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Explore the rich history of our past through the lens of our military institutions. From the settlement of North America to the present, this podcast encompasses traditional military history and goes the extra step to address the evolution of ideas and institutions. Join us!
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Inspired by the people and events that have shaped Australian history and character, with his authentically Australian down to earth approach, Adam Blum explores and shares their stories. Learn how in the past and more recently, service, sacrifice and grit have and continue to play a central role in Australia's True Blue History.
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The first and only podcast covering the battles, strategies, political decisions, and origin of the United States Marine Corps, from the origin of Tun Tavern to today. Neither the United States Marine Corps nor any other component of the Department of Defense has approved, endorsed, or authorized this product (or promotion, or service, or activity).
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It is now ten years after the miraculous victory at Marathon. A thousand nations of the Persian Empire are on the march. This vast host drains the rivers dry and shakes the very earth with its march. Such a vast host had never before been assembled in the annals of history and this great army had but one objective. The complete conquest of all Greece. Xerxes would at last gain sweet revenge against these impudent Greeks. Soon few will stand against many, and even the army of a god king will ...
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Collision Podcast - Where Art, History & Music Collide with your Host, Sharon Fitzgerald, MA | Los Angeles Episode Guide: Ep. 10 D-Day Live from Omaha Beach Ep. 3-9: Game of Thrones Ep. 2: The Birth of Modern Art Ep. 1: Introduction Ep.10: D-Day - Live from Omaha Beach for the 75th Anniversary of the WW2 Normandy Beach Invasion. Join your Host, Sharon Fitzgerald, MA, as she treks through the WW2 Normandy Beaches and battlegrounds and interviews local historians. Photos, maps, links and Sharo ...
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In this week’s Podcast Adam sits down with Fire and Rescue NSW Qualified Firefighter Sarah Spicer, Sarah comes from a rich family history of First Responders, her dad was an Intensive Care Paramedic and Sarah wanted to follow in her dad’s footsteps, but because of his service he developed severe PTS from his service and talked Sarah out of joining …
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In this episode, we explore the journey of the Montford Point Marines during WWII. After training, they prepared to join their brothers in arms in the Pacific. We delve into the organization of the 51st and 52nd battalions, some milestones, their involvement in the war, and a few heroic stories.By Robert Estrada
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Adam is joined in a 3-part Episode with Royal Australian Navy Commander Sandy Coulson CSM Rtd. Serving for 26 years fulltime service then transferring to the reserves. Sandy joined the Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS) as an Officer Cadet in late 1974. There were only 25 WRANS Officers plus an even smaller group of female nurses who ma…
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This is part two of a three episode arc on the Modoc War of 1872-73. With an increasing number of Euro-Americans settlers coming into the Klamath Basin astride the Oregon/California border after the end of the Civil War, tensions rose. Modoc's feared a loss of access to their homeland and it became an issue with both parties. It put increasing pres…
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Adam is joined in a 3-part Episode with Royal Australian Navy Commander Sandy Coulson CSM Rtd. Serving for 26 years fulltime service then transferring to the reserves. Sandy joined the Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS) as an Officer Cadet in late 1974. There were only 25 WRANS Officers plus an even smaller group of female nurses who ma…
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Adam is joined in a 3-part Episode with Royal Australian Navy Commander Sandy Coulson CSM Rtd. Serving for 26 years fulltime service then transferring to the reserves. Sandy joined the Women’s Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS) as an Officer Cadet in late 1974. There were only 25 WRANS Officers plus an even smaller group of female nurses who ma…
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Montford Point was established in 1942, and this is the perfect time to take a break from the Pacific and focus the next few episodes on the history of desegregation in the Marine Corps. Marines at Montford Point overcame substantial hurdles to serve in the Corps. They were enlisting in a branch that literally didn't want them (Holcomb confirmed th…
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We are moving into our season on the wars of the western frontier. We are starting on the Pacific coast with the Modoc War of 1872-73, California's only large post Civil War conflict with a native people. This episode sets up the events of the war. The Modoc homeland, in the far reaches of Northern California in the Klamath Basin, was under pressur…
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Rebecca Doyle is the Director of the Sir John Monash Centre, in Villers-Bretonneux, France. Rebecca is also the senior in-country representative for the Department of Veterans' Affairs, as Counsellor accredited to the Australian Embassy in Paris. Prior to her appointment as Director of the Sir John Monash Centre, Rebecca was the Director of the Ove…
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In this week’s Episode Adam is having a conversation with AWM Historian Michael Kelly about Australia’s involvement in a largely overlooked conflict - the ‘Malayan Emergency’. . The ‘Emergency’ began in mid-1948, but Australia’s involvement didn’t begin until 1950, the year the Korean War started. Australia’s initial commitment was from the RAAF wi…
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Japanese forces occupied most of Luzon, and US/Philippine forces withdrew south to establish a defensive line. 72 officers and 1173 enlisted from more than 50 organizations joined the 4th Marines. This made them one of the most diverse Marine units ever to have existed. Despite the additional reinforcements, many newcomers to the 4th were sailors a…
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In this week’s conversation Adam is joined by former Australian Muay Thai kick-boxing champion and Aussie soldier, Paul 'Warlord' Waaaaaarrrrrrennnnn! Paul is no stranger to the physically punishing world of martial arts at its highest level and the demands of being a soldier. But nothing could prepare him for the violence and brutality of the figh…
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We are now moving beyond the Civil War and examining the armies role in the western United States. In the decades after the Civil War came to an end, the regular army was sent west. After 1865, with the completion of the transcontinental railroad and the Homestead Act, settlement of the west accelerated. Unfortunately, as the western states began t…
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In this week’s episode Adam is having a conversation with Air Vice-Marshal (Retired) John Quaife. John spent 28 years living every young kids dream as a fighter pilot with the Royal Australian Air Force. He is a graduate of the RAAF’s ‘top gun’ training course and his service career included command of one of Australia’s finest fighter squadrons. O…
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The period from the end of the Civil War until 1877 was known as Reconstruction. As the name suggests, it was the country's attempt to reconstruct and, perhaps, transform the South. The hope was to not only stitch the country back together again, but provide the freedmen a step up, to integrate the formerly enslaved population back into society. Te…
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In the first podcast of Season 4 Adam is joined by the man with the moustache and a love for reading, 6 RAR infantry Captain, Dylan Conway. Dylan is the founder of BrothersNBooks, a charity that is seeking to make reading cool again. BrothersNBooks was founded in 2020 after the pandemic crisis which saw millions of people around the world suffering…
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This episode continues our discussion in the Philippines. Most of the 4th Marines were positioned on Corregidor, a small, tadpole-shaped island in the mouth of Manila Bay. Japan's domination of air and sea cut off food and supplies to the peninsula's defenders. By April 1942, many troops had lost as much as a third of their body weight.…
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We have reached the penultimate episode of our series on the Civil War. We briefly touch on the surrender of the Confederate field armies but devote most of our time to looking at issues related to the winners and loosers of the war. It is fair to say that Lincoln won the war, but lost the peace. We don't explore all of the issues that led to the d…
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In this episode, we concentrate on the siege at Petersburg, VA. With Grant unable to destroy the Army of Northern Virginia in the 1864 campaign season, instead he maneuvered Lee's Army into Petersburg for an extended siege. While Lee's army was able to fight another day, as Grant extended the siege lines around Petersburg, Lee's forces were stretch…
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In season 3 finale Adam interviews Troy Knight, Troy is a former Royal Australian Airforce Joint Terminal Attack Controller, Author, and PSD Operator. The Combat Controllers are known as the Special Forces unit of the Air Force, with Troy deploying alongside members of the Special Operations Task Group in combat in the Middle East. Throughout his M…
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Chris May joined the Australian Army at 16.9months, Chris was a war veteran at nineteen deploying to Afghanistan in 2009, Chris deployed again in 2011 and on September 23rd 2011, Chris’s life changed forever when he survived driving over an improvised explosive device. Chris has gone on to do so much for veterans and veterans mental health he forme…
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In our last full episode devoted to the western theater, we know turn our attention to Sherman's next act, his march through the Carolina's. When he completed his march across Georgia, the thought was to reunite with Grant. Instead, Sherman wanted to march through the heart of the Carolina's to the border of Virginia. Imperiling Lee's supply line. …
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India and Pakistan between 1947 and 1949 fight their first war against each other for control of Kashmir. The population of the area was mainly Muslim but its ruler was not., he tried to keep Kashmir independent but when Pakistani troops invaded he was forced to call for help from India, which sent troops and airplanes to fight for control of the a…
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Kevin Sadaj served in the Marine Corps from 1989 to 1993 and participated in Operation Restore Hope. In 2011 he cofounded the Marine Somalia Veterans Association, which has over 2000 members. The association serves as a place of fellowship and support for members who served in Somalia and is a repository of the history of their experiences. Website…
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What would you do if you were stranded in the coldest place on earth as the world you knew back home changed forever… Adam speaks with Author David Knoff, As station leader at the Davis Research Station in Antarctica, David was leading 24 expeditions on a standard mission when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, international travel came to a standstill and…
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In 1947 India was to gain its independence but it had to broken up into two nations, India and Pakistan known as Partition. In the run up to this the India was to witness an outbreak of murder, rape and the following out from their homes of millions of people. A biography of the first leader of Pakistan, Muhammad Jinnah is given.…
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During his recent visit to the battlefields of the Western Front, Adam visited the medieval town of Ypres (modern day Ieper), and sat down with the chairman of the Last Post Association, Benoit Mottrie. The Last Post Association is an independent voluntary, non-profit organisation who founded the Last Post Ceremony back in 1928. It is still respons…
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Once Atlanta was secured, Sherman considered next steps. Sherman mulled over an idea - marching through Georgia. After deliberations with the Lincoln Administration and General Grant, Sherman convinced them to back his plan. He wanted retribution and to demonstrate what the Union could do. In a severe blow to Confederate morale, Sherman wrecked the…
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