The History Network

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The military history podcast specialists, looking at all aspects of war through the ages.

Episodes

  • 3004 The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived - Charles V Holy Roman Emporer

    3004 The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived - Charles V Holy Roman Emporer

    04/04/2021 Duration: 17min

    Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor also known as Carlos was born in 1500 and he lived for 58 years, dying in the Spanish monastery of Yuste of malaria. As we list his titles, King of Spain, King of the Netherlands, Flanders and Belgium, Emperor of Austria and Hungary, ruler of much of Italy including Milan, Sicily, Sardinia and Naples and Emperor of the Americas, the listener is apt to think that his realm encompassed much of the known world, as indeed it did, but this does not take account of the periphery. Dur: 18mins File: .mp3

  • 3003 Byzantiums Eastern Frontier

    3003 Byzantium's Eastern Frontier

    21/03/2021 Duration: 29min

    The Byzantines, the subjects of the Eastern Roman Empire, were great survivors. They outlasted their cousins in the west by a thousand years, withstanding the great waves of barbarian invasions and even managing to flourish amidst the chaos. Less than a century after the last western emperor was deposed in 476, the Eastern Romans under Justinian reconquered Italy and North Africa, and seemed on their way to restoring the entire Mediterranean to Roman rule. Dur: 30mins File: .mp3

  • 3002 The Vicksburg Campaign Part 2

    3002 The Vicksburg Campaign Part 2

    07/03/2021 Duration: 17min

    On May 18, 1863, Major General Ulysses S. Grant achieved the objective he had sought for months. Union troops surrounded Vicksburg on three sides, and on its west side, Admiral David Porter's warships controlled the waters of the Mississippi. For three months Confederate Lieutenant General John C. Pemberton had watched as Grant flailed about in the floodplain on various unsuccessful bayou expeditions. Dur: 18mins File: .mp3

  • 3001 The Vicksburg Campaign Part 1

    3001 The Vicksburg Campaign Part 1

    21/02/2021 Duration: 29min

    On May 18, 1863, Major General Ulysses S. Grant achieved the objective he had sought for months. Union troops surrounded Vicksburg on three sides, and on its west side, Admiral David Porter's warships controlled the waters of the Mississippi. For three months Confederate Lieutenant General John C. Pemberton had watched as Grant flailed about in the floodplain on various unsuccessful bayou expeditions. Dur: 30mins  File: .mp3

  • 2910 After Cannae

    2910 After Cannae

    17/01/2021 Duration: 23min

    At the Battle of Cannae, 2 August, 216 B.C., Carthaginian general Hannibal Barca administered one of Rome's most crushing military defeats. Depending upon the ancient source, Roman losses on the Apulian battlefield numbered anywhere from roughly 50,000, as Livy relates, to around 70,000, as Polybius insists. Hannibal had enacted a double envelopment of the Roman army, a maneuver widely considered to be a tactical masterpiece that is to this day studied in war colleges around the world. Dur: 25mins File: .mp3

  • 2909 Army Exercises in the English Countryside, 1853-1914

    2909 Army Exercises in the English Countryside, 1853-1914

    03/01/2021 Duration: 25min

    The last pitched battles on English soil were Sedgemoor in 1685 and Preston in 1715. But after that the army still needed to train and practice. The first land on Salisbury Plain was not bought for army training until 1897 and Catterick Camp was opened after the outbreak of WW1. So from 1853 when there was a renewed invasion scare, to 1914, there were many large scale army exercises or 'manoeuvres' all across the countryside of southern England. Dur: 26mins File: .mp3

  • 2908 The First Victoria Cross - Part 2

    2908 The First Victoria Cross - Part 2

    20/12/2020 Duration: 15min

    When the first actions were gazetted in The London Gazette on February 24th, 1857, the first name to appear was that of Cecil Buckley. The action for his award was performed in May 1855 while he was a lieutenant but he had been promoted Commander soon after and so was the highest ranking naval officer gazetted in that initial list. Dur: 16 mins  File: .mp3

  • 2907 The First Victoria Cross - Part 1

    2907 The First Victoria Cross - Part 1

    06/12/2020 Duration: 15min

    The First Victoria Cross – Charles Davis Lucas, Cecil William Buckley, or Henry James Raby. During the Crimean War (March 1854-February 1856), the movement to recognise the valour of the ordinary fighting man of the various branches of the British armed forces gained immense momentum. The Crimean War was the first conflict where newspaper reporters were with the troops (today we’d use the term ‘embedded’) and wrote back to their publications with the details of the heroism of the rank and file. Dur: 16mins. File: .mp3

  • 2906 Royal Navy actions during the Battle of Britain: Continuing a long tradition

    2906 Royal Navy actions during the Battle of Britain: Continuing a long tradition

    22/11/2020 Duration: 18min

    Ask most people about the Battle of Britain, and they will think of the Spitfires and Hurricanes of RAF fighter command in combat with the German Luftwaffe over southern England in 1940. History books will often also mention Bomber Command carrying out raids on the French and Belgian ports where the Germans were assembling the fleet of barges and small craft to be used to transport German troops across the Channel in Operation Sealion. Dur: 19 mins File: .mp3

  • 2905 Charlemagne - The Father of Europe Part 2

    2905 Charlemagne - The Father of Europe Part 2

    08/11/2020 Duration: 16min

    The machinery of war which Charlemagne inherited from his father. Pepin the Short, and grandfather (Charles Martel, 'the hammer') was singularly well tuned to wage war. All of Charlemagne's vassals were expected to serve militarily and all free men were expected to serve if needed. This service included bishops, abbots and abbesses; they too could be called upon to provide armed men or other provisions of war according to the wealth of their estates. Dur: 17mins. File: .mp3

  • 2904 Charlemagne - The Father of Eurpope Part1

    2904 Charlemagne - The Father of Eurpope Part1

    18/10/2020 Duration: 18min

    Charles the Great, known as Charlemagne and the father of Europe, created an empire which would last 1,000 years. To secure it he fought continuously, on multiple fronts, throughout his long reign. Charlemagne came to power at a time when Europe was made up of many small kingdoms and principalities. Since the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century, it had also faced invasion from various peoples who had established kingdoms of their own, such as the Visigoths and Muslims in Spain. Dur: 19mins File: .mp3

  • 2903 The 2500th Anniversary of The Battles of Thermopylae, Artemisium and Salamis - Part 2

    2903 The 2500th Anniversary of The Battles of Thermopylae, Artemisium and Salamis - Part 2

    04/10/2020 Duration: 19min

    Thermopylae and Artemisium were never intended to be decisive stands even though the defeat of the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae has gone down in history as just such a stand. There were also 700 Thespians and 400 Thebans at that defeat but their sacrifice has been all but been ignored. (indeed the historian Herodotus goes out of his way to show the Thebans to be perfidious traitors). The other cities' soldiers had already withdrawn, and fierce debate ensued to keep the alliance together. Dur: 23mins. File: .mp3

  • 2902 The 2500th Anniversary of The Battles of Thermopylae, Artemisium and Salamis - Part 1

    2902 The 2500th Anniversary of The Battles of Thermopylae, Artemisium and Salamis - Part 1

    20/09/2020 Duration: 18min

    The year 2020 represents the 2,500th anniversary of three battles which played a major part in shaping the future of the western Mediterranean world: the battles of Thermopylae, Artemisum, and Salamis. Dur: 19mins. File: .mp3

  • 2901 The Lewis and Clark Air Rifle

    2901 The Lewis and Clark Air Rifle

    06/09/2020 Duration: 17min

    The American West contains many epic tales and stories, perhaps the most astounding is the story of Lewis and Clark and the Corp of Discovery. Over the course of seventeen months a group of over forty individuals traveled seven thousand miles through hostile native tribes from the middle of America through previously unexplored mountain ranges to the Pacific Ocean and returned healthy and well with only one casualty. Dur: 18mins File: .mp3

  • 2810 The Battle of Stony Point

    2810 The Battle of Stony Point

    12/07/2020 Duration: 16min

    July 15th 1779. The night was dark, the soldiers were ordered to fix bayonets and unload their rifles. Men exhausted, a 14 mile road march in the dead of summer that started at noon got them to this point. Anxiety filled the air as Washington's men set to take back Stony Point. What took 20 minutes left the southern and western and northern flanks of the point covered in blood. Dur: 16mins File: .mp3

  • 2809 John Hawkwood - The Greatest Mercenary of His Age - Part 2

    2809 John Hawkwood - The Greatest Mercenary of His Age - Part 2

    28/06/2020 Duration: 19min

    The greatest mercenary commander of the 14th century, inspiration for historians, poets, novelists and playwrights, John Hawkwood is a name everyone should know. 14th century Europe was a plagued with incessant warfare. The Hundred Years' War began between France and England in 1337 and would last until the middle of the next century. Other conflicts engulfed various parts of Europe as well, especially in Italy where Sir John Hawkwood would make and maintain his name. Dur: 20mins File: .mp3

  • 2808 John Hawkwood - The Greatest Mercenary of His Age - Part1

    2808 John Hawkwood - The Greatest Mercenary of His Age - Part1

    14/06/2020 Duration: 17min

    The greatest mercenary commander of the 14th century, inspiration for historians, poets, novelists and playwrights, John Hawkwood is a name everyone should know. 14th century Europe was a plagued with incessant warfare. The Hundred Years' War began between France and England in 1337 and would last until the middle of the next century. Other conflicts engulfed various parts of Europe as well, especially in Italy where Sir John Hawkwood would make and maintain his name. Dur 18mins File: .mp3

  • 2807 The Battle of Stamford Bridge

    2807 The Battle of Stamford Bridge

    31/05/2020 Duration: 16min

    By the beginning of September 1066, King Harold II was in a quandary. Expecting Duke William of Normandy to invade, he had summoned the fyrd (what passed for the army in Anglo-Saxon times; made up of a proportion of the freemen of each shire who were required to perform military service in defence of the land) back in April and they had long since passed the usual two to three months' service. And now they were starting to grumble... Dur: 17mins File: .mp3

  • 2806 Sir Jeffrey Amherst and the Conquest of New France

    2806 Sir Jeffrey Amherst and the Conquest of New France

    17/05/2020 Duration: 26min

    The Seven Years War, fought from 1756 to 1763, pitted the alliance of France, Austria, Sweden, Saxony, Russia and Spain; against Great Britain, Prussia and Hanover. The first truly world war, campaigns in the war were fought in Europe, India, North America, and on the oceans throughout the world. Dur: 27mins File: .mp3

  • 2805 The ubiquity of the Cretan Archer in Ancient Warfare - Part 2

    2805 The ubiquity of the Cretan Archer in Ancient Warfare - Part 2

    03/05/2020 Duration: 24min

    One thing to note in regard to Cretans is that when they are mentioned in our sources they are always referred to as Cretan archers or just ‘Cretans’ or, occasionally just archers and we must work out from the context that they were Cretan. Dur: 25mins. File. mp3

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