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A history podcast looking at all aspects of WWII, military history, social history, the battles, the campaigns, tanks, gun and other equipment, the politics and those who ran the war. I look at it all. With WW2 slipping from living memory I aim to look at different historical aspects of the Second World War. In each episode of the WWII Podcast I interview an expert on a subject. No topics are out of bounds (as yet), and I cover the military history side of the war as well as looking the home ...
 
Join me on a journey of discovery into the past and present, as I set out to explore the history of the Second World War. Our travels will take us from the Homefront to the battlefields of Europe and beyond. Travel with us as we revisit historical locations and walk the battlefields of WW2. We will be tracking down wartime artefacts, speaking with veterans and historians alike, and paying our deepest respects to this remarkable generation; as we set out to try and help keep this period of hi ...
 
From North Africa, back to Britain and then through Europe, Letters of Love in WW2 tells a unique story of the Second World War from the perspective of two people that lived through it. Three months after they wed, Cyril and Olga found themselves separated by the Second World War. Between 1940 and 1946, their love was kept alive on the pages of a thousand letters and postcards, found decades later by their family after they had both passed on. With their family’s poignant and emotional inter ...
 
A former Head of BBC TV History programmes, Laurence has specialized in writing books and making television documentaries about World War Two, the Nazis and Stalinism for thirty years. He won a BAFTA and a Peabody for his TV series 'The Nazis: A Warning from History' and a British Book Award for his book on Auschwitz, which is also the world's best selling book on this notorious camp. His book 'the Holocaust: A New History' was described by the Times as 'exemplary' and by the Daily Telegraph ...
 
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In Season 2, Episode 5 on the WW2 Nation Podcast, we hear from Douglas Parker about his experiences serving in 11 Platoon, B Company of the 2nd Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment. Doug landed in the assault waves of D-Day on Sword Beach aged just 21. This episode is something of an unexpected bonus as Reverend John Parker has kindly sent in this int…
 
KURIOSITET - Under krigen bygget den tyske okkupasjonsmakten to ubåt-bunkere i Nyhavna i Trondheim. Bunkerne fikk navnene Dora I og Dora II, og skulle bli del av Nord-Europas største marinebase. De store konstruksjonene av betong og armert stål skulle beskytte tyske fartøy mot allierte luftangrep, og i 1943 skjedde nettopp dette. Dette er historien…
 
In September 1944 a young Marine name Eugene Sledge landed on the Pacific Island of Peleliu. As a mortarman, stretcher-bearer and rifleman Sledge would fight his way across Peleliu then the Japanese island of Okinawa, arguably two of the fiercest and filthiest battles of the Pacific campaign. After the war, Eugene Sledge became a professor at Monte…
 
The Able Queen, Tales of an Indiana Hump Pilot Lost in the Himalayas, China - by Rainy Hovarth - Extracts from the true story, told in his own words, of highly decorated CBI Hump Pilot, Robert Binzer, who flew combat transport missions with the 14th Air Force from China, 1943-1945. Plus: - V-discs - vintage wartime music - Major Mahony’s VC story -…
 
George S Patton Junior starred as an Olympic athlete in the 1912 Stockholm games. In 1916 under John J. Pershing Patton joined the Mexican Expedition against the paramilitary forces of Mexican revolutionary Francisco “Pancho” Villa. When the US entered the First World War Patton joined the new Tank Corps and commanded the U.S. tank school in France…
 
In Season 2, Episode 4 on the WW2 Nation Podcast, we return to the concluding part of our discussion with historian Adam Berry about Troop Carrier Command’s experiences in the ETO during the war. We also look at the reality of live combat jumps vs training exercises; we talk about the training accident in Exercise Eagle as a part of this large dres…
 
SERIE - Hitlers innerste sirkel, del 5 - Det nærmer seg krigsutbruddet i 1939, og Martin Bormanns status i Hitlers hoff øker for hver måned som går. Bormanns innflytelse når nye høyder under krigen, ettersom Hitler overlater stadig flere viktige oppgaver til ham. Dette skaper misnøye blant andre høytstående nazister i partiet, som legger Bormann fo…
 
VANLIG EPISODE - Spanjolen Juan Pujol García, kjent som Agent Garbo, var dobbeltagent for britene mot nazistene under krigen. Han lurte tyskerne trill rundt ved å bygge opp et påstått spion-nettverk – der alle de 27 agentene var falske. Pujol bidro på denne måten til at landgangen i Normandie (D-dagen) ble en suksess. Han var dermed den aller vikti…
 
In Season 2 Episode 3 we continue our conversation with Dr Peter Schrijvers about the Battle of the Bulge, and more specifically the events surrounding the Belgian town of Bastogne. This second part covers a whole range of topics connected with the battle, among a few of the many things we discuss are Patton's Third Army and its attempt to reach Ba…
 
VANLIG EPISODE - Da nazistene drepte mannen til Mariya Oktyabrskaya, tok hun affære: Hun solgte eiendommen sin og kjøpte seg en T-34-tanks. Mariya kontaktet Josef Stalin for å selv få være kommandør i tanksen – og ble hørt. Snart kjempet hun på Østfronten mot tyskerne. Hør den fascinerende historien om en modig enke på søken etter hevn.…
 
George S Patton Junior starred as an Olympic athlete in the 1912 Stockholm games. In 1916 under John J. Pershing Patton joined the Mexican Expedition against the paramilitary forces of Mexican revolutionary Francisco "Pancho" Villa. When the US entered the First World War Patton joined the new Tank Corps and commanded the U.S. tank school in France…
 
KURIOSITET - Panzer VIII Maus var resultatet av Ferdinand Porsche og Adolf Hitler sitt vanvittige prosjekt om å bygge en tanks på 188 tonn. Det ble produsert to prototyper av dette beistet, som på papiret var overlegen alle andre tanks. Fremdeles er det den største tanksen som noen gang er bygget. Vi kikker nærmere på denne megakonstruksjonen og gå…
 
In Season 2, Episode 2 on the WW2 Nation Podcast I am joined by Dr Peter Schrijvers as we turn our attention to the Battle of the Bulge, and more specifically the events surrounding the Belgian town of Bastogne. Paratrooper Donald Burgett, one of those members of the 101st Airborne Division who fought in Bastogne, called it seven roads to hell. Whi…
 
JULESPESIAL - Julaften 1944: Tyskland har iverksatt et siste desperat angrep på de allierte på Vestfronten (Battle of the Bulge) i Ardennene. Det er mørkt, kaldt og stor nød. Men i en hytte i skogen møtes en liten gruppe amerikanske og tyske soldater – ikke for å kjempe, men for å spise en julemiddag. Vi gir deg den utrolige historien om hvordan de…
 
From his earliest days, Winston Churchill was a risk-taker. As a young Lieutenant in the army he charged with the cavalry at the battle of Omdurman, he saw action on the North-West Frontier and took a trip to Cuba to observe the war there. As a journalist, he covered the Boer War putting himself in harm’s way on numerous occasions. Aged 25 he enter…
 
From his earliest days, Winston Churchill was a risk-taker. As a young Lieutenant in the army he charged with the cavalry at the battle of Omdurman, he saw action on the North-West Frontier and took a trip to Cuba to observe the war there. As a journalist, he covered the Boer War putting himself in harm’s way on numerous occasions. Aged 25 he enter…
 
KURIOSITET - På 1930-tallet møttes en gruppe britiske politikere, redaktører og akademikere jevnlig på godset Cliveden. De hadde til felles at de var innflytelsesrike mennesker som ønsket gode forbindelser til Nazi-Tyskland. Cliveden-gruppen, som den ble kalt, var nært knyttet til statsminister Neville Chamberlain. Hans forsonende appeasement-polit…
 
In Season 2, Episode 1 on the WW2 Nation Podcast, we are heading to the skies of the Second World War as I am joined by British Historian and author Adam Berry, as we discuss the important role that Troop Carrier Command, and specifically IX Troop Carrier Command played during the war. Support the Show (Patreon) - Support the Show (BMAC) Discover m…
 
SERIE - Hitlers innerste sirkel, del 4 - Martin Bormann var Hitlers personlige sekretær og stedfortreder, samt sjef for nazipartiets hovedkontor. Han var til enhver tid ved Hitlers side, og han øvde stor innflytelse på der Führer under Andre verdenskrig. Som Hitlers personlige sekretær kontrollerte Bormann all informasjon som ble sendt til og fra H…
 
- This Christmas in the South Pacific would be far more festive than last time. - Three US soldiers came upon a small cabin in the woods. - We followed the side of the bomb and found a second fuse A few more yards. I clambered onto the train – Yess! - Our Christmas Mission Was to fly Chinese troops up North! - ’Twas the night before Christmas and a…
 
7th December 2021 marks the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor that brought the United States of America into the Second World War. On the morning of 7th December 1941, just before 8am the Japanese launched their attack on the US naval base of Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Japanese planned the attack as a first strike to cripple…
 
7th December 2021 marks the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor that brought the United States of America into the Second World War. On the morning of 7th December 1941, just before 8am the Japanese launched their attack on the US naval base of Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Japanese planned the attack as a first strike to cripple…
 
KURIOSITET - Etter det mislykkede Ølkjellerkuppet i 1923, der 16 nazister ble drept av det bayerske politiet, fikk de 16 drepte status som martyrer innenfor nazismens propaganda. Hitler lot bygge et overdådig tempel til deres ære, og han opphøyde ett spesielt flagg, Blodfanen, til å bli et relikvie til seremoniell bruk under nazipartiets massemøter…
 
VANLIG EPISODE - Enigma var en kodemaskin som nazistene brukte for å kryptere militære ordre og meldinger under krigen. Den polske matematikeren Marian Rejewski var den første som knekte Enigma-koden, men da tyskerne forbedret sikkerheten, tok det britiske matematikk-geniet Alan Turing over oppdraget. Sammen med et lite team av britiske kryptologer…
 
Briton Ken Cooke was in the 7th Green Howards infantry, and at the tender age of 18 was thrown into action for the very first time storming Gold Beach on D-Day 6th June 1944 in the very first waves of attack. LINK TO BUY ME A COFFEE Full show notes at: https://www.fightingthroughpodcast.co.uk/75-Coffee-with-Ken-Cooke-D-Day-veteran-Part-2 Reviews on…
 
Briton Ken Cooke was in the 7th Green Howards infantry, and at the tender age of 18 was thrown into action for the very first time storming Gold Beach on D-Day 6th June 1944 in the very first waves of attack. LINK TO BUY ME A COFFEE Full show notes at: https://www.fightingthroughpodcast.co.uk/74-Ken-Cooke-WW2-Green-Howard-Part-1 Reviews on main web…
 
In this episode we are discussing chemical weapons. It might seem like an odd topic, unlike the First World War which saw the deployment of gas, chemical weapons were not used on the battlefield of Europe in WWII. But there was a fear of them being used; everyone carried a gas mask and the belligerent nations had huge chemical weapons industries wo…
 
KURIOSITET - Chiune Sugihara blir ofte omtalt som ”Den japanske Schindler”. Sugihara er kjent for å ha hjulpet flere tusen jøder med å flykte fra Europa ved hjelp av spesielle reisevisum. I dagens episode skal vi fortelle dere historien om denne mannen og hvordan han risikerte alt for å hjelpe mennesker i nød.…
 
In this episode we’re going to be discussing chemical weapons. It might seem like an odd topic, unlike the First World War which saw the deployment of gas, chemical weapons were not used on the battlefields of Europe in WWII. But there was a fear of them being used; everyone carried a gas mask and the belligerent nations had huge chemical weapons i…
 
Oskar Schindler var en forretningsmann som drev en fabrikk med jødiske arbeidere i det tysk-okkuperte Polen. Ved å bruke sine sterke overtalelsesevner og rause bestikkelser klarte Schindler mot alle odds å redde arbeiderne sine fra nazistenes dødsleirer. Hendelsene ble allment kjent gjennom filmen ”Schindlers liste” fra 1993, og i denne episoden få…
 
One lesson the allies learned from the fall of France in 1940 was that civilian populations needed managing, to keep them away from military operations. As the allied troops came-a-shore after D-Day in June 1944, with them would be Civil Affairs units. These units were to act as liaisons between the allied combat troops and the civilians they encou…
 
KURIOSITET - Den polske fangen Tadeusz Pietrzykowski vant dusinvis av boksekamper i dødsleiren Auschwitz under krigen. Teddy, som han ble kalt, var en populær mann blant både fanger og SS-offiserer, fordi han ga dem etterlengtet underholdning. Offiserene ga Teddy spesielle privilegier som sikret både hans egen og andre fangers overlevelse. Vi gir d…
 
One lesson the allies learned from the fall of France in 1940 was that civilian populations needed managing, to keep them away from military operations. As the allied troops came-a-shore after D-Day in June 1944, with them would be Civil Affairs units. These units were to act as liaisons between the allied combat troops and the civilians they encou…
 
An article written by Michael and Jamie Stansfield, the son and grandson of Jack Stansfield. Jack Stansfield was a Green Howard, same as Dad, except Jack was in the 5th Battalion and Dad was in the 6th. LINK TO BUY ME A COFFEE Full show notes at: https://www.fightingthroughpodcast.co.uk/73 Jack Stansfield POW in WW2 Reviews on main website https://…
 
VANLIG EPISODE DEL 2 - Nazitoppen Adolf Eichmann lever et vanlig familieliv i Argentina etter krigen. Men når Eichmanns egen sønn forsnakker seg, skapes en dominoeffekt som skal bli Eichmanns bane. I denne episoden får du høre den fascinerende historien om hvordan Mossad, israelsk etterretning, utførte en dristig hemmelig operasjon for å fange Eich…
 
VANLIG EPISODE DEL 1 - Adolf Eichmann organiserte hundrevis av deportasjoner med jøder til konsentrasjonsleirer. Slik sendte Eichmann et milliontall mennesker i døden. Etter krigen klarte Eichmann å rømme til Argentina, hvor han levde i fred med familien sin. Flere år senere ble han målet for en massiv jakt ledet av Israels etterretningstjeneste, M…
 
Before the outbreak of war, the US Navy and the Marines had put considerable effort into developing a doctrine to support amphibious operations from ship to shore gunfire. When the marines landed on Tarawa in November 1943, it would be the first serious test of this doctrine. In this episode, I’m joined by Donald Mitchener to discuss the doctrine a…
 
Before the outbreak of war, the US Navy and the Marines had put considerable effort into developing a doctrine to support amphibious operations from ship to shore gunfire. When the marines landed on Tarawa in November 1943, it would be the first serious test of this doctrine. In this episode, I’m joined by Donald Mitchener to discuss the doctrine a…
 
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