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The United States of America – summary of the country’s history

The United States of America – summary of the country’s history

We begin in 1750 in North America. It’s been 150 years since settlers from Western Europe, mostly fleeing poverty, famine, or religious and political persecution, first arrived on the continent. Their arrival came at the expense of millions of native… Continue Reading

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The United States Declares War on Germany I THE GREAT WAR Week 141

The United States Declares War on Germany I THE GREAT WAR Week 141

It seems as if it’s been coming for a while, but now it’s finally here. This week 100 years ago, the United States joins the war. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week the Toplica Rebellion against… Continue Reading

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The USA Before Joining World War 1 I THE GREAT WAR – Special

The USA Before Joining World War 1 I THE GREAT WAR – Special

The United States of America, at this point in the war 100 years ago today, was neutral, but we’ve had a bunch of you write in about what was going on in the US at the time, and how the… Continue Reading

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Falkenhayn Crosses The Carpathians – The Battle of Sibiu I THE GREAT WAR Week 114

Falkenhayn Crosses The Carpathians – The Battle of Sibiu I THE GREAT WAR Week 114

There have been generals in the past who have famously crossed high mountains with their troops to meet the enemy. Hannibal crossed the Alps, Bolivar crossed the Andes, and this week, there was another name to add to that list.… Continue Reading

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Deadly Routine On The Italian Front – The 8th Battle Of The Isonzo I THE GREAT WAR – Week 116

Deadly Routine On The Italian Front – The 8th Battle Of The Isonzo I THE GREAT WAR – Week 116

It’s almost monotonous, but here goes: after the 7th Battle of the Isonzo River that front had settled into a war of attrition, kind of like Verdun, so how do you break that? Well, if you’re Italian army Chief of… Continue Reading

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Knocking Out The Hejaz Railway I THE GREAT WAR Week 195

Knocking Out The Hejaz Railway I THE GREAT WAR Week 195

The Hejaz Railway was a vital supply and communications line for the Ottoman Empire, connecting Damascus and Medina, and this week, Lawrence of Arabia and the forces of the Arab Revolt take a big chunk of it. I’m Indy Neidell;… Continue Reading

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Warsaw Falls – The Fokker Scourge Begins I THE GREAT WAR Week 54

Warsaw Falls – The Fokker Scourge Begins I THE GREAT WAR Week 54

Russia had been steadily losing territory for over three months now, and six weeks ago even lost Lemberg, the capital of Galicia, but this week it gets even worse, for this week the Germans take Warsaw. I’m Indy Neidell; this… Continue Reading

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Prelude to Verdun And The Road To the Somme I THE GREAT WAR – Week 76

Prelude to Verdun And The Road To the Somme  I THE GREAT WAR – Week 76

For a month a British army has been under siege on the Tigris River at Kut Al-Amara awaiting relief, and this week that relief expedition encounters the enemy. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. 1915 had ended with… Continue Reading