Battleground: Ukraine

38. 'The Ukrainian Churchill'

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 31 Mar 2023 00:00

This week on Battleground: Ukraine, Saul and Patrick take a look at the latest changes in the Russian high command following their unsuccessful recent offensive, Putin's decision to deploy tactical nukes in Belarus, and celebrity visits to Kyiv. <

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37. The Big Interview with Dr Karin von Hippel

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 29 Mar 2023 00:00

Joining Saul and Patrick for this week's big interview, is the current Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute - Dr Karin von Hippel. In this brilliant and wide ranging interview, she talks in depth about China Russia relations, th

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36. Xi's Moscow Visit

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 24 Mar 2023 01:00

In this Friday's episode of Battleground: Ukraine, Saul and Patrick take a look away from the battlefield, at the big news this week - the visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Moscow. Also discussed is the decision by the International Crimina

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35. Mark Urban on Airborne Forces, Western Armour, and What Next?

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 22 Mar 2023 01:00

Joining Patrick for this week’s interview is Mark Urban, the diplomatic editor for BBC Newsnight, Military Historian, and former Tank Officer. He discusses a range of topics including: the Russian airborne assault on Hostomel airport, why Infantry

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34. Mutiny in the Russian Ranks?

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 17 Mar 2023 01:00

In the latest episode of Battleground Ukraine, Saul and Patrick consider the logic of Ukraine’s decision to continue fighting for the city of Bakhmut, and they discuss reports that elements of the Russian armed forces – including the elite Spetsna

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33. David Alexander on The Cyber War

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 15 Mar 2023 01:00

Joining Saul and Patrick in this weeks interview is leading cyber expert David Alexander, who tells us about the latest developments playing out in the cyber front of the war. He also shares his knowledge from his time as a fast jet pilot, about t

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32. What Next in Bakhmut?

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 10 Mar 2023 01:00

As the Battle for Bakhmut looks as if it is reaching its climax, Saul and Patrick - equipped with information from a specialist insider briefing by Western officials, delve into the latest developments and look at where the Battle is likely to go.

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31. Simon Sebag Montefiore - Russian Rulers Past and Present

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Wed, 08 Mar 2023 01:00

What can we learn about Putin's motivations for this war and how the conflict is likely to continue, by looking into Russian history? In our first in-depth interview, we hear from the brilliant historian, Simon Sebag Montefiore, the author of mult

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30. China's Peace Plan

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 03 Mar 2023 01:00

This week Saul and Patrick discuss the main news coming from the battlefield, which is the growing possibility that the fighting to control the town of Bakhmut may be reaching a climax. Furthermore, they discuss the big diplomatic news from last w

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29. One Year On

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 24 Feb 2023 01:00

Marking a grim anniversary - one year since Russia's invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, Saul and Patrick reflect over what has happened in the past 12 months, and assess how the war and the commentary around it has evolved. Additionally, Lie

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29. One Year of War

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 24 Feb 2023 01:00

Marking a grim anniversary - one year since Russia's invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, Saul and Patrick reflect over what has happened in the past 12 months, and assess how the war and the commentary around it has evolved. Additionally, Lie

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28. Military Incompetence

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 17 Feb 2023 01:00

This week Saul and Patrick discuss the Russian military incompetence which has resulted in, according to the British MoD, the heaviest rate of casualties for the Russians since the start of the war. They also talk to a remarkable woman Melania Pod

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27. The People's Fight

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 10 Feb 2023 01:00

This week we spoke to the brilliant documentary filmmaker Olly Lambert, who discusses his experiences and takeaways from filming the incredible on-the-ground documentary - Ukraine: The People's Fight. Patrick and Saul also delve into the latest ne

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26. Russian Advances

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 03 Feb 2023 01:00

Returning to the podcast this week is friend of the podcast Julius Strauss. He discusses the recent Russian advances and the impact this is having on Ukrainian morale, plus he gives his eyewitness account of a Russian jet being shot down by a Ukra

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25. Leopards are coming

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 27 Jan 2023 01:00

This week Saul and Patrick react to the huge development that Germany is finally releasing its Leopard II Tank's, and that the US is following suit by sending their M1 Abrams Tanks as well. Patrick also speaks to old friend and experienced war rep

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24. Tanks, Missiles, and Generals

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 20 Jan 2023 01:00

With Britain now sending Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine, Patrick and Saul discuss what impact this decision could have, and ask why other military equipment such as German made Leopard tanks have been held back. They also speak to Ukrainian histori

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23. Sir Mike Jackson

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 13 Jan 2023 02:00

This week, Saul and Patrick speak to perhaps the most high profile British Army officer since the Second World War - the former head of the British Army - Sir Mike Jackson. Sir Mike shared his views on the institutional weaknesses in the Russian Mili

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22. The Cyber War

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 06 Jan 2023 02:00

The unseen conflict happening in cyberspace is a key battleground in the war in Ukraine. So to tell us in detail about a relatively unknown area of the conflict, we spoke to one of Britain’s greatest experts, David Alexander - an academic who has

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21. Peace talks?

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 30 Dec 2022 02:00

Are peace talks on the table? On this episode of Battleground: Ukraine, Saul and Patrick discuss the latest peace murmurings, the suspicious death of a Russian sausage magnate, and answer listeners questions. They also speak to the brilliant Mark

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20. Escalation dominance

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 23 Dec 2022 01:00

On this latest episode of Battleground: Ukraine, Saul and Patrick speak to leading British Military Historian Sir Hew Strachan, who gives his expert analysis on the conflict, and discusses the need for diplomacy to bring this conflict to an end. T

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Battleground: Christmas Special

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Tue, 20 Dec 2022 01:00

As a special Christmas treat we've recorded a festive bonus episode discussing over a glass of wine (or two!), the standout military history books of the year, and the wider stories that surround them. Patrick and Saul are joined by two good frien

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19. The HALO Trust

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 16 Dec 2022 01:00

On this week's Battleground: Ukraine, Saul and Patrick speak to James Cowan - a decorated former British Army General who is now the CEO of the HALO Trust, the charity which removes dangerous ordnance left by war. He tells us how the war has impac

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18. Britain's contribution

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 09 Dec 2022 01:00

On this week's Battleground: Ukraine, Saul and Patrick look at the British contribution to the war so far, speaking to veteran journalist and defence analyst Robert Fox. Robert is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studie

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18. Britian's contribution

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 09 Dec 2022 01:00

On this week's Battleground: Ukraine, Saul and Patrick look at the British contribution to the war so far, speaking to veteran journalist and defence analyst Robert Fox. Robert is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studie

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17. A Russian's perspective

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 02 Dec 2022 01:00

This week on Battleground: Ukraine, our guest is Russian national Dr Ilya Yablokov - Lecturer in Digital Journalism and Disinformation at Sheffield University. Who gives a fascinating interview about his perspective on the how the situation is in

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16. Frontline Reality

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 25 Nov 2022 01:00

What is the reality of the situation on the frontline and in Kyiv? This week's guest is Colin Freeman, who is expertly placed to tell us, as he has recently returned from near the frontlines in Kherson. He gave us some valuable insight into what h

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15. A storm in a teacup

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 18 Nov 2022 01:00

It has been an eventful past week in the war in Ukraine, following the recapture of Kherson by Ukrainian forces, as well as a missile strike killing two in neighbouring NATO member state Poland. Joining Patrick and Saul to discuss all this and mor

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14. President Zelensky

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 11 Nov 2022 09:51

This week on Battleground: Ukraine, our guest Iuliia Mendel - the former Press Secretary of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, gives some fascinating insight about the mindset of the Ukrainian leader. She travelled everywhere with him, and wa

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13. How did we get here?

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 04 Nov 2022 02:00

With information about what is happening in the eastern and southern fronts getting harder to come by, Saul and Patrick speak to guest Owen Matthews. Owen is half Russian himself and has reported on and lived in Russia at key moments in its recent

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12. Max Hastings

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 28 Oct 2022 01:00

As developments on the battlefield have slowed down in the past week, Saul and Patrick speak to the esteemed military historian, war reporter, and former newspaper editor Sir Max Hastings, who gives his perspective on the conflict and discusses wo

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11. German Rearmament

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 21 Oct 2022 01:00

Earlier this year afterRussia's invasion of Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Scholzcommitted over 100 billion Euros to modernise the German Military. JoiningSaul and Patrick to discuss this, and Germany's supportfor Ukraine

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10. Will Putin go nuclear?

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 14 Oct 2022 01:00

This week on Battleground, Lieutenant Colonel Pavlo Khazan took a break from frontline action to discuss the latest Russian missile attacks, the possibility of a nuclear warhead being deployed, and what he thinks Ukraine's western allies should do

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9. The Russian Army

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 07 Oct 2022 01:00

The continuingsuccess of Ukrainian forces has led to speculation that a complete collapse of the Russian Army could be forthcoming. This week Saul speaks to legendary Military Historian Anthony Beevor, about where the Russian Military is tod

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8. Shaping perceptions

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 30 Sep 2022 01:00

This week legendary war reporter Anthony Lloyd, discusses the media coverage that has surrounded the War in Ukraine and how this conflict has differed to others when reporting from the ground. Plus the latest developments this past week are discussed

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7. Russian desperation?

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 23 Sep 2022 01:00

In light of Putin's call up of reservists, Patrick speaks to friend of the show Askold Krushelnycky, who's been in the recently recaptured areas of Ukraine around Kherson in the past week.Twitter:Listen/Read More

6. Ukraine Strikes Back

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 16 Sep 2022 01:00

In the wake of the massive Ukrainian breakthrough in the Kharkiv area, and the recapturing of vast swathes of Ukrainian territory, we hear from the former head of the British Army General Lord Dannatt, who has been closely following events in Ukra

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5 . War crimes & 'the Reckoning'

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 09 Sep 2022 01:00

A horrifying feature of the War in Ukrainehas been the atrocities committed, particularlyagainst the civilian population. Veteran war reporter Janine di Giovanni joins Patrick and Saul this week to discuss this and the work she is doing a

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4. A Lieutenant-Colonel's frontline reality

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 02 Sep 2022 01:00

Environmental engineer and serving Ukrainian Lieutenant-Colonel, Pavlo Kazan, joins Patrick and Saul to talk about his role in commanding C4 operations on the frontline of the Russian invasion; giving insight into a new age of warfare, Ukrainian mora

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3. The Russian mindset

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 26 Aug 2022 01:00

Russia's behavior in launching the invasion of Ukraine caught many in the West off guard, so Saul has been speaking to expert on Russian History - Professor Orlando Figes to understand what Putin's calculation may have been.

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2. The Ukrainian counter-offensive

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 19 Aug 2022 07:47

Ukrainian forces are looking to cut-off Russia's 'Land Bridge' to Crimea, with a possible large offensive being launched in the south of the country in the coming weeks. Patrick and Saul speak to Anglo-Ukrainian journalist Askold Krushelnycky, bringi

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Battleground: Ukraine

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 12 Aug 2022 01:00

In this new series, Saul and Patrick explore the current conflict in Ukraine. They begin by looking back to the first days of hostilities in Kyiv with BBC journalist Paul Kenyon, followed by Ukrainian-American journalist Irena Chalupa giving an over

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Bonus: Steve Hoyland, 148 Commando Battery

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Tue, 02 Aug 2022 01:00

Steve Hoyland, who in 1982 was a parachute-qualified radio operator in the Royal Artillery’s 148 Commando Battery, gives a hair-raising account of his time on operations with the Special Forces during the campaign.

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Bonus: 'Piggy' Trotter and bomb disposal

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Mon, 25 Jul 2022 01:00

Graham 'Piggy' Trotter recounts his time as a Navy Clearance Driver during the campaign, including the heart-stopping de-fusing of a thousand pound bomb from RFA Sir Lancelot. Hosted on Acast. Se

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16. Reflections and response

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Mon, 18 Jul 2022 01:00

With hundreds of messages received through the course of the series, Patrick and Saul answer as many questions they can and add some responses from listeners who were involved in the campaign. Ho

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15. Going home

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Mon, 11 Jul 2022 01:00

With the military action over, Saul and Patrick cover the aftermath of the war and the impact it had both on the nation and the individuals who were caught up in it. They end with personal reflections on what they've heard during the course of the se

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14. Surrender

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Mon, 04 Jul 2022 01:00

With the Argentine forces routed in the mountains, the British task force roll into Port Stanley as the official surrender finally comes. Hear memories from the islanders, and Patrick's recollection of fellow journalist Max Hastings' legendary solo s

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13. The Battle of Wireless Ridge

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Mon, 27 Jun 2022 01:00

In the final phase of the battle for Port Stanley, the momentum of the initial assaultcontinues as British forces assault Wireless Ridge and the Battle of Mount Tumbledown begins. Hosted on

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12. The Battle for the Mountains

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Mon, 20 Jun 2022 01:00

As the war nears its climax, British forces launch an attack on the Argentinian positions despite savage Falkland Island winter weather in the mountains surrounding Port Stanley. Host

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11. Disaster on the Sir Galahad

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Mon, 13 Jun 2022 01:00

In one of the most tragic and horrifying incidents in the war for the British forces, the Sir Galahad landing craft is bombed when fully laden with Welsh Guards. Saul and Patrick explore the decisions that led to the tragedy, and the heroic defensive

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10. The race for Port Stanley

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Mon, 06 Jun 2022 01:00

As focus turns towards the capital Port Stanley, a treacherous 'yomp' across difficult terrain and conflicting priorities from commanding officers mean the British forces are left vulnerable. Hos

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9. The Battle of Goose Green

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Mon, 30 May 2022 01:00

As the British forces pushed into the island from their landing point at San Carlos Water, they encountered a well-defended Argentinian position in the settlement of Goose Green, leading to the most ferocious land battle of the war. Saul and Patrick

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8. The sinking of HMS Coventry and Atlantic Conveyor

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Mon, 23 May 2022 01:00

After British successes in landing troops on the Falkland Islands, the Argentinian air force strike back, sinking two British ships with their bombs and French-built Exocet missiles. Saul posits a new theory about the fate of the supply ship Atlantic

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7. The Battle of San Carlos Water

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Mon, 16 May 2022 01:00

The Argentinian Air Force mobilise and attack the landing British Task Force at San Carlos Water. Hear thrilling eye witness accounts from Mark Hankin, a 17-year-old Royal Marine tasked with machine gunning down the Argentinian jets, and Sargeant Dav

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6. The landing

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Mon, 09 May 2022 01:00

After journeying for weeks through the Atlantic Ocean, the Task Force reaches the Falkland Islands and begins the difficult process of a successful amphibious landing. Having picked San Carlos Water on West Falkland as the entry point, the special fo

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5. The point of no return

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Mon, 02 May 2022 01:00

As the Task Force leave Ascencion Island in the mid-Atlantic, making a shooting war inevitable, the British special forces turn their attention to a suspiciously positioned fishing trawler called Narwhal.

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4. The Sinking of the Belgrano & HMS Sheffield

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Mon, 25 Apr 2022 01:00

It's May 1982. British Special Forces land on East Falkland and both the Argentinian cruiser Belgrano and the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Sheffield are sunk.Join Saul and Patrick for episode 4 of Battleground: The Falklands War,

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3. Diplomacy fails, and retaking South Georgia

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Mon, 18 Apr 2022 01:00

With the Task Force sailing towards the South Atlantic, how close did diplomatic efforts come to ending the war before a shot had been fired? Journalist Simon Jenkins, who was well-connected in the corridors of power at the time, explains the challen

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2. The Task Force sails

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Mon, 11 Apr 2022 01:00

Once Mrs Thatcher had resolved to send a military Task Force to the Falklands following the Argentine invasion, how easy was it for the navy to mobilise in such a short period of time? Two of the key military commanders - Rear Admiral Jeremy Larken,

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1. A failure of intelligence

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Mon, 04 Apr 2022 01:00

How did a small, remote group of islands in the south Atlantic spark one of Britain's most significant diplomatic and military incidents since the Second World War? Military historians Saul David and Patrick Bishop discuss the path that led to war be

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Trailer: The Falklands War

By Goalhanger Podcasts/Fri, 01 Apr 2022 13:01

A history podcast that explores the narratives, turning points and characters that shape conflicts, encompassing a blend of social and military history. On its fortieth anniversary, 'Battleground' begins with a series on The Falklands War, hosted

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