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! During the First World War how did naval tactics evolve? Did they evolve as massively as tactics on the ground or due to the rather static nature of naval warfare did new tactics for naval warfare just not evolve to the same extent and did Dreadnaughts have a profound effect on how naval forces engaged each other, like how the machine gun to the infantry? Love your show, you inspire me to research global history on my own so thank you for giving me the inspiration to follow my dreams!Answered 1 week ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
You've often mentioned that at the beginning of the war most of the warring nations believed that the war would be quick and easy based off of the results of the Franco-Prussian War, and they believed that the long bloody American Civil War was too alien to be considered relevant even though, in the end, the Great War ended up resembling in many wyas the American Civil War. Why was the Franco-Prussian War such a quick war in comparison to the American Civil War?Answered 1 week ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Since Germany made significant gains at the start of the war and later captured more Russian territory wouldn't it have made sense for them to just make peace and use occupied France and Belgium as a bargaining chip? I would think that at least by 1915 people would have realised that a breakthrough was not going to happen on the Western Front, Germany could have come out of the war stronger than before, or at least could have cut their losses. Why was there no peace earlier?Answered 1 week 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 1 week ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
Howdy from a fellow Houstonian Indy. I actually live right next to St. Johns, anyway, you may have already said something about this but why were the Ottomans having such difficult time holding back the British in Mesopotamia and Sinai and the Russians in the Caucasus, now that Gallipoli had ended and most of the Turkish manpower could be diverted on these fronts. Was it just poor leadership and tactics or something else? Can't tell you how much I love the show, y'all are great!Answered 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week ago. Question posted by Anonymous.
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 1 week 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 1 week ago. Question posted by Anonymous.