By War Stories
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War Stories is a narrative show that takes the broad arcs of warfare and shares the stories behind crucial points their development. In each season, the show revolves around a single topic and traces a path from before its invention to the modern-day with a focus on the people who made it happen.
||CleanLoose Rounds #2 - Blood Transfusions||For something so central to our lives, the role of blood wasn't something we could explain for much of our history. We knew it was important, and when someone was bleeding out on the battlefield, you needed to fix them, but just how you would go about..||3/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.8 - The White Feather||In the Vietnam War, snipers returned to some of their earliest environmental roots while simultaneously reaching the pinnacle of their development: taking part in long missions, independently, where high value targets were taken out. Carlos Hathcock,...||3/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLoose Rounds #1 - Mortars||In our first episode of Loose Rounds, a mini-series produced in partnership with Nammo, we discuss the humble mortar. You know, the tubes that fire grenade-looking munitions into the air? It turns out they have a far deeper and wider history than you...||2/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLoose Rounds Trailer||On War Stories, we often focus on what’s happening at the proverbial tip of the spear: the latest and greatest, at least for the time, weapons platforms, how militaries shifted their fighting styles to accommodate these technologies, and what it...||2/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.7 - A Soviet Sniper's American Journey||By the time Lyudmila Pavlichenko joined the rest of her peers at the International Student Assembly at American University in Washington, DC, much of the country knew her name. As well as the Nazis who despised her for the deadly aim she took with her..||2/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.6 - The White Death||When the Soviet Union invaded Finland in late 1939—the action that kicked off the Winter War—they expected an easy fight, if there was one at all. Instead, they found a military with an intimate knowledge of Finland's terrain, and one that was...||1/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.5 - A Duel in the Trenches||We know World War I for a number of things: trenches, poison gas, the ever-present thrum of artillery. But it also served as the birthplace of the sniper. And one of the best couldn't be found on the Western, or even Eastern Front. Instead, Billy Sing..||12/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.4 - The Fighters of the Black Snake's Den||On a scraggly hill in Pennsylvania, a unit of sharpshooters took part in some of the most fierce, if not frequently discussed, fighting of Gettysburg. Many only know them from the accessories riding atop their heads: bucktails. www.warstoriescast.com...||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.3 - Individualism Comes to Warfare||While Napoleon swept through Europe, the rifle took up a central location on the battlefield with the 95th Rifles of the British Army. The impact of their weapon would reach far and wide beyond technological platforms. www.warstoriescast.com...||10/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.2 - Morgan's Lucky (or Unlucky) Riflemen||From the time of the French and Indian War, Daniel Morgan had a bone to pick with the British Army. Over the following decades, he and the riflemen he led would do their best to even the score. www.warstoriescast.com Become a War Stories supporter on...||9/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus Episode - The U.S.S. Indianapolis||After hearing the news about the discovery of the Indianapolis wreck, we thought we should unlock this Patreon episode that we recorded over the course of the summer. Make sure you sign up if you'd like more of them hitting your download queue in the...||8/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.1 - Edward Braddock Walks into a Bullet||What is it that makes a good marksman? Is it their training? Their weapon? Maybe they’re just born that way, or raised with a rifle in their hands. In our Season Two premiere, we take a look at the shift to the modern rifle and the individuals who...||8/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason Two Trailer||Next week, Season Two of War Stories launches, but for those of you who can't wait to figure out the subject we're covering, we've got a shot trailer for you. Enjoy. www.warstoriescast.com Become a War Stories supporter on Patreon||7/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterseason #3 - World War III, Almost||While the world watched Cuba as it became a potential nuclear missile launch site, another threat lay off the east coast in the Sargasso Sea. Four Soviet submarines waited for the outbreak of hostilities, and each carried the power to start World War...||7/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterseason #2 - Armor from a Long Time Ago...||In our second interseason episode, Angry Staff Officer and Adin look at the tragic decline of armor in the Star Wars universe and explore why it might have occurred. www.warstoriescast.com Become a War Stories supporter on Patreon||4/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterseason #1 - Operation Vengeance||In the first of our interseason episodes, Adin tells the story of the encrypted messages received by the United States on the 13th and 14th of April 1943 and arguably the most important decapitation mission of history that followed....||4/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.8 - Where Do We Go From Here?||Over the past seven episodes, we've traced the development of armored warfare through the end of traditional, horse-driven cavalry to the armored warfare of Desert Storm. But as military planners and politicians face asymmetric threats and limited...||3/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.7 - A (Desert) Storm is Brewing||The battles of 73 Easting, Medina Ridge, and Norfolk. Were they the pinnacle of the near century of tank warfare we've covered in season one, or the last gasp? www.warstoriescast.com Become a supporter of War Stories on Patreon||2/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.6 - Task Force Zvika||The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) of the 1970s emphasized a number of qualities: proactive leadership, heroism, and a recognition of the young life of their country that rose in the wake of great tragedy. These qualities weren't just given...||1/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.5 - Tigers on the Eastern Front||Nazi Germany fielded a military with many components designed to amaze as much as to destroy. While this philosophy meant that many designs never left the drawing board, one that did was the Tiger Tank—a relatively beastly model whose gun could rip...||12/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.4 - The Tank Destroyers of El Guettar||The 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion, the first of its kind, was stood up in 1941. The theory governing their use had yet to be tested on the field of battle. In November of the following year, Lieutenant Colonel Hershel Baker and the men of the 601st...||11/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.3 - Seseña: The Interwar Proving Ground||Well before the threat of World War II entered societies' collective minds, smaller regional conflicts gradually simmered away across Europe. One of these, the Spanish Civil War, might not have drawn much notice from leaders in the United States,...||10/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.2 - Patton at the Saint-Mihiel Salient||Near the end of 1917, a young captain by the name of George S. Patton received orders from the chief of the newly created U.S. Tank Corps, Colonel Samuel Rockenbach. His task was to launch the light tank school of the U.S. Army. However, it...||9/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.1 - High Wood (Prologue)||In Northern France on July 14th, 1916, a cavalry unit from Hyderabad made what most consider to be the final cavalry charge of World War I before the invention of tanks. The unit, Deccan Horse, represented the last gasp of the old way of battle — a...||9/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
I've only heard one episode, but if the rest are as good, this will be my new favorite podcast. At their core all stories are human stories. I can't wait to hear the next one!
Whether you are a fan of history or just a fan of the human race, you owe it to yourself to listen. This podcast cast a magic spell over my commute that made it vanish.
You should only listen if you want to feel like you're in the middle of a cavalry charge through no-man's-land in WWI. If not, then go back to your kitten videos.