John Shipp: A real-life Richard Sharpe (video)

Welcome to the first of my new "5 minute Friday" strand. In this first episode I am talking about the remarkable John Shipp...His story is absolutely amazing. During the Napoleonic era being promoted from the ranks was more common than most people think. . .But Shipp was still an exceptional man and managed it twice. … Continue reading John Shipp: A real-life Richard Sharpe (video)

Rogues with rifles: The 5/60th in the Peninsular War (an interview with author Rob Griffith)

Today my latest podcast episode dropped. It's a deep dive into the background and history of the 5/60th Rifles in the Peninsular War...I think of this unit as the British Foreign Legion, they really are a fascinating outfit. Please listen and subscribe for more British military history content. https://youtu.be/HhC9CatM6z8

Book Review: True Soldier Gentleman by Adrian Goldsworthy

Today’s Napoleonic fiction read is a belter – True Soldier Gentleman by a writer and  academic called Adrian Goldsworthy. It’s about officers in the Peninsular war – so is it another Richard Sharpe clone? Well, let’s have a look. The book opens in Madrid in 1808 as we meet a young ex-pat English artist, William … Continue reading Book Review: True Soldier Gentleman by Adrian Goldsworthy

The Military Geek’s Guide To…The Peninsular War, Volume One: The Battles of Vimeiro, Corunna and Talavera.

My new book is available for pre-order from Amazon. Soon there will be an Apple books version and a paperback. Here is the blurb for the book: "This is the first in Christian Parkinson's series on the Peninsular War of 1808-1814 – arguably the British army’s greatest campaign. It is a tale of raw human … Continue reading The Military Geek’s Guide To…The Peninsular War, Volume One: The Battles of Vimeiro, Corunna and Talavera.

The Statue of General Sir Redvers Henry Buller, VC, GCB, GCMG in Exeter

As an amateur historian what I want to talk about today is the currently controversial subject of statues and memorials – especially that of Sir Redvers Buller V.C in Exeter. I am politically homeless. I’m not red, nor am I blue. This article isn't about politics. You may disagree with me and that is fine … Continue reading The Statue of General Sir Redvers Henry Buller, VC, GCB, GCMG in Exeter

Visiting Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana: New battlefield videos

If you are truly a military history geek like myself then you can never watch too many films about the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. I was lucky enough to revisit the area around Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift at the end of 2019 and make three more videos that I think you will find interesting. In … Continue reading Visiting Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana: New battlefield videos

The Battle of Plassey and the rise of the East-India Company

In Season 2 we are exploring the Battle of Plassey and the birth of the British Empire in India. It's a fascinating story of intrigue, corruption, and world-changing battles. In the first episode, we examine the siege of the British in Calcutta by the Nawab of Bengal and the subsequent "Blackhole" incident 0f 1756 which … Continue reading The Battle of Plassey and the rise of the East-India Company