany?Answered 5 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Dear Indy, there are mentions of sieges and fortifications, that some were effective while others were not. What did these fortifications look like? How did they vary between nations like Belgium, Austria-Hungry and the Ottoman Empire? To be more specific, the pre-war fortresses rather than the trenches which on the western front is desribed as one long siege.Answered 5 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
A question for Out Of The Trenches. I am currently a Soldier in the US Army and recommend your show to everyone I work with. In comparison to the gear that I carry I was wondering about the Soldiers gear in WW1. We have seen the introduction, or reintroduction of metals helmets into combat thanks to modern war (WW1). My question is, since they were so busy putting armor on vehicles and people's heads did they ever think about body armor? I would think even carrying a shield with you on a scharge would help your chances of survival. I look forward to you boradcast every Thursday, keep up the great work.Answered 5 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Assuming that ships and trains still used coal and cars weren't that numerous during WW1, why was oild so important? Were there other applications for oil? Am I underestimating the number of vehicles that used oil? Or is a mixture of both? Thanks you for the hard work, both Indy adn the staff of TGW.Answered 5 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Hello Indy! Love the show! You've inspired me to learn more about my great-grandfather, a German soldier who served on the Eastern Front and later became a POW. Here's my question: During the war, was there any thought given to 'dishonorable' actions like assassination or false-flag operations? Keep up the good work!Answered 5 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.