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Explore the rich history of our past through the lens of our military institutions. From the settlement of North America to the present, this podcast encompasses traditional military history and goes the extra step to address the evolution of ideas and institutions. Join us!
 
It is now ten years after the miraculous victory at Marathon. A thousand nations of the Persian Empire are on the march. This vast host drains the rivers dry and shakes the very earth with its march. Such a vast host had never before been assembled in the annals of history and this great army had but one objective. The complete conquest of all Greece. Xerxes would at last gain sweet revenge against these impudent Greeks. Soon few will stand against many, and even the army of a god king will ...
 
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 ...
 
Collision Podcast - Where Art, History & Music Collide with your Host, Sharon Fitzgerald, MA | Los Angeles Episode Guide: Ep. 10 D-Day Live from Omaha Beach Ep. 3-9: Game of Thrones Ep. 2: The Birth of Modern Art Ep. 1: Introduction Ep.10: D-Day - Live from Omaha Beach for the 75th Anniversary of the WW2 Normandy Beach Invasion. Join your Host, Sharon Fitzgerald, MA, as she treks through the WW2 Normandy Beaches and battlegrounds and interviews local historians. Photos, maps, links and Sharo ...
 
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Pete Rudland joined the Australian Defence Force on 21 March 1989. He spent 28 years in the Royal Australian Infantry and served in 3RAR, 4RAR, The Parachute Training School, SASR and 2CDO Regiment. Pete deployed to Cambodia as part of UNTAC in 1993, to Iraq with the SASR during the 1997 bombing campaign, East Timor in 2001 as part of the 4RAR (CDO…
 
In this episode we continue our coverage of Grant's overland campaign. After the wilderness and Spotsylvania Grant continued to move south with Lee moving in concert with him. After being stopped at North Anna, Grant continued south and wandered into the battlefields of McClellan's campaign in 1862. Grant and Lee met again at a place called Cold Ha…
 
The remarkable wartime experiences of Kit McNaughton Kitty’s War is based upon the previously unpublished war diaries of Great War army nurse Sister Kit McNaughton. Kit and historian Janet Butler grew up in the same Victorian district of drystone walls, wheatfields and meandering creeks, except many decades apart. The idea of this young nurse setti…
 
We cover a lot in this episode, including the fall of many neutral countries, Italy and Japan officially aligning with Germany, and preparations made by the Corps before the US officially entered the war. On December 8th, President Roosevelt delivered his famous "Day of Infamy speech." It's included at the end of the episode.…
 
Grant's overland campaign began in 1864 as he moved south to engage Lee's forces. Grant was determined to destroy Lee's Army. While outnumbered, Lee adroitly moved south in concert with Grant, engaging the Army of the Potomac, first, at a place known as the wilderness, a tangle of undergrowth that was fought over the year before where it was known …
 
Carly Box served in the Australian Army for 11 years, where she became the first female to enlist into a Combat Corps as an operator of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, commonly known as Drones). She deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 as a ScanEagle UAV operator, racking up over 1000 operational flying hours, returning in 2013 as a Shadow mission comma…
 
As we mentioned in our last episode, we are ready to start 1864, the last full year of the Civil War. We will focus on Ulysses S. Grant's assumption of command of all armies that the Union could field. After years of searching, President Lincoln finally found a general he could work with. Grant, unlike his presecessors, was not only ready to commit…
 
Gwen Cherne was appointed as the inaugural Veteran Family Advocate Commissioner on the Repatriation Commission in August 2020. The following year in March, Gwen was selected as a member of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission. Gwen is committed to representing the perspectives of veteran families in ongoing policy and decision-ma…
 
A short episode that will focus on what is next now that we are ready to start focusing on the last full year of the Civil War - 1864. Have a question, comment, or compliment? Contact us at americawarpodcast@gmail.com. You can also leave comments and your questions on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/americaatwarpodcast/. Thanks for listening!…
 
Warrant Officer Kevin Arthur "Dasher" Wheatley VC enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in 1956. He served in Malaya with various units until 1965 when he was posted to the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV). Dasher is one of the most extraordinary characters in Australian military history. He was a husband, father, champion footballer…
 
In this episode we finish telling the story of the naval contributions to the Civil War. The story concentrates on the campaigns to close the final Confederate ports open to blockade runners - Charleston, South Carolina, Mobile, Alabama, and Wilmington, North Carolina. The naval forces of both sides made important contributions to their respective …
 
One of the more compelling stories of the Civil War was the journey to freedom that many freedmen took. Beginning in 1862, and accelerating in 1863, many men of color took up arms to help defeat the insitution that had enslaved them. They made important contributions to the war effort, though faced many challenges - low pay, raical barriers, and th…
 
In this Special 50th episode of True Blue History I am joined by Former Australian Army intelligence Officer Major Sarah Watson. Sarah served 18.5 years in the military, including a deployment to Iraq where she provided strategic intelligence support to Overwatch Battlegroup West 2. Sarah discharged from the Army in 2015, Since that time Sarah has …
 
My guest today is former SAS Sergeant Harry Moffitt, who spent the majority of his 30 years in Australia’s Defence Force with the elite Special Air Service Regiment (SASR). Harry completed 11 service deployments amassing nearly 1,000 days on combat operations globally, including being wounded in action in 2008. He completed his time with the SASR a…
 
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…
 
Welcome to a very special episode with today’s guest, Dr Aaron Pegram as we talk about one of the Australians’ most significant military actions during the Great War In early April 1918, the Australians and British had successfully defended the French village of Villers Bretonneux, only to have it lost later that month on 24 April. With the German …
 
Welcome back to our podcast with former Australian Army Combat Engineer, Author, Paralympian Gold medallist and World Champion, Curtis McGrath. We previously learned of his near-death experience with a landmine in Afghanistan that cost him his legs. In Part 2, we speak with Curtis about his road to recovery; not just physically, but mentally. Throu…
 
In our last episode we spoke of Chickamauga. In this episiode, we speak to its sibling, the battle of Chattanooga. General Rosecrans may have captured Chattanooga, but was summarily trapped by Braxton Bragg. Not satisfied with Rosecran, he was relieved and replaced with General Grant. Grant improved the supply situation and planned to dislodge Brag…
 
In todays podcast Adam is joined by former Australian Army Combat Engineer, Author, Paralympian Gold medallist and World Champion, Curtis McGrath. While serving in Afghanistan in 2012, Curtis stepped on a land mine, which resulted in life threatening injuries. Still conscious and aware he’d bleed out within minutes, Curtis, as the unit’s chief firs…
 
A few years before the United States entered World War I, the Navy started playing with the idea of planes. Marine 1st Lieutenant Alfred A. Cunningham was one of the first pilots to attend training in Maryland and helped design a Marine aviation program. Marines who followed in his footsteps developed or perfected many tactics still used today. We …
 
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…
 
It is the 80th anniversary of Kokoda this year and who better to have along to talk about that then Dr Karl James of the Australian War Memorial. Dr James will talk about his book, Kokoda: Beyond the Legend, and how the fighting in New Guinea from July through to November 1942 was some of the toughest of the Second World War. The Japanese were roll…
 
In Part 3 of our chat with, former Royal Australian Army Medical Corps Sergeant McQuilty ‘Coco’ Quirke NSC, Coco will be talking about his long recovery after being blown up by an IED, and the determination he showed when cancer tragically affected his family. By cultivating a positive mindset and developing resilience, Coco and his family got thro…
 
In Part 2 of our chat with, former Royal Australian Army Medical Corps Sergeant McQuilty ‘Coco’ Quirke NSC, Coco will be talking about fighting demons from his tour of Iraq and overcoming PTSD arising from that deployment. Deploying again in 2011 in Afghanistan McQuilty’s life changed forever when on 13 August 2011, he was blown out of the back of …
 
As Meade battled Lee at Gettysburg, Grant captured Vicksburg, and William Rosecrans was wrestling with Braxton Bragg in Tennessee. For the better part of the 1863 campaign season, Rosecrans was far too slow in making his moves. While Rosecrans was able to maneuver Bragg out of Chattanooga, Rosecrans split up his army, providing an opportunity for B…
 
Our special guest for today is former Royal Australian Army Medical Corps Sergeant McQuilty Quirke NSC. Despite receiving life-threating wounds in battle, he fought courageously and with great determination to overcome PTSD arising from service in Iraq and Afghanistan. McQuilty joined the Medical Corps because he wanted to save lives. ‘Coco’ to his…
 
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…
 
We have come to the last day of Gettysburg, July 3, 1863. The third day was dominated by the event known as Pickett's Charge. General Lee was convinced that a final push at the center of General Meade's line would destroy the Army of the Potomac. Unfortunately, it was wishful thinking. Despite the bravery of the men moving forward, the assualt fail…
 
Welcome back everyone, and thanks for joining me and my good mate, Battlefield Historian, Pete Smith, for Part 2 of our walk around the iconic Belgian town of Ypres. Known as ‘Wipers’ to the Allied soldiers, the town and surrounding countryside were the scene of some of the most fierce and tragic events on the Western Front during the Great War. ‘L…
 
Former Australian Army Special Forces 2nd Commando Regiment, Electronic Warfare operator Team Leader Corporal Andy Fermo. Andy enlisted in the regular Army in 2001 as an Electronic Warfare (EW) operator in Royal Australian Signals Corps. In 2006, he was posted to 2 Commando, immediately deploying domestically with Tactical Assault Group-East in sup…
 
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…
 
Former Australian Army Special Forces 2nd Commando Regiment, Electronic Warfare operator Team Leader Corporal Andy Fermo. Andy enlisted in the regular Army in 2001 as an Electronic Warfare (EW) operator in Royal Australian Signals Corps. In 2006, he was posted to 2 Commando, immediately deploying domestically with Tactical Assault Group-East in sup…
 
Shortly after the Allied Powers claimed victory in World War I, the happiness U.S. citizens felt soon turned into disillusionment, and many questioned the purpose of the war. Millions of people died, and it wasn’t clear what problems were solved. In the years leading up to WWII, pacifism became the fastest-growing movement in America. This antiwar …
 
In this episode we turn the page to the beginning of the second day of the battle of Gettysburg. As units of the Army of the Potomac concentrated south of Gettysburg, Meade recognized the advantages his position afforded and remained on the defense. Lee, not having a full picture of Meade's army, thought that a second day of attacks, along both fla…
 
G’day and welcome to the third season of True Blue History. Thanks to all those who have supported the podcast, and a special welcome to new listeners. What a line-up of great guests and topics we have for you this year, On today’s podcast, we’ll be joining my good mate, Battlefield tour guide, Pete Smith, on a walk around the iconic Belgian town o…
 
This battle is the last and most significant U.S. troops fought during WWI. We discuss the preparation leading up to the fight, some of the challenges both U.S. and German troops faced, and how both sides handled the armistice when they received the news. We end the episode by talking about some of the statistics on the war.…
 
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…
 
This battle was one of the bloodiest the Marines faced during WWI. We discuss the actions of the 5th and 6th Marines, including a disorderly retreat by the 5th Regiment. James Gregory wrote an excellent article about it in the latest issue of the MCU Press Marine Corps History. Check it out here: https://www.usmcu.edu/Portals/218/MarineCorpsHistory…
 
Military actions in South Vietnam during November and December 1965. The American Army launch a series of search and destroy operations including operation Hump to find and kill the Viet Cong, yet none of them result in a total victory, thee Viet Cong when they wish are able to break off contact. Growing doubts exist within the American military le…
 
In this episode we provide an overview of what we accomplished in 2020 and what you all can look forward to in 2022! Take a listen. Have a question, comment, or compliment? Contact us at americawarpodcast@gmail.com. You can also leave comments and your questions on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/americaatwarpodcast/. Thanks for listening!…
 
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