Bullets, Boots and Bandages: How to Really Win at War

Series 1 - 3. Raising Arms

Raising Arms
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Radio Times
Review by:
Geoff Ellis

British squaddies in Afghanistan now sport helmets with infrared indicators to safeguard against friendly fire, and wear ballistic underwear to protect their nether regions from exploding mines.

Prof Saul David gets to grips with the latest kit in his excellent series about the nuts and bolts of warfare. This final instalment starts with a longbow and we then get a brisk jog through the industrialisation of warfare. But it’s also full of offbeat information – the Bank of England was set up to borrow money to finance wars; and schoolchildren collected conkers to make cordite in the First World War. Give this man another series, and quickly.

About this programme

3/3. Historian Saul David concludes his analysis of the logistical factors that can make a crucial difference in military campaigns as he investigates the administrative and financial challenges faced by generals trying to properly equip their troops for battle.

Cast and crew


Saul David


Executive Producer
Eamon Hardy
Series Producer
Cameron Balbirnie