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Killing Time

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This is a podcast about the greatest military battles and campaigns that changed the course of history for non-military listeners.

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This is a podcast about the greatest military battles and campaigns that changed the course of history for non-military listeners.

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Awesome.

By Argan123 - Jul 16 2018
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Well researched and produced. Please keep them coming.

Love it.

By Jbluberry - Apr 27 2017
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Great strategic overview of these battles.

iTunes Ratings

140 Ratings
Average Ratings
98
22
9
4
7

Awesome.

By Argan123 - Jul 16 2018
Read more
Well researched and produced. Please keep them coming.

Love it.

By Jbluberry - Apr 27 2017
Read more
Great strategic overview of these battles.
Cover image of Killing Time

Killing Time

Updated 13 days ago

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This is a podcast about the greatest military battles and campaigns that changed the course of history for non-military listeners.

Rank #1: Episode 5 - The Battle of Gettysburg - 1-3 July 1863

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The greatest military battle ever fought on the North American continent, Gettysburg has often been considered the turning point of the American Civil War.  Flushed with success from its smashing rout of the Union forces at Chancellorsville in May 1863, the Confederate government agreed to the audacious plan of their commander, Robert E. Lee, to invade the north and force a final showdown with the dispirited Union army in Pennsylvania.  Only four days before the battle, President Lincoln replaced the Joseph Hooker, disgraced commander of the Army of the Potomac, with the taciturn Gordon Meade who immediately faced the prospect of another humiliating defeat that might break the Union will to fight on.  In this podcast, we will learn how the unknown Meade managed to save the Union and defeat a seemingly invincible army that began a cascade of Union victories culminating at Appomattox less than two years later.
Apr 26 2015
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #2: Episode 1 - The Battle of Tannenberg - 26 August 1914

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This is the introductory episode to the series and describes the Battle of Tannenberg that occurred in the opening months of the First World War.  With most of its army concentrated in France and Belgium, the German master plan for fighting a two front war called for only a small field army to delay and contain an anticipated Russian invasion of Prussia while the western allies were quickly defeated.  The stakes could not have been higher as the German high command watched with growing dread the appearance of two massive Russian armies on their eastern frontier only two weeks after Germany's declaration of war;  much sooner and in much greater numbers than had been expected.  This is the story of one of the most improbable and impressive military victories of all time that, had it gone the other way, would have resulted in the occupation of Berlin and defeat of imperial Germany at the beginning of a war that would devastate the continent.
Apr 26 2015
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #3: Episode 8 - The Six Day War - 1967

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The State of Israel faced mortal danger in June, 1967.  Surrounded on three sides by hostile Arab states, armed to the teeth with the latest Soviet equipment, on paper, the odds of Israel's survival did not look good.  Yet in six days that stunned the world, Israel not only survived, but routed three armies and tripled the size of its territory at the expense of Egypt, Syria and Jordan.  The impact of this brief campaign is still being felt today.  This episode describes how this incredible military achievement was planned and executed using every art of war by Israel's brilliant commanders, Moshe Dayan, Yitzak Rabin, Mordechai Hod and their generals.  Conversely, learn how the seeds of destruction were sown in the Arab alliance and within the political/military institutions of Egypt and Syria before the war ever began.
Sep 05 2015
1 hour 36 mins
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Rank #4: Episode 2 - The Battle of Moscow - 1941

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The Battle of Moscow is in some respects the most colossal and deadly campaign in all human history.  Millions of soldiers and civilians fought a desperate and savage battle  under the most dire climatic conditions and bleak terrain.  At stake was the extinction of the Soviet state and the fulfillment of the Nazi dictator's fantasy of conquest.  In October 1941, the German Wehrmacht had yet to be defeated and had mauled the Red Army in the opening months of the war in Operation Barbarossa.  Suffering sometimes catastrophic losses in that campaign, Operation Typhoon, as the final push to Moscow was styled by the Germans, began with yet more devastating mistakes by the Soviet high command until Josef Stalin appointed his favorite, Georgy Zhukov, to command the defense of the capital.  This is the story of Russia's reversal of fortune that halted the seemingly invincible Wehrmacht in the suburbs of Moscow itself, only a few miles from the Kremlin walls.
Apr 26 2015
1 hour 31 mins
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Rank #5: Episode 13 - The Battle of the Marne - 1914

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On August 27, 1914, a bare three weeks into the First World War, the hopes and dreams of the French to liberate their lost provinces of Alsace and Lorraine by beating the German Army were in ashes.  Hard and costly defeats had been inflicted on their army by a seemingly relentless grey tide of German soldiers backed by heavy artillery, the likes of which the world had never seen.  Worse still, an incoming tide of a million German soldiers cutting through Belgium seemed unstoppable and that Paris would fall in a matter of a week or so.  This is the story of how the French army rose from its knees and managed to inflict a stunning and decisive defeat on the German invaders that saved their country from disaster.  This is the story of the Miracle of the Marne.

Feb 04 2017
2 hours 11 mins
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Rank #6: Episode 16 - The Battle of Stalingrad

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A disastrous offensive launched by the Red Army in May, 1942 around Kharkov ended in a rout that paved the way for a renewed German offensive deep into southern Russia and the Ukraine beginning on June 23, 1942.  The goal was to break Soviet resistance by capturing the oilfields of the Caucasus and the River Volga at Stalingrad.  The Red Army was once again put on the defensive and soon their backs were against the Volga River, desperately trying to hang on in the face of an implacable and ruthless enemy bent on the annhilation of the Slavic people.  This battle, fought in subhuman conditions between August 1942 and January 1943 cost nearly 2 million casualties and unspeakable suffering for those who fought and died there.  This is the story of the battle many consider the turning point of World War II in Europe.  

Apr 26 2018
1 hour 47 mins
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Rank #7: Episode 4 - The Battle of Waterloo - 18 June 1815

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The most famous battle of all time, Waterloo reached iconic status within days as news of the defeat of the greatest military leader in Europe spread throughout Europe, just as the return of Napoleon from exile in Elba had done 100 days earlier.  In a desperate bid to quickly defeat the Duke of Wellington and his Prussian ally, Field Marshal Gebhard Blutcher, Napoleon marched north from Paris to the border of modern day Belgium and quickly defeated the Prussians at Ligny, dispatching them back to Germany and leaving him alone with Wellington's Anglo-Dutch-German force ... or so he thought.  A series of mistakes and blunders uncharacteristic of the man Wellington once said was equivalent to another 40,000 men, let victory slip away on that fateful day in June when the Napoleonic era came to an end once and for all.  Here it all on this podcast ...
Apr 26 2015
1 hour 13 mins
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Rank #8: Episode 10 - Trafalgar

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In October 1805, Britain had been almost continuously at war with Napoleonic France and under the constant menace of invasion across the narrow English Channel at Boulogne.  There stood nearly a quarter million men under the personal command of Napoleon himself.  The Armee d'Angleterre was the finest army on the continent of Europe and stood ready to invade and humble the "nation of shopkeepers", as the French Emperor contemptuously called his most implacable enemy.  Standing between him and the beaches of Kent was the British navy. Napoleon had conceived a clever plan to unite the French and Spanish fleets and temporarily attain naval superiority in the Channel, long enough to get his army across.  If he succeeded, he later claimed, "it would have been all over with England."  This is the story of England's most famous naval commander of all time and how he managed to utterly annihilate the combined Franco-Spanish fleet off the coast of Spain in about five hours, losing his own life in the battle.  Upon the outcome of this one battle on the high seas the fate of three empires were were sealed and the world would never be the same again.
Nov 16 2015
1 hour 32 mins
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Rank #9: Episode 7 - The Battle of France 1940

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As Winston Churchill watched the French army march past on Bastille Day, 1939, amid the tensions of Europe, he exclaimed "Thank God for the French army ..." and with good reason.  France had the best equipped and largest army on the continent. Further bolstered by the virtually impregnable Maginot Line on its eastern border with Germany, a fleet second only to Britain's and a mighty air force, conventional thinking was that the Franco-British forces could and would defeat Germany's Wehrmacht if need be, or starve Germany to death by blockade.  In this episode, we learn how a German general came up with the one plan that might succeed in winning the war and how the Battle of France was lost by the Allies, dooming the continent to five years of slaughter and destruction.

Jul 19 2015
1 hour 30 mins
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Rank #10: Episode 14 - Midway

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The United States was caught unprepared for a surprise Japanese air attack on December 7, 1941 and suffered its worst naval defeat in history.  With successive invasions and defeats in Guam and the Philippines, including the surrender of its remaining army at Corregidor, the United States was losing the war in the Pacificto Japan in June, 1942.  Yet there remained a flicker of hope, because the American aircraft carriers had not been caught at Pearl Harbor and could still roam the seas, threatening the Japanese home islands and further conquests abroad.  Japanese supreme commander Yamamoto was determined to ambush the four American carriers and end the threat once and for all.  Newly appointed Pacific Fleet commander Chester Nimitz took over a demoralized fleet at Pearl Harbor knowing he could not allow the loss of his carriers or his island base in Hawaii.  When he learned of an impending attack on Midway Island, he risked everything in a desperate gamble to outfox the Japanese fleet and ambush their carriers.  This is the story of a miraculous and pivotal victory at sea that ranks with the greatest in history.

Sep 10 2017
1 hour 31 mins
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