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The story of the 1991 Gulf War told by those who were there

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The story of the 1991 Gulf War told by those who were there

    6. You’ll Be Home Soon

    6. You’ll Be Home Soon

    Coalition forces have crossed into Iraq and Kuwait is liberated.
    But there is devastation. Oil fields are ablaze, lit by Saddam’s troops as they retreat.
    Was it the right time to stop?
    For some it’s time to go home, but others are in for the long haul and many will be back again.
    This is an original podcast series from BFBS.
    Presented by Jade Callaway.
    Produced by Jade Callaway and Jess Bracey
    Sound design by Joe Carden
    Edited by Josella Waldron
    With thanks to:
    Lt Col Tim Purbrick for sharing his audio war diary.
    Emma Davies, James Hirst, Laura Makin-Isherwood, Simon Newton and Claire Sadler at Forces News
    Archive:
    The Gulf War: How did the British Army Prepare (BFBS TV 1990)
    George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

    • 35 min
    5. On. Loaded. Fire!

    5. On. Loaded. Fire!

    The air war intensifies but it’s still not enough to defeat Saddam.
    It’s time to bring in the ground forces.
    British Challenger tanks begin pushing towards Iraq as part of Stormin' Norman’s “left hook” manoeuvre.
    But it seems some soldiers are already behind enemy lines…
    This is an original podcast series from BFBS.
    Presented by Jade Callaway.
    Produced by Jade Callaway and Jess Bracey
    Sound design by Joe Carden
    Edited by Josella Waldron
    With thanks to:
    Lt Col Tim Purbrick for sharing his audio war diary.
    Emma Davies, James Hirst, Simon Newton and Claire Sadler at Forces News
    Archive: Forces News
    BBC Sound Effects Library: 07034194

    • 36 min
    4. This is not Top Gun

    4. This is not Top Gun

    Saddam Hussein has not withdrawn his forces from Kuwait and the UN deadline has passed.
    The air war is getting underway and the RAF takes to the skies adding to the firepower of the coalition.
    This is the real thing, not a movie and there is danger ahead for pilots, navigators and ground crew.
    Listen as the decision makers, military commanders and ordinary soldiers, sailors and airmen all reflect on their roles in the 1991 Gulf War, 30 years on.
    This is an original podcast series from BFBS.
    Presented by Jade Callaway.
    Produced by Jade Callaway and Jess Bracey
    Sound design by Joe Carden
    Edited by Josella Waldron
    With thanks to Emma Davies, Laura Makin-Isherwood, Simon Newton, Rob Olver and Claire Sadler at Forces News
    BBC SFX library: NHU9720323, 07070016, 07025003.
    Archive:
    The Prime Minister speaks to forces families in Germany (Simon and the Squad, BFBS Radio 1991)
    The Gulf War: How did the RAF Prepare (BFBS TV 1990)

    • 25 min
    3. Hurry Up and Wait

    3. Hurry Up and Wait

    Thousands of British troops are primed and ready to fight Saddam’s forces in the gulf.
    The training is done and now it’s time to wait.
    It’s a bit boring though, especially as smartphones haven’t been invented yet. So to lift morale they read their blueys from home, eat their NAAFI chocolate and tune in to their very own radio station.
    Listen as the decision makers, military commanders and ordinary soldiers, sailors and airmen all reflect on their roles in the 1991 Gulf War, 30 years on.
    This is an original podcast series from BFBS.
    Presented by Jade Callaway.
    Produced by Jade Callaway and Jess Bracey
    Sound design by Joe Carden
    Edited by Josella Waldron
    With thanks to, Simon Guettier, Rory Higgins, BFBS Archivist Alan Grace and Claire Sadler at Forces News.
    NAAFI By Land & Sea (Copyright Sue A Lowe)
    Archive:
    The Gulf War: How did the British Army Prepare (BFBS TV 1990)
    The Prime Minister speaks to Forces Families in Germany (Simon and the Squad, BFBS Radio 1991)
    Interview with John McCullough from the BFBS Archive
    BFBS Announcer: Richard Astbury

    • 28 min
    2. Arms Like Pin Cushions and the Wrong Trousers.

    2. Arms Like Pin Cushions and the Wrong Trousers.

    Thousands of British troops are heading to the Gulf to fight Saddam Hussein’s forces.
    But getting “desert ready” is no easy task when you’ve spent the 1980s preparing to defend Europe from Soviet invasion.
    There are tanks to prepare, aircraft to paint, uniforms to buy and everyone needs to be vaccinated to protect them from diseases such as anthrax and bubonic plague.
    On top of all that there’s a LOT of training to do.
    Listen as the decision makers, military commanders and ordinary soldiers, sailors and airmen all reflect on their roles in the 1991 Gulf War, 30 years on.
    This is an original podcast series from BFBS.
    Presented by Jade Callaway.
    Produced by Jade Callaway and Jess Bracey
    Sound design by Joe Carden
    Edited by Josella Waldron
    With thanks to Tim Cooper, Emma Davies, James Hirst, Laura Makin-Isherwood and Claire Sadler at Forces News
    Archive:
    The Gulf War: How did the British Army Prepare (BFBS TV 1990)

    • 26 min
    1. A Poor Decision

    1. A Poor Decision

    It’s August 1990. The Berlin Wall has fallen and the Cold War has come to an end. British troops stationed in Germany aren’t expecting to go into battle, but in five months’ time they will be involved in the biggest build-up of military hardware since the Second World War.
    Listen as the decision makers, military commanders and ordinary soldiers, sailors and airmen all reflect on their roles in the 1991 Gulf War, 30 years on.
    This is an original podcast series from BFBS.
    Presented by Jade Callaway.
    Produced by Jade Callaway and Jess Bracey
    Sound design by Joe Carden
    Edited by Josella Waldron
    Sir John Major spoke to Laura Makin-Isherwood, Forces News
    Major General Patrick Cordingley and Lord King spoke to Claire Sadler, Forces News
    Archive:
    Berlin 30: The Fall of the Wall (BFBS Radio 2019)
    The Gulf War: How did the British Army Prepare (BFBS TV 1990)

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

LucySC123 ,

Fantastic to hear real life accounts

Brilliant podcast that is so well put together. It had me on the edge of my seat multiple times. Hearing people’s first hand accounts of their time during the gulf war is fascinating and thrilling. I learn’t so much that I had no idea about. The podcast is sensitive and personal giving a real insight into the time. Great job BFBS! I look forward to listening to more of your podcasts in the future.

VGRACEG ,

History lesson for us all

Absolutely brilliant listen; pacy and engaging guide through a heart-racing chunk of military history

Dizzle love ,

Excellent.

This is a great listen. Informative and well put together.

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