Podcast

This year's history series features expanded content including this companion podcast to explore select topics in-depth with a range of US Army Historians, as well as other historians, experts, and friends.

There is no set schedule at this time, if that changes I'll adjust the podcast details, but I am recording episodes up front and will edit and release as close as possible to the events in the series as they happened.

You can find the podcast by searching for "Why We Fight ~ 1943" wherever you listing to podcasts. The link above goes to the Apple Podcast location. It is also available on Amazon and Audible -- literally trying to make it as convenient to access as possible 🙂

The episodes are embedded below too.

 

The Twitter thread with maps from Steven Clay for the episode titled "Combat Action and the Impact of Terrain in Sicily in 1943"  https://twitter.com/Mother_of_Tanks/status/1683146971098370049

 

Fighters Over Europe: Attritional Warfare and the Americanization of the Air War in 1943
Fighters Over Europe: Attritional Warfa...
In this episode, Dr. Graham Cross joins me to talk about the Fighters over Europe, particularly VIII Fighter Comma...
01:40:51
December 02, 2023
Black Week – October 1943: A Low Point and a Turning Point for the Strategic Bombing Campaign in Europe
Black Week – October 1943: A Low Poin...
In this episode, I'm joined again by Dr. John Curatola to talk about the Strategic Air War in Europe, with a parti...
00:56:24
November 26, 2023
The Combined Bomber Offensive & Family Connections to World War II
The Combined Bomber Offensive & Family ...
In this episode, US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Alex Moon joins me to talk about some interesting family connecti...
01:00:46
November 25, 2023
The Luftwaffe's Aerial Defense Over Germany
The Luftwaffe's Aerial Defense Over Ger...
In this episode, Dr. Rich Muller talks about the aerial defense of Germany during World War II, and how the German...
01:09:40
November 19, 2023
Schweinfurt, Regensburg, and Operation Starkey: Inflated Numbers, Wrong Conclusions, and False Confidence
Schweinfurt, Regensburg, and Operation ...
In this episode, Dr. Luke Truxal joins me for his third and final 1943 episode to talk about the Schweinfurt / Reg...
01:57:43
November 14, 2023
Semper Paratus: The Greenland Patrol and the US Coast Guard in 1943
Semper Paratus: The Greenland Patrol an...
In this episode, I'm joined by USCG Atlantic historian Dr. Bill Thiesen to talk about US Coast Guard history and i...
00:47:34
November 12, 2023
Marine Corps Amphibious Operations, Command Culture, and Operation Cherryblossom
Marine Corps Amphibious Operations, Com...
Joining me again is Lt.Col. Brian Kerg, this time to talk Marine Corps history. This was actually the first episod...
01:00:21
November 10, 2023
Six Degrees of Vietnam: World War II and the Vietnam War
Six Degrees of Vietnam: World War II an...
In this episode I'm joined by Dr. Rob Thompson to talk about the Vietnam War and how that conflict is connected to...
01:00:09
November 08, 2023
The Sunburst Division – 40th Infantry, California Army National Guard (Part I)
The Sunburst Division – 40th Infantry...
In this episode, Brigadier General Robert Wooldridge and Sergeant Major Daniel Sebby help us learn a bit about the...
00:50:35
November 05, 2023
The Battle of Kiska
The Battle of Kiska
In this episode, I'm joined by Archaeologist Kirk Freeman to talk about the Battle of Kiska, in the Aleutian Islan...
01:30:27
November 01, 2023
Bonus Halloween Episode: Zone Troopers (1985)
Bonus Halloween Episode: Zone Troopers ...
In this Bonus episode for Halloween, I'm joined again by Lt. Col. Brian Kerg and we discuss the 1985 film Zone Tro...
00:42:16
October 31, 2023
Admiral Nimitz Reconfigures the Staff
Admiral Nimitz Reconfigures the Staff
Joining me again is Naval Historian Trent Hone and this time we talk about Admiral Nimitz and his efforts to recon...
00:56:41
October 25, 2023
Night Battles in the Solomon Islands
Night Battles in the Solomon Islands
Joining me in this episode is Naval Historian Trent Hone and we talk about the US Navy (and Allies) involved in ni...
00:59:32
October 23, 2023
Battle of Munda Point: Fighting the Plan vs. Fighting the Enemy
Battle of Munda Point: Fighting the Pla...
Steve Wuensche, US Army veteran and current member of the Army University Press Combat Studies Institute (CSI) Sta...
01:52:14
October 22, 2023
Battle of Kula Gulf
Battle of Kula Gulf
Joining me in this episode is Jon Bernstein, US Army veteran and the Arms and Armor Curator at the National Museum...
00:50:52
October 22, 2023
OPERATION TOENAILS
OPERATION TOENAILS
Joining me again is Kater Miller, this time to talk about OPERATION TOENAILS, part of the New Georgia Campaign in ...
01:27:47
October 22, 2023
Marine Raiders in the Pacific
Marine Raiders in the Pacific
Joining me again is Kater Miller, USMC veteran and curator at the National Museum of the United States Marine Corp...
01:30:13
October 16, 2023
The Vikings: The Story of the 99th Infantry Battalion (Separate)
The Vikings: The Story of the 99th Infa...
In this episode, Dr. Bill Convery, Director of Research at the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul, tells us ...
00:49:25
October 10, 2023
Monuments Men, the MFAA, and Continuing Efforts to Put Things Right
Monuments Men, the MFAA, and Continuing...
This Belongs in a Museum! In this episode, LTC (ret.) Nikki Dean joins me to talk about the very important Monum...
01:34:20
October 08, 2023
US Army History and Historians
US Army History and Historians
In this episode, Dr. Erik Villard, Digital Historian for the US Army's Center of Military History, joins me to tal...
00:40:34
October 06, 2023
Hollywood and the American War Effort in 1943
Hollywood and the American War Effort i...
In this episode, Ken Campbell talks about two Hollywood movies that came out in 1943 and their impact on the Ameri...
01:51:59
October 02, 2023
A Look at Contested Logistics in North Africa
A Look at Contested Logistics in North ...
In this episode, Dr. David Dworak tells of both Axis and Allied experiences with contested logistics in North Afri...
00:38:04
September 27, 2023
Quadrant: The First Quebec Conference in August 1943
Quadrant: The First Quebec Conference i...
Paul Sparrow returns to help share the story of the First Quebec Conference, Codenamed "Quadrant", which took plac...
00:33:20
September 24, 2023
Leadership Challenges, Ambition, and the Allied Campaign in Italy 1943
Leadership Challenges, Ambition, and th...
In this episode, US Army Colonel Bryan Gibby, Deputy Head of the Department of History at West Point, talks about ...
01:08:14
September 23, 2023
How the Allies Got to Italy and the Beginning of the Italian Campaign
How the Allies Got to Italy and the Beg...
Joining me in this episode is Frank de Planta, a British Army veteran (retired Lt. Col.) and an Italian battlefiel...
00:52:06
September 17, 2023
The Allied Invasion of Mainland Italy (Part II)
The Allied Invasion of Mainland Italy (...
Part II of this episode - if you missed Part I, you'll want to go back and listen to it first since this one jumps...
00:51:16
September 14, 2023
The Allied Invasion of Mainland Italy (Part I)
The Allied Invasion of Mainland Italy (...
With the magic of technology, this episode brings together Dr. Lee Windsor and Dr. Cindy Brown, both with the Univ...
01:27:23
September 11, 2023
The Axis Forces' Retreat from Sicily 1943
The Axis Forces' Retreat from Sicily 19...
Joining me in this episode wrapping up the Sicily Campaign is Lt.Col. Brian Kerg. This is actually the second epis...
00:46:14
September 09, 2023
Administering the Mediterranean Theater of Operations
Administering the Mediterranean Theater...
Dr. David Dworak joins me again, this time to talk about how we administer a theater of operations, using the Alli...
00:56:03
September 09, 2023
Bridging the Gap with
Bridging the Gap with "Miraculous Ameri...
In this episode, Dr. Frank Blazich Jr. joins me to talk about magic boxes, military innovation, and "miraculous Am...
01:02:21
September 06, 2023
The US 7th Infantry Regiment & 3rd Infantry Division in Sicily 1943
The US 7th Infantry Regiment & 3rd Infa...
In this episode, Dr. John McManus joins me to talk about the 7th Infantry Regiment (the "Cottonbalers") and the 3r...
01:08:16
September 03, 2023
"Guns and Leaders to the Front": Using ...
Joining me in this episode is retired Brigadier General John Aarsen who is currently the Director of the 82d Airbo...
01:20:21
September 03, 2023
Airborne & Glider Ops and Armored Warfare in Sicily 1943
Airborne & Glider Ops and Armored Warfa...
In this episode I'm joined by Dirk Ringgenberg, US Army Veteran and Assistant Professor of Military History at the...
01:30:32
August 27, 2023
Operation Hydra and the Space Force Connection to 1943
Operation Hydra and the Space Force Con...
In this episode I'm joined by Dr. Mike Pavelec, Director of the Schriever Space Scholars US Space Force education ...
00:52:23
August 24, 2023
LTG Patton, the Infamous Slapping Incidents, and Changes in the Army's Approach to Combat Psychiatry
LTG Patton, the Infamous Slapping Incid...
TW: This episode does mention suicide at least once in reference to someone Patton knew. In this episode I'm join...
01:08:21
August 19, 2023
Patton's Leadership in Sicily 1943
Patton's Leadership in Sicily 1943
Joining me in this episode is retired US Army Colonel John Antal, author of some of my favorite books and also app...
00:38:42
August 15, 2023
Lieutenant General George S. Patton Jr. (Part I)
Lieutenant General George S. Patton Jr....
TW: This episode includes mention of someone taking their own life and also mention of the accusing of Black Frenc...
01:18:34
August 14, 2023
The 56th Medical Battalion (Corps) in Sicily 1943
The 56th Medical Battalion (Corps) in S...
Joining me in this episode is Dr. Grant Harward to share the story of the US Army's 56th Medical Battalion, also i...
01:00:37
August 13, 2023
The Relief of Major General Terry de la Mesa Allen
The Relief of Major General Terry de la...
Following the Battle of Troina on Sicily, MG Terry Allen is relieved of command, along with his Deputy, Teddy Roos...
01:37:14
August 06, 2023
Operation Tidal Wave
Operation Tidal Wave
In this episode, Dr. Luke Truxal joins me again to talk Air Power in 1943 – this time we talk about Operation Ti...
01:45:59
August 06, 2023
The Biscari Massacre
The Biscari Massacre
In this episode Major Darren Johnson, an Active-Duty Infantry Officer teaching history at West Point, joins me aga...
00:45:06
July 27, 2023
Studying Operation Husky & Learning Hard Lessons in Sicily
Studying Operation Husky & Learning Har...
In this episode, MAJ Darren Johnson, an Active-Duty Infantry Officer teaching history at West Point, tells us abou...
00:36:28
July 27, 2023
Complicated Relations and Mussolini Gets Sacked
Complicated Relations and Mussolini Get...
In this episode I'm joined by Giulio Poggiaroni to talk about the Italians in Sicily in 1943 and Mussolini get...
00:57:06
July 25, 2023
The Thunderbird Division in Sicily
The Thunderbird Division in Sicily
Joining me in this episode is Dr. Denise Neil, Executive Director of the Oklahoma National Guard Museum. Dr. Neil ...
00:56:07
July 24, 2023
Combat Action and the Impact of Terrain in Sicily in 1943
Combat Action and the Impact of Terrain...
Joining me in this episode is Steven Clay who works with the Army University Press Combat Studies Institute Staff ...
01:19:56
July 23, 2023
US Army Transportation in 1943
US Army Transportation in 1943
In this episode, I'm joined by Matthew Fraas, the US Army Transportation Museum's Education Specialist, an...
01:04:46
July 22, 2023
Operation Husky & the Battle for Sicily (Part II)
Operation Husky & the Battle for Sicily...
With the help of Dr. Greg Hospodor and Dr. Lee Windsor, here is part two of two episodes that tell the story of th...
00:44:31
July 20, 2023
Operation Husky & the Battle for Sicily (Part I)
Operation Husky & the Battle for Sicily...
With the help of Dr. Greg Hospodor and Dr. Lee Windsor, here is part one of two episodes that tell the story of th...
01:48:11
July 20, 2023
The Story of CPT Joseph Berry at Gela, Sicily
The Story of CPT Joseph Berry at Gela, ...
Andrew Woods from the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park joins me again to talk more Army History, this time h...
00:28:31
July 16, 2023
US First Infantry Division (Part III): 1ID in Operation Husky & the Sicily Campaign
US First Infantry Division (Part III): ...
In this episode, retired US Army Colonel Greg Fontenot shares the third of three episodes on First Infantry Divisi...
00:53:39
July 15, 2023
US First Infantry Division (Part II): Gaining Experience
US First Infantry Division (Part II): G...
In this episode, retired US Army Colonel Greg Fontenot returns for the second of three episodes on First Infantry ...
00:59:04
July 15, 2023
US First Infantry Division (Part I): Interwar Changes Shaping the US Army
US First Infantry Division (Part I): In...
In this episode, retired US Army Colonel Greg Fontenot shares the first of three episodes on First Infantry Divisi...
00:32:28
July 15, 2023
Learning Organizations Under Fire
Learning Organizations Under Fire
In this episode, on the 80th anniversary of the start of Operation Husky, Dr. John Curatola, US Marine Corps veter...
01:26:41
July 10, 2023
Planning for Operation Husky & Joint Coalition Warfare
Planning for Operation Husky & Joint Co...
In this episode, Dr. Greg Hospodor, US Army TRADOC Chief of Military History Education and Curriculum, and Dr. Lee...
01:52:33
July 09, 2023
Panthers, Elephants, Tigers, and Guns: The Battle of Kursk and the German-Soviet Conflict
Panthers, Elephants, Tigers, and Guns: ...
Working alone, I have largely had to ignore the German-Soviet Conflict ("Eastern Front") because of bandwidth, but...
01:03:10
July 05, 2023
Zoot Suits, Housing, and Summer Heat: Racial Tensions on the Homefront in 1943
Zoot Suits, Housing, and Summer Heat: R...
TW: This episode does include discussion of violence, both real and in unsubstantiated rumors spread at the time. ...
01:26:39
July 04, 2023
National Mobilization, the Office of Emergency Management, and Unity of Effort
National Mobilization, the Office of Em...
Joining me in this episode is Quin Lucie, a Marine Corps veteran, lawyer, and senior policy analyst in the Office ...
01:23:00
July 02, 2023
Sustainment of a Theater of Operations
Sustainment of a Theater of Operations
In this episode, Dr. David Dworak, Provost of the US Army War College, shares how the Army learned to sustain a th...
00:47:20
June 30, 2023
Luck of the Draw
Luck of the Draw
In this episode I am joined by Chloe Melas, granddaughter of Frank Murphy who is the author of "Luck of the Draw: ...
00:31:29
June 29, 2023
Architect of Air Power: General Laurence S. Kuter
Architect of Air Power: General Laurenc...
Dr. Brian Laslie, Command Historian of the United States Air Force Academy, joins me in this episode to talk about...
00:42:17
June 27, 2023
OODA Loops, Optimism, and How Armies Learn: Lessons from the North Africa Campaign
OODA Loops, Optimism, and How Armies Le...
In this episode, Dr. Samuel Wallace helps explain the way the Allies were learning in 1942-43 throughout the final...
01:56:42
June 25, 2023
U-Boats, Wolfpacks, and the Hazards of Submarine Warfare
U-Boats, Wolfpacks, and the Hazards of ...
In this episode I'm joined by Alexander Dumont, a British Army Officer working at the US National Training Cen...
01:18:40
June 23, 2023
The US Navy in 1943
The US Navy in 1943
In this episode I am joined by Dr. Ryan Wadle, Associate Professor with the John B. Hattendorf Center for Maritime...
01:32:03
June 19, 2023
A Day in the Life of an RAF Bomber Crew
A Day in the Life of an RAF Bomber Crew
In this episode, historian and author Jane Gulliford Lowes tells us about the daily lives of Royal Air Force Bombe...
00:43:34
May 30, 2023
The Fly Girls Revolt
The Fly Girls Revolt
In this episode I'm joined by Dr. Eileen Bjorkman, retired US Air Force Colonel and author of the book The Fly Gir...
00:34:19
May 23, 2023
Command Relationships and Multinational Partnerships
Command Relationships and Multinational...
Dr. Christopher Rein joins me again, this time to talk about Command Relationships in 1943, although we got a litt...
01:18:26
May 23, 2023
Japanese-American Incarceration in WWII
Japanese-American Incarceration in WWII
Dr. Stephanie Hinnershitz, senior historian with the Institute for the Study of War and Democracy at the National ...
01:01:01
May 18, 2023
The American Air Campaign in North Africa
The American Air Campaign in North Afri...
In this episode I'm joined by Dr. Christopher Rein, a US Navy and US Air Force veteran, military historian, and ma...
01:04:45
May 15, 2023
The Story of Lieutenant Colonel Charles Denholm
The Story of Lieutenant Colonel Charles...
Andrew Woods from the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park joins me again to talk more Army History, this time h...
00:29:12
May 11, 2023
US Army Hospitals, Nurses, and Medical Units in the North Africa Campaign
US Army Hospitals, Nurses, and Medical ...
In this episode I am joined by Jessica Waszak, Assistant Curator at the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park. Je...
00:50:48
May 08, 2023
Operation Barclay, Operation Mincemeat, and Military Deception in 1943
Operation Barclay, Operation Mincemeat,...
In this episode I am joined by LTC Devon Cockrell, Deputy Commander of the 2nd Psychological Operations Group, and...
01:01:34
May 02, 2023
First Division at the Battle of El Guettar
First Division at the Battle of El Guet...
In this quick episode, I am joined by Andrew Woods, research historian at the First Division Museum at Cantigny Pa...
00:32:45
April 29, 2023
"Uniting Against the Reich"
Dr. Luke Truxal joins me to talk about American Airpower in 1943 and the impact of the Casablanca Conference (Janu...
02:25:40
April 20, 2023
The
The "Jewish Question", the "Final Solut...
TW: Holocaust episode In this episode, Dr. Benjamin Schneider shares the story of the Holocaust, which is somethi...
01:03:30
April 02, 2023
Hitler's Luftwaffe in Poland
Hitler's Luftwaffe in Poland
Trigger Warning: This episode discusses the Nazis and, although not graphic, we do talk about some of the violenc...
01:39:03
March 24, 2023
Brutal Things, Horrific Violence, and a Responsibility to the Victims
Brutal Things, Horrific Violence, and a...
Trigger Warning: This episode discusses the Nazis and, although not graphic, we do talk about some of the violence...
01:12:01
March 16, 2023
Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)
Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)
Dr. Sarah Myers joins me to talk about these amazing women pilots, fighting for their right to serve during WWII a...
00:57:20
March 08, 2023
Guadalcanal and the Pacific Theater
Guadalcanal and the Pacific Theater
In this first episode on the Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO), I'm joined by Kater Miller, a Marine Corps veter...
01:16:54
March 04, 2023
After Kasserine Pass
After Kasserine Pass
Dr. William Nance joins me in this episode to talk about the "growing up" we had to do following the losses in Feb...
01:03:12
February 26, 2023
The Tuskegee Airmen
The Tuskegee Airmen
Dr. Angela Riotto joins me to provide a good overview of the creation and challenges of the Tuskegee Airmen and wh...
01:01:16
February 20, 2023
The German Offensive, Sidi Bou Zid, and Kasserine Pass
The German Offensive, Sidi Bou Zid, and...
In this episode I'm joined by Dr. Mark Calhoun, a military historian with the Jenny Craig Institute for the Study ...
00:56:42
February 17, 2023
The 442d Infantry Regiment: Japanese-Americans in the US Army
The 442d Infantry Regiment: Japanese-Am...
Joining me is MAJ Benjamin Griffin, the Chief of the Military History Division at the US Military Academy (West Po...
00:45:28
February 11, 2023
FDR, Churchill, and the Casablanca Conference
FDR, Churchill, and the Casablanca Conf...
In this first episode of the Why We Fight ~ 1943 podcast, Paul Sparrow joins me to talk about FDR, Churchill, and ...
00:40:29
February 02, 2023
Why We Fight ~ 1943: Introduction
Why We Fight ~ 1943: Introduction
This is the Why We Fight ~ 1943 series podcast which features historians, experts, Army leaders, and other special...
00:15:25
January 29, 2023