Italy Attacks – The Battle of Vittorio Veneto I THE GREAT WAR Week 222

Italy Attacks – The Battle of Vittorio Veneto I THE GREAT WAR Week 222


The Italian Front has been quiet since a summer
offensive by the Austrians, and the Italians have been on defense for a year. Exactly a year, as it happens, for this week
on the anniversary of Caporetto, the Italian army attacks! I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week there was chaos in the German Army
High Command, as they tried to decide whether to withdraw in the west, even as the Allies
spent the week there advancing along basically the whole front. Austro-Hungarian Emperor Karl announced that
the Austrian half on his empire would become a confederation of autonomous sub nations,
and an American steamer was torpedoed by the Germans, which inflamed anti-German fervor
even as armistice discussions proceeded across the Atlantic. American President Woodrow Wilson has said
that armistice terms will be written by the commanders in the field and not him, but he
still has things to say in general. First off, autonomy is no longer sufficient
for the Austro-Hungarian peoples. He says the US now has obligations to Czechoslovakia
and the South Slav people that go way beyond autonomy within the empire. He also says this week that the only armistice
possible with Germany is one that renders a renewal of hostilities by Germany impossible. Wilson has a pretty strong position now, for
the American army by has the Germans alarmed. On the 24th (Gilbert) The pro-socialist newspaper
Arbeiter Zeitung points out that 10,000 fresh American troops come to Europe per day, 300,000
per month, and asks if people really want to continue the war, to deprive the nation
of the young men of its future. Three months ago this would’ve been treason,
now it was common sense. At the end of the week, those Allied commanders
in the field Wilson referred to- Ferdinand Foch, Sir Douglas Haig, Philippe Petain, and
John Pershing- do meet to discuss armistice conditions. Their main issue is the same as Wilson’s;
making it impossible for Germany to renew the fight at a later date, like in the spring. So they are going to insist on Germany surrendering
all artillery and all railway rolling stock, but they’re not all sure Germany will agree
to this. Haig thinks that though the Germans have been
badly hurt, they aren’t yet beaten and can still fall back and create an effective line. He also feels the Allied armies are pretty
well exhausted by now, and that the Americans are not yet organized and in the next battle,
the American army “cannot be counted upon for much”. The American Pershing basically ignores this
and suggests that, since the American supply lines are nearly 5,000 km going all the way
across the Atlantic, the Germans will have to surrender all of their submarines too. The others agree. Foch disagrees with Haig though about the
Germans and says that they are not just an army that has been beaten every day for three
months, they are an army that is physically, morally, and thoroughly beaten. German High Command- mainly Erich Ludendorff
and Paul von Hindenburg- actually agrees with this assessment, but Ludendorff, with Hindenburg’s
approval, still sends out a letter to all army group commanders which says armistice
conditions are unacceptable and even unworthy of Germany, so they must fight to the finish. Okay, this was withdrawn after the first protest,
but not before a telegraph operator sends its text to the Reichstag members of his party-
the Independent Socialist Party. On the 25th, the German newspapers publish
the telegram. German Chancellor Prince Max von Baden is
outraged and goes to the Kaiser demanding Ludendorff’s resignation, or his government
would resign. Ludendorff meets the Kaiser and says if the
people at home support us, we can fight for months. The Kaiser, though, is royally outraged that
Ludendorff telegraphed the troops directly and without consulting him, and Ludendorff,
now realizing that even if the war continues he won’t be allowed to run it anymore, resigns. That happens tomorrow, actually, one day in
the future. Hindenburg, Army Chief of Staff, also offers
his resignation, but the Kaiser refuses. For the remainder of his life, Ludendorff
will see Hindenburg’s obedience that day as a terrible betrayal. Ludendorff’s resignation is announced in
Berlin movie houses and audiences cheer. In fact, Germany is now too dangerous for
him. He will slip away in disguise and head for
Sweden. He is succeeded as Quartermaster General by
General Wilhelm Groener. The Kaiser has a lot on his plate, to say
the least. Earlier this week on the 22nd, to help quiet
political unrest, which is starting to get seriously out of hand, he agreed to a general
amnesty of political prisoners. Karl Liebknecht, a leader of the revolutionary
communist organization the Spartacists, is released. 20,000 people go to the station to greet him. In Russia, Lenin declares, “Three months
ago people used to laugh when we said there might be a revolution in Germany.” And as for action on the war’s battlefields
this week… In the west on the 19th, the Belgians occupy
Zeebrugge and storm Bruges, by the next day the entire Belgian coast is in Allied hands. There is a British-American advance between
Oise and Le Cateau, the French and Czechoslovak Legion push enemy back on River Serre, and
the 25th marks the end of the Battle of the Selle. That battle may have ended, but a new one
was just beginning, on the Italian front. At 0715 on the 24th, what would become known
as the Battle of Vittorio-Veneto begins with 1,400-gun bombardment of the Austro-Hungarian
positions on Monte Grappa in the mist and rain, followed by an assault by the Italian
4th Army. The Austrians have 9 divisions of defense
against 7 attacking, and ferocious fighting continues to the end of week with nearly no
gains for the Italians. On the Piave River, the British fight for
Papadopoli Island. They take it, but rains and flooding prevent
any further advance for the time being. Martin Gilbert quotes a chaplain talking about
the British troops here who are used to the Western Front, “…the novelty of the enterprise
helped considerably to relieve the tension. There was something hideous and inhuman about
a trench attack in France. The mud, the duckboards, the dead horses one
passed on the way up, the sickening bark and roar of the guns… On this occasion, however, the situation was
quite different… The guns were all silent, the avenues of trees
were all decked in the glories of their autumn foliage. Above all, the element of adventure which
was involved in the passage of the river… combined to free the men from the load of
oppression which even the stoutest heart had felt a year ago on Passchendaele Ridge.” But the enemy’s morale and will to fight
was wavering. In fact, on the 24th, the Hungarian government
calls on Hungarian units to go home (Stevenson) and they refuse to go into battle on the Asiago. They are allowed to go home and they do so
within a day, and this news spread like wildfire to the rest of the Austrian army. In Hungary on the 25th, Count Michael Karolyi,
Hungarian Nationalist leader, sets up a Hungarian National Council in Budapest. This is a prelude to a formal separation of
Austria and Hungary. And here are some rather long notes to end
the week. This week on the 19th all German subs are
ordered to return to their home bases and on the 22nd, the German government agrees
to renounce unrestricted submarine warfare. But once the German U-Boats are recalled,
and since the German navy has no need of an armistice since it’s under no threat at
all, German Naval Chief of Staff Reinhard Scheer orders Franz von Hipper, Commander
of the High Seas Fleet, to prepare for an all-out attack on the British Grand Fleet,
using the battle fleet and all the now available U-Boats. So Hipper puts the order together on the 24th,
but it has not yet been approved as the week ends. We’ve seen tank on tank battles, but the
first recorded battle- the first that I’m aware of- between armored cars happens this
week on the Palestine Front on the 22nd north of Hama. One German armored car and a bunch of trucks
armed with machine guns encounter the First Australian Light Car Patrol. That patrol is 12 armored Rolls Royces with
Vickers guns and 12 Model T’s with Lewis Guns. The Germans are outnumbered and try to flee,
but they are run down and captured. The occupants of the German armored car are
killed as they flee their vehicle during the chase- turns out that their armor was not
stopping bullets and is something of a death trap. The Spanish Flu has been raging for months,
but the second wave- far more deadly- had arrived and was in full force in October 1918
among the armies. David Stevenson gives October case numbers
as 39,000 for the Americans, 14,000 for the British, as many as 75,000 for the French…
and no numbers for the Germans. This speaks volumes about the state of the
German army that there are no statistics. Death from the flu came in days, in some cases
just hours. For the war as a whole, 43,000 American servicemen
will die of the flu, that’s not a whole lot less than the number that die in actual
combat. There are theories that claim the flu hit
first and hit harder among the Central Powers armies, and this contributed to their breakdown
this fall. Neither I nor anyone can confirm or deny that
at this point, but that brings us to the end of the week. A new Italian offensive, a continuing general
one in the west, Hungarian soldiers leaving the fight, Lenin hoping for German revolution,
the Kaiser trying to quell it before it starts, and firing his military leader. Outrage in the German government, demands
from the American one, and Allied High Command trying to agree on armistice terms. Because the writing is on the wall, right? And everyone kinda knows it; Foch and company,
Ludendorff, the Kaiser, the German army, even the German navy knows it. That includes Scheer and Von Hipper, who are
still just about to order that navy into a fight to the finish with the British navy. And why? Well, even if you lose you gotta make a statement,
right? And if everybody dies? Well, at least it was courageous, and after
all, it’s only men. If you want to learn more about the Battle
of Vittorio Veneto, we went to a local museum there that is also dedicated to the Central
Powers occupation beforehand. You can click right here to watch our special
episode about that. Our Patreon supporter of the week is Alexandru
Popescu. Thank you for supporting our show and thank
you for making it possible over all these years. Don’t forget to subscribe, see you next
time.

100 Comments

  • naapalm82

    October 26, 2018

    Would love it if Indy could report live from France on armistice day.

    Reply
  • Oliver Hugaas

    October 26, 2018

    Very time i hear that the navy is unused i get covered by a great shame, it must be used against the enemy and if nothing shed its blood in solidarity with the Army.

    Reply
  • dapete

    October 26, 2018

    Oof. Great finish, Indy. That attitude is on par with what Pershing did on the 11th day.

    Reply
  • KaiserKrieger

    October 26, 2018

    Can we have an update on Lettow Vorbeck? He still didn't know about the war situation in Europe

    Reply
  • Thomas Gouldson

    October 26, 2018

    This is really fascinating and I've been following for years, but one thing I'd like to see is a retrospective of the impeding collapse of the central powers.

    Like we see the battlefield manoeuvres and all the intrigue in OHL, but it just seems like one day the Bulgarians and Ottomans just immediately ceased to be an effective fighting force – what was happening to their industries and high commands over the months leading up to the assaults that just caused them to melt away?

    I think a special on the 'gathering storm' amongst the minor central powers focussing on their growing internal struggles would help give context to why they all suddenly collapsed.

    Reply
  • Dan Lebowski

    October 26, 2018

    Our history teacher said, when we got the the period. This period is boring and the war is not interesting. We rushed trough the First World War in a week and wrote a test on the 2nd week.
    I'm sitting here and think… why did I have such a dumb teacher. 🙁

    Reply
  • Josip Boban

    October 26, 2018

    end is near

    Reply
  • james m

    October 26, 2018

    Slopiers- Well Grand Fleet of Germany Do not go to see But How I'm NOT Telling Watch The Great War to find out

    Reply
  • TeutonenKrieger09

    October 26, 2018

    Us Germans will just fight on. We will never accept such disastrous peace terms. No man can call himself German if he ever signs such an insulting peace.

    Reply
  • Warwick EnG

    October 26, 2018

    Hey Indy and crew, I'm just wondering, are guys going to make a special episode on the Spanish flu? Maybe talk about it on OOTT? Where and how it originated, why was it called Spanish flu and so on.
    Best Wishes!

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  • Jay Williams

    October 26, 2018

    I'm starting to think Germany might lose this war

    Reply
  • sadie adler

    October 26, 2018

    Hmmm what happend when poeple needed the toilet in the trenches

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  • Mathias Bartl

    October 26, 2018

    Hipper will save the day, I am very confident in this.

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  • Bill Huber

    October 26, 2018

    " it's only men ". No wonder they lost the war .

    Reply
  • FifinatorKlon

    October 26, 2018

    If only Austria Hungary would've given Dalmatia to Italy.
    They really must be pissed off about that now

    Reply
  • Tom Cory

    October 26, 2018

    The motto of the Insonzo: If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try try, try, try again

    Reply
  • Makosguba22

    October 26, 2018

    Károlyi was a leftist, and considered as a traitor in Hungary, still today.

    Reply
  • Sharp

    October 26, 2018

    yeah..its only men..

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  • Austin Williamson

    October 26, 2018

    It may sound bad but I don’t want this war to end so this channel may keep going

    Reply
  • Gregg Spencer

    October 26, 2018

    Indy's a little cynical about the last German naval sortie. It was not just for pride and honor. It had a small chance of success, which would have broken the blockade. Not sure how that might have affected the end of the war though.

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  • Victor Gonzalez

    October 26, 2018

    I'm confident admiral hipper will break the british fleet and definitely land an anfibious force to take the british by surprise and have peace on more favorable terms to the reich

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  • Maldus Alver

    October 26, 2018

    Ludendorf Runs with a fake mustache like a coward. Soldiers die and Generals Flee, the mighty have proven to be nothing more than welps.

    Reply
  • Parabellum Invicta

    October 26, 2018

    my great grandfather fought in this battle and he won the medal of honor as bridge engineering a true hero! ♥♥♥ thanks for covering this battle Love you The Great War!!!

    Reply
  • Frank White

    October 26, 2018

    They must fight on all the way back to Konigsberg and the last Bullet !!!

    Reply
  • Karl Carlsen

    October 26, 2018

    Were is 222? This must be number 222, or an i wrong? Just asking but i am pretty sure.

    Reply
  • Interfacing

    October 26, 2018

    How often would German and English commands communicate, if ever? what would they talk about, if so?

    Reply
  • DunantheDefender

    October 26, 2018

    Extra Credits did an interesting series on the Spanish Flu…

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  • mrssalina

    October 26, 2018

    Wouldn't be a suprise if the flu hit the Central Power first since they were straving and would weak immune systems.

    Reply
  • Tomeus Kalle

    October 26, 2018

    Oh boy, WW1 is at it's close end. Can't wait for the Sequel.

    Reply
  • LightFykki

    October 26, 2018

    Guys, do not fret. The Central Powers got this in the bag. The Kriegsmarine needs and will launch the final attack against first the British navy and then afterwards the French one, which will enable the Germany option to block any supplies or fresh troops heading for France through the blockade of the English channel.
    Then, they only need to wait a few months (ideally, until spring) to regroup and reorganize to launch a new counteroffensive, while the allies will loose ground on their side in the meantime due to the lack of the supplies.

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  • 6reve

    October 26, 2018

    I hope the channel will continue and cover the Paris Peace Conference. It is incredibly interesting, intense and have had huge consequences for world history

    Reply
  • Edoardo Ferrari

    October 26, 2018

    Just to know, have you ever talked about the II army corp of the Royal Italian army that fought on the western front?

    Reply
  • Hazzard87

    October 26, 2018

    Did anyone else read this as the battle of vitello tonato at first for odd reasons? Maybe I shouldn't check my subs around dinner time 😛

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  • Sande

    October 26, 2018

    July 28, 1914 – November 11, 1918 🙁

    Reply
  • Powerofriend

    October 26, 2018

    The most horrific thing about the first World War was in it's founding. How guarantees of mutual aid turned into declarations of war to uphold said guarantees. Only to ultimately end hundreds of thousands of lives to attain a bad peace that would whelp another even greater war. Now a war of necessity and thus a much more brutal one.

    Reply
  • Rui Santos

    October 26, 2018

    why does maastricht displayed as being occupied by germany if Holland was neutral? 5:38

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  • mikhailv67

    October 26, 2018

    Allied exhausted, yep the main attack troops the ANZAC CORPS is out of the line sent to Britain as a complete unit. Battalions are depleted and some are to be desolved.

    Reply
  • mikhailv67

    October 27, 2018

    True fact about Spanish Flu; the youngest and fittest were the most volnerable…. It attacked the strongest rather than the weakest. What an insideous virus

    Reply
  • t905im

    October 27, 2018

    Plz do the legend of the Belgian werewolf that was killing British and German soldiers in 1914

    Reply
  • homeby5

    October 27, 2018

    I apologize if this has been brought up but did I miss something? I thought Ludendorff was forced out last week? Could someone clear this up for me? Thanks.

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  • Valknut

    October 27, 2018

    The Italian front summarized mountains, no gains and the thousands of battles for the Isonzo. Also Mussolini was there

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  • Valknut

    October 27, 2018

    What happened to Germany one month ago they were winning now they are on the verge of a communist revolution!

    Reply
  • S.H.T mk

    October 27, 2018

    To all the Italians, this would not have in this week happened if the Austrians were actually fighting the italians. If the man did not have morale and escape, you have no hope in the ridiculous battle (vittorio veneto battle)

    Reply
  • americanmapping/gaming 2.0

    October 27, 2018

    I have a question for out of the trenches, did the Americans just fight on the western front, or all the fronts

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  • Hussite

    October 27, 2018

    VIVA ITALIA!

    Reply
  • Shawn Gilliland

    October 27, 2018

    It just hit me watching this episode – Mt. Grappa; grappa is an Italian pomace brandy. Is the mountain named for the brandy, or the brandy for the mountain, or is it just coincidence?

    Reply
  • Shawn Gilliland

    October 27, 2018

    The German admirals wanting to attack the Royal Navy like that brings to mind the fate of the Spanish fleet trapped in Santiago de Cuba during the Spanish-American War. The Spanish fleet tried to break out and was completely destroyed (well, they scuttled one of their own ships) by the superior, more modern US fleet. The commander of the Spanish fleet had said, "Better honor without ships than ships without honor."

    Reply
  • Coda Mission

    October 27, 2018

    AVANTI SAVOIA

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  • UPSIDE DOWN

    October 27, 2018

    Best anime ever

    Reply
  • thisnicklldo

    October 27, 2018

    What happened to week 222?

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  • Eric 91

    October 27, 2018

    Why didn’t the Germans use their submarines on the British blockade to begin with?

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  • Alessandro 'El Tizio'

    October 27, 2018

    inspires
    AVANTI

    SAVOIAAA

    Reply
  • Amitabha Kusari

    October 27, 2018

    If they stop fighting, the Allies won't. Till an Armstice happens, the men would have to keep on fighting, and risk their lives so they don't get rolled over in a single day with tanks.

    Reply
  • Steve D

    October 27, 2018

    THE COMEBACK IS REAL FOR GERMANY

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  • Rocky Miller

    October 27, 2018

    Indi do you think that the movie all quiet on the western is an accurate representation of the break,down of Germany in ww1

    Reply
  • entwiner1

    October 27, 2018

    Sorry if this has already been mentioned below, but isn`t this Week 222 and NOT week 223???

    Reply
  • S97

    October 27, 2018

    So the German army was indeed stabbed in the back then? Times were utterly desperate there is no doubt about that but instead of supporting the troops in the line the politicians and certain interest groups at home decided to launch a revolution and throw Germany into complete chaos, sealing the fate of the German people for the next decade.

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  • John Dilday

    October 28, 2018

    My mother's father was in the American army in France about this time, and he caught the flu. According to my mother, he was so sick that he was taken to a separate ward for those about to die, and all of his possessions were divided up and given away. Miraculously, he recovered. She said that he never did get his things back, but he was so happy to have recovered that he didn't mind it so much. Mother also said that he spent so much time recovering that while his unit went into combat and suffered many casualties, he never did make it into combat before the Armistice was signed. So he really did luck out after all.

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  • McMurray How're ya now

    October 28, 2018

    Can't wait to see how this ends .no spoilers plz

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  • milcoll73

    October 28, 2018

    of course wilson still has things to say. he loves the sound of his own voice!
    amid the madness of war nothing is so mad as the last few weeks.

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  • colin minhinnick

    October 28, 2018

    if the Armistice hadn't come, would the FLU have stopped the war. tens of thousands of soldiers dying of it and millions more infected across the world.

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  • Sudungarn

    October 28, 2018

    Károlyi Mihály was not a "nationalist". He paved the way for the Communists to take over and disarmed the returning units so the country can't defend itself from the invading Czechoslovak-Yugoslav-Romanian-Austrian and French troops.

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  • Bryan L. Morrison

    October 28, 2018

    The Kaiser? How he still alive?

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  • KommandoCraft

    October 28, 2018

    I am pretty sure the attack of the Kriegsmarine will end this war in favourable terms for the Kaiser!

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  • Zac Webster

    October 28, 2018

    Don't worry the Germans still got this

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  • Gary Daniel

    October 28, 2018

    "It's only men". I don't think that was the attitude as much as stated. Not changing tactics when trenches we're impregnable cost all those lives. Not an inifference to suffering.
    On the other hand, do you expect Valentine candy hearts from Military Men?

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  • Philip Liu

    October 28, 2018

    Finally caught up from 1914 to today. Fell like an epic marathon,

    Reply
  • Zeruel3

    October 29, 2018

    Feels weird that the Italians are attacking and it's not on the Isonzo River

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  • Bandokker

    October 29, 2018

    Some extra: On the 28th in Budapest (Hungary) the "Battle of the Chain bridge" happened: The police attacked the crowd demanding the resignation of the Hungarian government and a new government under (the mentioned) Mihály Károlyi. 3 died, more than 50 injured. It was the prelude of the revolution.

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  • ODDBALL SOK

    October 29, 2018

    10:30 " and why" ?
    Becoz he KNOWS that that after a peace/surrender the british will get their hands on ALL vessels of the navy.
    WHich makes the british navy even MORE immense stronger (in the future conflicts and to put its will on the world) and all german floating produce would have been for nothing.
    No, then it is better,honourable, effective, efficient to NOW put the fleet in an all out attack..
    Of course it makes sense.

    The alternative to save the men (germans and brits..) is to scuttle the fleet in a deep part of the sea.
    Totally dishonourable….

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  • Federico Rossi

    October 29, 2018

    🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹

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  • frek Cho

    October 29, 2018

    Südtyrol is Austrian Savoie is Italian I'm done.

    Reply
  • SNOUPS4

    October 29, 2018

    Week 223 or 222? Last episode is week 221…

    Reply
  • TerminalConstipation

    October 30, 2018

    call it morbid curiosity, but a total naval engagement would have been a helluva thing (spoiler alert: it doesn't happen)

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  • Ken W

    October 30, 2018

    Love this YouTube channel. Found around interesting one about the internment camps in Canada. Germans and Hungarian people were basically slaves building roads etc. “Armistice Films”
    Thank you guys for your hard work.

    Reply
  • Blah b

    October 30, 2018

    When the Germans have no precise data on EVERYTHING anymore, then you know an all-out collapse is about to happen.

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  • National Autistic Socialism

    October 30, 2018

    the end is coming!!!!

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  • resqwec

    October 31, 2018

    This needs to be extended to 1923, the end of the Russian Civil War

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  • David

    October 31, 2018

    @10:42 And there that quote comes back from earlier in the series. "Its only men" pretty much says it all.

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  • Ernesto Lombardo

    October 31, 2018

    Well damn, in this the last of a series of binges and pauses, I'm current again, wanted to feel the end, so near, in the front-view and wait for it, to feel the anticipation for a few days.

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  • Sean McManus

    October 31, 2018

    No Armistice of Mudros?

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  • B-Side Videos

    November 1, 2018

    Could the flu have been secret bio-weapon? Bio-weapon gone wrong? The timing is suspicious.

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  • Ciprian Stanescu

    November 1, 2018

    title is wrong! should be Week 222 not Week 223

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  • scottski02

    November 2, 2018

    Germany can still win though. Right guys??

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  • Peter Clarke

    November 5, 2018

    I had read that the "Spanish Flu" actually occurred first in the USA. Records show a virulent flu like virus was seen in a small town and noted by the local doctor. The town was close to the Army embarking for the Western Front.

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  • EXSPLORE

    November 6, 2018

    Excuse me, can you translate subtitles into Italian? Thank you and let me know

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  • Jozoz Jozoz

    November 8, 2018

    Great episode as usual, is it possible if you can make a special on the Spanish flu

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  • Christopher Morton

    November 8, 2018

    Those who survived the first pass of the flu developed an immunity and so when this was realized they, some of them still suffering from war wounds, nurses the dying who had been so strong the week before. The flu was like natures judgement on humanity for what it had done the past 4 years. So sad that men who survived the worst died from disease. Visited a Commonwealth Grave yard yesterday and at least a dozen of the men there had seen service in France/Belgium and died from Spanish Flu. Simply heartbreaking.

    But it's only men… right?

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  • chris harris

    November 8, 2018

    How many stains are on the shirt??? He has had (I assume) the same shirt on for the past 4 years, and the ring around the collar on that thing has got to be something of a memorial from all of the days and nights stuck in that thing. Imagine the armpit stains… yikes.

    Reply
  • Sam D

    November 11, 2018

    Iron Walls-Monte Grappe and Empires Edge happened this episode.

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  • Emil Joseph

    December 1, 2018

    Gaytalians are boring, I think i'll pass this video

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  • TenKtoryTiZjedol

    December 21, 2018

    my grandgrandfather fought over there for the austrians

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  • Ion Dina

    December 25, 2018

    I feel sorry for the German footsoldiers at this point. After such a long, bloody war, continuous successes that only hurt their stamina, and now, even they won so much, they now knew that they were gonna lose, and that all that pain was for nothing. Something about it turning seemingly so quick against the Germans has a different taste in my mouth than thinking and knowing for most of the war that youre doomed. I suppose it sounds to me like you had been looking forward to a meal for so long after such a long day, only to go hungry, rather than knowing the whole time what waited you at home.

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  • Doc.T69

    January 18, 2019

    In the comments, still after 100 years, those austrians are still angry and rageous, get over it, but most importantly get a life hahahahahah.

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  • luke strawwalker

    April 26, 2019

    The naval situation and attitudes have been pretty ridiculous on both sides the entire war. Battleships, indeed navies exist to defeat the enemy and gain their nation's assigned objectives, even if that means catastrophic losses in the doing, or attempt. Yet after Jutland the German Navy returns to base and sits out the rest of the war, and now that "all is lost" they want to fight and "go out in a blaze of glory"? Yet they did nothing for years as the subs tried to strangle Britain singlehandedly… Instead of putting to sea to "force the issue" with the British Navy, or die trying…

    Of course the British did the same thing at Gallipoli… They held back at the crucial moment rather than risk losing even a few older ships, and thus doomed the entire operation.

    If ships are "too valuable to lose" then it was a waste of time and resources building them in the first place… But such is the nature of arms races I suppose… The Naval Arms Race of the late 19th and early 20th century produced incredibly powerful and expensive battleships that were "too valuable to lose" and thus held back sitting out most of the war in port, while the late 20th century nuclear arms race produced tens of thousands of infinitely more powerful nuclear weapons "too awful to use" that sit in silos, subs, ships, planes, and storage to this day…

    The British had the most powerful Navy, therefore the Germans had to build one to compete and show their "equal power"… But when the moment comes, they both pull back for fear of losing their huge investment, therefore making it null and void… PLUS it turns out to be, in the Germans case, a HUGE waste of manpower and resources, which probably cost them losing the war…. How many artillery pieces and munitions could have been supplied to the Army for use in battle, perhaps turning the tide when it mattered, how much manpower wasted sitting in port for years (and food and manpower and resources used to sustain them and their ships) for years that could have been sent to the actual battles when it was needed most and could have made a difference?

    Yet Germany would basically repeat this same thing in World War 2… Just proves nobody learns anything from history LOL!

    Later! OL J R

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  • luke strawwalker

    April 26, 2019

    8:44– "The Rat Patrol" version 0.5…. LOL

    Later! OL J R

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  • scott left

    May 15, 2019

    7:20….what BF1 fan didn't go wide eyed at that church and hill…?
    I wonder if that lethal influenza virus wasn't lab enhanced and accidently released.

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  • gang wu

    June 14, 2019

    Great. Italy attacks only when the Austrians already lost.

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  • Casey Rowe

    June 29, 2019

    decent. Thanks for this. 💓

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  • FireIceNoobE

    August 8, 2019

    The Requiem of Italy

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