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!
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.
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.
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.
I remember reading somewhere that most soldiers would not actually try to kill anyone at the front. Is it true that most were passive bystanders, and that life at the front was potrayed differently through media since WW1. I understand that several million people died, but most of that would be by shelling and many (although less) by machine gun fire. Is it true that deaths by individual soldiers by, for example rifle/ bayonet, were uncommon?Answered 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
I myself as Latvian know about Latvian units calles Strelnieki which were one of best Russian military units and who might be on of the reasons Bolsheviks won the Russian Civil War. Anyways my question is did lithuanians and Estonians had such units in WW1? Thank you for a good show and Flow you are awesome.Answered 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
In the US Revolutionary Wars and the Civil War, there were women who dressed up as boys in order to serve at the front. Some ended up fighting alongside men. Were there any examples of women disguising themselves a young men so they could fight? Also, we visited the American military cemeteries in France and saw there graves of female YMCA volunteers as well as nurses. Are there any figures for the number of women who were killed serving in some capacity in this conflict? Thanks again!Answered 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Hello Indy and crew. My great grandfather was drafted in the first US draft of WW1 and served as a corporal and then a sergeant in the 360th Infantry Regiment of the 90th Infantry Division in what his commanding officer (1st Lt Preston G. Northrup) called the 'Suicide Club', or the Trench Mortar Battery, Though he served in the St. Mihiel offensive, the Meuse-Argonne, and the occupation of Germany, he never spoke to anyone about the war, and I've been having trouble finding information about trench mortar batteries and what they did. In particular, a letter our family has from Lt. Northrup states my great grandfather was leading men over the top. What was the role of trench mortars as opposed to artillery? Would the men generally fire a volley and then go over the top with the oter soldiers?Answered 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Hello Indy and crew love the show, I have a question about equipment that canadian soldiers were issued, that they were issued shovels with holes in them and that the Canadian Ross rifle wasn't well like by troops, is that true if so why?Answered 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Hello Indy and team, first of all thank you so much for an incredible channel! I am currently reading 'Poilu' the journal of Louis Barthas. By the way Corporal Barthas tells is it seems that soldiers own officers tricked them into going over the top with promises that 'it'll be easy'. Hoping you can shed some light on this topic of officers their own men into marching to their deaths.Answered 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Howdy Indy - for OOTT - with Poilu and good soldiers Svejk in mind, compare and contrast front line officers and common soldier relationships in the various armies. Thanks 1SG Milo, US Army. God save Texas.Answered 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Hi Indie and the gang, my great grandpa was a snniper in world war one he was 17 (the same age as me incidentally, which is kinda scary) and from County Wexford Ireland, I just wanted to ask this: There is a story that has been passed down to me from my mum and her mum who is the Irish part of my family that one day when my great grandpa was out on a mission he for whatever reason had to take cover so he found shelter in a ruin of a barn and as he entered he came across a German soldier of a similar age and instead of fighting they turned and ran, I was curious if this was a common thing to happen and if it had any criminal offence or if it was just two boys not wanting to harm one antoher. Love the shows, been watching since day one and haven't missed an episode yes. All the best, Oliver.Answered 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Hello there Indy and the crew! I was there since '1914' and i became addicted since. Here's a question for 'Out of the Trenches': How did various armies deal with soldiers who had to wear glasses and how was their life in the trenches?Answered 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
I have heard numerous stories of Generals from both sides in the American Civil War having emotional breakdowns upon seeing their entire units obliterated for example Union General Burnsides at Fredricksburg. Given how many men they lost, it is odd to me that I haven't heard any similiar stories from the First World War. Were generals of the great war just too far away from the front and their troops for it to have that affect on them, or do you know of some examples?Answered 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
I have a question for Out Of The Trenches, you talk about how fighter pilots were the rock stars in the air inspiring the troops on the ground but how let's say a German Gotha bomber crew was viewed by the troops and the general staff, since my grandpa flew bombers in the Second World War I would like to know keep up the good work can't wait to hear back.Answered 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Hi Indy. Can you give us more information about the tension between Flemish and Walloon soldiers in the Belgian army. I've read a lot of stories about how you could only become an officer if you spoke French and about how many Flemish soldiers died because they couldn't understand the French orders. Keep up the good work!Answered 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.