World War I Podcast Season Six

Produced by the MacArthur Memorial to commemorate the centennial of World War I (1914-1918), the World War I History Podcast explores the history of the war from a variety of perspectives.

From the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, to the Zimmerman Telegram, the Red Baron, trench warfare, the Christmas Truce and Lawrence of Arabia, this podcast series will answer some of the major questions of the war. 

What were the causes? Who were the major players? How did this war redraw the political and social map of the world? And most importantly, why does this war still matter?

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Contact Amanda Williams.


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Shell Shock

During World War I, the public was made aware of a condition known as shell shock that was affecting a significant number of soldiers.  From 1915-1918, the diagnosis of shell shock evolved, as medical professionals attempted to determine if the condition was physical, psychological, or moral (i.e. cowardice).  In this interview, Dr. Marble Sanders, Senior Historian of the U.S. Army Medical Department Office of Medical History, discusses shell shock and how doctors tried to diagnose, treat, and even prevent shell shock during World War I. (17:42)
Shell Shock
Mustard Gas

Chemical weapons were one of the great horrors of the World War I battlefield.  While different types of gases were used throughout the war, Mustard Gas was the most prominent and most effective chemical weapon in use by 1917.  In this interview, Dr. Marble Sanders, Senior Historian of the U.S. Army Medical Department Office of Medical History, provides an overview of Mustard Gas and discusses the U.S. Army’s efforts to counter this weapon. (18:59)

Mustard Gas

The Battle of Chateau Thierry

The Battle of Chateau Thierry (July 18, 1918) marked an important turning point in World War I.  In this podcast, TRADOC Deputy Chief Historian Stephen C. McGeorge places the Battle of Chateau Thierry in the wider context of the war and discusses the cooperation between U.S. and French forces during the battle.  (49:50)


Chateau Thierry