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Battleground: Ukraine

English, History, 1 season, 192 episodes, 5 days, 12 hours, 23 minutes
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A history podcast that explores the narratives, turning points and characters that shape conflicts, encompassing a blend of social and military history. Following on from the series on the Falklands War, best-selling military historians Patrick Bishop, and Saul David turn their attention to the war in Ukraine. Goalhanger Podcasts (https://www.goalhangerpodcasts.com/) Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy (https://acast.com/privacy) for more information.
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171. How significant is Russia's Alliance with North Korea

This week Vladimir Putin met with fellow autocrat - the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un in another public demonstration of what is being touted as another step in the construction of a new security block to challenge the dominance of the West. Patrick and Saul discuss what this means for the war in Ukraine and how worried should we be? To help them answer this they talk to Roger Boyes, veteran foreign correspondent and very distinguished Diplomatic Editor of the London Times. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/21/202449 minutes, 37 seconds
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170. Battleground '44 - The SAS

In this episode of Battleground '44, Saul speaks to former SAS troop commander Tom Petch - author of the book Speed, Aggression, Surprise: The Untold Secret Origins of the SAS. Together they discuss the role the SAS played in the second world war and in particular the role they played in operation Overlord. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/19/202442 minutes, 23 seconds
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169. Taking on Russian propaganda

In a special bonus episode Patrick and Saul speak to Russian-American Ilya Nuzov, who is the Head of Eastern Europe and Central Asia Desk for the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). Ilya and his team have submitted a Communication under Article 15 of the Rome Statute to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), drawing the Court’s attention to the criminal nature of hate speech in Russian media that has fuelled international crimes in Ukraine, and seeking to compel the Prosecutor’s Office to apply for arrest warrants. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/17/202431 minutes, 53 seconds
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168. Will Russia loose its satellite navigation?

This week Saul and Patrick look at the interesting developments that have emerged both on and off the battlefield. Noticeably the results of the relaxation of the use of western weapons by Ukraine inside Russia proper, and the success of far-right parties in the recent EU elections, particularly in Germany and France - which could potentially result in declining EU support for Ukraine. We also have some fascinating correspondence from our cyber security expert David Alexander, who highlights the perilous situation that Russia's GLONASS (Global Navigation Satellite System) finds itself in. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/14/202433 minutes, 15 seconds
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167. Battleground '44 - The Massacre at Graignes

In this latest episode of Battleground '44, Patrick tells us of the heroic stand made by American airborne forces at the small Normandy village of Graignes, in the often forgotten and overlooked Battle of Graignes. However, there is a darker side of the story with the sobering details of the brutal reprisals that the German SS division son inflicted on the innocent villagers and injured American servicemen once they retook the village. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/12/202436 minutes, 48 seconds
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166. A Significant Escalation

This week Saul and Patrick discuss the recent and significant escalation in the Ukraine conflict, that is the decision by the US and other Nato countries to allow the long range weapons they have given Ukraine to be used to strike Russia inside its own territory. Joining them to look at the emerging consequences of this, Saul and Patrick speak to friend of the Podcast Askold Kruchelnycky from Kyiv. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/7/202445 minutes, 55 seconds
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165. Battleground '44 - Pegasus Bridge: ordinary men doing extraordinary things

This week as we hit the 80th anniversary of D-Day, Patrick is joined by friend of the podcast Tim Butcher. Tim tells the story of the capture of Pegasus bridge by D Company, 2nd (Airborne) Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, who were lead by a friend of his farther Major John Howard. The successful capture of the bridges played a crucial role in limiting German counter-attacks in the aftermath of the Normandy invasion, and is considered pivotal to the success of the Allied invasion. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/5/202438 minutes, 49 seconds
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164. Will Ukraine be allowed to strike inside Russia?

This week on Battleground: Ukraine, Saul and Patrick discuss the big news from this past week - that the NATO Parliamentary Assembly has called on members states to lift prohibitions against Ukraine using Western-provided weapons to strike targets in Russia proper. Additionally, they dive into new information about the foiled assassination plots on leading members in Ukraine's government and armed forces. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/31/202436 minutes, 42 seconds
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163. D-Day's forgotten naval war

The assault phase of D-Day - Operation Neptune, was one of the most complex amphibious operations in history, involving 7,000 ships and nearly 200,000 men. But despite this immense effort, the wider naval campaign has been broadly forgotten. In this episode of Battleground '44 Saul speaks to Naval historian Nick Hewitt and author of the fantastic new book, Normandy: the Sailors' Story: A Naval History of D-Day and the Battle for France. Nick tells us how, without the efforts of the naval campaign, D-Day would have failed. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/29/202441 minutes, 40 seconds
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162. US policy continues to restrict Ukraine

In this episode of Battleground: Ukraine Saul is again joined by Roger Moorhouse to discuss the latest set of intriguing developments emerging from the war in Ukraine in the last week. They discuss the frustration that is rising as the US refuses to allow its donated weapons to be used in strikes on targets inside Russia’s borders and answer some fascinating listeners questions including - could Germany send submarines to Ukraine? If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/24/202442 minutes, 33 seconds
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161. Battleground '44 - A Suspicion of Spies

In our latest edition of Battleground '44 Patrick turns to the world of espionage, looking at the extraordinary story of British MI6 agent of Wilfred Biffy Dunderdale. To help Patrick he speaks to his Biographer Tim Spicer who tells his story of the complicated intrigues of the world of intelligence, and the remarkable achievements he managed to achieve in the Second World War. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/22/202433 minutes, 22 seconds
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160. All eyes on Kharkiv

With all eyes on Kharkiv and the battle to the east of Ukraine’s second city, Saul and Patrick assess this latest development as it takes on huge political, military and symbolic significance. They also look at the recent shake up at the top of the Russian military hierarchy with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu being replaced with a relative unknown Andrei Belousov. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/17/202433 minutes, 30 seconds
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159. Battleground '44 - The Battle of the Philippine Sea

On this episode of Battleground '44 Saul speaks to friend of the show Evan Mawdsley about the subject of his new book -The Battle of the Philippine Sea. The often overlooked battle was one of the major naval battles of World War II that eliminated the Imperial Japanese Navy's ability to conduct large-scale carrier actions. It took place during the United States' amphibious invasion of the Mariana Islands during the Pacific War. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/15/202452 minutes, 58 seconds
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158. Zelensky avoids Assassination plot

This week Saul is joined by Roger Moorhouse who is stepping in for Patrick to discuss this week's news coming from the war in Ukraine. The big story is that Ukraine’s intelligence service has foiled a Russian-led plot to assassinate President Zelensky by arresting two colonels in the president’s security team. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/10/202442 minutes, 10 seconds
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157. Battleground 44' - Adolf Hitler

In our latest instalment of our Warlords series, Saul speaks to good friend of the show expert historian and occasional co-host of Battleground Roger Moorhouse about the most infamous of all the war leaders from the Second World War - Adolf Hitler. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/8/202442 minutes, 43 seconds
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156. Freezing the lines

A week after the US Congress finally voted to release £61 billion in military aid for Ukraine, Patrick and Saul take a look at the latest news from the war in Ukraine. Positively there are signs that Russia’s recent advances on the battlefield are slowing down. but less encouraging are reports in the Western media that US officials have resumed discussing the idea of “freezing the lines”. Patrick also speaks to Pauline Amos who has written, directed and performed in 'Branded' an Anglo/Ukrainian produced film in support of artists who face repression. She has collaborated with Kateryna Polishchuk, a soldier in the Ukrainian army, is the voice of the woman in the cell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/3/202445 minutes, 58 seconds
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155. Battleground 44' - Franklin D. Roosevelt

In this episode of Battleground 44' we return to our warlord series to look at the figure who many historians consider the greatest American president of the 20th century - Franklin D. Roosevelt. To help Patrick and Saul look into perhaps one of the important figures of the second world war they speak to award winning American historian Evan Mawdsley. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/1/202454 minutes, 55 seconds
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154. Ukraine finally receives much needed aid

On this week's Battleground: Ukraine, Saul and Patrick assess the significance of Ukraine finally receiving the US package of 61 billion dollars worth of military aid. They’ll also be talking to Canadian investigative journalist Justin Ling who will be talking to us about the extraordinary technological developments he found on his recent trip to Ukraine and how they are shaping the battlefield and the course of the war. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/26/202437 minutes, 30 seconds
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153. Battleground '44 - Sky Warriors

In this special edition of Battleground ’44, to coincide with the publication of Saul’s new book - Sky Warriors: British Airborne Forces in the Second World War, we thought we’d devote a special episode to discussing the book and, more specifically, the role British Airborne played in the D-Day landings which took place 80 years ago. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/24/202450 minutes, 30 seconds
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152. Is World War 3 on its way?

What is the significance for Ukraine of Iran's attack on Israel? In this episode Saul and Patrick discuss how the war in Ukraine is inextricably linked to what is happening in the Middle East where the the shockwaves of the Israel Palestine war ripple outwards to stoke regional conflict. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/19/202433 minutes, 46 seconds
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151. Battleground 44' - Churchill

In the latest instalment of our warlord series, where we look at the great leaders of the Second World War, we look into the titanic figure of Sir Winston Churchill. Patrick is joined by probably the historian best placed to discuss the great man, Andrew Roberts - Author of the acclaimed biography - Churchill: Walking with Destiny. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/17/202429 minutes, 15 seconds
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150. Russia and China Strengthen their relationship

In this episode of Battleground: Ukraine Saul speaks to friend of the show Julius Strauss, veteran journalist, Russian speaker and former bureau chief for the Daily Telegraph in Moscow, who has just returned to Kyiv after touring Eastern Ukraine. Patrick and Saul also look into the the latest news surrounding the war in Ukraine, including Russia and China looking to strengthen their strategic partnership and UK Foreign Secretary David Cameron's recent trip to the US. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/12/202449 minutes, 42 seconds
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149. Battleground 44' - Joseph Stalin

In this episode of Battleground 44' we kick of our warlords series - first up perhaps the most complex character of them all - Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. To gain insight into this remarkable figure Patrick speaks to internationally bestselling historian Giles Milton, who has just written the book The Stalin Affair: The Impossible Alliance That Won the War. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/10/202436 minutes, 1 second
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148. Zelensky lowers Ukraines conscription age

In this episode of Battleground Saul and Patrick speak to distinguished reporter, author and political analyst Tim Judah, who has just returned from a month in Ukraine. They also dive into the latest news from the war in Ukraine including the significant news that Volodymyr Zelensky has succumbed to the inevitable and signed a bill to lower the mobilisation age for combat duty from 27 to 25. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/5/202445 minutes, 27 seconds
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147. Battleground 44' - German POWs, French collaboration, and Hill 112

In this episode of Battleground 44' Saul and Patrick take a deep dive into a host of fascinating listeners questions, anecdotes, and family stories from the Second World War. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/3/202442 minutes, 25 seconds
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146. Murder in Moscow

In this episode of Battleground Saul and Patrick discuss what the ramifications of the deadly terror attack that happened last Friday at the Crocus concert hall in Moscow. Patrick also speaks to veteran journalist and Russia expert Alan Philps, asking does Putin need to worry about ISIS K, and does his leadership face questions as the FSB failed to prevent this deadly terrorist attack. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/29/202446 minutes, 52 seconds
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145. Battleground 44' - Agent Zo

This episode of Battleground 44' explores the incredible story of Polish resistance fighter Elzbieta Zawacka, who ended the second world war as one of the most highly decorated women in Polish history. To delve deeper into her experieces Saul speaks to historian and author Clare Mulley who has recently written the book Agent Zo: The Untold Story of Fearless WW2 Resistence fighter Elzbieta Zawacka. Agent Zo was the only woman to reach London from Warsaw during the Second World War as an emissary of the Polish Home Army command, and then in Britain she became the only woman to join the Polish elite Special Forces, known as the 'Silent Unseen'. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/27/202434 minutes, 28 seconds
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144. How big is NATO's presence in Ukraine?

In this episode of Battleground - in the wake of Putin's "re-election" - Patrick Bishop and Saul David, ask how much that support is actually genuine and just how solid are the foundations of Putin’s rule? They also take a look at the cyber warfare scene, accusations by Russia that NATO troops are operating in Ukraine, and the effectiveness of Ukrainian drone strikes on Russian territory. Plus, Saul speaks to Irish filmmaker Johny O'Reilly about a fascinating documentary project he's working on focused on the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson. If you are interested in supporting the project you can get in touch here: [email protected]  If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/22/202451 minutes, 15 seconds
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143. Battleground 44' - The Battle of Shangshak

In this episode of Battleground 44' Saul takes us through the extraordinary but relatively unknown story of the heroic stand made by the 50th Indian Parachute Brigade at the Battle of Shangshak. This crucial battle took place in the mountainous frontier between India and Burma, as Japanese forces sought to invade India, in the lead up to the battle of Imphal 80 years ago. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/20/202458 minutes, 54 seconds
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142. An exercise in fake democracy

Today Russians go to the polls to select a president for the next six years, with only one result to come - the re-election of President Vladimir Putin for a record fifth term in office. To help Saul and Patrick better understand the reality of the Presidential elections in Russia they speak to veteran journalist and Russia expert Alan Philps. They also assess the controversial statements made by Pope Francis on the ongoing war in Ukraine and look at the latest news regarding Ukraine getting it's much needed F-16's If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/15/202450 minutes, 7 seconds
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141. Battleground 44' - The Eastern Front

On this edition of Battleground 44' Saul and Patrick speak to the historian Richard Overy, about the vast and devastating theatre of war that was the European Eastern front. They discuss what the situation was in 1944 as the Soviet Red Army was looking to push the Axis Armies out of Soviet territory and into axis territory, and look at the tactics and logic behind the events on this vast front. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/13/202429 minutes, 9 seconds
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140. Can Ukraine rely on Germany?

This week on Battleground, Saul and Patrick will be speaking to German Historian Katja Hoyer who will be shedding light on both German political attitudes towards Ukraine and the latest governmental situation in light of the revelation that Russian intelligence penetrated a high level German military discussion on sending Taurus long range cruise missiles to Ukraine. They also discuss the news that a missile strike came close to hitting Ukrainian President Zelensky in Odesa, plus hearing more from Historian and journalist Guy Walters on Operation Interflex the British-led multinational military operation to train and support the Armed Forces of Ukraine. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/8/202442 minutes, 10 seconds
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139. Battleground 44' - The Great Escape

The 1963 film The Great Escape immortalised the audacious real-life mass escape of 76 Allied airmen in March 1944 from the German Luftwaffe prisoner of war camp Stalag Luft III in eastern Germany, now Poland. But what was the reality of the escape, who were the characters involved, and was it worth it? To help Saul and Patrick dig deeper into the story they are joined by Journalist, Historian, and author of the book The Real Great Escape. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/6/202441 minutes, 32 seconds
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138. Will western troops be sent to Ukraine?

As we enter the third year of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Saul and Patrick delve into the latest developments in the conflict, with the news emerging in the past week looking a little better on the side of Ukraine. They look at the significance of Sweden becoming the 32nd member of NATO, and the refusal of French president Macron to rule out the deployment of Western troops in Ukraine in the future. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/1/202444 minutes, 18 seconds
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137. Battleground 44' - The French Resistance

In this latest episode of Battleground ’44 with Saul David and Patrick Bishop, the subject is Resistance and in particular the French Resistance. Their importance to the struggle in the West at least was limited. However with the clock counting down to the great invasion of Normandy their significance grew. They look at the role they played in the upcoming battles and what role should they play in the political scene once that battle was won. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/28/202453 minutes, 29 seconds
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136. Two years of bloodshed

With the second anniversary of Russia’s full scale invasion upon us, it is, it must be said a rather gloomy occasion. Saul and Patrick take a look back over the past two years and delve into the many significant stories that have emerged in the past week. They’re also joined by guest and friend of the podcast, Anglo-Ukrainian journalist Askold Krushelnycky who is speaking to us from the Zaporizhia Oblast front lines.  If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/23/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 45 seconds
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135. Battleground 44' - War in the Pacific

In this episode of Battleground 44' Saul and Patrick turn to look at the Pacific theatre where, the attention of the Americans was focused on after the traumatic surprise Japanese attack on the US fleet at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 that brought their country into the war. Before getting to events of 1944, they revisit what has been happening in the Pacific theatre, before Saul takes us through the dramatic story of K company of the 1st Marine Division's hard fought battles on New Britain. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/21/202445 minutes, 41 seconds
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134. Will Ukrainian morale withstand the coming months?

In this latest episode of Battleground, Saul David and Patrick Bishop take a step back as the full-scale war in Ukraine approaches its second anniversary and look at the wider picture surrounding the conflict. Including the impact of Ukraine's new military command, questions over continuing western support, and the upcoming Russian presidential elections. They also answer some thought provoking listeners questions, including on the huge abundance of natural resources in Ukraine. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/16/202437 minutes, 39 seconds
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133. Battleground '44 - Arrival of the Americans

In this instalment of Battleground '44, Saul and Patrick look at the dramatic social impact that the mass arrival of American soldiers and Airmen had on UK society during the second world war and the legacy that lasts until today. The American's brought with them Hollywood glamour and impressive fighting kit, but also a segregated military, which marked the start of modern day British race relations in popular society. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/14/202449 minutes, 57 seconds
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132. Zelensky Sacks Zaluzhnyi

In this latest episode of Battleground, Saul and Patrick react to the highly significant news that Ukraine's commander-in-chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi has been sacked. They asses what this means going forward as well as reflecting on the controversial Tucker Carlson interview with Vladimir Putin. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/9/202446 minutes, 41 seconds
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131. Battleground '44 - The Battle of Anzio

In this episode of Battleground '44, Saul is joined by James Holland, the Historian and co-host of our sister podcast We Have Ways of Making You Talk - to talk about the pivotal Battle of Anzio which took place 80 years ago this month. They delve into the significance, the difficulties, and the controversy that surrounds the battle and its legacy. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/7/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 6 seconds
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130. Defiance in Kharkiv

In this episode of Battleground we have the full interview with friend of the podcast - American Journalist Joe Lindsey - who speaks to Saul and Patrick from the Eastern Ukrainian City of Kharkiv, just 30 miles from the Russian border. Joe describes the mood in Ukraine at the moment, with growing uncertainty over the future of western support, continuing Russian attacks on Ukrainian Cities, and tensions rising between the politicians and military commanders in Ukraine. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/5/202435 minutes, 12 seconds
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129. Zelenksy moves against General Zaluzhny

In this episode of Battleground Saul and Patrick discuss the big news of this week, that President Zelensky of Ukraine tried to sack his highly-regarded armed forces chief, General Valery Zaluzhny, but has been forced to reinstate him. They also look at the significance of Hungary dropping its veto of 50 billion euros in EU loans and grants for Ukraine, and speak to old friend of the podcast - American journalist Joe Lindsey - from the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/2/202433 minutes, 4 seconds
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128. Battleground '44 - The Siege of Leningrad

In this instalment of our Battleground '44 series, the subject of discussion is the epic 872 day long siege on Leningrad (present-day Saint Petersburg), where hundreds of thousands of civilians perished, and starvation led to some residents resorting to cannibalism. To delve deeper into the story of this horrific and bloody siege, Patrick speaks to Anna Reid, author of the book Leningrad: The Epic Siege of World War II: 1941-1944. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/31/202443 minutes, 40 seconds
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127. Is Russian political opposition genuine?

In this episode of Battleground Saul and Patrick assess the headline story of the week - the downing of a Russian transport plane inside Russia north east of Belgorod. Which at first sight this looks like a tragic error by Ukraine because on board were 65 captured Ukrainian soldiers who were on their way to being exchanged for Russian prisoners of war. They also discuss the growing nervousness surrounding a possible Trump presidency, and the growing tensions in the Middle East following more strikes ny US and UK forces on Houthi targets in Yemen. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/26/202442 minutes, 26 seconds
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126. Battleground '44 - The Battle of Monte Cassino

In this instalment of our Battleground '44 series, Saul speaks to Historian Matthew Parker - Author of the book "Monte Cassino: The Hardest Fought Battle of World War II". Together they go through the four stages of this extraordinary battle, between a vast array of multinational allies against the German army defending an ancient Monastery on the summit of Monte Cassino. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/24/202446 minutes, 51 seconds
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125. Can Ukraine become self-reliant?

In this episode of Battleground, Saul David and Patrick Bishop discuss the big event in Ukraine this week - the shooting down of a Russian surveillance aircraft by a Ukrainian missile with a Russian command and control plane being badly damaged in the same attack. They also delve into the encouraging announcement of two separate aid packages from Germany and the UK, as the future of U.S. funding for Ukraine is uncertain. Iran's role in the growing tensions and hostilities in the Middle East is also focused on, as Saul and Patrick answer listeners questions. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/19/202447 minutes, 31 seconds
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124. Battleground '44 - The Battle of Berlin

In this episode of Battleground 44 Saul David and Patrick Bishop are discussing the Battle of Berlin. The epic struggle by RAF’s Bomber Command and its ruthless and dynamic leader Air Marshal Arthur Harris to bring Germany to its knees by bombing Berlin flat, which was at its height when 1944 opened. It was the moment when Harris and the RAF establishment were given their chance to prove their contention that bombing alone could win the war. What followed was a terrible ordeal for the RAF aircrews and the population of Berlin alike. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/17/202446 minutes, 50 seconds
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123. How does Ukraine see the year ahead?

In the latest episode of Battleground, Patrick Bishop and Saul David, will be looking at how Ukraine sees the year ahead, with the help of some very revealing comments made in a recent interview by President Zelensky. They'll also be asking how it is that his arch enemy President Putin has been able to ride the political troubles that have come in the wake of his war and asking whether that is likely to change soon. They also look at the latest from Gaza front, discussing whether the spate of flare ups outside the immediate battle zone are likely to lead to a wider regional conflict between Israel and Hizbollah and trying to figure out what role Iran is playing in the war. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/12/202441 minutes, 34 seconds
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122. Battleground '44 - Eisenhower

In the opening episode of our special Battleground ’44 series, Patrick Bishop and Saul David look at a character who cast a long shadow over the war in the west. The American general and later U.S. President - Dwight D. Eisenhower. In this episode Saul and Patrick delve into Eisenhower's story: his background, his meteoric rise through the U.S. Military ranks, his personality and experiences, and why all that led to him and not others being selected for the top job. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson X (Twitter): @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/10/202441 minutes, 52 seconds
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121. How the 2006 War relates to Gaza today

Today we have a fascinating interview where Patrick speaks to former Middle East correspondent Tim Butcher, who covered the 2006 Lebanon War. Tim provides some insightful analysis on the impact the 2006 War had on Israel and the IDF, and significantly how this has impacted on what is happening in Gaza today. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Twitter: @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/8/202433 minutes
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120. Is Putin looking for a Ceasefire?

In our second Battleground podcast of 2024 Saul and Patrick return to the war in Ukraine, as in the past week has seen a tit for tat of missile and drone strikes – the majority, needless to say, fired from Russia. They also discuss both the possibility and the feasibility of recent reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin is using backchannels and intermediaries to signal his interest in a ceasefire. As ever we answer your listeners questions on both the conflict in Ukraine and in Gaza. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Twitter: @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/5/202435 minutes, 23 seconds
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119. Battleground 44

Introducing our new series - Battleground 44. This year to mark the 80th anniversary of probably the most momentous year of the Second World War - 1944 - Patrick, Saul, and some special guests will be drawing on their vast knowledge and expertise on the subject to talk you through the big events and personalities that shaped the conflict and the world we live in today. In this first episode they set the scene at the start of 1944 and look ahead at some of the most significant moments and personalities that they'll be covering as week by week 80 years on. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Twitter: @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/3/202435 minutes, 7 seconds
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118. The significance of 2023

Welcome to the last Battleground podcast of the year with Saul David and Patrick Bishop, who both think military historians will look back on 2023 as a very significant year with two major wars whose outcomes will have a significant effect on the future of world events. The conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza are far from over of course. But in this episode we’ll be revisiting the major events of the year in both theatres and trying to give some sense of where they might go in the year ahead. They’ll also, as usual be updating you on recent events in both places, and answering a host of listeners questions. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Twitter: @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/29/202341 minutes, 12 seconds
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117. Justice for war crimes in Ukraine

On today's episode we focus on the issue of accountability for war crimes, what finding justice looks like for Ukraine, and the challenges Ukraine faces in this field. To discuss this Saul speaks to Dr Iva Vukusic - assistant professor in International History at Utrecht University and a research fellow at War Studies at Kings college London. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Twitter: @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/27/202336 minutes, 39 seconds
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116. Zelensky resists mass mobilisation calls

This week President Zelensky confessed that the Ukrainian army has asked for an extra 450-500,000 people to be mobilised to fight the war, but he had yet to be convinced that such a huge call-up was necessary. Discussing the implications of this Saul and Patrick, also take a look at the delay in US aid for Ukraine, as well as the growing criticism of the IDFs conduct in Gaza. They also address some insightful listeners comments and questions- including on recent poling conducted inside Gaza. Interested in donating to blind veterans - you can find their website here: https://www.blindveterans.org.uk/ If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Twitter: @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/22/202345 minutes, 51 seconds
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115. Battleground Christmas Special

In a now annual Battleground tradition, for a special Christmas treat we've recorded a special festive episode discussing the standout history books of the year, and the wider stories that surround them. Patrick, Saul, and Roger are joined by friends of the podcast - fellow historian Jessie Childs and publicist and historical novelist Richard Foreman. Producer: James Hodgson Twitter: @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/20/20231 hour, 14 seconds
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114. Can Zelensky convince Washinton?

In this episode of Battleground Saul and Patrick report on the latest news from Ukraine, with things recently not going Kyiv’s way. The US Congress has blocked a $61 billion aid package for Ukraine and President Volodymyr Zelensky this week visited Washington in an attempt to persuade Republican politicians to change their mind. But will he succeed? Meanwhile Russia has hardened its bargaining position by demanding that Ukraine withdraws its troops from ‘Russian territory’ as a pre-requisite for any peace talks, and announcing that it will conduct voting for the 2024 presidential election in occupied Ukraine, likely in an attempt to legitimise the Russian occupation and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s rule.   They also answer some excellent listener’s questions and if you to send a question to Saul and Patrick you can send it to [email protected]  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/15/202338 minutes, 30 seconds
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113. Will a military victory end the Gaza conflict?

In this episode of Battleground Saul and Patrick discuss the announcement from Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu that the beginning of the end of Hamas is in sight in Gaza and presumably victory for the Israelis is imminent. They’ll be asking whether he’s right and whether a military victory can actually produce circumstances that bring an end to the overall conflict. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Twitter: @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/13/202333 minutes, 59 seconds
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112. A voice from Russia

In this episode of Battleground Ukraine Saul speaks to independent Russian journalist Maria. She discusses the trails of Ukrainian prisoners of war being held in the occupied regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, the effect sanctions are having on the Russian population, and on the wider feeling among Russians about the war in Ukraine. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Twitter: @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/8/202333 minutes, 21 seconds
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111. What is the mood inside Israel?

In this episode of Battleground Saul and Patrick react to the news that the ceasefire in Gaza has collapsed, with Israel resuming its air and ground offensive and civilians continuing to die in large numbers. They also discuss the mood inside Israel, with some criticism of the Israeli government strategy coming from inside Israel because of concerns over the risks a resumption of hostilities brings to the hostages that Hamas are still holding. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Twitter: @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/6/202335 minutes, 36 seconds
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110. How the nature of war is evolving

In this episode of Battleground Ukraine, Saul David speaks to David Patrikarakos from our sister podcast Disorder. David has just returned from Ukraine where he has been reporting on and off since the initial Russian Invasion in 2014. He discusses what he's witnessed recently and over the whole of his time in Ukraine and how the nature of warfare is changing both on the battlefield and on the propaganda front. If you're interested in listening to David's own podcast Disorder - you can find it here: https://linktr.ee/disorderpod If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Twitter: @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/1/202342 minutes, 39 seconds
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109. Possible post conflict solutions for Gaza

In this episode of Battleground Patrick Bishop and Saul David discuss the welcome pause in the fighting in Gaza as the hostage for prisoner exchange process continues. They also turn their attention to what comes next, asking whether the refocussing of the world’s attention on the Israel-Palestine problem will bring any realistic expectation of progress on establishing a lasting peace. Helping them tackle that question is guest Jason Pack, a veteran Middle East analyst who has his own thoughts on how a start could be made by handing over Gaza to joint administration by a coalition of Arab states. If you're interested in listening to Jason's own podcast Disorder - you can find it here: https://linktr.ee/disorderpod If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Twitter: @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/29/202345 minutes, 52 seconds
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108. A gloomy week for Ukraine

In this episode of Battleground Ukraine - Saul David and Patrick Bishop assess what has been a week of mostly depressing news for Ukraine, with only the occasional shaft of light dispelling the gloom. They look at signs that President Zelensky’s government is losing patience with his military commanders, reports that Iran could soon send ballistic missiles to Russia, and frontline Ukrainian soldiers have spoken about the fear that they cannot win a ‘war of exhaustion’. They also address some fascinating listeners questions covering a wide variety of topics. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Twitter: @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/24/202341 minutes, 20 seconds
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107. Would a truce benefit both sides?

In this week's episode of Battleground Gaza, Saul and Patrick discuss the news that Israel and Hamas appear to be on the verge of agreeing a deal to bring about at least a temporary ceasefire in the war in Gaza. Coming at a crucial moment in the conflict when the world was beginning to wonder how long the IDF could continue the campaign in its current form. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Twitter: @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/22/202336 minutes, 7 seconds
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106. Are both sides running out of manpower?

On this episode of Battleground Ukraine - Saul and Patrick discuss the significant news from the front line this week that Ukrainian forces continue to expand their bridgehead on the east (left) bank of Dnipro river in Kherson oblast, southern Ukraine. Meanwhile Russia is trying to regain a theatre-wide initiative with several simultaneous offensive operations in eastern Ukraine. They also address the issue of manpower shortages for both sides, the mixed diplomatic messages that have emerged over the past week, and answer a variety of listener's questions. If you have any thoughts or questions on the conflicts in Ukraine or Gaza, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Twitter: @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/17/202334 minutes, 57 seconds
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105. The diplomatic consequences of the war in Gaza

In this episode of Battleground: Gaza - Saul and Patrick take a look at the latest developments in this divisive conflict. The battle of Gaza seems to have settled down into an attritional struggle in the rubble of the Gaza city, with the Israelis making limited progress. Whilst the civilian population are firmly in the firing line with locations like the Shifa hospital in the thick of the fighting. Discussing this, how the war is dividing societies outside of the Middle East, and the global diplomatic consequences, Saul and Patrick look at what those consequences might be and how they might figure in a possible eventual settlement. If you have any thoughts or questions on the conflicts in Ukraine or Gaza, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/15/202345 minutes, 41 seconds
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104. Is General Zaluzhnyi straying into politics?

On this week's Battleground: Ukraine Saul and Patrick react to the big news this week – an article written for the Economist by General Zaluzhnyi, the head of the Ukrainian armed forces, that seemed to suggest the counter-offensive had run out of steam and that the war had moved from one of movement to one of deadlock. They also asses a potentially significant move, that Ukrainian forces have transferred a limited number of armoured vehicles to the east (left) bank of the Dnipro in Kherson Oblast where they had established a bridgehead. If you have any thoughts or questions on the conflicts in Ukraine or Gaza, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/10/202337 minutes, 33 seconds
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103. What happens next in Gaza?

In this episode of Battleground: Gaza Patrick and Saul look at what the latest developments could mean for the future of the conflict, with the latest picture in Gaza getting ever more grim and apocalyptic. The Israeli operation to crush Hamas has intensified with the defence ministry claiming it has now effectively cut the strip in half and is now moving to occupy Gaza city. Whilst Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has just announced that when the fighting is over Israel intends to exercise security control over Gaza indefinitely. They also address some challenging and thought provoking questions from listeners. If you have any thoughts or questions on the conflicts in Ukraine or Gaza, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/8/202344 minutes, 55 seconds
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102. Russian losses continue to rise

In this week's Battleground: Ukraine with Patrick Bishop and Roger Moorhouse we look at, the rising casualty figures of the Russians. Both sides guard their casualty figures very closely, of course, but the Ukrainian General Staff has kept a running total of Russian losses, this week, their estimate for Russian losses – dead and injured – topped 300,000. They also address some listeners questions including ones on Ukraines potential nuclear capability, and as ever questions on pronunciation. If you have any thoughts or questions on the conflicts in Ukraine or Gaza, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/3/202337 minutes, 16 seconds
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101. Is it possible for Israel to achieve its Military objectives?

In the last few days we’ve seen the long announced incursion by Israeli ground forces into the northern part of the Gaza Strip, while at the same time the Israeli bombing campaign shows no signs of letting up, in pursuit of the Israeli governments declared intention to destroy Hamas as a military organisation. Patrick and Roger Moorhouse (who is stepping in for Saul this week) will be discussing their chances of achieving that aim. But they also take a look at the Israeli military tradition, and trying to see how that will affect events in Gaza as they unfold in the days, and very possibly weeks and months to come. They also address some challenging listeners questions. If you have any thoughts or questions on the conflicts in Ukraine or Gaza, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Twitter: @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/1/202341 minutes, 35 seconds
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100. Mutiny in the Russian Ranks

In our 100th episode on this tragic conflict, we'll be bringing you all the latest news and we’ll be asking two big questions: has much changed in that time? And what happens next? The big news from the front line is that Russia continues its hugely costly, and frankly inexplicable, attack in eastern Ukraine to capture the town of Avdiivka. Interested in donating to Saul David's SBS Charity Paddle? Follow the link here: https://www.justgiving.com/page/saul-david-1697547606357 If you have any thoughts or questions on the conflicts in Ukraine or Gaza, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Twitter: @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/27/202332 minutes, 26 seconds
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99. Battleground Gaza

This week we’re going to again use the midweek podcast to focus on Gaza. Events there are simply too important for us not to address and things are developing, the conflict there is likely to be every bit as significant for global politics as the war in Ukraine. Saul and Patrick consider the options open to the Israeli Defence Forces in what can only be a fiendishly difficult operation before going on to look at the possibility of the Israel-Hamas conflict exploding into a regional war with all the dangers that will bring with it. Interested in donating to Saul David's SBS Charity Paddle? Follow the link here: https://www.justgiving.com/page/saul-david-1697547606357 If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Twitter: @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/25/202340 minutes, 24 seconds
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98. ATACMS finally arrive in Ukraine

On this weeks Battleground: Ukraine Saul and Patrick discuss the big news that Ukraine has fired its first US long-range ATACMS missiles at two airports in Russian-occupied Ukraine with devastating results, which begs the question: why weren’t they supplied earlier? They also take a look at some diplomatic developments, including Putin's arrival in Beijing for a meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, while Joe Biden travels to Israel to underline America’s support for Bibi Netanyahu’s government as it plans its response to Hamas’s savage attack on its citizens. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Twitter: @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/20/202337 minutes
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Introducing Disorder: The Podcast That Orders The Disorder

We'd like to introduce you to a new podcast we believe you would like to hear. Disorder takes a look at the way the world makes decisions and why now it seems so disordered. From Climate Change to Tax Havens, to Unregulated Cyberspace, to the Wars in Ukraine, Syria, and Libya. Jason Pack, NATO Foundation Senior Analyst, and Alexandra Hall Hall, a former British Ambassador, discuss with world-leading experts, senior diplomats and cultural icons, the fundamental principles lurking behind today’s global issues. Listen, follow and rate where you get your podcasts. For more information on the show, and hosts, click here Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/19/202315 minutes, 38 seconds
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97. What lies behind the conflict in Gaza

In another special edition of Battleground we return again to the subject of Gaza which is looming so large. In this episode Saul and Patrick try and explain what some of the forces are that lie behind this apparently endless conflict. Why is the bitterness on both sides so intense and how is it that a solution seems so difficult to find? Well as it happens both Saul and Patrick have written books which shed some light on both those questions. History may not help us predict the future but it is the only means we have of understanding the present. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/18/202347 minutes, 8 seconds
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96. What war in Israel means for Ukraine

On this episode of Battleground: Ukraine Saul David and Patrick Bishop, discuss the main news from the front line this week that Russia has intensified operations in the Avdiivka area of Donetsk Oblast. They look at a story that has emerged from occupied Kherson Oblast where Ukrainian partisans are said to have used a car bomb to kill a local head of Putin’s political party. They also of course, take a look at the potential consequences for in Ukraine, as a result of the unfolding situation in Israel. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Twitter: @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/13/202336 minutes, 50 seconds
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95. Battleground Special: War in Israel

In this special episode of Battleground, Patrick and Saul react to the deadly Hamas attack that was launched on Israeli territory on Saturday morning. Drawing on their expertise they discuss how this happened, the wider historical context, what happens next, and of course what this means for the war in Ukraine. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Twitter: @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/10/202334 minutes, 48 seconds
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94. Ukraine raids Crimea

After indications that a Ukrainian breakthrough might have been imminent, progress on the battlefield slowed down this week with no news of further significant advances. Saul and Patrick discuss this and the details released by Kyiv of an extraordinary amphibious aid mounted by their special forces, which resulted in putting Ukrainian boots on Crimean soil for the first time since 2014. Meanwhile in neighbouring Slovakia, Robert Fico won the election on a pro-Moscow ticket, Saul and Patrick examine the significance of this and answer listeners questions which includes a sighting of Yevgeny Prigozhin. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Twitter: @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/6/202339 minutes, 2 seconds
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93. The Russian Media

On this week's big interview, Patrick speaks to Francis Scarr from the BBC's monitoring service, Francis is a member of its Russia team who analyse Russian TV and social media, and specialises in the TV political talk shows, which dominate the schedules. Francis shares his fascinating array of knowledge about the Russian media landscape and draws from his own personal experiences from years spent living in Moscow. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Twitter: @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/4/202334 minutes
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92. A Series of Small Victories

This week on Battleground: Ukraine - Patrick and Saul David discuss a fascinating week in which the word breakthrough has been heard everywhere. The Ukrainians are claiming a series of small victories that collectively could bring about a decisive and favourable shift in their fortunes. Also in the news is the spectacular cruise missile attack on the Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Sevastopol, they discuss the significance of this and more, and answer a host of interesting listeners questions. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Twitter: @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/29/202337 minutes, 52 seconds
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91. Reflecting back on Ukraine

In this final instalment from our travels to Ukraine, Saul, Patrick and producer James sit down in the historic central square of the Polish city of Krakow, to reflect on the previous days spent in Ukraine and what they took away from it all. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Twitter: @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/27/202331 minutes, 55 seconds
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90. Biden doubles down on support for Ukraine

This week Saul and Patrick react to the news that Ukraine continues to make important gains on the battlefield, particularly south of Bakhmut and in western Zaporizhia, and has also been degrading Russia’s defensive capability in Crimea. They also take a look away from the battlefield, where President Joe Biden doubled down on his support for Ukraine in a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, and they have a look at reports being spread by Russian opposition figures that Vladimir Putin’s staunch Chechen ally Ramzan Kadyrov, has either died in hospital or is seriously ill. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Twitter: @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/22/202342 minutes, 5 seconds
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89. The gravedigger of Bucha

For this week's big interview, we have some more material from our time in Ukraine, this time from the outskirts of Kyiv at a child psychiatry centre, where children are receiving treatment for war trauma. We spoke to Oksana Sliepova - the director of the children's club 'positive' and two of the club's members - 12 year old Nastia and 15 year old Sofia, who told us about their experiences of the war and about the club.  We also have in the second half of the podcast, a moving interview with Oleg - a Bucha resident who buried some of the victims of Russian brutality in his hometown and described some harrowing accounts of his time there during its occupation by Russian forces.  If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/20/202336 minutes
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88. Ukraine Strikes Russia's Black Sea Fleet

This week Patrick and Saul discuss the big news developments of the past week, Ukraine has taken out two Russian warships at the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet in Sebastopol using cruise missiles. Also in the news, Vladimir Putin met North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in the far east of Russia, and there’s been some very encouraging predictions from US intelligence suggesting that a big Ukrainian breakthrough could come by the end of the year. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/15/202333 minutes
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87. Fighting Corruption in Ukraine

In this episode of Battleground: Ukraine, Patrick and Saul have a fascinating interview with Taras Byk - a political strategist, who before the war worked with leading anti-corruption fighters, such as the mayor of Mikolaiv, and who is now working on a project that supports the breakup of the Russian Federation.  Saul and Patrick also speak to a young Ukrainian couple, Lydia and Dennis, about their views and experiences of the war and their view of Ukraines future. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/13/202329 minutes, 17 seconds
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86. Putin turns to Kim Jong Un

In this episode Saul and Patrick digest the news that seemingly the Ukrainian counteroffensive is gaining some traction on the western Zaporizhia oblast front, reports that President Putin will be asking North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to help him out, and the rather negative development that there’s been another corruption scandal inside the army with President Zelensky announcing he has sacked the longtime minister of defence Oleksii Reznikov. There is also some interesting insight into the capabilities of the F-16 fighter jet, and some fascinating listeners questions. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/8/202338 minutes, 10 seconds
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85. With the HALO trust in Ukraine

This week we bring you more material recorded from our time in Ukraine, this time Saul speaks to Pete Smith - HALO's programme manager in Ukraine - who gave us a briefing on the situation regarding mines and unexploded ordinance in Ukraine, before taking us out to visit a minefield in the outskirts of Kyiv. Saul also speaks to the HALO teams translator Ivan, who tells us about how he managed to escape from Russian occupied Mariupol. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/6/202329 minutes, 27 seconds
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84. Can Ukrainian battlefield progress be maintained?

Joining Saul on this significant week in the war in Ukraine, and stepping in for Patrick is the excellent Roger Moorhouse. Together, Saul and Roger digest the news that Ukraine is starting to make significant inroads into the main Russian defences, a pledge from Brussels to give the war-torn country EU membership by 2030 at the latest, and confirmation from Russia that Yevgeny Prigozhin, the boss of Wagner, was indeed on board that private jet that crashed between Moscow and St Petersburg. They also discuss some thought provoking listeners thoughts and questions. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/1/202349 minutes, 45 seconds
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83. On the ground with Colonel Khazan

In this week's big interview, Saul speaks to friend of the podcast Colonel Pavlo Khazan, for the first time in person from his base in an undisclosed location in Kyiv. They discuss what activities him and his soldiers have been involved in recently and also the significance of their experience and knowledge in drone warfare. Patrick and Saul also discuss their first impressions of Kyiv after their first full day in the Ukrainian capital. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/30/202326 minutes, 15 seconds
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82. Ukraine finally gets F-16's

In this episode - Saul and Patrick discuss what's been quite an eventful week, with the much welcome news that the Netherlands and Denmark, with American approval, will give at least 61 F-16 fighters to Ukraine when their pilots have completed the necessary training. There also look at some significant gains for Ukraine on the battlefield, controversial reports in the Washington Post, and a Russian missile strike on a theatre in Chernihiv. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/25/202330 minutes, 59 seconds
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81. Emergency Podcast - Prigozhin Dead

In this emergency podcast Saul and Patrick react to the extraordinary news that Yevgeny Prigozhin has died, after his private plane was shot down in Russian airspace near Moscow. They discuss what actually happened as well as who did it, what does it mean, and is Putin now weaker or stronger? If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/24/202318 minutes, 8 seconds
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80. Morning Missiles in Kyiv

In this episode of Battleground: Ukraine - Saul and Patrick speak from the political heart of Ukraine - Independence Square in central Kyiv, where they discuss their first thoughts and observations of the Ukrainian capital, before having to rush to shelter as Russian Missiles enter the skies of Kyiv. Saul also speaks to Joshua Darnell - an American volunteer in the Ukrainian Army, who describes some of his experiences and the importance of continuing support for Ukraine. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/23/202327 minutes, 27 seconds
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79. Dissension in the Russian Ranks

Saul and Patrick are back from Ukraine, a trip which has deeply advanced their understanding of what’s going on, at every level, which is something they've needed this week as the situation is pretty hard to read. They asses the latest progression of the Ukrainian counter-offensive, some intriguing stories of further dissension between elements of the Russian forces, as well as some hugely significant moves by President Zelensky to clean up corruption inside the Ukrainian military. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/18/202337 minutes, 7 seconds
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78. Live from Lviv

Joining Saul and Patrick in the historic centre of Lviv in Western Ukraine, are two old friends of the podcast - Joe Lindsley and Askold Krushelnycky. In our first podcast recorded on the ground in Ukraine, Saul and Patrick discuss their first impressions, the reaction of locals to air raid siren's sounded over Lviv, and the need for more air-defence systems for Ukraine. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/16/202326 minutes, 3 seconds
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77. Cross River Operations

Saul and Patrick are currently on the road in Poland on their way to a long overdue tour of Ukraine - where they’ll be meeting up with some old friends of the podcast and making some new ones. They look back at the previous week where there have been some interesting developments on the diplomatic front, Ukrainian cross river operations, and a remarkable North Korean Cyber attack on... Russia. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/11/202330 minutes, 36 seconds
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76. Post War Reparations

Joining Patrick and Saul for this week's big interview is Professor of Military History at Birmingham University - Jonathan Boff, who specialises in the First World War. He discusses the collapse of the Russian Army during the First World War, draws comparisons between the Russian army back then and now, and discusses how reparation payments may play out after this current conflict is over. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/9/202332 minutes, 52 seconds
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75. The war comes to Moscow

This week Saul and Patrick consider recent Ukrainian gains on the battlefield, the ramping up of Ukrainian drone strikes on targets inside Russia and in the Black Sea, including high rise office buildings in Moscow. They also discuss Russia’s response to pulling out of the Black Sea grain deal and the latest coming out of Belarus - where the Wagner saga rumbles on. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/4/202337 minutes, 20 seconds
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74. Putin's Prisoner: Life in Captivity

Join us for the second part of our extraordinary interview with Aiden Aslin - the British national captured by Russian forces after the siege of Mariupol. In this part of his gripping story he describes the brutality of his time in captivity, where he was violently beaten and was forced to conduct recorded video interviews for propaganda purposes, before finally, he was released as part of a prisoner swap deal. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Twitter: @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/2/202356 minutes, 19 seconds
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73. Ramping up Ukraine's counteroffensive

This week, Saul and Patrick reflect on what has been a busy week both on and off the battlefield. They discuss the significance of Zelnsky’s statement that the Ukrainian counteroffensive may increase in tempo. They also reflect on Igor Girkin’s arrest and whether it could be part of a wider crack down by Putin on Russian ultra-nationalists.  If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Twitter: @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/28/202334 minutes, 3 seconds
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72. Putin's Prisoner: Inside the Siege of Mariupol

In this episode Saul and Patrick speak to Briton Aiden Aslin, who travelled to Ukraine in 2018 and enlisted with the Ukrainian 36th Naval Infantry Brigade. He describes his time on the frontlines in the Donbas before the full scale invasion was launched in February 2022, when he was deployed to Mariupol. Aiden was then surrounded by Russian forces in the Siege of Mariupol where he describes what it was like in the vast steel works complex in the final days of the siege before his surrender to Russian troops. Join us next week for the second half of Aiden's interview when he describes his time in Russian captivity. If you have any thoughts or questions, send them to [email protected]. Producer: James Hodgson Twitter: @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/26/202350 minutes, 27 seconds
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71. Cluster Munitions, the Kerch Bridge, and Insubordination

Analysing a notable week in the war in Ukraine, Saul and Patrick discuss the significance of Ukraines second spectacular attack on the Kerch Bridge, the unrest in the Russian military leadership that has led to multiple sackings and removals, and some further discussion on the use of cluster munitions - whether their effectiveness outweighs the questionable moral implications. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Twitter: @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/21/202338 minutes, 8 seconds
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70. Countering Disinformation

This week Saul and Patrick speak to Dmytro Plieshakov - a Ukrainian tech entrepreneur, who currently runs a startup focused on countering disinformation, called Osavul. They work closely with the Ukrainian government providing them with AI technology that can identify Russian influence operations online and better counter them. Dmytro describes examples of Russian disinformation campaigns and what impact they are designed to have, as well as the very real impact they can have. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected] Producer: James Hodgson Twitter: @PodBattleground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/19/202335 minutes, 52 seconds
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69. Tensions between NATO and Kyiv?

Reflecting on what has been news packed week, Patrick and Saul analyse the important developments. In Vilnius, the NATO summit has just ended with some signs that tensions are growing between leading Nato members and Kyiv, on the battlefield there are reports that Ukrainian forces are suffering heavy casualties as the counteroffensive grinds on, but there are indications that progress is being made. And as we’ve come to expect there have been more fascinating twists in the Wagner saga – with reports that Prigozhin himself has had a cosy chat with the Vladmir Putin, to discuss his future employment.If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/14/202339 minutes, 33 seconds
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68. 'People like me'

Joining Patrick and Saul for this week's big interview is Belgian journalist - Arnaud De Decker, Arnaud has been reporting from Ukraine for over a year now and has been right up to the front lines, including Bakhmut. He tells us about his close call with a missile strike in Kramatorsk, the changes in the public attitude towards the war in different parts of Ukraine, and more. You can check out his work on his social media accounts: Instagram - arnaud.dedecker Twitter - @arnauddedeckerIf you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/12/202327 minutes, 48 seconds
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67. Putin's Propaganda

On this episode of Battleground: Ukraine, Saul and Patrick discuss the significant events that have come over the last seven days, both on and off the battlefield, including a warning from Ukraine’s President Zelensky that Russia may be planning to blow up the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. They also discuss some fascinating points and questions raised by listeners, including some highlighting the long reach of Putin's propaganda which continues to heavily influence some people outside of Russia.If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/7/202338 minutes, 34 seconds
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66. The Ukrainian Spirit

Joining Saul for this week's big interview is American journalist Joe Lindsley, the escaped protégé of the founder of Fox News, who has not left Ukraine since March 2020, when the pandemic began. At the start of the Russian full scale invasion of Ukraine, Lindsley started Ukrainian Freedom News to bring truth to the world and supplies to Ukraine. He speaks to Saul about his work and experiences, and describes the current feelings of the people in Ukraine at the moment.You can check out Ukrainian Freedom News here: https://www.ukrainianfreedomnews.com/If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/5/202333 minutes, 12 seconds
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65. What next for Putin & Prigozhin?

This week Saul and Patrick reflect on what was perhaps the most dramatic event since the full scale invasion began sixteen long months ago. The Wagner mutiny has exposed weaknesses in Putin's regime and some are predicting it may well mark the beginning of the end of his long rule. They look into how likely that is, how the end might come about, and also what happens next to Prigozhin and his Wagner group.If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/30/202338 minutes, 18 seconds
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64. Putin's Paranoia

Joining Patrick and Saul on this week's Big Interview is Alan Philps, who has worked as a reporter in Moscow on and off since he was the Reuters trainee there in 1979. He has a deep knowledge of the country and provides some fascinating insight into the senior Russian military leadership, the internal power struggles within the Russian hierarchy, and the way Russia has conducted itself in the past 30 years. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/28/202335 minutes, 51 seconds
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63. Emergency Podcast - Wagner Mutiny

In this special emergency podcast Saul and Patrick react to an extraordinary 36 hours, where Prigozhin's Wagner forces went into outright rebellion against the Russian Military and by association Putin himself. They talk through what has happened and discuss what all this means for Putin, The Russian Military, and the war in Ukraine.This emergency podcast was recorded on Sunday morning 25th June.If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/25/202318 minutes, 56 seconds
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62. Sabotage Attacks

This week Saul and Patrick assess the second week of Ukrainian offensive operations, where progress is slow, and coming at a cost. They also discuss some concerning developments in Russia's electronic warfare capability, Russia's increasing utilisation of their air superiority, and look at some fascinating input from our listeners - which sheds some more light on the Nord Stream pipeline sabotage attack. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/23/202338 minutes, 19 seconds
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61. 'As heavy as warfare gets'

What's the current situation in the frontlines in Ukraine? Well this week's guest is Colin Freeman, who is expertly placed to tell us - he spoke to Patrick from near the frontlines in the Donetsk region, giving some valuable insight into what has been happening on the ground, the recent incursions by Ukrainian backed fighters over the Russian border, and the morale of Ukrainian troops and civilians. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/21/202329 minutes, 22 seconds
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60. The Opening Phase

This week on Battleground Ukraine: Saul and Patrick look back on a very eventful week, with the Ukrainian’s launching attacks at several points along the front with some success, retaking up to a 100 square kilometres of occupied territory. They also look at the latest coming out of Moscow - with Vladimir Putin taking the unusual step of summoning journalists and milbloggers in order to reassure ultra nationalists about the Ukrainian counteroffensive.They also answer listeners questions from around the world, and if you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/16/202334 minutes, 32 seconds
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59. An 'Improvised Nuclear Device'

Colonel Hamish de Bretton-Gordon joins Saul and Patrick for this week's big interview. Hamish brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his time as commanding officer of the UK's Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Regiment and from his active service during the first Gulf War. Among other things Hamish discusses his concern over what the Russians may do with the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant following their destruction of the Kakhovka Dam, and the potential If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/14/202329 minutes, 12 seconds
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58. Dam Disaster

In a week with much to discuss, Saul and Patrick take a look at the latest developments including the two stories that have been dominating the news: the probable start of the much-anticipated Ukrainian counter-offensive which, in turn, has panicked Russia into the deliberate destruction of the Nova Kakhovka dam on the Dnipro River.If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/9/202337 minutes, 38 seconds
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57. A Series of Operations

Joining Patrick and Saul on this week's Big Interview, is military analyst and author Frank Ledwidge. Frank is also a former barrister and Military Intelligence Officer and has recently returned from a trip to Ukraine with a high level delegation - where he spoke to senior Ukrainian officials and had rare access to a Ukrainian prisoner of war camp. He also discussed the recent changes in Ukrainian strategy, with the recent cross border raids into Russia and drone attacks on Moscow.If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/7/202332 minutes, 17 seconds
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56. The War Arrives in Russia

This week on Battleground: Ukraine, Saul and Patrick discuss the increasing instances of strikes within Russia's borders, with drone attacks in Moscow in the past week, and whether this indicates a change in Ukrainian strategy. They also reflect on what appeared to be the largest drone attack on the Kyiv since the start of the war, and the effectiveness of Ukrainian air defences. They also delve into some fascinating information shared by listeners and answer some of their questions.If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/2/202335 minutes, 1 second
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55. 'A War of Technology'

In this week's Big Interview, Saul and Patrick welcome back friend of the show Lieutenant Colonel Pavlo Khazan of the Ukrainian Army to the podcast. Originally an environmental scientist from the Dnipro region of Eastern Ukraine, Pavlo gives us an update on what his team has been up to, the impact of western aid, and his current perspective on the war.If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/31/202334 minutes
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54. Bakhmut Falls

This week on Battleground: Ukraine, Saul and Patrick dissect an eventful week of news surrounding the ongoing war in Ukraine. Bakhmut has fallen to Prigozhin’s Wagner PMC - but is it a Pyrrhic victory that will ultimately cost the Russians dear? How significant is the momentous news that Ukraine will be provided with F-16 fighter jets? And they discuss the extraordinary events that saw anti-Kremlin fighters from the so-called Russian Freedom Legion capture a cluster of villages in Russia’s Belgogrod region.They also answer a wide range of listeners questions.If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/26/202346 minutes, 32 seconds
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53. Prigozhin - Putin's Replacement?

On this week's Big Interview, Saul and Patrick speak to British journalist and policy analyst - Anatol Lieven, who has recently returned from a trip to Ukraine. In a thought provoking and intriguing interview Anatol challenges some of the established positions and narratives surrounding the conflict, and raised concern about the prospect of Ukraine launching an offensive into Crimea. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/24/202335 minutes, 51 seconds
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52. Storm Shadow

This week on Battleground: Ukraine - Saul and Patrick discuss all the latest developments in the past week, including the latest new weaponry the west has provided to the Ukrainians, the unfolding situation on the frontlines, and the evolving situation in the skies. They also discuss a wide array of listeners points and questions, from Ukrainian challenges and countersigns to the sheer geographical scale of Ukraine. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/19/202331 minutes, 48 seconds
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51. The Georgian National Legion

In this week's big interview Saul and Patrick speak to journalist and former lecturer of history at Oxford University - Dr Richard Lofthouse - who's recently returned from his second trip to Ukraine since the full scale invasion last year. He spoke to numerous people about their experiences, including the founder of the Georgian National Legion in Ukraine, Mamuka Mamulashvili.He also explains his volunteer work with the charity car4ukraine.com which sources vehicles across Europe and the UK, modifies them, and sends them to the frontlines in Ukraine.If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/17/202342 minutes, 15 seconds
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50. A Threadbare Parade

This week Saul and Patrick take a look at the latest developments surrounding the war in Ukraine, including the scaled-back Victory Day parade in Moscow that featured just a single tank, Wagner PMC boss Yevgeny Prigozhin's latest expletive-laden rant, and the recent developments coming out of the battle for Bakhmut.They also answer a host of fascinating questions from our listeners.If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/12/202337 minutes, 19 seconds
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49. Stop Tanks With Books

Joining Saul for this week's Big Interview is award winning British photographer Mark Neville. He emotionally describes his personal experience of the war as a resident of Ukraine in Kyiv, his recent book project - Stop Tanks With Books - released a matter of days before the full scale invasion, and his work helping those most in need, with the charity - postcode Ukraine.If you would like to know more about Mark's charity or help out with donations, you can find more information at www.postcodeukraine.com If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/10/202337 minutes, 24 seconds
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48. Smoke Rises From The Kremlin

This week Saul and Patrick gave their immediate reaction to the drone attack on the Kremlin, as news broke during the recording of this episode. They also analyse the huge losses that the Russians have suffered since the turn of the year, a peace proposal brought forward by Pope Francis, and answer some of the many listeners questions.If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/5/202335 minutes, 29 seconds
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47. The Big Interview: Phillips O'Brien on Intelligence Leaks, Ukrainian Resolve, and Managing Expectations.

Joining Saul to discuss a wide range of topics - from the Nord Stream pipeline sabotage - to Russia's failure to learn from its mistakes, is one of the most incisive commentators on the war - Professor Phillips O’Brien, head of the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/3/202335 minutes, 26 seconds
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46. 'Invisible' Russian Tanks

This week Patrick and Saul discuss the latest developments as Russia prepares to defend the territory it holds in eastern Ukraine against Ukraine’s expected counteroffensive. This includes the latest round of sackings and promotions at the top, and an announcement that T-14 Armata tanks – the most sophisticated that the Russians have – are being sent to the battlefield. They also answer a host of fascinating listeners questions. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/28/202327 minutes, 48 seconds
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45. The Big Interview: Philip Ittner on the Realities in Ukraine

On this week's big interview, Patrick ad Saul are joined by veteran reporter Philip Ittner - who at the outbreak of the full scale invasion headed straight to Ukraine - where he has remained since. He describes the situation on the ground in Ukraine and the palpable sense of suspense surrounding the much discussed upcoming Ukrainian counter-offensive.If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/26/202340 minutes, 40 seconds
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44. Prigozhin Back in Favour?

This week Saul and Patrick discuss the latest twist in the extraordinary story of Wagner group chief Yevgeny Prigozhin. Only a few weeks ago it seemed that his star was waning – instead it seems he’s back in favour with the man who matters – Vladimir Putin. They also discuss the ongoing fallout from the US intelligence leak, and answer a wide variety of listeners questions.If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/21/202336 minutes, 20 seconds
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43. The Big Interview: Back to the Front with Julius Strauss

Julius Strauss returns to the podcast in this week's interview, he's back in Ukraine and has been traveling across the country from Lviv in the the west, to close to the frontline in the East. He discusses some of the realities and tensions inside Ukraine - from the rift in the Orthodox Church to the use of Russian language by sections of the population. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/19/202335 minutes, 44 seconds
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42. Intelligence Leaks

In this episode Saul and Patrick review the US intelligence leak and what this tells us about the reach of US intelligence, the state of the Ukrainian armed forces, and the consequences of the leak for the upcoming Ukrainian counter-offensive. They also discuss a couple of interesting developments within Russia: including reports that Wagner group boss Yevgeny Prigozhin is advancing his political aspirations by seeking to gain control of a Russian political party.If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/14/202334 minutes, 32 seconds
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41. The Big Interview: Janet Anderson & Stephanie van den Berg on Putin's Arrest Warrant

This week's interview discusses the decision by ICC judges to issue arrest warrants against Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova. Joining Saul and Patrick to delve into the topic are two Hague based journalists and hosts of international justice podcast Asymmetrical Haircuts - Janet Anderson and Stephanie van den Berg. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/12/202329 minutes, 48 seconds
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40. Snipers, Assassinations, and New Nato Members

This week on Battleground: Saul and Patrick cast doubt over claims by the Wagner group that they have more or less taken Bakhmut, they take a look at the possible suspects behind the assassination of a Russian military blogger in St Petersburg, and they look at Finlands rapid accession to NATO which doubles NATO's border with Russia. They also delve into a fascinating haul of listeners questions.If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/7/202333 minutes, 7 seconds
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39. The Big Interview: Matteo Patrone on Reconstruction and Development in Ukraine

Joining Patrick and Saul for this week's interview is Matteo Patrone - the Managing Director of Eastern Europe and the Caucasus (EEC) at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). He discusses the work the EBRD has done in Ukraine both since the collapse of communism in the 1990's and more recently since Russia's full scale invasion last year. He also sets out how much Ukraine will need in the process of reconstruction once the war is over. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/5/202323 minutes, 38 seconds
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38. 'The Ukrainian Churchill'

This week on Battleground: Ukraine, Saul and Patrick take a look at the latest changes in the Russian high command following their unsuccessful recent offensive, Putin's decision to deploy tactical nukes in Belarus, and celebrity visits to Kyiv. They also answer some of the many listeners questions that have been sent in this past week.If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/31/202335 minutes, 2 seconds
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37. The Big Interview with Dr Karin von Hippel

Joining Saul and Patrick for this week's big interview, is the current Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute - Dr Karin von Hippel. In this brilliant and wide ranging interview, she talks in depth about China Russia relations, their growing influence in Africa, and the difficulties the West faces in the future. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/29/202333 minutes, 46 seconds
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36. Xi's Moscow Visit

In this Friday's episode of Battleground: Ukraine, Saul and Patrick take a look away from the battlefield, at the big news this week - the visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Moscow. Also discussed is the decision by the International Criminal Court in The Hague to charge Vladimir Putin with war crimes, and Britain’s decision to include depleted uranium shells with the Challenger 2 tanks it is sending to Ukraine. They also spend time as ever, answering a great selection of listeners’ questions.If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/24/202341 minutes, 55 seconds
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35. Mark Urban on Airborne Forces, Western Armour, and What Next?

Joining Patrick for this week’s interview is Mark Urban, the diplomatic editor for BBC Newsnight, Military Historian, and former Tank Officer. He discusses a range of topics including: the Russian airborne assault on Hostomel airport, why Infantry Fighting Vehicles are significant, and how artillery remains critically important in modern warfare.If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/22/202337 minutes, 5 seconds
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34. Mutiny in the Russian Ranks?

In the latest episode of Battleground Ukraine, Saul and Patrick consider the logic of Ukraine’s decision to continue fighting for the city of Bakhmut, and they discuss reports that elements of the Russian armed forces – including the elite Spetsnaz special forces - are suffering high desertions rates and, in some instances, are mutinying in the face of certain death. They also discuss listeners thoughts and questions.If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/17/202337 minutes, 15 seconds
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33. David Alexander on The Cyber War

Joining Saul and Patrick in this weeks interview is leading cyber expert David Alexander, who tells us about the latest developments playing out in the cyber front of the war. He also shares his knowledge from his time as a fast jet pilot, about the role of drones in the conflict, and why you still need manned aircraft in conflicts today. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/15/202333 minutes, 1 second
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32. What Next in Bakhmut?

As the Battle for Bakhmut looks as if it is reaching its climax, Saul and Patrick - equipped with information from a specialist insider briefing by Western officials, delve into the latest developments and look at where the Battle is likely to go. They also explore some rare details of Putin's personal life, and answer a multitude of fascinating listeners questions.If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/10/202338 minutes, 1 second
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31. Simon Sebag Montefiore - Russian Rulers Past and Present

What can we learn about Putin's motivations for this war and how the conflict is likely to continue, by looking into Russian history? In our first in-depth interview, we hear from the brilliant historian, Simon Sebag Montefiore, the author of multiple prizewinning books on Russia. Sebag explains the historical relationship between Ukraine and Russia, how Putin fits into a long line of Russian autocratic rulers, and his assessment on how the conflict will play out. If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/8/202351 minutes, 31 seconds
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30. China's Peace Plan

This week Saul and Patrick discuss the main news coming from the battlefield, which is the growing possibility that the fighting to control the town of Bakhmut may be reaching a climax. Furthermore, they discuss the big diplomatic news from last week, the Chinese announcement of a 12 point plan to bring the war to an end. Saul and Patrick also take a deeper dive into listeners questions, and Saul tells us about his exciting new project the Content Club - http://www.content-club.xyzIf you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3/3/202348 minutes, 44 seconds
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29. One Year On

Marking a grim anniversary - one year since Russia's invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, Saul and Patrick reflect over what has happened in the past 12 months, and assess how the war and the commentary around it has evolved. Additionally, Lieutenant Colonel Pavlo Khazan makes a return to the podcast, speaking from his base on the frontlines around Zaporizhzhia.If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/24/202354 minutes, 50 seconds
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28. Military Incompetence

This week Saul and Patrick discuss the Russian military incompetence which has resulted in, according to the British MoD, the heaviest rate of casualties for the Russians since the start of the war. They also talk to a remarkable woman Melania Podolyak who works for the Serhiy Prytula charity foundation, which delivers not only humanitarian aid to Ukrainian civilians but military kit and hardware including drones Ukrainian soldiers.If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/17/202352 minutes, 7 seconds
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27. The People's Fight

This week we spoke to the brilliant documentary filmmaker Olly Lambert, who discusses his experiences and takeaways from filming the incredible on-the-ground documentary - Ukraine: The People's Fight. Patrick and Saul also delve into the latest news and developments, and answer listeners questions.If you have any thoughts or questions, you can send them to - [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/10/202356 minutes, 28 seconds
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26. Russian Advances

Returning to the podcast this week is friend of the podcast Julius Strauss. He discusses the recent Russian advances and the impact this is having on Ukrainian morale, plus he gives his eyewitness account of a Russian jet being shot down by a Ukrainian Missile. Saul and Patrick also delve into the latest news, including the latest US military aid package and answer some listeners questions.If you are interested in supporting Julius in his project to help injured and traumatised Ukrainian soldiers, then you can contact him at [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2/3/202343 minutes, 2 seconds
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25. Leopards are coming

This week Saul and Patrick react to the huge development that Germany is finally releasing its Leopard II Tank's, and that the US is following suit by sending their M1 Abrams Tanks as well. Patrick also speaks to old friend and experienced war reporter Julius Strauss, who gives an excellent report from in and around the front linesnear Bakhmut.If you have any questions you'd like to ask Patrick and Saul, please send them to - [email protected] - episode contains some graphic descriptions over the handling of dead bodies, and is not suitable for children.Producer: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/27/202344 minutes, 14 seconds
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24. Tanks, Missiles, and Generals

With Britain now sending Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine, Patrick and Saul discuss what impact this decision could have, and ask why other military equipment such as German made Leopard tanks have been held back. They also speak to Ukrainian historian and writer Dr Olesya Khromeychuk - author of The Death of a Soldier, Told by His Sister, who shares her experiences and gives her thoughts on the reaction of the western world to this conflict. Any questions? - send them to [email protected]: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/20/202352 minutes, 58 seconds
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23. Sir Mike Jackson

This week, Saul and Patrick speak to perhaps the most high profile British Army officer since the Second World War - the former head of the British Army - Sir Mike Jackson. Sir Mike shared his views on the institutional weaknesses in the Russian Military, why he won't rule out Russia turning the tide, and his reaction to recent comments by Prince Harry about his time in Afghanistan. Saul and Patrick also discuss the big announcement by the US, France, and Germany that they are sending armoured fighting vehicles to Ukraine, and the latest battlefield developments on the ground near Bakhmut. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/13/202343 minutes, 30 seconds
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22. The Cyber War

The unseen conflict happening in cyberspace is a key battleground in the war in Ukraine. So to tell us in detail about a relatively unknown area of the conflict, we spoke to one of Britain’s greatest experts, David Alexander - an academic who has worked at very senior level on the development of both national cyber policy and operational capability for both the UK Government and Ministry of Defence. Patrick and Saul also discuss Putin's New Year's speech, the Ukrainian HIMARS strike in Makiivka, and answer some listeners questions.Producer: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1/6/202345 minutes, 4 seconds
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21. Peace talks?

Are peace talks on the table? On this episode of Battleground: Ukraine, Saul and Patrick discuss the latest peace murmurings, the suspicious death of a Russian sausage magnate, and answer listeners questions. They also speak to the brilliant Mark MacKinnon, senior international correspondent for the Globe and Mail, Canada’s leading newspaper, who gave some fascinating insight into the early days of the conflict and China's stance on the war. Producer: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/30/202250 minutes, 29 seconds
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20. Escalation dominance

On this latest episode of Battleground: Ukraine, Saul and Patrick speak to leading British Military Historian Sir Hew Strachan, who gives his expert analysis on the conflict, and discusses the need for diplomacy to bring this conflict to an end. There is also some interesting discussion around issues and questions raised by our listeners.Producer: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/23/202259 minutes, 13 seconds
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Battleground: Christmas Special

As a special Christmas treat we've recorded a festive bonus episode discussing over a glass of wine (or two!), the standout military history books of the year, and the wider stories that surround them. Patrick and Saul are joined by two good friends of theirs - fellow historian Jessie Childs and publicist and historical novelist Richard Foreman.Producer: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/20/202250 minutes, 32 seconds
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19. The HALO Trust

On this week's Battleground: Ukraine, Saul and Patrick speak to James Cowan - a decorated former British Army General who is now the CEO of the HALO Trust, the charity which removes dangerous ordnance left by war. He tells us how the war has impacted on HALO’s ability to carry out its work in Ukraine, as well as the effect it’s having on humanitarian efforts elsewhere in the world. The latest big news stories are discussed including the news that the Pentagon has given Ukraine the green light for drone strikes inside Russia.Producer: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/16/202259 minutes, 2 seconds
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18. Britain's contribution

On this week's Battleground: Ukraine, Saul and Patrick look at the British contribution to the war so far, speaking to veteran journalist and defence analyst Robert Fox. Robert is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and with excellent contacts with the British military, gives an insightful interview. They also discuss the latest big developments coming out of the war, and discuss some fascinating listeners questions. Producer: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/9/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 23 seconds
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17. A Russian's perspective

This week on Battleground: Ukraine, our guest is Russian national Dr Ilya Yablokov - Lecturer in Digital Journalism and Disinformation at Sheffield University. Who gives a fascinating interview about his perspective on the how the situation is in Russia and how it is likely to unfold. Saul and Patrick also discuss the battlefield in Bakhmut and answer some of the listeners questions.Producer: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/2/202256 minutes, 31 seconds
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16. Frontline Reality

What is the reality of the situation on the frontline and in Kyiv? This week's guest is Colin Freeman, who is expertly placed to tell us, as he has recently returned from near the frontlines in Kherson. He gave us some valuable insight into what has actually been happening on the ground, the reality of life for Ukrainians, and the motivations of foreign volunteers fighting in Ukraine.Producer: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/25/202250 minutes, 3 seconds
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15. A storm in a teacup

It has been an eventful past week in the war in Ukraine, following the recapture of Kherson by Ukrainian forces, as well as a missile strike killing two in neighbouring NATO member state Poland. Joining Patrick and Saul to discuss all this and more is one of the most incisive commentators on the war - Professor Phillips O’Brien, head of the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. Producer: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/18/202254 minutes, 17 seconds
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14. President Zelensky

This week on Battleground: Ukraine, our guest Iuliia Mendel - the former Press Secretary of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, gives some fascinating insight about the mindset of the Ukrainian leader. She travelled everywhere with him, and was present in his meetings with Vladimir Putin. Her book just out is: The Fight of Our Lives, which sheds light on where Ukraine was going before the war intervenedProducer: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/11/202248 minutes, 1 second
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13. How did we get here?

With information about what is happening in the eastern and southern fronts getting harder to come by, Saul and Patrick speak to guest Owen Matthews. Owen is half Russian himself and has reported on and lived in Russia at key moments in its recent history, including since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, and he gives a brilliant analysis of how we got to where we are, and what is likely to happen next.Producer: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/4/202257 minutes, 14 seconds
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12. Max Hastings

As developments on the battlefield have slowed down in the past week, Saul and Patrick speak to the esteemed military historian, war reporter, and former newspaper editor Sir Max Hastings, who gives his perspective on the conflict and discusses worrying historical parallels. They also discuss and answer questions sent in by listeners. Want to send a question? Send it to [email protected]: James Hodgson Twitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/28/202246 minutes, 29 seconds
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11. German Rearmament

Earlier this year after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz committed over 100 billion Euros to modernise the German Military. Joining Saul and Patrick to discuss this, and Germany's support for Ukraine so far, is Professor Matthias Strohn. Producer: James HodgsonTwitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/21/202234 minutes, 34 seconds
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10. Will Putin go nuclear?

This week on Battleground, Lieutenant Colonel Pavlo Khazan took a break from frontline action to discuss the latest Russian missile attacks, the possibility of a nuclear warhead being deployed, and what he thinks Ukraine's western allies should do.Twitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/14/202243 minutes, 51 seconds
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9. The Russian Army

The continuing success of Ukrainian forces has led to speculation that a complete collapse of the Russian Army could be forthcoming. This week Saul speaks to legendary Military Historian Anthony Beevor, about where the Russian Military is today. Twitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/7/202252 minutes, 4 seconds
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8. Shaping perceptions

This week legendary war reporter Anthony Lloyd, discusses the media coverage that has surrounded the War in Ukraine and how this conflict has differed to others when reporting from the ground. Plus the latest developments this past week are discussed, including the Nord stream gas pipeline "sabotage' and Russians fleeing the draft.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/30/202242 minutes, 49 seconds
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7. Russian desperation?

In light of Putin's call up of reservists, Patrick speaks to friend of the show Askold Krushelnycky, who's been in the recently recaptured areas of Ukraine around Kherson in the past week. Twitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/23/202246 minutes, 40 seconds
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6. Ukraine Strikes Back

In the wake of the massive Ukrainian breakthrough in the Kharkiv area, and the recapturing of vast swathes of Ukrainian territory, we hear from the former head of the British Army General Lord Dannatt, who has been closely following events in Ukraine. Saul and Patrick also discuss what this all means going forward, as well as the alleged attempt on Putin's life. Twitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/16/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 19 seconds
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5 . War crimes & 'the Reckoning'

A horrifying feature of the War in Ukraine has been the atrocities committed, particularly against the civilian population. Veteran war reporter Janine di Giovanni joins Patrick and Saul this week to discuss this and the work she is doing as part of the Reckoning Project.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/9/202242 minutes, 17 seconds
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4. A Lieutenant-Colonel's frontline reality

Environmental engineer and serving Ukrainian Lieutenant Colonel - Pavlo Khazan, joins Patrick and Saul to talk about his role in commanding C4 operations on the frontline of the Russian invasion; giving insight into a new age of warfare, Ukrainian morale and the impact of Western aid. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9/2/202254 minutes, 16 seconds
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3. The Russian mindset

Russia's behavior in launching the invasion of Ukraine caught many in the West off guard, so Saul has been speaking to expert on Russian History - Professor Orlando Figes to understand what Putin's calculation may have been. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/26/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 32 seconds
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2. The Ukrainian counter-offensive

Ukrainian forces are looking to cut-off Russia's 'Land Bridge' to Crimea, with a possible large offensive being launched in the south of the country in the coming weeks. Patrick and Saul speak to Anglo-Ukrainian journalist Askold Krushelnycky, bringing up to date analysis on the geographical discrepancies in the fighting, and the considerable number of female fighters in the Ukrainian ranks.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/19/202240 minutes, 48 seconds
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Battleground: Ukraine

In this new series, Saul and Patrick explore the current conflict in Ukraine. They begin by looking back to the first days of hostilities in Kyiv with BBC journalist Paul Kenyon, followed by Ukrainian-American journalist Irena Chalupa giving an overview of the historic enmity between the two countries. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/12/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 47 seconds
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Bonus: Steve Hoyland, 148 Commando Battery

Steve Hoyland, who in 1982 was a parachute-qualified radio operator in the Royal Artillery’s 148 Commando Battery, gives a hair-raising account of his time on operations with the Special Forces during the campaign. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
8/2/20221 hour, 52 seconds
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Bonus: 'Piggy' Trotter and bomb disposal

Graham 'Piggy' Trotter recounts his time as a Navy Clearance Driver during the campaign, including the heart-stopping de-fusing of a thousand pound bomb from RFA Sir Lancelot. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/25/202233 minutes, 46 seconds
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16. Reflections and response

With hundreds of messages received through the course of the series, Patrick and Saul answer as many questions they can and add some responses from listeners who were involved in the campaign. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/18/202257 minutes, 46 seconds
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15. Going home

With the military action over, Saul and Patrick cover the aftermath of the war and the impact it had both on the nation and the individuals who were caught up in it. They end with personal reflections on what they've heard during the course of the series, and what's coming next. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/11/202231 minutes, 45 seconds
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14. Surrender

With the Argentine forces routed in the mountains, the British task force roll into Port Stanley as the official surrender finally comes. Hear memories from the islanders, and Patrick's recollection of fellow journalist Max Hastings' legendary solo stroll to the pub. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7/4/202244 minutes, 4 seconds
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13. The Battle of Wireless Ridge

In the final phase of the battle for Port Stanley, the momentum of the initial assault continues as British forces assault Wireless Ridge and the Battle of Mount Tumbledown begins. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/27/202235 minutes, 7 seconds
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12. The Battle for the Mountains

As the war nears its climax, British forces launch an attack on the Argentinian positions despite savage Falkland Island winter weather in the mountains surrounding Port Stanley.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/20/202238 minutes, 10 seconds
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11. Disaster on the Sir Galahad

In one of the most tragic and horrifying incidents in the war for the British forces, the Sir Galahad landing craft is bombed when fully laden with Welsh Guards. Saul and Patrick explore the decisions that led to the tragedy, and the heroic defensive effort from fighter pilots David 'Mog' Morgan and Dave Smith in preventing further casualties. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/13/202253 minutes, 7 seconds
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10. The race for Port Stanley

As focus turns towards the capital Port Stanley, a treacherous 'yomp' across difficult terrain and conflicting priorities from commanding officers mean the British forces are left vulnerable. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6/6/202259 minutes, 19 seconds
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9. The Battle of Goose Green

As the British forces pushed into the island from their landing point at San Carlos Water, they encountered a well-defended Argentinian position in the settlement of Goose Green, leading to the most ferocious land battle of the war. Saul and Patrick explore the controversial reasoning behind the attack, with eye-witness testimony from those at the heart of the action. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/30/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 42 seconds
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8. The sinking of HMS Coventry and Atlantic Conveyor

After British successes in landing troops on the Falkland Islands, the Argentinian air force strike back, sinking two British ships with their bombs and French-built Exocet missiles. Saul posits a new theory about the fate of the supply ship Atlantic Conveyor, raising the possibility that it was deliberately sacrificed by British high command in order to save their tactically vital carriers. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/23/202249 minutes, 20 seconds
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7. The Battle of San Carlos Water

The Argentinian Air Force mobilise and attack the landing British Task Force at San Carlos Water. Hear thrilling eye witness accounts from Mark Hankin, a 17-year-old Royal Marine tasked with machine gunning down the Argentinian jets, and Sargeant Dave Watkins, who was attempting get troops to shore in the cumbersome landing craft. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/16/202248 minutes, 1 second
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6. The landing

After journeying for weeks through the Atlantic Ocean, the Task Force reaches the Falkland Islands and begins the difficult process of a successful amphibious landing. Having picked San Carlos Water on West Falkland as the entry point, the special forces must prepare the ground for the landings. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/9/202238 minutes, 20 seconds
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5. The point of no return

As the Task Force leave Ascencion Island in the mid-Atlantic, making a shooting war inevitable, the British special forces turn their attention to a suspiciously positioned fishing trawler called Narwhal. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5/2/202230 minutes, 26 seconds
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4. The Sinking of the Belgrano & HMS Sheffield

It's May 1982. British Special Forces land on East Falkland and both the Argentinian cruiser Belgrano and the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Sheffield are sunk.Join Saul and Patrick for episode 4 of Battleground: The Falklands War, where they're joined by a former Special Forces operator who reveals his team's dramatic infiltration of the islands.Twitter: @PodBattleground Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/25/202238 minutes, 3 seconds
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3. Diplomacy fails, and retaking South Georgia

With the Task Force sailing towards the South Atlantic, how close did diplomatic efforts come to ending the war before a shot had been fired? Journalist Simon Jenkins, who was well-connected in the corridors of power at the time, explains the challenges Mrs Thatcher had to overcome, before Bob Headland, of the British Antarctic survey, gives an eye-witness account of the Argentine capture of South Georgia - another south Atlantic island some 900 miles from the Falklands. The retaking of South Georgia by British forces was the first major action of the conflict. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/18/202248 minutes, 28 seconds
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2. The Task Force sails

Once Mrs Thatcher had resolved to send a military Task Force to the Falklands following the Argentine invasion, how easy was it for the navy to mobilise in such a short period of time? Two of the key military commanders - Rear Admiral Jeremy Larken, then captain of HMS Fearless, and Major General Julian Thompson of the Royal Marines' 3 Commando Brigade, join Patrick and Saul to discuss the 'lash-up' and the convoluted command structure under the controversial figure of Rear Admiral Sandy Woodward. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/11/202247 minutes, 24 seconds
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1. A failure of intelligence

How did a small, remote group of islands in the south Atlantic spark one of Britain's most significant diplomatic and military incidents since the Second World War? Military historians Saul David and Patrick Bishop discuss the path that led to war between Argentina and the United Kingdom, and speak to Lord Luce, a foreign office minister who was at the heart of the diplomatic effort. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/4/202253 minutes, 7 seconds
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Trailer: The Falklands War

A history podcast that explores the narratives, turning points and characters that shape conflicts, encompassing a blend of social and military history. On its fortieth anniversary, 'Battleground' begins with a series on The Falklands War, hosted by foreign correspondent, Patrick Bishop, alongside best-selling military historian, Saul David.Goalhanger Podcasts Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4/1/20222 minutes, 4 seconds