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This show will highlight the military engagements of different wars throughout American and World History. We will summarize and analyze the importance of each battle, how they shaped the larger conflict's outcome, and how that conflict shaped, or still shapes, the world as we know it. All of this will be accomplished through a laid back approach over a nice adult beverage. Complete with comedic banter among friends, the goal is to make this particular history fun and enjoyable for scholars ...
 
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On this episode of Battles & Banter, Avery is joined by Patrick McGuire and Matt Borders of "The History Things Podcast" for the first fictional battle episode in a long time; Avery, Pat & Matt tackle perhaps one of the most monumental battles in all of fantasy literature. From the pages and scenes of "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King", th…
 
On this episode of Battles & Banter, Avery, Codie & Tony are joined by recurring guest host and Civil War historian Ryan Quint to discuss the 160th anniversary of one of the bloodiest battles from the American Civil War; a battle that set the tone for how horrific the battles would become for the rest of the conflict. Along the west banks of the Te…
 
On this solo episode of Battles & Banter, Avery takes on one of the most important engagements to come out of the Trans-Mississippi Theater of the American Civil War. Fought on March 7-8, 1862, the Battle of Pea Ridge would end in a major Union victory that would secure the border state of Missouri as a bastion for Federal forces against Confederat…
 
Join Avery, Codie & Tony as the BnB "Holy Trinity" reunites for the 160th Commemoration of the Forts Henry & Donelson Campaign of February 1862 during the American Civil War. In the midst of a rainy, cold and snowy winter, U.S. General Ulysses S. Grant launched an ambitious campaign to open Tennessee to Federal invasion by capturing two forts on th…
 
On the first Battles & Banter episode of 2022, Avery takes a solo look at one of the more overlooked and significant U.S. victories from the American Civil War: The Battle of Mill Springs. Also known as the Battle of Logan's Crossroads, the engagement that took place in southeastern Kentucky on that rainy day of January 19th, 1862, marked the first…
 
On the final BnB episode of 2021, Avery & Codie are joined by recurring guest host Ryan Quint to discuss one of the lesser known battles of the American Civil War. On December 20, 1861, the Confederate forces under General J.E.B. Stuart collided with a brigade of Pennsylvania Reserves at the small village of Dranesville in Fairfax County, Virginia.…
 
For Battles & Banter's 80th episode, the guys are taking a look at the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 80 years later. On December 7, 1941, the airmen of the Japanese Imperial Navy attacked the U.S. Pacific Fleet and the surrounding instillations of Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu. Avery & Codie are joined by their good friends, Justin Voithofer…
 
On this episode of Battles & Banter, Avery and Codie continue the Petersburg Campaign series with the long-awaited third installment. The guys take on the months that followed the Battle of The Crater leading all the way to the Presidential Election of 1864 in November. Actions at the Weldon Railroad, New Market Heights, and Boydton Plank Road all …
 
On this episode of Battles & Banter, Avery is joined by his good friend and Civil War historian, Ryan Quint, to discuss the first combat action for Ulysses S. Grant during the American Civil War: The Battle of Belmont. One of the more overlooked and misunderstood actions of the war, Belmont served as the first taste of combat for General Grant agai…
 
On this episode of Battles and Banter, Avery, Codie & Tony reunite after a brief hiatus to discuss one of the smaller engagements of the American Civil War that ended up having deeper repercussions for how the Union high command conducted themselves during military campaigns, specifically the heavily politicized Union Army of the Potomac. Fought on…
 
Returning with another solo installment of the Korean War 70th Anniversary Series, Avery discusses another battle during the "Attrition Period" of the conflict that followed the fighting on Bloody Ridge: the more renowned Battle of Heartbreak Ridge. After a month of fighting on a 7-mile long mass of hills that towered over the Mundung-ni & Sat'ae-r…
 
On this retrospective episode of Battles & Banter, Avery, Codie and Tony take a look back on their personal experiences and thoughts from the day of September 11, 2001. On that tragic day, over 3,000 people lost their lives due to the heinous terrorist attacks inspired by Osama Bin Laden. Two planes flew into the twin towers of the World Trade Cent…
 
On this episode of Battles & Banter, Avery is joined by recurring guest hosts Ryan Quint and Justin Voithofer to cover BnB's first dive into the Napoleonic Wars of the early 19th Century by taking on the Battle of Waterloo. Fought on June 18, 1815, the massive armies of Napoleon Bonaparte, the Duke of Wellington (Arthur Wellesley), and Gebhard Lebe…
 
Avery, Codie & Tony reconvene to discuss the Battle of Wilson's Creek a few weeks following the 160th Anniversary. Fought on August 10, 1861, Wilson's Creek was hailed as the "First Manassas of the West" and the second major battle of the American Civil War. The guys discuss the major significances of the battle, and analyze the fight from differen…
 
On this solo episode of Battles & Banter, Avery briefly discusses the Battle of Bloody Ridge that was fought during the Korean War. 70 years ago today, the battle began on August 18, 1951 between the U.S. 2nd Infantry Division/35th ROK Infantry Regiment and conglomerated North Korean units on a massive ridgeline located in the Gangwon Province of S…
 
On this episode of Battles & Banter, Avery, Codie and Tony jump back into the Petersburg Campaign of 1864. The guys pick up where they left off with Part 1, when the first Union attempts to take the city by direct assault failed on June 18th. The topic for this episode are the events that took place during the rest of June and July of that bloody y…
 
For the first time ever, Avery, Codie & Tony are in the same room for their 70th episode to discuss one of the first major land engagements of the American Civil War. Coming up on the 160th Anniversary of the first battle along the banks of Bull Run near the railroad junction of Manassas, the guys discuss the events that played out between the unte…
 
On the first installment of BnB's Closer Look series, Avery and Codie discuss Kent Masterson Brown's new book Meade at Gettysburg: A Study in Command, and then offer their own evaluations of Union General George Gordon Meade's performance at the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863. Not only was the battle Meade's first time commanding the Army of the…
 
On this episode of Battles & Banter, Avery, Codie & Tony dive into a multi-episode analysis of the extremely significant Petersburg Campaign of the American Civil War. In June 1864, Union General-in-Chief Ulysses S. Grant began to shift his focus toward the city of Petersburg, Virginia. Acting as the supply hub south of Richmond, Petersburg's railr…
 
On this episode of Battles and Banter, Avery, Codie & Tony take on one of the most decisive naval battles in U.S. military history: The Battle of Midway. Fought between June 4-7, 1942, the United States Navy squared off with the best the Imperial Japanese Navy had to offer. The same Japanese aircraft carriers that participated in the battle were th…
 
On another solo installment in the "Korean War 70th Anniversary" series, Avery picks up with the second part of the Chinese Spring Offensive that took play in April-May of 1951. After the intense Chinese assaults at the end of April, there was a temporary lull in the fighting between May 1-14 where both sides consolidated their forces and defenses …
 
On this episode of Battles & Banter, Avery, Codie & Tony commemorate the 10-year anniversary of Operation Neptune Spear, the special-ops mission that resulted in the death of Al-Qaeda leader behind the 9/11 attacks, Osama Bin Laden. The guys discuss their personal experiences from the night of May 1, 2011 when they heard the news with the rest of t…
 
"Now they'll never forget what you did for this country." Coming off the hype that is Marvel's "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" on Disney Plus, Avery and Codie are joined by Jeff Martin and Julia Wall to discuss their reactions to the show, as well as their thoughts on the major themes of race and service in the MCU and how it relates to current…
 
Join Avery on another solo installment in the Korean War 70th Anniversary series where this episode focuses on the largest battle of the Korean War: The Chinese Spring Offensive. In late April of 1951, the III, IX and XIX People's Volunteer Army of China Groups attacked the in-depth defenses of the U.S. Eighth Army on the Korean Peninsula; approxim…
 
On this date 160 years ago today, the American Civil War officially began with the recently founded Confederate States of America firing on the Federal installation of Fort Sumter in the middle of Charleston Harbor. So for this episode, Avery, Codie & Tony are joined by their friend, Rebekah Ryer, to discuss the first military engagement of the "Wa…
 
On another installment in the "Battle Memory" series, Avery and Codie are joined by Jake Wynn of the "Wynning History" blog and "Pennsylvania in the Civil War" page. Jake stuns Avery and Codie with the incredible accounts of Irvin Schwartz, who hailed from Schuylkill County, PA and went on to serve in the 26th Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division …
 
On this episode of Battles & Banter, Avery is joined by Justin Voithofer and Patrick McGuire of "The History Things Podcast" to hit the high seas for the first naval battle of this show. Avery, Pat & Justin talk the Battle of Jutland, fought between the British Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet in the North Sea, just off the coast of the J…
 
A not so long time ago, in a Skype Call pretty close by, the Battles & Banter crew return to the Star Wars Universe to discuss one of the best installments in the franchise. Avery is joined by Jeff Martin and Justin Voithofer to dissect the Battle of Endor, the climactic showdown between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance as seen in the 198…
 
On this episode of Battles & Banter, Avery, Codie & Tony return to Korea to discuss one of the most heroic battles of the conflict; one that has been heralded as the "Gettysburg" of the Korean War. Encircled at the small South Korean village of Chipyong-ni, the U.S. 23rd Regimental Combat Team fought off elements of five different Chinese People's …
 
Hello everyone and welcome to a new year of Battles and Banter! 2021 kicked off with a literal bang so Avery, Codie & Tony decided that the first episode of the new year should do the same; the guys will be covering the insurrection that took place at Capitol Hill on January 6th during the certification of the electoral votes from the 2020 Presiden…
 
Happy New Year, everyone! Thank you for listening to Battles and Banter Podcast for their first full year as a show. If you've been with us through the ups and downs, we are eternally grateful for your support. We have a lot of great topics planned for 2021 so stay tuned, but we're going to end 2020 with some Star Wars. On this episode, Avery is jo…
 
On the last nonfiction episode of 2020, the Battles & Banter crew tackle the Battle of Kamdesh, or more famously known as the Battle of Combat Outpost Keating, which occurred on October 3, 2009. Avery, Codie & Tony are joined by Justin Voithofer to discuss one of the most pivotal battles of the War in Afghanistan and its lasting ramifications on ho…
 
As 2020 winds down, the Battles & Banter team dish out their final episodes of the year. Avery & Codie are joined by Patrick McGuire of the "History Things Podcast" and Rich Condon of "Civil War Pittsburgh" to talk about the climax of one of the most overlooked campaigns of the American Civil War: The Battle of Nashville. Part of the Franklin-Nashv…
 
Hey everyone! Hope Thanksgiving went safe and smoothly for all of you out there. On this episode of Battles & Banter, Avery and Codie discuss one of the most harrowing and incredible battles in American military history: The Battle of Chosin Reservoir. 70 years ago on the shores of a man-made lake in North Korea, 15,000 U.N. forces, most of which w…
 
As we move into Thanksgiving 2020, many of us might find it difficult to be thankful for anything in this dumpster fire of a year while others might be the exact opposite. However, 70 years ago in North Korea, many soldiers of the UN forces would be in the same boat in more ways than one. Thanksgiving Day 1950 was followed by a massive onslaught fr…
 
Hello again, everybody! On this episode of Battles & Banter, Avery & Tony pine for an absent Codie but keep the ship level nonetheless by tackling the Battle of Britain, which was fought from July 10th to October 31st, 1940. 80 years ago, the skies over Great Britain were a battleground between the British Royal Air Force and the German Luftwaffe. …
 
Here we are at the 50th Episode, everyone! Halfway to 100 episodes and still going strong! Until then, this one is all about Veteran's Day. Avery, Codie & Tony are joined by numerous guest hosts from past episodes: Mary Challman, Patrick McGuire, Julia Wall, Jeff Martin, Ryan Quint, Rebekah Oakes Ryer, Justin Voithofer and Kaleb Kusmierczyk to not …
 
In the midst of vote counting, we're all on the edge of our seats. So to pass the time, here's another Battle & Banter Special featuring our very own Codie Eash. From this past spring of 2020, Codie presents a lecture on the Presidential Election of 1864 that pitted incumbent President Abraham Lincoln against his former General-in-Chief, George McC…
 
Join Avery on another solo episode that's part of Battle and Banter's Korean War 70th Anniversary Series, detailing the Battle of Unsan. Taking place between October 25th and November 4th, 1950, the fighting that took place around the North Korean village of Unsan, some 50 miles north of the Ch'ongch'on River, marked the beginning of hostilities be…
 
In what could be described as the scariest year yet (for some of us anyway), the Battles and Banter family still tries to celebrate Halloween 2020 right! On this year's special, Avery is joined by horror movie expert Mary Challman of the "Monster Movie Happy Hour Podcast" to talk about a movie that used to scare the living daylights out of him as a…
 
On another solo episode of Battles & Banter, Avery dives into the brief but significant battle around the North Korean capital of Pyongyang that took place between the diminished forces of the Korean People's Army and the recently victorious United Nations forces that made up the U.S. Eighth Army. Between October 17-19, the U.S. 1st Cavalry Divisio…
 
On this episode of Battles & Banter, Avery, Codie & Tony discuss one of the most dramatic events of the Second World War: the "Miracle at Dunkirk". Taking place between May 26-June 4, 1940, the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from the European mainland (codenamed Operation Dynamo) was one of the most successful military undertakings i…
 
Join us for another Battles and Banter Podcast bonus episode, where co-host Codie Eash gives a stirring lecture on Frederick Douglass and his thoughts on the legacy of Confederate General Robert E. Lee following the end of the American Civil War. The presentation was given digitally to the Cleveland Civil War Round Table and the audio was formatted…
 
On this episode of Battles & Banter, Avery, Codie & Tony are joined by Mary Challman of the "Monster Movie Happy Hour Podcast", Patrick McGuire of the "History Things Podcast", and newcomer Kaleb Kuzmierczyk to discuss one of the most interesting topics in the American history field today: the practice of Living History compared to the hobby of war…
 
On this episode of Battles and Banter, Avery, Codie & Tony continue the Korean War 70th Anniversary series with their analysis on Operation Chromite, the codename for the United Nations forces landing at the South Korean port of Inchon on September 15, 1950. In the following days, the X Amphibious Corps would advance to the South Korean capitol of …
 
On this episode of Battles & Banter, Avery returns to the Western Front of WWI with recurring regular Justin Voithofer and historian/author Ryan Quint to discuss the vicious fighting and legacy of Belleau Wood, the battle that earned fame for the United States Marine Corps in June 1918. Today, Belleau Wood is the location of the Aisne-Marne America…
 
On this very special episode of Battles & Banter, Avery is joined by Codie and regular recurring guest Julia Wall to pay tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman, who passed away on August 28, 2020. Boseman was most famously known for portraying T'challa aka Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but also portrayed famously historic Black Amer…
 
On this episode of Battles & Banter, Avery, Codie & Tony pick up where they left off with the first part of the Pusan Perimeter analysis and dive into the second and final installment. The guys discuss the second phase of the fighting that took place around the Pusan Perimeter defenses in September of 1950 during the Korean War. Keeping up with the…
 
Today is the 75th Anniversary of the announcement of the Japanese surrender ending WWII, which became heralded as Victory in Japan Day or V-J Day. On this episode of Battles & Banter, Avery, Codie & Tony are joined by Justin Voithofer to talk about the events that seemingly led to that announcement: the atomic bombings of the Japanese cities of Hir…
 
On this episode of Battles and Banter, Avery is joined by Codie & Tony for the next installment in the Korean War 70th Anniversary Series to cover the first large scale battle of the Korean War: the Battles around the Pusan Perimeter. In August 1950, the United Nations Forces comprising of American, South Korean and British soldiers held off multip…
 
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