Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History: Supernova in the East #podcast

Posted By on September 27, 2021

HH-62-cover-ep1-1400px-600x600A couple of weeks ago, Taylor introduced me to a Dan Carlin “Hardcore History” podcasts. He thought I might enjoy them, since both of us particularly appreciate learning more about military history. The series is called “Supernova in the East” detailing the Japanese Empire from pre-World War Japan through WW 2 in six long lectures (6 have been recorded so far) covering the war in the Pacific in much detail. Currently I’m on Carlin’s number 64, or III in the series, and up to the point early in 1942 when General MacArthur is pushed back onto the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines. It is long winded, but very informative … and complements the Ian W. Toll volumes I’ve read on the subject.


DanCarlinPhotoThe segment being discussed is shortly after the Pearl Harbor attack and the United States entering World War 2. It was also a reminder to me that America left our troops, citizens and allies alone to fend for themselves … too reminiscent of how we recently left Afghanistan. The difference is that in 1941 we lost much of our Pacific Fleet and were prioritizing for war in Europe … unlike just leaving folks behind for our selfish political reason. It was irritating in both cases, but at least in 1942 President Roosevelt didn’t really have the capability to do much in the Pacific … something that can’t be said for President Biden in August 2021.

Anyway, if you believe we can/should learn from history, or just appreciated knowing what previous generations did to keep our nation free, you might enjoy listening to Dan Carlin’sSupernova in the East” … that I’m listening to on Apple Podcasts. 



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