34 episodes

War Stories is a narrative show that takes the broad arcs of warfare and shares the stories behind crucial points their development. In each season, the show revolves around a single topic and traces a path from before its invention to the modern-day with a focus on the people who made it happen.

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    • 4.8, 330 Ratings

War Stories is a narrative show that takes the broad arcs of warfare and shares the stories behind crucial points their development. In each season, the show revolves around a single topic and traces a path from before its invention to the modern-day with a focus on the people who made it happen.

    Bats! The Musical

    Bats! The Musical

    Nearly every one of our episodes focused on humans' interactions with a particular type of inanimate object on the battlefield, sometimes the way in which the object is wielded by others, sometimes the actions those humans have to take in order to survive the ordeal. It's not just inanimate objects, though, that have found their way into militaries, but animals besides humans that have been used for most everything from hauling weapons to carrying troops to serving as weapons themselves. 
    In this episode, Staffer and Adin are joined by Hannah Palsa, a PhD student at Kansas State University studying WWII's Dogs for Defense program.

    • 58 min
    A Very Special Lexington and Concord Reading

    A Very Special Lexington and Concord Reading

    Hello! We've missed you during our extended hiatus.
    As both Staffer and Adin have been holed up in their respective bunkers and finishing up their book projects, they found some extra time to talk to one another. After hearing from listeners on Twitter, one topic was requested more than all the others...

    • 59 min
    Loose Rounds #9 - AUSA Live Show

    Loose Rounds #9 - AUSA Live Show

    To wrap up the season of Loose Rounds, Adin and Angry Staff Officer ventured to Washington, DC and the Association of the United States Army's annual conference. There, they held a live show, brought together by Nammo, which covers everything from what a trade show might've looked like before the Battle of Crecy to how the podcast came into being.
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    • 34 min
    Loose Rounds #8 - Wheels

    Loose Rounds #8 - Wheels

    What's the simplest item that's changed the shape of warfare? The bullet? The boot? How about the humble wheel? In this episode of Loose Rounds, Adin and Angry Staff Officer trace the development of the wheel throughout history, and how it's shaped how wars are fought on and off the battlefield.
     
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    • 33 min
    Loose Rounds #7 - Ship Design

    Loose Rounds #7 - Ship Design

    For nearly as long as people have been fighting, they've had ships to take them to the fight, or to use as weapons of war themselves. From the coracle to the trireme to the battleship, has there been an overall arc toward the perfect naval vessel?
     
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    • 40 min
    Loose Rounds #6 - Cartography

    Loose Rounds #6 - Cartography

    Before compasses, sextants, and the telescope, there was the map. They were simple things to begin with. Then they became essential, allowing explorers and conquerors to leave their home lands for far off destinations. Then they became something even more.
     
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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
330 Ratings

330 Ratings

Nadir_E ,

Good history, interesting approach

I found War Stories while looking for military-related podcasts, having been an ametuer student of the subject since childhood (not a veteran). I found their approach to the their subject matter engaging - it often felt like being at a table with friends engaged in a discussion - very well informed friends, I might add. In the material to which I've listened I only encountered a single error (the implication that reactive armor was present among Israeli tanks in the '73 war - it didn't make a battelfield appearance until 1982).

Having listened the full first season and many of the Loose Rounds episodes while commuting, I have since downloaded everything else available and am looking forward to more.

Appl blows ,

Talking over vocals

Holy crap, don’t have music with vocals playing in the background (at full volume) for the first minute that you’re talking

USMC LAV-25 VC ,

Great Content

Is a third season coming?

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