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The Lions Led By Donkeys podcast is a military history podcast for laughing at the worst military failures, inept commanders, and crazy stories from throughout the history of human conflict.

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Lions Led By Donkeys Podcast Lions Led By Donkeys

    • Comedy
    • 4.6 • 150 Ratings

The Lions Led By Donkeys podcast is a military history podcast for laughing at the worst military failures, inept commanders, and crazy stories from throughout the history of human conflict.

Our podcast will always be free, but if you think what we do is worth a buck you can throw us one here:
https://www.patreon.com/lionsledbydonkeys

    *PREVIEW* The Strange British Anti Tank Weapons of WWII

    *PREVIEW* The Strange British Anti Tank Weapons of WWII

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    • 10 min
    Episode 316 - The Münster Rebellion: Part 1

    Episode 316 - The Münster Rebellion: Part 1

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    What starts as a rational critique of the Reformation turns into a wild, sex crazed, blood thirsty, and heavily armed cult ruled by a man who thinks he can cure blindness by spitting in someone's eye while mass executions take place via comically oversized anime sword.

    The Anabaptists of Munster eventually turn everyone against them from Martin Luther to the Catholics to their own believers who simply like their wives.

    Content Warning: Everything, throughout the series.

    Part 1/3

    Sources:

    Anthony Arthur. The Tailor King: The Rise and Fall of the Anabaptist Kingdom of Munster

    Peter Vansittart. The Siege.

    Paul Ham. New Jerusalem: The short life and terrible death of Christendom's most defiant sect

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 315 - Bacon's Rebellion

    Episode 315 - Bacon's Rebellion

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    A colonial American uprising that united white men who wanted to steal more native land, slaves, and indentured servants against a corrupt Governor.

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    Sources:

    https://virginiahistory.org/learn/bacons-rebellion-virginia-years-1675-1676

    https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part1/1p274.html

    https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/events-african-american-history/bacons-rebellion-1676/

    https://www.jyfmuseums.org/learn/research-and-collections/essays/a-history-of-bacons-rebellion-in-six-sources

    Tales from a Revolution: Bacon's Rebellion and the Transformation of Early America

    • 1 hr 5 min
    *PREVIEW* The Battle of Palmito Ranch

    *PREVIEW* The Battle of Palmito Ranch

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    • 9 min
    Episode 314 - The Zeebrugge Raid

    Episode 314 - The Zeebrugge Raid

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    Untrained soldiers and suicide submarines raid a port during WWI with mothballed ships, reinforced with armor made from used mattresses and sandbags.

    Sources:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwone/war_sea_gallery_06.shtml

    https://www.royalmarineshistory.com/post/the-raid-on-zeebrugge-23-april-1918-for-england-and-st-george

    https://www.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/rmgc-object-12161

    https://issuu.com/faircountmedia/docs/special-operations-outlook-2018/s/72765

    https://warfarehistorynetwork.com/article/zeebrugge-a-gallant-raid-on-saint-georges-day/

    • 1 hr 18 min
    *PREVIEW* The Greatest Beer Run Ever

    *PREVIEW* The Greatest Beer Run Ever

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    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
150 Ratings

150 Ratings

KayEssReview ,

Great show with humour and empathy

A great history podcast balancing well researched stories with a sense of humour but balanced with empathy. It’s a tricky thing to get right - there are quite a few with a similar model (someone familiar with a story telling it to someone new to it) which lean too much on the humour. Here you have facts, acknowledgment that war is hell, and humour all balanced pretty well!

I definitely come for the history part of military history - it’s there more in some episodes than others, sometimes if a topic has been covered before they don’t cover all the context but will point you to the episodes which do. But every one is well researched just some are more specific (e.g. the story of one battleship) and some are broader (entire Iran Iraq war) so if you’re not a battle details person or not a broad history you may skip some episodes.

I would say don’t start at the beginning as it has improved over time but then after starting in the 2021 episodes I have now listened to almost all of them 😅

Gembobalini ,

Well written and hilarious

Absolutely love this podcast. Joe and his co hosts really make history interesting. All the episodes I’ve listened to so far are well written and researched but also conveyed with a quirky sense of humour and wit. I’ve always loved history but I was never too interested in war/battles and this has really changed my mind. It is so interesting and I love Joe’s take as a former soldier. So glad I found this. Thank you!

marcusbeltran ,

8 out of ten times…

these guys (always guys for some reason) absolutely nail their task. When they do, it is very, very good.

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