Episode 3.1 — August 24, 2018

Episode 3.1

The Fall of Malaya 1942

A short history of the growing British economic and political power in Malaya during the 18th, 19th and early 20th Century.  The large scale immigration of Chinese and Indians to work in British owned tin mines and rubber plantations.  The defeat of the British Army by the Japanese Empire in 1942.  The Japanese occupation of Malaya between 1942 and 1945 with its brutal repression of the ethnic Chinese population.  A biography of Lieutenant General Arthur Percival, the commander of the British Army in Malaya in 1941.

To be published on September 1st.

Arthur Percival


Malayan Emergency Podcast series — August 23, 2018

Malayan Emergency Podcast series

Season three of ‘When the Cold War got Hot’, featuring the war in Malaya between the British Army and a Communist Army will begin in September.  This podcast series will look at the background to war which began in 1948 and follow the story to its end in 1960.  Looking at the leading figures and events in that war.  A war that looked to much closer in likely outcome in 1951 when Communist terrorism was rampant in Malaya, where even the most important British official in Malaya was not safe.

As a bonus there will an extra four episodes of the Indonesian Confrontation when the Soviet backed Government of Indonesia fought a war in North Borneo against Malaysia and the British Commonwealth.  That war would in 1965 produce a dramatic chance in the balance of power between the West and the Communist powers heavily in favour of the west.

In the first episode I look at the background to the war with the British loss of its colony in Malaya to the Japanese Empire in 1942 and the Japanese repression of the ethnic Chinese during from 1942 to 1945..

When the Cold War got hot — July 17, 2018

When the Cold War got hot

A three podcast series telling of when the Cold War became a hot war.

Series One

Korean War Podcast (69 episodes)

Telling the story of the Korean War (1950-1953), the background, the battles and the aftermath of the Korean War.  A war which not only involved North and South Korea but also the United States, China and many of the Western nations fighting for the United Nations to resist a Communist invasion.

Series Two

The First Indochina War (20 episodes)

Telling the story of the First Indochina War when the army of the French Empire fought the Communist Viet Minh who sought to secure independence from Colonial War.  A war that would leave Vietnam divided and led to the Vietnam War a decade latter.

Series Three

The Malaya Emergency

To be published latter this year telling the story of the war in Malaya between the British Commonwealth and the Malayan Communists.

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Episode 2.20 — February 27, 2018

Episode 2.20

The end of one war, the beginning of another war

This final episode dealing with the Geneva Peace conference which ended the First Indochina War, with the agreement to divide Vietnam into two.  A short history of North Vietnam between 1954 and 1957.  Then a look at South Vietnam under the leadership of Diem from 1954 to his murder in 1963.  A biography of Diem.

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To be published on Saturday 3rd March

Episode 2.19 — February 23, 2018

Episode 2.19

The Battle of Dien Bien Phu part six

General Giap orders the Viet Minh army to attack the French garrison on May 1st 1954, within a few days the French base is captured.  General Navarre the commander of the French Army in Indochina is replaced by General Ely, a biography of the new General.  The French Government of Laniel falls and he is replaced by Pierre Mendes France who promises to end the war in Indochina.

General Ely
Episode 2.18 — February 21, 2018

Episode 2.18

The Battle of Dien Bien Phu part five

The Viet Minh took some weeks to restock their supply of Artillery and Mortar shells and received new recruits into their infantry to replace the losses they had suffered.  A biography of Colonel An who would become the new commander of the Viet Minh 174th Regiment.  There was a growing problem of French troops deserting within the Dien Bien Phu garrison.  However the French retake the hill position of Elaine One.

Episode 2.17 — February 8, 2018

Episode 2.17

The Battle of Dien Bien Phu part four

Colonel Langlais becomes the effective commander of the French garrison at Dien Bien Phu in all but name, a biography of him.  On March 30th the Viet Minh attack the Dominque and Elaine positions on the eastern side of the French defences, the Viet Minh capture three hills.  The French position of Isabelle to the south is cut off.  Relations between the two most senior French commanders in North Vietnam General Navarre and Cogny grow worse.

To be published on Saturday 10th February.  The RSS link can be found in the show notes for episode 2.11

Colonel Langlais
Episode 2.16 — January 30, 2018

Episode 2.16

The Battle of Dien Bien Phu part three

On March 13th 1954, the Viet Minh launch a powerful artillery attack upon the French garrison  at Dien Bien Phu.  The night the Viet Minh launch an attack on the French defensive position of Beatrice, capturing it and destroying a Foreign Legion battalion.  The next night the Viet Minh attack the Gabrielle defensive position capturing it and destroying an Algerian battalion.  A biography of the commander of the Viet Minh 312th Division, Colonel Le Tan.

To be published on Saturday 3rd February.

Episode 2.15 — January 24, 2018

Episode 2.15

The Battle of Dien Bien Phu part two

The French Army at Dien Bien Phu built a series of defensive strongpoints with blockhouse, protected by trenches and barbed wire.  The French Army find it increasing difficult to launch raids into the surrounding country as the Viet Minh pour troops into the hills overlooking the French base.  A biography of General Cogny the commander of the French Army in North Vietnam.  The French Army launch an offensive in Central Vietnam.

To be published on Saturday 27th January

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General Cogny
The Battle of Dien Bien Phu — January 16, 2018