I'm Cullen Burke and this is Cauldron, a history of the world battle by battle. Every two weeks I'll cover the important battles in history and then hash out listener theories and thoughts on how the world would look if the outcome were different.
*Bonus* Battle Blunders - The Retreat From Kabul
This is the first episode of a new series exclusive for Tier 3 Patreon Producers. In this series, I'll be breaking down the biggest blunders in military history, from the Charge of the Light Brigade to Kasserine Pass and more.
Kokoda: Beyond the Legend with Dr. Karl James
In this episode, I talked to Dr. Karl James, the head of military history at the Australian War Memorial. The book he edited, Kokoda: Beyond the Legend, was the principal source for this series, and let me tell you, it's a fantastic read!
Battle of Rivoli Jan 14, 1797 – Jan 15, 1797
"They have seen nothing yet...In our day, no one has conceived anything great: it is for me to set the example." - Napoleon Bonaparte after the victory at Lodi.
With a playwright's understanding of men's passions, he could give heart or strike fear with a few well-placed words. His glance, produced at the right moment to the right man, could expose a weakness or inspire courage. Like Hannibal and many others, he was a commander that lived and suffered very much with his men, at least at the beginning of his career. All these things mark Napoleon out as a uniquely gifted general. At the battle of Rivoli in mid-January 1796, we see them all come together at once, on full display for the first time in the "Little Corporal's" career.
The Battle of Rivoli - A Conversation With Joshua Provan
I had a great conversation with Josh of the Adventure in Historyland blog and author of the book Wild East: The British in Japan 1854-1868. He knows his stuff, and his passion for history comes through loud and clear! We talked about all things Napoleon, the Italian Campaign, and Rivoli. Josh does a great job explaining interior lines and the central position doctrine as they relate to Rivoli. I had a lot of fun, and we will be sure to have him back for another battle; next time, I'll find a little Wellington engagement for him to chat about!
The M16 and Ia Drang - Firearms Historian Matt Moss Of The Armourer's Bench
This was a lot of fun, and I hope pretty educational; I know I learned a ton. I reached out to Matt and asked him to join me for 20-30 minutes to talk about Vietnam's small arms. Instead, he gave me almost an hour of his time! Jammed with insight and information, the hour zipped right by. We covered the early development and reliability issues of the M16, its performance at Ia Drang, and briefly talked about some of the other weapons of the battle. We made sure to leave plenty of meat on the bone for conversations down the line! The Armourer's Bench is a great follow on all the platforms and if you can do so, support their Patreon page.
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Battle of Ia Drang - Nov 14, 1965 – Nov 18, 1965
"After the bravado, you're left with the anguish." Col. Nadal US 1st Battalion 7th Cavalry Regiment Air Mobile
Few battles have shaped the modern American mind while remaining mostly anonymous to the general public quite like Ia Drang. An iconic engagement that defined not just a war but a generation has gone, for the most part, forgotten. Maybe one of the most misunderstood battles in a misunderstood war, Ia Drang, had a considerable impact on modern American history. The action of Ia Drang Valley, fought from the 14th to the 17th in November 1965 remains, maybe the defining moment of the Vietnam War.
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Fine job that man!!!
Thoroughly enjoyable podcast with a great synopsis in the case of each battle and covering the ‘must knows’ of military history.
Awesome podcast if your a history buff
Awesome podcast, love listening on long trips for work. Highly recommend if your a history lover and military head
Definitely worth a listen