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I conduct in-depth interviews with military history and international relation authors and historians about wars and conflict across the centuries. We discuss everything from ancient warfare to medieval knights to World War II and beyond. For the aspiring writers and historians, I always conclude with a short discussion about how the author got published and what the experience was like.

Military History Inside Out Cris Alvarez

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I conduct in-depth interviews with military history and international relation authors and historians about wars and conflict across the centuries. We discuss everything from ancient warfare to medieval knights to World War II and beyond. For the aspiring writers and historians, I always conclude with a short discussion about how the author got published and what the experience was like.

    Napoleonic military history book – “The Napoleonic Wars” (Oxford University Press, 2020) – Alex Mikaberidze interview

    Napoleonic military history book – “The Napoleonic Wars” (Oxford University Press, 2020) – Alex Mikaberidze interview

    Check out this book here   https://amzn.to/308FVxH

    Alex Mikaberidze has been studying and writing on the Napoleonic Wars and Middle Eastern history for many years. He recently completed a ten year project writing on the global impact of the Napoleonic wars. We spoke about the Napoleonic wars, Napoleon, the War of 1812, and the process of writing the book.

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    0:43 – Alex talks about how he became interested in the Napoleonic Wars.

    2:32 – Alex talks about the languages he knows and its applications to this research.

    3:33 – Alex talks about how his history of the Napoleonic Wars is different from other books on the subject.

    9:07 – Alex talks about the various impacts of the Napoleonic Wars.

    12:45 – Alex talks about the economics of the Napoleonic Wars.

    16:58 – Alex talks about the importance of Napoleon in everything that happened in this period.

    20:45 – Alex talks about why Napoleon made himself Emperor and what effects that had.

    25:56 – Alex talks about how some Russians were happy that Napoleon made himself an Emperor.

    27:06 – Alex talks about Napoleon not being a warmonger and his immense intellectual curiosity.

    29:38 – Alex talks about Napoleon being a micro-manager.

    32:46 – Alex talks about why the Russians did not surrender to Napoleon when he took Moscow.

    38:41 – Alex discusses what might have happened if Napoleon had abolished serfdom in Russia.

    39:31 – Alex talks about the military changes engendered by the Napoleonic Wars.

    41:24 – Alex talks about changes in the Ottoman military.

    43:22 – Alex talks about changes in the Iranian military.

    45: – Alex talks about the political changes caused by the Napoleonic Wars especially with Spain and its colonies.

    49:16 – Alex talks about what countries gained the most and lost the most from the Napoleonic Wars.

    51:49 – Alex talks about British wins in India and Africa due to the wars. He discusses the rise of Russian power after the Napoleonic Wars.

    54:58 – Alex talks about how badly France, Spain, and Portugal ended up after the wars.

    56:49 – Alex talks about how he did his research and the main archives her used.

    58:20 – Alex talks about the places he visited for his research.

    1:01:00 – Alex talks about the tug of war between modernization and tradition during the Napoleonic Wars.

    1:03:28 – Alex talks about Napoleon’s refusal to make a compromise deal in 1813.

    1:05:51 – Alex about the writing and publishing process.

    1:09:57 – Alex talks about research into the Louisiana Purchase and American and Russian competition in western North America.

    1:14:33 – Alex can be found on facebook and on the Louisiana State University Shreveport website.

     

    Links of interest

    https://amzn.to/308FVxH

    https://www.lsus.edu/alexander-mikaberidze

     

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    WWII military history book – “Poland 1939” (Basic Books, 2020) – Roger Moorhouse interview

    WWII military history book – “Poland 1939” (Basic Books, 2020) – Roger Moorhouse interview

    Check out this book here   https://amzn.to/3eXW7Gp

    Roger Moorhouse has been a historian for the Third Reich, Poland, and WWII for many years and has written many books on the subject. He recently published a book on the German and Soviet invasions of Poland in 1939 and we spoke about the book and this military event.

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    0:39 – Roger talks about how he got into studying Poland and WWII.

    2:14 – Roger talks about the strength of the German military in 1939 and the propaganda narrative.

    5:52 – Roger talks about the scope of the book from tactical to a wider scope.

    8:00 – Roger talks about the reasons for Germany’s early setbacks.

    11:16 – Roger talks about the terrain and weather of Poland in 1939.

    13:52 – Roger talks about German General Guderian reminiscing about his ancestral lands in Poland.

    15:39 – Roger compares German tactics in Poland versus the French campaign and the massacres of POWs and civilians.

    19:13 – Roger talks about ethnic German attacks against Poles.

    22:08 – Roger talks about German propaganda and Goebbels.

    27:01 – Roger talks about a battle with a German Panzer army.

    28:22 – Roger talks about the Soviet invasion of Poland.

    32:12 – Roger talks about Soviet propaganda about its invasion of Poland.

    34:06 – Roger discusses Soviet atrocities against upper class and middle class Poles.

    36:13 – Roger talks about the Polish death toll in WWII.

    37:43 – Roger talks about what materials he used to do his research.

    40:20 – Roger talks about the lack of access to Soviet materials.

    41:54 – Roger talks about having visited some of the battlefields he wrote about.

    48:05 – Roger addresses the concentration camps in Poland.

    51:39 – Roger talks about the German and Russian use of elite troops to commit atrocities.

    57:30 – Roger can be found at www.rogermoorhouse.com and on twitter @roger_moorhouse

     

    Links of interest

    https://amzn.to/3eXW7Gp

    https://www.basicbooks.com/titles/roger-moorhouse/poland-1939/9780465095414/

    https://www.rogermoorhouse.com/

    https://twitter.com/Roger_Moorhouse

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    Guests: Roger Moorhouse

    Host: Cris Alvarez

    Tags: military, history, military history, conflict, war, interview, non-fiction book, Poland, WWII, Germany, 1939, September campaign, USSR, Great Britain, propaganda, espionage, air power, fortified, blitzkreig, Prussia, Guderian, Austria, liebensraum, France, massacres, Nazi, Goebbels, cavalry, tanks, class war,

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    Vietnam War and Indochina War military history book – “Saigon Sisters” (Cornell University Press, 2020) – Patricia Norland interview

    Vietnam War and Indochina War military history book – “Saigon Sisters” (Cornell University Press, 2020) – Patricia Norland interview

    Check out this book here   https://amzn.to/392NdWN

    Patricia worked for many years in the US Foreign Service. Before this time, she was with a non-profit organization and met nine women who fought against the French and the Americans in the Vietnam War. Patricia kept in touch with these women and after retiring from the foreign service she wrote a book about these women’s wartime experiences. We spoke about the book, Saigon Sisters, these women, and the Indochina and Vietnam Wars.

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    Editor’s note: Patricia Norland sent an email clarifying a statement she made during the Interview: “Separately, I should clarify my statement about “managing” the Fulbright program while serving in HCMC; my job was to manage exchange programs, but Fulbright, wisely, establishes a Commission in each country (with ED) that — while coordinating with others– runs the program.”

    0:42 – Patricia talks about why she wrote this book and how she met the women she wrote about.

    5:09 – We talk about how these nine women gave up privileged lives to fight the French and Americans in the Indochina Wars.

    7:04 – Patricia talks about how she breaks the book into two parts- the lives they had before war to 1950 and then 1954, the war years to post 1975.

    13:07 – Patricia reads an excerpt from the book discussing the patriotic zeal of the women the book is about.

    15:13 – Patricia talks about the conservative nationalism that motivated the Vietnamese Communist revolution.

    16:59 – Patricia shares some of the revolutionary poems that these fighters wrote.

    19:51 – Patricia talks about how these teenagers were recruited into the revolution.

    23:39 – Patricia reads a passage regarding the Japanese occupation of Vietnam and their misuse of rice by troops.

    25:59 – Patricia talks about where these women ended up once they joined up with the revolution.

    30:42 – Patricia reads a passage from the first woman in the group who joined the Vietnamese Maquis.

    33:14 – Patricia talks about the research she did for the book and the interviews she did.

    38:19 – Patricia talks about the personal items from the war that these women showed her.

    41:41 – Patricia talks about how these women could have had much easier lives if they had turned away from the war. She also addresses how there is disappointment about what happened after 1975.

    44:06 – Patricia talks more about the disillusionment of their struggle.

    46:21 – Patricia talks about the American presence in Vietnam.

    49:53 – Patricia talks about how these women continued fighting against the Americans once they replaced the French.

    51:20 – Patricia talks about gender inequality within the revolutionary ranks.

    52:28 – Patricia talks about some moving moments in their story.

    1:04:05 – Information on the book can be found on the Cornell University Press website.

     

    Links of interest

    https://amzn.to/392NdWN

    https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/9781501749735/the-saigon-sisters/

    https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/vietnamese-women-privilege-and-persistence/

     

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    First Gulf War military history book – “Desert Redleg” (University Press of Kentucky, 2020) – L. Scott Lingamfelter interview

    First Gulf War military history book – “Desert Redleg” (University Press of Kentucky, 2020) – L. Scott Lingamfelter interview

    Check out this book here   https://amzn.to/3e5qbza

    L. Scott Lingamfelter was a senior Artillery Officer and Middle East expert when he participated in the First Gulf War as XO of 1st ARTY. He wrote a book detailing his time in that war, including tactical and operational issues, and his thoughts about the geopolitical and strategic aspects of the war. We spoke about the book and the war.

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    0:41 – Scott talks about why he wanted to write about his experiences in the First Gulf War.

    1:34 – Scott talks about the start of his career in 1973 as an artillery officer and as a Middle East specialist.

    3:12 – Scott talks about the use of artillery between the Vietnam War and the First Gulf War.

    6:58 – Scott talks about the logistics of moving artillery into the Gulf War theater.

    9:43 – Scott talks about the artillery that the division used.

    12:15 – Scott talks about the obstacles they faced once they were in the Middle East.

    15:23 – Scott talks about the placement of the artillery units and their protection.

    18:19 – Scott talks about the size of the division and armament.

    19:56 – Scott talks about counter fire.

    21:32 – Scott talks about the other threats to the safety and health of the Division. He discusses unexploded and failed ordnance.

    24:26 – Scott talks about the threat of chemical attack.

    28:03 – Scott talks about dealing with dust and heat.

    29:48 – Scott talks about instilling hygiene practices among the troops.

    32:47 – Scott talks about resupply issues and the Tapline Road.

    35:51 – Scott talks about the casualties on the Tapline Road.

    37:29 – Scott talks about what the damage they had wrought in Iraq was like.

    40:02 – Scott discusses the amount of firepower used in the First Gulf War.

    44:22 – Scott discusses the combat effects of the artillery on enemy morale.

    46:21 – Scott talks about the Vietnam veterans that developed the Air-Land battle concept used in the Gulf War.

    47:35 – Scott talks about how he presents information in the book.

    52:12 – Scott talks about coordination between foreign partners and with other services.

    55:09 – Scott was surprised by the dud rate when he went back to his notes. He was also surprised at how good his diary notes were.

    59:06 – Scott talks about how he expected the US to return to Iraq to fight Saddam again.

    1:01:31 – Scott talks about how he almost became General Schwarzkopf’s aide-de-camp.

    1:03:08 – Scott talks about how the book is written from a tactical point of view.

    1:06:42 – Scott talks about getting the book written and published. He had to write some difficult things as he saw them.

    1:10:11 – Scott be found at copybookwarrior.com. Readers can use the code FS30 on the University Press of Kentucky until the end of July to get 30% of the book.

    Links of interest

    https://amzn.to/3e5qbza

    https://www.kentuckypress.com/9780813179209/desert-redleg/

    https://www.copybookwarrior.com

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    20th century military history book – “Saving Israel” (Stackpole Books, 2020) – Boaz Dvir interview

    20th century military history book – “Saving Israel” (Stackpole Books, 2020) – Boaz Dvir interview

    Check out this book here   https://amzn.to/2ZnM73r

    Boaz Dvir is a journalist, writer, and filmmaker. He spent ten years researching the creation of the Israeli Air Force in 1948. He produced a documentary on the subject titled “A Wing and a Prayer” which was shown on PBS. He then wrote a book on the subject. We spoke about the Israeli Air Force of 1948, the secret methods needed to create it, the writing of the book, and what it took to research it.

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    0:51 – Boaz talks about why he wrote this book.

    3:41 – Boaz talks about how the Israelis were armed with Nazi weapons in 1948.

    4:25 – Boaz summarizes what led up to the Arab-Israeli War of 1948.

    7:35 – Boaz talks about what he focuses on in the book.

    12:32 – Boaz talks about how the Arab were threatening to annihilate the Israelis.

    14:41 – Boaz talks about the US Army flight engineer who started the operation to arm Israel.

    19:59 – Boaz talks about how the Jewish-American underground set up an airline to fly people into Israel.

    23:05 – Boaz talks about how Adolf became an international arms smuggler.

    26:54 – Boaz talks about military resistance to the smuggling of weapons.

    31:41 – Boaz talks about what the Israeli Air Force consisted of before the 1948 war and what had been created by the end of the war.

    32:58 – Boaz talks in detail about the planes they brought into Israel.

    35:35 – Boaz talks about the initial operations on both sides during the 1948 war.

    39:22 – Boaz talks about the air war during the 1948 war and the initial Arab advantage.

    41:54 – Boaz talks about how Israel used Nazi weapons in the 1948 war.

    45:14 – Boaz talks about the research he did for the book.

    49:10 – Boaz talks about coming across one of the old C-47s used in the 1948 war.

    51:19 – Boaz talks about how amazing it was to talk to the US WWII veterans.

    54:26 – Boaz talks about the emotional responses to this subject matter.

    54:53 – Boaz talked about his surprise at US antagonism towards Israel in 1948.

    59:10 – Boaz talks about how the USSR indirectly armed Israel.

    1:04:01 – Boaz talks about influence of Jewish Russians on Israel.

    1:05:22 – Boaz talks about the British pilots who flew against Israel and the shoot-down of a British reconnaissance plane.

    1:08:21 – Boaz talks about the two types of Egyptian pilots that the Israeli pilots faced in 1948.

    1:09:52 – Boaz talks about the victims of the war.

    1:17:14 – Boaz talks about how the people in his book were innovative.

    1:22:30 – Boaz can be found on facebook at Boaz Dvir and on twitter @BoazDvir.

     

    Links of interest

    https://amzn.to/2ZnM73r

    https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780811737265/Saving-Israel-The-Unknown-Story-of-Smuggling-Weapons-and-Winning-a-Nation%E2%80%99s-Independence

    https://twitter.com/boazdvir?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

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    • 1 hr 28 min
    WWII military history book – “Parleying with the Devil” (University Press of Kentucky, 2020) – Gaj Trifkovic interview

    WWII military history book – “Parleying with the Devil” (University Press of Kentucky, 2020) – Gaj Trifkovic interview

    Check out this book here   https://amzn.to/2A73z3E

    Gaj Trifkovic has had a lifelong interest in WWII especially as it relates to Yugoslavia. He earned his history degree in the subject and wrote his first book – a history of prisoner exchange in Yugoslavia during WWII. We spoke about the war in Yugoslavia, the book, and the process of getting published.

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    0:51 – Gaj talks about how he got into studying Yugoslavia in WWII.

    4:10 – Gaj talks about the five main sections of the book starting with Serbia.

    6:25 – Gaj talk about the military activities and situation in Yugoslavia during WWI.

    8:31 – Gaj talks about the controversial March 1943 negotiations.

    12:06 – Gaj talks about the Yugoslav neutral zone.

    13:08 – Gaj talks about how much the German high command knew about this prisoner exchange.

    14:11 – Gaj talks about how partisans dealt with prisoner exchanges.

    16:33 – Gaj talks about what prisoners the Germans took.

    17:52 – Gaj talks about how prisoners chosen for exchange were sometimes treated harshly.

    19:46 – Gaj talks about local prisoner exchanges by units in the field.

    21:00 – Gaj talks about non-German Axis prisoners.

    22:20 – Gaj talks about prisoner exchanges in other historical contexts.

    24:46 – Gaj talks about how Hitler was convinced to accept these exchanges.

    26:06 – Gaj talks about whether the Germans exchanged “undesirables.”

    27:04 – Gaj talks about the unwritten rules of prisoner exchange.

    29:20 – Gaj talks about prisoner exchange closer to the end of the war.

    32:35 – Gaj talks about large-scale execution of prisoners at the end of the war.

    34:26 – Gaj talks about German and Axis prisoners in Yugoslavia at the end of the war.

    38:58 – Gaj talks about post-war release of prisoners.

    40:45 – Gaj talks about the archives and books he used for this research.

    42:27 – Gaj talks about the self-censorship on both sides about prisoner exchange.

    45:55 – Gaj goes into more detail about the neutral zone.

    47:11 – We discuss what might be in the current location of the neutral zone.

    51:32 – Gaj talks about how well the two sides got along in the neutral zone.

    55:14 – Gaj talks about why he wrote the book in English rather than German.

    57:38 – Gaj talks about how he tried to emulate “The Longest Day” in the writing of this book.

    1:04:59 – Gaj can be found on researchgate.net and academia.edu.

     

    Links of interest

    https://amzn.to/2A73z3E

    https://www.kentuckypress.com/9781949668087/parleying-with-the-devil/

    https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Gaj_Trifkovic

    https://independent.academia.edu/GajTrifkovic

     

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