Disaster in Afghanistan and the fall of Kabul

So when, upon waking on Sunday morning (Sunday 15th August, 2021), I saw that it now looked inevitable that the Taliban were about to capture Kabul and 'win' the war I decided that I had to make a short film looking at the last time Britain was forced to ignominiously leave Kabul - in 1842.

A close run thing: The Battle of Ferozeshah (21/22 December, 1845)

I have released two more clips from my interview with Sikh Historian Amarpal Singh. Eventually I plan to release all the segments as a full podcast episode. In the second part we discuss why Britain and the Sikh Empire went to war in 1845. https://youtu.be/qz5ItKGmKZE And then in the third segment Amarpal tells me all … Continue reading A close run thing: The Battle of Ferozeshah (21/22 December, 1845)

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)

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