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!
Hey, Indy and crew! During the Great War, Germany threatened to execute American soldiers using trench shotguns and also threatened British engineers whose bayonets hd a saw on spine of the bayonet. How could they justify using chemical weapons that caused death and horrific damage to eyes and lungs but object to shotguns and saw-back bayonets?Answered 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Hi Indy and the crew, my question is: My friend's great grandfather served as a pilot in WW1 and he carried around a German gun, was this just so he could pass as a German pilot if he crashed or more a war souvenir for after it ended, my friend and i were curious and couldn't figure out why he would carry a enemy gun into battle. Great show keep up the good workAnswered 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Hey Indy and team. I have a question, perhaps you can talk about it on Out Of The Trenches? You've touched on Pals before; Battalions made up of men from the same village, town or industry. The mention of industry reminded me of a something I heard about Pals and artillery shells. I head a disproportionate number of artillery shell factory workers signed up for the Pals Battalions and when they took heavy losses that lead to a shortage of qualified shell manufacturers. I understood this to mean unqualified worker replaced them in the factories and produced shells of a lower quality. Is this one of the contributing factors in the large amount of non-exploded munitions along the western front today?Answered 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Could you show pictures of various types of barbwire used in the war? There had to be more types than just glidden wire. I never see closeups of barbwire in WW1 picture books. Considering that artillery shells were being designed to destroy barbwire, I would imagine there was a technological race with barbwire as well...Answered 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
While the utility of hand grenades and mortars seems obvious to us, what exactly was the thought process in taking ideas that had been considered largely or entirely obsolete for at least 100 years and reintroducing them, especially in a military culture that seens so rigid and resistant to much change?Answered 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Were there any attemps to invent smoke grenades for mortars, artillery or infantry use? It seems providing cover with smoke for troops going over the top would have been far more effective than any creeping barrage, and there would have been much less risk of friendly fire because their detonation would be much smaller.Answered 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Hi Indy and team! Really love the show and I have been a supporter for almost a year now. My question is about artillery fuzes during the Great War. Did they only use point-detonating fuzes say a timed fuze or something else to counteract the mud and still allow the shell to explode?Answered 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Did anyone use small mortars during the First World War? Since the Germans and the Japanese both used small mortars like the Granatwerfer 36 or the Japanese 'knee mortar' during the Second World War. I could imagine these types of mortars or grenade launchers to be very useful for a small raiding party.Answered 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Hey Indy and team, love the channel! In many reports and videos about the wat it's frequently mentioned that enemy machine guns and artillery pieces were caputerd, and I assume ammunition for them was also captured, but what happened after that had run out? Did the new owners then have ro manufacture more, or did the ammunition already in use also work with the captured weapons or were they simply melted down and the metal reused? Did this also happen with captured small arms?Answered 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
What were the ways landmines were used in World War One? Would either side have time to lay them in no man's land before the other side went over the top? Or if the Russians tried to stop the German advance with them? I hope this hasn't been asked before or covered on your show, Google doesn't give much information on the topic. Thanks for all you hard work guys and gals!Answered 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Hello Indy and the GW team, with the advent of these complex mazes of barbed wire, how effective were the flamethrowers to reach over the barbed wire and into the trenches? Or were they simply no man's land weapons? Perhaps a seperate episode on flamethrowers could be possible as well. Thanks! - MatthewAnswered 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.