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Award winning Sitrep brings you discussion and analysis on defence, foreign policy and the stories affecting the British Forces.
Presented by Kate Gerbeau.

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Award winning Sitrep brings you discussion and analysis on defence, foreign policy and the stories affecting the British Forces.
Presented by Kate Gerbeau.

    Mobilising the Army for war in Europe

    Mobilising the Army for war in Europe

    The head of the Army has told his troops that they have a new main effort – Operation Mobilise.
    We’ll examine the plan for more of the Army to be ready more of the time for a high intensity war, and what that means for servicemen and women.
    NATO wants to make its high-readiness force more than seven times bigger, up to 300,000 troops, in little more than a year. But can it deliver?
    The diplomatic niceties have been dropped, leaders are upfront about Russia, so is it time to admit we’re in a second cold war?

    • 29 min
    Opening shots from the new head of the Army

    Opening shots from the new head of the Army

    The new Chief of General Staff has written to all soldiers saying they must be prepared to fight in Europe and defeat Russia in battle – so are we not ready for that right now?
    The internal letter has reached much further – BFBS Sitrep assesses its impact in Westminster, across the continent, and in the Kremlin.
    The Dutch Prime Minister has apologised to his country’s peacekeepers who were sent on an ‘impossible’ mission with ‘inadequate’ equipment in Bosnia in the 1990s. We hear how that war has also affected Britons who had to fight for their lives.
    And is it time to acknowledge North Korea as a nuclear power, amid signs the isolated communist state is about to carry out its 7thnuclear weapon test?

    • 29 min
    Ukraine pleads for more western weapons

    Ukraine pleads for more western weapons

    Ukraine says it urgently needs more weapons and ammunition from the west.
    BFBS Sitrep speaks to journalist Nicola Smith who’s on the ground near the biggest battleground and tells us about the tragedy unfolding in front of her.
    Professor Michael Clark explains why although weapons are on the way they won’t make an immediate difference.
    In Finland our reporter is with a Joint Expeditionary Force exercise where Ukraine is on everyone’s mind.
    And what do new soldiers want from the new head of the army as he starts his first week in the job?

    • 29 min
    Why did Britain win the Falklands conflict?

    Why did Britain win the Falklands conflict?

    40 years on from the liberation of the Falklands BFBS Sitrep hears the story of the final hours from those who were there – and examines the lessons of the conflict.
    The man who marched 3 Commando Brigade across miles of mud tells us how logistic difficulties left ammunition in the wrong place at the wrong time, putting individual operations on hold.
    The war might have been avoided if Britain hadn’t failed to convince Argentina it would defend the Falklands – is that a lesson we’ve actually learned in the era of war in Ukraine?
    And Professor Michael Clarke explains how modern warship designs owe much to the lessons of the Falklands campaign.

    • 34 min
    Is Russia making a breakthrough in Ukraine

    Is Russia making a breakthrough in Ukraine

    3 months after invading Ukraine, Russia appears to be on the brink of its first significant strategic victory – taking the whole of Luhansk province.
    Is this a turning point in the war, and is Ukraine now fighting a losing battle in that territory?
    BFBS Sitrep also digs into what the public at large are asking about the war – and Professor Michael Clarke will provide answers.
    Ukraine’s food exports usually feed 400 million people but are now blockaded. The former Commander of a British warship tells us how the Royal Navy might help.
    And has Joe Biden let the cat out of the bag on how the US would respond if Taiwan were invaded by China.

    • 29 min
    Forcing out the invaders

    Forcing out the invaders

    The daring amphibious landings of thousands of British troops was arguably the most perilous and pivotal moment of the Falklands war.
    40 years on BFBS Sitrep hears from key figures about how and why it enabled the liberation of the islands.
    But at sea 22 lives were lost in the operation, the man who was Captain of HMS Ardent tells us the story of its sinking, and how it still occasionally gives him nightmares.
    And as we assess the latest developments in Ukraine we ask if history has any lessons for Vladimir Putin as he’s accused of micromanaging Russia’s ‘special military operation’

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

M247A1 ,

Excellent programme, shame about the podcast

The Sitrep programme is excellent and I look forward to the weekly instalments as one of the highlights of my podcasting week. However, the podcast is sometimes a repeat of a previous episode or, in a recent case, a two-minute news flash rather than the programme advertised. Why does no one check this before release?

For example, 13 June 2019 episode has people talking about leaving the EU on 29 March. This is presumably a repeat of an old episode, rather than the one advertised? It’s been a couple of weeks since I heard a genuine new episode now.

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