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The Tumbling Giant – Russia’s Army On The Verge Of Collapse I THE GREAT WAR Week 51


The German offensive of the past ten weeks
had erased all of the Russian gains of the war, re-invigorated the Austro-Hungarian army,
and put the Russians into full retreat week after week. What more could go wrong for Russia?
Well, how about this- this week Germany launches a new offensive. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War Last week German Southwest Africa unconditionally
surrendered the entire colony to South African forces, the Russians had finally halted General
Mackensen’s colossal force for a while and had also dealt the Austro-Hungarian Imperial
forces a nasty defeat, the British had successfully defended Lahej at the mouth of the Red Sea,
while on the Black Sea Coast in Trabzon, the Armenian genocide continued. I’m going to start off with some numbers
today, since this is going to be kind of a technical episode. The Germans announced that for the month of
June- last month- in the Eastern Theater from the Baltic to the Pilica, they’d taken 25,595
Russian prisoners, and in the Southeastern Theater from the Pilica to Bukovina, 140,650.
The Austro-Hungarian general staff reported taking 194,000 prisoners during that same
period, so that’s a total of 360,245 Russian prisoners taken… in one month. Of those
men, 1,051 were officers. They also took 180 big guns and 684 machine guns. Russia was
in big trouble. In fact, on the 16th in Petrograd, the new Russian Minister of War Alexei Polivanov
declared at a meeting of the council of ministers, “I consider it my duty to declare to the
council that the country is in danger. Where our retreat will end, only God knows.” I want to look at the disposition of the Russian
troops now, since we haven’t really done that and it might get confusing at times.
They looked like this. The Russian 5th Army under General Plehve
held the line from Riga to Kovno. The 10th Army under General Radkevich from Kovno to
Osovets, and the 12th Army led by General Churin and including Siberian Corps, from
Osovets to the Orzhits River. From there, General Litvinov held the line
down to the Lower Vistula River, and from there, the 2nd Army under General Smirnov
in Warsaw, held it to Guru Kalvariya. General Evert, stationed at Ivangorod, held the front
with the 4th army from northwest of the city to about 16km south of Lublin. The 3rd army
under General Lesh held it from there to south of Chelm. The 13th army under General Gorbatovskiy
from there to Vladimir-Volynsk. General Brusilov and his 8th Army held the
line from northeast of Sokal to west of Solotschiv. The 11th army under General Shcherbachev from
there to Nyzhniv, and finally, the Russian 9th army under General Lechitskiy from there
to Khotin. That is one hell of a front line, and it was
going to get messy. This week on July 14th, a great German offensive designed to go all
the way from the Baltic to Bukovina begins. The Germans move toward Riga- one group toward
Kovno and another toward Shavil. Now, one thing to remember here is that the
Austro-German troops further south who had been fighting the Gorlice-Tarnow offensive
since May 1st, and taking huge amounts of territory from the Russians, had been halted
last week. They took some time to recuperate and were back in action this week. In the south The Austrians cross the Dniester
River in Bukovina. Further north, the Russians fell back in Poland toward the Narev River
as on July 15th, the Germans announced the occupation of the city of Przasnysz. Over
20,000 more Russian prisoners were taken in a few days. As for General Mackensen, the
man behind Gorlice-Tarnow, his phalanx was also moving on, taking Krasnostav at the end
of the week with 6,370 prisoners. It’s amazing the amount of ground the Central
powers had taken or re-taken this summer, but if we look further south, to Gallipoli,
we see one offensive still going nowhere. There had been plenty of action in June and
July at Cape Helles and this week, British General Aylmer Hunter-Weston and his French
counterpart Henri Gouraud were going to try again. This time the British would attack
the Achi Baba Nullah sector supported by both British and French artillery; meanwhile combined
French and British troops were going to try to take the Turkish trenches that remained
on the Western bank of Kereves Dere. One attack to begin at 7:30 AM; the other just before
5 PM. So the first attack began after a preliminary artillery barrage and as the French and British
secured the first two lines of Turkish trenches, confusion began to descend. It was because
what looked like the third trench line- the final objective- turned out to be only about
two feet deep and undiggable so they eventually had to retire since there was hardly any cover.
The second attack still went off as planned and it followed the exact same pattern: artillery
barrage, bloody attack against resistance, confusion when the third trench again turned
out not to be a third trench, and then eventually a retreat and consolidation at the second
trench line. The next day saw more attacks and violent
counter attacks and the Turks would take a total of nearly 10,000 casualties, far more
than the Allies, but they could easily bring up reserves, so you have to realize that at
this rate of taking territory, it would take the Allies years to actually take Achi Baba
or Kilid Bahr, two major goals. Here’s Major General Granville Egerton’s assessment of
the events of July 12th and 13th: “the fighting of this battle was premature and at the actual
moment worse than unnecessary- I submit that it was cruel and wasteful. The troops… were
tired and worn out… it was well known to the higher command that large reinforcements
were arriving from England… was it not therefore obvious that the exhausted garrison at Helles
should be given a fortnight’s respite?… if the conception of the battle was wrong
the tactics of the action were worse. The division of the attack… was positively wicked.” It was, quite simply, a waste of lives. Even
General Hunter-Weston himself wouldn’t be there for much longer, actually. He began
to suffer the effects of heat stroke and was evacuated home soon after. He may have had
serious flaws as a general but really the overall responsibility for the doomed and
pointless attacks at Helles in June and July lay with the man in overall command, General
Sir Ian Hamilton. Here’s a little side note that tells you what the men thought of the
attacks: twice during July, British forces refused to advance at Gallipoli. But this week the British had indeed taken
two trench lines, but at a cost of thousands of men. That couldn’t realistically continue;
it was a stalemate. And not the only one, as the endless stalemate of the Western Front
continued. Up in Belgium, the Germans attacked on the
Yser canal, taking heavy losses and failing again to capture the left bank. At the other
end of the front, Kaiser Wilhelm’s son Crown Prince Wilhelm’s forces were again stopped
in the Argonne, but a new attack captures the French line at Vienne-le-chateau and the
heights of La Fille Morte. And here are a few notes to round out the
week: Venice was bombed for a fourth time by Austrian
airplanes on the 11th; on the 14th Montenegrins hold off an Austrian attack at Grahovo, and
on the 11th, the Turkish interior ministry instructs that depopulated Armenian villages
be settled with Muslim immigrants. Also this week the German government took control of
the German coal industry, and in Britain the national registration bill passed the House
of Lords. And that was the week. The Germans beginning
a new offensive in the north, while they and their allies mercilessly continue an old one
in the south, The British, French, and Turks losing thousand of men basically for nothing
at Gallipoli, the Belgians holding off the Germans, but the French not faring quite so
well. But however bad things were at Gallipoli,
they were nothing compared to what was happening to the Russians. I mean, not just losing close
to 400,000 troops as prisoners in a month- and that’s not the dead or wounded- Russian
casualties had topped a million in early 1915. Just the officer losses by the end of 1914
were greater than the number of total officers at the beginning of the war. One source says
50 percent more. Who was going to replace them? Who was going to lead or inspire the
troops? Promotion from within the ranks was often counter-productive since over half the
troops were illiterate. Many at home who had the education got deferments. There were even
fewer Non-commissioned officers. The desperate need for replacement troops meant that loads
of new soldiers arrived after two or three weeks training without weapons, and all of
those prisoners being taken by the enemy meant vital equipment being taken by the enemy that
wasn’t replaced. Russia had millions of men and almost endless land, but would that
be enough? And how many millions of men must be lost before the Germans and Austrians could
be stopped? And with Germany launching a new ambitious offensive it would only get worse.
By this point in the war, we were now looking at death and destruction on a scale never
before imagined. But don’t get the wrong picture here – the
Russians were certainly not incapable of anything. Just in February the Austrians were afraid
the Russians were invading the homeland. Who knew that the Russians were better prepared
for mountain warafare in winter? Check out how that went right here in our episode from
Week 29, right here. Our Patreon supporter of the week is Matthew
Hartshorne! If you want to help our show to produce more awesome specials, support us
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Tony wyaad

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100 COMMENTS

  1. KeKeKackle Posted on July 17, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    The breakdown of Russian units and their positions was really awesome! Please do more in the future for all fronts! 😀

    Reply
  2. Nick Boyles Posted on July 17, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    I would like a video on the point of view and statues of the few neutral nations left, particularly U.S.A. and sweden.

    Reply
  3. FalloutF51 Posted on July 17, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Are you going to do a special on Woodrow Wilson?

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  4. Jeremy Wong Posted on July 17, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Awesome video!

    Reply
  5. Charles Parker Posted on July 18, 2015 at 4:32 am

    The new map animations are much appreciated.

    Reply
  6. TheOtherBradBird Posted on July 18, 2015 at 4:38 am

    I wonder how Baseball was affected by all this. Players must have been drafted once America entered the Entente.

    Reply
  7. Šarūnas Posted on July 18, 2015 at 10:19 am

    It's funny that I did not recognize my city's name just because it was in polish

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  8. Quinten Maessen Posted on July 18, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Wish there was something as good as this for the second world war aswell

    Reply
  9. Lochlan Finch Posted on July 18, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Hi Indy and Co.
    Loving the show and the work you are all doing, very informative and well researched. Keep up the good work!!
    Quick question: you mentioned a serious supply issue for the British and French artillery forces a few weeks ago, has the situation changed at all for the Allies? If not, how are they able to keep doing these large scale artillery bombardments before each assault, especially in Gallipoli where supplies were always stretched?
    Thanks all, keep up the great work 🙂

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  10. James Donaldson Posted on July 18, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Love the channel, keep it up! ☺

    Reply
  11. Funny Farmer Posted on July 18, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    I really like how you maintain this channel. More maps would help to understand all the many connections between events.

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  12. Rabih R Posted on July 19, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    General Henri Gouraud is still very well-known in Lebanon & Syria by the public as the "French High Commissioner in Syria and Lebanon" after the Great War. And not only because he lost his arm in battle. Lebanese medias regularly mention his name when they talk about history & politics. In 1920, Gouraud solemnly ordained a decree that outlived all of the others because Lebanese frontiers still abide by it today. He proclaimed the State of "Greater Lebanon" who will become the nowadays "Republic of Lebanon". So perhaps it's worth mentioning for the Levant viewers of "the Great War". Thank you Indy Neidell & your team.

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  13. lordofutub Posted on July 19, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    So what happened to Bulgaria in W1?

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  14. ErnestWelchman Posted on July 19, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Another great episode! With the large number prisoners mentioned in this episode, I was thinking about the living conditions for POWs during the war. Just a thought, but maybe you guys could do a special episode on what it was like to be a POW during WWI. The logistics of handling the prisoners must have been difficult to say the least.

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  15. Jackson DeCourcy Posted on July 20, 2015 at 2:22 am

    as a person just returning from the beach I am wondering what it was like at the coast at the very farthest extent of the line, were there trenches going all the way down to the actual beaches?

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  16. Dex Maddison Posted on July 20, 2015 at 3:26 am

    Finally caught up. One tough and delightful night with this. Love it.

    Reply
  17. SloveintzWend Posted on July 20, 2015 at 11:28 am

    I wonder where Conrad is? Nothing has been Hötzendorf'd for quite some time.

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  18. Luke Osburn Posted on July 21, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Took the trench. #sorrynotsorry

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  19. Jeffrey Jones Posted on July 21, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    I don't often hear about the specific industrial players (arms and raw material manufacturers) behind the great war (or any war, for that matter)… Can you detail more about Krupp Stahl's involvement in WWI supplying steel and finished cannon, etc to Germany?

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  20. Leandro 86 Posted on July 21, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Please keep using more maps and deployment lines. That really makes it easier to picture the situation. Also, keep up the good work on the soundtrack, I felt a good improvement on that!

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  21. Emils tanker c Posted on July 22, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Qeustion for out of the trenches what was Denmarks role in the war

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  22. George Stephens Posted on July 23, 2015 at 1:19 am

    Here's a question: I see a lot of soft hats on heads in the period footage. I understand the German helmets weren't helmets but leather. When did the sides learn that cloth doesn't stop bullets, or shrapnel, or much of anything?

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  23. Moutton Noir Posted on July 23, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    It has become one giant industrial meat grinder. A bit like two heavyweight contenders slugging out their exhausted punches to little or no effect.
    Indy we hear a great deal about life in the trenches but one aspect that always seems to be overlooked is how they became established in the first place. We are aware of the 1914  "race to the sea" and eventual stalemate with the Germans claiming the high ground but the narrative usually then jumps straight to the Christmas Truce. No one really explains in detail how the opposing armies, sometimes only yards apart, managed to construct  & establish their trenches. Were they constantly under fire? Did they work at night? Did they use a smoke screen or did they agree an unofficial truce? Just how did they do it? This has always puzzled me and I'm amazed that no one has ever really focussed on this important starting point to the long war of attrition and fixed trench defences.

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  24. Spenser Clark Posted on July 23, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Thank you for including the Armenian Genocide.

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  25. Carlos Millán Posted on July 27, 2015 at 1:08 am

    There's something I didn't catch in the last episodes: why Austro-Hungarian forces were attacking Montenegro? We're they also at war? And what about Albania been attacking by Serbia? What their looking for?

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  26. DreamMarko Posted on July 28, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    I don't think that I'm the only one, but is it at all possible to make a specials about battles themselves? Similar to what you did with the placement of Russian troops, but for the whole battle.

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  27. Brian Smith Posted on August 9, 2015 at 10:49 am

    The huge numbers of prisoners of war has me wondering about the logistics involved in maintaining such huge prison camps. Surely they were a major drain on resources – transport, guards, food stuffs, housing &c. Were there any large prisoner exchanges to help alleviate what must have been a growing problem?

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  28. childofnewlight Posted on August 17, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Wow! Thank you for going through and listing off the Russian armies involved. This is the first time I realized just how massive they were.

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  29. MrSegrist Posted on August 23, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Another great episode! Besides the staggering statistics, the most impactful information was blue line on the map which represented the shape of the Russian front and listed the armies. That graphic did a superb job of communicating the immense difficulty the Russians were facing. Keep up the good work!

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  30. greg merryman Posted on August 30, 2015 at 3:58 am

    How many men were the Russians fielding during this week? What was the average disposition (total troops) of each Russian army?

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  31. raider762 Posted on September 9, 2015 at 1:36 am

    Wow 11 armies on the Russian line.

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  32. Jay Bee Posted on September 14, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    The poor British. Reminds me of some of the Union Civil War blunders. Brave fighting but useless and hopeless from the start.

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  33. Kevin Hamann Posted on September 19, 2015 at 9:38 am

    What was the fate of Russian POW's would they have to work in factories or farms or be confined to camps?

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  34. _Wormhol3_ Posted on November 2, 2015 at 1:24 am

    If I am correct, the Renault FT doesn't make its debut for another three or four years right?

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  35. Desmond Ng Posted on November 3, 2015 at 9:45 am

    The Russians held German territory?

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  36. Robby House Posted on November 7, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Excellent series!

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  37. Tomartyr Posted on December 3, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    I love this series but for some reason I've been stuck on this episode for weeks. For some reason could never get through it having paid attention, don't know why.

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  38. skaindu Posted on December 5, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    general Hunter -Western…. got a bit hot hey?

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  39. Dritan Brati Posted on December 15, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    So there are two great retreats in the same war?

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  40. strategicgaming22 Posted on February 6, 2016 at 10:12 am

    The turks deny the Armenian genocide. I bet they will say the same about kurds.

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  41. Fribourg2012 Posted on March 1, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    cool stuff with sub titles Indy ty

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  42. FPQ Posted on March 3, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    What was this British national registration act about? What does it mean?

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  43. Dimetropteryx Posted on March 7, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Slowly making my way through the series.

    The military blunders and subsequent losses of lives mentioned in practically every episode make me want to yell at the screen and flip my desk. I'm surprised any officers were still alive, you'd think the troops would have shot them all by this point in time.

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  44. ZombieM0ses Posted on March 27, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Hey Great War Channel, where do you guys get the background music for these episodes?

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  45. gary robinson Posted on April 6, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    What were the POW camps like in different countries?

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  46. RandomAsshole Posted on May 1, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    man, the germans we're such badasses. they are fighting pretty much every major power in europe and holding of both the brits and french in the west while pushing back the giant russia in the east. at the same time their retarded allies keep losing so they have to go and save them and as soon as they join the fray their allies start to win.
    i mean god damn germany, you were badasses.

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  47. Over Man Posted on May 7, 2016 at 11:45 am

    What happened to the thousands of Russian POW's? Were they imprisoned in humane conditions or were they mistreated?

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  48. mbear1 Posted on May 8, 2016 at 4:39 am

    Fascinating. LOVE your maps and giving the general's name with his army group. Really great work. Im kind of obsessed with the eastern front, all things Russian and the fall of the Romanov dynasty.

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  49. warlordbartuc Posted on May 13, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Well, Turks was not dying for nothing actually since they were defending homeland.

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  50. Еric0816 Posted on May 25, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Maybe its Russia's WWI military debacles that made Hitler and the german WWII generals believe that all you got to do is "kick in the front door and the whole rotten structure will come down".

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  51. Tired Sloth Posted on June 13, 2016 at 9:47 am

    I've noticed in the clip used at 4:39 that there was some midair explosions, did the British have timed fuses for artillery at this time or is it something else?

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  52. Agent Bill Wilson Posted on June 23, 2016 at 7:16 am

    4:11 …Ian? is that you?

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  53. AlHoresmi Posted on June 28, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    A Russian army without officers fighting Germans… Should've taken a lesson here. Nah, PURGE ALL OFFICERS!!!

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  54. YellowJacket530 Posted on July 13, 2016 at 4:05 am

    2:16, maybe there's an issue with the captions but what did you mean by held it till Guru Kalvariya? That just threw me off for some reason

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  55. Iconoclasm_ Posted on August 5, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Dang, the Austrians do pretty well when they're not commanding their own army.

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  56. Против Глобал Posted on September 24, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Again, you only mentioned in 1 sentience about Serbian/Montenegrian battle against Austro-Hungarians. 🙁 Why?

    P.S. There where no Montenegrian nation back then, since "Montenegrian" was a geographical therm for Serbian from Montenegro. Montenegrian nation was only invented in 1945. by Tito.

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  57. 1969cmp Posted on October 9, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Staggering numbers….

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  58. phalweev Posted on October 12, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    Who knows if you come back this far in the comments but thanks for making these bro.

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  59. Khan247 Posted on November 25, 2016 at 10:30 am

    iam going to have to wait a long time for a episode about the A7V tanks aren't I?

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  60. StopFear Posted on November 26, 2016 at 10:10 am

    The arrogant tsar Nicholas the second should have swallowed his pride and not started the war that many said was doomed to fail.

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  61. StopFear Posted on November 26, 2016 at 10:46 am

    I have to say, I watch these great WW1 videos and I am almost crying for all the killed people who didn't have to die. Also particularly mad at Russia for apparently putting less value on their men's lives because of the greater number.

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  62. Fahim Rahman Posted on December 4, 2016 at 1:28 am

    What's the song at 8:10?

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  63. GBatT Posted on January 4, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Depopulated.. there's a euphemism for ya..

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  64. Rick Higson Posted on January 11, 2017 at 3:33 am

    The poor Russians have suffered forever,with czars,Stalin communism,they are brilliant and deserve better!

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  65. Merrick Wilson Posted on January 12, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    I'm binge watching the hell out of this series and telling everyone I know who is interested in history to do the same. Great stuff, and I really like the ever increasing improvements to y'alls graphics!

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  66. alexandre belinge Posted on January 13, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Can you do an episode on army unit : what is the Russian 5th army exactly man and equipment wise ?

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  67. algi Posted on January 29, 2017 at 12:23 am

    What's up with the 3rd fake trenches?

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  68. Paul Posted on February 22, 2017 at 6:32 am

    I am rewatching all episodes and still learning a great deal. This episode above all so far graphically illustrates the scale of the Eastern Front. I guess the Germans must have had a rotation system to decide which of their regiments served on which front. Were Prussians more or less likely to serve in the East? How did the German troops regard the two fronts? I am very interested in regional differences within armies. Prussians and Bavarians were regarded as warlike whereas Saxons were thought to be more placable ( Denis Winter, Death's Men- one of my favorite WWI books ).

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  69. Luiz Alex Phoenix Posted on March 22, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Wow, no wonder the Russians were having trouble supplying that many armies in such a vast line. Hell, that is bigger than lots of contemporaneous countries and their technology wasn't even close to today's.

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  70. alex Posted on April 8, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    What was that song at the beginning of the quote (5:38) to the ending of the quote (6:06)?
    Or did you make it yourself? If so very dramatic and awesome indeed.

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  71. Olivier Labrèche Posted on April 19, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    The airplane drawn on the black board down there looks pretty good.

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  72. Carlos Rios Posted on May 30, 2017 at 2:37 am

    1:46
    Haruhi fans: *Heavy breathing*

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  73. Carlos Rios Posted on May 30, 2017 at 2:44 am

    wait, if the president of France and the King of Spain are the Kings of Andorra, was Andorra at war or not?

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  74. Daniel Gamboa Posted on June 3, 2017 at 3:47 am

    Take a shot each time Indy references "modern war".

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  75. Man from Nantucket Posted on June 11, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    RIP 4th, 6th and 7th armies

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  76. Marcus Bader Posted on June 12, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    *Thousands of men die*
    munches popcorn

    am i a bad person

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  77. Michael Afanasiev Posted on July 29, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    The reason for the "Great retreat" (official term) of 2015 on the eastern front was "snaryadyi golod", "shell hunger. Russia has run out of shells, literally. By June Russian troops facing Mackensen had 4 shells per gun. The industry was not ready for war, pure and simple.

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  78. Ludis Meija Posted on August 8, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    How fighting countrys use war prisoners? It would be easyer to koll them all, not to feed them.

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  79. JohnnyElRed Posted on August 13, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    "What lazy asses digged this trenches? They don't cover anything! We lost like a thousand men trying to go there, and we had to come back!"
    "A thousand? Wow. We lost so little?"

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  80. Nathanael Horn Posted on August 29, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    What were they fighting for again?

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  81. Jim Woodward Posted on September 16, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    How were capturing armies able to get food for POWs and avoid epidemics?

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  82. Jeff Duncan Posted on October 16, 2017 at 2:55 am

    make a "who did what in WW1" about Gustaf Mannerheim

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  83. Mr. Cub Fan 415 Posted on November 26, 2017 at 3:16 am

    2:52 What happened to the Russian 6th and 7th Armies?

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  84. Alpha Killer Posted on November 27, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    2:20 Cluster fuck

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  85. Onyx1916 Posted on November 29, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Thousands of troops died this week. Other breaking news: water = wet.

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  86. Fibritz Posted on December 14, 2017 at 10:18 am

    It sounds interesting, as I'm from Pilica, and mentioning my city which only has a little bit more than 3k citizens, is heart warming 🙂

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  87. William Simmons Posted on January 15, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    what was being done with all the POWs?

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  88. Snaab92 Posted on January 19, 2018 at 1:58 am

    What is the music at 3:30?

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  89. Nug U Posted on May 6, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    It's sad to see Russia fall.. They were such an incredibly powerful force for so long. It seemed like they were the only hope. How are the Germans ever going to be broken now? On the west? That seems impossible

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  90. E Fig Posted on May 21, 2018 at 6:24 am

    Can u do a breakdown for the countries that were apart of these large empires by amount of troops and casualties I'm interested in how many poles fought for Germany, Austria-Hungary and Russia same for the Ukrainians and the countries that made up Austria-Hungary

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  91. Jared Jams Posted on June 4, 2018 at 4:22 am

    Imagine what it would be like to fight in both world wars and survive.

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  92. Isaac Kidd Posted on June 6, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    Thank you Great War team!

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  93. Schmoorf der Schmied Posted on September 16, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    perhaps a bit late, but here is my question: what happened if the frontline moved over cities? I guess its a hard job, to dig fences on stone streets. but more important: where there still artillery firering at populated area in huge scale and where the inhabitants usually evacuated? how did the war move through cities? by fighting for each street and house or by setting up lines of denfence?

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  94. Rohan Krishna Posted on September 21, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    In spite of Germany doing so well I wonder why whey lost;

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  95. Marius Posted on October 14, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Did general Smirnoff at Warsaw collaborate with british captain Morgan?

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  96. Charles Meier Posted on November 23, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Aylmer Hunter-Weston and Conrad von Hotzendorf met once. Their common language was Idiotese, which consists mainly of grunting, slapping and crotch-grabbing.

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  97. Sunday Studios Posted on April 8, 2019 at 3:49 am

    It looks like the western lines never change and it’s a bit confusing

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  98. Steve Barrett Posted on April 18, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    400,000 prisoners. The first thing that came to mind is that this mass of people needed to be housed and fed, not to mention guarded, and this only includes prisoners from the recent battles. By 1918, the British blockade of Europe put Germany and Austria-Hungary on the brink of starvation. All these prisoners were a drain on resources so their capture was a mixed blessing. I wonder what became of them?

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  99. Robert Lazar Posted on June 26, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    You said 'Bucovina' perfectly :D.

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