1.6 – Task Force Zvika

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The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) of the 1970s emphasized a number of qualities: proactive leadership, heroism, and a recognition of the young life of their country that rose in the wake of great tragedy. These qualities weren’t just given lip service, but imbued within enlisted service members and officers of all levels. So when their country was under attack in late 1973, it should come as no surprise that Zvi Greengold and the men of Task Force Zvika rode under those banners, even with a task force that was only four tanks strong.



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1.5 – Tigers on the Eastern Front

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Nazi Germany fielded a military with many components designed to amaze as much as to destroy. While this philosophy meant that some designs never left the drawing board, one that did was the Tiger Tank—a relatively beastly model whose gun could rip through nearly every form of enemy armor before the ill-fated tank even had a chance to strike. The units comprised of these Tigers, heavy panzer battalions, saw some of their fiercest combat on the most treacherous of battlefields—the Eastern Front.



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1.4 – The Tank Destroyers of El Guettar

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The 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion, the first of its kind, was stood up in 1941. The theory governing their use had yet to be tested on the field of battle. In November of the following year, Lieutenant Colonel Hershel Baker and the men of the 601st found themselves on the Queen Mary departing for that ultimate of testing grounds. Only a few months later, they found themselves along Gabès Road in Tunisia with the 10th Panzer Division bearing down upon them.

1.3 – Seseña: The Interwar Proving Ground

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Well before the threat of World War II entered societies’ collective minds, smaller regional conflicts gradually simmered away across Europe. One of these, the Spanish Civil War, might not have drawn much notice from leaders in the United States, but the same could not be said for those who ruled Germany and the Soviet Union. In it, they found the perfect testing ground for the future weapons that would come to define the 1940s and much of our world to this day.

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Angry Staff Officer Talks War Stories on Foreign Policy’s Best Defense Blog

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Today, Foreign Policy’s Best Defense blog featured an article from War Stories‘ Angry Staff Officer. In the article, Staffer discusses the founding of WS and the motivation behind our model.

“Over drinks, Adin and I tossed these ideas around and wondered about the most effective ways to bridge this gap. It was not until I returned home that Adin approached me with the idea of a podcast that could engage the human interest angle while also tracing broader trends in warfare, through balancing narrative and dialogue. It was fortuitous timing, as I had been mulling the idea over as well. We agreed to give it a shot, and chose the topic of tanks and armor warfare for our first season. Right out of the gate we encountered some perfect “war stories” that captured our interest. They also happened to fit right into some revolutionary moments in warfare, as tanks emerged on the World War I battlefield.”

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1.2 – Patton at the Saint-Mihiel Salient

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Near the end of 1917, a young captain by the name of George S. Patton received orders from the Colonel Samuel Rockenbach, the Chief of the newly created U.S. Tank Corps. Patton was tasked with developing the U.S. light tank school to train soldiers in how to operate the small, two-man Renault FT-17. However, it wasn’t long before Patton needed to take what he’d been teaching in the classroom and test it out on the field of battle at the Saint-Mihiel Salient.

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1.1 – High Wood (Prologue)

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In the midst of World War I, the lumbering giants that were early tanks first came onto the battlefield. But what were they a response to, and what did they replace?

In the prologue to season one on armor, Angry Staff Officer and Adin tell the story of Deccan Horse, the cavalry unit responsible for the last charge of WWI before tanks could face down machine gun fire with little more than a dent.

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Want to Know When You Can Finally Listen to War Stories?

Hey there.

If you’re reading this, you’ve found out about our latest project, War Stories. 

War Stories is a narrative podcast series that combines a 20,000 foot view of warfare’s development with on-the-ground stories of those who witnessed the developments.

These broad arcs are broken down by single topics that occupy a season of the show. Think “armor,” “artillery,” or “strategy.” In each of episode of the season, which generally last between 5-10 episodes, we re-tell a story at a key point in the development of the topic. For example, in our season on armor, our first episode describes the final cavalry charge of World War I before armored tanks could take on machine guns with little more than a dent.

So, onto the important part. When can you actually listen to War Stories?

Right now, War Stories is going through a private beta listener process with some of our colleagues in the history and national security communities. We’re working closely with them to make sure that War Stories hits the ground running with great production value, compelling stories, and a comprehensive listener outreach program. We hope the first public episode of War Stories will be launched by the end of August.

So what can you do in the mean time to stay up-to-date?

Well first, sign up for the War Stories newsletter. It’s the easiest way to stay in the loop about what’s coming up in War Stories as well as additional information, sources, and any events or goodies we may have planned.

Additionally, if you feel like fully taking the plunge into the War Stories experience, you can sign up to be an early patron of the show on Patreon. Patrons of the show have perks like PDF transcripts with even more sources and information about the stories on the show, extended episodes, and behind-the-scenes looks at what goes into making a War Stories episode.