Episode 5.12 Iran 1953 Coup — November 16, 2020

Episode 5.12 Iran 1953 Coup

Iran 1953

Mossadegh had been elected as Prime Minister of Iran and he had nationalised the Iranian Oil Industry, much to the anger of the British Government.  He would be overthrown in a coup in 1953, that is often portrayed as the bringing down of a democratic elected Government by the American CIA and British Secret service but as this one off episode shows it was more complex than that, and his own abuse of power helped bring about his downfall.  A biography of Mossadegh is included..


More than a quarter of a million downloads — November 10, 2020

More than a quarter of a million downloads

There have now been more than a quarter of million downloads of this podcast, which given that it deals with a niche subject, the military history of wars between 1945 and 1965, is good.  It started off with the Korean War, known as the forgotten war in season one and has gone on to deal with wars even less well known.


This is a podcast series on the wars involved in the Cold War between 1945 and 1965. Unlike other Cold War podcasts this is mainly a military history podcast 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 5.11 First Arab – Israeli War 10 —

Episode 5.11 First Arab – Israeli War 10


The peace talks between Israel and the Arab states which ended the First Arab – Israeli War in 1949.  Why Stalin’s friendship with Israel quickly ended.  Hundreds of thousands of Jews are forced to leave the Arab states and move to Israel.  Why the First Arab – Israeli War created dissent with the Egyptian Army officer class towards King Fakour which would eventually led to the downfall of his reign in 1952.  a biography of King Fakour.

To be published on Saturday 14th November

King Fakour
Episode 5.10 First Arab – Israeli War 9 — November 2, 2020

Episode 5.10 First Arab – Israeli War 9

Sinai and Gaza

The Israeli Army capture the Western Negev and then invade the Sinai but the British Government threatens war if the Israelis did withdraw from the Sinai, so Prime David Ben Gurion agrees to do so.  The Israeli Army then attacks the Western part of the Gaza strip cutting off the Egyptian Army in Palestine, forcing the Egyptian Government to agree to peace talks to end the war.  A biograph of Yitzhak Rabin, the then Director of Operation on the southern front and latter Prime Minister of Israel.

Yitzhak Rabin
Episode 5.9 First Arab – Israeli War 8 — October 26, 2020

Episode 5.9 First Arab – Israeli War 8


As fighting resumes in October, the Israeli Army launches an offensive to gain the Negev, and link up with the Jewish settlements in the Negev.  The Israeli Army captures Beersheba and reaches the Dead Sea.  The Egyptian Fourth Brigade is cut off by the Israeli Army.  The biography of the commander of the Israeli Army in the South, General Allon.

To be published on Saturday 31st October

General Allon


Episode 5.8 First Arab – Isreli War 7 — October 20, 2020

Episode 5.8 First Arab – Isreli War 7

  • The Battle for Northern Galilee

The second United Nations cease fire lasts from July to October 1948. The life and death of Count Bernadotte, the United Nations mediator in Palestine. He is murdered by Zionist extremists. The third phase of the War begins in October, in this episode I will deal with the Israeli Army capture of the Arab enclave in Northern Galilee.

To be published on Saturday 24th October


Count Bernadotte

Episode 5.7 First Arab – Israeli War 6 — October 16, 2020

Episode 5.7 First Arab – Israeli War 6

The ten days battles

The first UN cease fire broke in July, it would take ten days for a second UN cease fire to be imposed, during that renewed period of fighting the Israeli Army gains ground in Galilee, central Isreal and Southern Judea. However Israeli Army attempts to take the fort at Latrun and the Old City of Jerusalem are defeated by the Arab Legion.  A biography of Egyptian Army commander in Palestine from May to October 1948, General Al – Mwani.



Episode 5.6 First Arab- Israeli War — October 6, 2020

Episode 5.6 First Arab- Israeli War

The Battle of Jerusalem

The fighting in the West Bank, the Israeli Army suffers a defeat by the Iraqi Army at Jenin and by the Arab Legion at Latrun. The Arab Legion capture the Jewish Old City in Jerusalem. To bring suppliers into Jerusalem, the Israeli Army builds a new road nicknamed the ‘Burma Road’ is enable food, water and goods to be brought into the City. A biography of Mickey Marcus an American who fought with the Israeli Army becoming its first General.

General Mickey Marcus


Episode 5.5 First Arab – Israeli War 4 — September 28, 2020

Episode 5.5 First Arab – Israeli War 4

The Arab Invasion

The story of the Syrian invasion into Galilee which was repulsed by Israeli forces commander by Moshe Dayan, his biography is given.  The story of the Egyptian invasion along the coast which reached to within thirty kilometres of Tel Avia before it was halted.  The reason why Stalin and the Soviet Union support the creation of the state of Israel and vital the supply of arms from Communist Czechoslovakia was to the survival of Israel.

To be published on Saturday 3rd October

Moshe Dayan

Episode 5.4 The First Arab – Israeli War 3 — September 21, 2020

Episode 5.4 The First Arab – Israeli War 3

The Arab Armies

A review of the Arab armies that would invade Israel in May 1948.  With the expect for Jordan, the armies of Egypt, Syria and Lebanon were in no way prepared for a modern conversational war in Palestine, there more like national constabularies designed to combat civilian riots and internal revolts.  The Arab Legion of Jordan was indeed a modern professional army, a biography of Glubb Pasha the British commander of the Arab Legion.  In the coming war the Israeli Army was not outnumbered by the Arab armies they would face.

To be published on Saturday 26th September.

General Glubb Pasha