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The Battles of the First World War Podcast goes in-depth into the battles of the Great War of 1914-1918. The goal is to really go into the details of how and why these battles unfolded and happened as they did. In telling the narrative of these clashes we can revisit some of the stories of the men and women who lived, fought, and died during the first titanic struggle of the 20th Century, for these people have stories that deserve to be told.

Battles of the First World War Podcast Mike Cunha

    • History
    • 4.8 • 576 Ratings

The Battles of the First World War Podcast goes in-depth into the battles of the Great War of 1914-1918. The goal is to really go into the details of how and why these battles unfolded and happened as they did. In telling the narrative of these clashes we can revisit some of the stories of the men and women who lived, fought, and died during the first titanic struggle of the 20th Century, for these people have stories that deserve to be told.

    Walking in the Footsteps of the Fallen with Matt Dixon

    Walking in the Footsteps of the Fallen with Matt Dixon

    Joining us this episode is Matt Dixon, the host of the Footsteps of the Fallen podcast, and I am so excited he is here! Matt is a military historian, battlefield researcher and guide, author and, of course, podcaster. He too, has an amazing depth of knowledge about places all along the Old Front Line of the Great War’s Western Front. Matt has 30 years of researching and writing behind him, and I can’t wait to hear about his journey into the history of the First World War. 



    Links to Matt’s Footsteps of the Fallen podcast:
     
    iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/footsteps-of-the-fallen/id1528864547?i=1000559225751
     
    Website: https://footstepsofthefallen.com/
     
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/footsteps_pod
     
    The BFWWP is on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/BattlesoftheFirstWorldWarPodcast. 
     
    Any questions, comments or concerns please contact me through the website, www.firstworldwarpodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter at @WW1podcast, the Battles of the First World War Podcast page on FaceBook, and on Instagram at @WW1battlecast. Not into social media? Email me directly at verdunpodcast@gmail.com. Please consider reviewing the Battles of the First World War Podcast on iTunes. 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Talking the Old Front Line with Mr. Paul Reed

    Talking the Old Front Line with Mr. Paul Reed

    This episode we are joined by an incredible guest, Mr. Paul Reed of the “Old Front Line Great War Podcast.” 
     
    Paul Reed has written a number of books about WW1 including the best-selling “Walking the Somme” and “Great War Lives.” He also works in Television and has worked on and appeared in numerous programmes including BBC Timewatch, Meet The Ancestors, War Hero in My Family and Who Do You Think You Are. Along with these accomplishments, Paul produces the excellent Old Front Line Great War Podcast.
     
    Join us for a fascinating journey into Paul Reed’s life and lifelong learning about the Great War. You will be delighted. 
     
    Note: If toward the first half hour or so of the podcast you can hear someone yelling in the background…I can explain. One of our cats, Bertie, was causing all sorts of destructive mischief that he saved up for exactly when we’d be recording. Felines are really unbelievable like that. 
     
    Links to Paul’s Old Front Line podcast:
    iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-old-front-line/id1505204931
     
    Website: https://oldfrontline.co.uk/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/OldFrontLinePod
     
    The BFWWP is on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/BattlesoftheFirstWorldWarPodcast. 
     
    Any questions, comments or concerns please contact me through the website, www.firstworldwarpodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter at @WW1podcast, the Battles of the First World War Podcast page on FaceBook, and on Instagram at @WW1battlecast. Not into social media? Email me directly at verdunpodcast@gmail.com. Please consider reviewing the Battles of the First World War Podcast on iTunes. 

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Meuse Argonne - The Meuse Heights

    Meuse Argonne - The Meuse Heights

    The Americans finally have to face facts and deal with the punishing German artillery on the Meuse Heights. On October 8th, 1918, two American and two French divisions expanded the Meuse-Argonne offensive by attacking the enemy on the Right Bank of the River Meuse. 
     
    Villages of note:
     
    Samogneux
    Consenvoye
    Haumont-prés-Samogneux
     
    Lost Battalion Tours 2022 in the Meuse-Argonne! Come join us.
     
    Email lostbattaliontours@gmail.com for pricing and availability.
     
    The BFWWP is on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/BattlesoftheFirstWorldWarPodcast. 
     
    Any questions, comments or concerns please contact me through the website, www.firstworldwarpodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter at @WW1podcast, the Battles of the First World War Podcast page on FaceBook, and on Instagram at @WW1battlecast. Not into social media? Email me directly at verdunpodcast@gmail.com. Please consider reviewing the Battles of the First World War Podcast on iTunes. 
     

    • 32 min
    A Review of Maarten Otte’s Book “The Meuse-Argonne 1918: The Right Bank to the Armistice”

    A Review of Maarten Otte’s Book “The Meuse-Argonne 1918: The Right Bank to the Armistice”

    A short review of Maarten Otte’s new book, “The Meuse-Argonne 1918: The Right Bank to the Armistice.”
     
    Book link here:
     
    https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/The-Meuse-Heights-to-the-Armistice-Paperback/p/19110
     
    Order it from your local bookstore so that you support your local businesses. 
    The BFWWP is on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/BattlesoftheFirstWorldWarPodcast. 
     
    Any questions, comments or concerns please contact me through the website, www.firstworldwarpodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter at @WW1podcast, the Battles of the First World War Podcast page on FaceBook, and on Instagram at @WW1battlecast. Not into social media? Email me directly at verdunpodcast@gmail.com. Please consider reviewing the Battles of the First World War Podcast on iTunes. 

    • 16 min
    Meuse Argonne - Army of One

    Meuse Argonne - Army of One

    Finally, the retired United States Army motto finds a proper use.
     
    On October 7th, 1918, PVT John Lewis Barkley, a scout in the 3rd Division AEF, decided “to make things interesting for the Germans for a while.” With a captured machine gun and some four thousand rounds of ammunition, he engaged an enemy battalion-sized unit. 
     
    Single-handedly. 
     
    From inside an abandoned tank. 
     
    Here is his story. 
     
    Lost Battalion Tours 2022 in the Meuse-Argonne! Come join us.
     
    Email lostbattaliontours@gmail.com for pricing and availability.
     
    The BFWWP is on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/BattlesoftheFirstWorldWarPodcast. 
     
    Any questions, comments or concerns please contact me through the website, www.firstworldwarpodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter at @WW1podcast, the Battles of the First World War Podcast page on FaceBook, and on Instagram at @WW1battlecast. Not into social media? Email me directly at verdunpodcast@gmail.com. Please consider reviewing the Battles of the First World War Podcast on iTunes. 

    • 47 min
    “A Calamity of Errors:” A Discussion on the US 5th Marine Regiment on Blanc Mont, October 1918

    “A Calamity of Errors:” A Discussion on the US 5th Marine Regiment on Blanc Mont, October 1918

    Returning guest and University of Oklahoma PhD candidate James P. Gregory tackles the subject of the US 5th Marine Regiment on Blanc Mont on October 4th, 1918, a day that would see the highest casualties ever taken by the Marines until World War Two a generation later. James argues that events and leadership led to “a calamity of errors” with deadly results for the Marines on the ground. 
     
    James’ article can be found here:
     
    https://www.usmcu.edu/Portals/218/MarineCorpsHistory_vol7no2_Winter2021_web.pdf?fbclid=IwAR14uKs6rllEZRBZuZ29HpJFUn-39FBOPRAlUcdWG0QPc4gpFFHgse2z0pI
     
    LTCs Owen and Swift’s “A Hideous Price” can be found here:
     
    https://www.usmcu.edu/Portals/218/A%20Hideous%20Price_WEB.pdf
     
    https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/hideous-price-4th-brigade-blanc-mont-2-10-october-1918
     
    The BFWWP is on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/BattlesoftheFirstWorldWarPodcast. 
     
    Any questions, comments or concerns please contact me through the website, www.firstworldwarpodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter at @WW1podcast, the Battles of the First World War Podcast page on FaceBook, and on Instagram at @WW1battlecast. Not into social media? Email me directly at verdunpodcast@gmail.com. Please consider reviewing the Battles of the First World War Podcast on iTunes. 
     

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
576 Ratings

576 Ratings

308castbullet ,

Forgot to Breathe

I’ll admit to listening with my mouth open; not from being a knuckle-dragger, but because I am at the front, smelling the gas and cordite, ducking my head, knowing it’s too late anyway. The description of battle is of first order. The description of heroes leaves me in awe. I ask myself: could I do what they did? I, for one, will never forget.

RoMav9394 ,

Comprehensive and well voiced

Excellent podcast! Mike’s voice and intonation make this great for all types of listening. Casual listening, background noise, travel, etc. but most of all it is thoroughly researched and presented with minimal bias. If you’re interested in WWI you will not be disappointed!

Royinla1 ,

PVT John Lewis Barkley,

This latest episode is an amazing tail of courage, determination, and as the podcaster states, is a story which is just waiting for Hollywood to pick up and recount. Thanks for another great episode.

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