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Cauldron - A History Of The World Battle By Battle
57 minutes | Jun 4, 2019
The Virgin Warlord - The Siege of Orleans 1429
The 100 Years War was a seesaw clash between the French and English thrones. The first third of the war saw great victories won by the English, at Sluys and Crecy the English forces smashed their continental enemies. After a one-sided peace treaty was declared, the Channel separated foes settled into an uneasy Cold War. With the advent of the Black Death, both sides suffered massive losses to their populations and a shift in the makeup of society. Farmers and land workers tried to find safety and work in the cities of Europe, changing the power structure of the feudal system dynamically and ushering in a new world. The Black Death also brought about an even more ardent Christianity, as people sought for reasons and hope in a world seemingly devoid of both. With the death of Henry V, the hero of Agincourt, the political waters became very murky. For the next few years, both the French and the English claimed the throne of France, but only one side had the power to back their claim. The weak and vacillating Charles VII was forced to be a bystander in his own land as he watched Henry VI’s regent, the Duke of Bedford, assert control over most of France. With the help of the Duchy of Burgundy, the destabilizing Black Plague, and a lack of inspired leadership, the English could claim most of France north of the Loire river and seemed to be on their way to a win in the 100 Years War. The English certainly could not have planned for a young girl to hear the voices of former queens and current Saints Margaret and Catherine.Questions or Corrections - https://www.cauldronpodcast.com/sendustheoriesThe songs we usedYonder Hill and Dale by Aaron KenneyHeavy Interlude by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100515Artist: http://incompetech.com/This weeks main source - Orleans 1429 France turns the tide by David NicolleTo support the show got to https://www.patreon.com/user?u=8278347 and search Cauldron PodcastFor images, videos, and sources check us out onFacebook@cauldronpodcastInstagram@cauldronpodcast
42 minutes | Apr 9, 2019
The Island of Uncommon Valor - the Battle of Iwo Jima - 1945
The war in the Pacific had decidedly turned in favor of the Allies by the fall of 1944. The Battle of Leyte Gulf had effectively destroyed the fighting power of the Japanese Navy and had forced Japan into an impossible tight defensive stance. As the Allied bombing of the Japanese home islands became more and more intense more and more airfields needed to be taken and held. The Allied High Command knew that the desolate lunar Volcano Islands would be a tough nut to crack, but the location would put the mighty B-29 even closer to the enemy. If Iwo Jima were taken the Allies would have a secure base to land damaged bombers on the return run from Japan, launch bombers at half the distance, and swarm the enemy air forces with fighters. Iwo Jima would give the Allies an excellent base to prepare the planned final act of the war, Operation Downfall. It would also be a preview of the horrors to come with Downfall, the invasion of the Japanese home islands.SEND IN THEORIES!!! - https://www.cauldronpodcast.com/sendustheoriesThe song we used - Eastern Thought by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100682Artist: http://incompetech.com/This weeks main source - The Pacific War by William B. HopkinsTo support the show got to https://www.patreon.com/user?u=8278347and search Cauldron PodcastFor images, videos, and sources check us out onFacebook@cauldronpodcastInstagram@cauldronpodcastWebsiteCauldronpodcast.comYouTubeComing soon!Spotifyhttps://open.spotify.com/show/228wnzQC4Pq3hDbJIjtyOk?si=GLNc6VIjSmOVbEg1G7sozQiTuneshGooglePlayhttps://play.google.com/music/m/I2ajdfquypzr4sxjfmcd2p5bdau?t=Cauldron_-_A_History_Of_The_World_Battle_By_Battle
42 minutes | Mar 24, 2019
The Man Made Mountain - The Siege of Cusco 1536-1537
By the 1530's the conquest of the so-called new world and the age of discovery were both well underway. The wave upon wave of Spanish and Portuguese adventurers that had been crossing the Atlantic in search of wealth and fame had for decades brought the Christian god and death to the people of Central and South America. From the islands of the Caribbean to the cenotes of the Yucatan, Spanish steel and smallpox had destroyed the unprotected populations of entire cities. The complete lack of immunity to European disease and the weakness of or absence of armament made the native civilizations particularly vulnerable.The Spanish attempt at controlling all of Central and South America involved relatively small armies with massive objectives. The Pizarro Brothers set out with a few hundred men and planned to topple the as of yet unknown Inca Empire. Through ruthless diplomacy and deadly European tools and methods of warfare, the Spanish found themselves fighting and often winning against overwhelming numerical superiority. After taking the Inca king, Pizarro aimed for the Inca capital if Cusco believed to be dripping in riches. The wealth of the Inca was his for the taking. First Pizarro and his men would need to capture an astonishingly mighty fortress, and then they would need to survive!SEND IN THEORIES!!! - https://www.cauldronpodcast.com/sendustheoriesThe song we used is Dark Forest by Odonis OdonisThis weeks video sources - The Living Stones of Sacsayhuaman by Ombio ProductionsThis weeks web sources -https://www.academia.eduUnlocking the Doors to the Worlds of the Guaman Poma and His Nueva Coronica by Rolena Adorao and Ivan BoserupTo support the show got to https://www.patreon.com/user?u=8278347and search Cauldron PodcastFor images, videos, and sources check us out onFacebook@cauldronpodcastInstagram@cauldronpodcastWebsiteCauldronpodcast.comYouTubeComing soon!Spotifyhttps://open.spotify.com/show/228wnzQC4Pq3hDbJIjtyOk?si=GLNc6VIjSmOVbEg1G7sozQiTunesGooglePlayhttps://play.google.com/music/m/I2ajdfquypzr4sxjfmcd2p5bdau?t=Cauldron_-_A_History_Of_The_World_Battle_By_Battle
66 minutes | Mar 12, 2019
The Bombing of Dresden - Justified or War Crime?
This episode has been a real eyeopener for me. I knew going in that it would be a tough one to research and that very few facts are agreed upon. I did not know how heated social media can get lol. This was my first run-in with the kind of angry, acidic (often silly and factless) vitriol the internet is home to. Moving forward I will continue to delve into these controversial moments in history but I will do my best to keep the conversation focused. The Red Army was battering the Wehrmacht in the Eats, daily gaining ground. It looked like there was a chance the Russians would be in Berlin by April. To speed up the Axis collapse RAF Bomber Command and the USAAF planned on destroying Germany's industry. Due to this, they used massive strikes of heavy bombers delivering thousands of tons of bombs. Targeting the war industries, transportation, and communications first, large cities were also hit. The British, having suffered through the Blitz, knew first hand the psychological effect bombing had on large cities. This chaos and confusion was a side effect that only helped quicken the German defeat. By the early months of 1945, the Allies had unloaded on most German cities and began seeking out new targets. The city of Dresden had made it through the war mostly unmolested and with over 100 factories and a large rail hub,On the night of February 13th over 250, British Lancaster bombers hung over Dresden long enough to drop 800 tons of explosives. The bombs dropped were a mix of high explosive and incendiary. This one-two punch was perfect for creating a massive conflagration and Dresden's wooden buildings only feed the fire. Only hours later, while the city's people tried to recover, the second wave of British bombers struck Dresden. Building on the destruction of the first wave, the second wave heightened the chaos. A massive vortex sucked the superheated air right out of the sky, suffocating or air-frying its victims. The Altstadt or Old Town was obliterated and most of the city burned.The next day, February 15th, saw a massive daytime bombing raid by the USAAF. B-17 Flying Fortresses flew in force, targetting specific military installations around Dresden. A huge fighter escort would deal with the tiny German fighter wing. By the day's end, Dresden had been through another ordeal of death and destruction. When the fires stopped and the smoke cleared the city of Dresden was unrecognizable. 1,600 acres of the city’s center had been demolished. 75,000 homes were destroyed and almost all of the city’s famous medieval wooden structures reduced to ash. The final death toll is heavily debated even today, as I’m sure the comments to follow will show!SEND IN THEORIES!!! - https://www.cauldronpodcast.com/sendustheoriesThe song we used is Falling Rain by MyuuThis weeks book sources - Ian Kershaw’s The End: Hitler's Germany 1944–45This weeks web sources - https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2015/02/remembering-dresden-70-years-after-the-firebombing/385445/To support the show got to https://www.patreon.com/user?u=8278347and search Cauldron PodcastFor images, videos, and sources check us out onFacebook@cauldronpodcastInstagram@cauldronpodcastWebsiteCauldronpodcast.comYouTubeComing soon!Spotifyhttps://open.spotify.com/show/228wnzQC4Pq3hDbJIjtyOk?si=GLNc6VIjSmOVbEg1G7sozQiTuneshGooglePlayhttps://play.google.com/music/m/I2ajdfquypzr4sxjfmcd2p5bdau?t=Cauldron_-_A_History_Of_The_World_Battle_By_Battle
37 minutes | Feb 26, 2019
The Winter March - The Raid on Deerfield Mass
The War of The Spanish Succession for the most part fought in Europe was still a huge, global affair just shy of what we would call a true “World War”. In Colonial America the war took the form of a number of French and Indian Wars mostly being fought in the 13 British Colonies. Queen Anne’s War was one of these and it was fought between the French and British with Native American tribes allied to both sides. By the mid 17th century British colonists in Massachusetts began settling the Connecticut River valley. This push westward put them into direct contact with the Pocumtoc nation, a native Algonquin-speaking tribe. By the 1660’s the Pocumtoc were under heavy pressure from the nearby Mohawk nation and had been hit extremely hard by European infectious diseases that they had no natural protection or immunity from. At the same time settlers from the town of Dedham began acquiring land from a number of Pocumtoc people, setting up a full village in 1670. The village was on the edge of the Massachusetts colony which made it’s isolation almost complete. Help if and when it was need would be a long while coming. The town was eventually called Deerfield. Back in Europe, Queen Anne's War, took the predictable form of most European conflict's. Set piece battles with large armies like at Blenheim were the norm. That was not the case on the frontiers of New England. Hit and run tactics, raids, and units of men in the tens not thousands were common. In the summer of 1703 French and Wabanaki forces started the Northeast Coast Campaign. Raiding villages and settlements throughout Southern Maine, the French/Wabanaki offensive was a success. Fear soon raced through each community on the frontier, forcing them to ready themselves for attack. In Deerfield, the villagers set about improving the low palisade. The hope was that, the defenses, would be enough. Leading the French/Native forces was Jean-Baptiste Hertel de Rouville, a veteran raider. Moving out from his base in Canada, Rouville went south with 250 men. Along the march, he added another 40 Pennacook warriors. Aware of the enemy movements, the Colonial government sent Deerfield 20 militiamen. The town went on high alert, which meant everyone slept within its walls. On the 28th of February 1704, de Rouville set up camp a short distance from the village. The villagers went about their day, as Native American scouts stalked the town. The scouts noticed a weakness in the town wall, a snow drift. the late February snow had piled tight and high against the outer wall. It would allow the raiders to scale the towns only real defense, with ease. Right before sunrise a small group of attackers climbed over the wall and moved to open the North Gate. At that moment Deerfield held 291 sleeping, unaware souls.SEND IN THEORIES!!! - https://www.cauldronpodcast.com/sendustheoriesThe song we used is Output by Kosta TThis weeks book sources - Jeremy Black - Warfare in the 18th CenturyThis weeks web sources - http://1704.deerfield.history.museumTo support the show got to https://www.patreon.com/user?u=8278347and search Cauldron PodcastFor images, videos, and sources check us out onFacebook@cauldronpodcastInstagram@cauldronpodcastWebsiteCauldronpodcast.comYouTubeComing soon!Spotifyhttps://open.spotify.com/show/228wnzQC4Pq3hDbJIjtyOk?si=GLNc6VIjSmOVbEg1G7sozQiTuneshGooglePlayhttps://play.google.com/music/m/I2ajdfquypzr4sxjfmcd2p5bdau?t=Cauldron_-_A_History_Of_The_World_Battle_By_Battle
26 minutes | Feb 12, 2019
Pax Portugal - The Battle Diu
Hello again and thanks for listening! Today we have a very cool little story about the spice trade, Portuguese exploration, Ottoman galleys and the fight for early global trade. To hear what sources I used and get a sneak peek into next week’s episode stick around until the end. Access it can be argued is one of the most consistent reasons for conflicts around the world and throughout history. Japan wanted access to raw materials in its lead up to WWII, Russia has always wanted access to a warm water port which has been the root of countless wars, the US has repeatedly gone to war to gain access or deny access to other countries for various reasons. Access to resources, rare goods, or simply to new markets has driven nations to explore, expand, and ultimately to war forever. With the advent of the age of Sail and Discovery a large number of European countries tried their hand at gaining access to the riches of the Asian East with varying degrees of success. The Portuguese were the first and for a time the only European country to have any real favorable outcome at forcing access and it all stemmed from a nasty little naval battle not far off the coast of a city called Diu. Portuguese victory at Diu went on to shake nations. The Egyptian Mamluk sultanate crumbled with the lack of income from the loss of the Indian trade and within a decade it was consumed by the Ottomans. The Ottomans had shortsightedly given marginal support and so spent the next 50 years challenging the Portuguese for control of both Diu and the Indian Ocean. Even Suleiman the Magnificent got in on the action sending his admiral Hussein Pasha to lay siege to Diu, but predictably this failed and the Ottomans had finally had enough allowing the Portuguese to have the subcontinent and the riches of the indies. The Gujarat Sultan Mahmud Begada died in 1511 and his sultanate, that in a way started the whole thing, fell to the Mughal Empire by the end of the century. Success would prove the Portuguese undoing as the other Atlantic European nations saw the potential riches that access to these markets and trade goods could bring. Soon the Dutch, English, and French swooped in like a bunch of seagulls looking to challenge Portugal for possession of India. Limited by its size and battered by so many dynamic and explosive competitors Portugal was unable to hold on but it can’t be denied that for a brief moment, Portugal, used its access to stand alone as the first truly global power!The song we used is called “Action” and is off the album American Dreams by MonplaisirThis weeks book sources - William Weir’s 50 Battles That Changed The WorldThis weeks web sources - https://weaponsandwarfare.com/2010/07/21/battle-of-diu-february-3-1509/http://www.worldheritageofportugueseorigin.com/2015/06/21/the-battle-of-diu/https://www.livehistoryindia.com/cover-story/2018/10/17/how-the-battle-of-diu-changed-world-historyFor images, videos, and sources check us out onFacebook@cauldronpodcastInstagram@cauldronpodcastWebsiteCauldronpodcast.comYouTubeComing soon!To support the show got to patron.com and search Cauldron Podcast.Also available to listen on iTunes, Spotify, GooglePlay and wherever you get your podcasts.
43 minutes | Feb 4, 2019
Alexander's Big Day Out - The Battle of Chaeronea
This time around we head way way back to the Ancient World. On a field in Greece (of course) Philip of Macedon defeated a coalition of Thebans and Athenians, finally asserting himself as the most powerful ruler in the land. His young son Alexander began his military career on the same field and the world would never be the same. From the Sacred Band to the sarissa and everything in between, strap in because we cover a lot in this episode!
39 minutes | Jan 6, 2019
The End of the Beginning - 2nd Battle of El Alamein: Part 2
In this battlecast we cover the events leading up to (and the battle itself obviously lol) the 2nd El Alamein. The desert, Rommel, and Monty (not to mention a whole lot of tank talk) all play key roles in the titanic fight in the sands. Sacrifice, persistence, and ferocity are the watchwords with witch the British 8th Army won the day and showed the Allies that even Hitler’s finest general could be beaten. We also talk about the modern historical controversy as to how important the battle itself was as opposed to the perception of the victory. Enjoy!https://www.patreon.com/rss?campaign=1305918&auth=_zQ40oG77pLnx3H0NRZDahKDHgjxjwWc
38 minutes | Jan 6, 2019
The End of the Beginning - 2nd Battle of El Alamein: Part 1
In this battlecast we cover the events leading up to, and the battle itself, at the 2nd El Alamein. The desert, Rommel, and Monty (not to mention a whole lot of tank talk) all play key roles in the titanic fight in the sands. Sacrifice, persistence, and ferocity are the watchwords with witch the British 8th Army won the day and showed the Allies that even Hitler’s finest general could be beaten. We also talk about the modern historical controversy as to how important the battle itself was as opposed to the perception of the victory. Enjoy!https://www.patreon.com/rss?campaign=1305918&auth=_zQ40oG77pLnx3H0NRZDahKDHgjxjwWc
18 minutes | Dec 3, 2018
Byzantium Back On Top… For Now - The Battle of Nineveh
In this Quick Hit I cover the victory of the Byzantine army under Heraclius over Persian Sassanid forces. On a plain not far from the rubble of the ancient Assyrian City of Nineveh, Byzantine cataphracts used superior numbers and generalship to bring an end to a decades long war with their eastern enemy. The end of the centuries long conflict known as the Roman-Persian Wars left a power vacuum in the Middle East and it would not be long before that vacuum was filled. An exhausted Byzantium and a crippled Persia meant there was little to slow the rise of the Arabic armies and the march of Islam.
70 minutes | Nov 15, 2018
The Battle of Arsuf
In this episode Angelo the Armorer and I shoot the shit about one of the greatest battles of the Crusades. We cover the various weapons and methods of fighting used by the Saracens and Franks, as well as doing a deep dive into the historical context of the time period. Clocking in at just a tick over an hour, this was a lot of fun to record and at times we get fairly nerdy so be prepared! Thanks for listening and next up will be the Combat of the 30 sometime later this week.
40 minutes | Oct 26, 2018
The Battle of Trafalgar - The Nelson Touch
In this episode we cover what many believe to be the single most lopsided naval victory ever -the Battle of Trafalgar! From heroic Nelson in his final battle, the desperate struggle to stop Napoleon from conquering the globe, to the destructive power of the ship of the line we cover it all. Thanks to David Hilowitz and to JerryBryant and Starboard Mess for the music!
77 minutes | Sep 30, 2018
The Battle of Saratoga - Greg and Cullen Nerd OUT
This episode we have Dr. Greg Jackson of the History That Doesn’t Suck podcast on to chat about the most significant and maybe most decisive battle of the American Revolution, the battle of Saratoga. Its long and nerdy but we had fun chatting (please forgive the awkward talk over parts) but I think we found a decent rhythm. Greg has some great facts and interesting stories about this wild battle in the woods of New York. Thanks for listening and don’t forget to rate/review on iTunes!
28 minutes | Sep 22, 2018
The Siege of Masada - Rome Conquers Impossible
The siege of Masada saw some truly amazing feats of Roman engineering, logistical organization, and deadly dedication. For the trapped Jewish Sicarri inside the city this was to be their final act of defiance in a failed revolt. A battering ram, siege tower, and a still standing agger all played a role in the capturing of a city most thought impregnable. Sources - The War Chronicles by CumminsFighting Techniques of the Ancient World by Amber PrintingRoman Warfare By GodlsworthyThe Oxford Book of Military Anecdotes by HastingsThanks to Tri-Tachyon for the song!
30 minutes | Sep 7, 2018
An English Snowfall in the French Summer - The Battle of Crecy
Paul K Davis - 100 Decisive BattlesCharles Keen - Medieval WarfareWinston S. Churchill - A History of the English Speaking PeoplesMelhaks for the artworkWest Point History Department for the mapsFree Music Archive for the music
48 minutes | Aug 12, 2018
Defeat in Victory - The battle of Cannae
The brilliant general Hannibal Barca uses an incredible command of tactics to defeat a Roman Army twice his size. By utterly destroying an army of 80,000 Hannibal believed he could bring Rome to her knees. With the amount of blood spilt on this southern Italian plain, it's shocking that the defeat at Cannae didn't break Rome but in fact Cannae made Rome stronger. Thanks for listening and don't forget to check out the Patreon!
29 minutes | Jul 25, 2018
"Who Dares Wins" The Raid on Entebbe
In this battlecast we cover the daring 1976 hostage rescue at the Entebbe Airport. In Israel's long history dealing with terrorism this hour long hostage rescue may just be it's shinning moment. Flawless execution and precise timing combined to save the lives over 100 hostages. Only losing one man, the team leader Yoni Netanyahu, Israel's crack rescue team became the model for all nation's on how to deal with terrorism. Get stuck in!
45 minutes | Jul 1, 2018
The Slaughter on the Somme
In this battle cast we cover one of the deadliest battles of the First World War - the battle of the Somme. With its trenches and heavy casualties the Somme represents the very worst of the "Great War". Since the end of the battle many historians, politicians, journalists and armchair generals have argued that the battle was a senseless slaughter engineered by the generals, and though a victory there had been not much to show for it. By the end of the research process, I found that don't exactly agree. Thanks to melhaks for the great artwork! If you want to have an excellent experience (i.e. quick, easy, and cheap) getting your projects done got to melhak on fiver. Thanks again for listening and be sure to send in those theories and thoughts!
39 minutes | May 13, 2018
The Battle of Culloden
In this battle cast we are going to cover the highland charge, the fight for the English throne, and even the "clearances". So if you want to learn about the seemingly eternal war between England and her northern neighbor, Scotland, be sure to give a listen. And keep in mind that this seemingly small battle directly effected world history — from the Seven Years War to the American Revolution, Queen Victoria and her massive family to the Terror and Napoleon. Permalink
42 minutes | Mar 15, 2018
Huns On The Run
In this Battlecast Attila the Hun gets sent packing by a quickly thrown together alliance led by "the Last of the Romans" Aetius Flavius. We also take a closer look at who the huns were, where they came from, and why history remembers them with such terror. Thanks to Simon MacDowell for a great interview! Enjoy!
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