The Redcoat History Podcast
The Peninsular War: Part 1, The Battle of Rolica

The Peninsular War: Part 1, The Battle of Rolica

April 3, 2020

Welcome to a new season of The Redcoat History Podcast. In season three we will be taking a deep dive into the Peninsular war – Yes, that’s right, think Richard Sharpe and the South Essex. It is a conflict that saw the Duke of Wellington rise to fame and the development of arguably the greatest and most successful British army to ever take the field.

In this, the first, episode we meet Sir Arthur Wellesley (soon to become the Duke of Wellington) and have ringside seats as he takes on the all-conquering French army at Rolica...Will he emerge victoriously or will the British be thrown back into the Atlantic ocean? 

To stay up to date with all the episodes and to get your free ebook about the Martini-Henry rifle please be sure to subscribe to my newsletter - https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter/

The battle of Plassey Part 3: The final showdown

The battle of Plassey Part 3: The final showdown

February 1, 2020

In today's show, a small force of British and Indian Redcoats take on the might of the Nawab of Bengal. Is it finally curtains for Clive of India or is it just the beginning? Join me as we take a deep dive into this incredibly important historical battle - The battle of Plassey, which marks the beginning of the British Empire in India. 

For show notes and to join my mailing list (and receive your free eBook about the Martini-Henry Rifle) please visit www.redcoathistory.com

If you are on Instagram you can link up with me there also where I am @redcoathistory 

The battle of Plassey Part 2: Clive of India and how to capture a fort single-handed

The battle of Plassey Part 2: Clive of India and how to capture a fort single-handed

December 14, 2019

India – 1756. Calcutta is lost. The British have been defeated and have been forced to retreat in disgrace.  

But inspired by the horror of the infamous Blackhole of Calcutta incident they are now full of a righteous desire for revenge.

After a series of internal squabbles Command of the expedition to retake Calcutta is given to a man named Robert Clive, a man who will play a big part in today’s episode and a man whose legacy is still with us.

But who is he and what was his background?

Find out in this episode as the thin red line of heroes takes on the huge army of the Nawab of Bengal, a drunk Sailor captures a fort single-handed and the British suffer heavy losses as they battle the French in a brutal artillery fight at Chandernagor. It's rip-roaring stuff.  

The Battle of Plassey: Part 1 The black hole of Calcutta

The Battle of Plassey: Part 1 The black hole of Calcutta

December 2, 2019

It's the start of a new season for the Redcoat History Podcast. In Season 2 we are exploring the Battle of Plassey and the birth of the British Empire in India. It's a fascinating story of intrigue, corruption and world-changing battles. 

 

In this episode, we examine the siege of the British in Calcutta by the Nawab of Bengal and the subsequent "Blackhole" incident 0f 1756 which ignited a passion for revenge amongst the British. 

 

For more information, photos and maps please visit www.redcoathistory.com

 

or follow me on Instagram where I am @redcoathistory. 

Brutal Valour: an interview with Anglo-Zulu war fiction author James Mace

Brutal Valour: an interview with Anglo-Zulu war fiction author James Mace

November 15, 2019

This is the final episode of season one of the Redcoat History Podcast. Today I interview American fiction author James Mace about his incredible series on the Anglo-Zulu war. We talk everything AZW including the legacy of Anthony Durnford, the myths of Rorke's Drift and whether Lord Chelmsford deserves to be treated harshly by most students of the war. 

If you like the episode then please comment and share with friends so that we can spread the word and build a tribe of people who love British military history. 

 

www.redcoathistory.com

 

If you like videos about history then please check my YouTube channel also.

The Martini-Henry Rifle: An interview with Rob from Britishmuzzleloaders

The Martini-Henry Rifle: An interview with Rob from Britishmuzzleloaders

October 11, 2019

EPISODE 7.

In this episode Chris, the Editor of Redcoat History chats in-depth with Rob from the hugely popular Britishmuzzleloaders YouTube channel about the Martini-Henry Rifle. 

The Martini-Henry breech-loading Rifle was a very significant weapon of its era and was one of the reasons that the British were so successful in the Anglo-Zulu war of 1879. 

Rob really knows his stuff and in this episode, everything about the weapon is covered: its history; its calibre; how it changed battlefield tactics and what it's like to shoot. 

So put down your orange mocha frappucino, shave off your hipster beard and pick up a weapon - it's time to make a man of you.

PS before you do that you may want to check out Rob's YouTube channel which is mind-blowingly good - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK-MdBJJw-0glJZgw8dO1Ag 

Zulu End Game: The massacre at Ulundi and the end of the Anglo-Zulu war

Zulu End Game: The massacre at Ulundi and the end of the Anglo-Zulu war

September 14, 2019

In Episode 6 we examine the final chapter of the Anglo-Zulu war of 1879. After a series of defeats at Isandlwana, Ntombe Drift and Hlobane mountain the British are finally ready to turn the tables and launch a fresh invasion of Zululand. This time they have the manpower, the weaponry and the will to steam-roller King Cetswayo and his already battered army - but can they do it? 

 

Don't forget to visit www.redcoathistory.com for more background info and the show notes and also to follow me on Instagram where I am @redcoathistory. 

Zulu Broken: The battles of Ntombe Drift, Hlobane and Kambula

Zulu Broken: The battles of Ntombe Drift, Hlobane and Kambula

August 30, 2019

In today’s episode of the Redcoat History Podcast (no, it's not a history of Butlin's) we follow further exploits from the Anglo-Zulu war of 1879 - the invasion’s northern column, under Colonel Evelyn Wood.

We are going to be surprised in our beds by a Zulu raid and have to battle them naked. We are going to be outfought and nearly wiped out attacking one of their strongholds and we are then going to face the might of a huge zulu impi as it comes charging towards our laager at Kambula - could this finally be the end of the British invasion?

For show notes including maps, videos and a bibliography then please visit my website www.redcoathistory.com and also please do drop me a line via my social media - Twitter and Instagram

Anglo-Zulu War Part 4: The siege and relief of Eshowe

Anglo-Zulu War Part 4: The siege and relief of Eshowe

August 1, 2019

In this episode of The Redcoat History Podcast Christian Parkinson delves into the history of the battle of Nyezane, the siege of Eshowe and the battle of Gingindlovu - tough scraps from the Anglo-Zulu war of 1879 that are often overlooked in popular history. 

 

For the full show notes, maps and videos be sure to visit www.redcoathistory.com 

 

So what is The Redcoat History Podcast?

 

It's a podcast to learn about the history of the British army, its most famous campaigns, its worst defeats and its greatest leaders. During the first week of every month battlefield explorer, Christian Parkinson delves deep into a new topic. This is a podcast for the military geeks, the obsessives, those who like to feel what it is like to fix bayonets and charge the French. It is military history as it should be: exciting, fast-paced and so real you can smell the gunpowder.

The Anglo-Zulu War Part 3: The Battle of Rorke’s Drift

The Anglo-Zulu War Part 3: The Battle of Rorke’s Drift

July 1, 2019

The Battle of Rorke's Drift, fought at a lonely mission station on the Natal/Zululand border on 22 January 1879, is probably the most famous British engagement of the Victorian era. 

 

11 Victoria Crosses were won in a single day as a handful of British troops fought for their lives against around 4000 Zulus. It is the stuff of legends, forever immortalised in the 1964 film Zulu. But how realistic is that film and how true are our preconceptions about the battle. 

 

In this episode of the Redcoat History Podcast, Christian Parkinson walks us through the battle, drawing heavily on the accounts of those who were there. For more information including maps and videos then visit www.redcoathistory.com

 

Christian can also be found on Instagram and Twitter where he is known as @redcoathistory