Explicit language warning! "The best and the worst things you hear about him are both true." The Big Chief. Dugout Doug. Gaijin Shogun. A five star general...An idiot? General Douglas MacArthur is one of America's most famous military leaders, and for very good reason. He also left behind a career of questionable decisions, political grand standing, back stabbing, and moments of downright idiocy. Join us as we tear this guy a new one with our pals from Monster Graveyard!
The Battles of Monte Cassino
The old adage of war being "lions led by donkeys" is generally accepted to be a false narrative...except when it came to Monte Cassino. Listen as we dissect one of the first battles of the Italian campaign in World War Two and just what went wrong. More importantly, how did it go so wrong?
The Warsaw Uprising
It was the plan for the Polish to retake their city from Nazi Germany as the Soviet Union approached from the East, but unfortunately it was doomed to fail. Why did a plan which had such promise end in atrocity and subjugation? Who were the players that led to the Polish being unable to assert their own agency? What was the outcome of an uprising that was an attempt to save a nation?
The Father of the Air Force, Billy Mitchell
He was one of the most highly decorated pilots of the United States in World War I, all while running all air operations in the European theatre. He is credited with building America's military air service. He predicted that the Japanese would attack Pearl Harbor...in 1924. He was drummed out of the military in a kangaroo court over the objections of Eddie Rickenbacker, Hap Arnold, Carl Spaatz and Fiorello La Guardia. He was the Father of the Air Force: Billy Mitchell.
The Legend of Charles Nungesser
Nungesser...Nungesser...what can we say about the French World War I flying ace who literally went looking for danger? Well, an entire episode's worth! Ever have one of those friends that made you go, "Do you have ANY chill?" Now imagine if that friend was a fighter ace for France in the Great War who not only constantly found himself in trouble, but actively went looking for it. His name was Charles Nungesser, and he was one of the best aces that France had - even though they had to keep throwing him in jail along the way. Join us as we take a look at the ace who led a life that literally changed history!
DAMNED - The MS St. Louis
There are times when you can shoehorn a historical event into a present day narrative for political purposes...and then there's the MS St. Louis. On 13 May 1939, more than 900 Jews fled Nazi Germany aboard a luxury cruise liner, the MS St Louis. Hoping to reach Cuba and then travel to the US, they were turned away in Havana, the United States, and Canada before being forced to return to Europe - where more than 250 then died at Nazi hands. Let's learn from history and not let it happen again, okay?