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It was the summer of 1917. Abelia Brody and Robert Bishop are two lonely people brought together by fate, in a time of war. Lilac Wine weaves their story through the lens of history. Join author Bruce Janu as he reads from his novel-in-progress, bringing his audience on a candid journey through the creative writing process. Become part of the process, offer suggestions and constructive criticism. Lilac Wine: The Podcast is a unique, crowd-edited novel in real-time. Join the discussion, make ...
 
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This veteran special is based on Peter's Imperial War Museum interview with the remarkable Tommy Flowers - the man who built the Colossus computer that cracked the German codes in the Second World War. Tommy Flowers is a different type of hero, and this episode includes excerpts from the interview with the man himself. Presenters: Peter Hart and Ga…
 
Peter and Gary continue to tell the gripping tale of the South Notts Hussars, as they regroup and prepare for the Battle of El Alamein in 1942. Presenters: Peter Hart and Gary Bain Publisher: Mat McLachlan Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c…
 
In this special Remembrance Day episode, Peter and Gary explore the stories of several soldiers and their experiences 'apres la guerre' - after the war. Presenters: Peter Hart and Gary Bain Publisher: Mat McLachlan Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.yout…
 
Peter and Gary explore the Battles of Coronel and the Falklands, two important, yet overlooked, naval battles of the First World War. Presenters: Peter Hart and Gary Bain Publisher: Mat McLachlan Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHis…
 
How do you write a novel about the First World War without resorting to cliché? This month, Angus, Chris and Jessica speak to novelist Lesley Glaister about her new book, Blasted Things, set in the aftermath of the war. Along the way we discuss family history, what it feels like to hold historical documents, the medico-legal definition of PTSD and …
 
Peter and Gary tell the stories of soldiers who served in the First Battle of Ypres in 1914. Presenters: Peter Hart and Gary Bain Publisher: Mat McLachlan Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHistoryTV Peter Hart's Military History is a…
 
To celebrate Black History Month in the UK, Peter and Gary explore the story of black soldiers who fought as part of the British Army in the First World War. Presenters: Peter Hart and Gary Bain Publisher: Mat McLachlan Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www…
 
In the first of a special series of episodes about Sir Douglas Haig, Commander-in-Chief of British forces during the First World War, Peter and Gary explore the early years of his life and military career. Presenters: Peter Hart and Gary Bain Publisher: Mat McLachlan Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV…
 
Peter and Gary bring you the gripping conclusion to their account of the bloody Battle of Knightsbridge in 1942. Presenters: Peter Hart and Gary Bain Publisher: Mat McLachlan Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHistoryTV Peter Hart's M…
 
How does popular culture see Lawrence of Arabia? This month Angus, Chris and Jessica speak to cartoonist Ned Barnett about his work on T. E. Lawrence, including both his research travelogue, Dreamers of the Day, and his on-going three volume graphic biography of the famous polymath. Along the way we discuss Lawrence as a celebrity, the challenges o…
 
Gary and Peter reveal the next chapter in the story of the South Notts Hussars, a WW2 artillery unit they are following throughout the war. This is the first of a two-part series which explores the Battle of Knightsbridge, the most bloody and heroic action the unit took part in. Presenters: Peter Hart and Gary Bain Publisher: Mat McLachlan Producer…
 
Peter and Gary tell the story of the men who fought in the Battle of Loos, the largest British attack of 1915. Presenters: Peter Hart and Gary Bain Publisher: Mat McLachlan Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHistoryTV Peter Hart's Mil…
 
Peter and Gary tell the story of James McCudden VC, one of Britain's top fighter aces of the First World War. Presenters: Peter Hart and Gary Bain Publisher: Mat McLachlan Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHistoryTV…
 
Peter and Gary explore the often-overlooked role of French troops in the Gallipoli Campaign, and the ferocious battles they waged against the Turkish defenders. Presenters: Peter Hart and Gary Bain Publisher: Mat McLachlan Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at …
 
Peter and Gary are joined by special guest Jim Grundy to explore the darker side of soldiers and service. Presenters: Peter Hart and Gary Bain Guest: Jim Grundy Publisher: Mat McLachlan Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHistoryTV Pet…
 
What happens when a Sunday night crime caper takes the history of the First World War seriously? In this episode Jessica, Chris and Angus talk about the cult Australian television series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. We discuss class in interwar Australia, what it meant to be a conscientious objector and why it might be a mistake to admit to brib…
 
Peter and Gary continue the gripping tale of the South Notts Hussars, an artillery unit who fought throughout WW2, as they take part in the life-or-death breakout from Tobruk in 1941. Presenters: Peter Hart and Gary Bain Publisher: Mat McLachlan Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to …
 
Peter and Gary examine the often-overlooked role played by American troops in the great offensives of 1918. How important was the USA in the push to final victory? Presenters: Peter Hart and Gary Bain Publisher: Mat McLachlan Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel …
 
In the next installment in their journey in the footsteps of the South Notts Hussars, a WW2 artillery unit, Peter and Gary explore what it was like to live and fight in Tobruk during the siege of 1941. Presenters: Peter Hart and Gary Bain Publisher: Mat McLachlan Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com…
 
Peter and Gary examine the fruitless attacks at Cape Helles in August 1915, which were intended to draw attention away from Anzac and Suvla during the August Offensive. Were the 3500 casualties worth it? Presenters: Peter Hart and Gary Bain Publisher: Mat McLachlan Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.c…
 
Did the First World War inspire organised crime in inter-war Britain? In this episode we talk to Emma Hanna (University of Kent) about the British crime-drama series Peaky Blinders and how the war service of the main characters may have further brutalised the gangsters as they negotiate the harsh realities of postwar life. Along the way we discuss …
 
Flies, dysentry, bully beef and bullets! That was the lot for a soldier on Gallipoli during the campaign. How did they cope with these daily stresses? Peter and Gary reveal all in this special episode. Presenters: Peter Hart and Gary Bain Publisher: Mat McLachlan Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com…
 
Peter and Gary continue their exploration of aerial warfare during the First World War. 1915 sees the arrival of the nemesis of Allied forces - the German Fokker! What will this mean for the brave airmen who daily risk their lives in the skies over France? Presenters: Peter Hart and Gary Bain Publisher: Mat McLachlan Producer: Jess Stebnicki For mo…
 
Peter and Gary continue their journey in the footsteps of the South Notts Hussars, a WW2 artillery regiment, as they arrive in Tobruk and confront the harsh realities of warfare. Presenters: Peter Hart and Gary Bain Publisher: Mat McLachlan Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our Y…
 
Peter and Gary explore Operation Husky, the Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943, one of the largest amphibious operations in history. Presenters: Peter Hart and Gary Bain Publisher: Mat McLachlan Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHisto…
 
Peter and Gary explore the implementation of new weapons and technology in the British Army during the First World War. Presenters: Peter Hart and Gary Bain Publisher: Mat McLachlan Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHistoryTV Peter H…
 
How has the First World War been translated by German popular culture? In this episode, Angus, Chris and Jessica are joined by Dr Hilary Potter to discuss the book and television series, Babylon Berlin. We discuss sibling rivalry, the New Woman and prisoners of war as we explore the different ways in which the books and the programme represent Weim…
 
On the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, Peter and Gary tell the stories of some of the men who fought in this great battle. Presenters: Peter Hart and Gary Bain Publisher: Mat McLachlan Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHistor…
 
A change of pace for Peter and Gary as they explore the story of Rupert Brooke and the 'Glitterati', the generation of poets and artists who served during the First World War. How did these men adapt to life in the military, what trials did they face on the battlefield, and how did they measure up as soldiers in the horrors of the trenches? Present…
 
In the second episode of this special 205th anniversary commemoration, the Battle of Waterloo reaches its dramatic climax! Presenters: Peter Hart and Gary Bain Publisher: Mat McLachlan Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHistoryTV Pete…
 
To celebrate the 205th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, Peter and Gary explore the battle in detail, as Napoleon and his French troops meet the British under the Duke of Wellington and the Prussians under Marshal von Blucher. Also listen to Part 2, as the battle reaches its climax! Presenters: Peter Hart and Gary Bain Publisher: Mat McLachlan…
 
Peter and Gary explore the people, circumstances and early battles that led to the Battle of Waterloo. The unbelievable story of Napoleon's escape from Elba, his return to power, his assault designed to split the Allied armies in Belgium and the ferocious battles of Ligny and Quatre Bras on 16 June 1815. Presenters: Peter Hart and Gary Bain Publish…
 
Peter and Gary continue exploring the brutal fighting in the Helles sector of Gallipoli, as they revisit the Third Battle of Krithia on the 105th anniversary of the fateful attack. Presenters: Peter Hart and Gary Bain Publisher: Mat McLachlan Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our…
 
Why do some Heavy Metal bands examine the First World War? In this episode we talk to Julia Ribeiro Thomaz (PhD student at Paris Nanterre/EHESS) about the portrayal of the First World War in Heavy Metal music. As a result we learn about who is fascinated with tank warfare, different uses for the poetry of Wilfred Owen, and the extent to which the F…
 
Peter and Gary continue their journey in the footsteps of the South Notts Hussars as the regiment moves from Palestine to Egypt in 1940, and confronts Italian forces during Operation Compass. Presenters: Peter Hart and Gary Bain Publisher: Mat McLachlan Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subsc…
 
Peter and Gary explore the Battle of Le Cateau in August 1914, the second major battle fought by the British Army on the Western Front. Did they give the German Army a bloody nose? Did their commander, Smith Dorrien make the right decision to stand and fight? Find out in this fascinating episode! Presenters: Peter Hart and Gary Bain Publisher: Mat …
 
Our new podcast series, Treasures from the Vault, is launching this week! Join historian Mat McLachlan behind the scenes at the world's great museums, libraries and archives to explore the items that helped shape history! Look out for Treasures from the Vault on your favourite podcasting app, and don't forget to subscribe and review!…
 
In this very special episode, Peter and Gary discuss the military career of Montagu Cleeve, who joined the Royal Artillery in 1913 and served as an officer on some of the heaviest guns used in the war, including the mighty 'Boche Buster' railway gun. This episode also features several audio clips of Montagu Cleeve describing his wartime experiences…
 
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