Where the tides of history crash into the shores of current events.
Podcasts reviewing history, famous personalities, and their impact on today's world.
Host: Barry Jacobsen
- PHALANX vs LEGION: CLOSING THE DEBATE
- NAPOLEON’S LAST CAMPAIGN (PART TEN): THE ATTACK OF THE IMPERIAL GUARD!
- NAPOLEON’S LAST CAMPAIGN (PART NINE): THE STRUGGLE FOR PLANCENOIT AND LA HAYE SAINT
- NAPOLEON’S LAST CAMPAIGN (PART EIGHT): NEY’S CHARGE – EYLAU REDUX!
- NAPOLEON’S LAST CAMPAIGN (PART SEVEN): MID-BATTLE MUSINGS
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With the popularity of such films as “Alexander”, “300”, and its sequel “300: Rise of Empire” a broader audience is being introduced (sometimes for the first time) to the warriors of ancient Greece. These films are generally poor educational tools, … Continue reading
With Laye Haye Saint taken and Ney decimating Wellington’s center with close-range cannon fire, Napoleon decided upon a final push. A last roll of the dice, committing his Imperial Guard to breaking Wellington’s decimated center. (To read Part Nine, go … Continue reading
At 6 p.m., Marshal Ney called off the fruitless cavalry assaults upon Wellington’s Anglo-Dutch regiments around Mont-Saint-Jean. His torn uniform covered with mud and his face blackened with gunpowder smoke, Ney was now ordered by Napoleon to capture La Haye … Continue reading
At 4 pm, with no reserves immediately available but his Imperial Guard, which he was unwilling to commit at this point, Napoleon ordered Marshal Ney to lead his large and formidable cavalry reserve to a massive but unsupported attack on … Continue reading
Looking over the valley below from his position at Le Belle Alliance, Napoleon surveyed a strangely quite scene. It was 3:00 pm, and the tide of battle had temporarily receded. The ground between the two opposing armies was littered with … Continue reading
At 2 pm Wellington’s position on the ridge was in danger of being rolled-up. The advance of D’Erlon’s Corps had broken the brigades of his first line, east of La Haye Sainte; and the men of Picton’s Division in the … Continue reading
While he had begun the campaign with a masterful stroke at the junction between the Allied forces, Napoleon failed to defeat either Wellington or Blücher’s army on the 16th of June. Now two days later at Waterloo he was preparing … Continue reading