Jaws of Defeat
By Jaws of Defeat
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Exploring the strategy, tactics, leadership, and luck behind history's upset victories.
||ExplicitEpisode 31: Battle of Yavin||Happy JOD Anniversary! That means it's fictional battle time and it's the grand daddy of all underdog victories: the Battle of Yavin! ...Death Star, its the attack on the Death Star. Special thanks to Destin and Matt at "No Dumb Questions" for...||1/22/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 30: Battle of Myeongnyang Strait||It's Korea vs. Japan in the Battle of Myeongnyang Strait. Will explains why you should always bring a cannon to a gun fight, especially when it's 10:1 odds. Special thanks to Destin and Matt at "No Dumb Questions" for the new and improved...||12/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 29: Battle of Pliska||Luke presents the Battle of Pliska, pitting the Byzantines-not as underdogs for once-against the Bulgar Khanate. Remember, dear listeners: the key to strong leadership is keeping a good head on your shoulders. Special thanks to Destin and Matt...||11/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 28: Battle of Mount Tabor||In our first Napoleonic battle, Will explains the finer points of infantry squares and why even world conquerors have to worry about high school bullies. Special thanks to Destin and Matt at "No Dumb Questions" for the new and improved audio!...||10/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 27: Battle of Gate Pa||In this week's episode Luke walks us through the Battle of Gate Pa, wherein the Maori show the British that preparation and cunning can (sometimes) beat excessive artillery bombardments My sources were as follows: ...||9/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 26: Cannae||The one and only Hannibal Barca faces off against the largest Roman army yet so he can show future historians how amazing double-envelopments are. Will geeks out on tactical minutiae while Luke smiles and nods politely. Battle (Normal)-Boxcat...||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 25: Red Cliffs||In Episode 25, Luke shares why you should always, always consider fire ships a sound tactical option and why the enemy of your enemy is probably not your friend. Battle (Normal)-Boxcat Games Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0...||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 24: Plains of Abraham||In this episode, we learn how by squinting really hard, even Britain can look like an underdog. We also learn how the best amphibious landings come from opioid-fueled fever dreams. Battle (Normal)-Boxcat Games Licensed under Creative...||5/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 23: Battle of Narva||It's the Russians vs. the Swedes in the Battle of Narva. Learn how winter finally failed the Russians and why teenagers are always right. Battle (Normal)-Boxcat Games Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 license...||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 22: Seige of Antioch||In this episode we go to the First Crusade for the Siege of Antioch. A coalition of European knights faces off against its greatest foe (getting along with one another) to overcome its second greatest foe: the Seljuk Empire. Asbridge, Thomas. The...||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 21: The Battle of Helm's Deep||In our second and final fictional battle, Will explains the correct tactical application of wizards and tree-people, while also explaining why Gimli is the most tragic character of all. Sources: Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings: The Two...||2/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 20: The War of 1996(Independence Day)||We started this podcast 1 year ago, so we’re doing something special this month to celebrate. As we all know, 22 years ago the world survived a brutal attack from malevolent aliens seeking to destroy humanity and strip our world of its...||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 19: Battle of Leuktra||In 371BCE, Thebes dealt Sparta, the reigning hegemon of Greece, a blow it would never recover from. An innovative mix of hoplite tactics allowed Theban General Epaminondas to win a landmark strategic victory that put Thebes on the map... for about 30...||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 18: Longewala||This week on Jaws of Defeat, we look at the Battle of Longewala from the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. This episode has it all: 20:1 odds, poor planning, and tanks trying to maneuver in sand. Sources: An Assessment of the Battle of...||11/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 17: Midway Part II||Will picks up where he left off... after a digression on aircraft carrier tactics and technology... and finally finishes the Battle of Midway Further Reading: Samuel Morison, The History of United States Naval Operations in WWII Mitsuo Fuchida and...||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 16: Midway Part I||In our first two-parter, Will only manages to get midway through his recounting of the Battle of Midway. Sources: "Battle of Midway" by Craig Symonds "Shattered Sword" by Anthony Tully and Jonathan Parshall Battle (Normal)-Boxcat Games...||9/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 15: The Winter War||This week, we learn how plucky little Finland managed to stop Russia cold during the Winter War. Here's a hint - it involves skis, machine guns, and a whole lot of grit. Sources: The Winter War: The...||9/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 14: The Battle of the Chesapeake||In 1781, there seemed little hope for the American Revolution. The war in the north had stagnated, and the British were in the process of driving the Continental army out of the south. And then the Royal Navy lost a battle. To the French navy. After...||8/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 13: Tanga||In this week’s episode, Luke talks about the Battle of Tanga. Well, he mostly talks about pre-WWI colonial politics in Africa, but he gets to the battle eventually. The main source for this episode was The Battle of Tanga, German...||7/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSiege of Malta||Will explains the Siege of Malta, which pits the Ottoman Turks vs. the Knights of St. John/Hospitaller/Malta in one of history's most epic sieges. Surprise naval attacks, incendiary weapons, and underground flame thrower fights, this one has it...||7/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFall of France||A special guest to the show presents the Fall of France in 1940||6/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitOkehazama||In this week's episode, Luke takes us to feudal Japan and presents our biggest upset yet, the Battle of Okehazama.||6/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCarrhae||In this battle between the Romans and Parthians, Marcus Lincinius Crassus and his legions run afoul of Surena and his horse archers, the Carr-height of folly. Luke comes clean about his hatred for camels. Battle (Normal)-Boxcat Games...||5/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBattle of the Ice||In this week's episode, Luke does the Battle of the Ice. This has nothing to do with Game of Thrones. Real deal, we promise. Its the Teutonic Knights vs. the Novgorod Republic led by Alexander Nevsky. Remember dear listeners, unless you're the...||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDien Bien Phu||In this week's episode, the French Colonial Army learns an object lesson in colonial hubris at the hands of the Viet Minh forces, and Luke mistakes the name of the battle for a type of delicious soup. Battle (Normal)-Boxcat Games Licensed under...||4/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitStonewall in the Valley||In this episode we look at a whole campaign rather than one battle. This is Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's Shenandoah Valley campaign.||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBattle of Dara||In our fifth episode, Luke describes a battle against the Persians... again. But it's with the Byzantines this time! Follow us on Twitter at @JoDPodcast Battle (Normal)-Boxcat Games Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0...||3/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGranicus||In this episode, Will tells Luke why you don't bring a wicker shield to a spear fight in the Battle of Granicus, Alexander the Great's first battle against the Persians.||2/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitIslandlwana||Episode 3: Luke presents this 19th century battle between the Zulus and British colonials. Battle (Normal)-Boxcat Games Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Mission-Boxcat...||2/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSalamis||In today's episode, Luke makes a terrible Sala-mistake in choosing an ancient sea battle between the Greeks and the Persians. Battle (Normal)-Boxcat Games Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 license...||1/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAgincourt||In our first episode we take a look at the Battle of Agincourt, which pits the French mounted cavalry against the English longbow. Sorry about the sound quality, it's our first day. Battle (Normal)-Boxcat Games Licensed under Creative Commons: By...||1/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Amazing History Podcast!!!!!
Jaws of Defeat is an inspirational history podcast that engages with it’s listeners throughout every episode. I always learn something new after having listened and highly recommended this podcast!
Audio needs better mixing.
The audio levels on the hosts fluctuate wildly between episodes, and the introduction music is about twice as loud as it needs to be. I actually think it blew the dust cover off of my subwoofer in my truck. I had to re-glue it after I binged this on a road trip.
Excellent History Podcast!
This podcast is engaging, educational, and well presented! I loved the episode on The Winter War, and always learn something after having listened! Well worth a listen!