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War Stories

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War Stories is a narrative show that takes the broad arcs of warfare and shares the stories behind crucial points their development. In each season, the show revolves around a single topic and traces a path from before its invention to the modern-day with a focus on the people who made it happen.

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War Stories is a narrative show that takes the broad arcs of warfare and shares the stories behind crucial points their development. In each season, the show revolves around a single topic and traces a path from before its invention to the modern-day with a focus on the people who made it happen.

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iTunes Ratings

329 Ratings
Average Ratings
291
22
8
3
5

Background music

By miss hitler - Aug 16 2019
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Please kill the music/ noise. The rest is great

Top Notch Podcast

By Garfields lasagna - Mar 21 2019
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If Napoleon Bonaparte was 6’3 and was a podcast
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War Stories

Latest release on May 21, 2020

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War Stories is a narrative show that takes the broad arcs of warfare and shares the stories behind crucial points their development. In each season, the show revolves around a single topic and traces a path from before its invention to the modern-day with a focus on the people who made it happen.

Rank #1: 2.1 - Edward Braddock Walks into a Bullet

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What is it that makes a good marksman? Is it their training? Their weapon? Maybe they’re just born that way, or raised with a rifle in their hands. In our Season Two premiere, we take a look at the shift to the modern rifle and the individuals who sometimes had the power to change the course of an entire battle with their weapon.

www.warstoriescast.com

Become a War Stories supporter on Patreon

Aug 07 2017

39mins

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Rank #2: 1.1 - High Wood (Prologue)

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In Northern France on July 14th, 1916, a cavalry unit from Hyderabad made what most consider to be the final cavalry charge of World War I before the invention of tanks. The unit, Deccan Horse, represented the last gasp of the old way of battle — a way upended by the grinding slog of the Great War. This is their story.

Sep 06 2016

37mins

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Rank #3: 1.2 - Patton at the Saint-Mihiel Salient

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Near the end of 1917, a young captain by the name of George S. Patton received orders from the chief of the newly created U.S. Tank Corps, Colonel Samuel Rockenbach. His task was to launch the light tank school of the U.S. Army. However, it wasn't long before he had to take his lessons from the classroom and test them on the battlefield of the Saint-Mihiel Salient.

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Sep 19 2016

39mins

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Rank #4: 1.5 - Tigers on the Eastern Front

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Nazi Germany fielded a military with many components designed to amaze as much as to destroy. While this philosophy meant that many designs never left the drawing board, one that did was the Tiger Tank—a relatively beastly model whose gun could rip through nearly every form of enemy armor before the ill-fated tank even had a chance to strike. The units comprised of these Tigers, heavy panzer battalions, saw some of their fiercest combat on the most treacherous of battlefields—the eastern front.

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Dec 12 2016

39mins

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Rank #5: 2.2 - Morgan's Lucky (or Unlucky) Riflemen

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From the time of the French and Indian War, Daniel Morgan had a bone to pick with the British Army. Over the following decades, he and the riflemen he led would do their best to even the score.

www.warstoriescast.com

Become a War Stories supporter on Patreon

Sep 04 2017

36mins

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Rank #6: 1.4 - The Tank Destroyers of El Guettar

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The 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion, the first of its kind, was stood up in 1941. The theory governing their use had yet to be tested on the field of battle. In November of the following year, Lieutenant Colonel Hershel Baker and the men of the 601st found themselves on the Queen Mary departing for that ultimate of testing grounds. Only a few months later, they found themselves along Gabès Road in Tunisia with the 10th Panzer Division bearing down upon them.

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Nov 14 2016

38mins

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Rank #7: 2.8 - The White Feather

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In the Vietnam War, snipers returned to some of their earliest environmental roots while simultaneously reaching the pinnacle of their development: taking part in long missions, independently, where high value targets were taken out. Carlos Hathcock, a Marine from Arkansas, would grow to become one of the best of them.

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Mar 05 2018

33mins

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Rank #8: 2.5 - A Duel in the Trenches

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We know World War I for a number of things: trenches, poison gas, the ever-present thrum of artillery. But it also served as the birthplace of the sniper. And one of the best couldn't be found on the Western, or even Eastern Front. Instead, Billy Sing fought on the shores of Gallipoli.

Dec 04 2017

38mins

Play

Rank #9: 1.3 - Seseña: The Interwar Proving Ground

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Well before the threat of World War II entered societies' collective minds, smaller regional conflicts gradually simmered away across Europe. One of these, the Spanish Civil War, might not have drawn much notice from leaders in the United States, but the same could not be said for those who ruled Germany and the Soviet Union. In it, they found the perfect testing ground for the future weapons that would come to define the 1940s and much of our world to this day.

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Oct 17 2016

40mins

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Rank #10: 2.9 - The Once and Future Sniper

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What's the quality that defines a sniper? Is it the pulling of the trigger? The skilled stalking of their target in the hours or days prior to making a shot? The mathematical and physics-based knowledge that prevents them from making an error?

In our season finale, we look at the future of the sniper and whether the mythos they've cultivated over the centuries can withstand scopes that aim for them, guns that can fire thousands of yards, and robots that do what they do, only better.

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Apr 09 2018

34mins

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Rank #11: Bonus Episode - The U.S.S. Indianapolis

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After hearing the news about the discovery of the Indianapolis wreck, we thought we should unlock this Patreon episode that we recorded over the course of the summer. Make sure you sign up if you'd like more of them hitting your download queue in the future!

www.warstoriescast.com

Become a War Stories supporter on Patreon

Aug 20 2017

16mins

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Rank #12: 2.6 - The White Death

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When the Soviet Union invaded Finland in late 1939—the action that kicked off the Winter War—they expected an easy fight, if there was one at all. Instead, they found a military with an intimate knowledge of Finland's terrain, and one that was willing to fight. Among them was a man who very nearly became one with the freezing environment in an effort to take a stand against the invading nation.

www.warstoriescast.com

Become a War Stories supporter on Patreon

Jan 08 2018

40mins

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Rank #13: 1.7 - A (Desert) Storm is Brewing

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The battles of 73 Easting, Medina Ridge, and Norfolk. Were they the pinnacle of the near century of tank warfare we've covered in season one, or the last gasp?

www.warstoriescast.com

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Feb 20 2017

33mins

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Rank #14: 2.4 - The Fighters of the Black Snake's Den

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On a scraggly hill in Pennsylvania, a unit of sharpshooters took part in some of the most fierce, if not frequently discussed, fighting of Gettysburg. Many only know them from the accessories riding atop their heads: bucktails.

www.warstoriescast.com

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Oct 31 2017

36mins

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Rank #15: 1.6 - Task Force Zvika

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The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) of the 1970s emphasized a number of qualities: proactive leadership, heroism, and a recognition of the young life of their country that rose in the wake of great tragedy. These qualities weren't just given lip service, but imbued within enlisted service members and officers of all levels. So when their country was under attack in late 1973, it should come as no surprise that Zvi Greengold and the men of Task Force Zvika rode under those banners, even with a task force that was only four tanks strong.

www.warstoriescast.com

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Jan 16 2017

36mins

Play

1.1 - High Wood (Prologue)

Podcast cover
Read more

In Northern France on July 14th, 1916, a cavalry unit from Hyderabad made what most consider to be the final cavalry charge of World War I before the invention of tanks. The unit, Deccan Horse, represented the last gasp of the old way of battle — a way upended by the grinding slog of the Great War. This is their story.

Sep 06 2016

37mins

Play

1.2 - Patton at the Saint-Mihiel Salient

Podcast cover
Read more

Near the end of 1917, a young captain by the name of George S. Patton received orders from the chief of the newly created U.S. Tank Corps, Colonel Samuel Rockenbach. His task was to launch the light tank school of the U.S. Army. However, it wasn't long before he had to take his lessons from the classroom and test them on the battlefield of the Saint-Mihiel Salient.

www.warstoriescast.com

Become a War Stories supporter on Patreon

Sep 19 2016

39mins

Play

1.3 - Seseña: The Interwar Proving Ground

Podcast cover
Read more

Well before the threat of World War II entered societies' collective minds, smaller regional conflicts gradually simmered away across Europe. One of these, the Spanish Civil War, might not have drawn much notice from leaders in the United States, but the same could not be said for those who ruled Germany and the Soviet Union. In it, they found the perfect testing ground for the future weapons that would come to define the 1940s and much of our world to this day.

www.warstoriescast.com

Become a War Stories supporter on Patreon

Oct 17 2016

40mins

Play

1.4 - The Tank Destroyers of El Guettar

Podcast cover
Read more

The 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion, the first of its kind, was stood up in 1941. The theory governing their use had yet to be tested on the field of battle. In November of the following year, Lieutenant Colonel Hershel Baker and the men of the 601st found themselves on the Queen Mary departing for that ultimate of testing grounds. Only a few months later, they found themselves along Gabès Road in Tunisia with the 10th Panzer Division bearing down upon them.

www.warstoriescast.com

Become a War Stories supporter on Patreon

Nov 14 2016

38mins

Play

1.5 - Tigers on the Eastern Front

Podcast cover
Read more

Nazi Germany fielded a military with many components designed to amaze as much as to destroy. While this philosophy meant that many designs never left the drawing board, one that did was the Tiger Tank—a relatively beastly model whose gun could rip through nearly every form of enemy armor before the ill-fated tank even had a chance to strike. The units comprised of these Tigers, heavy panzer battalions, saw some of their fiercest combat on the most treacherous of battlefields—the eastern front.

www.warstoriescast.com

Become a War Stories supporter on Patreon

Dec 12 2016

39mins

Play

1.6 - Task Force Zvika

Podcast cover
Read more

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) of the 1970s emphasized a number of qualities: proactive leadership, heroism, and a recognition of the young life of their country that rose in the wake of great tragedy. These qualities weren't just given lip service, but imbued within enlisted service members and officers of all levels. So when their country was under attack in late 1973, it should come as no surprise that Zvi Greengold and the men of Task Force Zvika rode under those banners, even with a task force that was only four tanks strong.

www.warstoriescast.com

Become a War Stories supporter on Patreon

Jan 16 2017

36mins

Play

1.7 - A (Desert) Storm is Brewing

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The battles of 73 Easting, Medina Ridge, and Norfolk. Were they the pinnacle of the near century of tank warfare we've covered in season one, or the last gasp?

www.warstoriescast.com

Become a supporter of War Stories on Patreon

Feb 20 2017

33mins

Play

1.8 - Where Do We Go From Here?

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Over the past seven episodes, we've traced the development of armored warfare through the end of traditional, horse-driven cavalry to the armored warfare of Desert Storm. But as military planners and politicians face asymmetric threats and limited conflicts around the globe, how should we look at the role of tanks?

War Stories end of season survey

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Mar 13 2017

38mins

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Interseason #1 - Operation Vengeance

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In the first of our interseason episodes, Adin tells the story of the encrypted messages received by the United States on the 13th and 14th of April 1943 and arguably the most important decapitation mission of history that followed.

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Apr 03 2017

14mins

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Interseason #2 - Armor from a Long Time Ago...

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In our second interseason episode, Angry Staff Officer and Adin look at the tragic decline of armor in the Star Wars universe and explore why it might have occurred.

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Apr 24 2017

19mins

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Interseason #3 - World War III, Almost

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While the world watched Cuba as it became a potential nuclear missile launch site, another threat lay off the east coast in the Sargasso Sea. Four Soviet submarines waited for the outbreak of hostilities, and each carried the power to start World War III.

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Jul 17 2017

34mins

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Season Two Trailer

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Next week, Season Two of War Stories launches, but for those of you who can't wait to figure out the subject we're covering, we've got a shot trailer for you. Enjoy.

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Jul 31 2017

3mins

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2.1 - Edward Braddock Walks into a Bullet

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What is it that makes a good marksman? Is it their training? Their weapon? Maybe they’re just born that way, or raised with a rifle in their hands. In our Season Two premiere, we take a look at the shift to the modern rifle and the individuals who sometimes had the power to change the course of an entire battle with their weapon.

www.warstoriescast.com

Become a War Stories supporter on Patreon

Aug 07 2017

39mins

Play

Bonus Episode - The U.S.S. Indianapolis

Podcast cover
Read more

After hearing the news about the discovery of the Indianapolis wreck, we thought we should unlock this Patreon episode that we recorded over the course of the summer. Make sure you sign up if you'd like more of them hitting your download queue in the future!

www.warstoriescast.com

Become a War Stories supporter on Patreon

Aug 20 2017

16mins

Play

2.2 - Morgan's Lucky (or Unlucky) Riflemen

Podcast cover
Read more

From the time of the French and Indian War, Daniel Morgan had a bone to pick with the British Army. Over the following decades, he and the riflemen he led would do their best to even the score.

www.warstoriescast.com

Become a War Stories supporter on Patreon

Sep 04 2017

36mins

Play

2.3 - Individualism Comes to Warfare

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While Napoleon swept through Europe, the rifle took up a central location on the battlefield with the 95th Rifles of the British Army. The impact of their weapon would reach far and wide beyond technological platforms.

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Oct 02 2017

38mins

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2.4 - The Fighters of the Black Snake's Den

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On a scraggly hill in Pennsylvania, a unit of sharpshooters took part in some of the most fierce, if not frequently discussed, fighting of Gettysburg. Many only know them from the accessories riding atop their heads: bucktails.

www.warstoriescast.com

Become a War Stories supporter on Patreon

Oct 31 2017

36mins

Play

2.5 - A Duel in the Trenches

Podcast cover
Read more

We know World War I for a number of things: trenches, poison gas, the ever-present thrum of artillery. But it also served as the birthplace of the sniper. And one of the best couldn't be found on the Western, or even Eastern Front. Instead, Billy Sing fought on the shores of Gallipoli.

Dec 04 2017

38mins

Play

2.6 - The White Death

Podcast cover
Read more

When the Soviet Union invaded Finland in late 1939—the action that kicked off the Winter War—they expected an easy fight, if there was one at all. Instead, they found a military with an intimate knowledge of Finland's terrain, and one that was willing to fight. Among them was a man who very nearly became one with the freezing environment in an effort to take a stand against the invading nation.

www.warstoriescast.com

Become a War Stories supporter on Patreon

Jan 08 2018

40mins

Play

2.7 - A Soviet Sniper's American Journey

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By the time Lyudmila Pavlichenko joined the rest of her peers at the International Student Assembly at American University in Washington, DC, much of the country knew her name. As well as the Nazis who despised her for the deadly aim she took with her rifle.

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Feb 05 2018

36mins

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iTunes Ratings

329 Ratings
Average Ratings
291
22
8
3
5

Background music

By miss hitler - Aug 16 2019
Read more
Please kill the music/ noise. The rest is great

Top Notch Podcast

By Garfields lasagna - Mar 21 2019
Read more
If Napoleon Bonaparte was 6’3 and was a podcast