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WARTIME: A History Series

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A fresh discussion of a wide variety of historic topics.

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A fresh discussion of a wide variety of historic topics.

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The battle of midway

By america2.0 - May 23 2019
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Can you do one on Iwo Jima

Titanic

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Just listened to this and I loved it I laughed and laughed the guy has a great take on things

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144 Ratings
Average Ratings
114
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12
2
5

The battle of midway

By america2.0 - May 23 2019
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Can you do one on Iwo Jima

Titanic

By 121664 - Apr 16 2019
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Just listened to this and I loved it I laughed and laughed the guy has a great take on things

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WARTIME: A History Series

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A fresh discussion of a wide variety of historic topics.

Rank #1: BPA S03E05: JEB Stuart's Folly: The Siege of Carlisle

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On July 1st, 1863 Confederate General JEB Stuart launched a bold attack on the Pennsylvania city of Carlisle. Unbeknownst to "The Last Cavalier," as he shelled the town the rest of the Army of Northern Virginia was engaged in a fierce battle thirty miles south at Gettysburg. Though Stuart was victorious, Robert E. Lee himself would later claim that the cavalry commander's absence was a critical component of the Union's legendary victory. On this episode our guests are author JD Petruzzi and US Army War College Professor Emeritus Dr. Richard Sommers...spared no expense. 

Jun 28 2018

58mins

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Rank #2: S02E15: The 300 Spartans, Thermopylae, and Xerxes I

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More than a decade after the victory at Marathon, Greece
found itself under the threat of a new menace. Commanded by the young new
Emperor Xerxes I, the Persian Army returned to Europe with over 200,000 men in
what was the largest invasion force the world had ever seen. While diplomacy
was committed by brute force and sheer numbers, the powerful Greek city-states
of Athens and Sparta joined in alliance to confront their new enemy and change
Western history forever. On this episode we discuss the Second Invasion of
Greece, the 300 Spartans, the Battle of Thermopylae, and the end of the
Greco-Persian Wars.

Jun 05 2014

43mins

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Rank #3: S05E03: The Battle of Midway

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Only six months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Japanese
Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto sought to finish off what was left of the American
Navy. Circumstances would be different this time however as American
codebreakers learned of the oncoming attack in advance. At the Battle of Midway
the US Navy turned the tables on the Japanese and scored their biggest victory
of World War II’s Pacific Theater. Although the war was still far from over,
many historians speculate that Midway was an early turning point in the
conflict that would pay dividends in the years to come. On this episode we
discuss the Battle of Midway.

Dec 31 2015

42mins

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Rank #4: BPA S03E06: Wilderness Dogfight: The Battle of Bushy Run

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In early August 1763, British North America was under siege. Following their great victory during the Seven Years' War, the Crown was rocked when France's former Indian allies continued to wage war. After destroying many small forts and besieging larger one, the collective warriors of the Great Lakes and the Ohio Country sought to push their European enemies off of the continent once a for all. In an effort to liberate Fort Pitt, the largest fort in the Ohio Country, Colonel Henry Bouquet and the Black Watch, the 42nd Highlanders, dueled with the warriors of Guyasuta in the backwoods of Pennsylvania. Bouquet's Scots were the supreme tribe on that day, and Fort Pitt was saved. On this episode our guest is Jack Giblin of the US Army War College...spared no expense. 

Jul 09 2018

57mins

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Rank #5: BPA S03E08: The Key to the Continent: The Battle of Fort Duquesne

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In 1754 the armies of New France descended upon the North American frontier. After building a series of forts connecting the Great Lakes to the Ohio River, the post named Fort Duquesne stood as the key to continent. By connecting vital rivers and lakes, Fort Duquesne was the great beacon of French power in the Western Hemisphere, and united an empire larger than the distance from Paris to Moscow. On this episode our guest is Fort Pitt Museum's Alan Gutchess...spared no expense. 

Jul 24 2018

47mins

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Rank #6: S05E07: Ia Drang: The Vietnam War Begins

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For three days in November of 1965 Americans soldiers found
themselves surrounded by an unseen enemy in the jungles of Southeast Asia. In
what would become the first battle of the Vietnam War, US troops squared off
with the People’s Army of Vietnam in the Ia Drang Valley. Badly outnumbered and
undersupplied, the American troops fought to defend a tiny clearing in a dense
rainforest non-stop for over fifty hours. Though the communist forces were
ultimately pushed back by the awesome airpower of the United States, the North
Vietnamese gained valuable intelligence on how to wage war against the enemy
superpower. For US citizens watching at home and abroad, the battle of the Ia
Drang Valley was sent a clear message that the Vietnam War was far from over,
and was only just beginning. On this episode we discuss the Battle of the Ia
Drang Valley.

Jan 27 2016

43mins

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Rank #7: Battlefield Pennsylvania: Hunterstown: The Battle for Lee's Left Flank at Gettysburg

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On July 2nd, 1863 the battle for Lee's left flank was on. While the Army of the Potomac and Army of Northern Virginia tangled at Gettysburg, the two sides squared off four miles away at Hunterstown. Pitting Wade Hampton against George Armstrong Custer, Hunterstown represented the most leftward action of the battle, and many consider it a smaller battle in its own right. This week marks the return of four-time guest JD Petruzzi...spared no expense. 

Sep 24 2018

51mins

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Rank #8: BPA S01E06: The Heroes of Flight 93, September 11th, 2001

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On September 11th 2001, United Flight 93 out of Newark, NJ was hijacked by four Al-Qaeda terrorists. After the World Trade Center and Pentagon were attacked, forty men and women onboard Flight 93 launched a counteroffensive against the terrorists that hijacked their airplane. In the end the plane crashed in a field outside of Shanksville, PA, but the brave passengers of Flight 93 gave their lives to save countless others. On this episode are guests are author Tom McMillan and NPS Superintendent Keith Newlin...spared no expense

Oct 21 2017

59mins

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Rank #9: S05E11: The Battle of the Little Bighorn: Custer's Last Stand?

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In June of 1876, on the eve of America’s 100th
birthday, two armies went to war. Led by the war chief Sitting Bull, the
peoples of the Great Plains clashed with George Armstrong Custer’s vaunted 7th
Cavalry. Due to negligence on all levels of command and the supreme
horsemanship of the Plains Indians, Custer’s men were thoroughly defeated. Now
almost 150 years later controversy still swirls around the events that
transpired on those grassy Montana plains. 
On this episode we discuss The Battle of the Little Bighorn: Custer’s
Last Stand.

Jun 01 2016

44mins

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Rank #10: BPA S01E02: The Battle of Lake Erie, War of 1812

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In 1813 the paltry American navy squared off with the British navy on the Great Lakes. Lead by Oliver Hazard Perry, the Battle of Lake Erie was a shocking upset and redirected the fortunes of the perilous War of 1812. On this episode our guest is Erie Maritime Museum and US Brig Niagara Director, Captain Walter Rybka...spared no expense. 

Sep 25 2017

59mins

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Rank #11: S02E09: Cyrus the Great and the Rise of Persia

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Despite its humble beginnings, the Persian Empire would
become the largest political force in world history. Although remembered for
its lavish building projects and continuous cultural achievements, the Persian
world would not have been possible if not for the efforts of one man. Known as
Cyrus the Great, this ruler reshaped the world and built the first empire to
rule of three river valleys simultaneously. From the Nile to the Indus, Cyrus
was one of the only people to truly be deserving of the title great. On this
episode we discuss Cyrus rise to power and the birth of the Persian Empire.

Apr 25 2014

42mins

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Rank #12: S03E01: 1763, the Birth of a Revolution

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Welcome to Season Three of Wartime! In this season we’re
discussing the American Revolutionary Era, the people, places and events that
defined it, and the political ideologies that gave rise to the world’s first
truly modern Republic. In the year 1763 the Empire of Great Britain scored the
greatest victory in its long and storied history. With the signing of the Peace
of Paris the great Seven Years’ War came to a close, and empire of France was
left in ruins. With the end of the Great War for Empire King George nearly
tripled the size of his domain and laid claim to nearly all of the North
American Continent. But what changes would such a drastic transformation
entail, and was the British Empire prepared to confront them. On this episode
we discuss the year 1763 and the beginning of the American Revolutionary Era.  It’s our Season Three Premiere…

Sep 05 2014

43mins

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Rank #13: S06E10: Tecumseh and the Battle of Tippecanoe

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In 1811 the dream of a unified Indian republic died at Tippecanoe. From a young age the Shawnee warrior Tecumseh fought for a destiny disrupted, a dream lost. Utilizing political skill, warrior prowess, and persuasive action Tecumseh came closer than any other Indian leader to creating a free and independent nation in the American West. On this episode, we discuss Tecumseh's rebellion. 

Aug 26 2017

42mins

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Rank #14: S05E14: The Real Jaws: The Jersey Shore Shark Attacks of 1916

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One hundred years ago this week America was gripped in fear
and panic. In a span of two weeks, five people were attacked and four were
killed as a result of the first shark attacks in modern US history. Known as
the destination for the debonair, the Jersey Shore became the scene of a bloody
collision of man vs. beast that would ultimately inspire the literary and cinema
classic “Jaws”. Most shockingly of all were the deaths of two people in a
shallow tidal creek over thirty miles from the open ocean. The search for the
Jersey Man-Eater would eclipse World War I in newspaper coverage that summer,
and a century later the culprit remains unknown. On this episode we discuss the
Jersey Shore Shark Attacks of 1916.

Jul 05 2016

43mins

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Rank #15: S02E13: Athens, Sparta, and Classical Greece

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By the 8th century BCE the city states of Greece
had arisen to their classical age and began shaping the direction of western
civilization. As a scattered collection of individual powers, shared cultural
attributes force historians to consider the inhabitants of the Greek mainland
to be one society governed by the same world view. While having a great deal in
common, the Classical Greeks often battled one another and divided their
loyalties between the two superpowers of the age, the Athenians of Attica and
the Spartans on the Peloponnesus. On this episode we discuss the emergence of
Classical Greece and the rivalry of Athens and Sparta. 

May 23 2014

43mins

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Rank #16: S04E02: Vlad Dracula, The Impaler Lord

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Born in the 15th century in the tiny kingdom of
Wallachia, Vlad the Impaler instituted a reign of terror unseen in the annals
of European history. A despot in his own time and a monster long after his
death, this Wallachian warlord set a new standard for violence and oppression.
While the rest of Europe was on the verge of a renaissance, the looming threat
of Muslim invasion from the Ottoman Empire transformed this murderous tyrant
into a defender of Christendom and a hero of the faithful. Years later his
death is still a mystery, and interest in his life and times are more popular
than ever. On this episode we discuss Vlad Dracula, the Impaler Lord.

May 14 2015

45mins

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Rank #17: S05E01: The Battle of Benghazi, 13 Hours of Hell

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On September 11th, 2012 armed rebels representing
the jihadist Ansar al-Sharia attacked an American diplomatic compound in the
Libyan city of Benghazi. Greatly outnumbered, a contingent of American security
contractors valiantly held off the attack for over thirteen hours. At the end
of the fighting countless Libyans and four Americans were dead including a US
Ambassador. Now with the 2016 election looming in the distance, lingering
questions still remain, and the city’s name will forever live in infamy. On
this episode we discuss the Battle of Benghazi.

Dec 10 2015

42mins

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Rank #18: S05E09: The Gettysburg Campaign: Lee's Final Invasion

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After two years of combat Confederate General Robert E. Lee
moved his army north. At the centerpiece of what is now known as the Gettysburg
Campaign the Southern officer planned a full scale invasion of the United
States. Although he had tallied numerous victories, it would not be until Lee
could persuade northern voters to reject President Abraham Lincoln in 1864 that
his rebellion would truly be a success. After days of foraging and skirmishing,
the Army of Northern Virginia accidently crossed a Union scout party leading to
the largest battle in the history of the Western Hemisphere. On this episode we
discuss the Gettysburg Campaign.

Feb 11 2016

44mins

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Rank #19: S06E06: Shays' Rebellion

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Just three years after the American Revolution, rebellion stirred once more in Massachusetts. When state debts become too great, state officials demanded that backcountry farmers pay their dues at once. With foreclosures skyrocketing under the weight of crushing taxes, Revolutionary War veterans took up arms once more. “No Taxation Without Representation” was back in a big way, and under the leadership of Daniel Shays the rebellion threatened to end the American Republic in its earliest years. On this episode we discuss Shays’ Rebellion.

Jan 26 2017

41mins

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Rank #20: S02E14: The Persian Wars: The First Invasion and the Battle of Marathon

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At the dawn of the 5th century BCE, two worlds
collided in epic and dramatic fashion as the mighty Persian Empire waged war
against the city states of Greece. Beginning as a minor rebellion in the far
western fringe of Darius’ empire, the conflict would explode into a full scale
war that would last for five decades. Spanning dozens of battles of costing
thousands of the lives, the Greco-Persian Wars have shaped western imagination
for over two thousand years. In the first of this two part episode, we discuss
the roots of the hostilities, the Ionian Revolt, the first Invasion of Greece
and the battle of Marathon.

May 29 2014

42mins

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