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  • 216. Ep216: D-Day 80th - Gold Beach (Part 3)

    33:16
    Our focus now shifts to the British sector of D-Day, and the landing on Gold Beach. Would the Brits get ashore in the face of treacherous weather and fierce German resistance?In the third of our special series on the D-Day landings, Mat is joined by historian Gary Sheffield to tell the story of the landing at Gold Beach.Hosts: Mat McLachlan and Gary SheffieldProducer: Jess StebnickiSubscribe to listen to EVERY EPISODE NOW in this special series! You'll also receive exclusive bonus episodes, early access to all episodes, ad-free listening and special online events with Mat McLachlan! Subscribe in the Apple Podcasts app or by visiting https://www.patreon.com/MMHistoryJoin one of our battlefield tours and walk in the footsteps of the Anzacs! Visit https://battlefields.com.au/ for more information.Find out more about the podcast and everything Mat is doing at https://linktr.ee/matmclachlan

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  • 215. Ep215: D-Day 80th - Utah Beach (Part 2)

    36:04
    While American troops were being cut down on Omaha Beach, their comrades to the west were coming ashore on the rolling dunes of Utah Beach. Why did this landing go so much more to plan?In the second of our special series on the D-Day landings, Mat is joined by historian John McManus to tell the story of Utah Beach.Hosts: Mat McLachlan and John McManusProducer: Jess StebnickiSubscribe to listen to EVERY EPISODE NOW in this special series! You'll also receive exclusive bonus episodes, early access to all episodes, ad-free listening and special online events with Mat McLachlan! https://www.patreon.com/MMHistoryJoin one of our battlefield tours and walk in the footsteps of the Anzacs! Visit https://battlefields.com.au/ for more information.Find out more about the podcast and everything Mat is doing at https://linktr.ee/matmclachlan
  • 214. Ep214: D-Day 80th - Omaha Beach (Part 1)

    34:35
    It's the 80th anniversary of D-Day and Mat is breaking down the entire day by telling the story of each of the five beaches. It's a five-episode special series that will reveal the real story of the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. Today the Americans are tasked with the toughest mission of D-Day: landing in front of the imposing cliffs and tough defences of Omaha Beach. Was 'Bloody Omaha' really as bloody as countless books and movies have told us?In the first of our special series on the D-Day landings, Mat is joined by historian John McManus to tell the story of Omaha Beach.Hosts: Mat McLachlan and John McManusProducer: Jess StebnickiSubscribe to listen to EVERY EPISODE NOW in this special series! You'll also receive exclusive bonus episodes, early access to all episodes, ad-free listening and special online events with Mat McLachlan! https://www.patreon.com/MMHistoryJoin one of our battlefield tours and walk in the footsteps of the Anzacs! Visit https://battlefields.com.au/ for more information.Find out more about the podcast and everything Mat is doing at https://linktr.ee/matmclachlan
  • 213. Ep213: Gallipoli - All Hope Gone (Part 8)

    01:08:07
    The end is drawing near. After failure, disappointment and outright disaster, it's time for the Allies to evacuate Gallipoli. But this is no simple task - nearly 100,000 men need to be withdrawn from the peninsula under the noses of the Turks. Will the British and Anzacs be able to pull it off? How can they slink away without losing half their force?In the eight and final episode of our special series on the Gallipoli campaign, Mat is joined by historian Peter Hart to explore the evacuation of Gallipoli, perhaps the only genuine success in the entire campaign.Hosts: Mat McLachlan and Peter HartProducer: Jess StebnickiSubscribe via Patreon to listen to EVERY EPISODE NOW in this special series! You'll also receive exclusive bonus episodes, early access to all episodes, ad-free listening and special online events with Mat McLachlan! https://www.patreon.com/MMHistoryJoin one of our battlefield tours and walk in the footsteps of the Anzacs! Visit https://battlefields.com.au/ for more information.Find out more about the podcast and everything Mat is doing at https://linktr.ee/matmclachlan
  • 212. Ep212: Gallipoli - The Suvla Landing (Part 7)

    01:14:55
    As part of their cunning plan to outflank the Turks and seize the high ground in the August Offensive, the Allies play their trump card. They stage a new landing at Suvla Bay and bring thousands of reinforcements ashore. But the terrain at Suvla is not as easy as it appears on a map, and the British are dogged by indecision and poor leadership. Will the men get ashore, and what new horrors will face them when they land?In the seventh episode of our special series on the Gallipoli campaign, Mat is joined by historian Peter Hart to explore the landing at Suvla Bay.Hosts: Mat McLachlan and Peter HartProducer: Jess StebnickiSubscribe via Patreon to listen to EVERY EPISODE NOW in this special series! You'll also receive exclusive bonus episodes, early access to all episodes, ad-free listening and special online events with Mat McLachlan! https://www.patreon.com/MMHistoryJoin one of our battlefield tours and walk in the footsteps of the Anzacs! Visit https://battlefields.com.au/ for more information.Find out more about the podcast and everything Mat is doing at https://linktr.ee/matmclachlan
  • 211. Ep211: Gallipoli - The August Offensive (Part 6)

    01:07:05
    The Allies are getting desperate and as the heat of summer descends on the peninsula, they are determined to try a bold gamble to win the campaign once and for all. Turning their attention to the Anzac sector, they come up with an ambitious plan that involves breaking out to the north of Anzac and seizing the high ground. But the men are wracked by disease, the terrain they must cross is some of the toughest at Gallipoli, and the Turkish defenders are ready and waiting. Does the August Offensive have any chance of success?In the sixth episode of our special series on the Gallipoli campaign, Mat is joined by historian Peter Hart to explore the August Offensive, and the accompanying attacks at Lone Pine, the Nek, Chunuk Bair and more.Hosts: Mat McLachlan and Peter HartProducer: Jess StebnickiSubscribe via Patreon to listen to EVERY EPISODE NOW in this special series! You'll also receive exclusive bonus episodes, early access to all episodes, ad-free listening and special online events with Mat McLachlan! https://www.patreon.com/MMHistoryJoin one of our battlefield tours and walk in the footsteps of the Anzacs! Visit https://battlefields.com.au/ for more information.Find out more about the podcast and everything Mat is doing at https://linktr.ee/matmclachlan
  • 210. Ep210: Gallipoli - Conditions in the Trenches (Part 5)

    01:01:36
    Stalemate has descended on Gallipoli and both sides now have to confront a new enemy - the appalling living conditions in the trenches. If the constant risk of death was not enough to do a man in, he also had to contend with heat, flies, corpses, disease and a nauseating diet. Could things get any worse?In the fifth episode of our special series on the Gallipoli campaign, Mat is joined by historian Peter Hart to explore the horrendous conditions endured by the soldiers during the campaign.Hosts: Mat McLachlan and Peter HartProducer: Jess StebnickiSubscribe via Patreon to listen to EVERY EPISODE NOW in this special series! You'll also receive exclusive bonus episodes, early access to all episodes, ad-free listening and special online events with Mat McLachlan! https://www.patreon.com/MMHistoryJoin one of our battlefield tours and walk in the footsteps of the Anzacs! Visit https://battlefields.com.au/ for more information.Find out more about the podcast and everything Mat is doing at https://linktr.ee/matmclachlan