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The History of WWII Podcast - by Ray Harris Jr

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Rank #29 in History category

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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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The Russian author on Female pilots

By bontiki1350 - May 31 2020
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I just listened to the interview with the author who wrote the stories of the famous female pilots on the Russian side. Very interesting subject, However, that was one of the MOST PAINFUL interviews I have ever suffered through. An hour interview where only 15 minutes of content. She spoke decent English, but poorly communicated the flow of the story. Lots of Ummms and repeats of sentences three or four times. If this was an interview for print media. I think it would have been heavily edited to make the story flow... so, why can’t audio interviews be either edited or... give the interviewees questions before had where she could have given the answers after she wrote them in English and read her response. She ...to me...was trying to translate from Russian thought to English on the fly and failing.. this interview was a great example of poor journalism. Spend more on production.

Love it

By 🎄🥇🥇🥇 - Apr 09 2020
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Helps me keep sane during quarantine Very informative

iTunes Ratings

2495 Ratings
Average Ratings
1811
305
177
97
105

The Russian author on Female pilots

By bontiki1350 - May 31 2020
Read more
I just listened to the interview with the author who wrote the stories of the famous female pilots on the Russian side. Very interesting subject, However, that was one of the MOST PAINFUL interviews I have ever suffered through. An hour interview where only 15 minutes of content. She spoke decent English, but poorly communicated the flow of the story. Lots of Ummms and repeats of sentences three or four times. If this was an interview for print media. I think it would have been heavily edited to make the story flow... so, why can’t audio interviews be either edited or... give the interviewees questions before had where she could have given the answers after she wrote them in English and read her response. She ...to me...was trying to translate from Russian thought to English on the fly and failing.. this interview was a great example of poor journalism. Spend more on production.

Love it

By 🎄🥇🥇🥇 - Apr 09 2020
Read more
Helps me keep sane during quarantine Very informative
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The History of WWII Podcast - by Ray Harris Jr

Latest release on Aug 01, 2020

All 294 episodes from oldest to newest

Episode 296-Bryan Rigg Interview about his book Flamethrower

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Bryan Rigg talks about his book Flamethrower: Iwo Jima Medal of Honor Recipient and US Marine Woody Williams and His Controversial Award, Japan's Holocaust and the Pacific War. Iwo Jima must fall to the Americans to allow more intense bombing of the Japanese Home Islands. But Lt. Gen. Tadamichi Kuribayashi, the commander on Iwo Jima will move Heaven and Earth, not to mention break all precedent to inflict staggering casualties on the approaching US Marines.

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Aug 01 2020

1hr 17mins

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Episode 295-The Battle of Toungoo

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This episode brings in Gen. Joseph “Vinegar Joe” Stilwell as he “takes command” of Chinese Armies bound for Burma. Yet, as he will find, appearances can be deceiving. The RAF and AVG crews are pushed out of Burma as the Japanese 55th Division comes at Toungoo, to begin the battle of central Burma. But in their way, is the Chinese 200th Division of the 5th Army, the best that Chiang Kai-Shek has to offer. Oh and this is my 10th Anniversary Episode! Thanks for listening.

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Jul 13 2020

47mins

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Episode 294:The Redoubtable Gen. William Slim

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This episode introduces Gen. William Slim of BurCorps. It would be his job to turn the tables on the Japanese in Burma, by working with American Gen. Joseph "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell. But first, we look back at Slim's experiences in the Middle East as the Allies subdue Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Iran.

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Jul 05 2020

41mins

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Episode 293-Burma: The Ground War Begins

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The Japanese 15th Army invades Burma, hoping to use speed to reach Rangoon. But several British officers hope to hold them off until reinforcements can arrive. The episode covers the fighting retreat from the Salween River, the fighting retreat from the Bilin River and the Battle of Sittang River, where the 17th Indian Division looses more than half of its troops due to bad planning and even worse communication. The situation is most dire before the arrival of Gen. William Slim and Gen. Joseph "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell.

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Jun 26 2020

33mins

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Episode 292-The War Comes to Burma

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Although the British are unprepared to defend Burma, Wavell believes that the Japanese may have extended themselves too far with this invasion. But it’s wishful thinking as the 3 most southern British airfields quickly fall. With the invaders coming ever closer to Rangoon, it’s up to the Flying Tigers and RAF pilots at Rangoon to give hope to the Allies. And these men will deliver impressive defeats to the Japanese Air Arm. But the Japanese and Thai ground troops are still getting closer to the Burmese capital, where the Lend Lease material is waiting.

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Jun 09 2020

31mins

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Episode 291-America Strikes Back-The Marshalls & Gilberts Raids

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This potpourri of an episode has lots from early 1942 in the Pacific. Covering the Admiralty, Marshall, Gilbert, Mariana, Caroline and Solomon Islands, we cover more Japanese victories, but also Washington's desire to strike back. Then asking the question, what was the turning point in the Pacific Campaign, Midway or the Solomon Islands Campaign. And finally, ending with Adm. Halsey and Adm. Fletcher as they lead air raids against the Marshall and Gilbert Islands.

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Jun 01 2020

33mins

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Episode 290-The Invasion of Burma: Prelude

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The Japanese determine that Burma must be occupied to protect their new possession of Malaya. It's up to Chiang Kai-Shek, American Gen. Joe Stilwell and British Gen. Wavell to stop them. The problem is the Allies don't trust each other, in regards to Burma's future. Churchill doesn't care about China right now, but FDR needs the massive country to stay in the fight. Or else the many Japanese divisions in China might be turned on Australia and the US General Staff have determined that Australia has to hold out, to serve as a base. From their Gen. Douglas MacArthur will plan his return to the Philippines.

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May 20 2020

33mins

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Episode 289-The Invasion of New Guinea

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With Rabaul taken the Japanese go after locations in NE New Guinea, but will have to deal with Vice Adm. Wilson Brown and the US carriers Lexington and Yorktown. The Americans and Australians achieve a surprise air raid on Lae and Salamaua, now owned by the Japanese, but the later will not be deterred from planning their next strike against Port Moresby.

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May 11 2020

33mins

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Episode 288-The Fall of Rabaul

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The invasions of New Britain and New Ireland get underway. But are over just as quickly. Meanwhile, Australian PM John Curtain informs Churchill that his country will now tie its wagon to the US. Gen. Douglas MacArthur will be their overall commander. Lastly, the incredible story of the Lost Women of Rabaul is covered.

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May 03 2020

29mins

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Episode 287-Damien Lewis Interview: Churchill's Shadow Raiders

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Joining us is Damien Lewis, to talk about his latest book Churchill's Shadow Raiders: The Race to Develop Radar, WWII's Invisible Secret Weapon. Operation Biting's goal was to steal a German Radar Device, yet because of that very device, the Germans knew the British Commandos were coming. And as the raid is launched, Churchill's cabinet can not forget the first airborne operation, which many thought ended in disaster, Operation Colossus.

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Apr 26 2020

1hr 3mins

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