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History with Mark Bielski

History with Mark Bielski

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Tune in to hear Mark Bielski discuss history from ancient to modern times with experts in their fields of study, with special attention to the Civil War and WWII. We leave the textbooks behind and delve into the characters, backstories and often the ...Show More
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40:32 | Jul 1st

Dr. Barbara Brooks Tomblin discusses her recent book, Life in Jefferson Davis’ Navy. She addresses every aspect of the officers and men who served in the Confederate Navy—from the daily life of the sailors to the combat they endured. Through diaries,...Show More

33:21 | Jun 20th

Combat veteran Mort Sheffloe continues his discussion with Mark about Mort’s WWII experiences in Normandy and Brittany in 1944. Mort talks about Operation Cobra and being shot by a German sniper near Brest. He talks about his near fatal wounding, med...Show More

35:35 | Jun 13th

Continuing our series on D-Day and Operation Overlord in June 1944, Mark relives his visit to Normandy with WWII Veteran, Mort Sheffloe. They discuss Mort’s experiences in Normandy and Brittany in 1944 on Omaha and Utah Beaches and in various cafés. ...Show More

32:23 | Jun 6th

On this 75th Anniversary of the D-Day, we continue with the discussion about launching the invasion and the beach landings on that day. Mark speaks with historian Marty Morgan and they give special attention to the Americans storming the formidable G...Show More

31:28 | May 30th

In continuing our study of D-Day for this 75th Anniversary Year, Mark talks about the invasion airborne operations. He and guest historian, Marty Morgan, discuss some of the actions and details of the paratroopers, including “the greatest feat of fly...Show More

24:18 | May 23rd

Mark discusses the intricate deception plans that the Allies employed to confuse Nazi Germany about the location of the D-Day invasion. Will it be Pas de Calais as Hitler declares so convincingly? Or even Norway? Eisenhower is sure of one thing: it m...Show More

33:48 | Apr 18th

Renown Graphic novelist, Garth Ennis, visits with Mark to discuss his new release, The Night Witches, a book about the young women who flew night bombing raids for the Red Army in WWII.  As the German army smashes deep in to the Soviet Union and the ...Show More

22:33 | Apr 11th

During the Civil War, April lived up to the moniker later bestowed by T.S. Eliot as the “Cruelest Month.” The start of hostilities at Fort Sumter in 1861 initiated the war that defined America and President Lincoln’s assassination in 1865 both occurr...Show More

38:51 | Mar 28th

Mark returns to the Cold War in this interview with Admiral Thomas Brooks about his co-written book, "Admiral Gorshkov: The Man Who Challenged the U.S. Navy." They discuss the man who led the Soviet Union's Navy for 30 years. He survived Stalin’s pur...Show More

28:43 | Mar 21st

Mark covers some key historical events that took place in March, the month that comes in “like a lion” and goes out “like a lamb.” We see that this may depend upon where and when. George Washington in 1777, may have felt threatened by the British lio...Show More

23:10 | Mar 14th

Historian Chris Anderson joins Mark to discuss leadership and the company that became known as the Band of Brothers, Easy Company of the 101st Airborne in WWII. As an expert and interviewer of that close-knot group of veterans, Chris highlights Major...Show More

27:14 | Mar 7th

Dr. Kenneth Rettig joins Mark again to discuss medicine during the Civil War. They look into a comparison of medical techniques, remedies and emergency treatments then and in the modern military.

27:33 | Feb 7th

New Orleans during the Civil War is Mark’s topic. In 1861, the City of New Orleans prepared for an imminent invasion by Union forces. As crisis loomed, leadership, politics and military shortcomings became evident. A bright spot is the Confederate vi...Show More

21:35 | Jan 31st

Mark reviews some significant events that occurred at this time of the year in history. We go from the Ottoman Empire in the 17th century to Europe’s worst winter in history in 1940. The Civil War was brewing as the states of the Deep South seceded t...Show More

36:22 | Jan 24th

Cold War studies often focus on events in Europe. However, the Cold War quietly and sometimes loudly raged in the Middle East. Numerous political, religious and ethnic factions struggled for power while the U.S. and the Soviet Union maneuvered to exe...Show More

27:41 | Jan 17th

I interview Joel Bius about his new book: Smoke Em If You Got “Em: The Rise and Fall of the Military Cigarette Ration. It is a treatise on the relationship between the American Military-Industrial complex and the cigarette. The book tells the story o...Show More

20:40 | Dec 20th, 2018

Christmas during wartime, just as in life, shines with a different glow than that in more peaceful years. Luxuries are often non-existent and even basics are scarce but soldiers and civilians find ways to celebrate. This week on History with Mark Bie...Show More

21:25 | Dec 13th, 2018

Confederate President, Jefferson Davis, died in New Orleans in December 1889. Mark talks with Mrs. Gladys LeBreton, whose grandfather was a friend of Davis’. As a child, Mrs. LeBreton’s mother lived in the home where Davis stayed and was there when h...Show More

26:02 | Dec 6th, 2018

Mark’s guest is Robert J. Laplander about his book Finding the Lost Battalion: Beyond the Rumors, Myths and Legends of America’s Famous WWI Epic. They discuss his deep research in the story of the soldiers and their commander, Charles Whittlesey and ...Show More

33:37 | Nov 29th, 2018

We reprise the story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition with Historian Hal Stearns. Recorded at Fort Clatsop near Astoria, Oregon, it gives a detailed narrative overview of that incredible explorative journey. But first Mark responds to a comment from...Show More

19:45 | Nov 15th, 2018

We review some significant November events in history from WWI to the American Revolution as well as the American Civil War and WWII. We include the First Battle of Ypres in 1914 and the 1918 Armistice that ended the bloodshed of WWI as well as the l...Show More

21:28 | Nov 8th, 2018

Professor Gary Sheffield offers insightful analysis of the end of WWI. One of Britain’s foremost experts on WWI returns to discuss America’s participation in the Great War, the conclusion of hostilities, the Armistice of 11 November 1918 and the Vers...Show More

36:26 | Nov 1st, 2018

We go back to Good Friday April 1865 and President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination at Ford's Theatre in Washington. Later that night, assassin John Wilkes Booth, on the run and in desperate need of medical attention for his broken leg, stopped at the...Show More

29:32 | Oct 25th, 2018

Professor Gary Sheffield, one of Britain’s foremost experts on WWI, discusses his new edition book The First World War, published in association with the Imperial War Museum. Mark and Professor Sheffield review the War up until the end and American i...Show More

23:17 | Oct 18th, 2018

A look at some autumn events in WWII and the Civil War, as well as WWI and the American Revolution. We include the 1918 Meuse-Argonne offensive by the America Expeditionary Forces and the French army. Launched against the Germans on the Western Front...Show More

24:05 | Oct 11th, 2018

Historian Kevin Hymel returns for a discussion of General George S. Patton’s post-war governance in Germany and the actual story of his fatal accident and death. This is Part II of a two-part episode.

42:51 | Oct 4th, 2018

Jack Mountcastle returns to discuss the momentous battle of Antietam in September 1862. It was the single bloodiest day of warfare in American history. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, emboldened by the victory at Second Manassas in August ...Show More

35:55 | Sep 27th, 2018

Mark speaks with authors Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic about their new book, Indianapolis, a study of the worst sea disaster in U.S. Naval history. Published by Simon & Schuster, Indianapolis is the story of the ship that delivered the atomic bomb in ...Show More

28:07 | Sep 20th, 2018

Mark has a conversation with Vince Dooley about his book, The Legion’s Fighting Bulldog: The Civil War Correspondence of William Gaston Delony. Through the letters of Delony and his wife Rosa, we get human insights into the struggles of the war both ...Show More

39:00 | Sep 13th, 2018

Mark’s guest is Steve Bourque, whose new book: Beyond the Beach: The Allied War Against France takes on a subject often ignored in historical accounts. Bourque explores the effects of Allied air attacks on French towns and infrastructure in 1944 as p...Show More

31:46 | Sep 6th, 2018

General Jack Mountcastle joins Mark to discuss the battle of Second Manassas, the major Confederate victory in August 1862 that gave Lee the thrust to invade Maryland that September. He also details the extensive tour he leads for Stephen Ambrose His...Show More

19:43 | Aug 30th, 2018

A look at some August events in WWII and the Civil War, including the Siege of Leningrad, the Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact, the infamous Quantrill’s Raiders and Nathan Bedford Forrest’s raid on Memphis. We also preview upcoming fall episodes that ...Show More

30:11 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Repeat of episode from October 11, 2017 about General George S. Patton, the early years and WWII.

32:51 | Aug 16th, 2018

In this redux of a prior episode, combat veteran Mort Sheffloe continues discussing his WWII experiences in Normandy and Brittany in 1944. Mort talks about Operation Cobra and being shot by a German sniper near Brest.

36:05 | Aug 9th, 2018

We revisit Mark's interviews with WWII veteran, Mort Sheffloe, done on location in France. Mort discusses his WWII experiences in Normandy and Brittany in 1944. Some of the interviews took place while walking the sands and in cafés at Utah and Omaha ...Show More

31:59 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Mark’s guest is Ted Edwards, whose new book, Seven at Santa Cruz, is a riveting biography of WWII pilot, Stanley “Swede” Vejtasa. It is an up-close look at the battles of Santa Cruz and Coral Sea and how Vejtasa became a naval hero fighting the Japan...Show More

27:31 | Jul 27th, 2018

Some cursory and analytical looks at a few key July historical events. We discuss WWII, including the Einsatzgruppen SS mission in the Soviet Union, as well as the Civil War battle of First Manassas (Bull Run). We also take a look on the lighter side...Show More

34:28 | Jul 19th, 2018

Nic Clark of Civil War Tours New Orleans, feels that he gives guests a “great way to see the city.” He discusses the intriguing people and places that he includes in guiding tours about the Civil War. From the French Quarter to the famous cemeteries,...Show More

34:12 | Jul 13th, 2018

An interview with Ian Densford, artist, and animator, who has just published his graphic novel, Trench Dogs. A book that draws its inspiration from a collection of first-hand accounts from WW1.

20:57 | Jul 5th, 2018

A quick look at the two major Civil War events that took place in early July 155 years ago and some characters who played key roles. The man who initiated the battle of Gettysburg, one of the most controversial generals who took part in it and the Ge...Show More

25:42 | Jun 28th, 2018

Prof. Harry Laver returns to continue the discussion on the qualities of Leadership and his book edited with Jeffrey J. Matthews, The Art of Command: Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell.

24:51 | Jun 20th, 2018

Prof. Harry Laver joins Mark to discuss the qualities of Leadership and his book edited with Jeffrey J. Matthews, The Art of Command: Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell.

35:43 | Jun 13th, 2018

Iraq: from ancient to modern times. Kate Tietzen joins Mark to discuss the conflicts, sometime resolutions and the evolution of the country. Her in-country research delves into the many facets of the Iraqi people, the religious factions and the natio...Show More

31:26 | Jun 7th, 2018

A discussion of the D-Day Invasion operations in June 1944, Omaha Beach landings and actions at Vierville Draw on D-Day.

24:01 | Jun 1st, 2018

A discussion about Operation Overlord, the planning of the D-Day invasion, and the deception operations. This podcast includes excerpts from Dr. Stephen Ambrose’s lectures on WWII.

28:32 | May 24th, 2018

In this episode of History With Mark Bielski, Rick Beyer discusses the Ghost Army operations in WWII and the upcoming tour he will be leading this September to experience and study their creative deceptions during the war.

25:38 | May 18th, 2018

In this episode Mark takes a look at some significant events that took place in May from the Civil War era, even considering these events in light of Ralph Waldo Emerson's famous (yet unrelated) quote "What potent blood hath modest May" which Mark wi...Show More

23:45 | May 9th, 2018

Dr. Ken Rettig and Mark discuss medical practices during the Civil War. From bullet wounds and amputations to respiratory diseases they explore how army surgeons treated patients during that period.

31:35 | May 2nd, 2018

Ron Drez discusses his latest book, Predicting Pearl Harbor: Billy Mitchell and the Path to War. Gen. Billy Mitchell recognized the signs and foresaw the eventual showdown between the two nations―eighteen years before the tragedy of Pearl Harbor. Yet...Show More

31:28 | Apr 26th, 2018

The Union Fleet under Farragut passes Forts Jackson and St. Philip. After a duel with the few Confederate gunboats, they reach New Orleans and demand the city's surrender on April 26, 1862.

23:51 | Apr 18th, 2018

A look at some significant events that took place in April from the Civil War and WWII. April is the cruelest month” according to T.S. Eliot, but was he also thinking historically? A look at some significant April events from the Civil War and WWII: ...Show More

30:10 | Apr 12th, 2018

Author Sally M. Walker joins Mark to discuss the tragic disaster of the explosion and sinking of the Sultana in 1865. It was America's greatest maritime disaster that occurred on the Mississippi River at the end of the Civil War—but so few people kno...Show More

23:47 | Apr 4th, 2018

Professor Gerry Prokopowicz wraps up the Lincoln discussion with some points about the assassination in April 1865. Mark gives background and the basic story of the Sultana tragedy, America's greatest maritime disaster that occurred that same month.

41:55 | Mar 28th, 2018

Mark discusses the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln with historian Gerry Prokopowicz.

22:46 | Mar 22nd, 2018

After the historic breakout in Normandy and their rapid advance through northern France, the Third Army faced an unexpected obstacle at Fort Driant on the Maginot Line. A seasoned garrison of Wehrmacht troops put up a staunch resistance. Historian Ke...Show More

23:07 | Mar 14th, 2018

Historian Chris Anderson joins Mark to discuss leadership in the Second World War at various levels. As an expert on Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne, he highlights Major Dick Winters of Band of Brothers renown.

24:24 | Mar 9th, 2018

General Mansfield Lovell assumes military command of New Orleans and begins to shore up the defenses. He affirms that the threat will come upriver from the Gulf of Mexico, despite Richmond's insistence that he transfer men and boats north. Constructi...Show More

40:01 | Mar 1st, 2018

Susannah J. Ural, professor of history at the University of Southern Mississippi and co-director of the University’s Dale Center for the Study of War and Society discusses her recent book, Hood’s Texas Brigade: The Soldiers and Families of the Confed...Show More

28:48 | Feb 22nd, 2018

In this episode, guest George Luz, Jr. talks about his father’s experiences in WWII as a soldier in Easy Company, the Band of Brothers. We discuss the training, toil, camaraderie and sacrifices of the men in E Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regime...Show More

32:55 | Feb 15th, 2018

General Parker Hills joins Mark to discuss the monuments at the Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi. Gen. Hills’ book Art of Commemoration catalogues and details the magnificent sculpture, architecture, the artists and interpretations tha...Show More

29:01 | Feb 8th, 2018

In 1861, the City of New Orleans prepared for an imminent invasion by Union forces after Louisiana joined the Confederacy. As a crisis loomed, leadership, politics and military shortcomings become evident.

29:30 | Jan 31st, 2018

Professor Laver returns to review the Vicksburg Campaign, Grant’s rise to General-in-Chief of the Union Army, the Chattanooga campaign and his campaigns in Virginia.

45:55 | Jan 24th, 2018

Harry Laver, Professor of History at the US Army Command and General Staff College will discuss Grant’s early career and his leadership in the Western Theatre of the War up to the Vicksburg Campaign.

40:44 | Jan 17th, 2018

Professor Bill Robison joins Mark to discuss Tudor England and its portrayal in film and TV—especially the series The Tudors and the interpretations of key characters such as Henry VIII, Ann Boleyn, Catherine of Aragon, Thomas More and Cardinal Wolse...Show More

20:43 | Jan 12th, 2018

The beginning of a new year has often seen major developments in U.S. history. We review some of the key events such as the Battle of New Orleans and the Emancipation Proclamation.

12:07 | Jan 5th, 2018

Spring Lineup by History with Mark Bielski

27:39 | Dec 20th, 2017

In this episode, Mark reviews some of the happenings that American and Allied soldiers experienced during WWII. There are a few items from the home front and some from where the fighting occurred, as well as a few segments from POWs.

30:19 | Dec 13th, 2017

War brings few joyous moments. Over the years, Christmas time has provided a few glimmers of warmth. From a surprise victory for George Washington, to mules masquerading as reindeer in the Civil War, to a flare-lit soccer game between Brits and Germa...Show More

24:34 | Nov 28th, 2017

Lewis & Clark With Hal Stearns by History with Mark Bielski

22:39 | Nov 1st, 2017

Conspiracy theories: JFK and Pearl Harbor by History with Mark Bielski

24:05 | Oct 18th, 2017

Kevin Hymel returns for a discussion of Patton’s post-war governance in Germany and the actual story of his fatal accident and death.

30:16 | Oct 11th, 2017

Kevin Hymel, writer and Patton historian, joins Mark to discuss one of America’s greatest generals. They cover Patton’s background, his early years and his career leading up to and into WWII.

19:41 | Oct 4th, 2017

Civil War New Orleans: Prelude to Conflict by History with Mark Bielski

32:17 | Sep 27th, 2017

Antietam II by History with Mark Bielski

28:36 | Sep 20th, 2017

Antietam I by History with Mark Bielski

16:02 | Sep 13th, 2017

Preview of Autumn Historians and Topics by History with Mark Bielski

22:48 | Aug 30th, 2017

Writer and filmmaker Rick Beyer returns to discuss in further detail the extraordinary deception soldiers better known as the Ghost Army. Rick made the PBS documentary The Ghost Army and co-authored the book,The Ghost Army of World War II.Bielski

28:42 | Aug 16th, 2017

In this episode of History with Mark Bielski, Filmmaker and author Rick Beyer visits with Mark to discuss the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, the extraordinary deception soldiers better known as the Ghost Army. Rick made the PBS documentary The Gho...Show More

32:52 | Jul 26th, 2017

Combat veteran Mort Sheffloe continues discussing his WWII experiences in Normandy and Brittany in 1944. Mort talks about Operation Cobra and being shot by a German sniper near Brest.

35:30 | Jul 12th, 2017

In this episode of History with Mark Bielski, Mark is on location in Normandy with a group of graduate students and veteran Mort Sheffloe, who discusses his WWII experiences in Normandy and Brittany in 1944. Some of the interviews took place while wa...Show More

31:32 | Jun 21st, 2017

D-Day: Beach Landings by History with Mark Bielski

29:01 | Jun 6th, 2017

D-Day: Airborne Operations by History with Mark Bielski

19:43 | May 31st, 2017

In this podcast, Mark covers the grand plan to fool Hitler about the D-Day invasion.

22:31 | May 24th, 2017

Mark discusses Operation Overlord, the planning of the D-Day invasion, on this podcast. It includes excerpts from Dr. Stephen Ambrose’s lectures on Operation Overlord.

03:47 | Jun 28th, 2016

Mark discusses his new podcast, history with Mark Bielski, which will cover history from ancient to modern times with experts in their fields of study, with special attention to the Civil War and WWII.