🎧 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
  • 🎧 WW2: The Moro Warriors

    The resistance fighters of the Moro, an indigenous Muslim population of the Philippines, have been described as most the most successful and least-known guerrillas of World War II's Pacific Theatre.

    The Moro mounted an armed opposition so vigorous that the soldiers of the Imperial Japanese Army ...

  • 🎧 Patton: America's Greatest General?

    General George S. Patton was one of America's most successful - and indeed unconventional - military leaders.

    From a young age, 'Georgie' Patton believed he was destined to lead a great army, and after an eventful youth - in which he even competed in the 1912 Olympic Games - the Californian forg...

  • 🎧 War Crimes

    Warning: This episode contains content that some listeners may find upsetting

    No matter the war being fought, it's a sad fact that war crimes take place all around the world - we need only look to Russia's offensive war in Ukraine to see how civilians can be illegally targeted in an indiscrimina...

  • 🎧 WW2: The Forgotten Blitz

    When you think of the Blitz, you think of the Blitz on London. The two are synonymous, and not without reason. Over 57 consecutive nights and days, Luftwaffe raids left tens of thousands dead in Britain's capital in late 1940.

    But the truth is that the heavy bombardment of the UK involved so man...

  • 🎧 Fighter Jets: A History

    This month marks 75 years since the establishment of the United States Air Force (USAF). So to mark this anniversary, we wanted to follow up on listener Rick Harrison's request for more air power. Well Rick, we hope this will suffice!

    In this episode James is joined by Lt Col Whit 'Skate' Collin...

  • 🎧 Mikhail Gorbachev & the Fall of the Soviet Union

    Following the recent death of Mikhail Gorbachev at the age of 91, we've decided to take a look into the beginnings, career and legacy of the last ever leader of the Soviet Union.

    There was a mix of sadness in the West as well as sorrow, silence and indifference in Russia at the news of Gorbachev...

  • 🎧 9/11: The First Responder

    Chief Joseph W. Pfeifer was the first senior fire chief to arrive at the World Trade Center on 9/11. His actions, along with those of hundreds of other firefighters, helped save tens of thousands of lives on that fateful morning 21 years ago.

    Joe's key role in organising the emergency response o...

  • 🎧 WW2: The British Resistance

    If Germany's audacious plan to invade Britain - Operation Sea Lion - had succeeded, what exactly would the country's last line of defence have looked like?

    Well much like the French Resistance, who were backed by the UK's very own Special Operations Executive (SOE), Britain had prepared its very...

  • 🎧 The Battle of Salamanca

    The Battle of Salamanca was fought in Napoleonic Spain on 22 July 1812, during the Peninsula War. It pitted Lt Gen Arthur Arthur Wellesley, the future Duke of Wellington, against the French military master Marshal Auguste de Marmont.

    Despite being one of the lesser discussed Napoleonic battles, ...

  • 🎧 Kokoda: Australia's Thermopylae

    After the Fall of Singapore in February 1942, the focus of the Pacific War moved closer to Australia. Japanese forces bombed Darwin and began to launch attacks on Papua New Guinea, with a view to capturing its capital Port Moresby.

    If the Japanese had captured that city, they would have been abl...

  • 🎧 1971 India-Pakistan: On the Brink of Nuclear War

    In 1970, the deadliest storm in modern history ripped Pakistan in two, leading the world to the brink of nuclear war after American and Soviet forces converged in the Bay of Bengal.

    Over the course of just a few hours, the Great Bhola Cyclone would kill 500,000 people and begin a chain reaction ...

  • 🎧 WW2: The Dieppe Raid Disaster

    80 years ago today on 19 August 1942, a 6,000 strong combined Allied landing force took part in a raid on Dieppe, Northern France.

    Tragically, no less than 67% of these fighters - most of them Canadians - became casualties in what has gone down in history as an unmitigated catastrophe conceived ...

  • 🎧 The Iraq War... In Alaska

    If you were asked what you thought about the Iraq War in Alaska, you'd probably be more than a little confused. But that confusion might turn to shock when you learn about the conflict's controversial legacy of destruction in America's 49th state, of all places.

    Despite long-held local protests ...

  • 🎧 Escaping the Blitz: A WW2 Evacuee Remembers

    Today's guest Kitty Baxter was aged just nine when World War II broke out in 1939. One of five children born to a road sweeper and a cleaner, Kitty joined thousands of children being evacuated to the countryside as German bombing raids loomed.

    This would be the first of three times that she was ...

  • 🎧 Nagasaki: Friendly Fire

    Warning: The events recounted in this episode may be distressing to some listeners

    At 11.02 am on August 9 1945, America dropped the world's most powerful atomic bomb on Nagasaki. The Japanese port city was flattened to the ground 'as if it had been swept aside by a broom', with over 70,000 peop...

  • 🎧 Hiroshima: A Survivor's Story

    Warning: The events recounted in this episode may be distressing to some listeners

    Keiko Ogura was just eight years old on August 6 1945 when her home city of Hiroshima was destroyed by the US in the first atomic bomb attack in history.

    Almost 150,000 people lost their lives in that first bombi...

  • 🎧 Taiwan: China's Ukraine?

    Located just 100 miles off the coast of mainland China, the nation of Taiwan sits in the so-called 'first island chain' - a number of US-friendly territories deemed crucial to American foreign policy.

    Yet China's president Xi Jinping maintains that Chinese reunification with Taiwan must be fulfi...

  • 🎧 North Korea & the Kim Dynasty

    With Kim Jong-un having issued a new threat of nuclear war just this week on the anniversary of the Korean War armistice in 1953, we take a look at the origins of the North Korean state and the Kim dynasty that has ruled it with an iron fist since that conflict.

    From founder Kim Il-sung, to his ...

  • 🎧 The Kosovo War

    The war in Ukraine has left many of us aghast that open armed conflict could again erupt on the European continent... except the idea of a peaceful post-WW2 Europe is hardly historically correct.

    The Kosovo War of 1999 is but one example. Over 78 days NATO aircraft bombarded the Federal Republic...

  • 🎧 The Korean War: The Korean Experience

    In July 1945 when Korea was divided by the 38th parallel into North and South, families were suddenly torn apart by a border that would change the course of history. Post World War Two, Korea was of massive strategic importance, a stepping stone to the rest of Asia. After centuries of monarchy an...

  • 🎧 The Real Bin Laden

    18 minutes. That's how much extra time the US Navy Seals had during their raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. In that time they managed to secure never seen before correspondence from across the Al-Qaeda network giving US intelligence a new insight into their movements and...

  • 🎧 The Korean War: Onboard HMS Belfast with a Veteran

    Moored in the River Thames, the HMS Belfast is an important part of the Imperial War Museums and a brilliant learning resource for those who visit. But for veteran Ron Yardley, it was his home for two years while he served in the Korean War.

  • 🎧 Waterloo Uncovered: Bones from the Battlefield

    An astonishing discovery has been made at the Waterloo battlefield! Join James for an exclusive look at what has been unearthed by the Waterloo Uncovered team in Belgium.

  • 🎧 NATO: Is Bigger Better?

    NATO is expanding and enlarging. With the number of rapid response troops set to increase to 300,000, and Sweden & Finland in line to gain membership, the organisation has truly awoken to the evolving threat posed by Russia.

    In this episode James is joined by Dr Sten Rynning from the University ...