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39 minutes | Feb 21, 2022
Ep243 – Discipline in the AIF in WW1 – Prof Peter Stanley
Prof. Peter Stanley talks about the discipline and dissent in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) during the Great War. This interview is based on Peter’s 2011 book, ‘Bad Characters’, that examines the nature, extent and scope of ill-discipline, military crime and protest within units of the AIF. The AIF reported rates of desertion, absence without […]
22 minutes | Feb 14, 2022
Ep242 – Frances Hurd – Sex, violence and alcohol – some after – effects of the Great War
Historian Frances Hurd talks about her research into how the traumatic impact of the Great War affected former veterans and their families. Frances quotes the author Hugh McManners (a Falklands veteran) who said that ‘war is the most traumatic life event that any human can experience, a damaging combination of danger, uncertainty and horror.’ Her […]
34 minutes | Feb 7, 2022
Ep241 – Simon Verdegem – Lost but not forgotten. The archaeological recovery of FWW casualties
Belgian battlefield archaeologist Simon Verdegem talks about his work recovering First World War casualties in Belgium. The former battlefields of Belgium still harbour their mortal remains. It is estimated that around 55,000 British war dead have never been recovered. Every year the remains of Great War soldiers are recovered each year through archaeological digs that […]
27 minutes | Jan 31, 2022
Ep240 – Dr Emily Mayhew – Stretcher Bearers on the Western Front
Military medical historian Dr Emily Mayhew talks about the role of stretcher bearers during the Great War. Stretcher bearers played a major role in extracting and saving wounded men from the battlefield and Emily talks about who they were, what they did and what difference they made. She works as a Visiting Researcher and historian […]
48 minutes | Jan 24, 2022
Ep239 – Dr John Burke – Roscommon during the Great War and after
Historian and author Dr John Burke talks about the history of Roscommon in the 1912–23 during the Irish revolutionary period which covers the Great War, Irish War of Independence and Irish Civil War. Roscommon was an agricultural area which had been solid political territory of the Irish Parliamentary Party. However, during the war, the area […]
24 minutes | Jan 17, 2022
Ep238 – China and the Great War – Frances Wood
Author Frances Wood talks about her recent book, Betrayed Ally, China in the Great War, that she wrote jointly with Christopher Ardnander. Frances tells how in 1912 the Qing Dynasty had ended thousands of years of Imperial autocratic rule. President Yuan Shikai, who seized power in 1914, offered the British 50,000 troops to recover the […]
46 minutes | Jan 10, 2022
Ep237 – The missing of the Somme – Pam & Ken Linge
Ken Linge talks about the work he and his wife Pam have done on researching the stories of the ‘missing’ on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme. It is located near the French village of Thiepval and is a war memorial to 72,337 missing British and South African servicemen who died in the Battles of […]
62 minutes | Jan 3, 2022
Ep236 – The 47th Div at High Wood, 1916 – Richard Hendry
Independent scholar Richard Hendry talks about his research into the 47th Division at High Wood during the Battle of the Somme in Sept 1916.
77 minutes | Dec 13, 2021
Ep235 – Teachers during the Great War – Dr Barry Blades
Independent writer and researcher Dr Barry Blades talks to me about his books looking at schools, teachers and the Great War. These are ‘Roll of Honour’ (2015) and ‘Teachers at the Front’ (2021) and both published by Pen & Sword Books.
50 minutes | Dec 6, 2021
Ep234 – Czech soldiers in WW1 – Dr Jiri Hutečka
Dr Jiří Hutečka, Associate Professor at the University of Hradec Králové, talks about his recent book on the motivation and morale of Czech soldiers during the Great War. This book is published by Berghahn Books.
46 minutes | Nov 29, 2021
Ep233 – Moonlight Massacre at 3rd Ypres – Dr Michael LoCicero
Dr Michael LoCicero, an independent scholar and the Commissioning Editor at Helion & Co., talks about his recent book, A Midnight Massacre, that explores the final operation at Third Ypres, in December 1917.
33 minutes | Nov 22, 2021
Ep232- The CWGC Non-Commemoration Report – Dr George Hay
Dr George Hay, the Official Historian at Commonwealth War Graves Commission, talks about the recent Commission report on Non-Commemoration report that explores the inequalities in the way the organisation commemorated the dead of the British Empire from the Great War.
59 minutes | Nov 15, 2021
Ep231- Yugoslavia in the British imagination during WW1 – Dr Samuel Foster
Dr Samuel Foster, Visiting Fellow in the School of History, University of East Anglia, talks about his new book on Yugoslavia in the British Imagination. This book explores how the South Slavic Balkans, or the area that became Yugoslavia after 1918, was perceived in the British press, policy makers, travel writers and opinion leaders before, during and after […]
34 minutes | Nov 8, 2021
Ep230 – Staking the coffins – the 1918 flu in Ireland – Dr Ida Milne
Dr Ida Milne, Lecturer in European History at Carlow College, Ireland, talks about her recent book, Stacking the Coffins, that looks at the impact of 1918 Spanish Flu in Ireland at the end of the Great War and early 1920s. Her book is published by Manchester University Press.
40 minutes | Nov 1, 2021
Ep229- Jan Smuts and the German East African Campaign – David Katz
Doctoral candidate David Katz, studying at Stellenbosch University, talks about his PhD research into Jan Smuts and his conduct of operations in German East Africa during the Great War. This will be released as a book in 2022.
23 minutes | Oct 25, 2021
Ep228 – Royal Marines on the Western Front-Daniel Mclean
Teacher Dan Mclean talks about his book on the Royal Marines on the Western Front during the Great War. This book is published by Pen and Sword.
44 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
Ep227 – Dr Thomas Scotland – Surgery during the Great War
Retired orthopaedic surgeon and military medical historian Tom Scotland talks about surgery during the Great War.
28 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
Ep226 – German Jews during WW1 – Prof. Tim Grady
Professor Tim Grady, Professor of History at the University of Chester, talks about his research into German Jews and their response to the Great War.
24 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
Ep225 – The Battle of Verdun 1917 and the Verdun Battlefield today – Christina Holstein
Historian and author Christina Holstein about her research into the 1917 battle of Verdun and the battlefield today.
33 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Ep224 -British pacifist women of WW1 -Jaime Jiménez Fernández
Jaime Jiménez Fernández talks about his research into British pacifist women during WW1. Jaime is a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Seville.
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