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!
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.
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 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.
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 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Thanks for all the great work! My question is: With the U.S. entering the war, were there an movements to create internent camps or exclusion areas in the U.S. for German-Americans as there were for Japanese-Americans during WW2?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.
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.
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.
Hi Indy and gang! Have you or Markus listened to Hardcore History's 6-episode series about WW1? What do you think of Dan's take on the war and what brought it about, and how he presents the events during the war? If you haven't heard about it, Hardcore History is a podcast by a guy called Dan Carlin that I highly recommend in general. It's got its setbacks as, does everything, but it's one of the best history podcasts I know of. This is for the January/February shootings, so you've got time to catch up.Answered 10 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 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Sometime between 1915 and 1916 my great grandfather was presented with a white feather, denoting him as a coward which made him feel it necessary to join the British army to prove otherwise. Was this white feather smear campaign supported by the goverment? Did other countries in the great war have a White Feather campaign? Did attitudes towards the people (mostly women from what I understand) change or become hostile towards the end of the war?Answered 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
I heard there was a German monoplane design during the First World War. This was the Junkers J1 and Junkers D1 models and I have read that they were being experimented on during the war. My question is why didn't Germany continue the planes' development?Answered 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
What role did Cyprus and Crete have during the war? Since Cyprus was controlled by the British, couldn't the allies use the island to attack Anatolia and the eastern coast of the Mediterranean? And wasn't it an objective for the Ottomans?Answered 10 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.