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A fortnightly military history podcast looking at all aspect of war throughout the ages.

    Royal Navy actions during the Battle of Britain: Continuing a long tradition

    Royal Navy actions during the Battle of Britain: Continuing a long tradition

    Ask most people about the Battle of Britain, and they will think of the Spitfires and Hurricanes of RAF fighter command in combat with the German Luftwaffe over southern England in 1940. History books will often also mention Bomber Command carrying out raids on the French and Belgian ports where the Germans were assembling the fleet of barges and small craft to be used to transport German troops across the Channel in Operation Sealion.

    • 18 min
    Charlemagne - The Father of Eurpope Part2

    Charlemagne - The Father of Eurpope Part2

    The machinery of war which Charlemagne inherited from his father. Pepin the Short, and grandfather (Charles Martel, 'the hammer') was singularly well tuned to wage war. All of Charlemagne's vassals were expected to serve militarily and all free men were expected to serve if needed. This service included bishops, abbots and abbesses; they too could be called upon to provide armed men or other provisions of war according to the wealth of their estates.

    • 16 min
    Charlemagne - The Father of Eurpope Part1

    Charlemagne - The Father of Eurpope Part1

    Charles the Great, known as Charlemagne and the father of Europe, created an empire which would last 1,000 years. To secure it he fought continuously, on multiple fronts, throughout his long reign. Charlemagne came to power at a time when Europe was made up of many small kingdoms and principalities. Since the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century, it had also faced invasion from various peoples who had established kingdoms of their own, such as the Visigoths and Muslims in Spain.

    • 18 min
    The 2500th Anniversary of The Battles of Thermopylae, Artemisium and Salamis - Part 2

    The 2500th Anniversary of The Battles of Thermopylae, Artemisium and Salamis - Part 2

    Thermopylae and Artemisium were never intended to be decisive stands even though the defeat of the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae has gone down in history as just such a stand. There were also 700 Thespians and 400 Thebans at that defeat but their sacrifice has been all but been ignored. (indeed the historian Herodotus goes out of his way to show the Thebans to be perfidious traitors). The other cities' soldiers had already withdrawn, and fierce debate ensued to keep the alliance together.

    • 19 min
    The 2500th Anniversary of The Battles of Thermopylae, Artemisium and Salamis - Part 1

    The 2500th Anniversary of The Battles of Thermopylae, Artemisium and Salamis - Part 1

    The year 2020 represents the 2,500th anniversary of three battles which played a major part in shaping the future of the western Mediterranean world: the battles of Thermopylae, Artemisum, and Salamis.

    • 18 min
    The Lewis and Clark Air Rifle

    The Lewis and Clark Air Rifle

    The American West contains many epic tales and stories, perhaps the most astounding is the story of Lewis and Clark and the Corp of Discovery. Over the course of seventeen months a group of over forty individuals traveled seven thousand miles through hostile native tribes from the middle of America through previously unexplored mountain ranges to the Pacific Ocean and returned healthy and well with only one casualty.

    • 17 min

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