Episode 7.20 — January 17, 2023

Episode 7.20

Brezhnev becomes Soviet leader

In 1964 Leonid Brezhnev organises a coup to oust Khrushchev from the leadership of the Soviet Union. A biography of Brezhnev is given. Also I explain how in 1965, Brezhnev made his position as Soviet leader stronger, he remained leader until his death in 1982. While it seemed that the Soviet Union appeared strong in fact internal weakness was undermining it and within a few years of his death the Soviet Union fall apart.

Episode 7.19 — January 13, 2023

Episode 7.19

Berlin Wall

In 1960 the Soviets shot an American U2 spy planes over Soviet Central Asia and capture the American pilot Gary Powers. The affair causes a fierce exchange between the two superpowers. In 1961 the East German Government erects the Berlin Wall around West Berlin to prevent East Germans escaping to the West. A biography of the planner of the Berlin Wall Erich Honecker..

Episode 7.18 — December 28, 2022
Episode 7.17 — December 19, 2022

Episode 7.17

Second Indo – Pakistan War

General Khan, picture below, had become the military ruler in Pakistan but faced political discontent with his rule. In 1965, he chose to reinforce his rule by starting a war with India, it started in Kashmir but spread along the border between West Pakistan and India. The war was a draw and international pressure brought it to an end.

To be published on Saturday December 24th

Episode 7.16 — December 12, 2022

Episode 7.16

Sino – Indian War part two

This episode deals with the fighting in Aksai Chin in Eastern Kashmir, which was captured by the Chinese.. The war ended in November 1962 and had been a Chinese victory. The health of Prime Minister Nehru declines and he dies in 1964. The dispute between China and India carried on until our own time.

Episode 7.15 — December 5, 2022

Episode 7.15

Sino – Indian War part one

During the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962, growing tensions between China and India led to a border war between the two countries. The first episode deals with the conflict in the North East Frontier Area. A biography of Indian Defence Minister V.K.K. Memon who would be forced to resign.

To be published on Saturday 10th December

Episode 7.14 — November 30, 2022

Episode 7.14

Nehru and the non-aligned movement

A biography of Nehru, the first Prime Minster of India. His role within the international non-aligned movement which played an important role in international politics in the fifties and early 1960’s.

Published on Saturday 3rd December

Episode 7.13 — November 22, 2022

Episode 7.13

First Indo – Pakistan War

Between 1947 and 1949, India and Pakistan went to war to fight over control of Kashmir. The majority of the population was Muslim but the ruler of Kashmir Hari Singh was not, his biography is given, his pictures is shown below. In 1949 pressure from the United Nations brought the war to an end but the India had gained the upper hands.

To be published on Saturday 26th November

Episode 7.12 — November 15, 2022

Episode 7.12


In this first episode dealing with India between 1945 and 1965, I will deal with the violence that happened as a result of the partition of India into the states of India and Pakistan. Two million were killed and millions more were forced to leave their homes and flee as refugees. A biography of the leader of Pakistan Jinnah is given.

To be published on Saturday 19th November

Episode 7.11 — November 9, 2022

Episode 7.11

Queen Elizabeth the Second

This is a one off special episode dealing with Queen Elizabeth the Second who died in September 2022, she was the last living major figure of the period deal within in this podcast. This episode looks at both her life and of the British Armed Forces which she commanded between 1952 and 1965.