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 - a huge fan of the show. Love your work and hope to enjoy the rest of your episodes until 2018. My question is on the other sister ship of the Titanic - the RMS Olympic. What was its role in WW1 if it had one at all - was it a troop transport ship or was it used as a hospital boat (similar to the Britannic)?Answered 5 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 5 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Hi Indy! My great grandfather joined the Canadian corp at the age of 16 and served from 1916 till the end of the war. What was the official stance on underage troops for all combatants. Were the central powers forced to recruit younger and younger people as the war progressed. Amazing enough my great grandfather also fought in WW2 and his diary told of him capturing 'soldiers as young as 14' by the end of the war. was this true for the first. Keep up the amazing work!!Answered 5 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Hi Indy, great show, in fact I have increased my contribution to $15.00. My question is why didn't the Austro-Hungarians build their fortresses closer to the frontier, after all they could have built fortresses near Lemberg, which is much closer to the frontier. This would make more senseAnswered 5 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Hello Indy and the whole Great War team. We often hear about prisoner numbers in the thousands or tens of thousands. How did the forces secure those large numbers of prisoners and transports them to POW camps without weakening their front-line forces? How many prisoners would there typically be per soldier escorting them?Answered 5 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 5 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Hello from Atlanta Indy and crew, I know that the Germans have been known to caputer allied tanks and use them for their own purposes. My question is, what upgrades did they commonly make to the tanks so that they'd be more effective for the Germans?Answered 5 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
I recently learned that Germany deployed a submarine for a trade mission to USA in 1916. It made it through the British blockade to Baltimore and back to Germany with lots of much needed resources for the war effort. Why wouldn't the Germans have sent more trade-subs to other nations?Answered 5 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Love the show and glad to be finally supporting it. I found out a few years ago that my great-grandfather was conscripted into the Italian army in 1918 at the ripe old age of 14, although I'm not quite sure how much action he saw. My question is, how prevelent was the use of what today micht be considered child soldiers in the armies, or at least teen-aged soldiers?Answered 5 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
I have a question for out of the trenches. What happens to the soldiers that are found these days? Who looks after them once found? Love the show, and I tell everyone I know about it. If Mr. Indy reads this... can he say 'Dear Will Ortiz, you are wrong' Ryan.Answered 5 months ago. Question posted by Anonymous.