PODCAST

Bloody Violent History

Tom Assheton, James Jackson

Our mission is simple. It is to make history come alive, to inform and provoke, and to encourage listeners to dig deeper and read more widely for themselves. As Mark Twain said: ‘History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes’. History is our hinterland, the past that influences our present and future. From Crossbows to Crosshairs, from Gunpowder to Gun-Running, we aim to cover a wide range of subjects. We hope that these Podcasts both illuminate and entertain and that you enjoy them as much as we do making them. So it Goes James Jackson & Tom Assheton

Pickaxe - Secret Sites & Sunken Silos, #16 of 100 Bloody Objects
1. The Big Reveal  2.  Command Bunkers  3. Tunnels and Hidden Holes  4.  Spy Bases  5.  Secret Airstrips  6.  Summary & PostscriptSecret sites have often intrigued.  From the bunkers of despots to guerrilla tunnels and underground routes, the subterranean lairs of history sometimes emerge by mistake, redundance or military victory.  Most governments have bomb-proof shelters, whether it is the granite-bound command station of Russian leaders in the Urals or the American Presidential facilities in the situation room beneath the White House.  Some look remarkably like the famous war room in the Doctor Strangelove movie but others have adopted a more mundane appearance. There will always be a nook for commanders and despots.  For some it will be the site of their final stand.  Then there are the spy bases and secret airfields dotted about the globe.  One day perhaps they will fall into disuse and simple become novelty home in far flung places.  A few people seem to yearn to live below ground in a disused missile silo in Arkansas.So it goes,Tom Assheton & James Jacksontalk@bloodyviolenthistory.com See also:YouTube: BloodyViolentHistoryhttps://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the wordSee https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information
17-05-2022
47 mins
Caribbean Macaw - Pirates, #15 of 100 Bloody Objects
1. Myth and romance  2.  Ancient world  3. Privateers  4.  Corsairs  5.  Famous Pirates  6.  State Pirates  7.  Modern Piracy  PS The LegendsPirates have always captured the imagination.  And romance and myth surround them.  Yet the reality was often bleak and violent.  We have images of peglegs and parrots, but the story of piracy often ended at the end of a hangman’s noose and a rotting corpse imprisoned in a gibbet.  They were outcasts and run-of-the-mill criminals and many earnt a wage by working on occasion for navies and governments.  Certain factors helped the pirate:  lawlessness on land, availability of hidden harbours and a ready market for the goods they stole.  We remember pieces of eight and hidden treasure, but in fact the merchandise they looted and subsequently traded was usually more prosaic.  Figures such as Blackbeard and Calico Jack have featured in many books and movies.  Today there is still piracy, but it is oil tankers and container ships that are the target.  Piracy costs the world money and poses a challenge to governments.So it goes,Tom Assheton & James Jacksontalk@bloodyviolenthistory.com See also:YouTube: BloodyViolentHistoryhttps://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the wordSee https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information
03-05-2022
1 hr
I.E.D. part 3 - The Minefield EngineerI.E.D. part 2 - The Combat Surgeon
1.  Dr Tom Carrell - background  2. Battlefield Medicine   3.  Route to War - the training  4. reading - The Oscillating saw @ 32.15    5.  Camp Bastion, Hellmand   6. The IED - lessons and thoughtsTom Carrell is a doctor who qualified in the 90s.  He also served as a territorial soldier based out of the Duke of York’s barracks in London.  In 2004 he was appointed consultant vascular surgeon specialising in minimally invasive endovascular surgery at St Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital.  He was posted as a Combat Surgeon to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan in 2008/2009 and 2012.  He is now a partner in the Cambridge medical research company Cydar, which he founded with others in 2012. This is his account of his time in Afghanistan as a Combat Surgeon.  It is a very moving and personal description of the intense pressure a frontline medic is subjected to.  Although the training is extremely rigorous, the work of a field hospital in a war zone is almost indescribable.  New techniques are tested, developed and rediscovered in the hellish environment of  war, and then applied across the NHS and other health services for the great benefit of the civilian population.So it goes,Tom Assheton & James Jacksontalk@bloodyviolenthistory.com Reading reference:Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker See also:YouTube: BloodyViolentHistoryhttps://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the wordSee https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information
12-04-2022
1 hr 18 mins
I.E.D. part 1 - The Infantry SoldierBloody Russia
1. State of play 2. Should we have seen it coming  3.  Can Russia win    4. Long term prospects for Putin and Russia  5. Prospects for Ukraine   6. Prospects for the WestAggression and mendacity are shared characteristics of many Russian leaders and territorial expansion an on ongoing pastime.  Ivan the Terrible sought to capture the Baltic region and eventually has to settle for Siberia, while Peter the Great shifted the centre of gravity of Russia towards Europe, and established the mighty capital of St Petersburg.  Putin has similar pretension to power and glory, and his current invasion of Ukraine follows the same hubristic vein.  Yet the modern Russian armed forces are not what they were.  They have forgotten how to operate combine arms and rapid advance; and they are suffering from the deadly effect of handheld anti-tank weaponry.  This episode examines the calamitous Russian invasion of Ukraine today and looks for the reasons and the historic threads that led to this moment.So it goes,Tom Assheton & James Jackson Reading reference:Cold Cut by James Jackson read by Jo Pelissier See also:YouTube: BloodyViolentHistoryhttps://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the wordSee https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information
29-03-2022
1 hr 7 mins
Mercenary
1. Yemen in the 60s  2. Mercenaries in the ancient world   3. Medieval mercenaries    4. Nineteenth Century   5. Twentieth century   6. TodayMercenaries are once again in the news. And Russian use of the Wagner Group in Ukraine has raised everyone’s interest.  Yet mercenaries go back a long way, and even a pharaoh used hired help to defeat an aggressor on his boarders.  In the Middle Ages, there was the White Company who helped Florence achieve prominence and dominate the surrounding region. There were too the famed pikemen of Switzerland, who were employed by France and the German states to defeat all adversaries on the battlefield.  In Constantinople, the Varangian Guard helped secure the future of the city state’s rulers.  But there is always the risk that the paid foreigner will change sides, and throughout history mercenaries have been used to under mine regimes and mount palace coups.  In the 1960s and 1970s, Africa became the hub for such ventures, and money and blood diamonds were often the key and catalyst for such escapades.  Mercenaries were made famous by the likes of Mad Mike Hoare and captured in best selling thrillers such as Fredrick Forsyth’s The Dogs of War.So it goes,Tom Assheton & James JacksonReading reference:The Dogs of War by Fredrick Forsyth read by David HartleySee also:YouTube: BloodyViolentHistoryhttps://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the wordSee https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information
22-03-2022
45 mins
Top Trumps with added comment on Ukraine #9 Bloody BitesCamouflage and Deception
Since pre-history, both hunters and fighters have relied upon camouflage and deception to both improve their chances of survival and success in attacking their enemy.  Caesar used ships with blue sails to disguise his reconnaissance of Britain, whilst a Chinese army used thousands of bonfires to suggest to their opponents that a vast army was deserting and becoming smaller every day.  Right up to modern days camouflage and deception have been essential.  During the Boer War, the guerrilla fighters lay under the soil with breathing reeds to escape British forces: in World War I, British snipers hid in hollowed out trees in No Man’s Land to fire on German positions.Then there were the great deceptions, the dummy airfields and fake tanks prior to Normandy landings in 1944.  Of course, sometimes neither deception nor camouflage work: Western intelligence quickly saw through Putin’s ruse in invading Ukraine.  Yet there will always be a soldier lying with foliage covering his combat fatigues and there will always be strategists devising methods of throwing the enemy off the scent.  Today, intelligent camouflage shields can replicate the surroundings and render positions invisible.  And cyber space has created a sphere of disinformation and further confusion.  It is a world constructed by layer upon layer of deception from the front line to the war room.It has roots in the past and will extend into the future.So It GoesTom Assheton & James JacksonReading Reference:Macbeth by William Shakespeare read by David Hartley--------------------------------PROMOTION - 3 cabins left:from Cazenove & Loyd  +44 (0)207 384 2332 or info@cazloyd.comSOUTH AFRICA IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF SIR WINSTON CHURCHILLWe invite you to join us on an exciting journey through South Africa with Sir Nicholas Soames, the grandson of Sir Winston Churchill. Christopher Wilmot-Sitwell, Co-Owner + Director of cazenove+loyd, has hand-designed an extraordinary journey with Rovos Rail, which will take one of the world’s most opulent trains deep into the heartlands of the Boer War.The trip will trace Sir Winston Churchill’s footsteps during the war, from his dramatic capture by the Boers to his subsequent escape via freight train. Joining you on this journey will be Sir Winston Churchill’s grandson, Sir Nicholas Soames, a former British Member of Parliament and fantastic storyteller, who will regale you with tales of his grandfather and bring KwaZulu-Natal’s Boer battlefields to life. “I feel very strongly that much of my grandfather’s life was shaped by his time in South Africa, in particular when he was captured by the Boers and subsequently made his escape,” says Sir Nicholas Soames. “So much of who he was and who he was to become came through at this moment of great danger and personal desperation. It will be a privilege to lead this trip next September, travelling by train to visit many of the most important battlefields of the Boer War. I believe that much of Churchill’s audacity and courage – and his drive and ambition – comes to light in his experiences as a young man in Africa. These characteristics are what made him into the national hero that he later became.”This phenomenal opportunity promises to be fascinating, entertaining and full of learning, with the luxury of returning to one of the world’s most stunning trains every evening.--------------------------------See also:YouTube: BloodyViolentHistoryhttps://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the wordSee https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information
01-03-2022
1 hr 9 mins
Death Squad - Bloody Bite #8Hostage
What to do if you are taken hostage (unless you are taken by a death cult such as Islamic State – in which case you fight or die):i.  Prepare for the worstii. Do not antagonise your captorsiii.Maintain faith in yourselfiv.Set yourself positive goalsv. Be a human, not an object Extortion, political leverage or chaos & terror1. History and Definition of Hostage taking.  2. Famous Hostages.  3.What to do if you are taken Hostage.    4. Modern Hostage situations.  ps. Colditz Prominenti.Hostage taking is the most ancient of activities. From Mesopotamia to Anglo Saxon Wessex, kings and nobles have traded and kept hostages for political gain and financial leverage.  Yet over time the process has been democratised and modern despots and criminal gangs have shown themselves adept at utilising hostage taking as a means to many different ends.We know the famous victims – Patty Hearst, Getty and those taken by Baader Meinhof – and there will always be high-profile cases.  But the arrival of crypto currency and malware have introduced new forms of extortion and leverage.  This maybe the future. So It GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson Reading Reference:'The Counter Terrorist Handbook' by James Jackson See also:YouTube: BloodyViolentHistoryhttps://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the wordSee https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information
01-02-2022
1 hr 6 mins
AssassinationSeries 2 Intro plus Infamous Castles - Bloody Bites #7Notorious Prisons - Bloody Bites #6Drone - Bloody Bites #5Longbow - Bloody Bites #4Guillotine - Bloody Bites #3Nazi Whodunnit - Bloody Bites #2Submarine - Bloody Bites #1Series One Concludes: A Summary