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Bringing you the strangest anecdotes, innovative technology, and most significant events in Military History.

    US Special Operations Forces

    US Special Operations Forces

    US Special Operations Command, or SOCOM, is divided up into the following. I will talk about each individual unit listed.
    Army: 75th Ranger Regiment, Special Forces (Green Berets), 160th SOAR (Night Stalkers)
    Navy: SEALs, and SWCCs (Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen)Air Force: Pararescuemen (PJs), Combat Controllers (CCTs)Marine Corps: Marine Force ReconJoint: Delta Force, DEVGRU, 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Intelligence Support Activity
    For more information, read:
    US Special Forces by Samuel Southworth
    Chosen Soldier by Dick Couch
    That Others May Live by Jack Brehm
    Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell
    Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden

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    • 12 min
    Planning the American Civil War

    Planning the American Civil War

    This episode answers four basic questions:

    Why were both North and South so unprepared for war?Which side had the initial advantage?Did the South have to secede?  Did the North have to respond with military force?Was Northern victory inevitable?

    For information on sources, email me.

    • 25 min
    Farragut and the Vicksburg Campaign

    Farragut and the Vicksburg Campaign

    Vicksburg was a Confederate fortress guarding the Mississippi River during the American Civil War.  It was the only thing stopping the Union from taking control of the all-powerful Mississippi waterway.  Although the Vicksburg Campaign is most famously associated with General Ulysses Grant (whose capture of the fortress is considered a major turning point in the war), there were many earlier Union campaigns to take control of Vicksburg.  One of these campaigns, led by Navy Admiral David Farragut, is the focus of this episode.

    The script for this episode was written by Jacob Bains from Texas.  If you would like to submit your own script, please send it to militaryhistorypodcast@gmail.com

    • 20 min
    Democracy in Iraq

    Democracy in Iraq

    Why has democracy failed in Iraq?  Here are some potential theories, with their originators in parentheses:

    Modernization (Rostow, Lipset): Iraq is not wealthy, urban,
    modern, or secular enough to support democracy.  It has not followed
    the same path to development that Western democracies have set out, and
    thus, it is not yet ready.Cultural (Huntington, Weber): Iraqis are not inherently suitable
    for democracy, simply because their culture favors an authoritarian
    style of government.Marxist (Moore, Marx): Iraq still has a strong landed elite and a
    weak bourgeoisie, meaning that it is not ripe for class conflict and
    thus, it is not ripe for social and political developmentVoluntarist (Di Palma): Iraq lacks the strong leadership needed to usher the country into a democratic phase.

    Each of these theories has its flaws and counterexamples, which will be
    discussed in this episode.  This is not meant to define one theory as
    better than the rest...it is simply meant to put all ideas on the table.

    For more information, read:

    Huntington's Third Wave

    Di Palma's To Craft Democracies

    Bellin's Authoritarianism in the Middle East

    Colton's Putin and Democratization

    Johnson's Political Institutions and Economic Performance

    Lipset's Political Man

    Marx's Communist Manifesto

    Moore's Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy

    Rostow's Stages of Economic Growth

    Selbin's Revolution in the Real World

    Skocpol's Social Revolutions in the Modern World

    Varshney's India Defies the Odds

    Weber's Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

    • 14 min
    Troop Surge in Iraq

    Troop Surge in Iraq

    This episode focuses on the decision-making strategies that President
    Bush used in December of 2006 before choosing to commit the troop
    surge.  Things discussed include: the release of the Iraq Study Group
    Report, the 2006 midterm elections, Bush's meeting with Generals Keane
    and Downing, and Bush's relationship with General Petraeus and
    Secretary Gates.  At the end of the episode is a recap on the success
    of the troop surge, as well as an analysis of President Bush's
    leadership during December 2006 and January 2007.

    For more background information on Iraq, listen to: Iraq Study Group
    Report Assessment, Iraq Study Group Report Recommendations, Invading
    Iraq, Occupying Iraq, Iraq's Environment, and Medal of Honor in Iraq.

    • 14 min
    Forces of Nature (2)

    Forces of Nature (2)

    Whether they are seen as acts of God, or as simple climate-related
    occurrences, natural events have always had a sizeable impact on
    military operations. At the small end of the scale are the little changes in terrain or weather that may affect a battle or a small war. For
    example, many armies have postponed their campaigns due to inclement
    weather conditions, and many militaries have suffered from rampant
    disease. On the other end of the scale are the
    times when nature has so much of an impact that the fate of an entire
    nation or civilization is decided upon it. In
    the words of Charles Darwin, these are times when “the war of nature”
    results in the downfall of one party and the rise of another.

    Colonization Smallpox: Rampant disease severely weakened the
    Aztecs and Incas, allowing small bands of Spanish conquistadors (led by
    Cortez and Pizarro, respectively) to easily overthrow two great empires.Revolutionary Wind and Fog: Heavy winds subsided after the Battle
    of Long Island, allowing American troops to evacuate and fight another
    day.  Their retreat was concealed by a dense fog.  Later, just before
    the Battle of Trenton, a heavy fog concealed the Americans long enough
    to conduct a surprise attack which greatly boosted the morale of the
    Continental Army.Russian Winter: Cold temperatures forced Napoleon to retreat
    after he failed to conquer Russia and find accommodations in Moscow. 
    The lack of grass and unfrozen roads resulted in the destruction of up
    to 75% of Napoleon's Army as it marched back to France.

    For more information, read:

    Hopkins' The Great Killer

    Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel

    McCullough's 1776

    Burton's Napoleon's Invasion of Russia

    Tolstoy's War and Peace

    George's Napoleon's Invasion of Russia

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    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

Terry(D) ,

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They are very informative and leave the listener to come to their own conclusions about what is said ,we just here the facts and they are left like that if you want sensationalismn then watch a film on the suject that is made to make money .This site gives anyone with the imagination the chance to see in their minds eye what exactly happend in certain situations after further research .

Aethelred89 ,


This podcast was a big disappointment, I downloaded about ten episodes to listen to at work. I dont know how it has some good reviews.
Firstly, the narrator, he speaks like a 14 year old version of myself, liking history, liking Age of empires 2, but knowing very little 'real' truth and having no broad understanding. The narrator lacks any kind of character, warmth, humor or enthusiasm, truthfully, he makes great history a bore.
Worst of all, his knowledge base is very, very shallow, I sat listening and actually started to get rather irritated. Hageman makes alot of historical rooky mistakes, putting across alot of not quite accurate, shallow pieces of basic information full of common misconceptions and worse, inaccuracies as fact, many of which are matters in conjecture. Most obvious to me, as an ancient history graduate, were the inaccurate and clearly unresearched (except by watching gladiator or scanning wikipedia) statements made.
The script and subjects are chosen apparently at random, 11 unique warriors for example, I expected the most out there and unique units in history, yes Ninjas- good thats a good one. But hoplites, preatorian guards (basically Roman soldiers equipment wise)- they are not the unique units I want to hear about, they're common very widely used units, interesting yes, but not interesting for being unusual, they dont fit the description. He just picked the 1st 11 he thought of, then described them in a few sentences and added not a sausage to my knowledge.
Look elsewhere if you want intellectual and honest history, rather than a bland account that teaches you nothing whatsoever.

king_jose ,

A very good podcast.

This is a very good podcast, the only problem being that his voice is not always enthusiastic. He could make himself sound more enthusiastic. The content though, is very good, and has taught me many things.
Thanks George Hageman!

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