Donations now welcome — August 31, 2020

Donations now welcome

Korean war podcasts are now accepting donations via Patreon please see the link above for more information. All donations are greatly appreciated and help to support the content being produced. A lot of time, effort and money goes into the research and production of these podcasts so any donations will help me to continue bringing out new episodes and series as frequently as possible for you to enjoy. When applicable Patrons will receive yet to be released content through the Patreon site as a thank you for donating.




When the cold War got hot — June 18, 2020

When the cold War got hot

This is a podcast series on the wars involved in the Cold War between 1945 and 1965. Unlike other Cold War this is mainly a military history podcasts rather than a political history. Each episode is twenty minutes long.

Season One

This was a sixty-eight-episode military history series on the Korean War, giving the background to war, the North Korean invasion of South Korean. The United Nations defence of the Pusan perimeter and the Inchon invasion. The Chinese intervention into the war and the stalemate of the last two years of the war.

Season Two

This was a twenty-part episode on the First Indochina War between the Communist Viet Minh fighting the French Army for independence for Vietnam. The war ending in the French Army defeat at the battle of Dien Bien Phu.

Season Three

A ten-part episode on the Malay emergency as Communist guerrillas fought the British Army in Malaya. This was followed by a four-part series on the Indonesia Confrontation when Indonesia tried to invade North Borneo.  A final episode deals with the Communist revolts in the Philippines and Burma.

Season Four

Season Four deals with the Cold War with a ten-part episode on the Greek Civil War and a ten-part series on the Hungarian Revolution. There were two episodes on the Trieste crisis and single episode on the communist take over of East Europe, the Berlin airlift, the attempt to overthrown of the Albanian Communist Government and the East Germen People Revolt.

Season Five

Season Five starts in September 2020 and will deal with the First Arab-Israel War, the Algerian War of Independence, the Suez crisis of 1956 and well as single episodes on the Mau Mau revolt in Kenya, events in Iran in 1953, the Congo crisis and the North Yemeni civil War.

Episode 4.27 The Military Balance — March 8, 2020

Episode 4.27 The Military Balance

The Military Balance in Europe 1945 – 1956

After the Second World War the Soviet Union demobilises its armed forces to a much lesser degree than the Western power, giving the Soviet Union a larger military force in Europe than the Western powers.  However the Americans process the atomic bomb and even after 1949 when the Soviets develop their own atomic bomb, the American still have many more atomic weapons than the Soviets.  The creation of NATO and the Warsaw Pact.  The creation of the West German armed forces and a biography of West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer.

To be published on Saturday 14th March

This episode will be the last in season four.

konrad adenauer
Episode 4.26 Hungarian Revolution 10 — March 2, 2020

Episode 4.26 Hungarian Revolution 10


In the last in this ten part serial on the Hungarian Revolution, I tell of the rest of the dictatorship of Hungarian Communist Kadar until the fall of Communist in 1988.  How the end of Communism in Hungary, allowed the Hungarians to be more able to discuss the revolution of 1956.  I give the biography of Catholic Cardinal Mindszenty who sought refuge in the American embassy in Budapest from 1956 to 1971,  Then I give a brief history of Hungary to the present day.

To be published on Saturday 7th March

Cardinal Mindszenty
Episode 4.25 Hungarian Revolution 9 — February 24, 2020

Episode 4.25 Hungarian Revolution 9


The Soviet imposed Hungarian Communist regime of Kadar takes revenge upon the supporters of the Hungarian Revolution.  Thousands are imprisoned, some for many years, hundreds are hanged.  Two hundred thousand Hungarian flee the country for the west.  Imre Nagy, the Hungarian Prime Minister during the revolution seeks the protection of the Yugoslavia embassy in Budapest but he is latter arrested.  Imre Nagy, Pal Meleter and Milkos Gimes, a journalist are hanged in 1958.

To be published on Saturday 29th February

Episode 4.24 Hungarian Revolution 8 — February 17, 2020

Episode 4.24 Hungarian Revolution 8


On Sunday November 4th 1956, the Soviet Army with an overwhelming number of tanks and troops invades Budapest to crush the Hungarian Revolution.  Fierce fighting takes place for several days but the battle is one sided given the power of the Soviet Army.  Hungarian prime minister Imre Nagy seeks refuge in the Yugoslavian embassy in Budapest.  A biography of General Bela Kiraly, commander of the Hungarian National Guard in Budapest.

To be published on Saturday 22nd February

Bela Kiraly
Episode 4.23 Hungarian Revolution 7 — February 8, 2020

Episode 4.23 Hungarian Revolution 7


The events of November 1st to November 3rd.  The Soviet Army reinforces its troops and tanks in Hungary and prepares to assault Budapest and crush the Hungarian Revolution.  The Soviet Ambassador lies to Imre Nagy and the Hungarian Government about Soviet plans.  Leader of the Hungarian Communist Party Janos Kadar flies to Russia to offer his services to the Soviet Government, who choose him to the new puppet leader of Hungary, his biography.

To be published on Saturday 15th February

Janos kadar
Episode 4.22 Hungarian Revolution 6 — February 2, 2020

Episode 4.22 Hungarian Revolution 6


The events of October 30th and 31st 1956.  The revenge killing of AVH secret policeman carries on in Hungary.  The Soviet leadership at first agree to withdraw their troops and tanks from Budapest but the next day after pressure from the lower ranks of the Communist leadership, the decision is reversed.  The Soviet Army is ordered to crush the Hungary Revolution.  A biography of Soviet leader Khrushchev.

To be published on Saturday 8th February



Episode 4.21 Hungarian Revolution 5 — January 31, 2020

Episode 4.21 Hungarian Revolution 5


Bitter street fighting in Budapest.  Events elsewhere in Hungary, a biography of Attila Szigeithy, leader of the revolution in Western Hungary.  Hungarian Prime Minister announced dramatic democratic reforms in Hungary, he reaches a cease fire deal with the Soviets.  Soviet troops and tanks begin to pull out of Budapest, it seems as if the Hungarians had seemed to have won their battle for independence and freedom or had they.

To be published on Saturday 1st February

Episode 4.20 Hungarian Revolution 4 — January 21, 2020

Episode 4.20 Hungarian Revolution 4


The events of Wednesday 24th October and Thursday 25th 1956.  Soviet troops and tanks are sent into Budapest to crush the uprising against the Communist regime however young armed Hungarians fight back in bitter street battles.  The Soviet Army quickly becomes bogged down in urban fighting, unable to defeat the Hungarian revolutionary fighters.  A biography of Hungarian Colonel Pal Maleter who joins the Hungarian revolutionary movement and takes command around the Corvin Cinema in Budapest.

To be published on Saturday 25th January

Pal Maleter