I'm Cullen Burke and this is Cauldron, a history of the world battle by battle. Every two weeks I'll cover the important battles in history and then hash out listener theories and thoughts on how the world would look if the outcome were different.
The M16 and Ia Drang - Firearms Historian Matt Moss Of The Armourer's Bench
This was a lot of fun, and I hope pretty educational; I know I learned a ton. I reached out to Matt and asked him to join me for 20-30 minutes to talk about Vietnam's small arms. Instead, he gave me almost an hour of his time! Jammed with insight and information, the hour zipped right by. We covered the early development and reliability issues of the M16, its performance at Ia Drang, and briefly talked about some of the other weapons of the battle. We made sure to leave plenty of meat on the bone for conversations down the line! The Armourer's Bench is a great follow on all the platforms and if you can do so, support their Patreon page.
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Battle of Ia Drang - Nov 14, 1965 – Nov 18, 1965
"After the bravado, you're left with the anguish." Col. Nadal US 1st Battalion 7th Cavalry Regiment Air Mobile
Few battles have shaped the modern American mind while remaining mostly anonymous to the general public quite like Ia Drang. An iconic engagement that defined not just a war but a generation has gone, for the most part, forgotten. Maybe one of the most misunderstood battles in a misunderstood war, Ia Drang, had a considerable impact on modern American history. The action of Ia Drang Valley, fought from the 14th to the 17th in November 1965 remains, maybe the defining moment of the Vietnam War.
The Siege of Fort William Henry - Aug 3, 1757 – Aug 9, 1757
The Last of the Mohicans depicts a forgotten siege and a forgotten massacre during a forgotten war. The Siege of Fort William Henry, in the summer of 1757, put the British in North America in a very tough spot. Seemingly, the British were on their way to losing the first actual world war.
Sisters in Arms: Female Warriors from Antiquity to the New Millennium
A quick conversation with author/historian Julie Wheelwright about her latest book, Sisters in Arms: Female Warriors from Antiquity to the New Millennium. We covered how Julie got into the study of women at war, how women have played active, vital roles in battle (not just laundress or nurse!), and what the future likely holds for women in the services. Julie was bursting with information and energy; I can't wait to have her back on the show!
The book is a quick, easy read that puts the untold story of fighting women in its proper historical context. What does all that mean, you may be asking yourselves? Simply put, this book shines a light on the untold and underrepresented stories of military history. It makes the point, very clearly, that women have indeed been fighting on the front lines from the Amazons onward. The author is in no way saying that the fighting in war has been a 50/50 split between the sexes, but women have played a much larger role than we traditionally think of or read about. The images have been perfectly selected to tell the author's story visually, and the source list is extensive and will make an excellent resource for further reading. Worthy of any historian's bookshelf!
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The Battle of Naseby - 14 June 1645
In this episode, we cover the Battle of Naseby, the defining engagement of the English Civil War! From "push of pike" to the Self-Denying Act to Cromwell himself, we cover it all.
The Battle of Monte Cassino - 17 January – 18 May 1944
In this episode, we are diving into one of the more controversial and least covered battles of WWII - the fight for Monte Cassino. A sideshow to the main events of Normandy and the Eastern Front, the Italian Campaign was no less violent or brutal, consuming men and material at the same rate as the worst fighting in either World War. The ancient monastery of the Benedictine Order loomed over the entire battlefield like some Tolkein-Esque evil tower. Time and again, the Allied soldiers mentioned the ever-present feeling of being watched by Monte Cassino, and its eventual destruction was likely inevitable. But the bombing of such a culturally relevant sight has become the lasting legacy of the battle - is "military necessity," as Eisenhower phrased it, always the right path? Are there any structures of historical significance that should be outside the realm of warfare? In the case of Monte Cassino, both Allied intelligence at the time of the fighting and inquiries after the war found no German occupation of the monastery. And unfortunately for the Gurkha, Indian, New Zealand, and eventually the Poles that had to try and take the rubble that was Monte Cassino, the bombing had made the Axis position ten-fold more challenging to assault. By battles end, the Axis forces along the Gustav Line had been dislodged and sent reeling north. Rome was taken soon after, and the overwhelming might and logistical superiority of the democracies were brought to bear on the Wehrmacht for the first time in Europe proper.
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I found this show from his live stream with War and Conquest. Both are phenomenal history podcast. Can’t get enough of either of these shows.