In this podcast, Tony talks about the Great Exhibition of 1851 in Hyde Park. Next time, he will be looking at the Crystal Palace in Sydenham.
A photograph of a steam engine, manufactured by B. Hick and Son of Bolton, Lancashire and exhibited at the Great Exhibition, taken by Claude-Marie Ferrier (1811-1889) in 1851.
In this podcast, Tony talks about William Congreve's design of the Congreve Rocket and its use in naval and land warfare during the early nineteenth century.
Sir William Congreve
Fireships firing rockets and details of storage and launch (Misc 34) Plate to The Details of the Rocket System, back and watercolour pen & ink by Colonel Congreve, 1814
Continuing Tony's series of podcasts on influential documents in history, this one focuses on the Ems Telegram and the role of Bismarck.
Portrait of Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck, 1890
The [Franco-Prussian] War: French National Guards, Gardes Mobiles, Pompiers, and Volunteers, Source=Illustrated London Times, Date=3 September, 1870, Author=Unknown
Tony gives a brief introduction to the first and second Afghan Wars. If you're interested in this period, you might also be interested in the novel we've reviewed recently that focuses on the Battle of Maiwand. It's called Forever the Colours, and you can read our reviews here, and an interview with the author, Richard Thomas, here.
Troops at Kandahar, 1880
Tony's podcast looks at the Texan-Mexican War, and of course the Alamo, February 23 – March 6, 1836.
The replica of the Alamo at Alamo Village located north of Brackettville, Texas, United States.
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In this second podcast on British Army recruitment, Tony looks at overseas postings and non-European troops.
Informative podcasts from the W.R.A.P. Team