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Battle of Verdun Podcast
3 minutes | Feb 20, 2018
Episode 16: Battle of Verdun Podcast Shut Down & Transfer
The Battle of Verdun Podcast will be shut down on February 28, 2018. All episodes will transfer over to the Battles of the First World War Podcast. Any questions, comments or concerns please contact me through the website, www.firstworldwarpodcast.com or the Battles of the First World War Podcast page on FaceBook. We're also on Twitter! Follow us at @WW1podcast. Not into social media? Email me directly at email@example.com. If you haven't done so already, come join us over at the Battles of the First World War Podcast. Thank you so much for taking the time to listen.
5 minutes | Aug 17, 2016
Episode 15: Update - Battles of the First World War Podcast is Out!
The new podcast, Battles of the First World War, is out! (And has been for a couple of months. Sorry for the late notice.) At Battles of the First World War Podcast, we’re starting with the Battle of the Somme. Find us at www.firstworldwarpodcast.com, on FaceBook at The Battles of the First World War Podcast page, and on Twitter at @WW1podcast. You can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org as well. Come join us at the new project! As always, thanks so much for listening!
40 minutes | Apr 21, 2015
Episode 14: Je Fait Verdun
The Battle of Verdun came to an end on December 18, 1916.But the Verdun salient remained a violent sector of the Western Front until the very last days of World War One. In this final episode of the Battle of Verdun Podcast the after-effects of the 1916 onslaught in the Meuse are covered, from military losses to political casualties to the lingering effects on the battle on the battlefield itself.
55 minutes | Mar 3, 2015
Episode 13: October Knockout
The long-awaited French counterattack at Verdun comes. Generals Petain, Nivelle and Mangin deliver a powerful strike on the Right Bank, against which the degraded German 5th Army is unable to hold.
34 minutes | Jan 20, 2015
Episode 12: Wastage
The Mill on the Meuse grinds on at Verdun through the summer of 1916. The Germans go on the defensive and GEN Mangin hammers away at them. The Battle of Verdun begins to make political casualties as well. As summer turns to fall the French begin to prepare for their long-awaited counter-offensive.
24 minutes | Jan 4, 2015
Episode 11: Little Willie's Last Thrust
July 1916 begins and the Battle of the Somme erupts to relieve pressure at Verdun. The Germans begin to divert all available resources for the new battle. The German 5th Army at Verdun makes one more attempt to break through on the Right Bank of the River Meuse. The line Fleury-Fort Souville-Fort Tavannes is attacked to clear the last defensible ridge line before Verdun.
14 minutes | Dec 28, 2014
Episode 10: The Trench of Bayonets
The story of the Trench of Bayonets.
39 minutes | Dec 21, 2014
Episode 9: Fury in the Desert
With terrible losses and plummeting morale, the French 2nd Army strains to hold the Right Bank after the fall of Fort Vaux. The German 5th Army continues its attacks, focusing on the Ouvrage de Thaiumont - Fleury - Fort Souville ridge line just three miles northeast of Verdun. In the blazing heat of June, the French and Germans fight desperately in the artillery-plowed lunar landscape. The French fight to hold the line. The Germans fight to break it.
26 minutes | Nov 30, 2014
Episode 8: Vaux
With a new attack on the Right Bank at Verdun, the Germans surround and lay siege to Fort Vaux. But this fort, commanded by the tenacious Major Raynal, will not be surrendered as easily as Fort Douaumont. Raynal and the other poilus trapped inside the fort will put up an epic defense that will last five days.
26 minutes | Nov 10, 2014
Episode 7: Dogfights Over Death Ground
While the Battle of Verdun raged on the ground, it raged in the sky as well. Control of the airspace over the battlefield shifted hands several times during the course of the fighting. All of the famous pilots met and fought at Verdun: the great Guynemer, Navarre, Nungesser, the Lafayette Escadrille on the French side and and the magnificent Oswald Boelcke as well. Planes dived, clashed and shot at each other over the trenches as the German and French air services fought for control of the skies.
37 minutes | Oct 10, 2014
Episode 6: Back to the Right Bank
With the capture of Hill 304 and le Mort Homme on the Left Bank, the Battle of Verdun shifts back to the Right Bank with a disastrous French attempt to retake Fort Douaumont and ensuing German attacks on the lines there. GEN Petain is promoted in order to have a more ideologically favorable General Robert Nivelle take over French efforts at Verdun. After the attempt to retake Douaumont by the French fails, the Crown Prince and his 5th Army press on with new attacks aimed at breaking through French lines. Fort Vaux is surrounded and cut off by the Germans.
32 minutes | Sep 14, 2014
Episode 5: Firepower Kills
The Battle of Verdun widens as the Germans now launch attacks on the Left Bank of the River Meuse. The battles for le Mort Homme and Hill 304 rage as the French and Germans fight bitterly for every inch of ground.
33 minutes | Aug 31, 2014
Episode 4: Metastasis
The Battle of Verdun grinds forward as the Germans press their attack on broken French lines following the capture of Fort Douaumont. French Army leadership determines that the lines at Verdun will be held whatever the cost. General Philippe Petain comes in as commander of French forces and resistance stiffens. The battlefield spreads as the Germans realize they will now need to attack the Left Bank of the Verdun Salient in order to secure their hard-won gains on the Right Bank.
31 minutes | Aug 17, 2014
Episode 3: Durchbruch und Douaumont
The Battle of Verdun of World War One opens in earnest. The German 5th Army pressed its offensive on the French Right Bank of the Verdun Salient following the opening barrage unleashed on February 21st. Attacking steadily and overrunning French battle lines in the face of desperate but confused resistance, the Germans pushed the French back some two to three miles in the first week of the battle. Disaster loomed for the French Army if their trench lines were to break. Then they did just that. And to make matters worse, the biggest fortress on the Western Front, Fort Douaumont, was captured by the Germans.
31 minutes | Aug 3, 2014
Episode 2: Judgment on the Meuse
On February 21st, 1916, nine days past schedule, the Germans opened their attack on Verdun on World War I’s Western Front with a massive artillery barrage of 1,200 guns. The bombardment pounded French Army positions within the Verdun Salient for eight hours before Crown Prince Wilhelm’s 5th Army launched its infantry attack on the Right Bank. Operation "Gericht", and the Battle of Verdun, had begun. In this episode of the Battle of Verdun Podcast we’ll cover the first two days of the battle, from the barrage on the 21st through the defense of the Bois des Caures by LTC Emile Driant and his 56th and 59th Chasseurs a Pied. Please visit http://www.battleofverdunpodcast.com to leave comments and feedback.
68 minutes | Jul 20, 2014
Episode 1: The Background and the Plan
The Battle of Verdun has been likened to a “microcosm of the entire First World War in itself:” in 1916 over 10 months on an approximately 125-square mile battlefield the French and German armies poured in some 40,000,000 artillery shells in order for the Germans to push the frontline in 6 miles and for the French to later push it back 6 miles. The casualty count topped 700,000. At the end of the battle, like at the end of the war itself two years later, both the attacker and the defender were exhausted with no clear victory won or lost. In this first episode of the Battle of Verdun Podcast we will explore the background and lead up to the battle, from the opening battles on the Western Front in 1914 to the bloody stalemate trench battles of 1915 and development of the German plan to attack the French at Verdun. Please visit http://www.battleofverdunpodcast.com to leave comments and feedback.
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