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The First Anglo-Sikh War (part 2): Ferozeshah and Sabraon

The First Anglo-Sikh War (part 2): Ferozeshah and Sabraon

August 23, 2021

This week is the second installment of my chat with Sikh historian Amarpal Singh all about the First Anglo-Sikh War of 1845/46. In this episode we hear all about the brutal battles of Mudki, Ferozeshah and Sabraon...arguably the toughest fights that the British army ever faced in India.

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Disaster in Afghanistan and the fall of Kabul - then and now

Disaster in Afghanistan and the fall of Kabul - then and now

August 15, 2021

A rare unscheduled and unplanned episode of the Redcoat History Podcast. In response to current events in Afghanistan, I thought it is the right time to talk about the 1st Anglo-Afghan war of 1839-1842 particularly the disastrous evacuation of Kabul. It is a horrific and disturbing story and one that seems to have some parallels with the current government in Kabul apparently on the verge of collapse.

 

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The First Anglo-Sikh War: Ranjit Singh and the road to war (w/Amarpal Singh)

The First Anglo-Sikh War: Ranjit Singh and the road to war (w/Amarpal Singh)

August 2, 2021

I am taking a short break from the Peninsular War this month to share with you an interview I did with Sikh historian Amarpal Singh - this is the first part of a two-part series. This week we are examining Ranjit Singh, the birth of the Sikh empire, and the road to war.  

 

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The Battle of Salamanca: Wellington’s greatest victory? (w/Gareth Glover and Marcus Cribb)

The Battle of Salamanca: Wellington’s greatest victory? (w/Gareth Glover and Marcus Cribb)

July 15, 2021

The Battle of Salamanca, fought in Spain on July 22nd, 1812, was one of the most important battles of the Napoleonic era. In this episode, I am joined by one of the best and most prolific writers on the British army in the Napoleonic Wars, Gareth Glover, as well as a long-time friend of the show, Marcus Cribb. This episode is packed with detail and debate - make sure to listen until the end to find out if this was indeed Wellington's greatest battle. 

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Horror in the Breaches: The Storming of Badajoz (The Peninsular War)

Horror in the Breaches: The Storming of Badajoz (The Peninsular War)

June 14, 2021

The Third Siege of Badajoz during the Peninsular War was a brutal and bloody affair. It was a huge test for Wellington and his British and Portuguese troops. They had failed twice before, could they finally capture this immense fortress that protects the southern route between Portugal and Spain?

Join Christian Parkinson aka @redcoathistory as he continues his deep dive into the history of the Peninsular War fought in Portugal, Spain and France between 1808 and 1814. It is an epic tale that saw the allied armies push back and defeat the might of Napoleon. 

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Job Maseko MM - the story of a South African Hero

Job Maseko MM - the story of a South African Hero

May 28, 2021

A bit of a change on the podcast today...bear with me as I will be back to the Peninsular War very soon...

A recent petition was launched in the UK to attempt to upgrade the Military Medal of black South African soldier Job Maseko. Some people believe that Job should have won a Victoria Cross for blowing up a German ship while he was a prisoner of war in North Africa. But what is the full story? Did racism block Job's medal? What is his legacy in South Africa and is he still remembered in his hometown? I went to find out the answer to all of those questions. . .

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Albuera: The bloodiest battle of the Peninsular War

Albuera: The bloodiest battle of the Peninsular War

May 16, 2021

The Battle of Albuera fought in Spain on 16th of May 1811 is considered to be the bloodiest battle of the Peninsular war. One British unit suffered a staggering 85% casualties. But what happened? Why were casualties so horrific and who eventually won this slogging match? Tune in as I discuss all of these points and many more with:

Marcus Beresford (descendent of the British commander) https://marcusdelapoerberesford.ie/ho...

Dr. Mark Thompson - author on the battle - https://marksthompson.weebly.com/ and

Marcus Cribb - expert on the Peninsular - https://twitter.com/mcribbHistory

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The Peninsular War: The Battle of Fuentes De Oñoro, May 3-5th 1811

The Peninsular War: The Battle of Fuentes De Oñoro, May 3-5th 1811

April 14, 2021

The latest Redcoat History Podcast...Today's episode on one of the key battles of the Peninsular War is a belter. . .A bitter hand-to-hand fight along alleyways and inside houses, an inexperienced allied division cut off and in danger of annihilation. A troop of horse artillery surrounded and forced to slash their way through the French cavalry. Today’s episode of the Redcoat History Podcast is packed with drama – put your pack down, sip some captured French grog and lend me your ears as we are transported to May 1811 and find Wellington and the allied army with their backs to the wall once more at the village of Fuentes de Oñoro on the Spanish-Portuguese border. Visit www.redcoathistory.com/newsletter to sign up for my monthly despatch.

The Peninsular War: Wellington and the Lines of Torres Vedras

The Peninsular War: Wellington and the Lines of Torres Vedras

March 15, 2021

It is 1810 and the French are invading Portugal once again. Can they kick the pesky Redcoats out of the Peninsular for good?

In the latest Redcoat History Podcast (Season 3), we are talking all about the Lines of Torres Vedras - the amazing engineering feat that allowed Wellington and his small army to defeat the French.

I am joined on the show by Mark Thompson - author of numerous books about the Peninsular including a number that cover the lines. Mark is also involved with the Friends of the Lines of Torres Vedras whose website is https://fltv.weebly.com/

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Peninsular War: Was Wellington a Defensive General? (w/Marcus Cribb)

Peninsular War: Was Wellington a Defensive General? (w/Marcus Cribb)

March 1, 2021

Today we have a short bonus episode on the Peninsular War. Marcus Cribb, manager of Apsley House, joins the podcast today to answer the question, 'was Wellington a defensive General?' In this fun, concise episode he explains his thoughts and tries to shatter some of the myths.

To read more about Marcus's thoughts on Wellingtons generalship please see his excellent article: https://www.dukeofwellington.org/post/the-best-of-wellington-five-of-the-iron-duke-s-victories-that-surpass-waterloo

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