It’s kinda like listening to two people you’re not friends with joke around about their history knowledge while they scroll Wikipedia. I could see how some people like it, but it’s just not for me. It also seems like they fall into the “good vs bad” trap when they discuss history. For some podcasts this makes sense (deeply racist folks like Adolph Hitler or the white nationalists in Rhodesia), but others it feels like they’re ascribing too much malice to whomever they pick as the bad guy. I’ve listened to 4.5 episodes, and it’s just not for me
The Lions Led By Donkeys podcast is a military history podcast for laughing at the worst military failures, inept commanders, and crazy stories from throughout the history of human conflict.
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I know this podcast is totally unaffiliated with the LB’s but i get mad vintage Lesser Bonapartes vibes from these guys. Great podcast especially if you’re not to dear with your political beliefs. Love this podcast!
Hilarious and quite literally helped me in a history class 👌🏼
So I just found your podcast last Thursday and I’m already 30 episodes in and I love it. Keep up the great work and also it’s great to hear from somebody’s who aren’t your typical left leaning people. Keep kicking ass.
Besides for the mass shooting jokes it’s generally a good history podcast. The perfect blend of informative interesting and funny. I commend Joe on talking about revisionist history keep up the good work.
The stories are good but it takes the hosts a while to get into them, they also get into politics a lot and less than half of the episode is them actually talking about the subject.
The hosts bring an entertaining and unique perspective to military history.
Oh good, another podcast by arrogant, self-anointed elitists ready to inform the public of the incredibly correct and morally perfect nature of all their opinions. This is too bad since the young men involved are neither unintelligent nor lacking in insight on subjects not otherwise obscured by their politically correct smarminess. In fact if the hosts were not so intelligent there would be no tragedy in the podcast’s shortcomings.
The podcast still merits four stars because if these gentlemen mature and learn how to present/critique all subject matter in an intelligent and respectful manner, even when essentially ripping someone or some subject a new one, they could have a truly first tier podcast. And by the way, a constant use of expletives doesn’t make you sound tough. Such coarse language merely dilutes the power ascribed to expletives. There’s real potential in this show once the presenters move beyond being predictable.
Great historical podcast that doesn’t take itself too seriously and doesn’t go on for 3 hours
So, I do overall really like this podcast. The topics covered are very interesting and the hosts have insightful things to say. However, there is a lot of banter that is unrelated to the story being told, and for me it can be pretty distracting. I often find myself skipping the podcast forward in 15 second increments to see if they’ve restarted the narrative.
Again, this really is a good podcast, but at least for me, the format really makes listening to it difficult.
Listen and be entertained
they are a hoot
It’s a good mix of humor and atrocities. It’s also nice to hear vets critical of the military and it’s policies to fight against the glorification of the armed services.
Rich sounds hot so...
Fun listen on various well researched topics of military history and general drunkenness
I downloaded the Apple podcast app solely to review this incredible podcast kasabian and his band of guests are a welcomed breath of fresh air. Keep up the amazing work!
This podcast makes me laugh a great deal while at the same time illuminating obscure and dark episodes of history that I was unfamiliar with.
I say “weirdly” because the subject matter is often bizarre, sometimes grotesque, and on-the-face-of-it depressing, yet this is one of the few podcasts that gets a genuine laugh out of me every week. Don’t know what that says about me! Anyways great job guys
This is one of the best podcasts I’ve listened to. And I listen to a lot of freaking podcasts. Really smart and really funny.
Joe and Nick make military history more interesting to take in and their comedic timing is awesome! Also Rich and guest hosts make it even more interesting! Thank you guys for making it and get a T-55 to drive and put it in the title with the donkey riding it!!! Awesome Podcast for military history buffs!!!
The show gives lots of insight; I appreciate all of the research and thought Joe clearly put in, as well as his presentation, which has balance and attention to nuance. And it’s not an exaggeration that balance and nuance are mostly absent from Rich’s comments. This person is certain they have all the answers, which generally are platitudes. It wouldn’t matter that at age 30 Rich had, for instance, never heard of Oscar Wilde, except that Rich treats her opinions as axioms. She doesn’t seem to be in many episodes, though, and even in those Joe is able to carry the show. Overall I like this cast a lot
Former squid who found himself in places squids shouldn’t be, who also really enjoys LLBD as it allows me to feed my nostalgia beast without forgetting just how messed up all of it was.
As a retired soldier, and one who has deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan, I love how these soldiers tell war history. They contrast it wit their personal anecdotes from the present to show how war truly is. Thank you LLBD!
confederate soldiers traitors? did u know that the US Congress has passed legislation that confederate veterans are classified as veterans…just as u and I unless u have a DD? my great great great? grandfather was a 19 yo dirt poor farmer who was conscripted (drafted remember the draft? u prob don't) also he was a POW sent to elmira (hellmira) also there was camp douglas in chicago known as 80 acres of hell. the south didn't have any food the north did but refused to provide enough to the rebel POW's. research ur history...
Found myself here after watching the Liberian documentary by Vice to learn more about general Butt Naked. Great information to learn presented in a fun way. Earned a quick sub from me to continue to learn more about world conflicts
I listened to the 三島 由紀夫 Yukio Mishima episode first as I appreciate his literary works. For me, the first clue that someone has done their research correctly is the pronunciation of the subject’s name. These pronunciations are very lazy and stereotypical. Shame.
Hilarious and funny, military folk tend to have some of the most hilarious insults.
As a GWOT vet this is one of a few places to find real speech about the military. The Iran/Iraq War episodes are worth multiple listens!
In the future the show could use a little more E4 style army hate, but still 5 stars!
Love listening to Joe and Nick retell both, stories from the past that are widely known and others that aren’t widely known by the masses. Not only is it informative, but you’ll laugh while listening as if you’re hanging out with your buddies. This podcast will make any history nerd happy.
Lions Led By Donkeys is one of the best military history podcasts out there. It's entertaining, irreverent and actually fun. One of the best aspects is the hosts bringing their military experience to their retelling of epic failures and absurdity. Warning, this is no super-academic treatment, and often uses explicit language. This podcast really brings these pretty dusty stories to life. Episode 7 dealing with Afghanistan is really enlivened by the hosts personal stories of fighting there. Did I mention that this podcast can be hilarious? Two thumbs up.
Listening to this Lions By feels like a conversation, it never feels forced. Tangents are the best part of the show.
Very pointed, humorous & steadily getting more refined. Joe examines the failings of military “leaders” throughout their various historical blunders and poor decisions. From well known battles to those obscure and lesser known ones, he & Nick cover the gamut of these sometimes bumbling commanders. Fun for military history nerds like myself!
A great way for any militaty history nerd to spend ~an hour.
LLBD Podcast covers some of the worst commanders and military disaster's throughout history. From Luigi "Let's go for #13" Cadorna to the mishaps at the Somme, the hosts manage to manage to make the wasteless sacrifices of millions of men both informative and borderline comical. Highly recommend for fans of military history and history buffs in general.
Joe's voice is that of an experienced narrator. The podcast itself was hilarious, informative, and a fantastic listen. It is always enjoyable to listen to the history of leader's epic failures.
Lions led by Donkeys is a great podcast.