191: The Pacific Part 2 with Marty Morgan

The true story behind The Pacific (Part 2)

We’re continuing our look at the HBO miniseries The Pacific by looking at the three episodes that cover Peleliu. Episodes we’re covering today: 5. Peleliu Landing6. Peleliu Airfield7. Peleliu Hills Haven’t heard part 1? Listen here Order Call of Duty: Vanguard Get Marty’s book D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion Get Marty’s book […]

190: The Pacific Part 1 with Marty Morgan

The true story behind The Pacific (Part 1)

Today we’re kicking off a three-part series on the HBO miniseries The Pacific by looking at the first four episodes. Episodes we’re covering today: 1. Guadalcanal/Leckie2. Basilone3. Melbourne4. Gloucester/Pavuvu/Banika Listen to Part 2 Order Call of Duty: Vanguard Get Marty’s book D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion Get Marty’s book Down to Earth: […]

189: Defiance with Roland Tec

The true story of Defiance

Roland Tec’s mother, Nechama, wrote the book that 2008’s Defiance was based on. He was also a co-producer on the movie, so we’ll get to hear some stories from the set as well as the historical accuracy of the movie. Get Defiance the book Find Roland’s work Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based on a True […]

188: Lafayette with Mike Duncan

The true story of Lafayette

Most people have heard of Lafayette, but the Marquis de Lafayette is a historical figure who has been largely left out of the cultural spotlight. So, instead of looking at a single movie about him we’ll instead span a few different depictions of Lafayette with podcaster, historian and author Mike Duncan. Get Mike’s book Disclaimer: […]

184: Band of Brothers Part 3 with Marty Morgan

We’re wrapping our series on Band of Brothers today as we look as the last three episodes of the HBO miniseries. Episodes we’re covering today: 8. The Last Patrol9. Why We Fight10. Points Listen to Part 1 Listen to Part 2 Watch What on Earth? Watch Strange Evidence Get Marty’s book D-Day: A Photographic History […]

183: Band of Brothers Part 2 with Marty Morgan

Today we’re continuing our look at the historical accuracy of Band of Brothers as we cover episodes six and seven while Easy Company is in Bastogne. We’ll wrap up the series in our next episode of Based on a True Story. Episodes we’re covering today: 6. Bastogne7. The Breaking Point Listen to Part 1 Listen […]

182: Band of Brothers Part 1 with Marty Morgan

June 6th, 2021 is the 77th anniversary of D-Day. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. So, today we’ll kick off a 3-part miniseries of our own where we cover Band of Brothers with World War II historian and author Marty Morgan. Episodes we’re covering today: 1. Currahee2. Day of Days3. […]

181: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World with Gordon Laco

Today we’ll learn about the historical accuracy of 2003’s Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Helping us separate fact from fiction is Gordon Laco, who was the Lead Technical Advisor and Historical Consultant for the movie. Gordon’s website Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based on a True Story may earn commissions from qualifying […]

180: The Last Samurai with Dr. Brian Dirck

In 2003’s The Last Samurai we learn the story of Captain Nathan Algren, an American soldier who travels to Japan to train the early Imperial Japanese Army to fight off a rebellion against the Emperor. How much of it actually happened? That’s what we’ll look at in this episode. Dr. Brian Dirck joins us again to […]

177: The Duellists with Alexander Mikaberidze

We’re going back to 1977 and Ridley Scott’s feature film directorial debut, The Duellists. The movie tells the tale of two soldiers in Napoleon’s army who duel with each other for over a decade. Historian and professor at Louisiana State University, Alexander Mikaberidze, returns to help us separate fact from fiction in the movie. The Battle of […]

176: Greyhound with Gordon Laco

Released in 2020, Greyhound was written by Tom Hanks, who also starred in the lead role. The movie was based on a novel by C.S. Forester called The Good Shepherd. Today, we’ll be joined by the Naval Consultant on the film, Gordon Laco, to discuss its historical accuracy. Gordon’s website Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based […]