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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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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 Sep 01, 2020

All 298 episodes from oldest to newest

Episode 300-The Battle of Yenaungyaung

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Gen. William Slim will have to use all his experience and cunning to survive this latest defeat and retreat. In the balance is the entire 1st Burma Division. Fortunately for the Allies, Chinese Gen. Sun Li-jen of the 38th Division had dreamed as a boy that he would win a great victory and bring glory to China. The Sun was about to shine bright!

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Sep 01 2020

39mins

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Episode 299-Interview with Michel Paradis about his book Last Mission to Tokyo

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Michel Paradis joins us to talk about his book, Last Mission to Tokyo: The Extraordinary Story of The Doolittle Raiders and Their Final Fight for Justice. A few of the pilots are captured by the Japanese, tortured and sentenced to death. And it will be those Japanese officers connected with this cruelty, that will be tried by the American Government.

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Aug 22 2020

1hr 25mins

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Episode 298-The Battle of Prome

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The British lead Allies will suffer defeat on land, sea and in the air, but Gen. Slim will not give up. Moving his men north after loosing at Prome, the defenders set up a new line further to the north. The Chinese lend another force to this new defensive line, but what arrives is a far cry than the tough 500th Division.

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Aug 17 2020

26mins

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Episode 297-10th Anniversary Episode

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My web design guru Paul Finch of Scotland comes on as we discuss the WWII Podcast on its 10th Anniversary. Paul pitches the questions sent in by listeners and I answer them as best I can, with a pinch of humility. Thanks to everyone who listens and we should get this wrapped up...in another 10 years!

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Aug 08 2020

52mins

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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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