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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 us on a journey into the past & present as we set out to explore the history of WW2. Our travels take us from the Homefront to the battlefields of Europe and beyond. Travel with us as we revisit historical locations, track down wartime relics, pick the brains of veterans and historians and pay our deep respect to the greatest generation. We have a great passion for WW2 history and are determined to learn as much as we can about this time in history and share our experiences with you, th ...
 
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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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…
 
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 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 working throughout the war. I’m…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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://…
 
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…
 
I’ve an incredible story for you in this episode of Shanghai born John Robin Greaves, ‘Jack’, who emigrated to Australia in 1939 and volunteered for the Australian Imperial Force to serve overseas. The army would send Jack to the Middle East then to Greece, where he would be captured Germans. Australian ABC journalist Stephen Hucheon has researched…
 
A short episode to follow up feedback I’ve had on the previous Seabees episode. LINK TO BUY ME A COFFEE Full show notes at: https://www.fightingthroughpodcast.co.uk/72_More_Seabees Reviews on main website https://www.fightingthroughpodcast.co.uk/reviews/new/ Apple reviews - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ww2-fighting-through-from-dunkirk-to-ha…
 
A Navy Seabee’s Sketchbook of War in the South Pacific The second world war adventures of Nat Bellantoni and his naval comrades in the famous Seabees. Plus a memoir from Seabee John Serra. LINK TO BUY ME A COFFEE Full show notes at: https://www.fightingthroughpodcast.co.uk/71_The_Battalion_Artist_Seabees_in_the_Pacific_War Nat's entire collection o…
 
I recently read David Colley’s The Folly of Generals: How Eisenhower's Broad Front Strategy Lengthened World War II.David has analysed some of the missed opportunities the allies had in 1944-45 in Europe. He argues that had Eisenhower been more adept at taking advantage of several potential breakthroughs in the Siegfried Line in the autmun of 1944 …
 
I recently read David Colley’s The Folly of Generals: How Eisenhower’s Broad Front Strategy Lengthened World War II. David has analysed some of the missed opportunities the allies had in 1944-45 in Europe. He argues that had Eisenhower been more adept at taking advantage of several potential breakthroughs in the Siegfried Line in the autmun of 1944…
 
I’ve got a number of Dad’s comrades KIA that I either can’t trace or have no photographs of – Jack Betley from Halifax was one of them. I once knew nothing about him - now I know everything, thanks to listener Mark Peters. LINK TO BUY ME A COFFEE Colourisation by Jakob Lagerweijj. The quickest way to contact Jakob is via Facebook/Messenger (https:/…
 
Since starting the podcast, I’ve looked at the aspects of the war from the point of view of various countries. But, one glaring omission has been any Australian narrative of the war. The Australians fought across the world on the land, sea and in the air air; notably in the Pacific and the Middle East, which is what we’ll be discussing in this epis…
 
Since starting the podcast, I’ve looked at the aspects of the war from the point of view of various countries. But, one glaring omission has been any Australian narrative of the war. The Australians fought across the world on the land, sea and in the air air; notably in the Pacific and the Middle East, which is what we’ll be discussing in this epis…
 
As the course of the second world war turned against the Third Reich some radical proposals and inventive designs, were put forward by armaments manufacturers, scientists, technicians, aircrew and even private individuals to the German Air Ministry for consideration as weapons to be utilised by the Luftwaffe. Some proposals were destined never to l…
 
As the course of the second world war turned against the Third Reich some radical proposals and inventive designs, were put forward by armaments manufacturers, scientists, technicians, aircrew and even private individuals to the German Air Ministry for consideration as weapons to be utilised by the Luftwaffe. Some proposals were destined never to l…
 
In Episode 35 of the 'O Group' here on 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 …
 
Buoyed by their victories over Poland and France, on the 22 June 1941 the Germans launched Operation Barbarossa, and over 3 millions men advanced over the border to attack Russia. The opening of the Eastern Front would be one of Hilter’s most momentous decisions of WWII. Having only signed a nonaggression pact with German in 1939, Stalin was taken …
 
In Britain, after the fall of France, there was the fear that the Germans may attempt a channel crossing and invade in 1940. If the Wehrmacht got shore in the south of England, facing them would have been a series of ‘Stop Lines’. These were defensives which comprised a series of pillboxes and anti-tank obstacles. They hoped these static defences w…
 
In Episode 34 of the 'O Group' here on 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 di…
 
In Episode 33 of the 'O Group' here on 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 volun…
 
Alan Brooke would take over as the British Chief of the Imperial General Staff in December 1941. For the rest of the war Brooke would organise and coordinate the British military effort, in such a role acted as Winston Churchill’s senior military advisor. Brooke’s relationship with Churchill could be tempestuous. Brooke was not a ‘yes man’ and woul…
 
In Episode 32 of the 'O Group' here on 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 the…
 
In Episode 31 of the 'O Group' here on 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…
 
When France capitulated in 1940 and the Vichy government came to power many of the French colonial possessions remained loyal to the new regime. The same was true for the Island of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. In this episode I’m joined by Russell Phillips. Russell’s book A Strange Campaign narrates the story of the battle for Madagascar, where …
 
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