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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.

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

Lions Led By Donkeys Podcast Lions Led By Donkeys

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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.

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

    Episode 126 - The Horrible Death of President James Garfield

    Episode 126 - The Horrible Death of President James Garfield

    Folks, it's bad.

    Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/lionsledbydonkeys

    Follow us on twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/lionsledbydonkeyspod

    Sources: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/dirty-painful-death-president-james-garfield
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/09/19/garfield-assassination-white-house-doctors-lied/
    https://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/25/health/25garf.html
    https://medium.com/@simoncarryer/damn-near-killed-him-30042c796e29
    https://nypost.com/2016/09/22/the-inept-doctor-who-killed-president-garfield/

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Episode 125 - The Kunduz Airstrike

    Episode 125 - The Kunduz Airstrike

    During the Battle of Kunduz, the US bombed a Doctors Without Borders hospital, one of the worst war crimes of the Afghan War. Nobody has ever been punished for it.

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Episode 124 - Life on a U-Boat was terrible

    Episode 124 - Life on a U-Boat was terrible

    Life aboard a U-boat during WWII was horrible but thankfully short from all the dying.

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    Correction: During the show Joe says he couldn't find reports of U-Boat crews killing themselves. Someone pointed out it happened at least once in this incident:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Zschech


    Sources:
    Iron Coffins by Herbert Warner
    https://www.warhistoryonline.com/instant-articles/horrors-of-serving-a-u-boat.html
    https://warisboring.com/the-high-tech-toilet-that-destroyed-a-submarine/

    • 1 hr 2 min
    *Unlocked* Valkyrie

    *Unlocked* Valkyrie

    Tom Cruise is the worst pirate ever.

    Support the show to get more bonus episodes like this: https://www.patreon.com/lionsledbydonkeys

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 123 - Broken Arrow

    Episode 123 - Broken Arrow

    Francis from the Hell of a way to die Podcast and Shocks, everyone's favorite podcast lawyer join the show to talk about all of the times the US and USSR lost nuclear weapons due to horrible incompetence.

    Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/lionsledbydonkeys

    sources:
    https://interestingengineering.com/broken-arrows-the-worlds-lost-nuclear-weapons
    https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/17483/8-nuclear-weapons-us-has-lost
    https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2012/10/broken-arrow-lost-nuclear-weapons-in-canada/
    https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/command-and-control-goldsboro-1961/

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Episode 122 - Russo - Japanese War Part 4: So long and thanks for all the imperialism

    Episode 122 - Russo - Japanese War Part 4: So long and thanks for all the imperialism

    The war ends and the world sets itself on course for nuclear hellfire.

    Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/lionsledbydonkeys

    Sources regarding propaganda discussed at the end of the show:
    WARNING: This is explicit porn. In case you want to just read what a historian Tim Clark wrote about this piece when it appeared in 2013 exhibition, Shunga: Sex and pleasure in Japanese art, 1600-1900.

    "Popular print culture in Japan was extensively mobilised to support the country’s war effort in the Russo-Japanese war of 1904-5. This is a particularly savage piece of anti-Russian propaganda.A different (presumed earlier) version of the design was produced using different woodblocks. The flag at top left is Russian, the soldiers in the background are Russians fleeing, and the following dialogue appears with the two foreground figures:
    [Russian:] (in Romanised script with katakana glosses) “I think I’m going to die!” (Watakushi mō shinisō desu)
    [Japanese soldier:] “I’ll soon deliver the final blow…” (Sugu todome o sashite yarō)
    [Russians:] “Quick, let’s run away!” (Hayaku nigero) "

    The original korean translation of the print that was found during researching was inaccurate. A full translation from japanese shows this is meant to show the japanese military "raping" the russian military. These prints were very common and popular, though technically illegal. WARNING: https://media.britishmuseum.org/media/Repository/Documents/2014_11/8_12/317b80e3_54cc_4575_8936_a3dd00d07c11/mid_01361913_001.jpg

    There is a non graphic link to further research on the changing japanese propaganda done by actual art historians and not our dumbasses: https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/library/files/special/exhibns/month/mar2008.html

    • 1 hr 7 min

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322 Ratings

322 Ratings

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