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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
#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.
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.