When Italy entered the Great War

Italy declared war on Germany on August 28, 1916, fifteen months after declaring war on Austria. The strange story of how Italy came to join the Entente, and why they took so long to declare war on Germany, illustrates the complexity of the conflict and the differing motivations of the nations involved. The History Guy recalls one of the least understood and remembered fronts of the Great War.

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  • Yes Italians aren't even good at retreat that throw there weapons down because that communication only happens with their hands.As blusterous as the French Whom have never won a war,also.

    John VanlindinghamJohn VanlindinghamӨдрийн өмнө
  • The most interesting part of this video was the admission of Wilson's meddling during the peace negotiations and how his machinations helped foment the unrest that lead to WW2.

    Douglas HerronDouglas HerronСарын өмнө
  • 2:06 The First war of Indipendence (1848-1849) was the only one won by Austrian Empire.

    Gabriele BonatoGabriele BonatoСарын өмнө
  • Thanks for the excellent and thorough discussion of all the issues involving Italian entry into The Great War. I learned a lot. One question- why refer to the German Empire in 1914-1916 as Prussia? Even though Prussia provided most of German leadership, it had become just one part of the German Empire back in 1871.

    Jack HoranJack Horan2 сарын өмнө
  • 6:30 - civil unrest desroyed much of the infrastructure of Italy - and then, when Italy finally declared war on Austria-Hungary at 15.30, on the 23th of MAy, 1915, after almost exactly 12 hours, in the dawn at 04.00 on the 24th of May, the Austro-Hungarian fleet executed a series of strikes from Venezia in the North to Manfredonia and the Gargano peninsula in the South, severing the one of the two North-South railway lines (the other being on the West coast of Italy) at multiple locations, thus delaying Italian mobilisation to the Austrian front by weeks as well as causing great damage. mnthe.info/bill/video/o9OQxpmTf6GhrYg

    Karl von GazenbergKarl von Gazenberg3 сарын өмнө
  • Battle of Coporetto. Eirwin Rommel was a front line soldier. Battle also saw Ernest Hemingway and future Pope JohnXXIII

    Paul HerzogPaul Herzog4 сарын өмнө
  • There is a Book / Audio book " The Sleepwalkers " by Christopher Clark. Which may interest you and your viewers. It is about how the great powers end up at war in 1914, even though no one had intended that to happen

    Capt BumblerCapt Bumbler8 сарын өмнө
  • You should do one on the Amarna Letters, In what ever way you need to spin it, Because frankly it wont matter what you decide to talk about in regards to them its all fascinating.

    Vesper PrattVesper Pratt8 сарын өмнө
  • Really enjoyed this video, you've got a real flare for history and it shows sir. Keep it up!!

    thelocustemperorthelocustemperor8 сарын өмнө
  • talk about confusion !

    X XX X8 сарын өмнө
  • Can you cover the 332nd Regiment of the US Army? Since it was the only American Infantry Regiment to fight on the Italian Front particularly at Vittorio Veneto.

    Chris LondoChris Londo9 сарын өмнө
  • As an Italian these events are well-known but as usual, you brought them to life. My great grandfather was a partisan with Garibaldi and proudly marched down what is now called today Via XX Settembre in Rome. There is an interesting Museo there. As to the Great War, the allies launched a major offensive every six months, the Italians attacked the Austrian positions in the mountains 11 times in one year with great loss of life. Had it not been for the Congress of Vienna and prince Eugene of Austria, none of that would’ve been necessary. Today, we still call that portion of the Riviera , Villa de Franche, and it is mostly Italian speaking. Of course, the Grimaldi family was Italian in origin. .

    Joseph PicognaJoseph Picogna9 сарын өмнө
    • My grandfather was Bersaglieri during the Great War.

      Joseph PicognaJoseph Picogna9 сарын өмнө
  • Italy has been a bit of a challenge to my understanding. The more I learn the better she settles in to the Euthanasia’s puzzle. So many motives.

    Robert MorrisRobert Morris9 сарын өмнө
  • Better Italian history lesson than from Wats A Matta U.

    B AB A9 сарын өмнө
  • Hiya

    William T. MusilWilliam T. Musil9 сарын өмнө
  • What a quagmire - and people think the middle-east is screwed up.

    mrackermmrackerm9 сарын өмнө
  • WWI : nobody wanted the war but everybody marched to the frontline.

    Yuri61 CourvoisierYuri61 Courvoisier9 сарын өмнө
  • Keep up the good work!

    Rusty ShacklefordRusty Shackleford9 сарын өмнө
  • LOVE the new intro

    lucasmetrolucasmetro9 сарын өмнө
  • Very informative and I enjoyed it however your average american will be a bit lost in the details..thanx HG

    peter okeefepeter okeefe9 сарын өмнө
  • Mussolini proved that the only difference between Fascism and Socialism is the name.

    djolley61djolley619 сарын өмнө
  • Interesting. Didn't know Romania caused Italy to enter the Great War. Though it makes sens, we have cultural affinities from the time of the Romans. The name of the country being derived from the Latin word for "citizen of Rome". Great video! Maybe come a little further East? The history here is mind bending. 😀

    Vlad MacoveiVlad Macovei9 сарын өмнө
  • Nicely done , sir. You do give a certain "snap" to history. I hope your students appreciate you.

    Frank GullaFrank Gulla9 сарын өмнө
  • A History Guy perspective on Sicily would be interesting. To me anyway

    FUBAR Model YardFUBAR Model Yard9 сарын өмнө
  • History Guy, please cover the WW2 story about the Italian pilot named Rossi who was flying a captured P-38 Lightning against Allied flyers

    Dig It!Dig It!9 сарын өмнө
  • When Germany and Italy signed the so-called Pact of Steel on May 22, 1939, Winston Churchill is supposed to have remarked, "We had them last time. It's only fair that they should have them this time."

    Bill RobinsonBill Robinson9 сарын өмнө
  • How about doing a history or the non-history of the so called Confederate Flag since it's first appearance as a flag was 1948. Then maybe all these history illiterates may learn something feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

    Jim GavinJim Gavin9 сарын өмнө
    • @Jim Gavin The following is not a question, but a statement: How did English get so F'd up?

      Darryl BrooksDarryl Brooks9 сарын өмнө
    • I already know the truth just suggesting educating others who believe it's their history.

      Jim GavinJim Gavin9 сарын өмнө
    • Dude, you have a computer. Use Google.

      Darryl BrooksDarryl Brooks9 сарын өмнө
  • Since Germany was untied in 1871, wonder why THG keeps referring to Prussia instead of Germany. I know that Prussia was the dominant power in Germany, but when speaking of the history of WWI, it seems inaccurate to refer to Prussia instead of Germany.

    Mr. DMr. D9 сарын өмнө
  • The world must learn of our peaceful ways, by force. Years from now when we have colonies on Mars, there will be battles fought there as well. Humans are doomed to follow this path it would seem...

    Chewy ToeNailsChewy ToeNails9 сарын өмнө
  • Installation of feudalism pleases lenders. Italy made payments until the seventies from her position at the center of the world. What might a more naive power sign up for?

    Martin DMartin D9 сарын өмнө
  • This one needed a play card. I found this piece hard to follow. Digesting Italy’s romance with boot shining fascism led this newly minted republic seem farcical. Tragic loses and ultimately for what.

    redthepostredthepost9 сарын өмнө
  • Thanks for this, it was really great. My uncle Luzio was an officer in the Italian Army and took shrapnel at the Battle of Caporetto. My father was a teenager as was his older brother Florio. They worked digging trenches and building earthworks. After the war, the family farm in Chieti was in ruins. Luzio was largely disabled. My father and grandfather both got the flu during the winter of 1918, my father survived, my grandfather did not. In order to support the family, my father and his brother Florio worked as lumberjacks and cowboys, riding the range during the Transumanza, the Italian cattle drives along the Adriatic coast. The years 1919-23 were known as “The Black Years” when anarchists, socialist, and fascists battled in the Italian cities. My uncle Luigi had emigrated to the US in 1905 and become an American citizen. As the Baker-Reed Act moved through Congress, which would end the great period of European immigration to the US, he brought the family here in July, 1922. As an after note, my uncle Luzio failed his first citizenship test in 1927, but since he was a veteran of an Allied army, he got a do-over and won his American citizenship. My uncle Florio, among other things, became a leading voice in the Italian-language press against Mussolini and the Fascists, which hurt his business a great deal until WWII.

    Joe ManciniJoe Mancini9 сарын өмнө
  • Anyone else click the like button before even watching the video?

    Charles RogersCharles Rogers9 сарын өмнө
  • 7:28 and 8:04 prove - All wars are bankers wars. "It is no coincidence that the century of total war coincided with the century of central banking." Ron Paul Thank you History Guy. Question for you, have you done a video on the July Crisis? I know you would do an outstanding job!

    StevenSteven9 сарын өмнө
  • There was one American Regiment that served in WW1 Italy - the 332nd Infantry. Took part in the Battle of Vittorio Veneto as part of the 10th Italian-British Allied Army under the command of Lord Cavan (of the British expeditionary force). My father's unit the 121st Infantry Regiment was also part of this Army, in the Italian XI Corps.

    avvocatoavvocato9 сарын өмнө
  • Thanks. Who was Kokapelli and is his name really the only word remembered from his culture?

    Elliot SmithElliot Smith9 сарын өмнө
  • Europe should have its own reality show. So much friggin' drama with these people.

    Dario ImpiniDario Impini9 сарын өмнө
  • Did anyone else notice the US state of Illinois in the European map at 7:08?

    Eye EyeEye Eye9 сарын өмнө
  • Is there a video about the rise, and history of political cartoons? Who started them? Why? What impact did they have? If not could that possibly be put into the works when you have time?

    Comfy Chair StudiosComfy Chair Studios9 сарын өмнө
  • Why don't you check which players were freemsaons in the various countries involved...

    JagzillaJagzilla9 сарын өмнө
  • My wives great grandfather was a British army lorry driver supporting the Italians in the South Tyrol. It is not widely known in the UK that British troops fought in the Tyrol.

    paul kentpaul kent9 сарын өмнө
  • Enjoyed that very much, funny how simple choices can trigger a result we did not expect or want. Nice to get a bit of my heritage clearer, half Italian here, lol. Thanks

    daniel alfieridaniel alfieri9 сарын өмнө
  • Gobble gobble gobble...say what!? Slow down. Too much info too fast.

    boboala1boboala19 сарын өмнө
  • Did I hear you right? "265 *thousand* taken prisoner"? Geez, people talk about the ineffectiveness of French troops, but hot d×mn! That's a defeat so stunning, you have to wonder if it was a morale problem...

    Jordan EggermanJordan Eggerman9 сарын өмнө
  • World War One really was a mess. Not really one single war but multiple wars fought by the same parties.

    Diabetic AlienDiabetic Alien9 сарын өмнө
  • Italy not happy with the peace agreements at the end of WW1. Want to say how sad, how many "loose ends" were left at the end of WW1 that led to WW2

    f3xpmartianf3xpmartian9 сарын өмнө
  • The development of this channel has been impressive and great to watch. What hasn't changed is your professionalism and the delightful glint in your eye. Thank you.

    dskadd32dskadd329 сарын өмнө
  • I just want to state that your videos are very well presented and quite interesting. Thank you.

    kd frkd fr9 сарын өмнө
  • 7:06 Why does this map have an inset of Illinois?

    TannhauserTannhauser9 сарын өмнө
  • A casualty in war is considered those killed, wounded, and captured or missing in action, plus deserters are sometimes considered casualties. At Caporetto, there were about 40.000 killed and wounded, 265,000 taken prisoner, and 40-50,000 deserters, so the number of "casualties" exceeds 350,000, not 40,000. One might also include the stragglers who became separated from the command structure, and fled back to Italy on their own. That number exceeds a quarter million.

    Carlton BCarlton B9 сарын өмнө
  • Rommel was a Lieutenant of Mountain Troops who fought against both Romanians and Italians in the Great War. He wrote extensively of these battlefield experiences in his autobiographical book, Infantry Attacks. It was a very different war for him than the trench warfare normally associated with the Western Front. This was the baptism of fire of the man who became arguably Germany's greatest General in WWII.

    Ranger ReviewerRanger Reviewer9 сарын өмнө
    • @Legio XXI Rapax I agree that the Italians in the Desert deserve more credit. Good soldiers with lazy generals, but better than people say. Rommel was only great when he was able to operate nimbly, on the offensive, and able to keep up his momentum. And that didn't happen often enough for the Afrika Korps to defeat the Anglo-Americans. Rommel did a poor job defending Europe against the Normandy Invasion. Because he never grew beyond his success. But it was still a remarkable success given how under-supplied the Afrika Korps was. His fast-paced style is still quite remarkable and only comparable to one other General in WWII - his nemesis, Patton. Germany had dozens of brilliant generals in the East that will never be remembered. But part of greatness is to be remembered. Rommel is and always will be. Plus his personal politics proved he didn't need to be a NAZI boot-licker to succeed. He became Hitler's favorite by simple audacity of character and martial prowess. Quite an achievement for a WWII German General!

      Ranger ReviewerRanger Reviewer9 сарын өмнө
  • Bellisimo!

    Darlene WrightDarlene Wright9 сарын өмнө
  • The war in the mountains was extraordinarily deadly, largely because of the the impact of the weather on the poorly equipped and even more poorly commanded troops. Many of the trenches and fortifications carved into the mountains can be visited today.

    Bill KerrBill Kerr9 сарын өмнө
  • This is quite wrong view of the begging of the ww1. Long before assassination of Franz Ferdinand. Austria was preparing for war with Serbia. The ultimatum send to Serbia was not a demand for a crack down on nationalists, it was a demand to simply incorporate Serbia into the empire. The group which assassinated the duke, Young Bosnia, was a pro Yugoslav, socialist group. Bosnia is a geographical term, at the time, before the massive genocide against Serbian people. Most of the Bosnia was predominantly Serbian.

    MorningstarMorningstar9 сарын өмнө
    • Morningstar certainly this episode is not trying to cover all the nuance of the events of the July crisis. But I did say that Austria knew the conditions of the terms of the ultimatum could not be met, and might cause a general war. I also mentioned that both Austria and Italy had designs on territory in the Balkans, If your impression is that I blamed the war on Serbia, I think you are reading quite a lot in.

      The History Guy: History Deserves to Be RememberedThe History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered9 сарын өмнө
    • ​@The History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered Respectfully, i think we disagree with one thing. Austria demand for crackdown on Serbian nationalists was not a demand. Stating it as such portrays Empire's demand as somewhat reasonable. Empire ultimatum ranged from establishing a trade treaty akin to a colonial possession, opening of Serbia market to Austrian trade while maintaining massive trade restrictions and goods on Serbian products. Serbia and Austria already had a massive trade conflict before and in the last one Serbia prevailed. It is generally one of the reasons why most of the Empire's ruling elite, particularity Hötzendorf made so many hawkish political gestures. Empires security forces free reign over entire territory of Serbia. Ability to remove politicians and military figures as it saw fit. Control over river trade. Severing of connections with Serbian population in Bosnia/Croatia/Slavonia as in demanding that Serbia no longer help paying for schools in Bosnia/Croatia for Serbs. Serbian language was being actively suppressed along with orthodox religion way before this. Portraying Empires ultimatum as simple demand for crackdown on nationalists is respectfully, somewhat wrong and may shape the view of such ultimatum in a bit distorted light. Love your videos and i really appreciate your hard work that goes into them.They are a joy to listen to.

      MorningstarMorningstar9 сарын өмнө
    • I don't think that your description is inconsistent with mine.

      The History Guy: History Deserves to Be RememberedThe History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered9 сарын өмнө
  • I'd recommend the book "The White War" by Mark Thompson for anyone interested in learning more about the Italian front

    Danny JonesDanny Jones9 сарын өмнө
  • Good episode, Thanks HG. Have you done an episode on the Berserkers yet? Did the Vikings hire them as mercenaries?

    Montana HarvestorMontana Harvestor9 сарын өмнө
  • bro i like the collection behind You!

    schuetze_jackschuetze_jack9 сарын өмнө
  • Mussolini was a socialist until the day he was hanged. So was Hitler

    gengischegengische9 сарын өмнө
  • I believe it was Carlo Sforza who declared that after the Treaty of Versailles and the moving of the frontier of Italy to the Brenner Pass (incorporating German Speakers in the Bolzano area), Italy was the only country that could say it had "won" the Great War.

    Christopher HayesChristopher Hayes9 сарын өмнө
  • Prussia declared war on Romania?

    John PritchardJohn Pritchard9 сарын өмнө
  • Could you please do a video on Saint Laurent 1969 nuclear accident. There is not much on MNthe about this one.

    MichaelMichael9 сарын өмнө
  • Italy lost WW2 because they bought ziti instead of shells.

    ROBSHOTZROBSHOTZ9 сарын өмнө
  • German : *used Austrian flag while sinking other countries' ships. Austria : *sent Hitler. German : *surprise pikachu

    boulderbash19700209boulderbash197002099 сарын өмнө
  • I think ww1 is actually far more complex than ww2

    ItsnodawayitustabeItsnodawayitustabe9 сарын өмнө
  • THG, Hiroshima and the aftermath. Thanks for the great teaching.

    Chris LawsonChris Lawson9 сарын өмнө
  • amazing complexity of politics and the wars...

    tadeu, antonio Passarellitadeu, antonio Passarelli9 сарын өмнө
  • How about Bulgaria's role in the Great war

    Khukri_Wielder XXXKhukri_Wielder XXX9 сарын өмнө
  • History Guy, you are awesome. I do have a question though: Is there any part of History best forgotten? Is there in fact, History that deserves to be forgotten? Or maybe bits that people were supposed to forget and didn't?

    Charl PrakCharl Prak9 сарын өмнө
  • As usual, a well-organized and informative presentation.!

    Joe WynneJoe Wynne9 сарын өмнө
  • History Guy: You can compress a lot of learning into your 10 to 15 minutes long. I'm glad I stumbled upon you.

    Billy Two KnivesBilly Two Knives9 сарын өмнө
  • I was stationed in northern Italy from 73 to 75. I think they changed governments 5 times while I was there. It barely made the news. Their money wasn't worth much and they burned mountains of undelivered mail but they were an awfully free people.

    Ferengi profiteerFerengi profiteer9 сарын өмнө
    • @Legio XXI Rapax I take it your Italian. There's a saying "He who governs least governs best." So, some may envy that situation. I was at a conserma in Natz, just up hill from Bressanone/Brixen. The mountain Plose was our northern view. It was quite a change from the Texas prairie I was raised on. Beautiful country but everywhere you looked was up.🤠👍

      Ferengi profiteerFerengi profiteer9 сарын өмнө
  • Bravo! Bene bene! Thanks for clearing up this issue for me, as I had no clue what Italy really did in WWI. - Dr Dave.

    DrDave MenkeDrDave Menke9 сарын өмнө
  • Dear The History Guy and Gal, I love you! You make every day better! Much love! sincerely, The Learning-a-Lot-From-You Guy :)

    SleazeMongerSleazeMonger9 сарын өмнө
  • I think it is worth mentioning another complication to the political dynamics of Italy entering the War is Pope Benedict XV was elected Sept. 3, 1914, just as the War was beginning and Emperor Franz Joseph, was the only man on earth with veto power over who was elected Pope. Also, I like to remind people Mussolini was by trade a journalist and reporter. And, he in fact, did not make the trains run on time!

    David HarrisDavid Harris9 сарын өмнө
  • Why does he keep saying Prussia?

    pauldj88ablepauldj88able9 сарын өмнө
  • Excellent!

    jodeluna62jodeluna629 сарын өмнө
  • Thank you for an impressively comprehensive description. But in the years leading up to 1914 what you referred to as Prussia was actually Germany, wasn't it?

    John OsmanJohn Osman9 сарын өмнө
  • I think von Molke said it didn’t matter whose side they were on - “If they are your enemy it will take ten divisions to defeat them and if your allies it would take ten divisions to protect them”.

    Paul H. KunbergerPaul H. Kunberger9 сарын өмнө
    • Daniel Eyre I honestly don’t remember whether it was the elder or younger von Moltke. Could have been either. I do remember the quote (if not the source) as I thought it hilarious at the time. That said, I could be wrong and frequently am.

      Paul H. KunbergerPaul H. Kunberger9 сарын өмнө
  • You are getting a little heavy on the commercials

    Cameron SmithCameron Smith9 сарын өмнө
    • Are you supporting the channel on Patreon?

      Scott LeeScott Lee8 сарын өмнө
  • To take a deep dive on this front, read The White War. The trenches can still be toured today.

    Dave MehelasDave Mehelas9 сарын өмнө
  • Not sure why you keep referring to German as Prussia.

    Dave MehelasDave Mehelas9 сарын өмнө
  • Thank you so much for allowing you to watch a very good video. I hope your channel will develop and become a very big channel. I think your channel is a good video and a talented person. 아주 좋은 영상 볼수 있게 해주셔서 너무 감사해요.님의 채널이 점차 발전하여 매우 큰 채널이되기를 기원합니다.나는 님의 채널이 좋은영상이고 재능있는 사람이라고 생각합니다. 님의 채널에 칭찬과 응원을 드리고 날마다 잘 성장하고 성공적인 채널이되기를 진심으로 바랍니다.그럼 다음에 또 만나요.We sincerely hope that we will give praise and support to your channel and grow well and become a successful channel every day.See you next time.

    DS. KimDS. Kim9 сарын өмнө
  • all wars are a racket - gen. Butler the real threat to your way of life is the accumulation of the national debt... 99% will argue in Roth schild's favor or snooze.. when dual cit munchkin defaults on t bonds or their interest, you will see how true it is Robert Kiyosaki claims dollars could be worth noting in a heartbeat

    Duggy DuggDuggy Dugg9 сарын өмнө
  • Several viewers have questioned by use of the names “Prussia” and “Germany” interchangeably. It is true that the war was conducted in the period of the German Empire. However, the two terms were commonly used interchangeably at the time in the allied press. The reason is understandable, as the emperor was, in fact, the King of Prussia, and the armies of the North German Confederation reported through the Prussian army. However, despite the Prussian character of the empire, the proper name of the nation state at the time was the German Empire and that is the term I should have used. I apologize for the confusion. Another viewer noted that I used a picture of the famous Minister President of Prussia and Chancellor of the Empire Otto Von Bismarck at 4:55 when talking about the German declarations of war n 1914. Of course Bismarck died in 1898.

    The History Guy: History Deserves to Be RememberedThe History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered9 сарын өмнө
    • "and itll be some damn fool thing in the balkans"

      Vesper PrattVesper Pratt8 сарын өмнө
    • Love your MNthe channel!! The Italian invasion of Africa under Benito Mussolini during WW2. It was never taught in schools. From what I’ve been reading recently there should have been an international war crimes tribunal.

      Darryl BrooksDarryl Brooks9 сарын өмнө
  • Don't forget "the only times Italy has ended a war on the same side they started are when the war lasted long enough for them to switch sides twice". WW1 is a good example.

    brown-eyed manbrown-eyed man9 сарын өмнө
  • I HOPE YOU DO AN EPISODE OF THE GREAT FLOOD OF 1913...!!! I’m FROM YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO AND WHEN I SAW THE PHOTO’S I WAS AMAZED HOW DEFISTATING IT WAS..!!! NOT ONLY YOUNGSTOWN, BUT ALL ACCROSS THE STATE AND OTHER STATES..!!!! SURE HOPE TO SEE YOU DO IT..!!! 👌👍✌️

    Ken HuffmanKen Huffman9 сарын өмнө
  • Thanks for the great video (as always). I had never seen the cartoon at 8:00 before and think it's really interesting what each side likely offered. The cartoon names Corsica and Tunis - offered by the Alliance, as well as Trieste, Valona (modern day Vlorë in Albania), and the Trentino by the Entente. In addition, the Entente offered Italy both Northern Dalmatia and some African colonial border adjustments as part of the 1915 Treaty of London. I'm also certain the Triple Alliance would have also offered both British Malta and French Savoy to the Italians.

    John LightJohn Light9 сарын өмнө
  • The harshest terrain in Europe, as the giant mountains pose a huge disadvantage to the attackers! It's a miracle that a poor, not industrialized and internally divided country like Italy, could stand till the end, only being pushed back in the battle of Caporetto and just because the intervention of the Germans with new warfare technics! Then the italians were able to halt their advance and push back till the final victory! The italian front is too underrated, NICE JOB!

    PraetorianGuardPraetorianGuard9 сарын өмнө
  • Is it Prussia or Germany seems very confused. It was in fact the German Empire it’s largest constituent was the state of Prussia ... so was Germany after 1870 not Prussia

    John HoltJohn Holt9 сарын өмнө
  • Why do you keep referring to Germany as Prussia? Imperial Germany was made up with more areas than just Prussia.

    Brian DenisonBrian Denison9 сарын өмнө
  • Interestingly the conference of Vienna actually granted some land lost by Portugal to Spain back to Portugal but to this day, even though agreeing to the plan, Spain still holds on to it.

    greeropsgreerops9 сарын өмнө
  • Good video, THG, but did you forget that Germany had unified in 1871? "Prussia" was not an independent state in 1914. BTW, a highlght of our visit to Slovenia last summer was the WWI museum in the town of Kobarid, with a wealth of displays and materials on the mountain war on the Austro Italian front, which also ran through Slovenia, as well as hiking to nearby preserved trench works.

    Ben NiderbergBen Niderberg9 сарын өмнө
    • "Germany" and "Prussia" were used almost interchangeably by press at the time. For good reason. "Imperial Germany" was, essentially, simply the idea of a greater Prussia. The emperor was the King of Prussia.

      The History Guy: History Deserves to Be RememberedThe History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered9 сарын өмнө
  • LOL so the Americans were responsible for the Italiens joining the Axis !

    Airline SecretAirline Secret9 сарын өмнө
  • My grandfather & his father fought in the Alps.

    Gabriel JohannsonGabriel Johannson9 сарын өмнө
  • Prussia did not declare war on Russia in 1914, the German Empire did.

    Rommel FRommel F9 сарын өмнө
    • @The History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered Yes, but Prussia is not a nation state. The German Empire is.

      Rommel FRommel F9 сарын өмнө
    • True. The empire did. Under its emperor- the King of Prussia.

      The History Guy: History Deserves to Be RememberedThe History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered9 сарын өмнө
  • In the cartoon at 1:07/1:08 who is the third guy from the left supposed to be? I've read that Italian leaders weren't overly concerned with the lives and welfare of their southern peasant soldiers.

    juniatapark54juniatapark549 сарын өмнө
  • No. More. Brother. Wars.

    Calypso HandjackCalypso Handjack9 сарын өмнө
  • And I thought the Worls Wide Web created exponential connections, both favourable and otherwise. Europe is one strange continent indeed. Problem is, as a Brit , my ancestors had to lay down their lives to put an end to all future wars. That didn't go to plan, but this episode very much did. Two thumbs up!

    Robert RowanRobert Rowan9 сарын өмнө
  • Heads up! At 5:37 one of your images has a watermark. Might want to fix that. Tried to contact you via your site but didn't find a way. Love your channel!!!

    bumble yetibumble yeti9 сарын өмнө
  • Read Christopher Clark´s "the sleep walkers"

    Bob JonesBob Jones9 сарын өмнө