Key Battles of American History Episodes

Show notes for all the latest episodes of Key Battles of American History.

Show notes for all the latest episodes of Key Battles of American History.


Geography and the Battle of Iwo Jima

In this episode, James interviews Air Force historian Evan Muxen about how the geography of Iwo Jima influenced the battle that occurred there.  Evan has visited Iwo Jima multiple times and even led tours there, and his expert knowledge of the terrain, as well as of the battle itself, provides…

Interview with Greg Jackson

In this episode, James interviews Gregory Jackson, Professor of Integrated Studies at Utah Valley University, host of the outstanding History That Doesn’t Suck Podcast, and the voice who introduces this podcast!  James and Greg discuss Greg’s podcast, the disconnect between academia and history podcasting, and the state of history podcasting.  …

US Presidents in WW2 (Part 2)

In this episode, James concludes his two-part series about United States presidents who served in World War 2.  In Part Two, James discusses the wartime service of Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush, as well as the near service of Jimmy Carter.  

US Presidents in WW2 (Part 1)

In this episode, James begins a two-part series about United States presidents who served in World War 2.  In Part One, James tells the amazing story of John F. Kennedy’s service in the Pacific.  James also discusses the wartime service of Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.  

Bonus Episode – Marine Raiders

In this episode, James tells the fascinating history of America’s first Special Forces unit: the Marine Raiders.  Formed in 1942, the Raiders played a key role in several Pacific Theater battles, including Guadalcanal, New Georgia, and Bougainville.  In 1944, the Raider battalions were disbanded, and their members were reassigned to…

The Legacy of World War II

The Second World War deeply and permanently changed the world.  In this final episode of the series, James and Scott discuss just a few of the many changes wrought by the war.  After discussing casualties of the Pacific War, we discuss the rise and fall of empires, the ushering in…

Epilogue, Part Two

In this second installment of the “story after the story” miniseries, James and Scott discuss the postwar careers of key US Army Air Force and Marine leaders, as well as Japanese political leaders.  Persons mentioned in the episode include Generals Curtis LeMay and Holland Smith, Col. Chesty Puller, and Major…

Epilogue, Part One

This is the first part of a two-episode series in which James and Scott discuss the “story after the story” of the top Japanese and American political and military leaders.  In this episode, we discuss the postwar careers of President Truman, Secretary of State Cordell Hull, and Secretary of War…

Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the End of the War

Between December 1942 and July 1945, a team of scientists, working in secret facilities in various parts of the U. S., researched, built, and tested the world’s first atomic bomb.  Japan’s failure to surrender, together with the possibility of hundreds of thousands of casualties, motivated President Truman to drop an…

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