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History! The most exciting and important things that have ever happened on the planet. Powerful kings, warrior queens, nomads, empires and expeditions. Historian Dan Snow and his expert guests bring all these stories to life and more in a daily dose of history. Join Dan as he digs into the past to make sense of the headlines and get up close to the biggest discoveries being made around the world today, as they happen.
If you want to get in touch with the podcast, you can email us at ds.hh@historyhit.com, we'd love to hear from you!

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    • 4.7 • 8.9K Ratings

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History! The most exciting and important things that have ever happened on the planet. Powerful kings, warrior queens, nomads, empires and expeditions. Historian Dan Snow and his expert guests bring all these stories to life and more in a daily dose of history. Join Dan as he digs into the past to make sense of the headlines and get up close to the biggest discoveries being made around the world today, as they happen.
If you want to get in touch with the podcast, you can email us at ds.hh@historyhit.com, we'd love to hear from you!

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    The Other D-Day: The Eastern Front

    The Other D-Day: The Eastern Front

    Veteran broadcaster and historian Jonathan Dimbleby joins Dan to explain how Hitler's plans in the East went disastrously wrong.
    2 weeks after the D-Day landings, a gigantic Soviet offensive tore through the German lines on the Eastern Front. Named for the Russian general who fought Napoleon, Operation Bagration swept through Byelorussia and put the Red Army within striking distance of Berlin. On the anniversary of this vital offensive, Jonathan and Dan look at the role it played in the liberation of Europe.
    Jonathan's new book is called 'Endgame 1944: How Stalin Won the War'.
    Produced by James Hickmann and edited by Dougal Patmore.
    Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW - sign up at https://historyhit.com/subscription/.
    We'd love to hear from you - what do you want to hear an episode on? You can email the podcast at ds.hh@historyhit.com.
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    • 42 min
    Dan's History Heroes: Britain's Greatest Soldier, Part 2

    Dan's History Heroes: Britain's Greatest Soldier, Part 2

    Please note that this episode contains some explicit language.
    This is the story of Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart, Britain's most extraordinary soldier. The one-handed, one-eyed, walking stick-wielding war hero fought in the Second Boer War, The First World War and the Second World War. He was wounded countless times, awarded prestigious medals for gallantry, and made into a figure of legend. Away from the battlefield the eccentric veteran rubbed shoulders with kings and emperors, and worked with some of the most important world leaders of the 20th century.
    To tell this astonishing tale, Dan weaves his storytelling with the words of Carton De Wiart himself, read by Dan's father, Peter Snow. In this second episode, Carton de Wiart survives the 1939 invasion of Poland, becomes a POW in Italy and eventually makes his way to China, where he becomes Churchill's personal representative to Chiang Kai-shek.
    Written and produced by Dan Snow, and edited by Dougal Patmore.
    Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW - sign up at https://historyhit.com/subscription/.
    We'd love to hear from you - what do you want to hear an episode on? You can email the podcast at ds.hh@historyhit.com.
    You can take part in our listener survey here.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Dan's History Heroes: Britain's Greatest Soldier, Part 1

    Dan's History Heroes: Britain's Greatest Soldier, Part 1

    This is the story of Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart, Britain's most extraordinary soldier. The one-handed, one-eyed, walking stick-wielding war hero fought in the Second Boer War, The First World War and the Second World War. He was wounded countless times, awarded prestigious medals for gallantry, and made into a figure of legend. Away from the battlefield the eccentric veteran rubbed shoulders with kings and emperors, and worked with some of the most important world leaders of the 20th century.
    To tell this astonishing tale, Dan weaves his storytelling with the words of Carton De Wiart himself, read by Dan's father, Peter Snow. In this first episode, we follow the aspiring young officer from his baptism by fire in South Africa to the trenches of the Western Front.
    Written and produced by Dan Snow, and edited by Dougal Patmore.
    Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW - sign up at https://historyhit.com/subscription/.
    We'd love to hear from you - what do you want to hear an episode on? You can email the podcast at ds.hh@historyhit.com.
    You can take part in our listener survey here.

    • 46 min
    The Rise and Fall of the Ku Klux Klan

    The Rise and Fall of the Ku Klux Klan

    With a sinister hierarchy of "grand wizards" and "dragons," hooded Klansmen concealed their identities as they unleashed a reign of terror on Black Americans and other minorities across America for almost a century.
    Dan is joined by Professor Kristofer Allerfeldt from the University of Exeter to map out the rise and fall of the KKK founded in 1866 by Confederate veterans in Tennessee, as a vehicle for white Southerners to resist Reconstruction and the enfranchisement of Black Americans right through to the 21st century.
    Produced by Mariana Des Forges, James Hickmann and edited by Dougal Patmore.
    Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW - sign up at https://historyhit.com/subscription/.
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    • 37 min
    Civil War Rivals: Robert E. Lee vs Ulysses Grant

    Civil War Rivals: Robert E. Lee vs Ulysses Grant

    100 years ago, in the spring of 1864, the Overland Campaign ignited a ferocious clash between two titans of US military history: Ulysses S. Grant, the rugged and relentless Union general, versus the Confederate general Robert E. Lee, a suave southern officer and master of strategy.
    Theirs was a hotly-contested rivalry, and the debate still rages on to this day - who was the better general? To help you decide, we're joined by Jonathan D. Bratten, an engineer officer and command historian in the Maine Army National Guard.
    Produced by James Hickmann and edited by Dougal Patmore.
    Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW - sign up at https://historyhit.com/subscription/.
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    • 48 min
    The Early Years of the British Empire

    The Early Years of the British Empire

    The British weren't always imperial global players with an empire of viceroys, redcoats and industrialised trade systems. The early years of the British Empire were actually pretty chaotic; for the English in the 17th century, it was a period of exploration, rugged individuals, private companies, pirates, misadventure and failure.
    Dan is joined by David Veevers, historian of Early Modern History at the University of Bangor, to explore those tumultuous early years, how the English moved into new lands, the challenges they faced, how they interacted, cooperated with, attempted to subjugate and were resisted by the indigenous peoples they found. 
    David's book is called The Great Defiance: How the World Took on the British Empire
    Produced by James Hickmann and edited by Teän Stewart-Murray.
    Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW - sign up at https://historyhit.com/subscription/.
    We'd love to hear from you - what do you want to hear an episode on? You can email the podcast at ds.hh@historyhit.com.
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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
8.9K Ratings

8.9K Ratings

Mark6363 ,

Excellent

Absolutely love this podcast. Excellent quality. Dan himself is very affable, so I almost feel like I’m doing a mate a favour by giving a very well deserved review.

cairomike ,

Ruined by ads

Okay, so you can subscribe to get ad free, but if I were to do that for every podcast I listen to I’d be spending more than a Sky TV subscription!. I don’t like ads but realise someone has to pay the bills. What I really object to is ads dropping in mid flow, mid sentence and even mid word, which happens too often in this podcast. I’ve contacted the show but no one seems to care and still it continues, so, sorry Dan, much as I enjoy this podcast, sadly I’m unsubscribing.

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