🎧 Warfare

🎧 Warfare

From Napoleonic battles to Cold War confrontations, the Normandy landings to 9/11, this podcast opens up fascinating new perspectives on how wars have shaped and changed our modern world. Each week, twice a week, war historian, writer, and broadcaster, James Rogers, teams up with fellow historians, veterans, and experts to reveal astonishing new histories of inspirational leadership, breakthrough technologies, and era defining battles. Together they highlight the stark realities and consequences of global warfare. Join us on the front line of military history.

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🎧 Warfare
  • 🎧 Bay of Pigs

    The BahΓ­a de Cochinos, also known as the Bay of Pigs, is a place that lives in infamy for the CIA. On April 17 1961, 1,500 US-trained Cuban exiles launched an unprecedented military landing operation on their homeland there, but how did it go so disastrously wrong? With hundreds of men killed, an...

  • 🎧 The Bermuda Triangle: The Secret History of Flight 19

    Located off the coast of Florida, Puerto Rico, and its namesake Bermuda - the mysterious Bermuda Triangle is an urban myth that's risen in popularity over the decades. But how come so many planes and boats disappear in this region - and what makes Flight 19 so special? In December 1945, at the en...

  • 🎧 WW2 US Marines: Devil Dogs

    Founded in 1775, the United States Marines Corps (colloquially known as the US Marines) have a long standing history, and a reputation that precedes them. An elite group made up of personnel from across the United States, they played a vital role in the Pacific during the Second World War, and we...

  • 🎧 Spitfires of the Sea

    After the fall of France during the Second World War, Britain became an isolated nation - dependent on the strength of it's coastal forces to keep the Axis powers at bay. The task to protect the small island nation fell on 2000 small, wooden boats to fight back against the enemy no matter the wea...

  • 🎧 J. Edgar Hoover & the FBI

    Known today as one of the most powerful law enforcement agencies in the world - the Federal Bureau of Investigation, more colloquially known as the FBI, didn't always have such a great reputation. Once riddled with scandal and unseemly behaviour, how did the FBI turn into the well oiled machine i...

  • 🎧 Top 5 Military Commanders

    Napoleon, Alexander the Great, and Boudicca. These are the names that normally top the list when it comes to the greatest military leaders in history, but today’s guest is taking a slightly different approach.

    Professor of War Studies at University of Warwick, Anthony King, is drawing on his ex...

  • 🎧 The Cult Of Abraham Lincoln

    Abraham Lincoln is a name that's been immortalised throughout history - the 16th President who led the country through the infamous American Civil War, and ultimately abolished slavery. But who is the man behind the myth, and why is he so revered even to this day?

    In this episode, James is joine...

  • 🎧 Life in Hitler's Germany

    A warning that this episode contains descriptions of genocide and terms for groups which were classified that way at the time.
    Personal accounts of the Second World War are far and wide, and an invaluable tool for learning about one of the most devastating conflicts in history - but what can we l...

  • 🎧 The CIA: Secret Drone Wars

    Like most aspects of the organisation, the CIA drone programme is shrouded in secrecy. With covert bases located across the globe, all armed with high tech sensors and precision missiles, it begs the questions, is anywhere safe in this new modern age? But how did the CIA drone programme begin, an...

  • 🎧 The World's Biggest Nuclear Bomb

    In the early hours of 30Β October 1961, a bomber took off from an airstrip in northern Russia and began its flight through cloudy skies over the frigid Russian Arctic. Hanging below this Soviet plane was a nuclear bomb the size of a small school bus. It was the largest and most powerful bomb ever ...

  • 🎧 The Real SAS Rogue Heroes

    The Special Air Service, more colloquially known as the SAS, was the creation of Officer David Stirling during the Second World War. Located in the deserts of Northern Africa, they were given instructions by Churchill himself to wage 'total war' against the Axis powers. Recently, this group of ma...

  • 🎧 CIA & the Nazis

    The Cold War saw an era of heightened tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union - double agents, clashing political ideologies, and advancements in nuclear war; it was a tense time on the geopolitical stage. But how did all of these factors ultimately lead to the CIA knowingly recru...

  • 🎧 World Wars & World Cups

    An accusation that has dogged the Qatar World Cup throughout the tournament is that of β€˜sportswashing’. You’ve probably seen it in an article, or heard it in a news report. But what does β€˜sportwashing’ actually mean, and where did it come from? While the term itself wasn't coined until 2015, the ...

  • 🎧 The Spies Who Built the CIA

    The CIA is one of the most well-known and powerful government organisations across the globe. But who's responsible for its creation, and why have they been overlooked by the history books?

    In the wake of the Second World War, four agents played key roles in the organisations formation - dubbed ...

  • 🎧 Red Devils of WW2

    2022 marks 80 years since the Paras' first campaign in North Africa. In Britain, they were known as the parachute regiment, but after their daring feats in World War 2, the name Red Devils quickly stuck.

    In this episode, James is joined by BBC journalist and ex-British Army officer Mark Urban, ...

  • 🎧 Origins of the CIA

    2022 marks the 75th anniversary of the Central Intelligence Agency, more colloquially known as the CIA. While viewed today as one of the most advanced and powerful intelligence agencies in the world, the United States didn't always sit at the top of this list.

    Long before the CIA had been create...

  • 🎧 WW1 & The Rise of Ghosts

    8.5 million soldiers died as a result from wounds and disease during the First World War, plunging a society into mourning as loved ones were left to deal with the loss of their family and friends. Desperately wanting to connect with their loved ones, families of fallen soldiers would seek out wa...

  • 🎧 Irish Revolution

    The Irish War of Independence in 1919 was fought between the Irish Revolutionary Army and British Forces, with support of the RIC and USC. Wounds of this conflict are still visible today, both in Ireland and across the world. While there's a tendency to view this conflict as an insular issue of t...

  • 🎧 Inside the JFK White House

    November 22nd marks 59 years since the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy. One of the most famous assassinations in history, JFK's death sent shockwaves not only through the United States, but across the world. However, before that fateful day in history, JFK was a journalist, a Senato...

  • 🎧 Conscientious Objection in WW2

    Accounts of the Second World War usually involve tales of exceptional bravery in battle, as the allied nations stood together against fascism. But from the eyes of the 60,000 conscientious objectors who refuse to take up arms, the war looks extremely different - a perception of which has almost b...

  • 🎧 Mussolini's Rise & Fall

    Exactly a century after the 1922 March on Rome which brought fascist dictator Benito Mussolini to power, the far-right party Brothers of Italy have been voted into government.

    Fratelli d'Italia (FDL), which has its roots in Italy’s post-war Neo-fascist social movement, is lead by prime minister ...

  • 🎧 Origins of WW1: Beyond the Archduke

    The 11th of November marks Remembrance Day, a memorial day honoured since the end of the First World War. Hostilities ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 after four years of global conflict. As we use this day to look back at those lost, it's important to understand w...

  • 🎧 WW2: Battle of El Alamein

    The Second Battle of El Alamein marked a key turning point in the Second World War - a moment when the Allies were no longer on the defensive, but on the offensive. Fought in the unrelenting deserts of North Africa, the eventual Allied victory prevented Nazi expansion into North Africa and the Mi...

  • 🎧 Iranian Revolution

    The current uprisings in Iran have connections that date back to the 1979 Iranian revolution, which saw the country go from a monarchy, to an Islamic Republic. It became one of the most defining moments of the 20th century.

    Ayatollah Khomeini was now the Supreme Leader of the Republic of Iran, ...