Bloody Violent History

Tom Assheton, James Jackson

Our mission is simple.

It is to make history come alive, to inform and provoke, and to encourage listeners to dig deeper and read more widely for themselves.

Introduction to Series - Bloody Violent History
Trailer 7 min 54 sec

All Episodes

Jamie goes solo while we are on our end of series break.  These 'Bloody Bites' are short podcast episodes which will hopefully answer a few questions thrown up in our general podcast discussions. A kind of  BVH glossary.Let us know if you would like to hear Jamie's take on a particular topic.  talk@bloodyviolenthistory.comSo It GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson See also:YouTube: BloodyViolentHistoryhttps://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the wordSee https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

Nov 23

19 min 51 sec

Jamie goes solo while we are on our end of series break.  These 'Bloody Bites' are short podcast episodes which will hopefully answer a few questions thrown up in our general podcast discussions. A kind of  BVH glossary.Let us know if you would like to hear Jamie's take on a particular topic.  talk@bloodyviolenthistory.comSo It GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson See also:YouTube: BloodyViolentHistoryhttps://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the wordSee https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

Nov 9

13 min 4 sec

Jamie goes solo while we are on our end of series break.  These 'Bloody Bites' are short podcast episodes which will hopefully answer a few questions thrown up in our general podcast discussions. A kind of  BVH glossary.Let us know if you would like to hear Jamie's take on a particular topic.  talk@bloodyviolenthistory.comSo It GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson See also:YouTube: BloodyViolentHistoryhttps://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the wordSee https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

E

Oct 26

24 min 13 sec

Jamie goes solo while we are on our end of series break.  Despite a resistance to using any new technology (in this case Tom's tape recorder and a set of gaming headphones), Jamie valiantly lays down a track on Submarines.  These 'Bloody Bites' are short podcast episodes which will hopefully answer a few questions thrown up in our general podcast discussions. A kind of  BVH glossary.Let us know if you would like to hear Jamie's take on a particular topic.  talk@bloodyviolenthistory.comSo It GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson See also:YouTube: BloodyViolentHistoryhttps://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the wordSee https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

Oct 12

14 min 10 sec

Tom and Jamie discuss the BVH episodes they have published in the past 12 months.  Included are some extracts from the Series to remind you of the range of the podcast, and if you haven't listened to them all perhaps take a moment to go back and do just that.We are back in January, although we might publish a few short 'Bloody Bites' to keep you in the mood, between now and then.So It GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson See also:YouTube: BloodyViolentHistoryhttps://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the wordSee https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

Sep 28

32 min 31 sec

Join our marmalade cult.  Sticky end guaranteed.1. Cults Ancient & Modern.  2. Types of Cult.  3. Cult Leaders and the Cult of Personality.    ps. The Moonies.Cults have always been with us.  From predatory sex cults, through Cargo cults and on to cults-like terrorist organisations, these strange and remote bodies prey on the weak, the credulous, and the stupid.  Whether Jim Jones or Osama bin Laden, there have always charismatic leaders who can inspire or coerce their followers.  And some of them aren’t even charismatic!  Yet they all have a message and one even managed to convince followers that he was a fallen angel who could only be kept alive through having regular sex with young women.  A ghastly bunch of conmen.So it goesTom Assheton and James Jackson If you want Tom's marmalade recipe email him at talk@bloodyviolenthistory.com and  he will send it to you as a PDF Readings by David Harley from Aleister Crowley's book of the Law See also:YouTube: BloodyViolentHistoryhttps://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the wordSee https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

Sep 14

52 min 26 sec

A matter of honour or an encounter between fools?1. Billiard Ball.  2. The Renaissance.  3. Hopton on Duelling, section one.  4. History of the Due.  5. Hopton on Duelling, section two.  6. Decline of the Duel.  ps. The Wild WestWhether acting on principal or an example of extreme folly, the duel captured the imagination of European society for at least three centuries.  There was the duel involving billiard balls, an armed encounter between balloonists, and even a skirmish between two society ladies in Hyde Park in which one lost her hat to a lead round. Many lost their lives during these encounters, often for the most trivial of perceived slights.  In France alone, over a ten-year period during the seventeenth century, over 2,000 aristocrats and officers were killed in duels.  The sport certainly took its toll.  There were duels in London clubs and even the Palace of Westminster, and once the middle classes took up the sport it became almost a contagion.   One drunken duelist even faced his opponent naked.  Yet eventually the habit died out, a victim of its own ridiculous nature and growing alarm in the political establishment.  America developed its own form with the arrival of gunfights in the Wild West.  These too were to eventually fade into history and legend. So it goesTom Assheton and James Jackson Readings by David Hartley from Richard Hopton's book Pistols at Dawn published by Piatkus 2007(Richard Hopton's latest book, The Straits of Treachery, is published by Allison & Busby) See also:YouTube: BloodyViolentHistoryhttps://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the wordSee https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

Aug 31

41 min 27 sec

Siege is hell.1. It's total war.  2. AD 70 Siege of Jerusalem.  3. 1453 Constantinople.  4. 1565 Great Siege of Malta.  5. 1870 The Siege of Paris and the Commune.  6. Colonial Sieges.  7. Leningrad.  8. Battle of the Atlantic.  9. Balkans and the Middle EastSiege involves not just the military, but entire civilian populations trapped within walls invested by the enemy and clinging on for survival.  Often it involves bombardment, starvation, disease and the desperate will of a populace to cling on through unexpected horror.  During the siege of Jerusalem, in AD70, the Romans crucified up to 10,000 would-be escapers outside the walls.  In the siege of Paris, the embattled locals turned to eating everything from dogs to zoo animals.  Because of the involvement of everyday citizenry, the pathos and misery can be dramatic and overwhelming.  Women and children are often the victims and their tales of suffering are rarely fully told.Siege can be the catalyst for major political change, and the Siege of Paris alone demonstrates a turning point in both the fate of Europe, the birth of the German state and the arrival of Communism in world politics. Siege is all-encompassing, brutal and wholly unforgiving.So It GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson Readings and Menu Reference:Suppression or the Paris Commune 23-24 May 1871 by Archibald ForbesThe Art of French Cooking, Hamlyn See also:YouTube: BloodyViolentHistoryhttps://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the wordSee https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

Aug 17

1 hr 11 min

1.  Inertia & Escape2.  The Wild, the Wacky and the Simple Plan3.  Organisation4.  Equipment5.  Killing Time6.  Technique7.  The Camps8.  Other escapesps - Lucky EscapesGreat Escapes have captured the imagination for generations.  From the simplest adoption of disguise to the longest tunnels, both successful and failed attempts have entered the realm of legend.  Everyone knows the WW2 tale of the Great Escape, yet far fewer remember the names of those who dug myriad escape tunnels to confound the Germans and try to reach home. Colditz and Stalag Luft III have been the subject of television and the big screen.  But the real stories of boredom, fortitude, courage and starvation – and occasional death – give a picture that is more layered and complex than most now imagine.  This is the storySo It GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson Readings:Marcus Scriven interview with wartime POW Frank Day - 2 extractsCounter Terrorism Handbook by James Jackson - extract See also:YouTube: BloodyViolentHistoryhttps://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the wordSee https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

Aug 3

1 hr 46 min

In this episode we present a talk Sir Arthur 'Bomber' Harris gave to the Bomber Command Association in 1977.  In it he gives a full and detailed account of how the Bombing campaign of WW2 led, in great part, to the defeat of Nazi Germany on land, in the air and at sea.So it GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson Ref.Audio clip - Sir Arthur Harris broadcast 1942Audio clip - Sir Arthur Harris at the Bomber Command Association 1977 See also:YouTube: BloodyViolentHistoryhttps://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the word See https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

Jul 20

49 min 14 sec

The Great War - Birth of Aerial BombingNever again - Between the WarsWorld War 2 - Strategic BombingPost War/cold WarThe modern era - Shock and AweShock and Awe has entered the modern lexicon as a description of the effectiveness and efficiency of modern air power.  Yet the employment of air assets took a century to evolve.  In the earliest days over the Western Front during the Great War, rickety biplanes often struggled to find a role both in reconnaissance and as fighters.  As ground attack aircraft, the technology available was in its infancy and bombs where little more than light weight flechette darts. As the conflict progressed, it was the Germans who developed and pushed ahead with the concept of the strategic bomber and conducted raids over London and other cities. First the Zeppelin airship and then with their Gotha and Staaken bombers.  It was during the post war period that air strategists including Trenchard, Mitchell and Douchet evolved the concept of aerial bombing and air supremacy.  The myth that the bomber will always get through was born.  There was the belief in ‘never again’, that the bomber would allow nations to avoid the slaughter of trench warfare and break the morale of the enemy at home.  It was only later, with the use of the atomic bomb over Japan and precision weapons in later conflicts that some of the hopes of those earlier thinkers and pioneers have been shown to be partially true.  As counterinsurgency from Vietnam to Afghanistan have shown, air power alone is still not enough.So it GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson Ref.Baldwin reading by David HartleyAudio clip - Sir Arthur Harris at the Bomber Command Association 1977 See also:YouTube: BloodyViolentHistoryhttps://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the word See https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

Jul 6

1 hr 5 min

William Hogarth's painting 'O the Roast Beef of Old England'Holbein and the TudorsQueen Elizabeth ICult of PersonalityEnglish Civil warNapoleonic WarsWorld War IWorld War IINazi & the Third ReichSoviet PropagandaAllied PropagandaThe Modern DayIn both peace and war, propaganda plays its part.  It is the mood music, the manipulation of information, the nudging of a population in a certain direction.  Whether Hogarth’s famous depiction of an English side of beef or Josef Goebbels’ Nazi disinformation, propaganda has the power to move and persuade.  As the Soviets proved, its influence extends beyond wartime and can control and direct citizens during peace time as well.  From heroic statues to demonic posters, from the broadcasts of Lord Haw Haw to the uplifting speeches of Winston Churchill, everyone has used propaganda to spread their message and point of view.  Often it is only when a leader kills himself in a Berlin bunker that the full scale of the lie behind the propaganda is revealed. This podcast is about both the power and fragility of propaganda and how its use has served to both sway and destroy millions.So it GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson Ref.Lord Haw Haw (Joyce) audio extract 1941Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler See also:YouTube: BloodyViolentHistoryhttps://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the word See https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

Jun 22

1 hr 4 min

A.  Introduction: Human Intelligence, Capability and IntentionB.  Counter Measures: Influence, Deception and Disruption OperationsC.  James BondD.  Why the Brits SpyE.  British Secret Intelligence TodayEspionage, like religion and prostitution, is one of the world’s oldest pastimes.  To know your enemy is to have advanced warning of potential threats and to have the facility to counter them.  Any nation with global pretensions requires an intelligence service and Britain, as a former imperial power and colonial policeman, is among those few countries that has international reach and capabilities in this regard.  James Bond might be fiction, but from Moscow to Marrakesh, there are agents and handlers at work.  Some dismiss the importance of the spying game.  Yet during World War 2 and the subsequent cold war, espionage was vital and could change the course of international events.  Victor Sorge in Japan or agent Sonya handling western nuclear secrets, many have played their part in the murky and sometimes dangerous world of the spy.  There are always casualties.  But even with the world moving towards cyberspace, there is still a need for human intelligence (Humint) and the capacity to read the intent of hostile and sometimes friendly forces.We need to know, and the spy is often the best means of acquiring that information.  In a fragmented world order in which allegiances can change and threats develop overnight, those who wish to be power players in the 21st century still need their spies.So It GoesTom Assheton & James JacksonSee also:YouTube: BloodyViolentHistoryhttps://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the wordSee https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information 

Jun 8

1 hr 43 min

1.  Evolution and Adaptation of Special Forces.   2. Strategic, not Tactical Assets.   3. Rogers Rangers - the beginning?   4. Sea Bourne - Admiral of the Red Thomas Cochrane, Earl of Dundonald.   5. Desert.   6. Small Scale & the formation of the SAS.  7. Post War and Counter Terrorism.  8. Disasters.  9. The FutureSpecial Forces have a long history and the British in particular have shown a real capacity for the craft.  These are strategic assets, capable of throwing the enemy off balance and adding a war-winning dimension.  From the Rogers’ Rangers in the 18th century through the SAS in the deserts of north Africa in WW2 to the terrorist hunting roles of US and British forces in the modern age, they are fast, flexible and deadly.  Sometimes they are victims of their own success; politicians often look to Special Forces to achieve dramatic and face-saving results.  They are also seen as the go to solution when employing conventional forces would promote a dramatic escalation in developing events. For a medium sized power such as Britain, the professionalism and skill of its Special Forces led it a weight and punch it might not otherwise possess.  This is the history of Special Forces and why they have come to be so dominant in the public consciousness throughout the world.So It GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson Readings by David Hartley:Richard Roger's Rules for RangingFellowship of Arms by Tony Mellows See also:YouTube: BloodyViolentHistoryhttps://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the word See https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

May 25

1 hr 27 min

Imperturbability and indefatigability have long been bywords for the British character. Sometimes it has been mythologized or exaggerated but at its core it captures something that is very real.  Every nation possesses recognisable characteristics and traits and, for the British, understatement and the fear of embarrassment or letting the side down have long been part of our nature.Examples range from the Duke of Wellington to Scott of the Antarctic, from the empire builders of the 19th century to the heroes of two world wars. There are multiple examples that demonstrate the stiff upper lip is no illusion.  Yet it is more than mere emotional restraint.  There is often in the mix humility and humour, a pragmatic understanding of the situation and a supreme distain for Continental hysterics. Wars have been won, crisis confronted and situations salvaged, all thanks to the SUL.  Screw in your monocle, stiffen your spine and banish that wobbly lip as you listen to this podcast.So it GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson Audio extras from Bomber Command Association dinner, 1977 Readings by David Hartley:Bricklayer's Lament by Gerard HoffnungChips Channon DiariesCaptain Scott's final diary entry - Antarctic See also:YouTube: BloodyViolentHistoryhttps://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the word See https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

May 11

49 min 53 sec

Tyranny and lack of taste tend to go together.  From Putin’s Black Sea playground to the palaces of the Ottomans, from Idi Amin’s amphibious car to the Sultan of Morocco’s chariot pulled by wives and eunuchs, bling and bluster are often the order of the day.  Marcos had psychics and seers, Castro had a turtle farm, and the Columbian drugs baron Escobar had his own private bullring and go-kart tack.  The mighty and the despotic have no-one to counsel them on matters of taste.  Here we reveal the appalling consequences of this calamitous style vacuum.So it GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson See also:YouTube: BloodyViolentHistoryhttps://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the word See https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

Apr 27

46 min 10 sec

A byword for tenacity and courage, the famous last stand has studded history with legendary exploits that define conflict and empire.  From Thermopylae to the Alamo, from Custer’s last stand to Okinawa, they represent individual heroism and sometimes crass military miscalculation.  The result is always the same, the wiping out of a small group of die-hard defenders.The odds might be crazy, and catastrophe might ensue, yet as the explosion at the British Army magazine near Delhi in 1857 proved, the consequences can reverberate down the years.  So, whether its FUBAR or SNAFU, or just desperate men fighting like ‘rats in a sack’ to quote a senior British Officer after Rorke’s Drift, we remember many of them.  And whether for PR purposes or to deflect attention from wider disasters, they do not diminish the bravery of those involved.So it GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson Ref.Thomas Babington Macaulay, Horatius, Lays of Ancient Rome See also:YouTube: BloodyViolentHistoryhttps://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the word See https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information 

Apr 13

1 hr 8 min

Regardless of colour or creed, slavery has been a curse on humanity for millennia. Often, it is African slavery that has dominated the debate.  Yet in this episode, Bloody Violent History seeks to cast the net wider and demonstrate how every corner of the globe has been affected.  From ancient Rome to the Soviet gulag, from the Viking slave markets of Dublin to the victims of Corsair piracy sold into bondage in Morocco, slavery has tormented millions throughout history. So it GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson Ref.White Gold by Milton GilesThe Barbary Slaves by Stephen Clissold  See also:https://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the word See https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

Mar 30

51 min 44 sec

Jack the Ripper has dominated the consciousness of the British public and crime fiction since the Victorian era.  In late 1888, 5 gruesome murders occurred in London’s Whitechapel and the legend of the Ripper was born.  The man on his trail was the surgeon and pathologist Thomas Bond, an expert in forensics and the medical detective who wrote the world’s first criminal profile. Mary Ann Nichols (found August 31, 1888), Annie Chapman (found September 8, 1888), Elizabeth Stride (found September 30, 1888), Catherine Eddowes (also found September 30, 1888), and Mary Jane Kelly (found November 9, 1888).  These women were the tragic victims of these appalling crimes.This was the beginning of serious pathology and the initial steps into unravelling the minds and behaviour of criminals and killers.  Thomas Bond was a classic Victorian, a man who had been at the front during the Austro-Prussian war, who prided himself on riding to hounds with every hunt in England and whose suggested cure for depression was a pint of burgundy and a pint of champagne on alternative days of the week.  His was a world of grime discoveries and Holmesian like sleuthing.  Yet time, injury and the dark aspects of his work were to take their toll.  Bond became a laudanum addict and in 1901 threw himself to his death.  His pioneering work laid the foundation for police forensics and offender profiling today.So it GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson Reading by David Hartley of Dr Thomas Bond's police report and profile of Jack the RipperSee also:https://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the word See https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

Mar 16

36 min 29 sec

The early twentieth century was the high point of travel by luxury liner.  Yet two world wars saw the roles of these great ships transformed.  Their speed and capacity were redirected into troop-carrying and hospital service. The sister ships of the Titanic were employed during World War One: HMHS Britannic sank in the Aegean.  There were further tragedies, including the loss of the Lusitania, which helped bring America into the war.By World War Two, liners were again to achieve a high profile.  The ‘Grey Ghost’, The Queen Mary, gained a reputation for repeatedly outwitting the U-Boat menace in the Atlantic.  This is the story of those ships and the contribution they made to the history of that time.So it GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson See also:https://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the word See https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy informationShow Less 

Mar 2

34 min 50 sec

1607, and in the wilderness of Virginia, a tiny, pallisaded fort containing some one hundred English settlers clings on grimly and awaits salvation and resupply. Beset by internal feuds and attacks by the local Indians, the outpost continues to endure.  Theirs is a tale of stoicism and woe.  A relentless period of endurance and fear.  Conditions become so terrible that some are driven to eat their own compatriots and the worst offenders are burnt at the stake by authorities desperate to maintain control.  Outside, the Indians prowl with their turkey spur arrowheads and bone spears.  Should the settlers fall into their hands, they face being jointed and flayed alive with sharpened mussels shells.  This is the story of the first European colony in North America.So it GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson Readings by David Hartley:'Cradle' by James Jackson See also:https://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the word See https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

Feb 16

1 hr 14 min

1291, and in the redoubt of Acre the Crusaders prepare to make a final stand against the might of the Mameluke Sultan of Egypt.  After 200 years in the Holy Land the Frankish hold on Palestine is at an end and few will come to save what is left of the Christian possessions. The Templars and the Hospitallers are still there, the former in their Lion Fortress and standing firm. Yet most in Acre are cowed by the sight of the great Muslim army.  All that is left is prayer and futility.  Jerusalem is gone and soon the writ and power of the Crusader will be but a memory.So it GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson Readings by David Hartley:Perdition by James Jackson See also:https://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the word See https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

Feb 2

59 min 59 sec

Bad things happen to bad people.  Throughout history, tyrants and despots have fallen, often in bloody and surprising ways. There was the defeated Roman Emperor used as a foot stool, the Afghan chief of defence fired from a cannon, and the Moroccan vizier chained to his dead brother in a dungeon.  All were part of a rich tapestry of horror and macabre episodes.  Yet even today there are still stories of woe and unpleasantness, and from Russia to Africa we recount some of the Beastly Ends of Beastly People.  So it GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson Reading by David Hartley:Kipling, Rudyard, The Young British soldier See also:https://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the word See https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

Jan 19

39 min 52 sec

For a thousand years, England and France have been sparring, fighting and generally knock lumps from each other.  Indeed, most of our greatest memorials – from Blenheim Palace to Trafalgar Square – were erected in honour of our triumphs over the ancient enemy.  We try to get along, but all too often diplomacy and soothing words fail to patch over our deep-routed differences.  Our podcast explores this most fraught of subjects.So it GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson See also:https://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the word See https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

Jan 5

38 min 39 sec

1565, a vast armada of Turkish ships carrying an Ottoman army some 40,000 strong arrives off the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta to begin a siege that will change the course of history. The action will become forever known as the Great Siege of Malta. Facing the invaders are the small band of the Hospitaller Knights of St John, marauders and throwbacks to the time of the Crusades.  It is upon the little star-shaped fort of St Elmo that the full fury of the enemy will initially fall.  This is martyrdom and hand-to-hand fighting at its most brutal.  Everything depends on the garrison holding out.  Across Grand Harbour, atop his headquarters at Fort St Angelo, the Grand Master of the Knights Jean Parisot de Valette, watches and waits. So it GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson Readings by David HartleySee also:https://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the word See https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

Dec 2020

55 min 3 sec

In this podcast we cover the inner workings and secrets of the Historical Thriller, the excitement of walking the ground and prising open the hidden truths of the past.  The answer is to make it look simple and keep the pace moving.  Yet there are many tricks of the trade and here Jamie and Tom discuss how to create dramatic and immersive stories.  For both readers and writers, this should be a gallop through the world of creative writing.  So it GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson Readings by David Hartley:See also:https://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the word See https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

Dec 2020

47 min 52 sec

Many are names in the wartime Hall of Fame.  Yet others have faded from view and collective memory.  All are heroines and all sacrificed much in two world wars to defend their country and help others in need.  As nurses or secret agents, from Edith Cavell to Violette Szabo, they stand as extraordinary examples of courage, fortitude and dutySo it GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson Readings by David Hartley:Violette Szarbo Code PoemSee also:https://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the word See https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

Dec 2020

1 hr 15 min

You might not have heard of the poisonous loo roll or of exploding rats and incendiary bats.  But this is their story, the litany of bizarre inventions and lunatic ideas that only war and desperation can throw up.  Even today there are some pretty strange concepts and pipedreams and the mad inventor is certainly not a thing of the past.  When a scientist gets an idea, it is not simply a bouncing bomb that emerges.  Here are a few examples.So it GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson See also:https://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the word See https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

Nov 2020

28 min 20 sec

Tom interviews the historian Professor Andrew Roberts.  We discuss the importance of history, his books including his latest work, Leadership in War, and his critically acclaimed biography of Winston Churchill, Walking with Destiny, and what history might inform us about the future.  The very essence of this BVH podcast.So it GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson Prof. Andrew RobertsWaterloo Uncovered   Mark EvansRoberts, Andrew, Leadership in WarKeegan, John, The Face of BattleRe. Covid 19.  Sir Winston Churchill, Speech to the Royal College of Physicians, 2 March 1944:“The discoveries of healing science must be the inheritance of all. That is clear. Disease must be attacked, whether it occurs in the poorest or the richest man or woman, simply on the ground that it is the enemy; and it must be attacked just in the same way as the fire brigade will give its full assistance to the humblest cottage as readily as to the most important mansion.” If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the word See https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

Nov 2020

55 min 14 sec

During the Great War, thousands of dogs were sent to the Western Front to patrol, guard, catch rats and carry messages.  It is an extraordinary story of courage and sacrifice and the contribution these beloved animals had in sustaining morale and keeping spirits high.  In particular, it tells of the Irish Terriers who seemed almost the perfect breed for the hardship and rigours of the trenches.So it GoesTom Assheton & James JacksonReading from:Winter, Denis, First of the Few, Fighter Pilots of the First World War, (1983) See also:We Love Irish Terriershttps://bit.ly/30psgFK YouTube Tribute to the Irish Terrier with Lucy Jacksonhttps://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the word See https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

Nov 2020

19 min 47 sec

5th November 1605.  Few are unaware of the story and most have heard of Guy ‘Guido’ Fawkes.  After all, he was the ‘clean skin’, the mercenary hired to live under deep cover in the precincts of the Palace of Westminster and blow the King and his entourage to oblivion when the moment came.Yet fewer know of the true story, of the Catholic horsemen waiting to snatch the King’s young daughter, Princess Elizabeth, from her residence at Coombe Abbey in Northamptonshire.  The tale involves spies, treachery, double agents and a hunt for the hidden gunpowder.  It involves too the great spymaster Robert Cecil.  The world’s first great potential terrorist spectacular was foiled.  It could have been very different.So it GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson https://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the word Readings by David HartleyBooks by James Jackson See https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

Oct 2020

1 hr 2 min

1588.  The history of a nation has many waypoints and the Spanish Armada is one of the key stepping-stones in the folklore and legend of the British Isles.  Names such as Drake, Howard, Frobisher and Hawkins are synonymous with the dash and daring of the action.  Yet behind the scenes was an intelligence war masterminded by the spy chief Sir Francis Walsingham.  It involved secret agents, black propaganda, disinformation and even murder. Ultimately, the Armada was pursued by the English navy, hounded by fireships and wrecked in storms on the coastline of Britain and Ireland.So it GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson https://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the word Readings by David Hartley:Books by James Jackson See https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information 

Oct 2020

49 min 12 sec

We take the existence of the atomic bomb for granted, accept that America was always going to get there first.  However during World War Two, that was not a given.  German science started way ahead.  Yet Germany never brought its research out of the lab, never capitalised on its initial technological superiority.So it GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson https://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the word Readings by David Hartley:Despatch on War Operations by Sir Arthur HarrisBooks by James Jackson See https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

Oct 2020

48 min 1 sec

From the Assassins and Berserkers and on to the Zulus, narcotics have played a key part in warfare.  By the Twentieth Century, aggression-fuelling drugs were replaced by those improving alertness and stamina and amphetamines were widely utilised throughout the conflict by Allied and Axis armies alike.  Indeed, Hitler was hooked on them.  Later, it was recreational drugs that took such a toll on morale and capabilities in theatres such as Vietnam.So it GoesTom Assheton & James JacksonInstagram for BVHhttps://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really helps to spread the word See https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

Sep 2020

22 min 54 sec

 When Hiram Maxim built and patented the world’s first single-barrel automatic machinegun, few saw its potential.  Yet within a few years it had proved its worth in colonial battles such as Bembezi, Shangani River and Omdurman.  Still military high commands refused to embrace its lethality. Come the Great War and its devastating effect on ranks of advancing infantry, the machinegun won its spurs and a notorious place in history.  Today, automatic weapons are taken for granted.  Maxim’s invention, and that of the earlier Gatling, retain their place in the arsenal.So it GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson https://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short reviewon Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really help to spread the word See https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

Sep 2020

19 min 31 sec

The cavalry charge throughout history is synonymous with both pluck and daring and with catastrophic failure and defeat.  Its advantages of speed and power have too often been squandered by commanders who have failed to use its potential or appreciate its flaws.  Whether Crusaders or Napoleon’s cuirassiers, the result has been a battlefield littered with dead men and horses. Yet occasionally there is triumph: the Charge of the Heavy Brigade in Crimea, the famous action by the 21stLancers at Omdurman, the elan and spirit of the Deccan Horse at High Wood during the Great War.Even today, in conflicts such as Afghanistan, horse and rider have their use.  They provide speed and flexibility over rough and inhospitable terrain.  On many occasions, the horsemen of the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan outmanoeuvred their Taliban opponents and quickly seized the initiative.  This is their story.So it GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson https://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really help to spread the word Readings by David Hartley:Horse Guards by General Sir Barney White-Spunner KCB, CBEAn Infamous Army by Georgette HeyerBooks by James Jackson See https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

Sep 2020

1 hr 2 min

As World War 2 progressed and the Nazis suffered a reversal of fortune, plots against Adolf Hitler began to multiply.  After the defeat of the German Army at Stalingrad in particular, many officers began to see the Führer as the problem and the war as unwinnable.  Assassination became the answer.Long before the July ’44 bomb plot, individuals were stepping forward with their own plans and with bombs in their pockets.  In March 1943, there were three distinct attempts on Hitler’s life, including the famous ‘brandy bottle bombs’ scenario.British and American intelligence too had early plans for the death of Hitler.  The heads of MI6 and the OSS even met with Admiral Wilhelm Canaris in the summer of 1943 to discuss the potential for the Führer’s violent demise.  Yet the plans foundered and the Allies opted for a strategy of invasion and unconditional German surrender.  Ultimately, it was Hitler who took his own life and brought the war to its eventual close.So it GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson https://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really help to spread the word See https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information

Sep 2020

49 min 41 sec

Our mission is simple.  It is to make history come alive, to inform and provoke, and to encourage listeners to dig deeper and read more widely for themselves.  As Mark Twain said:‘History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes’.History is our hinterland, the past that influences our present and future.  From Crossbows to Crosshairs, from Gunpowder to Gun-Running, we aim to cover a wide range of subjects.  We hope that these Podcasts both illuminate and entertain and that you enjoy them as much as we do making them.It will be Bloody, It will be Violent, It will be FunSo it GoesTom Assheton & James Jackson https://www.instagram.com/bloodyviolenthistory/https://www.jamesjacksonbooks.comhttps://www.tomtom.co.uk If you enjoy the podcast, would you please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify or Google Podcast App? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really help to spread the word See https://simplecast.com/privacy/ for privacy information  

Jul 2020

7 min 54 sec