🎧 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
  • 🎧 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 ...

  • 🎧 The Korean War: Why Britain Fought

    With the range to sail anywhere in the world and the supplies to facilitate it, HMS Belfast served a crucial role in the Korean War.

    Once again aboard HMS Belfast, in the second episode of Warfare's miniseries on the Korean War, James is joined by the director of Belfast, Rob Rumble, to answer t...

  • 🎧 Anne Frank

    It's exactly 80 years since Anne Frank and her family went into hiding in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. Perhaps the most well-known Jewish victim of the Holocaust, Anne achieved posthumous fame with the 1947 publication of The Diary of a Young Girl, the journal in which she documented her life in hidi...

  • 🎧 Why Was There a War in Korea?

    Millions dead. A higher proportion of civilian casualties than in World War Two. America, Britain, Russia & China all involved in a conflict thatβ€”technicallyβ€”remains active to this day. So why is the Korean War of 1950-53 nicknamed The Forgotten War?

    In this first episode of Warfare’s miniseries...

  • 🎧 WW2: The White Rose Resistance

    2022 marks the 80 year anniversary of the White Rose resistance against Nazism. The White Rose was made up of 5 students and an academic in Munich, who saw the atrocities of the Nazi regime and knew that somebody had to stand up against it. At great personal risk, they typed up anti-nazi rhetoric...

  • 🎧 When the US 'Invaded' Northern Ireland

    With 300,000 US troops stationed in Northern Ireland between 1942 and 1945 - Northern Ireland soon became overrun. Known as the 'Friendly Invasion', why was Northern Ireland chosen as the site of the first US deployment within Europe during WW2? PoitΓ­n, information pamphlets, and lasting social i...

  • 🎧 The Cold War in West Africa

    The Cold War wasn’t just limited to nuclear tensions and competition between the great powers.

    What’s often overlooked is that major transformations took place in the 1950s and 60s across West Africa, as power transferred from colonial powers such as Britain & France to independent African nati...