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The History of WWII Podcast - by Ray Harris Jr

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A biweekly podcast covering the last great war. Join Ray Harris Jr as he explores World War Two in intimate detail.

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A biweekly podcast covering the last great war. Join Ray Harris Jr as he explores World War Two in intimate detail.

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Full of great history and very well produced!

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iTunes Ratings

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1606
261
148
78
88

Great Podcast

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Full of great history and very well produced!

Just started listening

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I’ll have to catch up but this is a great podcast
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The History of WWII Podcast - by Ray Harris Jr

Latest release on Jan 19, 2020

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A biweekly podcast covering the last great war. Join Ray Harris Jr as he explores World War Two in intimate detail.

Rank #1: Episode 100-Nazi Germany from Within

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The following is my 100th Episode Celebration. After thanking those who have shared this journey with me, I interview Henry Niemann who grew up in Germany during the Nazi Period and was then drafted near the end of the war. Thank you to everyone who listens to my attempt at bringing this amazing story to the current generation and podcasting world.

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Mar 08 2014

1hr 31mins

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Rank #2: Episode 269-Interview with David Stahel about his book, Retreat from Moscow

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Dr. David Stahel discusses his latest book, Retreat from Moscow, A New History of Germany's Winter Campaign, 1941-1942, in where he takes a new line on Operation Barbarossa's first winter.

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Nov 13 2019

1hr 8mins

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Rank #3: Episode 268-The Battle for Malaya and Singapore

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Though the British plans to defend Singapore with the Royal Navy and Air Force never materialize, Air Marshal Brooke-Popham and GOC Percival still want the British Far East possessions to hold out as long as possible. So Operation Matador and Operation Krohcol are created. But one will not be viable and the other, will be too little, too late.

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Nov 04 2019

37mins

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Rank #4: Episode 218-Pearl Harbor: The Strongest Fortress in the World

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Washington and Tokyo continue their diplomatic dance but neither side is willing to give in. The Americans have broken the Japanese Diplomatic cypher codes, but so have the Japanese, of American Diplomatic codes. Then the Japanese Army finishes occupying the rest of French Indo-China. Of FDR's many responses, one is to reactivate Douglas MacArthur and send him to the Philippines. 

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Mar 20 2018

46mins

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Rank #5: Episode 3-Early life of Mussolini.

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Episode covers the early life of Mussolini.  

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Jan 02 2012

24mins

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Rank #6: Episode 239-Pearl Harbor, The American Perspective, Pt 1

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As the Japanese bombs and bullets begin to destroy American equipment and lives, the mostly young men are about to find out what they're made of. This episode focuses on the American's response at Kaneohe Bay Naval Air Station, the Marines' Mooring Mast Field at Ewa and Bellows Field.

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Jan 12 2019

31mins

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Rank #7: Episode 144-The Siege of Leningrad Part 1

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The Germans come ever closer to Leningrad, so Stalin sends his best general to cope, Zhukov. 

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Nov 14 2015

32mins

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Rank #8: Episode 134-Reactions to Barbarossa

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The leaders of the combatant countries react to Nazi Germany invading Soviet Russia. We also cover Army Group North and South's initial assaults. 

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Aug 09 2015

1hr 10mins

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Rank #9: Episode 132-Operation Barbarossa

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Earlier than most people think, Hilter started planning his war against Soviet Russia and Stalin. Operation Barbarossa begins to take shape during the Battle of Britain.

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Jul 11 2015

39mins

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Rank #10: Episode 189-Roosevelt's Secret War against Hitler

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As the Nazi menace grows across Europe, President Roosevelt knows that America will be threatened one day. His best plan for keeping the United States out of the conflict is by helping Churchill defeat Hitler. But in his way are his country's neutrality laws and the isolationists. 

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Apr 30 2017

33mins

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Rank #11: Episode 108-The Germans are Coming

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As the gods themselves seem to hate Mussolini and all his endeavors, with British Commonwealth forces and Greek soldiers destroying his troops, almost at will, Hitler has decided, enough is enough. The Axis has to be put right again and so, in steps Germany, in North Africa (Rommel) and in Greece.

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Jul 09 2014

46mins

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Rank #12: Episode 237- The Thin Gray Line, the US Pacific Submarine fleet after Pearl Harbor

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Back with us is Flint Whitlock as we discuss his book Depths of Courage:American Submariners at War with Japan, 1941-1945. With America's surface fleet and air arm crippled after Pearl Harbor, the few subs in the Pacific were tasked with keeping the Japanese Navy at bay.

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Dec 29 2018

1hr 20mins

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Rank #13: Episode 255- The Marines of Wake Island Don’t Know Quit

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The Marines on Wake Island are down to four Wildcat fighters, but are determined to resist any Japanese invasion, no matter the odds. "Hammering Hank" and Maj. Putnam and their pilots score hit after hit, but the Japanese bombers and transports keep coming. Meanwhile Maj. Devereux comes up with his own surprises for the invaders.

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Jun 18 2019

29mins

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Rank #14: Episode 197-The Beginning of the Final Solution

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Nazi Germany launches its war against the USSR. As such, FDR hopes Germany's attention will slacken on the Atlantic. Yet, if Soviet Russia collapses, then Japan would be free to attack Siberia or Western held territory in Asia. FDR must decide it now is the time to move forcefully against Hitler. Meanwhile Churchill and FDR learn of the slaughter of the Jews in Poland. 

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Jun 12 2017

19mins

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Rank #15: Episode 216-The World Goes to War

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Chiang Kai-Shek struggles to keep China in the war, knowing the Soviet-German Non Aggression Pact can not last. The question is what will Japan do, once Russia is brought low. Meanwhile, the Japanese attack French Indochina and force Churchill to close the Burma Road. 1941 goes by with the U.S. and Japanese Empire negotiating, hoping to bring the other to heel. Neither side is participating in good faith. 

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Feb 12 2018

46mins

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Rank #16: Episode 257-The Fall of Wake Island

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The marines on Wake Island are holding out, due to discipline and Japanese tactical mistakes. Yet Maj. Devereux is unaware of this and thus brings to fighting to an end. Yet the Japanese atrocities are only just beginning, against the marine and civilian POWs. As for Adm. Frank Fletcher's task force to save Wake, that suffers too, from the equally timid Vice Adm. Pye.

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Jul 02 2019

24mins

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Rank #17: Episode 4-Mussolini 1918 to 1922.

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Episode covers Mussolini from the end of WWI to his being elevated to power.

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Jan 02 2012

29mins

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Rank #18: Episode 120-Crete, Part 1

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The Germans begin, Operation Mercury, their attack on the island, to further confuse Russia and keep the British away from Hitler's oil fields. Yet as the transport planes take off, the number of defenders on the island has be recalculated from 12,000 to 48,000.

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Feb 14 2015

53mins

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Rank #19: Episode 196-Stalin: Lenin's Protege

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The Great War is over, but the Allies don't know what to do with Russia. So, the german troops in Russian territory are ordered to remain where they are. Lenin has the task of turning Marxism into a function government. Stalin faces accusations of his time in Tsaritsyn. 

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Jun 11 2017

46mins

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Rank #20: Episode 133-It Has Begun

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Before the sun rises on June 22, 1941, Nazi Germany unleashes Operation Barbarossa, its attack on Soviet Russia and Stalin.

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Jul 24 2015

35mins

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Episode 276-The Fall of The Celebes and Maluku Islands

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With Singapore captured, the Japanese Empire sets its sights on Sumatra and Java. But first, the Celebes and Maluku Islands must fall, so Australia and other nearby locations can be targeted.

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Jan 19 2020

36mins

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Introducing The Sneak

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The Sneak tells true crime stories from in and around the world of sports. In this season, they look at a bizarre heist planned by a disgraced former athlete. Listen now at wondery.fm/wwiiTS . 

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Jan 14 2020

10mins

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Episode 275-The Fall of Singapore

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Despite a 3 to 1 advantage in men, Archibald Percival, GOC Malay, is pushed by Churchill and ABDACOM Commander Gen. Wavell to defy the Japanese in trying to take Singapore. Yet Gen. Yamashita will continue defying the odds with audacity and speed.

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Dec 31 2019

46mins

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Episode 274-The End of British Malaya

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Bringing up the Australian 8th Infantry Division, it's hoped these fresh troops can stop the Japanese 25th Army from taking Johore and thus capturing all of the Malayan Peninsula. Yet Percival and Wavell are already thinking of abandoning the peninsula and focusing on the island of Singapore. Even then, Churchill wants the island fortress held until there is protracted fighting among the ruins of Singapore City.

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Dec 16 2019

30mins

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Episode 273-The Battle at Slim River

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With reinforcements on the way, the British lead Commonwealth troops strive to keep the Japanese away from Singapore. And though exhausted, the Gurkhas, Punjabis, Hyderabad, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of the 11th Indian Infantry Division are on their own against Lt. Gen. Yamashita's 25th Army. It's a race between the arrival of help versus the capture of the port city.

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Dec 10 2019

30mins

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Episode 272-Courage Yet Defeat: The Battle of Kampar

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The Japanese 25 Army continues pushing the Malaya Command further south, ever closer to Singapore. But the latest stand will take place near Kampar yet here, the defenders have the enviable position of having their guns on the heights.

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Dec 03 2019

27mins

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Episode 271-The Battle of Jitra

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The third of the Battle of Singapore series. The 11th Indian Infantry Division, operating on the west coast, as well as the 9th Indian Infantry Division, on the East, both find themselves unable to deal with a few Japanese Battalion and a few companies of light tanks. Within a week, half the Malayan peninsula is lost. Soon, Singapore will be open to direct bombing by nearby, land based enemy bombers. The order of the day is retreat.

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Nov 26 2019

28mins

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Episode 270-The Battle of Singapore: Force Z to the Rescue

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Acting Admiral Sir Tom Phillips of the British Royal Navy, hopes to begin a campaign that will save SE Asia. If he can stop the invasion of southern Thailand and Northern Malaya, then one day, Singapore could be the starting point of retaking western possessions. Yet it's not the invading Japanese force Phillips fears or the convoy carrying it, it's the land based bombers in southern Indo-China.

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Nov 19 2019

28mins

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Episode 269-Interview with David Stahel about his book, Retreat from Moscow

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Dr. David Stahel discusses his latest book, Retreat from Moscow, A New History of Germany's Winter Campaign, 1941-1942, in where he takes a new line on Operation Barbarossa's first winter.

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Nov 13 2019

1hr 8mins

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Episode 268-The Battle for Malaya and Singapore

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Though the British plans to defend Singapore with the Royal Navy and Air Force never materialize, Air Marshal Brooke-Popham and GOC Percival still want the British Far East possessions to hold out as long as possible. So Operation Matador and Operation Krohcol are created. But one will not be viable and the other, will be too little, too late.

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Nov 04 2019

37mins

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Episode 267-Interview with Mikhal Dekel about her latest book, Tehran Children, A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey

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Professor Mikhal Dekel joins me to talk about her book, covering Jewish Polish refugees, as 1000 children make an incredible 13,000 mile journey from Eastern Europe to Palestine, via Tehran.

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Oct 19 2019

54mins

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Episode 266: The Fall of Borneo

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The Japanese troops push the British led forces as well as the Dutch troops around Borneo, taking coastal towns and villages along the way. But not everything will go the invader's way, as the Dutch use their older bombers and fighters to resist. Not to mention, the US Navy makes an appearance. Still the Japanese win out. But then, both the defenders and the invaders have to content with the locals and some of them are headhunters.

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Oct 07 2019

35mins

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Episode 265-The Battle of Borneo: Resistance Comes in Many Form

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After the raid on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese send 2 destroyers to damage the American facilities at Midway Island. Then the island of Borneo is attacked and the British and Dutch forces there have no choice but surrender, but will first make the invaders work for their victory.

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Oct 01 2019

25mins

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Episode 264-Black Christmas: The Fall of Hong Kong

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Broken by overwhelming numbers, Gen. Maltby and Gov. Young surrender the cause of Hong Kong. But in some ways, the battle over the island is just beginning, as Chinese Communists and Nationalists come together to harass the occupiers of China and Hong Kong. Then comes the tragic tale of the Lisbon Maru, full of Commonwealth POWS, but sunk by an American sub.

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Sep 16 2019

30mins

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Episode 263-A Thousand Cuts

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As Christmas approaches, the overwhelming Japanese forces reduce the British holdings throughout Hong Kong. Still, Gen. Maltby is unwilling to give up. One counter attack after another is launched.

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Sep 09 2019

23mins

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Episode 262-Once More, Unto the Gap

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With the eastern half of Hong Kong Island practically lost, it's up to the West Brigade, under Brig. John Lawson to hold the invading Japanese troops back. But Lawson will deal with the same conditions as the defeated Brig. Wallis of the East Brigade, not enough troops and overwhelming enemy forces. Still, both sides will bleed over the Wongneichong Gap.

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Sep 02 2019

22mins

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Episode 261-The Balaclava of the Sea

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Gen. Sakai begins his invasion of Hong Kong, but Gen. Maltby has his troops ready and his Motor Torpedo Boats, which will hopefully stop the invasion before it can begin. Still, the Japanese reach shore and so begins Japanese atrocities, but the end of Hong Kong resistance. 

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Aug 27 2019

28mins

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Episode 260-Hong Kong-Retreat but No Surrender

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With the Gin Drinker's Line pierced, Gen. Maltby pulls back his men to Hong Kong Island. The Japanese will ask the Commonwealth forces to surrender, but Gov. Young and Maltby give a one word answer, no. Now Gen. Sakai prepares to invade Hong Kong with a bombardment to weaken British defenses.

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Aug 19 2019

22mins

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Episode 259-Operation C: Japan Attacks Hong Kong

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As the Japanese military has been able to take the port cities of China by 1941, the British held Hong Kong is still free. But now its turn has come and Gen. Christopher Maltby and his mix of Canadian, British, Indian and Eurasians troops will try to hold out as long as possible. The Gin Drinkers Line, Maltby's first line of defense will be tested. 

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Aug 11 2019

29mins

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Episode 258-The Battle of Hong Kong

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London had decided that Hong Kong was to be sacrificed to the Japanese, but after Canada offered up two battalions, Churchill reversed this decision. Now, the hope was that the British Colony would hold out behind the Gin Drinker's Line, manned by Canadians, Indians and the men from a Hong Kong Chinese Regiment. Still, the odds were going to be 4 to 1.

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Jul 24 2019

21mins

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iTunes Ratings

2181 Ratings
Average Ratings
1606
261
148
78
88

Great Podcast

By Bert46901 - Dec 20 2019
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Full of great history and very well produced!

Just started listening

By danny kenn - Dec 04 2019
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I’ll have to catch up but this is a great podcast