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The History of WWII Podcast - by Ray Harris Jr

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Rank #33 in History category

Society & Culture
History
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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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2181 Ratings
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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

iTunes Ratings

2181 Ratings
Average Ratings
1606
261
148
78
88

Great Podcast

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

Just started listening

By danny kenn - Dec 04 2019
Read more
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

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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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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