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.
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.
The Siege of Fort William Henry - Aug 3, 1757 – Aug 9, 1757
The Last of the Mohicans depicts a forgotten siege and a forgotten massacre during a forgotten war. The Siege of Fort William Henry, in the summer of 1757, put the British in North America in a very tough spot. Seemingly, the British were on their way to losing the first actual world war.
Sisters in Arms: Female Warriors from Antiquity to the New Millennium
A quick conversation with author/historian Julie Wheelwright about her latest book, Sisters in Arms: Female Warriors from Antiquity to the New Millennium. We covered how Julie got into the study of women at war, how women have played active, vital roles in battle (not just laundress or nurse!), and what the future likely holds for women in the services. Julie was bursting with information and energy; I can't wait to have her back on the show!
The book is a quick, easy read that puts the untold story of fighting women in its proper historical context. What does all that mean, you may be asking yourselves? Simply put, this book shines a light on the untold and underrepresented stories of military history. It makes the point, very clearly, that women have indeed been fighting on the front lines from the Amazons onward. The author is in no way saying that the fighting in war has been a 50/50 split between the sexes, but women have played a much larger role than we traditionally think of or read about. The images have been perfectly selected to tell the author's story visually, and the source list is extensive and will make an excellent resource for further reading. Worthy of any historian's bookshelf!
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A Great Listen
I really enjoy this podcast with its wide range of well known and lesser known battles.A great introduction which acts as a platform for a deeper dive.Cullen has a great style of presentation and has very good production qualities.Thank you.
Exciting new history series
After listening to the introductory "Quick Hit" podcast, my appetite was whetted and I was not disappointed when I listened to this first full podcast covering the Battle of Magnesia. Cullen provides a good background description before describing the battle itself and its aftermath. He gives a good account of the armies involved and their weapons, with special reference to the war elephants. He also poses a few "what ifs", e,g, why was Hannibal sidelined, which will help stimulate discussion in the follow up podcast.
I was really impressed by the level of detail. I know very little about early history and confess I had never even heard of the battle of Magnesia in spite of its seeming importance. So this series promises to help me fill in big gaps in my knowledge and provide a great starting point for further reading as well as engaging with other people of similar interest in this field.
Sincere congratulations to Cullen on this exciting new series which I'll be following closely.