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 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 7 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Hi Indy and crew, I have a question for Out Of The Trenches. It's about the Turkish army. Why there were so many Germans in the high command? Was it because of lack of commanders for the turks? As those generals (von Sanders, von der Goltz, Kressenstein, etc.) could have been useful in both the western and eastern front.Answered 7 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 7 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Do you think, after so many years, WW1 will be overshadowed and become less and less relevant when teaching world history or do you think it will always be a mandatory thing to learn as it shattered our understanding of the old world? Keep up all the amazing work you guys!Answered 7 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 7 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Hi Indy and Team. While you talk about very large fronts and battles that stretch over many kilometers, you very often refer to events at Delville Wood. Could you explain why this relatively tiny wood was so heavily contested?Answered 7 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Hi again, I have a question about the Olympics of 1916. They were to be held in Berlin right? Did the Germans cancel them or the IOC? What was the story behind those games and how the wrld reacted to that?Answered 7 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Hey Indy and crew, I have a small question for the Out Of The Trenches: What was the immediate reaction of the German troops when they saw the tanks coming their way towards them? Were they expecting it? Or perhaps they had a way to counter the tanks in the mean time? Cheers love the show!Answered 7 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 7 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Having come across a few articles about Allied in German possession, I often wonder if the German Empire trained 'units' to disable Allied tanks rather than destroy, or did the German Army field 'tanks-hunter' units or even squads late in the war?Answered 7 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
In one of the previous episodes, you mentioned that the Belgian King and Commander did not want to join the (major) attacks in the Somme and others. How did the British command react, knowing that the violation of their neutrality was one of the big reasons Britain joined of the war? Did the Belgian army perform some attacks on their own or was their part of the line pretty quiet? Thanks a lot!Answered 7 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 7 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 7 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.