Hunk on the other board has advised us of a radio program on the Little Bighorn Battle on BBC Radio 4. This is on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 9:00 am and 21:30 pm GMT. That puts it at about 3:00 am CDT and 3:30 pm CDT here in the states.
It is by Melvyn Bragg, aka the LondonLout, and guests. I wonder if we might know any of the guests. You can get it over the internet. Here is the link.
I went looking for this BBC program and couldn't find it on the schedule. However I did find the podcast on iplayer which I am listening to now. It is the limey version and an intrepreter may be necessary.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Battle of the Little Bighorn, also known as Custer's Last Stand.
In 1876 a dispute between the American federal government and Native Americans over land rights led to an armed conflict now known as the Great Sioux War. An expeditionary federal force was sent out to coerce the Native Americans into reservations, and away from the gold reserves recently discovered in their traditional homelands.
One of the officers in this expeditionary force was a Civil War hero, George Custer. While en route to his arranged rendezvous, Custer unexpectedly encountered a large group of Sioux and Cheyenne warriors. Disobeying orders, he decided to attack. Barely half an hour later, he and all 200 of his men lay dead. Custer's Last Stand has become one of the most famous and closely studied military engagements in American history.
Kathleen Burk Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at University College, London
Adam Smith Senior Lecturer in American History at University College London
Saul David Professor of War Studies at the University of Buckingham.