🎧 Dan Snow's History Hit

🎧 Dan Snow's History Hit

History! The most exciting and important things that have ever happened on the planet! Featuring reports from the weird and wonderful places around the world where history has been made and interviews with some of the best historians writing today. Dan also covers some of the major anniversaries as they pass by and explores the deep history behind today's headlines - giving you the context to understand what is going on today.

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🎧 Dan Snow's History Hit
  • 🎧 The Man Who Escaped Auschwitz

    In April 1944 nineteen-year-old Rudolf Vrba and fellow inmate, Fred Wetzler became the first Jews ever to break out of Auschwitz. Under electrified fences and past armed watchtowers, evading thousands of SS men and slavering dogs, they trekked across marshlands, mountains and rivers to freedom. V...

  • 🎧 Cleopatra

    Cleopatra VII was part of a dynasty of Macedonian rulers founded by Ptolemy, who served as general under Alexander the Great during his conquest of Egypt in 332 B.C. Cleopatra served as the dominant ruler in all three of her co-regencies and was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. Th...

  • 🎧 A Short History of Nomads

    The roots of the word β€˜Nomad’ dates back to an extremely early Indo-European word, β€˜nomos’. After towns and cities are built and more people settle, β€˜Nomad’ comes to describe people who live without walls and beyond boundaries. Now, the word is used by settled people - for some with a sense of ro...

  • 🎧 Inside the Royal Marines

    The Royal Marines are the UK's Commando Force and the Royal Navy's own amphibious troops. The Commandos have become a byword for elite raiding skills and cutting-edge military operations. They are globally renowned, yet shrouded in mystery.

    Former Royal Marine Monty Halls joins Dan to shed light...

  • 🎧 Al Capone

    Born in Brooklyn, New York in January 1899, Alphonse Gabriel Capone would go on to become perhaps the most infamous gangster in American history. During the Roaring Twenties, Al Capone ruled an empire of crime in the Windy City of Chicago: gambling, prostitution, bootlegging, bribery, narcotics, ...

  • 🎧 The Sinking of the Lancastria

    On June 17, 1940, the British ocean liner, RMS Lancastria, was sunk during Operation Aerial.

    RMS Lancastria had sailed to the French port of St. Nazaire to aid in the evacuation of British and French soldiers, civil servants and British civilians after the fall of Dunkirk. The ship was loaded we...

  • 🎧 Nuclear Disasters

    In 2011, a 43-foot-high tsunami crashed into a nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. In the following days, explosions would rip buildings apart, three reactors would go into nuclear meltdown, and the surrounding area would be swamped in radioactive water. It is now considered one of the costl...

  • 🎧 Treasures of The Royal Mint

    A history of British monarchs in coins. With a history stretching over 1,100 years, The Royal Mint has forged a fascinating story through the world of historic coins. As the second oldest mint in the world, and the oldest company in the UK, its history is entwined with the 61 monarchs who have ru...

  • 🎧 Falklands40: Identifying the Unmarked Graves

    Argentina surrendered to British forces in Port Stanley on the 14th of June 1982. The Falklands conflict was over. In the months after the fighting ended troops and their equipment shipped out, graves were dug and memorials were put up across the islands for those killed in battle. British milita...

  • 🎧 Falklands40: Return to Mount Tumbledown

    The Battle of Mount Tumbledown was an attack by the British Army and the Royal Marines on the heights overlooking Stanley, the Falkland Islands' capital. One of a number of night battles that took place during the British advance towards Stanley, the battle led to British troops capturing all the...

  • 🎧 Discovered! A Royal Navy Shipwreck

    The wreck of one of the most famous ships of the 17th century - which sank 340 years ago while carrying the future King of England James Stuart - has been discovered off the coast of Norfolk in the UK, it can be revealed today.

    Since running aground on a sandbank on May 6, 1682, the wreck of the...

  • 🎧 Falklands40: Memories of an Argentine Veteran

    Please note that this episode contains descriptions of conflict and torture that some may find distressing.

    When the British arrived on the Falklands Islands in 1982, they battled the Argentines. But on the other side, it was a very different story. For the young Argentine combatants, their grea...

  • 🎧 The Battle of Midway

    On the 4th of June 1942, the US Navy took on the might of Japan's Imperial Navy in the battle of Midway. It was America's Trafalgar! At the end of the fighting devastating losses had been inflicted on the Japanese and the entire strategic position in the Pacific was upended in favour of the Allie...

  • 🎧 The Veteran Searching for his D-Day Shipwreck

    On June 6, 1944, D-Day, Patrick Thomas, a young Royal Navy telegraphist, boarded the craft in Portsmouth. The boat was part of the first wave on Sword Beach, covering communications for land battles while providing defence from enemy ships and torpedoes. On June 25, it was hit by an acoustic mine...

  • 🎧 Platinum Jubilee: Britain’s Greatest Queens

    Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-reigning monarch in British history and one of the longest-reigning in the world. To mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, we have brought together some of today’s best historians to discuss the life and times of Britain's long history of queens from the Medieval pe...

  • 🎧 Tulsa: The Attack on Black Wall Street

    From May 31 to June 1, 1921, a white mob attacked residents, homes and businesses in the predominantly Black β€˜Greenwood District’ of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Hundreds of people died or were injured in the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921β€” the event remains one of the worst incidents of racial violence in U.S. his...

  • 🎧 Falklands40: Battle of Goose Green

    Please note that this episode contains descriptions of combat and some explicit language.

    At the Battle of Goose Green the Second Battalion the Parachute Regiment (2 Para) fought against various sub-units of the Argentine army and air forceβ€” this would be the first and the longest battle of the ...

  • 🎧 SAS Founder: Warrior or Phoney?

    David Stirling was an aristocrat, innovator and special forces legend that earned him the nickname 'The Phantom Major'. His formation of the Special Air Service in the summer of 1941 led to a new form of warfare and Stirling is remembered as the father of special forces soldiering. But was he rea...

  • 🎧 Our Obsession with Nostalgia

    Longing to go back to the 'good old days' is nothing new. For hundreds of years, the British have mourned the loss of older national identities and called for a revival 'simple', 'better' ways of life - from Margaret Thatcher's call for a return to 'Victorian values' in the 1980s to William Blake...

  • 🎧 How Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt Divided Berlin

    Berlin’s fate was sealed at the 1945 Yalta Conference: the city, along with the rest of Germany, was to be carved up between the victorious powers - American, British, French and Soviet. On paper, it seemed a pragmatic solution. In reality, once the four powers were no longer united by their comm...

  • 🎧 Medieval Myths and Legends

    Various legends, characters and myths are associated with the medieval period. The British Isles is filled with prehistoric monuments - from Stonehenge and Wayland's Smithy, the archipelago of Orkney to as far south as Cornwall, Snowdon and Loch Etive, and rivers including the Ness, the Soar and ...

  • 🎧 Falklands40: The Loss of HMS Ardent

    Please note that this episode contains frank discussions of conflict, mental health and suicide.

    Admiral Lord West is the former First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff. In 1982, West commanded the frigate HMS Ardent which was deployed to the South Atlantic for the Falklands War. During the ...

  • 🎧 HMS Black Joke

    Please note that this episode contains mentions of racial trauma, slavery and violence.

    The most feared ship in Britain’s West Africa Squadron, His Majesty’s Black Joke was one of a handful of ships tasked with patrolling the western coast of Africa in an effort to end hundreds of years of globa...

  • 🎧 The Secret Plot to Kill the Government

    On the night of February 23 1820, twenty-five impoverished craftsmen assembled in an obscure stable in Cato Street, London, with a plan to massacre the whole British cabinet at its monthly dinner. The Cato Street Conspiracy was the most sensational of all plots aimed at the British state since Gu...