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First in, Last Out: US Marines in the Pacific

First in, Last Out: US Marines in the Pacific

The US Marines bore the brunt of the fighting in the Pacific.

First in, Last Out On August 12, 1942, five days after the 19,000-strong 1st Marine Division had landed unopposed on Guadalcanal in the British Solomon Islands, the first American ground offensive of the war, Sergeant Jim McEnery came upon the aftermath of a slaughter...

Episode 72

Episode 72

The Anglo-Zulu War with Saul David | RSS.com

Episode 72

Episode 61

US Marines in the Pacific & Ukraine with Saul David | RSS.com

Episode 72

Episodes 17 & 18

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AoH Book Club – Saul David on Zulu

AoH Book Club – Saul David on Zulu

Our editor met up with him recently to discuss the history of the Anglo-Zulu War, also available on the podcast.

Saul David’s Zulu was widely acclaimed when it was published in 2004. With such rich subject-matter it’s no surprise, but coming after The Indian Mutiny and The Homicidal Earl, the title cemented David’s place as the historian of the 19th century. Our editor met up...

Black Gold, by Jeremy Paxman

Black Gold, by Jeremy Paxman

This is a significant contribution to the study of Britain's industrial past.
Oliver Webb-Carter

There are two stories that Jeremy Paxman tells in his new book, Black Gold: The History of How Coal Made Britain. The first is the national story, how coal was the driver behind the Industrial Revolution and the British Empire. The country’s hunger for this black rock...

Silent Warriors: The SBS in World War Two

Silent Warriors: The SBS in World War Two

Saul David has written a new authorised history of the SBS and has uncovered some of the most extraordinary stories of World War Two.

Silent Warriors Britain’s SBS – or Special Boat Service – was the world’s first maritime special operations unit. Founded in the dark days of 1940, the SBS started as a small and inexperienced outfit that leaned heavily on volunteers' raw courage and boyish...

Operation Pedestal: Max Hastings interview with Saul David

Operation Pedestal: Max Hastings interview with Saul David

The two acclaimed historians discuss the operation to relieve the key strategic island of Malta in 1942.

In the late summer of 1942, the Royal Navy embarked on an operation to relieve the island of Malta in the Mediterranean. With Axis forces surrounding Malta, the islanders were close to starvation until relief came in the form of Operation Pedestal. But it was an...

The new Military History Club Needs You!

The new Military History Club Needs You!

A new club has been established by the renowned historian, Saul David.

Almost a quarter of a century on from the publication of Antony Beevor’s groundbreaking and prize-winning Stalingrad, military history is still big business with books by Max Hastings, James Holland and my own SBS: Silent Warriors gracing the UK bestseller charts this...

The Homicidal Earl: The Life of Lord Cardigan, by Saul David

The Homicidal Earl: The Life of Lord Cardigan, by Saul David

One of Saul David's early books is revisited by Christopher Joll

The Homicidal Earl: The Life of Lord Cardigan Of all the cock-ups that provide shade from the bright light of Britain’s military successes, the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Battle of Balaclava, fought in the Crimea on 25th October 1854, is one of the most...