Armistice – But Peace? I THE GREAT WAR Week 225


What can I say about this week this week the war ends I’m indy neidell. Welcome to the great war Last week what was left of the austro-hungarian Empire signed an armistice leaving Germany as the last man standing of the Central Powers the Allies advanced all week in the West and cut the Germans last lateral railway line there a Naval mutiny at Kiel has turned into a full-blown German revolution and German delegates have gone to France to hopefully sign an armistice of their own I mean you really can’t fight the whole world on the 9th Romania gave an ultimatum to Field Marshall August von mackensen To remove all German troops from Romania within 24 hours on the 10th Romania again takes up arms against the invaders But the German leadership had higher priorities in the morning of the 9th as the week began German armistice negotiators reached Compiegne forest in France while at spa the Kaiser Tried to figure out his future. He met Admiral von hinten at 11:00 a.m And said that while he might no longer have control of the Navy He has the army and he can lead that into Germany and put down the revolution There were now 11 German cities flying the red Soviet flag and five of those were major ports the Kaiser asked quartermaster general Wilhelm Groener for his opinion groaner said No military operations either within or outside Germany could succeed the Revolutionaries controlled the rail centers and a lot of soldiers had joined the revolution Anyhow HEC Aachen the nearest German city just over 30 kilometers away from spa was under rebel control As was very air a German occupied Belgian town just 15 kilometers away the army would not fight and there were no reserves the Kaiser did not really seem to understand and first suggested military action against Vera Vieira and Aachen After that, he floated the idea of him staying at spa Until after the Armistice was signed and then returning to Berlin at the head of his mighty army Gruner said the army will march home in peace and order under its leaders and commanding generals But not under the command of your majesty for it no longer stands behind your majesty when the Kaiser pointed out that his senior generals took an oath of Personal loyalty to him Drona said today Oates of loyalty have no substance Right, then really right then a telegram was brought in from the Berlin commander that read all troops deserted completely out of hand Telegrams kept coming in all afternoon that were basically the same thing or worse one said that the Sparta cyst under Karl Liebknecht had taken control of the Imperial Palace and from there proclaimed a German Soviet republic and Responding to that a socialist leader named Philipp Scheidemann had proclaimed a Socialist Republic from the Reichstag Chancellor max von Baden trying desperately to preserve the monarchy announced Falsely that Vilhelm had abdicated and a Regency council would be set up He then resigned the chancellorship and gave it over to friedrich ebert a social democrat leader the roads leading back to germany were held by Revolutionaries and even at spa soldiers were setting up a soviet by 5 p.m. The kaiser Decided he would leave for the netherlands and exile the next morning Meanwhile in compiègne Matthias Ayres Berger tried to explain the extent of revolutionary activity and the threat of Bolshevism Engulfing Central Europe and used that to try and get more lenient armistice terms from the Allies No Dice allied supreme commander ferdinand fought wouldn’t have it airs Berger asked for a ceasefire as long as negotiations were in progress No dice Fox will not cease hostilities Until an armistice is signed Interesting quote here from Martin Gilbert the fighting therefore went on but Germany could no longer influence the outcome of the negotiations By its actions on the battlefield in the 100 days since the Allied offensive had opened at the beginning of August Germany’s power had been broken not by descent or revolution behind the lines or by political intrigue as later nationalist and Nazi politicians were to claim but by the Military superiority of the Allied armies the combined total of three hundred and sixty-three thousand prisoners and six thousand four hundred guns Constituted a quarter of the German army in the field and one half of all of its guns the war making power of Germany Even to defend its borders was within a few days of collapse But the war was still active in the field on the 9th the Americans advanced into Lorraine on the 10th the Canadians entered moans were four years ago the British Expeditionary Force had first seen action that day the British minesweeper ascott was torpedoed by a German submarine 53 drown Also that day the Kaiser left Spa for the Netherlands He did not take the train through Liege nor a car dead straight there through German territory but instead went by car through back roads after being warned that the army and Liege may be mutinous as people would Within Germany the night of the 10th news reached Compiegne from Berlin that the German government had accepted armistice terms once signed Germany would immediately evacuate Belgium France Luxembourg and alsace-lorraine and everyone from those places who had been imprisoned or Deported would be immediately returned home Germany would surrender two thousand planes five thousand artillery pieces and thirty thousand machine guns The Allies would occupy and German troops would evacuate Western Germany up to the left bank of the Rhine and the Allies would take three bridges across it mites Koblenz and Cohn Germany had 36 days to deliver 10,000 trucks five thousand train engines and a hundred and fifty thousand train cars to the Allies All the German troops holding the captured territory in the East must return to within Germany’s 1914 pre-war borders black seaports must be evacuated They asked for the Germans to hand over a hundred and sixty submarines But this caused a technical issue as the Germans did not have 160 submarines so they changed it to all Submarines must be handed over as well as ten battleships six battle cruisers eight light cruisers and fifty destroyers Germany will be required to pay reparations for damages done in Belgium and northern France The trains carrying the negotiators pulled up in a siding in Compiegne forest Not too far from ritand on the Iron River. They drew up in parallel a hundred metres apart The main German car had once belonged to French Empress Eugenie Napoleon two thirds consort But they met in fauces car a dining car wagon 24:19 D there Ferdinand Fache Maxime Wigand Vice Admiral Ruslan Weems Rear Admiral George Hope and Captain Jack Mariette met Matthias Aris Berger Ernst von Zell old count Alfred von Oberndorf and Detlev von vinter felt in the final discussion Harris Berger got the concession that Germany would surrender only twenty five thousand machine guns seventeen hundred planes and only five thousand trucks This was designed to have something left to combat internal chaos The armistice was signed at 5:10 a.m on the morning of November 11th Fache telegraphed the news to the Allied commanders that Hostilities on the front the whole front will cease at 11:00 a.m. And the war in the field the world war will be over Fighting did continue all morning even after getting the news of the signing early in the morning for example the American army ordered the fight to continue if you think Those soldiers who died in those last few hours died needlessly You are not alone for that order provoked a congressional investigation. It is hard to say Who? Was the final soldier to die in the active war? Just east of Mons Canadian private. George price was killed by sniper at 10:58 John Buchan the novelist who would later serve as Governor General of Canada wrote At 2 minutes to 11 opposite the South African brigade A German machine gunner after firing off a belt without pause was seen to stand up beside his weapon. Take off his helmet Bow and then slowly walk to the rear with the stroke of eleven there came a Second of expectant silence and then a curious rippling sound which observers far behind the front Likened to the noise of a light wind it was the sound of men cheering from the wash to the sea in Cities around the world hundreds of millions of people soon flooded the streets to celebrate Winston Churchill would ask a decade later who shall knock or begrudge these Overpowering and transmits every allied nation shared them These hours were brief their memory fleeting They passed as suddenly as they had begun Too much blood had been spilt too much life essence had been consumed The gaps in every home were too wide and empty the shock of an awakening and the sense of disillusion followed swiftly Upon the poor rejoicings with which hundreds of millions saluted the achievement of their heart’s desire There still remained the satisfactions of safety assured of peace restored of honour preserved of the comforts of fruitful industry of the homecoming of the soldiers, but these were in the background and With them all were mingled the ache for those who would never come home Many of you have followed this channel for several years some From the beginning and I thank all of you however long you’ve been fans for your support you well know This project would have been impossible without it. This will be the last regular episode of the series by that I mean the last episode that follows the events of the war in real time a hundred years later There will be a series of epilogues Starting Thursday that talk about what came after this day and there are several Mondays specials yet to come as well But the war is over This has been without question the greatest most challenging And most fun thing I’ve ever done in my life researching writing and presenting The whole world war I did research and write all of the regular episodes myself The specials were researched In amazing depth by experts in their fields from around the world who donated their time and their knowledge to make this project The best it could be I don’t even know the words how to thank all of those people from the bottom of my heart for their labor, and of course, I Have to thank everyone who made this show Spartacus Olsen for coming up with the idea with me and developing it David Voss and Daniel zeppos our who were producers back in 2014 and set up our studio Astrid Einhard for set design also she and I came up with my totally iconic look together Philip at bug and Adrian min dak who were instrumental in developing our motion design and animations Chris grapha who has recently taken over motion design, dan Kogasa, and lynn davis who built proper maps for us starting with the battle of verdun Mark looks bullion, Novick Felix Michels and Sebastian honkies who created the soundscape Rulest ian. Halfa Marcus crouch Marv, France Jana CH and Stephen Roberts who did some great editing work for us Laura Pagan who helped with social media? Well, we definitely want to thank all of our interns Anna Ravel Christopher Hawk Rory Kirk B max Rose Mario rezende Jack salt House yoram a Pelt and Robert Maloney and of course the team that you know And love that’s been the core team since the spring of 2016 markus linka tony stellar florian fatigue and julian sang As I said there will be more material to come over the coming weeks but today Coincidentally conrad von hotzendorf birthday seriously, there’s only one way today can end I’m, indy neidell. That was the great war You

100 Comments

  1. The Great War November 11, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Thank you guys for watching and supporting us. Stay tuned for some announcements soon.

  2. MH RPGreg June 5, 2019 at 5:35 am

    WHY ISN’T THIS ON THE HISTORY CHANNEL?!?! THIS CHANNEL AND EVERYTHING ON IT IS GOLD!!!!!

    Seriously, Indy, new subscriber here and I binge watched this series on a daily basis since this past January, you and the team have done a fantastic job here, with great depth and respect for this period in time, and presented incredibly well for newcomers like me. Kudos to you all and I look forward to viewing any future work! Keep it up!

  3. Mason Vanderkamp June 6, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    fuckn sensational job all of you

  4. Johnny Football June 6, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    One hundred years ago. My Great Grandfather returned to Belfast Ireland, where he and my Great Grandmother scraped up what money they had, and immigrated to America.

  5. Coolian June 6, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Waiting now until 2039

  6. BeeseChurger 69 June 7, 2019 at 12:15 am

    War does not determine who is right… only who is left.

  7. Jarod Farrant June 7, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    I saw this the mourning of nov 11th 2018 and the words “I’m Indy neidell and THAT was the Great War” and it finally was over… I I was a in a such a torment of emotions I was sad in my one of my favourite shows was over and happy that one of the worst disasters for humans history was over. All I have to say is Thanks Indy and gang, for EVERYTHING🕊🕊🕊🕊🎉

  8. Jarod Farrant June 7, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    7:55 what did they do with all those machine guns, artillery, trucks and trains, and planes?

  9. Teufelhund June 9, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    5:10 nice…the Canadians take Mons and the Belgians take Paschendaele, both places given up by the british at some point.

  10. Steve Barrett June 12, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Thanks to all you folks who created and produced this series. It has been informative to the extreme. I think I am going to go back through it while I read my oldest book on The Great War (published 1920) to see how its narrative compares. You are an amazing team.

  11. Viter F June 15, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    And yell ready for World War II

  12. Jacob Brown June 16, 2019 at 12:08 am

    Finally finished the whole weekly series. It is over. Sadly and joyfully, it is over.

  13. Blue Baron June 20, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    The war is over.

    And that means only one thing.

    Time to start it all again.

  14. Ryan Farndale June 21, 2019 at 2:09 am

    I just re-watched this video seven months after it came out and I just realised I was 11 when I first started watching I’m now 15

  15. Joseph Thompson June 26, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    This was an amazing series.thank you the team and Indi (That was the Great War) I cried

  16. mrmaje1 June 30, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    An ambitious project this and it is absolutely superb. Really really top notch. Indy you're presentation is perfect, not to mentione the research, production, writing etc…….!
    Has this show won awards? And if not why not.

  17. Nathan Diehl July 2, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Where's your Deluxe Ultimate Blu-ray Collection I can buy for $500?

  18. Eliteal July 5, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    7:17 we'll be seeing Weygand here again soon

  19. iDeath MaximuM II July 8, 2019 at 3:25 am

    I came back to this video to relive some great memories… I was about to be in the 8th grade when this show began… and then it ended during my senior year of high school… now I’m graduated & watching World War Two every Saturday, time flies.. I miss Indy on this channel but I love Jesse as the new front man! Just wish I could relive this channel’s beginning all over again. You guys helped me understand WW1 better than my history teachers ever did, thank you all for that, truly

  20. Brian Duff July 8, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Stunning series Indy and Friends, i could see the emotion bubbling over in ur last words.. much respect from London

  21. MrValentine13 July 9, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    I started watching this channel in 2017 and i since catched up one every single video. Until I came here. A bit late but I did it, thank you for the journey. I'm sure there won't be any other major conflict in the furture, right?

    sees peace treaty of Versailles

    … right, guys???

  22. Valcha Latvia July 9, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    When boys cried

  23. Troy Staunton July 19, 2019 at 6:37 am

    Everyone else: I’ve been watching since the start.

    Me: I discovered the show on the 2nd of July 2019 and finished the the whole thing on the 19th July 2019. Now I have to start again to pick up the things I may not ha r absorbed.

    Great show, great work

  24. Bier July 23, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Looking forward to 1 September 2039

  25. Hans July 24, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    When I first watched this I had a very similar feeling to the soldiers in the war. I feeling of almost disbelief. It's really over.

  26. JC July 26, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    I can't express how sad I am to see this series finish. Not for a want for more war but for the weekly and almost daily companion of Indy and his team for four years of my life. Thank you. (I very happy and satisfied Patreon sponsor)

  27. Luke-Tyler Harington July 27, 2019 at 10:37 am

    I can’t wait until September 2039

  28. Rogelio Monteagudo August 1, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    You're amazing man, keep it up. Preserve History!

  29. Indi Viduum August 4, 2019 at 8:31 am

    There's this story in my village about a father who had all his 6 sons drafted during the war. Somehow all of them survived, returning home around two weeks after the armistice. But between the armistice and the sons arrival the father passed away without seeing his boys again.

  30. Bob W August 4, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Thanks.

  31. LanguishViking August 7, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    I keep rewatching this episode, if only just for the line 'this week; the war ends'. Whenever I need to regain my faith in humanity I know I can get it here.

  32. Mark.M August 9, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    8:50 What is the name of the music?

  33. Corvonix plays August 9, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    I have to say, thank you sovietwomble, because of him I've come to know of sabaton and from sabaton this great chanel, really was an amazing 3 days watching (yep I've marathonated it) this non stop and being marveled by the work you people done, congrats

  34. David Akiana August 13, 2019 at 9:14 am

    you are such an amazing person:)

  35. Vijender Singh August 16, 2019 at 9:06 am

    We want World War II NOW. Let there be war. I'm not waiting for 2039.

  36. Vladimir Oswald August 17, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    Azzburger, Er EHHHRRRRRRTZTZZBERGER

  37. mattep74 August 19, 2019 at 3:50 am

    I bingwatched 1918 this weekend. Boy, that escalated quickly after the summer

  38. equarg August 22, 2019 at 1:34 am

    😢😞Sadly, about 2500 men were killed in fighting an hour before the official Armistice started.
    They were so close to the end.
    May they RIP.
    There is a short Tribute on YouTube about it.

  39. equarg August 22, 2019 at 1:40 am

    ☺️I hope this channel stays up so future You-tubers will find and watch this amazing channel.
    Heck, I reference you to a guy yesterday on another special and he messaged me back…
    He is gonna be binge watching you guys from the beginning to the end.
    History should not be forgotten.
    This channel deserved 10 million subscribed viewers frankly.

  40. Brian Ross August 22, 2019 at 5:22 am

    to all who perished in that war, may your suffering be somberly remembered for eternity to come, and may you rest in peace.

  41. Dirk Theunis August 23, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Curtain

  42. Jorgen Nordh August 24, 2019 at 1:46 am

    Is it just me who jas a 4 uear2 to be ar home and ask about indi? Where will he go? Plez help my child when indinis gone amd yes i am one off the to subscribed to sabatone that musice i olad whennshe whS in the womb

  43. J F August 25, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Thank you!

  44. YavandirVanGrant August 28, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    thanks for your hard work guys :*
    the show is great!

  45. Ryan Schrick August 30, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    They felt comfortable alright, buuuuut we all know what comes next, they should have been a little smarter.

  46. M A September 6, 2019 at 5:26 am

    At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the guns of August, which had first opened fire four years, three months, and fourteen days before…finally fell silent.

    The Great War was over.

    May the dead find the peace in death they never found on Earth.

  47. Corn Pop42020 September 8, 2019 at 2:33 am

    "The trenches have vanished long under the plow, No gas, no barbed wire, no guns firing now.
    But here in this graveyard it's still no man's land, the countless white crosses in mute where they stand.
    To man's blind indifference to his fellow man, and a whole generation was butchered and dammed."

  48. Andrew Shea September 8, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Of course he ends the war by giving us another minute fact of the war (Conrad Von Hotzendorfs Birthday)

  49. geheimschriver September 16, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Why is the role of Italy downplayed? They killed, captured, or routed the Habsburg army. Italy forced the Austro-Hungarian empire into capitulation. The Italian army marched unimposed on the southern German border, and the Germans had nothing to confront them.

    On the Western Front, the German Army was undersupplied, demoralized and on the back-foot. Nevertheless, they still had an army in the west. They had nothing in the south to counter the Italians, nor the French, Greeks, Romanians and Serbs, which were a little further away.

  50. Alec Avdakov September 19, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    A whole ten months later rewatching this. Why am I crying now?

  51. maximillionare1 September 20, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Wow. Thank you all for these amazing episodes and thank you for preserving history

  52. APPOLYON YT September 21, 2019 at 10:33 am

    The war is over

    Random Austrian dude: Now I can continue my passion for art

  53. Troy Staunton September 25, 2019 at 1:02 am

    I honestly feel that every soldier who died in November died needlessly. (You could say it about all of them but war is war.) by the end of October the race was run anyone who died in November was a casualty of political faffing about

  54. Vittorio Apicella September 27, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    I've just found this channel. It's amazing.

  55. ianmhwalling October 1, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    I discovered this series a few months ago, and I'm finally finished. Absolutely amazing. Thank you so much. Really showing what this platform, and this genre, can do.

  56. redknight801 October 3, 2019 at 1:11 am

    Thank you….thank you so very much for this channel and for this series – this was such a lovely journey and I so greatly appreciate everything you have done to speak to the world the details of this insane and unnecessary war. I was a late comer to your channel but this was, is, and will forever be the greatest youtube series I will ever come across. You all showed this war from all sides in a very neutral way that never diminished the honor of the soldiers that fought this war and for that I so greatly appreciate you.

  57. K Arney October 9, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    Europeans used to be made of iron. Now they are made of soy.

  58. Ken Potter October 13, 2019 at 7:48 am

    Incredible series! I’ve skipped around a bit, but this is truly amazing history. Thank you so much for educating me.

  59. CDP October 23, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    13:07 hit like with a brick wall

  60. Scott Callaghan October 24, 2019 at 6:19 am

    virtual standing ovation

  61. Martin Louda October 25, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Hello. I started watching 3 months ago, so I havent followed the show week by week, which is a shame.

    I would like to thank you for all the knowledge and entertainement you have given me. It was amazing. Lot of thanks from Czech Republic.

  62. Jarod Farrant November 3, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    I wasn’t there the first few years but I’m just so grateful that I got to experience the last parts of this extraordinary team of people who wanted tell the the extent and stories of the people who fought and experienced this war and it’s consequences.

  63. abunai yi November 7, 2019 at 12:44 am

    thank you for all your hard work! You really should try and turn this into a mini series.
    Watching this will be an ongoing Rememberance Day Tradition.
    Lest We Forget.

  64. Josh Marks November 7, 2019 at 8:54 am

    What an amazing achievement. Thank you Indiana and the whole team for what will be a tremendous resource for study on probably the most significant event in human history to date.
    How our world is still effected by The Great war, the brave souls lost and the lessons we must learn from their sacrifice must be understood and never forgotten.
    RIP to the victims from every nation. Lest we Forget.

  65. Nacho Sánchez-Cervera November 8, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Congratulations for the great show! Thank you!

  66. Mark Oliver Walsh November 11, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Humbling to think that this awesome project ended a year ago, seems just like last week when a new weekly episode was released

  67. swiftblaze27 November 11, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Anyone watching this on first year anniversary?

  68. Spadess 21 November 11, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    101 years by now

  69. Histography November 11, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    Today it was 101 years ago when the war officially ended. "That was the Great War".

  70. Rock Island Auction Company November 11, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    Brilliant work, my friends. Had to watch this episode again today one year later. Thank you all for your herculean efforts into making sure the significance and breadth of this great conflict is given the respect and thorough examination it truly deserves.

  71. The_Stig00 November 11, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Watched again today. Powerful stuff.

  72. Slowjam Sliver November 11, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    I remembering being up at 4 am to be awake at 11 am Belgium time, and see the live stream of this episode.

  73. Mav Lara November 11, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    Back in 2019
    Lest we forget

  74. Joseph Anderson November 11, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    A most excellent job!!

  75. Dóra Fauszt November 11, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Anybody re-watching in 2019?
    I bawled my eyes out literally 😭😭

  76. LeCharles07 November 11, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    I'm not sure why but this episode makes me start to tear up, even a year after seeing it the first time. Thank you TGW team and backers.

  77. Ryan Clarke November 12, 2019 at 12:29 am

    Amazing show. I watched every episode and it gave me such an interest in the war and what happened. I really believe you guys have possibly created one of the most important pieces of media in the modern age.

  78. JägerLange November 13, 2019 at 2:32 am

    Checking in when I could a year later – I spent "+100" in London at the invite of the Royal Navy after the 11pm events. I got home, and found (a bit drunk at this point) this video published that day rather than on the weekly timetable. It still sticks with me, above the events on that day, as how I remember "+100".
    Thank you everyone.

  79. s t November 22, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    I was 10 when it began now I I'm 14

  80. Lunar Stain November 24, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Believe it or not, I intended to write this a year ago, but I didn’t because… reasons. I apologize for the book.

    I came across this channel during the darkest period of my life. My father had just passed, my career was stagnating, and my personal life was falling apart. I come from a family of veterans. Though I never served myself, I always had a personal investment in military history. In the midst of my funk, I started suppressing my depression by spending more time on YouTube, when I came across your channel. I realized we were in the midst of the centennial of the war, and despite having invested so much time into war history through my life, I never had more than a cursory knowledge of World War 1. Coming across your channel, I was so taken by the idea of a channel covering the war in such incredible depth, exactly 100 years later, that I had to sub.

    Over the next 3 years, this channel ignited a hobby that was one of the few shining lights for me. As my life continued to come undone, it lead to a diagnosis’s of clinical depression, anxiety, and other issues. One of the worst things about this period was a horrible streak of depression apathy, where I hardly did a single thing proactive. Just laid in bed, doing absolutely nothing except what was absolutely required of me. But studying the war gave me a bit of an escape from it all. This channel helped open up a thirst for knowledge and discovery that gave me the much needed escape from all the darkness. I found the war much more fascinating than I ever realized through your in-depth and charismatic coverage. Soon, I was going outside the channel to support the hobby, buying games like Battlefield 1 and Verdun, reading Storm Of Steel, finding every documentary I could, discovering Blackadder, and even encouraging me to go out of my way to find a showing of They Shall Not Grow Old before its wider release in America. Had to drive nearly 2 hours but wow was it worth it! While life was tough, engaging in this hobby not only helped keep me together, it was one of the few things anymore that invigorated me.

    Fast forward to November of last year and, after hitting rock bottom, life was starting to become a little bit better. I was just ending a long period of isolation and was becoming determined to turn my life around. The looming centennial of the Armistice had me fired up for the first time in a long time. After what this hobby meant to me, I wasn’t going to just let such an important day pass me by. I decided to go to the centennial memorial at the Smithsonian in DC.

    Going was one of the best decisions of my life. Seeing all of the re-enactors, exhibits, and Q&A sessions was truly something new for me. Learning history through a screen is one thing, but to see some of the pieces of history in person makes it all the more real. But the big part for me was putting forward the effort. I had never gone on a day trip like this before, and to do it on such an important day, in support of a hobby that helped me so much, it really was overwhelming. On the way down, you guys posted this video. I remember being surprised at first thinking I’d have to wait until Thursday to see the “conclusion”, but it felt right to have it that day. I told myself once you posted that I would comment and let you guys know how you helped me, but I was busy and would do it first thing the next day… then it became the next day… then the next week… and accidentally the depression apathy took hold and I just kept wondering if I even should and put it off and put it off.

    Well, here I am a year and two weeks later. Lol, originally I wanted to post this on the 11th, but the apathy is a bit of a constant battle. However, I’m getting better and better. November 11th 2018 wound up being a bit of a catalyst. I started getting off of my back more; rebuilding my relationships with my friends; reflected, analyzed, and started to understand my life mistakes; and best of all, only a week after that trip, starting a new and invigorating career that I still work at to this day.

    Thank you all for making this channel. It feels kinda morbid that one of the most horrific events in human history would help me through the darkest period of my life, but you helped teach me no matter how horrible the war was, we study it to learn and remember. I apologize that it took me over a year to write this and for the sheer length of this comment, but I thought you deserve to know how much of a positive impact you guys had on someone’s life.

    You guys are one of the best channels on YouTube and you have my undying support.

    From the very bottom of my heart, thank you, and I wish you all success and happiness!

  81. bleak t November 28, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    I m sad that this ended

  82. Rendarth1 December 11, 2019 at 12:26 am

    A year late and still following the World War II channel, so this doesn't even feel like an end. But still, amazing work. I don't think there is anything more detailed about any war anywhere. If you ever decide to sell a DVD or Blu-Ray set of this series, I will buy it.

  83. Matthias Löhr December 18, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Just finished to watch ALL episodes, from the beginning to the end of the Great War. What a fabulous work which includes really all places of the Slaughter. Just a Little word to this Episode: What did the guys taken when writing those crazy subtitles? This is really sad.

  84. Erno d'Vries December 18, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    Can't believe it's over…. is there any chance… – no maybe not.
    Guys – you are absolute legends – thanks for everything.

  85. Olivier Verdys December 19, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    just completed today. I'm sure hundreds of thousands will still be watching this 20 years from now. Incredible work. Just incredible that your team would do this for almost five whole years. In these days where instant satisfaction is all the rage, you have delivered a lesson in dedication and patience.
    Hut ab! Chapeaux bas! Hats off!

  86. AQuietNight December 23, 2019 at 3:18 am

    That was The Great War and this is A Great Series.

  87. Morty Sanchez December 25, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    This week, for the first time, the war ends

  88. Field Marshall of Swag - Conrad von Hotzendorf December 26, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Guys, I have a bad feeling about that train car…

  89. Field Marshall of Swag - Conrad von Hotzendorf December 26, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    That ending…

  90. ed p December 26, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    I have watched this series for the last couple months during my lunch time at work, i do have to say it was a very well put together and researched series, well done, but in everything I have read is generally been accepted that the last allied soldier KIA before the armistice came into affect was US soldier Henry Gunther who was killed by machine gun fire at 10:59 as he rushed a machine gun nest, with George Price being the last Canadian/Commonwealth soldier killed, George Ellison being the last British soldier killed and Augustin Trebuchon being the last French soldier killed. It's interesting noone seems to know who the last German soldier that was killed was.

  91. Mikołaj Bachosz December 28, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Thank you for making this show! It is one of the greatest YouTube channel!

  92. Abdelrahman Wael January 1, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    I wasn't able to watch the show as it came out so i binged it this year. I can say that this show made my summer

  93. Toni McClain January 2, 2020 at 3:37 am

    We really enjoyed this. Thank you!

  94. Roland Owen January 4, 2020 at 10:26 am

    i actually tear up a little whenever i hear "that was the great war"

  95. Forspan! January 4, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    I'll be sure to recommend this series to pretty much everyone I know

  96. mmcaog January 5, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    Just got to the end! Thank you so much for making this series!

  97. Mark Berninger January 10, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    There is a Game Theory "Game" which involves a group of participant "bidders" in an "auction" who are offered as prize (often $100) and invited to bid on it. The "winning" bidder gets the $100 but the person with the second highest bid loses their bid. It has been run many times, the first time I think was with Harvard Business School students, who one might presume are intelligent, Every time the auction is run the "winning" bid far exceeds $100. Often in the 300s.

    There is only one sure way to not lose, DO NOT BID!

    The invention of this game and its frequent running was long after The Great War.

  98. StrangerOman January 12, 2020 at 1:39 am

    When I first saw mentions of The Great War channel, I didn't really was interested in it. I saw it in my recommendation from time to time. Mentions of it from other channels but in the end of year 3 or so of the war, I hastily started to pick up the pace, but sadly, wouldn't catch up to celebrate 100 years since The first World War was over. I regret it and deeply thanks to everybody who supported and ran the show.

  99. Max Tickner January 14, 2020 at 7:43 am

    The greatest catalogue of the First World War. Indie a million, million thanks. I bless you for my childrens' sake, and their childrens' sake and all the generations to follow.

  100. Jarod Farrant January 20, 2020 at 1:07 am

    I was with this channel form 2016 and know I’m in the middle of the Russian civil war wow. Thanks Indy and gang for everything

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