The Napoleonicist

The Napoleonicist

By Zack White
An semi-interactive podcast on the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars from 'the Young Pretender of Napoleonic History'
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Waterloo Remembered: Day 5 - A Soldiers Life for Me?

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The Battle of Salamanca: A wasted victory?
On the 208th anniversary of the Battle of Salamanca, I explore the events surrounding that crucial event and explore the real legacy of a battle which was arguably one of Wellington's best fought actions.
47:26
July 22, 2020
Cartoons of Conquest: British caricatures and popular interest in the Peninsular War
I explore the rich and beautiful world of caricatures produced in Britain during the Peninsular War, exploring their creation, appeal and what they reveal about popular attitudes towards the conflict.
44:50
July 8, 2020
Waterloo Remembered: Thank yous & credits
I pay my dues to all the amazing people who have made Waterloo Remembered happen. ❤️
11:58
June 19, 2020
Voices from the Battlefield: 41 - Wellington
The Duke of Wellington's letter to Lord Aberdeen informing him of Alexander Gordon's death.
04:00
June 18, 2020
Voices from the Battlefield: 40 - Charles Bell
Surgeon Sir Charles Bell, on the aftermath of the battle of Waterloo
11:37
June 18, 2020
Voices from the Battlefield: 39 - Cavalier Mercer
Artillery officer cavalier Mercer describing his experiences at Waterloo
12:55
June 18, 2020
Voices from the Battlefield: 38 - Major George Baring
Major George Baring on the defence of La Haye Sainte by the KGL
05:10
June 18, 2020
Voices from the Battlefield: 37 - Grouchy
Grouchy's report on his actions during the Waterloo
05:49
June 18, 2020
Voices from the Battlefield: 36 - Clausewitz
Carl Von Clausewitz, who fought at Wavre
07:27
June 18, 2020
Voices from the Battlefield: 34 - Jacques Francois Martin
Lieutenant Jacques Francois Martin who was in D'Erlon's corps at Waterloo
09:53
June 18, 2020
Voices from the Battlefield: 33 - Major Busgen
Major Busgen of the Nassau regiment. One of the defenders of Hougoumont.
06:28
June 18, 2020
Waterloo Remembered: Roll of Honour
Marking the 205th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, Marcus Cribb and I read 205 names of those killed at Waterloo, drawn from the British, King's German Legion, Prussian and French armies.
28:41
June 18, 2020
Voices from the Battlefield: 32 - Civilians
A selection of accounts showing the experience of civilians during the Waterloo campaign
07:49
June 18, 2020
Voices from the Battlefield: 31 - Wellington
The Duke of Wellington's Waterloo Despatch
16:20
June 18, 2020
Voices from the Battlefield 30 - French poem
French poem about Waterloo read by Catriona Seth
09:31
June 17, 2020
Voices from the Battlefield 29 - Thomas Jeremiah
Royal Welch Fusilier Private Thomas Jeremiah's account of Waterloo
18:22
June 17, 2020
Voices from the Battlefield 28 - Edward Cochrane Frith
Edward Cochrane Firth's account of Waterloo
08:14
June 17, 2020
Voices from the Battlefield 27 - George Levan
Chaplain George Levan and his impact in supporting soldiers after the Waterloo campaign
08:08
June 17, 2020
Voices from the Battlefield 26 - The Prince of Orange
William Prince of Orange's letter to his parents written immediately after Waterloo
12:02
June 17, 2020
Voices from the Battlefield 25 - Frances Burnet
Frances Burnet's account of the civilian experience in Brussels during the Waterloo campaign
10:34
June 17, 2020
Voices from the Battlefield 24 - Edward Cotton
Edward Cotton, who fought at Waterloo and later became a battlefield guide.
09:52
June 17, 2020
Voices from the Battlefield 23 - Frederick Lindau
KGL soldier Frederick Lindau's account of the defence of La Hate Sainte at Waterloo
04:25
June 17, 2020
Voices from the Battlefield 22 - Jonathan Leach
Rifle officer Jonathan Leach's account of Waterloo
23:21
June 17, 2020
Waterloo Remembered Day 13: Winning the Peace?
I speak to Beatrice De Graaf and Jacqueline Reiter about the aftermath of Waterloo and it's political and cultural legacy.
1:04:05
June 17, 2020
Voices from the Battlefield 21 - Miguel Alava
Miguel Alava relates his perspective on the Battle of Waterloo
10:19
June 17, 2020
Voices from the Battlefield 20 - Ross Lewin
Ross Lewin's account of the Waterloo campaign
06:41
June 16, 2020
Voices from the Battlefield 19 - Prussian Voices
Blucher and an anonymous Prussian officer relate their immediate reactions to the Waterloo campaign
07:05
June 16, 2020
Voices from the Battlefield 18 - Captain Robineau
French Captain Robineau's account of the Waterloo campaign
06:28
June 16, 2020
Voices from the Battlefield 17 - Lady De Lancey
Lady De Lancey relating the death of her husband following his wounds at Waterloo
13:44
June 16, 2020
Voices from the Battlefield 16 - Private O'Neill
Private O'Neill's account of the Waterloo campaign
10:41
June 16, 2020
Voices from the Battlefield 15 - Coignet
French Captain Courtney's account of Waterloo
03:36
June 16, 2020
Voices from the Battlefield 14 - James Anton
James Anton's account of Waterloo
16:29
June 16, 2020
Voices from the Battlefield 13 - George Simmons
Rifle officer George Simmons's account of Waterloo
02:29
June 16, 2020
Voices from the Battlefield 12 - Anonymous British soldier
An anonymous account from a soldier in the British 42nd regiment
05:54
June 16, 2020
Voices from the Battlefield 11 - John Scott
Triangle player John Scott's account of the Waterloo campaign
07:00
June 16, 2020
Waterloo Remembered: Voices from the Battlefield 10 - Carl Jacobi
Carl Jacobi's account of Waterloo
10:36
June 15, 2020
Waterloo Remembered: Voices from the Battlefield 9 - Marshal Ney
Marshal Ney defending his actions throughout the Waterloo campaign. Due to technical issues this extract had to be read by Zack White, rather than the intended reader.
12:38
June 15, 2020
Waterloo Remembered: Voices from the Battlefield 8 - Anonymous French source
Due to technical issues, this extract had to be read by Zack White, rather than the planned speaker. It comes from an anonymous French account dated simply Paris, 20th June
07:31
June 15, 2020
Waterloo Remembered: Voices from the Battlefield 6 - John Kincaid
Rifle officer John Kincaid's account of the Battle of Waterloo
02:34
June 15, 2020
Waterloo Remembered: Voices from the Battlefield 4 - 12 Light Dragoons
Two extracts relating different perspectives of the experience of one unit, the British 12 Light Dragoons at Waterloo
06:31
June 15, 2020
Waterloo Remembered: Voices from the Battlefield 3 William Lawrence
British soldier William Lawrence on Waterloo, taken from his dictated biography.
12:23
June 15, 2020
Waterloo Remembered: Voices from the Battlefield 2 Juana Smith
Juana Smith, wife of rifle officer Harry Smith, searching for her husband after the battle
05:58
June 15, 2020
Waterloo Remembered: Voices from the Battlefield 1 - Thomas Creevey
Thomas Creevey speaks to Wellington before and after Waterloo
09:04
June 15, 2020
Waterloo Remembered Day 11: The Mechanics of War & Command at Waterloo
In the penultimate interview of the series, Will Fletcher joins me to discuss the command styles of Napoleon, Blucher and Wellington, and the role of staff officers in the outcome of the campaign.
1:20:26
June 15, 2020
Waterloo Remembered: Voices from the Battlefield 5 - Victor Hugo
A reading of Victor Hugo's account of the attack on Hougoumont, in Les Miserables.
04:38
June 14, 2020
Waterloo Remembered Day 10: Mythbusting Waterloo
Historians Gareth Glover and Andrew Field join me to explode some of the most popular myths about the battle and the wider Waterloo campaign. What do we think we know that never happened? Could Napoleon ever have won? Was Waterloo irrelevant? All this and more feature, as we gear up for the start of Voices from the Battlefield and the Waterloo Remembered live tweets tomorrow.
1:03:36
June 14, 2020
Waterloo Remembered: Day 9 - Waterloo: The Forgotten Battle?
I speak to Marcus Cribb (manager of Apsley House) and Rob Pocock (manager of Campaigns and Culture battlefield tour company) about museums, monuments and memory when it comes to Waterloo, exploring what we tend to forget about the battle.
59:46
June 13, 2020
Waterloo Remembered Day 8: Why does Waterloo matter?
In a shorter episode today, I offer some thoughts on why Waterloo remains important, (as well as roasting myself!) in order to kick-start a wider discussion online. Remember to get involved on twitter, or at www.thenapoleonicwars.net/forum
14:07
June 12, 2020
Waterloo Remembered Day 7: Turning Fact into Fiction
In this installment I speak to Lynn Bryant, author of the Peninsular War saga novels about the challenges and joys of writing novels set in this period.
1:18:36
June 11, 2020
Waterloo Remembered Day 6: Scratching the Surface - Waterloo Uncovered
In a poignant and humbling interview, I speak to archaeologist Dr Stuart Eve and UK armed forces veteran Ben Mead, both from the charity Waterloo Uncovered, which aims to provide rehabilitation to veterans by involving them in archaeological digs on the battlefield. We discuss what the project has discovered, team camaraderie on the dig, and how you can help if someone you know is struggling with their mental health.
59:58
June 10, 2020
Waterloo Remembered: Day 5 - A Soldiers Life for Me?
Today I speak to Prof Ed Coss about life for soldiers during this period, what motivated them, how they coped in battle, and why they joined the army in the first place.
1:22:54
June 9, 2020
Waterloo Remembered Day 4: Forgotten Foreign Forces - Prussia
In the final installment of the Forgotten Foreign Forces triple bill, I speak to Vanya Bellinger about the vital role that Prussia played in the Waterloo campaign, and why their involvement has often been downplayed.
48:51
June 8, 2020
Waterloo Remembered Day 3: Forgotten Foreign Forces - Spain
In the second interview in a triple bill on some of the Forgotten Foreign Forces that were involved in the War of the Seventh Coalition, I speak to Prof. Alicia Laspra about Spain during the conflict, the way in which Spain was forgotten by other European countries, and how the Spanish remember Wellington and Waterloo.
37:24
June 7, 2020
Waterloo Remembered Day 2: Forgotten Foreign Forces - The King's German Legion
In the first of a triple bill of interviews on forgotten foreign forces from the Waterloo campaign, I speak to Hailey Stewart from the University of North Texas on the role that the King's German Legion and Brunswick troops played. Part of the #WaterlooRemembered series. Remember to post your questions and comments in the forum at thenapoleonicwars.net or on Twitter using the #WaterlooRemembered
1:06:10
June 6, 2020
Waterloo: What's the real story?
#WaterlooRemembered Day 1. As the fortnight of commemorations kicks off, I look at the what happened in the Waterloo campaign, and point out some key areas of debate, setting the scene for the interviews that are coming over the next fortnight. Remember to join the discussion in the forum at thenapoleonicwars.net, where you will find a full schedule of releases for Waterloo Remembered, or on Twitter using #WaterlooRemembered. Episode 2, out on 6th June, will explore some of the forgotten foreign forces in the conflict.
36:30
June 5, 2020
Where did it all go wrong?: The early escalation of the French Revolution
I explore the origins of the French Revolution, and how the French government descended into chaos, as well as making a special announcement about Waterloo Remembered.
24:33
May 20, 2020
Wellington's Unknown Warriors: The Life, Death & Reburial of the Bones of Burgos
Showing that dead men do actually tell tales, this podcast explains the significance of the discovery of the remains of six soldiers killed at the siege of Burgos during the Peninsular War, and the efforts to see these men's remains analysed and given the proper burial that they deserve.
41:08
May 1, 2020
The Curious Case of Badajoz: The aftermath of British sieges in the Peninsular War
I explore one of the more controversial topics of the Peninsular War, as I examine the looting, murder and rape which British soldiers committed after each of the major sieges of the conflict.
29:29
April 15, 2020
Bonus Episode: Plunder, Provost & Punishment - Discipline under Wellington
In a surprise addition to the schedule, I talk a little about my current research on crime and punishment in the British Army at the start of the nineteenth century.
11:04
April 8, 2020
1. What's with the name: Rebranding the Napoleonic Wars
I explore some of the alternatives to calling the conflict 'The Napoleonic Wars'.
23:53
April 1, 2020
The Napoleonicist: The Trailer!
Ahead of the launch of the first proper episode in April 2020, I outline what the deal is with this new podcast on the French Revolution and Napoleonic Era.
08:02
March 11, 2020