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History of the Marine Corps
29 minutes | Dec 6, 2021
World War I: The St. Mihiel Offensive
St Mihiel is the first U.S.-led offensive in WWI. Although the U.S. Army primarily fought this battle, the Marines played a considerable role in its outcome. We'll discuss some of the events leading up to the fight, look at how the Marine spent some of their quiet time, and get into the planned strategy outlined by Pershing and Lejeune.
26 minutes | Nov 22, 2021
World War :I The Battle of Soissons - Part 2
After the first day of battle, the 5th Marine Regiment lost a significant part of its force. Both sides reorganized for the night. German General Baron Von Watter moved the 46th Division to the front lines, and the 6th Marines prepared to meet the fresh German troops.
26 minutes | Nov 15, 2021
World War I: The Battle of Soissons - Part 1
Less than a month after Belleau Wood, the 5th and 6th Regiments made their way north. The Battle of Soissons was part of the Allied Aisne-Marne counter-offensive, and Marines who fought in both swore that Soissons was worse. This episode focuses on the 5th Marine regiment, and we discuss the logistical challenges Marines faced minutes before they were scheduled to advance towards the Germans.
35 minutes | Nov 8, 2021
World War I: The Battle of Belleau Wood - Part 2
Marines had to cross 350 meters of open wheat field to reach the Germans, and many who witnessed the battlefield compared it to Confederate General Robert E. Lee's failed Pickett's Charge during the Battle of Gettysburg. We break down the position and strength of Marine and German forces at Belleau Wood and many of the challenges US forces faced during their engagement. We end the episode by reviewing a few statistics and addressing the elephant in the room about the Marine's famed Devil Dog nickname.
29 minutes | Nov 1, 2021
World War I: The Battle of Belleau Wood - Part 1
This episode introduces the Battle of Belleau Wood. We follow the Marines as they arrive in France and discuss some of the training and assignments given to Marines in 1917. Heading into 1918, we discuss events leading up to the famous battle, including Germany’s Spring Offensive and some of the first engagements US Marines had with German troops.
32 minutes | Oct 25, 2021
World War I: The Marines Prepare for War
This episode digs into how the Marine Corps prepared for war. We cover a lot and discuss recruit training, naval activity in Europe, early aviation, and introduce chaplains and corpsmen serving with Marines.
29 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
World War I: Introduction - Part 2
This episode continues the introduction of World War I. We spent some time reviewing the Schlieffen plan and discussing very high-level engagements happening in Europe. We also introduce a few events contributing to President Wilson's decision to declare war on Germany.
28 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
World War I: Introduction Part 1
This episode introduces many of the events leading up to WWI. We begin in the mid-1800s with the rise of nationalism in Europe. Empires started to crumble due to this movement, and the conflicts that took place during this time would result in the world going to war.
27 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
The Boxer Rebellion
This episode jumps back to the 1800s and reviews Marine activity in China during the Boxer Rebellion. We introduce the events leading up to the decision to send troops to China and cover a few significant battles against the Boxers. A young Smedley Butler and Dan Daly make their appearance, and Marines would be awarded most Medals of Honor during this campaign.
33 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
The Philippine-American War
After the Spanish-American War, Spain ceded the Philippines to the United States, but Filipinos refused to be controlled by another colonial ruler. They rebelled against the United States. We cover a few battles and a disastrous event where multiple Marines died from hunger after getting lost in the jungle.
28 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Banana Wars: Haiti - Part 2
This week's episode discusses the final years of the U.S. occupation in Haiti. We take a look at the transfer of power back to the Haitian government and the progress of the Gendarmerie force. We also briefly touch on some of the more atrocious acts by Marines and a few theories on the motivation of their behavior. We end the episode by introducing the Philippine–American War.
29 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
Banana Wars: Haiti - Part 1
This week's episode heads next door to Haiti. We explore why the United States got involved in the first place, Smedley Butler's reconnaissance mission that gathered intelligence for Waller's aggressive campaign, and a heroic mission by two Marines that sounds like it should be a movie.
28 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
The Banana Wars - Dominican Republic
The United States spent eight years occupying the Dominican Republic, and the Marines were responsible for maintaining law and order. We discuss the challenges of US intervention and end the episode by reviewing a similar scenario taking place next door in Haiti.
26 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
The Banana Wars - Nicaragua Part 2
We head back to Nicaragua to discuss some of the challenges Marines faced from Stimson’s conclusion and President Diaz's request to the United States. We end the episode by introducing the next intervention in our conversation – Dominican Republic.
35 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
The History of Women in the Corps - Part 2
This episode continues to explore the decision to integrate women into the Marine Corps. From 1946 to 2021, women achieved significant milestones. Not only were more studies produced, but commands started to provide recommendations based on experience from real-world implementation.
31 minutes | Aug 15, 2021
The History of Women in the Corps - Part 1
With World War I around the corner, We're coming up on a significant milestone in the Marine Corps. The role women played during this war had a substantial impact on the success of the United States. With the anniversary of Opha May Johnson and the authorization to allow women to join the Marine Corps, I thought this was the perfect time to talk about our sisters in arms. This is an integral part of history that deserves recognition, and we'll dive into it during the next couple of episodes.
27 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
The Banana Wars - Nicaragua Part 1
This episode continues our last conversation, and we dive into Marine's actions in Nicaragua. Rebel forces were rampant throughout the country, and the United States sent in troops to help protect American lives and property. Marines were tasked with establishing neutral zones throughout the country, and soon, detachments were sent to multiple locations and provided protection against the Nicaraguan Civil War.
24 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
The Banana Wars - Cuba
This episode reviews the Marines in Cuba. This operation was a massive undertaking for the Marine Corps. At the height of the Cuban Intervention, about a third of all Marines were on the island. Towards the end of the episode, we discuss the end of the Platt Amendment, the reason we were in Cuba in the first place, and start looking at problems in Nicaragua.
28 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
The Banana Wars - Part 2
This episode discusses the Mexican Intervention and significant changes in the Marine Corps. We conclude by traveling back to 1899 and introduce the relationship between the United States and Cuba.
28 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
The Banana Wars - Intro Part 1
From the end of the Spanish-American War until WWI, US foreign policy became more aggressive. As a result, the Marines were sent to new destinations in Latin America, the Caribbean, China, and the Philippines. This was an important time for the Marine Corps because Marines predominantly conducted military interventions in multiple areas of operation.
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