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Zulu: The heroes of Rorke’s Drift - John Chard VC

Zulu: The heroes of Rorke’s Drift - John Chard VC

December 1, 2022

Who was the man who commanded the small British detachment at Rorke's Drift? 

This episode is a brief introduction to the life of John Chard. 

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If In Doubt - Charge! Sir Hugh Gough and the Anglo-Sikh Wars

If In Doubt - Charge! Sir Hugh Gough and the Anglo-Sikh Wars

November 4, 2022

Today is the final instalment of my series examining the life of General Sir Hugh Gough. One of the pre-eminent Generals of Victorian military history.

Once again, Historian Chris Brice joins me on the show and explains Gough’s performance as Commander-in-Chief during the Anglo-Sikh wars of the late 1840s.

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The First Opium War (1839-1842): Sir Hugh Gough Part 3

The First Opium War (1839-1842): Sir Hugh Gough Part 3

October 22, 2022

Today is the third instalment of my series examining the life of General Sir Hugh Gough. One of the pre-eminent men of British military history.

 

Historian Chris Brice joins me on the show again and explains Gough’s performance during the 1st Opium war in China - an interesting war that, full-disclosure, I currently know absolutely nothing about. 

 

Chris does though as he has written a book on Gough - called Brave as a Lion which can be purchased from Helion.co.uk - listeners of this show will also receive a 20 percent discount by putting in the code LION2020 at checkout. 

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The Irish Rockite Rebellion: Sir Hugh Gough Part 2

The Irish Rockite Rebellion: Sir Hugh Gough Part 2

October 14, 2022

This is the second of my short season about the life of Sir Hugh Gough, the Irish officer who was possibly the best British commander of the Peninsular war.

In today's episode, I am joined once more by Dr Chris Brice to talk about Gough's command during the Rockite rebellion of 1821-24 in Ireland.

This is not a deep dive into the politics - simply a look at Gough and his performance.

Chris has written a book on the life of Gough that can be purchased via helion.co.uk - put in the code LION2020 at checkout for a 20% discount (limited time only).

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The Best Battalion Commander of the Peninsular War? (Sir Hugh Gough, Part 1)

The Best Battalion Commander of the Peninsular War? (Sir Hugh Gough, Part 1)

October 1, 2022

Today's episode is the first of three exploring the life of Sir Hugh Gough - Peninsular War veteran and commander of the British and EIC forces during the Sikh Wars. 

I am joined by Gough's biographer, Christopher Brice, and In today's installment we learn about Gough's background and his early years in Ireland. Chris puts forward the case that Gough was the best British Battalion Commander of the Peninsular War. What do you think?

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Was this the greatest cavalry charge of the Peninsular war? (Ep.58)

Was this the greatest cavalry charge of the Peninsular war? (Ep.58)

September 26, 2022

Today I wanted to revisit a cavalry action that the great Historian Sir Charles Oman, called “the most brilliant exploit of the British cavalry during the whole six years of the war.” And if anybody should know it’s him.

 

What battle do you think it is? The heavies at Salamanca? The King’s German Legion at Garcia Hernandez? Neither of those…though they are both spectacular. Watch and find out what he thought.

 

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Zulu vs Boer and the Battle of Blood River (w/ John Laband)

Zulu vs Boer and the Battle of Blood River (w/ John Laband)

September 10, 2022

The great Historian John Laband joins me today to give us an overview of the conflict that raged between Zulu and Boer from 1837 to 1840. It is the subject of his recent book that can be purchased directly from helion.co.uk.

Use the code ZULUKING20 at check out for a 20% discount code. 

Most listeners will have heard of the Zulus and the Boers - two groups of people that Britain has gone to war with over the centuries. 

But did you know that those nations also fought one another in a brutal fight for control of great swathes of South Africa that culminated in the famous battle of Blood river? A battle previously covered on this channel. 

The conflict began when Boers began migrating from British rule in the Cape and moving north to settle new lands. It was a time known as the Great trek. But these Dutch speaking farmers and hunters in their wagons didn’t find empty space they found a land filled with proud indigenous people. Let's hear the full story. 

Britain’s West Indies Campaign of 1794 - a tale of victory and disease

Britain’s West Indies Campaign of 1794 - a tale of victory and disease

August 27, 2022

In today's episode Steve Brown talks us through Sir Charles Grey's fascinating campaign in the West Indies at the start of the wars with Revolutionary France. Learn about the British army's excellent use of light troops and how they beat the odds in desperate jungle fighting. 

 

Riddled with disease - casualty rates amongst the redcoats were disastrous. 

 

Steve's book on the subject is called By Fire and Bayonet and is available from www.helion.co.uk 

 

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The Rise of the Sikh Soldier - w/Gurinder Singh Mann (Ep. 55)

The Rise of the Sikh Soldier - w/Gurinder Singh Mann (Ep. 55)

July 30, 2022

Today I am joined by historian Gurinder Singh Mann to discuss the history of Sikh warriors and their close relationship with the British. 

 

Gurinder has a wonderful new book out that can be purchased via this link. To get a 20% discount please put this code in at check-out ROTSS20 

 

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The Shangani Patrol and the birth of Rhodesia - 1893

The Shangani Patrol and the birth of Rhodesia - 1893

July 2, 2022

There is a 20% promo code for David Snape's book 'The Fire of Venture was in his veins' when purchased via the Helion website. It is JULYMTM20

The Shangani Patrol was part of the Ndebele War of 1893-94 which ended in the overthrow of the kingdom of Lobengula, King of the Ndebele.

In this episode historian David Snape talks us through the full story of this legendary engagement which is often compared to Custer's Last Stand.

His book can be purchased via the link below using the discount code...

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