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The Redcoat History Podcast

English, History, 1 season, 116 episodes, 3 days, 7 hours, 24 minutes
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The podcast for military history geeks and people with a passion for good stories.
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The History of New Zealand's Incredible Maori Soldiers

This episode is a detailed look at the history of Maori soldiers, especially in the two world wars. German Field marshal Erwin Rommel allegedly said of them, "Give me a Maori Battalion and I will conquer the world." But what is the full history and just how effective were they? let's find out.  If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter/ If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory or sign up for my patreon over at  patreon.com/redcoathistory  
6/24/202420 minutes, 39 seconds
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The Bravest Man in England - The Life and Death of Colonel Fred Burnaby

His life was straight from the pages of a swashbuckling novel… Some even say he was the inspiration for Harry Flashman… Do you know who it is? It's Colonel Frederick Gustavus Burnaby of the Royal Horse Guards. Built like a brick outhouse, strong as an ox, brave as a lion…I could keep going on but I think let’s get stuck in to today’s interview with John Hawkins. John’s written a two volume history of Burnaby’s life and really knows his stuff. Please sign up for my newsletter and receive your free eBook on the Battle of Isandlwana - https://redcoathistory.com/2021/10/27/free-book-the-military-history-geeks-guide-to-the-anglo-zulu-war/ 
6/3/202445 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Incredible Story of the British Army's Oldest Regiment

In today's episode, I examine which regiment is the oldest in the British army... It's not as straight-forward as you may think.  If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter/   If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory or join patreon via https://www.patreon.com/RedcoatHistory 
5/20/202410 minutes, 53 seconds
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Unearthing the Forgotten Battle of Umzintzani (1877)

The 9th Cape Frontier War is almost completely forgotten. But today's guest presenter Cam Simpson has been doing a lot of research on the little known Battle of Umzintzani. It was a desperate fight deep in rural South Africa - it's a fight rich with valour, excitement and tragedy. Cam is the author on numerous books about military history and they can be purchased via this link - https://amzn.to/3WjBkGA  If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter/ If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory  or sign up for our Patreon page over at https://www.patreon.com/RedcoatHistory 
5/6/20241 hour, 7 minutes, 8 seconds
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For the Honour of the Regiment! The British army's unique regimental system

Why is the British army (man for man) so damn good and why has it been so effective over the centuries? In today's episode we explore the unique regimental system. If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter/ You may also wish to get early access to my videos, without ads. Therefore you can join my Patreon page https://www.patreon.com/RedcoatHistory
4/29/202410 minutes, 59 seconds
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American Revolution: An Elite Regiment at War

The British redcoats of the American revolution… Often mocked, undervalued or portrayed as red-coated imperial storm troopers with a hatred of freedom loving American rebels. In the last episode, we looked at who they really were, their backgrounds, places of birth and how much training they received. Well today we are joined once more by author Robbie McNiven to find out more about the 33rd regiment of foot during the revolution. There battles, how they performed and why ultimately the Americans won the war. The 33rd were arguably Britians most elite regiment of the era…not including the Foot Guards of course…and they fought in almost every major battle of the revolution. Robbie's book on the regiment can be purchased via this link - https://amzn.to/3J8TgvA 
4/15/202438 minutes, 6 seconds
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American Revolution: Who were the Redcoats?

The British Army of the American revolution. Like most British armies throughout history, they were over-stretched, under resourced and fighting thousands of miles from home against a tough and determined enemy. But what do we really know about these men in the red coats? Were they the proverbial scum of the earth? Was the army their only option to avoid the gutter? Where were they from and how long did had they served? And what about the officers? Were they “foppish dandies, or oafish brutes”? Or were they well-motivated and experienced soldiers doing the best for their men? Well today I am joined by author and historian Robbie MacNiven to discover the answers to all of these questions and more. Robbie has written a book about the 33rd Foot on campaign during the revolution - it’s called the Pattern and I’ve posted a link below. https://amzn.to/4cH2WLo  If you want to support me then please sign up for my mailing list here - https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter/ 
4/8/202452 minutes, 27 seconds
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Zulu War: Did this Victoria Cross Hero Fake His Own Death? Captain Cecil D’Arcy VC

Many VC winners have struggled to cope with their sudden fame and our hero today is one of them. He rose through the ranks to command one of the most famous units of the South African Frontier. He earned a VC fighting the Zulus, served with distinction against the Basothos and then mysteriously disappeared. Today’s story is about an incredible man - but one who remains an enigma. A special thanks to my friend Cam Simpson who researched and co-wrote this epsiode. His books can be found here - https://amzn.to/3TmTXGt If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter/ You may also wish to get early access to my videos, without ads. Therefore you can join my Patreon page https://www.patreon.com/RedcoatHistory  
4/1/202418 minutes, 8 seconds
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Who are Britain’s elite bearded pioneer sergeants?

Beards...currently (March 2024) there aren't many jobs in the British army that allow beards...But Pioneer Sergeant is one of them. But what is their story? Why are they allowed beards and what is the history of this important role? If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter/ Sign up for the Patreon account to watch the videos ad free and weeks before they appear on YouTube https://www.patreon.com/RedcoatHistory 
3/25/20248 minutes, 55 seconds
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Private Henry Hook VC - the true story behind the "bad lad" of Zulu

Henry Hook VC has been called the most famous private soldier in British military history.  Does the name ring a bell? I’m sure it does - he was the bad lad in the film Zulu. We’ve spoken about him before on the show but today we are going deep, learning more about his life and about the actions that lead to his Victoria Cross at the Defence of Rorke’s Drift. We have a brilliant interview today with well-known historian Neil Thornton. Neil is the author of numerous military history books. His latest details the life of Hooky. . . Who was he really? Was he tea-total? Did his wife think he was dead and marry another man? And  most importantly of all…what really happened inside the hospital during that horrific fight on the 22nd January 1879? The book can purchased via this link - https://amzn.to/4a0VWqN 
3/18/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 21 seconds
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Colonial Marines: The escaped American Slaves who fought for Britain during the War of 1812

Today I am joined by Matthew Taylor to discuss The Corps of Colonial Marines…Escaped black American slaves who joined the British cause during the War of 1812. The unit was a force multiplier - men who knew the battlefields like the back of their hand and were very highly motivated. Not only were they an important part of the British war effort but their descendants still make up a unique ethnic group in the Caribbean. Stay tuned till the end to find out about the survivors of the unit who continued to fight the Americans under the union flag - even after the war was over. Matt's book can be pre-ordered via this link - https://amzn.to/3T7iD79 He also has a launch event taking place at the NAM on the 6th April - https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/black-redcoats-corps-colonial-marines  To support the show please consider joining the Patreon over at https://www.patreon.com/RedcoatHistory - it costs just $5 a month and you receive all episodes and YouTube videos early and with no ads. 
3/11/20241 hour, 24 minutes, 57 seconds
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Indians in the Trenches: The Indian Corp on the Western Front 1914-15

The Sepoys on the Western Front…often praised - sometimes derided. Were they lions in the trenches or did they fail the big test against the Germans? Were they terrified by artillery, did a huge number deliberately wound themselves, and could they operate without command and control from their British officers? These are all thorny questions and ones which we will be examining closely today. To discuss the topic I am joined by friend of the show David Snape. He has written a book called A Tiger Loose on an Ice Floe - all about the Ferozepore Brigade on the Western Front in 1914-15. If you want to buy a discounted copy of the book then please follow this link put in the discount code SNAPE5 at checkout. You can also sign up for my free mailing list over www.redcoathistory.com/newsletter - when you do so you will receive a free copy of my eBook about the Battle of Isandlwana. 
3/4/20241 hour, 38 minutes, 59 seconds
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Disaster!:The worst British defeats of the Victorian era...

The British Army - those famous redcoats, cavalrymen and green clad riflemen - became surprisingly adept at fighting small wars of empire during the Victorian Era. We won war after war and battled enemies from across the globe. But it wasn’t all one way traffic. Yes, I know it’s painful but there were quite a few defeats for the British army. Today we are looking at five times the British army were defeated during the Victorian era. You might be able to guess some of them in advance but stay tuned till the end to discover which defeat we consider to be the worst and why they were all worse than you think. Thanks to Chris Brice for co-writing this episode. His books can be found via this link - https://amzn.to/49y094U 
2/26/202421 minutes, 33 seconds
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Redcoats versus Samurais: The story of British troops in Japan during the 1860s

Samurai vs Redcoat. In this episode we examine the multiple times that bayonet and Katana battled during the 1860s. It includes the bombardment of Kagoshima and also the Shimonoseki campaign. This is the story behind James Clavell’s Gaijin: a tale of samurai, imperialism, politics, war and gunboat diplomacy in the Wild East. This podcast also sees the first American earn the Victoria Cross and the ancient rule of the Japanese Shoguns come to an end. Thanks to Joshua Provan for researching and writing the script. His YouTube channel can be found here - https://www.youtube.com/@adventuresinhistoryland5501 His book Wild East is available via this link - https://amzn.to/3un24KU Sign up my mailing list to receive your free eBook about the Battle of Isandlwana:  http://bit.ly/redcoathistory 
2/19/202416 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Jameson Raid: Prelude to the 2nd Anglo-Boer War (walking the battlefield)

1895-95. In the latest Redcoat History Battlefield tour episode, we walk in the footsteps of Leander Starr Jameson and his troops as they try and enter Johannesburg and overthrow the Afrikaner government. It's a fascinating tale - with a number of interesting and hard to find sites that are well worth a visit. Please join the Patreon page for early access to content and no ads. https://www.patreon.com/RedcoatHistory 
2/12/202416 minutes, 54 seconds
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Purchase: The Fascinating Story of How British Officers Bought and Sold Commissions

Imagine being a senior officer who has never seen service or completed any training. In fact your only qualification is a fat wallet. To our modern sensibilities and belief in meritocracy it sounds mental. But was it? Today we are looking at the British army’s purchase system - what was it? How did it work and did it lead to an army commanded by rich nit-wits? Thanks to Dr Chris Brice for researching and co-writing today's episode. His books can be found here: https://amzn.to/3HmTi2d If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter/ If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory  
2/5/202417 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Mini Rorke's Drift You've Never Heard of: Forgotten Sieges of the Basotho Gun War (1880-81)

An important and brutal war that you’ve probably never heard of… A tribe of well-armed mounted warriors as tough as any in Africa. A handful of surrounded colonial officials - massively outnumbered and outgunned. Now if that hasn’t caught your attention then I don’t know what will. Today we are talking about two sieges and the battles to relieve them during the Basotho Gun War of 1880-81. Thanks to Cam Simpson. His books can be found via this link - https://amzn.to/47P5yDo If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter/ If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory  
1/29/20241 hour, 13 minutes, 6 seconds
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The First Anglo-Boer War: A full documentary (1880-81)

This episode is a long one - a full and in-depth look at the First Boer War aka the Transvaal Rebellion. It combines a number of my previous episodes into one comprehensive examination of the fighting. Here are my key sources: Majuba 1881: Ian Castle A Rain of Lead: Ian Bennet - https://amzn.to/3HbbtaZ With the Boers in the Transvaal and Orange Free State: C L Norris Newman - https://amzn.to/3Hcaszv The Transvaal Rebellion: John Laband - https://amzn.to/3NWnox0 The Transvaal War, 1880-81: Lady Bellairs - https://archive.org/details/transvaalwar00belliala/page/n5/mode/2up If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter/ If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory
1/22/202454 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Forgotten Revolutionary War Campaign: The Siege of Pensacola 1781 (w/ Josh Provan)

The American revolutionary war.  Britain versus the 13 colonies.  The fledgling United States was backed by the French…but did you know that the Spanish also weighed in against the Brits?  In fact, beginning in 1779, they fought a successful campaign against the redcoats in the area of Louisiana, Missipissi and Florida.  Today I’m joined by the one and only Joshua Provan who has just written a book about the campaign and the Spanish Siege of Pensacola.  The book can be purchased here: https://amzn.to/3vc9uQV  It’s a fascinating story and one I know literally nothing about.  Sign up for my mailing list via this link:  https://redcoathistory.us4.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=bbf2e8d48ae31c86209421a47&id=7846ca3476 
1/15/20241 hour, 8 minutes, 26 seconds
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From the Zulu War to the Somme: The incredible career of Tim Lukin

How’s this for a career? - A gentleman ranker who fought in the Zulu war, later chased Boer Commandos across South Africa, commanded the South African Brigade on the Somme and as if that wasn’t enough, the old war horse went on to take charge of an elite division on the western front. So who was he? Henry Timson “Tim” Lukin - arguably South Africa's greatest ever General. Special thanks to Cam Simpson for researching and co-writing this episode. His books can be found here: https://amzn.to/3TDsjab  If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter/ If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory 
1/8/202414 minutes, 33 seconds
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Fit to Command? British Regimental Leadership in the Revolutionary & Napoleonic Wars w/ Steve Brown

The Napoleonic wars - the first Great War. An era that saw the British army come of age. But how much do you know about the officers at the forefront of the war? Were they all aristocratic buffoons like Henry Simmerson? Were most commissions and promotions paid for? What sort of training did they receive? And were battalion commanders actually younger and more dynamic than their counterparts in other armies? Historian Steve Brown joins me on the show today and we are going to busting plenty of myths today…The answers to these questions really surprised me and I think you may be shocked. Steve's fantastic book "Fit to command" can be purchased on the Helion website or via this Amazon link - https://amzn.to/46kuIJq If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter/ If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory  
12/18/202354 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Mazoe Patrol: A daring rescue in the Rhodesian bush (1896)

A forgotten battle deep in the Rhodesian Bush…   A handful of Mounted Police battling over a thousand Shona rebels in a running battle.    Its an epic fight that deserves to be remembered.    Today we are talking about the Mazoe Patrol in what is now known as Zimbabwe.    A special thanks to Cam Simpson who researched and wrote this episode. His books on military history are excellent and can be purchased here: https://amzn.to/3QEWtX9    If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter/   If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory  
12/11/202311 minutes, 45 seconds
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Allan Wilson - the Maverick who became a Victorian legend (Shangani Patrol, 1893)

The last stand of the Shangani Patrol on the 4 December 1893. In modern day Zimbabwe… It is the stuff of legend. A handful of militiamen surrounded and fighting to the death against an overwheleming force of Matabele warriors.  The man in command was Major Allan Wilson, a 37-year-old Scotsman.  He was a true Victorian maverick – a man of many talents. Over the years historians have made a lot of mistakes about who he was, where he came from and his background before coming to Rhodesia.  But today, with the help of research conducted by my mate Cam Simpson, we are going to find out the true story. Let’s Learn who he really was and which battles he had fought in previously.  If you want to learn more about the Shangani Patrol here are some key works: Pursuit of the King by John O'Reilly - https://amzn.to/47O5Xqj A TIme to Die by Robert Cary - https://amzn.to/3QAng78  The Downfall of Lobengula by W A Wills - https://amzn.to/3FXh5VG 
12/4/202310 minutes, 15 seconds
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Regimental Colours: What are they and why do they mean so much?

The infantry colours of regiments of the British Army are incredibly important - perhaps even the reason why the British army has always been one of the best in the world. But what is their significance, and why, for centuries now, have men gone to extraordinary lengths to defend them, performing amazing feats of courage and bravery? In todays episode I am going to answer all of those questions…share some incredible stories and, at the end, explain why colours still matter to British army regiments. A special thanks to Dr Chris Brice for researching and co-writing this video. If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter/ If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory 
11/27/202310 minutes, 53 seconds
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Up From the Ranks: More interesting than Richard Sharpe?

During the Napoleonic era being promoted from the ranks was more common than most people think. . .But John Shipp was still an exceptional man and managed it twice! This is his story.    Buy Redcoat History Merch: https://redcoathistory.myspreadshop.co.uk    If you are also interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter/   If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory
11/20/202316 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Epic Heroism of the Relief of Lucknow: The most VCs awarded in a single day (1857)

The Relief of Lucknow was a key turning point in the Indian Mutiny of 1857-59. In this episode, you will walk with me across the battlefield and learn how the most Victoria Crosses in a single day were awarded. Thanks to the guest Josh Provan. You can find here his YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/@adventuresinhistoryland5501 If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter/ If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory  
11/13/202320 minutes, 3 seconds
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British expedition to Abyssinia and the Battle of Magdala (1867-68)

Did you know that in 1868 Abyssinia (now known as Ethiopia) was invaded by the British in a campaign as fearsome and as challenging as any the British army have faced? It’s a fascinating and little-known Victorian era war - But why did it happen? In this video I ask collector and historian Ian Shapiro to explain more. You can find Ian on Instagram...https://www.instagram.com/ianjshapiro/ Buy Redcoat History Merch: https://redcoathistory.myspreadshop.co.uk/ If you are also interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter/ If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory  
10/30/20239 minutes, 7 seconds
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Peninsular War: British Cavalry - Brainless gallopers? (w/Mark Thompson)

This is the re-edit of a live broadcast with Historian Mark Thompson. We discussed British cavalry of the Peninsular War. How were they trained? What were their strengths and their weaknesses? In which battles did they perform well? Mark has written many books on the era. This is his excellent book on the lines of Torres Vedras - https://amzn.to/3thM6k7 and this one on Wellington's favourite engineer - https://amzn.to/3rAUVVO If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter/ If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory
10/23/202354 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Victoria Cross: Everything You Need to Know (w/ Kevin Brazier)

The Victoria Cross - the highest and most prestigious decoration available to British service members.  We all know what it looks like  - It’s a small bronze cross with a distinctive crimson ribbon. But what else do you know about it?  Well, today I am joined by author and historian Kevin Brazier…he’s going to be busting some of the myths and answering all of my questions about the VC. His books on the subject can be purchased via these links: The Complete Victoria Cross: https://amzn.to/3EERK29  Victoria Crosses of the Gurkha and Indian Regiments: https://amzn.to/3r6ZGWZ  Subscribe to my mailing list to receive your free book about the Battle of Isandlwana - http://bit.ly/redcoathistory 
10/16/202352 minutes, 52 seconds
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Exploring the Siege of Lucknow’s Battlefield Today (Indian Mutiny)

The siege of Lucknow saw the bloodiest fighting of the Indian Mutiny. In this episode, I walk the residency grounds, explore how the site looks now and tell the story of the six month long siege. If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: https://www.redcoathistory.com If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory 
10/9/202311 minutes, 52 seconds
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Warriors in Scarlet: The Last Redcoats (w/Ian Knight)

Today the one and only Ian Knight joins us to discuss his new book, "Warriors in Scarlet - The Life and Times of the Last Redcoats".  Ian has written many brilliant books on the Zulu War and his new work looks at the British army of the early to mid-Victorian era.  In this interview, Ian explains how the army developed over this period and talks us through some of the most interesting campaigns that it fought.  The book can be purchased here: https://amzn.to/3RxreiX  I also ask you to support the show by signing up for my mailing list here to receive your free eBook about the Battle of Isandlwana. http://bit.ly/redcoathistory   
10/2/202347 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Storming of Delhi - September 1857 (Indian Mutiny)

It's September 1857 - the Indian Mutiny is going strong. The British are outnumbered and outgunned. Not a good position to be in for storming a major city. But they are determined to hold India at all costs. Can the redcoats and their allies achieve the impossible against a determined and worthy foe? Walk the streets of old Delhi with me to find out more about this important Indian Mutiny battle of September 1857. I am also joined by Historian Amarpal Singh on this episode. He has a book on the battle that can be purchased via this link https://amzn.to/44jvt4O If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: www.redcoathistory.com/newsletter If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory  
9/25/202316 minutes, 17 seconds
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From Shaka to Misuzulu: The Epic Tale of the Zulu Kings (w/ John Laband)

Shaka, the founder of the Zulu nation, is South Africa's most famous warrior-king. He was a formidable man. But what is his story and who were the Kings who came after him? In this brief introduction to the subject, I am joined by historian Professor John Laband. You can find his books on the subject via the links below. The assassination of King Shaka - https://amzn.to/3KMq9Qj The Eight Zulu Kings - https://amzn.to/43SOx9e This interview was filmed at the Clash of Empires Exhibition in London. It is now finished but you can still visit their website - https://clashofempires.org/ If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: https://www.redcoathistory.com If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory  
9/18/202317 minutes, 50 seconds
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Wellington’s Enemies: Who was the best French Marshal of the Peninsular War? (w/ Marcus Cribb and John Viscardo)

The Peninsular War is one of the most interesting in British military history. Sir Arthur Wellesley, later the Duke of Wellington, led a successful army against the French from 1808-1814 in Portugal, Spain, and the South of France. This was my first live broadcast and features John Viscardo of the Generals and Napoleon Podcast, and Marcus Cribb who is @ mcribbhistory on Twitter. https://twitter.com/mcribbHistory  We are examining the French Marshals who faced Wellington.. Who were they, and who was the best?  John's YouTube channel can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/@generalsandnapoleon If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter/ If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory 
9/11/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 3 seconds
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Gurkhas: How this elite unit came of age during the siege of Delhi (1857 - Indian Mutiny)

The Gurkha’s - one of the most famous regiments in the British army. These tough men from Nepal have fought across the globe for Britain.  But how did they end up fighting for the British and when did they emerge as an elite unit? That’s the story we are telling today. I am joined by the wonderful Josh Provan who can be found on Twitter as @LandOfHistory   Please also join my mailing list here. When you do so you will receive a free copy of my book all about the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879.   
8/26/202350 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 (Part 4): The British besiege Delhi

It is the hot summer of 1857. A small besieging British force, massively outnumbered and outgunned by the Sepoys inside the city. . . Can this ragtag bunch of British soldiers and hastily raised regiments from the Punjab really retake the seat of the Mughal empire? Can they finally gain a victory and change the course of the Rebellion? Today’s story is fascinating, filled with glory and honour but also brutality and terror. Stick with me to find out more about the siege of Delhi in 1857.  Amarpal Singh's book "The Siege of Delhi" can be purchased via this link - https://amzn.to/3OiR6gS If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: www.redcoathistory.com If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory  
8/14/202318 minutes, 55 seconds
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The Sepoy Mutiny (Part 3): Cawnpore - Deadly siege, bloody massacre

Cawnpore - was a key battle during the war of 1857 in northern India. But it was more than just a battle - it became a rallying cry. It was a brutal fight followed by an infamous and tragic massacre and eventually some terrible retribution from the British. Join me as I continue my series on the Indian mutiny of 1857 - known in India as the 1st War of Independence. My key source for this video was Andrew Ward's book, "Our bones are scattered" that can purchased via this link - https://amzn.to/3mE4HUI You can also read Mowbray Thomson's book for free via this link - https://archive.org/details/storycawnpore00thomgoog/mode/2up and Shepherd's book can be read here - https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.284844/page/n47/mode/2up If you are also interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: www.redcoathistory.com If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory
8/7/202323 minutes, 47 seconds
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Making Military History Cool Again? An author, a podcaster and a musician walk into a history symposium...

Want to hear how a historical fiction author researches his books and how a military themed metal band makes sure their lyrics are accurate?  Today is a fun episode where I catch up with two old friends of the show - fiction author James Mace and Rock Legend Chris Simpson.  James has two new books coming out - https://www.legionarybooks.net/ Forlorn Hope are working on a new concept album. Follow them here: https://forlornhope.uk/home  The Clash of Empires exhibition is running until the end of July - book your free tickets here - https://clashofempire.org   If you want to follow what I'm up to and receive a free eBook about the Anglo-Zulu War at the same time then just fill out the sign up form for my email newsletter via bit.ly/redcoathistory 
7/24/202334 minutes, 52 seconds
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Lord Chelmsford: The man who lost the Battle of Isandlwana (w/ John Laband)

Today I am joined by John Laband, author of a new book about Lord Chelmsford. Chelmsford was the British commander during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879...But was he any good? I recorded this at the Clash of Empires exhibition currently taking place at the Royal Philatelic Society in London. You can sign up for tickets over at https://www.clashofempires.org If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: https://www.redcoathistory.com/newsletter 
7/13/202324 minutes, 16 seconds
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Rorke’s Drift - the comic book! An interview with Colin Mathieson

In today's episode I speak with the fantastic history loving indie artist, comic book writer and adventurer Colin Mathieson. Colin is expanding on and republishing his excellent comic book/graphic novel - Zulu: Water Cart Rescue and is releasing it at the Clash of Empires Exhibition.  In this interview we discuss his research about the Battle of Rorke's Drift, his fascination with the Zulu War and also other comic books about the conflict that can be found.  Colin's website is - https://momentofadventure.blogspot.com/  You can buy your tickets for the Clash of Empires Symposium at https://clashofempires.org/symposium/  If you want to support the Redcoat History podcast then please share links with friends and family and sign up for my monthly newsletter over at https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter/   
7/7/202324 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Natal Mounted Police: Blue-Blood Troopers in Zululand

The Natal Mounted Police suffered terrible casualties at the Battle of Isandlwana fighting in the donga alongside Colonel Durnford.  In today's episode of the Redcoat History Podcast Cam Simpson joins us once more to talk about the history of the unit and its fascinating men. He calls them the Blue-blood troopers, as a number were sons of generals and senior figures from across the empire.  Cam's new book on the subject is out today and can be purchased at Amazon. amzn.to/44ihFHL  He should also have some paper copies for sale at the Clash of Empires Zulu War exhibtion happening now in London (July 2023).  If you want tickets to the event please order via clashofempires.org   
7/1/202356 minutes, 9 seconds
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Huge Zulu War Exhibition! Clash of Empires

In July 2023, the Royal Philatelic Society London will host a public exhibition displaying more than 500 postal, historical, and cultural objects exploring the context, history, and ongoing legacy of the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879.  I will be there interviewing the speakers, as will today's guest - Alex Haimann - co-curator of the exhibition.  It promises to be a fascinating event and a great chance to meet the pre-eminent historians of the Anglo-Zulu War.  To find out more and book your tickets please visit www.clashofempires.org   
6/18/202322 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Sepoy Mutiny, part 2: Delhi Explodes and the oldest ever Victoria Cross recipient earns his award!

Part Two of my series on the Indian Mutiny of 1857. In today's episode, the mutiny moves to Delhi and the regiments of the Bengal army turn on their European officers. In a bloody fight at the Magazine, the oldest ever recipient of the Victoria Cross wins his award. It is an amazing story. My sources for this video include: The Indian Mutiny by Saul David - https://amzn.to/3U68FBy The Indian Mutiny 1857-58 (Osprey) by Gregory Freemont Barnes - https://amzn.to/3Kx0RWz The Sepoy Mutiny as seen by a Subaltern from Delhi to Lucknow by Edward Vibart - https://archive.org/details/dli.granth.116947/page/19/mode/2up If you are also interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: www.redcoathistory.com If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory  
6/5/202312 minutes, 39 seconds
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Op Banner: The British army’s longest deployment (w/Jonathan Trigg)

Operation Banner was the British army's longest ever deployment. It ran from 1969 to 2007. But now the army's service in Northern Ireland has been forgotten by many.  Author Jonathan Trigg served as an infantry officer during "the troubles" and joins me on the show today to explain more about the conflict, how the army performed, how the IRA was organised and how the Special Forces were utilised. It's fascinating stuff.  His latest book is called Death in the Fields and can be purchased via this link on Amazon - https://amzn.to/3BCG0fi  Jonathan also has hiw own website here - https://jonathantrigg.co.uk/  As for me, please subscribe to my mailing list here -bit.ly/redcoathistory  When you do so you will receive a free copy of my book about the Anglo-Zulu War.   
5/27/20231 hour, 1 minute, 34 seconds
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The Most Important Victorian General You May Not Know: Henry Brackenbury

He was called the cleverest man in the British army and was hailed as the man who "pulled the army out of a hole in South African". He won both the Iron Cross and the Legion of Honour and served in various capacities across the globe.  But General Sir Henry Brackenbury is now largely forgotten. Author Chris Brice joins me today to a shine a light on this fascinating man and his excellent career in the British army.  Chris has also written a book on Brackenbury that can be purchased here.  Talking of books, you can also get a free copy of mine about the Anglo-Zulu War when you sign up for my mailing list at this link.   
5/14/20231 hour, 36 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Sepoy Mutiny, part 1: Why did it happen?

Today’s episode is a brief introduction to why the Indian Mutiny (aka 1st War of independence) of 1857 happened. Why did thousands of previously loyal Indian Sepoys turn against their officers? Here are my key sources for this video: If you purchase via the amazon links I receive a small percentage of the cost. From Sepoy to Subedhar - Sita Ram - free on this link - https://archive.org/details/dli.pahar.0743 Mutiny - Saul David - purchase via this link - https://amzn.to/40XjF6O True to their Salt - Ravindra Rathee - amazon link - https://amzn.to/42SAtgO Our bones are scattered - Andrew Ward - Amazon link - https://amzn.to/3zuUYCV If you are also interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: www.redcoathistory.com If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory  
4/27/20239 minutes, 28 seconds
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Wellington: Crime and Punishment in the Peninsular War (with Zack White)

The British army of the Napoleonic era was arguably the most effective to ever take the field…but it had its dark side… ill-discipline.  We’ve all heard the famous “scum of the earth” quotes from Wellington and we know that the redcoats and riflemen were fond of a drink, but do the statistics show them to be an unruly mob of troublemakers?  In the Sharpe TV series and books we see that morally corrupt, brutalised officers could dish out a flogging whenever they felt like it - that the men lived in fear of corporal punishment…But is that also true?  It’s so difficult to sort fact from fiction when it comes to crime and punishment in Wellington’s army and so to help me to do so I am joined today by THE Expert on the subject…Zack White of the Napoleonic Wars podcast.  https://www.thenapoleonicwars.net/ 
4/6/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 6 seconds
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The James Bond of the Great Game: Alexander Burnes (Ep. 69)

Alexander Burnes - soldier, explorer, shagger - One of the most interesting men in British colonial history. In today's episode, learn the story of this complex man who is a character in the computer game Assassin's creed and is also in the novel Flashman.  Below are the links to the books I used for my research. Some are Amazon links, if you purchase via these then Amazon throw me a few cents in change. Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game - https://amzn.to/3jHWIE3 John Kaye, Lives of Indian officers - free download - https://archive.org/details/livesindianoffi01kayegoog Karl Meyer, Tournament of Shadows - https://amzn.to/3X58neA Patrick McCrory, Signal Catastrophe - https://amzn.to/3ZbHabX If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: www.redcoathistory.com If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory  
3/13/202317 minutes, 19 seconds
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Moorosi’s Rebellion: The Victoria Cross winners

This is the second installment of a short series about Moorosi's rebellion of 1879. In today's episode, I am joined once more by Cam Simpson to hear all about the three men who won Victoria Crosses while fighting against Chief Moorosi's BaPhuti clan in modern day Lesotho. It was a complicated, drawn out conflict being fought at the same time as the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879.  To find out more about Cam and his books, you can visit his Amazon author page here.  For a free copy of my book on the Anglo-Zulu war of 1879 you can also sign up for my mailing list via this link. 
3/1/202330 minutes, 38 seconds
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The Siege of Moorosi’s Mountain: Southern Africa’s other war of 1879

Did you know that while the British army was battling the Zulus, another force of Cape soldiers was fighting in a nearby region against the BaPhuti people of southern Lesotho? It was a complicated, drawn out conflict against a skilled and dedicated opponent.  In today's episode, I am joined once more by Cam Simpson to learn all about this little-known war in a remote part of southern Africa.  To find out more about Cam and his books, you can visit his Amazon author page here.  For a free copy of my book on the Anglo-Zulu war of 1879 you can also sign up for my mailing list via this link. 
2/17/20231 hour, 40 minutes, 58 seconds
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Eyre Coote: From Court Martial to Commander-in-Chief (The Battles of Plassey, Wandiwash and Porto Novo)

Court Martialled after his first battle, Eyre Coote went on to be Commander-in-Chief of all British and EIC forces in India. In this role, he defeated the French threat, opening up the way for British dominance on the sub-continent. His amazing career included the battles of Plassey, Wandiwash and Porto Novo. If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: www.redcoathistory.com If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory
2/2/202325 minutes, 12 seconds
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ZULU: Colour Sergeant Bourne - the real story

Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Rorke's Drift and it seemed like the perfect day to look at the life of one of the battle's most intriguing characters - Frank Bourne OBE, DCM. During the battle, he was a Colour Sergeant but he was to have a stellar career and be one of the few defenders who achieved his full potential. Listen to this episode to learn about his life and how realistic Nigel Green's portrayal was in the movie 'Zulu'. To find out more about the battle you can listen to my podcast here - https://youtu.be/ACLauwRYpIE And you can walk the battlefield with me here - https://youtu.be/SlFyzpLnLXM Visit www.redcoathistory.com to sign up to my mailing list and receive your free eBook about the Anglo-Zulu War. 
1/22/20239 minutes, 41 seconds
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Zulu: The heroes of Rorke’s Drift - Gonville Bromhead VC

In the latest episode of this short series we examine the life of "Gonny" Bromhead VC. Michael Caine played the commander of B company 2/24th in the film Zulu. His is an interesting story. If you are interested in the Anglo-Zulu War then please sign up for my mailing list at www.redcoathistory.com and receive your free eBook on the conflict.    Links:    My Rorke's Drift Podcast   Exploring the Rorke's Drift battlefield
12/19/20229 minutes, 56 seconds
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Zulu: The heroes of Rorke’s Drift - John Chard VC

Who was the man who commanded the small British detachment at Rorke's Drift?  This episode is a brief introduction to the life of John Chard.  If you like these stories please sign up for my mailing list and receive your free eBook about the Anglo-Zulu war of 1879.  https://redcoathistory.com/2021/10/27/free-book-the-military-history-geeks-guide-to-the-anglo-zulu-war/ 
12/1/20228 minutes, 26 seconds
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If In Doubt - Charge! Sir Hugh Gough and the Anglo-Sikh Wars

Today is the final instalment of my series examining the life of General Sir Hugh Gough. One of the pre-eminent Generals of Victorian military history. Once again, Historian Chris Brice joins me on the show and explains Gough’s performance as Commander-in-Chief during the Anglo-Sikh wars of the late 1840s. Chris's book on Gough can be purchased via helion.co.uk and you can save a whopping 20% by putting in the discount code LION2020 at checkout (limited time only). If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: www.redcoathistory.com. If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory
11/4/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 30 seconds
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The First Opium War (1839-1842): Sir Hugh Gough Part 3

Today is the third instalment of my series examining the life of General Sir Hugh Gough. One of the pre-eminent men of British military history.   Historian Chris Brice joins me on the show again and explains Gough’s performance during the 1st Opium war in China - an interesting war that, full-disclosure, I currently know absolutely nothing about.    Chris does though as he has written a book on Gough - called Brave as a Lion which can be purchased from Helion.co.uk - listeners of this show will also receive a 20 percent discount by putting in the code LION2020 at checkout.  Please subscribe to my newsletter for a free ebook on the Anglo-Zulu War - http://bit.ly/redcoathistory 
10/22/202238 minutes, 52 seconds
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The Irish Rockite Rebellion: Sir Hugh Gough Part 2

This is the second of my short season about the life of Sir Hugh Gough, the Irish officer who was possibly the best British commander of the Peninsular war. In today's episode, I am joined once more by Dr Chris Brice to talk about Gough's command during the Rockite rebellion of 1821-24 in Ireland. This is not a deep dive into the politics - simply a look at Gough and his performance. Chris has written a book on the life of Gough that can be purchased via helion.co.uk - put in the code LION2020 at checkout for a 20% discount (limited time only). If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: www.redcoathistory.com If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory
10/14/202222 minutes, 48 seconds
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The Best Battalion Commander of the Peninsular War? (Sir Hugh Gough, Part 1)

Today's episode is the first of three exploring the life of Sir Hugh Gough - Peninsular War veteran and commander of the British and EIC forces during the Sikh Wars.  I am joined by Gough's biographer, Christopher Brice, and In today's installment we learn about Gough's background and his early years in Ireland. Chris puts forward the case that Gough was the best British Battalion Commander of the Peninsular War. What do you think? Sign up for my mailing list over at https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter/ to get your free copy of my eBook about the Anglo-Zulu War.  Here is the link to Chris's book - https://www.helion.co.uk/military-history-books/brave-as-a-lion-the-life-and-times-of-field-marshal-hugh-gough-1st-viscount-gough.php?sid=2aef12a43188212aa361c35e11643052 - add the discount code LION2020 to save 20%. 
10/1/202258 minutes, 23 seconds
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Was this the greatest cavalry charge of the Peninsular war? (Ep.58)

Today I wanted to revisit a cavalry action that the great Historian Sir Charles Oman, called “the most brilliant exploit of the British cavalry during the whole six years of the war.” And if anybody should know it’s him.   What battle do you think it is? The heavies at Salamanca? The King’s German Legion at Garcia Hernandez? Neither of those…though they are both spectacular. Watch and find out what he thought.   If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: www.redcoathistory.com If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory
9/26/202217 minutes, 1 second
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Zulu vs Boer and the Battle of Blood River (w/ John Laband)

The great Historian John Laband joins me today to give us an overview of the conflict that raged between Zulu and Boer from 1837 to 1840. It is the subject of his recent book that can be purchased directly from helion.co.uk. Use the code ZULUKING20 at check out for a 20% discount code.  Most listeners will have heard of the Zulus and the Boers - two groups of people that Britain has gone to war with over the centuries.  But did you know that those nations also fought one another in a brutal fight for control of great swathes of South Africa that culminated in the famous battle of Blood river? A battle previously covered on this channel.  The conflict began when Boers began migrating from British rule in the Cape and moving north to settle new lands. It was a time known as the Great trek. But these Dutch speaking farmers and hunters in their wagons didn’t find empty space they found a land filled with proud indigenous people. Let's hear the full story. 
9/10/202212 minutes, 36 seconds
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Britain’s West Indies Campaign of 1794 - a tale of victory and disease

In today's episode Steve Brown talks us through Sir Charles Grey's fascinating campaign in the West Indies at the start of the wars with Revolutionary France. Learn about the British army's excellent use of light troops and how they beat the odds in desperate jungle fighting.    Riddled with disease - casualty rates amongst the redcoats were disastrous.    Steve's book on the subject is called By Fire and Bayonet and is available from www.helion.co.uk    Please subscribe to this podcast and leave a review. We must make sure Britrish military history maintains a high profile for the next generation. 
8/27/20221 hour, 26 minutes, 6 seconds
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The Rise of the Sikh Soldier - w/Gurinder Singh Mann (Ep. 55)

Today I am joined by historian Gurinder Singh Mann to discuss the history of Sikh warriors and their close relationship with the British.    Gurinder has a wonderful new book out that can be purchased via this link. To get a 20% discount please put this code in at check-out ROTSS20    https://www.helion.co.uk/military-history-books/the-rise-of-the-sikh-soldier-the-sikh-warrior-through-the-ages-c1700-1900.php?sid=65fbf771be3d42a6a1a50deaf6d8cd33 
7/30/202250 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Shangani Patrol and the birth of Rhodesia - 1893

There is a 20% promo code for David Snape's book 'The Fire of Venture was in his veins' when purchased via the Helion website. It is JULYMTM20 The Shangani Patrol was part of the Ndebele War of 1893-94 which ended in the overthrow of the kingdom of Lobengula, King of the Ndebele. In this episode historian David Snape talks us through the full story of this legendary engagement which is often compared to Custer's Last Stand. His book can be purchased via the link below using the discount code... https://www.helion.co.uk/military-history-books/the-fire-of-venture-was-in-his-veins-major-allan-wilson-and-the-shangani-patrol-1893-rhodesias-custers-last-stand.php?sid=b6a006e22854e0fa47959d4ccd4aa25c 
7/2/20221 hour, 17 minutes, 17 seconds
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The professor of tactics who lost every battle - General Colley (1st Anglo Boer War part 3)

Today I am joined by legendary author John Laband to find out all about Major General Sir George Pomeroy Colley - the British commander who lost the 1st Anglo-Boer War of 1880-81.  John has written a number of books on this fascinating conflict. The links are below inc a discount code from Helion books: The Battle of Majuba - https://www.helion.co.uk/military-history-books/the-battle-of-majuba-hill-the-transvaal-campaign-1880-1881.php?sid=fa741aea78a7a5f46bb2482c1ebc41cc The code is : MAJUBA20 and this will give a discount of 20% against RRP from 12 May to 30 June (please note code only valid on print editions, not digital versions) Please sign up for my mailing list over at www.redcoathistory.com 
6/16/202221 minutes, 17 seconds
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Boer vs Brit: The First Anglo-Boer War Part 2 (with John Laband)

A clash of culture and military doctrine - why did the Boers win the 1st Anglo-Boer War of 1880-81? John has written a number of books on this fascinating conflict. The links are below inc a discount code from Helion books:   The Battle of Majuba - https://www.helion.co.uk/military-history-books/the-battle-of-majuba-hill-the-transvaal-campaign-1880-1881.php?sid=fa741aea78a7a5f46bb2482c1ebc41cc   The code is : MAJUBA20 and this will give a discount of 20% against RRP from 12 May to 30 June (please note code only valid on print editions, not digital versions)   Please sign up for my mailing list over at www.redcoathistory.com   
5/26/202215 minutes, 7 seconds
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The 1st Anglo-Boer War, part 1 - The Battle of Bronkhorstspruit (Ep.51)

This is the first in a new short series examining the 1st Anglo-Boer War aka the Transvaal rebellion. In today's video we walk the Battlefield of Bronkhorstspruit and I am joined by historian John Laband. John has written a number of books on this fascinating conflict. The links are below inc a discount code from Helion books:   The Battle of Majuba - https://www.helion.co.uk/military-history-books/the-battle-of-majuba-hill-the-transvaal-campaign-1880-1881.php?sid=fa741aea78a7a5f46bb2482c1ebc41cc   The code is : MAJUBA20 and this will give a discount of 20% against RRP from 12 May to 30 June (please note code only valid on print editions, not digital versions)   The Transvaal rebellion - https://amzn.to/3HK99FI   If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: www.redcoathistory.com If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via: https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory 
5/10/202215 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Frontier Light Horse: Special Forces of the Anglo-Zulu War (Ep.50)

Did you know that during the Anglo-Zulu War the British had a regiment whose tasks were very similar to those we would now class as Special Forces? In this episode I interview Cam Simpson all about the men of the Frontier Light Horse - a tough, mounted regiment recruited in South Africa. To order Cam's book on the unit visit https://www.selectbooks.co.za/ If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: www.redcoathistory.com If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory  
5/2/20222 hours, 26 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Peninsular War: Rifleman Plunket. What was the distance of his legendary shot? (Ep. 49)

Rifleman Thomas Plunket (also sometimes Plunkett) is a legend of the Peninsular War. During the battle of Cacabelos he famously shot French General Colbert and his aide from a distance which is still debated. In this short episode, myself and Rob from Britishmuzzleloaders examine Plunket's amazing feat and try to find out once and for all what range these shots were taken and what happened to Plunket after the battle. If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: www.redcoathistory.com If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory  
4/14/20229 minutes, 34 seconds
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The Peninsular War: End Game -The Invasion of France 1813-14 (Ep. 48)

In this video myself, Marcus Beresford and Nick Lipscombe discuss the British and Allied invasion of France in late 1813 and early 1814. The Battles covered are: 01:25 The Crossing of the Bidassoa 09:10 The Battle of Nivelle 12:20 The Treaty of Valencay 19:49 The Battle of the Nive 33:15 The Battle of Orthez 40:50 The Battle of Toulouse Nick's books can be purchased via the links below: The Peninsular War Atlas Wellington's Eastern Front Marcus's book on Marshal Beresford can be bought here. HIs new book on General Pack is also available here.  If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: www.redcoathistory.com If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory 
4/1/20221 hour, 19 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Peninsular War: The Siege of San Sebastian, 1813 (Ep.47)

Follow the Duke of Wellington's Redcoats as they besiege the coastal-city of San Sebastian in northeast Spain. It was the last major siege of the Peninsular War. In this, the penultimate episode of my Peninsular War series, I am joined by the excellent historians Marcus de la Poer Beresford and Nick Lipscombe. Nick's book on the war can be purchased here - https://amzn.to/3r9uAK7 And Marcus's book on his relative Marshal Beresford can be found here - https://amzn.to/3GksygI If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: www.redcoathistory.com If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory 
3/21/202218 minutes, 18 seconds
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Zulu War: A ’mini-Isandlwana’ - The Battle of Ntombe Drift (ep.46)

Today (12 March) is the anniversary of the Battle of Ntombe Drift fought during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879.  As part of my training to be a Tour Guide in South Africa I had to give a talk and this was the battle I decided to focus on.  Please sign up for monthly newsletter over at www.redcoathistory.com to receive your free eBook on the Anglo-Zulu War.  
3/12/202231 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Peninsular War: The Battle of the Pyrenees 1813 (Ep. 45)

In the late Summer of 1813 the French are fighting back in the Peninsular. Marshal Soult is back in command, and the soldiers' morale is high. Can Wellington's advance towards France be derailed? In today's episode we learn about the battles of Roncesvalles. Maya and Sorauren - collectively known as the Battle of the Pyrenees. Included today is the story of the 92nd Highlanders at Maya - a fight that is described as one of the greatest feats in military history. Nick's fantastic Atlas of the Peninsular War can be purchased here: https://amzn.to/3G9Xdxh Marcus's book on his distant relative Marshal Beresford can be found here: https://amzn.to/332kRNB  If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: www.redcoathistory.com If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory 
3/1/202232 minutes, 19 seconds
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Anglo-Zulu War: The heir to the French throne died fighting for the British? (Ep.44)

In this short episode, I look at the death of Louis-Napoleon, the Prince Imperial, during the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. Who was he? Why was he fighting with the British and who was to blame? If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: www.redcoathistory.com If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory 
2/10/202214 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Man in the (WW1) Poster - Kitchener: The Full Story (Ep.43)

Have you ever wondered who the man in the WW1 recruiting poster is and why he was so important? Today author Anne Samson joins me on the Redcoat History Show to explain his fascinating life that included command at the Battle of Omdurman and also during the 2nd Anglo-Boer War. Viewers of the show will also get a 20% discount on her book - Kitchener: The man not the myth - stay tuned to get your discount code. If you are interested in the Zulu War, then please sign up for my mailing list to receive my free book on the subject: www.redcoathistory.com If you are very generous, you can also buy me a coffee and help support the channel via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory 
2/1/20221 hour, 14 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Red River Expedition of 1870: A logistics masterpiece in the Canadian wilderness (Ep.42)

Follow the British army and their local militia allies as they traverse over a thousand miles of Canadian wilderness. Today I am joined by author Paul McNicholls to talk all about the Red River Campaign of 1870 and the early career of Garnet Wolseley. Stay tuned till the end, as we also discuss whether James Langley Dalton VC (Rorke's Drift) was actually involved in the campaign or not - and we'll also be giving out a Helion books discount code for Paul's book.  If you are on Instagram and like looking at photos of the world's battlefields then check me out - https://www.instagram.com/redcoathistory/ I am also on Twitter - https://twitter.com/redcoathistory And I have a website - https://redcoathistory.com/
1/3/202256 minutes, 45 seconds
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Peninsular War: Who were the British redcoats and how were they organised? (Ep.41)

In today's episode of the Redcoat History Podcast, I explain who the redcoats were, how they were recruited, and how the British infantry regiments of the Napoleonic wars were organised.    My new book is out now: BUY HERE   You can also DONATE HERE
12/20/202114 minutes, 48 seconds
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Vitoria, 1813: How Wellington swept the French from Spain (Ep.40)

Can the British and allied forces bounce back from their debacle at the Siege of Burgos? In the latest episode, join me to learn all about Wellington's Peninsular campaign in the spring of 1813 and see how he swept the might of Napoleon's army from Spain. It is a gripping story packed with 1st hand accounts and tales of Derring-Do from the Battle of Vitoria fought on the 21st June 1813.  Buy me a coffee and help to support the show - https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory#  If you enjoy the episode and want to receive my monthly newsletter, then please visit - http://bit.ly/redcoathistory and fill out your details. 
11/25/202141 minutes, 58 seconds
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Capturing the French Eagle at Barrosa - how Sergeant Masterson became a real-life Richard Sharpe (Ep.39)

Richard Sharpe famously captured an Eagle at the Battle of Talavera, but do you know which real-life warrior was the first British soldier to achieve that impressive feat during the Peninsular war? Well, if you want to learn more, and also find out about the Battle of Barrosa, fought in Spain in 1811, then this is the video for you. Buy me a coffee and help to support the show - https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory#  If you are on Instagram and like looking at photos of the world's battlefields then check me out - https://www.instagram.com/redcoathistory/ I am also on Twitter - https://twitter.com/redcoathistory And I have a website - https://redcoathistory.com/
11/15/20218 minutes, 36 seconds
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Why was the Duke of Wellington so successful during the Peninsular War? w/Marcus Cribb (Ep.38)

The Duke of Wellington is probably Britain's greatest ever general. But what were the factors that made him so effective during the Peninsular War against the French? In this episode, my good friend Marcus Cribb (@mcribbhistory on Twitter) breaks down the Duke's success. If you are on Instagram and like looking at photos of the world's battlefields then check me out: https://www.instagram.com/redcoathistory/ I am also on Twitter - https://twitter.com/redcoathistory And I have a website - https://redcoathistory.com/  
11/1/20216 minutes, 44 seconds
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Napoleonic wars: The fascinating story of black soldiers in the British army (Ep.37)

Today I am joined by John Ellis to talk about a subject I knew nothing about - Black soldiers serving in British regiments during the Napoleonic wars. It turns out that there were quite a lot...a number of whom built great careers. In this episode of the Redcoat History Podcast, John explains where these men came from, how they were treated and what happened to them.  John doesn't have much of a social media presence but with a little digging his excellent articles can be found. I've linked to a couple of them below: https://www.jstor.org/stable/44230826 https://nottingham.academia.edu/JohnDEllis  As for me...pls subscribe to my monthly newsletter over at https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter/  You can also look out for me on Twitter and Instagram where I am @redcoathistory. 
10/18/202147 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Battle of Assaye and the 2nd Anglo-Maratha War w/Josh Provan (Ep.36)

Author Joshua Provan joins the show to talk about his new book - BULLOCKS GRAIN AND GOOD MADEIRA: The Maratha and Jat Campaigns 1803-1806 and the emergence of an Indian Army. It's a fascinating conflict that marked the coming of age of the East India Company's Indian regiments and saw the rise of Arthur Wellesley with his stunning victory at Assaye. Josh can be found on Twitter - https://twitter.com/LandOfHistory  If you are on Instagram and like looking at photos of the world's battlefields then check me out - https://www.instagram.com/redcoathist... I am also on Twitter - https://twitter.com/redcoathistory And I have a website - https://redcoathistory.com/
10/4/202147 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Peninsular War: Disaster at Burgos with Charles Esdaile and Mark Thompson (Ep.35)

After the famous Victory at Salamanca in July 1812, Wellington occupied Madrid. At this point, he seemed to lose his magic touch. In this episode, I am joined by historians Charles Esdaile and Mark Thompson to learn the full story behind the campaign known as "Wellington's worst scrape".  Mark is on Twitter https://twitter.com/MarkSThompson2 And so is Charles Esdaile - https://twitter.com/CharlesEsdaile  If you want to support the show then please sign up for my mailing list and receive your two free eBooks. I will send you a monthly newsletter packed with fascinating links related to military history. 
9/19/20211 hour, 36 minutes, 21 seconds
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The First Anglo-Sikh War part 2: Ferozeshah and Sabraon (Ep 34)

This week is the second installment of my chat with Sikh historian Amarpal Singh all about the First Anglo-Sikh War of 1845/46. In this episode we hear all about the brutal battles of Mudki, Ferozeshah and Sabraon...arguably the toughest fights that the British army ever faced in India. You can follow Amarpal on Twitter https://twitter.com/amarpalsidhu and you can sign up for my mailing list here https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter/ 
8/23/202146 minutes, 25 seconds
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Disaster in Afghanistan and the fall of Kabul - then and now (Ep.33)

A rare unscheduled and unplanned episode of the Redcoat History Podcast. In response to current events in Afghanistan, I thought it is the right time to talk about the 1st Anglo-Afghan war of 1839-1842 particularly the disastrous evacuation of Kabul. It is a horrific and disturbing story and one that seems to have some parallels with the current government in Kabul apparently on the verge of collapse.   If you like the episode then please subscribe and also sign up for my mailing list over at https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter/   You can also support the work that we are doing by making a donation via https://ko-fi.com/redcoathistory# 
8/15/202124 minutes, 5 seconds
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The First Anglo-Sikh War: Ranjit Singh and the road to war w/Amarpal Singh (Ep.32)

I am taking a short break from the Peninsular War this month to share with you an interview I did with Sikh historian Amarpal Singh - this is the first part of a two-part series. This week we are examining Ranjit Singh, the birth of the Sikh empire, and the road to war.     To find out more about Amapal you can visit his Twitter profile here https://twitter.com/amarpalsidhu    You can also download two free eBooks by registering for my mailing list here https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter/ 
8/2/202120 minutes, 13 seconds
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The Battle of Salamanca: Wellington’s greatest victory? w/Gareth Glover and Marcus Cribb (Ep.31)

The Battle of Salamanca, fought in Spain on July 22nd, 1812, was one of the most important battles of the Napoleonic era. In this episode, I am joined by one of the best and most prolific writers on the British army in the Napoleonic Wars, Gareth Glover, as well as a long-time friend of the show, Marcus Cribb. This episode is packed with detail and debate - make sure to listen until the end to find out if this was indeed Wellington's greatest battle.  Visit my website and sign up for the monthly Redcoat History Newsletter - https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter/ 
7/15/20211 hour, 24 minutes, 13 seconds
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Horror in the Breaches: The Storming of Badajoz during the Peninsular War (Ep.30)

The Third Siege of Badajoz during the Peninsular War was a brutal and bloody affair. It was a huge test for Wellington and his British and Portuguese troops. They had failed twice before, could they finally capture this immense fortress that protects the southern route between Portugal and Spain? Join Christian Parkinson aka @redcoathistory as he continues his deep dive into the history of the Peninsular War fought in Portugal, Spain and France between 1808 and 1814. It is an epic tale that saw the allied armies push back and defeat the might of Napoleon.  Sign up for my monthly despatch newsletter here to receive your two free eBooks on British military history.    www.redcoathistory.com 
6/14/202142 minutes, 22 seconds
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Job Maseko MM - the story of a South African Hero (Ep.29)

A bit of a change on the podcast today...bear with me as I will be back to the Peninsular War very soon... A recent petition was launched in the UK to attempt to upgrade the Military Medal of black South African soldier Job Maseko. Some people believe that Job should have won a Victoria Cross for blowing up a German ship while he was a prisoner of war in North Africa. But what is the full story? Did racism block Job's medal? What is his legacy in South Africa and is he still remembered in his hometown? I went to find out the answer to all of those questions. . . If you enjoyed this episode then please subscribe and also join my mailing list via - https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter/ 
5/28/202120 minutes, 38 seconds
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Albuera: The bloodiest battle of the Peninsular War (Ep.28)

The Battle of Albuera fought in Spain on 16th of May 1811 is considered to be the bloodiest battle of the Peninsular war. One British unit suffered a staggering 85% casualties. But what happened? Why were casualties so horrific and who eventually won this slogging match? Tune in as I discuss all of these points and many more with: Marcus Beresford (descendent of the British commander) https://marcusdelapoerberesford.ie/ho...​ Dr. Mark Thompson - author on the battle - https://marksthompson.weebly.com/​ and Marcus Cribb - expert on the Peninsular - https://twitter.com/mcribbHistory Subscribe to my newsletter to receive a PDF of the transcript of this episide www.redcoathistory.com/newsletter ​
5/16/20211 hour, 10 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Peninsular War: The Battle of Fuentes De Oñoro, May 3-5th 1811 (Ep.27)

The latest Redcoat History Podcast...Today's episode on one of the key battles of the Peninsular War is a belter. . .A bitter hand-to-hand fight along alleyways and inside houses, an inexperienced allied division cut off and in danger of annihilation. A troop of horse artillery surrounded and forced to slash their way through the French cavalry. Today’s episode of the Redcoat History Podcast is packed with drama – put your pack down, sip some captured French grog and lend me your ears as we are transported to May 1811 and find Wellington and the allied army with their backs to the wall once more at the village of Fuentes de Oñoro on the Spanish-Portuguese border. Visit www.redcoathistory.com/newsletter to sign up for my monthly despatch.
4/14/202136 minutes, 22 seconds
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The Peninsular War: Wellington and the Lines of Torres Vedras (Ep.26)

It is 1810 and the French are invading Portugal once again. Can they kick the pesky Redcoats out of the Peninsular for good? In the latest Redcoat History Podcast (Season 3), we are talking all about the Lines of Torres Vedras - the amazing engineering feat that allowed Wellington and his small army to defeat the French. I am joined on the show by Mark Thompson - author of numerous books about the Peninsular including a number that cover the lines. Mark is also involved with the Friends of the Lines of Torres Vedras whose website is https://fltv.weebly.com/ I also have a website and would love it if you would sign up for my newsletter and help me to spread the love for British military history - https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter
3/15/202147 minutes, 17 seconds
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Peninsular War: Was Wellington a Defensive General? w/Marcus Cribb (Ep.25)

Today we have a short bonus episode on the Peninsular War. Marcus Cribb, manager of Apsley House, joins the podcast today to answer the question, 'was Wellington a defensive General?' In this fun, concise episode he explains his thoughts and tries to shatter some of the myths. To read more about Marcus's thoughts on Wellingtons generalship please see his excellent article: https://www.dukeofwellington.org/post/the-best-of-wellington-five-of-the-iron-duke-s-victories-that-surpass-waterloo I would also appreciate it if you signed up for my website's monthly newsletter packed with fun links and updates - https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter  
3/1/20216 minutes, 29 seconds
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Peninsular War: The Baker Rifle - an interview with Rob from Britishmuzzleloaders (Ep.24)

In this month's Peninsular War episode I interview the amazing Rob from Britishmuzzleloaders - he is a walking encyclopedia of historical British rifles and muskets. Today he teaches me all about the Development, accuracy, rate of fire and tactical use of the Baker Rifle - aka the Pattern 1800 Infantry Rifle.   I have a website and please follow this link to sign up for the monthly newsletter - https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter/   Rob's brilliant YouTube channel can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/user/britishmuzzleloaders 
2/14/20211 hour, 21 seconds
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The Peninsular War: An interview with Forlorn Hope Band - Heavy Metal meets Military History (Ep.23)

In this bonus Redcoat History Podcast episode, I meet Chris Simpson from the awesome heavy metal band Forlorn Hope. They have an entire album all about the Peninsular War, and in February 2021 their new single drops - To the Bitter End - a thrilling retelling of the story of the 1916 defence of Frankfurt Trench.   You can check out the band's website here - https://forlornhope.uk/to-the-bitter-end-2021    Please subscribe to my newsletter for a monthly email packed with useful curated military history links - you'll also get your free eBook all about the Martini-Henry Rifle.    www.redcoathistory.com/newsletter 
2/1/202118 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Peninsular War: The Battle of Bussaco, September 1810 (Ep.22)

In the latest episode of Season 3 of The Redcoat History Podcast, we examine the Battle of Busacco...fought in Portugal on the 27th September 1810. The battle is important for many reasons - not least of which as it marked the coming of age of the newly reorganized and re-equipped Portuguese army which would achieve so much throughout the rest of the Peninsular war. March in the ranks and sit alongside Wellington as he decides when and how to try and stop the third French invasion of Portugal - will he be successful or will Marshal Massena's army of veterans brush the Redcoats aside and advance to Lisbon? If you are on Instagram and like looking at photos of the world's battlefields then check me out - https://www.instagram.com/redcoathistory/ I am also on Twitter - https://twitter.com/redcoathistory And I have a website - https://redcoathistory.com/ 
1/13/202133 minutes, 46 seconds
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Peninsular War: Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Talavera w/Marcus Cribb (Ep.21)

In the latest installment of the Redcoat History Podcast I talk to Marcus Cribb (manager of Apsley House) all about the first Richard Sharpe book "Sharpe's Eagle". We follow the plot of the novel and explain which bits are true and which bits do not conform to the actual history of the Battle of Talavera. It's a really fun episode...Pls let me know your favourite Sharpe book.    Don't forget to subscribe and share the link with any friends who love British military history.    Marcus can be found on Twitter where he is @mcribbhistory    My website is www.redcoathistory.com 
12/14/20201 hour, 15 minutes, 40 seconds
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Britain’s Foreign Legion: The 5/60th Rifles in the Peninsular War (Ep.20)

The 5/60th Rifles were arguably the most elite unit of Wellington's Peninsular army. Dressed in green, carrying the Baker Rifle, they fought in virtually every battle from 1808 to 1814. But did you know that they were mainly foreigners - Germans, Russians and Hungarians? In this in-depth interview, Rob Griffith talks with Redcoat History all about the formation, tactics and eventual disbandment of this impressive unit. To find out more about Rob please follow him on Twitter - https://twitter.com/Rob_Griffith_ If you are on Instagram and like looking at photos of the world's battlefields then check me out - https://www.instagram.com/redcoathistory/ I am also on Twitter - https://twitter.com/redcoathistory And I have a website - https://redcoathistory.com/
11/16/202050 minutes, 16 seconds
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Galloping at Everything: British cavalry in the Peninsular War w/Marcus Cribb (Ep.19)

The British cavalry of the Napoleonic wars has often been criticised, including by the Duke of Wellington himself who accused them of "galloping at everything". But was the criticism fair? How were they organised? How were they recruited? Did they perform well? In the latest episode of the Redcoat History Podcast I talk with Marcus Cribb (manager of Apsley House) to try and answer all of these questions. If you enjoy the episode please subscribe and leave a comment to hep the Redcoat History Podcast to grow.  Marcus can be found on twitter as @mcribbhistory  Please subscribe to the channel and share the video. Thanks. You can also subscribe to my website www.redcoathistory.com to receive a free book about the Martini-Henry Rifle.   
10/13/202046 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Peninsular War: The return of Sir Arthur Wellesley and the crossing of the Douro River May 1809 (Ep.18)

It's Spring 1809 and Sir Arthur Wellesley (later the Duke of Wellington) has returned to Portugal to continue the campaign against the French invaders. In this important episode, we see Wellington at his most decisive as he sends his army across the Douro River to throw the French out of northern Portugal at the 2nd Battle of Oporto.
9/16/202029 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Early Life of the Duke of Wellington - a conversation with Joshua Provan (Ep.17)

In this episode of the Redcoat History Podcast, myself and Joshua Provan (adventuresinhistoryland.com) discuss The Duke of Wellington's early life when he was still known as Sir Arthur Wellesley.    Where did he go to school? Was he a good junior officer? How did he perform in India? Josh answers all of these questions and many, many more.   To read my blog and sign up for my mailing list please visit www.redcoathistory.com
8/17/20201 hour, 25 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Brown Bess Musket: With Rob from Britishmuzzleloaders (Ep. 16)

In this episode my good friend Rob from the excellent Britishmuzzleloader YouTube channel tells me all about the history, development and use of the Brown Bess Musket (used by the bulk of the British army during the Peninsular War and beyond).  "Brown Bess" is a nickname for the British Army's muzzle-loading smoothbore flintlock Musket and its derivatives. Ever wondered where the name came from or why the weapon was in use for so long? Then have a listen and find out.  To keep up to date with my podcast and YouTube channel please subscribe to my newsletter and receive your free eBook all about the Martini-Henry Rifle. https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter/
7/15/20201 hour, 23 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Peninsular War, Part 4: The Battle of Corunna (Ep.15)

It's December 1808 as we join the British army after their small but impressive victory at the Battle of Sahagun. With the might of Napoleon's Grande Armee streaming towards him, Sir John Moore is forced to retreat through northern Spain to the coast. Will the British Expeditionary Force be caught and destroyed in the snow? Will discipline break down? Or, can Sir John Moore steer them to one final victory before they escape? This month's episode is a long, hard look at one of the most famous campaigns in British military history. So, take off your pack, place your musket by your side and pour yourself a stiff drink - you are going to need it. 
6/22/20201 hour, 23 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Peninsular War, Part 3: Sir John Moore takes command, the advance into Spain and the Battle of Sahagun (Ep.14)

1808 - In the latest installment of The Redcoat History Podcast we meet Sir John Moore and follow the British Expeditionary Force as it advances into Spain to challenge the mighty Napoleon himself. We charge at the battle of Sahagun alongside the 15th Hussars in what the historian Charles Oman considered the greatest cavalry action of the Peninsular War. Will Moore prove himself a great General or will the army be defeated and embarrassed once more? By the way, for those of you like my podcasts about the Anglo-Zulu War, you will be pleased to discover that my new book is now available on Amazon as a Kindle download. Here is the link: https://amzn.to/3elkI7X
5/28/202039 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Peninsular War: Part 2, The Battle of Vimeiro (Ep.13)

In the second part of my deep dive into the Peninsular war of 1808-1814, we follow Sir Arthur Wellesley and his small expeditionary force as they tackle Portugal's French occupiers. We examine the battle of Vimeiro - can Wellesley prove his mettle against "Boney's invincibles" or will he and his men be pushed back into the sea? 
4/27/202035 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Peninsular War: Part 1, The Battle of Rolica (Ep.12)

Welcome to a new season of The Redcoat History Podcast. In season three we will be taking a deep dive into the Peninsular war – Yes, that’s right, think Richard Sharpe and the South Essex. It is a conflict that saw the Duke of Wellington rise to fame and the development of arguably the greatest and most successful British army to ever take the field. In this, the first, episode we meet Sir Arthur Wellesley (soon to become the Duke of Wellington) and have ringside seats as he takes on the all-conquering French army at Rolica...Will he emerge victoriously or will the British be thrown back into the Atlantic ocean?  To stay up to date with all the episodes and to get your free ebook about the Martini-Henry rifle please be sure to subscribe to my newsletter - https://redcoathistory.com/newsletter/
4/3/202041 minutes, 57 seconds
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Anglo-Zulu War Part 4: The siege and relief of Eshowe

In this episode of The Redcoat History Podcast Christian Parkinson delves into the history of the battle of Nyezane, the siege of Eshowe and the battle of Gingindlovu - tough scraps from the Anglo-Zulu war of 1879 that are often overlooked in popular history.    For the full show notes, maps and videos be sure to visit www.redcoathistory.com    So what is The Redcoat History Podcast?   It's a podcast to learn about the history of the British army, its most famous campaigns, its worst defeats and its greatest leaders. During the first week of every month battlefield explorer, Christian Parkinson delves deep into a new topic. This is a podcast for the military geeks, the obsessives, those who like to feel what it is like to fix bayonets and charge the French. It is military history as it should be: exciting, fast-paced and so real you can smell the gunpowder.
8/1/201959 minutes, 51 seconds
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The Anglo-Zulu War Part 3: The Battle of Rorke's Drift

The Battle of Rorke's Drift, fought at a lonely mission station on the Natal/Zululand border on 22 January 1879, is probably the most famous British engagement of the Victorian era.    11 Victoria Crosses were won in a single day as a handful of British troops fought for their lives against around 4000 Zulus. It is the stuff of legends, forever immortalised in the 1964 film Zulu. But how realistic is that film and how true are our preconceptions about the battle.    In this episode of the Redcoat History Podcast, Christian Parkinson walks us through the battle, drawing heavily on the accounts of those who were there. For more information including maps and videos then visit www.redcoathistory.com.    Christian can also be found on Instagram and Twitter where he is known as @redcoathistory. 
7/1/201954 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Anglo-Zulu War Part 2: The Battle of Isandlwana

The battle of Isandlwana fought on the 22nd of January 1879, is one of the most discussed and written about engagements in the history of the British army. We British do love a glorious defeat and the battle certainly falls into that category. It’s a difficult battle for the historian - disjointed and confused with few first-hand accounts to help us.  As Keith Smith says:  “Isandlwana is the most impenetrable engagement to comprehend because all of the major European participants lost their lives. Had Colonel Durnford, Lietuentant-Colonel Pulleine or even Lieutenant Melvill survived, then the story of the events of that dreadful day would now be easier to tell. But they did not, and it is thus no accident that this battle engages us still.”  Welcome to episode 2 of the Redcoat history podcast with me Christian Parkinson – I’m a filmmaker, photographer and battlefield explorer who has a passion for the history of the British army – a passion that I’m desperate to share. If you want read the full notes for this episode including a bibliography and my video tours of the key locations then please go to www.redcoathistory.com 
6/3/20191 hour, 20 minutes, 16 seconds
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The Anglo-Zulu War Part1: The Road To War

Welcome to the first ever episode of the Redcoat History Podcast - a place to learn the history of the British army, its most famous campaigns, its worst defeats and its greatest leaders. On the first Monday of every month battlefield explorer, Christian Parkinson delves deep into a new topic. This is a podcast for the military geeks, the obsessives, those who like to feel what it is like to fix bayonets and charge the French. It is military history as it should be: exciting, fast-paced and so real you can smell the gunpowder. In the first few episodes, we will be exploring the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879. Who were the Zulus and why did Britain invade this tiny corner of Africa? In subsequent episodes, we will dive into great detail about the battles and personalities of this conflict that still fascinates the historian and the public alike.  For detailed show notes, maps and videos please head over to www.redcoathistory.com/podcast   
5/21/201931 minutes, 38 seconds