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The Indian Mutiny of 1857: Why did it happen?
Today’s episode is a brief introduction to why the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 happened. Why did thousands of previously loyal Indian Sepoys turn against their officers, turn against their employer? It was a brutal war, and to be honest, even doing the research for this was depressing. In future episodes, I’ll be looking at some … Continue reading The Indian Mutiny of 1857: Why did it happen?
The Battle for Moorosi’s Mountain – 1879
Did you know that while the British army was battling the Zulus, another force of Cape soldiers was fighting in a nearby region against the BaPhuti people of southern Lesotho?
The First Anglo-Boer War
I have recently completed a short series covering the 1st Anglo-Boer War of 1880-81. It is a campaign often forgotten and overlooked by military historians. Perhaps part of the reason is that the British lost every battle - Bronkhorstspruit, Laing's Nek and Majuba amongst them.
PENINSULAR WAR: ENDGAME 1813-14
After a long, gruelling campaign in the Peninsular, France was finally invaded in 1814 - a staggering turn around when one considers the difficulties experienced by the British, Spanish and Portuguese since 1807.
The Peninsular War: Who were the Redcoats?
In this podcast and video series, I explain who the redcoats were, how they were recruited, and how the British infantry regiments of the Napoleonic wars were organised. It's a fascinating subject and one that clearly resonated with a large audience. You can listen to the full audio episode here. Or watch the accompanying videos below. … Continue reading The Peninsular War: Who were the Redcoats?
Who captured the first French Eagle of the Peninsular War?
Richard Sharpe famously captured an Eagle at the Battle of Talavera, but do you know which real-life warrior was the first British soldier to achieve that impressive feat during the Peninsular war? The video below will answer all of your questions. https://youtu.be/kNf3hJ_Zmf0 This is a real tale of derring do and bravery. The capture of … Continue reading Who captured the first French Eagle of the Peninsular War?
Podcast: The Siege of Burgos (1812) – Wellington’s worst scrape?
After the famous Victory at Salamanca in July 1812, Wellington occupied Madrid. At this point, he seemed to lose his magic touch. In this episode, I am joined by historians Charles Esdaile and Mark Thompson to learn the full story behind the campaign known as "Wellington's worst scrape".
Keeping the memories alive: Visiting little known sites of the Anglo-Zulu War
In this video and blog post you can see and learn about a number of little-known Anglo-Zulu War battlefields and memorials...including Luneburg, Ntombe Drift and Conference Hill.
‘By God, that will do!’: The Battle of Salamanca – Wellington’s greatest victory?
There are still mysteries and controversies around the battle. For example did Wellington throw a chicken leg over his shoulder and cry, 'By God that will do'? How many French Imperial Eagles were actually won? And was this Wellington's greatest victory? - You might be surprised by the answer.