• World War One – Episode 1. Documentary Film. Historical Reenactment. StarMedia. English Subtitles
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    World War One – Episode 1. Documentary Film. Historical Reenactment. StarMedia. English Subtitles

    Autumn of 1914. A troop train was on its way from Odessa Overcrowded coaches were filled with soldiers and bursting from loud chatter, letting a young 15 year old boy go completely unnoticed as he hid underneath the bunks. With nothing but a bundle of dried bread and a change of clothes, the boy was in pursuit of his dream to become a real hero, whatever it took. An new kind of war had come to Russia Unlike any war humankind had seen before. A war of machines and airplanes… The first war of armored battleships and gigantic zeppelins… The first war of tanks and poison gas… This young boy…

  • The Design of Przemyśl Fortress – Walking Through The Old Forts I THE GREAT WAR Special
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    The Design of Przemyśl Fortress – Walking Through The Old Forts I THE GREAT WAR Special

    I am Indy Neidell, welcome to a special episode about Przemyśl Fortress part of which you can actually see behind me. I have a special guest here who is going to take us through a couple of the forts. Can you tell us who you are and what you do just in general? My name is Tomasz Idzikowski and for, I think, 25 years I tried to search in archives, measure the forts, try to reconstruct the strategy and I write books about the construction of the forts of Przemysl. Because Przemysl is my main topic and then Austro-Hungarian fortifications in general. Okay, can you tell us how the forts…

  • The British Death March in Mesopotamia I THE GREAT WAR Week 94
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    The British Death March in Mesopotamia I THE GREAT WAR Week 94

    You fought and you lost. You’re a prisoner, but that’s maybe better than active fighting, right? Well, you have to get to the prison camp first, and this week a death march begins. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week the big news was the surrender of the British and Indian armies that had been under siege at Kut for five months. There was new action on the Italian front and poison gas attacks in the west. The Eastern Front had been quiet, because of the spring floods, but I’ll mention it now, in a quote from “The Story of the Great War”. “Again in May the…

  • Prisoners of War During World War 1 I THE GREAT WAR Special
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    Prisoners of War During World War 1 I THE GREAT WAR Special

    So far I’ve talked a lot about the fighting, the killing, and the dying during the war. Mainly because that’s what most people and even most historians primarily focus on when they talk about the war, but by 1916 soldiers by the millions had been taken as prisoners of war, and that’s what I’m going to talk about today. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to a Great War special episode about prisoners of war during World War One. The experiences of the POWs in the First World War were, for a long time in post war society, a social taboo, and even today they struggle for their place in war commemorations.…