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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 ...
 
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This month marks the anniversary commemorations of the Commando Raid on St. Nazaire on 28th March 1942, and as such in Season 2, Episode 12 I will be featuring an interview that I did a few years ago with veteran Ernest Booth about his wartime service and experiences, as Ernest discussed with me during this interview his best friend from Sheffield,…
 
In Season 2, Episode 11 we turn our attention to looking at one of Britain’s most iconic wartime aircraft in the form of the Avro Lancaster, as this month marks the anniversary of its first operational flights with RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War in March 1942. Today we are talking with historian and author Steve Darlow to learn more…
 
In Season 2, Episode 10, we find ourselves heading straight back to the battlefields of Normandy in June 1944, as today I am joined by battlefield guide Ben Mayne as we discuss the 1st East Riding Yeomanry and their experiences fighting alongside the men of the 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles during the opening stages of the battle for Cambes-en-…
 
In Season 2, Episode 9, we are diving right back into our conversation with Paul Woodadge looking at the experiences of his Great Uncle Lt. Cyril Rand leading the men of his Platoon in C Company 2/Royal Ulster Rifles during the fierce fighting in Normandy in July 1944. In this particular instalment, we shall be turning our attention to their experi…
 
Today I am joined by Normandy battlefield guide, military historian, and presenter of WW2TV, Paul Woodadge, as we turn our attention to looking at the 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles and their experiences in Normandy during that summer of 1944. The Riflemen hold a rich history, with their origins dating back to the late 1700’s, and seeing action …
 
In this episode of the WW2 Nation Podcast, we hear veteran Peter Davies recall his wartime experiences serving in No. 1 Troop of B Squadron of the 1st East Riding Yeomanry as a gunner on a Sherman Tank during the Second World War. He had originally enlisted with the RAF as a wireless operator, but then was transferred to the Army which at that mome…
 
Today, we are heading to the Netherlands, as I am joined by Dutch Historian and Battlefield Guide Joel Stoppels to discover more about Operation Amherst in April 1945. In Season 2 Episode 6 we shall be examining this Allied airborne operation carried out by members of the French SAS Regiments which were dropped behind German lines in the Netherland…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
In Episode 35 of the WW2 Nation Podcast, we conclude our conversation with George Bearfield about the actions of his grandfather Jaroslav Bublik and his Czech colleagues serving with as agents with the SOE during the Second World War. We discuss Operation Anthropoid, Operation Foursquare, as well as many other Operations that these brave men volunt…
 
In Episode 34 of the WW2 Nation Podcast, it is part of our WW2 Restoration Men Series where we speak with those individuals behind various restoration projects around the globe looking to preserve our WW2 heritage. In the second episode of this specific series, we conclude our conversation with Charlie Walker and Neil Jones discussing their project…
 
In Episode 33 of the WW2 Nation Podcast, we talk with George Bearfield about the actions of his grandfather Jaroslav Bublik and his Czech colleagues serving with as agents with the SOE during the Second World War. We discuss Operation Anthropoid, Operation Foursquare, as well as many other Operations that these brave men volunteered to partake in b…
 
In Episode 32 of the WW2 Nation Podcast, it is the first of our WW2 Restoration Men Series where we speak with those individuals behind various restoration projects around the globe looking to preserve our WW2 heritage. In the first episode of this specific series, we are joined by Charlie Walker and Neil Jones, to discuss their project to restore …
 
In Episode 31 of the WW2 Nation Podcast, we mark the anniversary of the Allied liberation of Rome in Italy in June 1944 with a continuation of our discussion with Leger's Head Battlefield Guide Paul Reed to discover more about these events and the campaign in Italy during the Second World War. We learn about the "D-Day Dodgers" including Paul's own…
 
In Episode 30 of the WW2 Nation Podcast, we mark the anniversary of the Allied breakout from the Anzio beachhead in Italy in May 1944 with a discussion with Leger's Head Battlefield Guide Paul Reed to discover more about the campaign in Italy during the Second World War, and learn about the "D-Day Dodgers" including his own father's experiences ser…
 
In Episode 29 of the WW2 Nation Podcast, we continue our conversation with British Historian James Holland about the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry to learn more about their wartime service, and discover more about those men's experiences who served with this Armoured Regiment in the Second World War. Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale (Soun…
 
In Episode 28 of the WW2 Nation Podcast, we talk with British Historian James Holland about the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry to learn more about their wartime service, and discover more about those men's experiences who served with this Armoured Regiment in the Second World War. Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale (SoundCloud/Instagram) *Pl…
 
In Episode 27 of the WW2 Nation Podcast, it is our concluding instalment looking at Operation Varsity - the airborne element of the Rhine Crossings of March 1945 - with battlefield guide Alex Collins. We discover more about the resupply mission, delve into the remarkable actions that saw the awards of both the VC and Medal of Honor decorations duri…
 
In Episode 26 of the WW2 Nation Podcast we mark the anniversary of Operation Varsity - 24th March 1945 - by speaking with battlefield guide Alex Collins to learn more about one of the largest Allied airborne operations of the war, as well as the experiences of those men of British 6th Airborne and US 17th Airborne Divisions who jumped the River Rhi…
 
In Episode 25 of the WW2 Nation Podcast with the anniversary fast approaching of the breakout from Stalag Luft III by Allied POWs in March 1944, we are speaking with historian Guy Walters, as we try and unravel fact from fiction behind the Real Great Escape, and that of Hollywood's 1963 classic war film the Great Escape. Music Featured: Hearts & Fl…
 
To mark the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, we spoke with a few of the veterans we know about their experiences on 8th May 1945 and hear their advice for future generations. During the Second World War, Rusty joined the RAF. He was selected for Pilot training and learned to fly in Canada as part of the Empire Air Training Scheme. Having …
 
To mark the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, we spoke with a few of the veterans we know about their experiences on 8th May 1945 and hear their advice for future generations. Ken served in 3 Troop, C Squadron of the 1 Northamptonshire Yeomanry. His unit arrived in Normandy a few days after D-Day and its Sherman Tanks were thrown into the …
 
To mark the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, we spoke with a few of the veterans we know about their experiences on 8th May 1945 and hear their advice for future generations. Bob Sullivan (MBE) served with the 6th Airborne Division’s 3rd Parachute Squadron R.E. during the Second World War. Jumping into Normandy on D-Day and helping blow t…
 
To mark the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, we spoke with a few of the veterans we know about their experiences on 8th May 1945 and hear their advice for future generations. Alan served in ‘B’ Squadron the 1st East Riding Yeomanry as a wireless operator on a Sherman Tank. Landing in Normandy on D-Day on 6th June 1944 as part of 27th Armo…
 
To mark the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, we spoke with a few of the veterans we know about their experiences on 8th May 1945 and hear their advice for future generations. Denzil had initially joined the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) during the early stages of the war, before going on to join the Glider Pilot Regiment. Trained to fly…
 
To mark the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, we spoke with a few of the veterans we know about their experiences on 8th May 1945 and hear their advice for future generations. Jeff joined up before the war with the territorials 1/7th Middlesex Battalion which was equipped with Vickers Machine Guns, and saw service with the ‘Die Hards’ the …
 
To mark the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, we spoke with a few of the veterans we know about their experiences on 8th May 1945 and hear their advice for future generations. Having witnessed some of the events of the Hull Blitz, Jim joined the Merchant Navy at 15 serving onboard the Empire Larch Tug, where he and his crew-mates took part…
 
To mark the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, we spoke with a few of the veterans we know about their experiences on 8th May 1945 and hear their advice for future generations. Mervyn Kersch served with the RAOC from D-Day through to Germany. Nearly not making it to Normandy due to being put on a charge by an officer for not eating the supp…
 
To mark the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, we spoke with a few of the veterans we know about their experiences on 8th May 1945 and hear their advice for future generations. Peter served in 1 Troop, B Squadron of the 1st East Riding Yeomanry as a gunner on a Sherman Tank during the Second World War. He had originally enlisted with the RA…
 
To mark the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, we spoke with a few of the veterans we know about their experiences on 8th May 1945 and hear their advice for future generations. Stuart joined the 13/18th Royal Hussars as a newly commissioned officer in late 1942 and was assigned to HQ as the units Signals Officer. During 1943 – early 1944 th…
 
To mark the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, we spoke with a few of the veterans we know about their experiences on 8th May 1945 and hear their advice for future generations. Called-up in late 1943 aged 18 when he was working in York, Ken joined the Green Howards 7th Battalion. On the morning of 6th June 1944, Ken landed in one of the ini…
 
To mark the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, we spoke with a few of the veterans we know about their experiences on 8th May 1945 and hear their advice for future generations. Len landed on Gold Beach late on D-Day. As a despatch rider, his job was to carry messages between units and to escort columns of vehicles to get them to their desti…
 
To mark the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, we spoke with a few of the veterans we know about their experiences on 8th May 1945 and hear their advice for future generations. As soon as he was able to do so, Danny volunteered to become a paratrooper going through the all the rigorous training that this entailed to wear the famous maroon b…
 
To mark the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, we spoke with a few of the veterans we know about their experiences on 8th May 1945 and hear their advice for future generations. Peter landed on Juno Beach on D-Day and remained there with the 7th Beach Group for 4-5 weeks before it was disbanded and he went on to join the 9th Parachute Battal…
 
To mark the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, we spoke with a few of the veterans we know about their experiences on 8th May 1945 and hear their advice for future generations. Tom served in General Bill Slim's 'Forgotten' Fourteenth Army. Brought up in Liverpool, witnessing the Blitz here as he worked in the city's air-defence before joini…
 
To mark the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, we spoke with a few of the veterans we know about their experiences on 8th May 1945 and hear their advice for future generations. Len served with the 6th Airborne Division during the War. Initially gaining some experience with his local Home Guard unit, Len was called up in 1943 and was posted …
 
In Episode 24 on the WW2 Nation Podcast, it is our final part looking at Moonlight Sonata with Frederick Taylor. Coming up in this instalment we hear all about the aftermath of the Luftwaffe’s infamous raid and its consequences not only for the city and its inhabitants, but also the fall out for Germany on the international stage, as well as its in…
 
In Episode 23 on the WW2 Nation Podcast we are diving right back into our discussion with Frederick Taylor to discover more about the infamous raid on Coventry on the 14th November 1940 by the Luftwaffe. Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale (SoundCloud/Instagram) *Please note this episode may contain some explicit language / content, pare…
 
In Episode 22 on the WW2 Nation Podcast we are talking with Frederick Taylor as this month marks the 79th anniversary of the infamous Luftwaffe raid on Coventry on 14-15 November 1940 during the height of the Blitz of Britain. Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale (SoundCloud/Instagram) *Please note this episode may contain some explicit l…
 
In Episode 21, it is our third and final part of Talking the Day The Devils Dropped In with historian Neil Barber. Within this we discuss Jeff Haward's experiences with the 1/7th Middlesex Battalion; the Commandos' important role and experiences of Stan Scott with No.3 Commando as well as learning about Neil's current work looking at the blowing of…
 
Coming up in Episode 20 on the WW2 Nation Podcast, it is Part Two of Talking the Day The Devils Dropped In with historian Neil Barber and in which we will be discussing the actions by those men of the 7th Parachute Battalion and OBLI in holding the two bridges (Horsa & Pegasus) over the River Orne and Caen Canal. We will also be chatting about comm…
 
In Episode 19 of the WW2 Nation Podcast, we speak with 6th Airborne Division historian & author Neil Barber to discuss the important role this airborne unit played on D-Day and during the subsequent fierce fighting of the 1944 Normandy campaign. In Part One (of 3), we discover why Neil first started researching the men and actions of the British 6t…
 
In this episode of the WW2 Nation Podcast, it is our third and final instalment of talking with battlefield guide Mike Peters about the Glider Pilot Regiment and their role in Operation Husky during the fierce battle for Sicily in the summer of 1943. Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale (SoundCloud/Instagram) *Please note this episode may…
 
Welcome to another episode of the WW2 Nation Podcast and in this instalment we are turning our attention back to the scorching hot shores of Sicily in the summer of 1943, as we talk with battlefield guide Mike Peters in Part 2 of Operation Husky and the Glider Pilot Regiment. Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale (SoundCloud/Instagram) *Pl…
 
In this episode of the WW2 Nation Podcast we talk with professional photographer Glyn Dewis about his incredible journey photographing the last of our surviving veterans from the Second World War. We learn all about this inspirational 3945 Portrait Project, the results of which will be on display in an exhibition held at the Soldiers of Oxfordshire…
 
In Episode 15 of the WW2 Nation Podcast we continue our focus on the restoration of LCT 7074 with Naval Historian and Archaeologist, Stephen Fisher who is one of the team working on this incredible project in Portsmouth. So lets dive right back in to discussing conditions onboard LCT 7074 for her crew in the build-up to D-Day… Discover More About L…
 
In Episode 14 of the WW2 Nation Podcast we talk with Naval Historian and Archaeologist, Stephen Fisher about all things Landing Craft related during the Second World War. We will also be going behind-the-scenes and learning all about the ongoing project down in Portsmouth by the National Museum of the Royal Navy to restore D-Day Veteran Landing Cra…
 
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