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Second World War memoirs & interviews. Dunkirk, D-Day, London Blitz, North Africa, Women at War, Lancasters, POW stories, WWII ... Over 150 5-star ratings. "Thank you for what you are doing. It's incredible and I'm absolutely hooked" AB

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Second World War memoirs & interviews. Dunkirk, D-Day, London Blitz, North Africa, Women at War, Lancasters, POW stories, WWII ... Over 150 5-star ratings. "Thank you for what you are doing. It's incredible and I'm absolutely hooked" AB

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Found your podcast and it is outstanding. Thank you so much.

Great WW2 podcast.

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Always enjoy Paul’s podcasts.

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Bill g

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Found your podcast and it is outstanding. Thank you so much.

Great WW2 podcast.

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Always enjoy Paul’s podcasts.
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Fighting Through WW2 History

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Second World War memoirs & interviews. Dunkirk, D-Day, London Blitz, North Africa, Women at War, Lancasters, POW stories, WWII ... Over 150 5-star ratings. "Thank you for what you are doing. It's incredible and I'm absolutely hooked" AB

Rank #1: 47 Through German Eyes Part Two

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D-Day Through German Eyes, How the Wehrmacht Lost France by J Trigg.

A reflection on how the war was lost by the Germans and won by the Allies from D-Day onwards.

Please note that some of the narrative in this episode is quite gory, more so than on previous episodes. If you don’t like imagery of blood, body parts and violent death scenes, I recommend you don’t listen on this occasion.

"There was a vast number of ships, absolutely vast. I can tell you that my throat went dry painfully dry, and my hands began to shake. I wasn't the only man to be affected that way, one of the very young lads began to retch as if he was going to be sick. It was the effect of pure fear."

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Richard Freiherr von Rosen's 57-ton Tiger 1 Panzer blown upside down by allied bombing at the start of the Goodwood offensive

A Tiger 1 of Schwere SS Panzer Abteilung101 knocked out by British infantrymen of 17 Queens Regiment in in Villers Bocage on 13 June 1944 

Oct 23 2019

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Rank #2: 3 D-Day - Sgt Brian Moss Royal Engineers WW2

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Graphic accounts of the D-Day landings taken from two veteran memoirs.

Startling accounts from two different perspectives - one from an infantryman, the other from a Royal Engineer, both landing on Gold Beach under heavy fire. This is the third episode in the WWII podcast series Fighting Through from Dunkirk to Hamburg, based around the book of the same name which features Bill Cheall's World War 2 memoirs.

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May 16 2013

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Rank #3: 6 D-Day Diary of D Gray Pt 1

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Doug Gray was there on D-Day and beyond. He wrote his diary and fascinating it is too. He even wrote a diary entry on the day he won his military medal, before he knew he'd won it!

The diary’s been supplied by Doug’s family. The entries start just before D-Day and finish several weeks after, so it’s quite a rare historical record because soldiers were forbidden to keep diaries in case they got captured. Doug's WWII diary tells a really excellent story with drama, tragedy and humour. 

17 June 1944:

"Poor old Topper runs into a Spandau and gets five bullets in him. Marvelous piece of work by an officer getting him out. Doc thinks he might pull through. Hope so, as he's the best Sergeant in the Battalion and hates Jerries more than anyone, on account of him seeing his brother killed next to him at Akarit."

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Oct 07 2016

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Rank #4: 46 Through German Eyes in the Second World War

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Stories about the German side of the Second World War.

"There was a vast number of ships, absolutely vast. I can tell you that my throat went dry painfully dry, and my hands began to shake. I wasn't the only man to be affected that way, one of the very young lads began to retch as if he was going to be sick. It was the effect of pure fear."

"For a couple of days the two sides just existed on opposite sides of a meadow with a tense safety. The Germans could hear the Americans sing songs in the evening, and likely vice versa. Then, one morning the engines of the Sherman tanks came to life …"

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German Soldier on the Eastern front in the Second World War. Courtesy The Other Side Archive

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Oct 13 2019

1hr 18mins

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Rank #5: 16 Gallipoli Part 1. WW1 Memoirs of Sgt Fred Reynard

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 A brutal, firsthand account of the savage WW1 battle of Gallipoli, written by Sergeant Fred Reynard of the Isle of Wight Rifles.  

He landed at Suvla Bay in August 1915. 

The allied troops fought for the strategic waters of the Dardanelles, and the Turkish capital city of Constantinople, in the Ottoman empire. 

Would the brave but over-confident allies find they’d bitten off more than they could chew in the face of opposition from the equally brave, confident and well-prepared Turks? 

"Then the firing stopped and with a yell of 'Allah, Allah' the Turks charged. They bore down on us like fiends, and soon I was fighting for my very life." 

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Aug 15 2017

59mins

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Rank #6: 29 Prisoner of War in WWII

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The story of Brian Asquith, who was a Rifleman in the Kings Royal Rifle Corps and was captured at Dunkirk in 1940, WWII. A dangerous but heart-warming adventure in war-time Poland. Learn how the Polish people and the human race come out on top despite deadly dealings by the Nazis.

"Suddenly through the haze we saw a flight of 20 large planes in arrow formation at about 10,000 feet. As they came nearer we realised they were American Fortresses".

"We found a courtyard with steps leading to a cellar and decided this would be our hiding place, but we’d only been there for about half an hour when we heard footsteps in the yard and heard a loud voice say 'Englander, Aus'."

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Brian Asquith, author of POW memoir Long Time No WC.

This 13 yr old German boy was one of 60 members of the Hitler Youth captured by the 14th Armoured Division, 3rd US Army, in the vicinity of Martinszell-Waltenhofen, Germany on April 29, 1945. The group of youngsters ranged in age from 13-17 yrs old. US Army Signal Corps photo - PFC Joseph W. Lapine Colourised by: Colour by RJM 

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May 08 2018

2hr 20mins

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Rank #7: 36 WW2 Tank Captain Stanley Perry PART ONE

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Capt Stanley Perry was in the British tank regiment the Sherwood Rangers and saw a lot of action in Normandy and Germany. He survived battles, bombs and booby traps to tell of his amazing WWII exploits some 75 years later! 

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Oct 07 2018

1hr 39mins

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Rank #8: 4 Wilf Shaw - WW2 army veteran interview 1

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The memories of a Legion D'Honneur veteran

A chat with Wilf Shaw of 6th Battalion the Green Howards, 50th infantry division, in the British Army. 

Wilf fought in many campaigns including fighting for Monty’s 8th army in Alamein, Wadi Akarit in Tunisia, Sicily and of course Normandy. He was wounded twice and still returned to battle!

This is the fourth episode in the WWII podcast series Fighting Through from Dunkirk to Hamburg, based around the book of the same name which features Bill Cheall's World War 2 memoirs.

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A WWII military history podcast on Wilf Shaw's diary and memoirs.

Recorded April 2016 in Manchester, UK

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Jul 09 2016

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Rank #9: 53 Sniper, Second World War

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Some smashing tales to share. Top of the bill is a tale of a sniper, Harry Furness, from the 6th Green Howards which I’m using with kind permission of the author of a book called Sniper Anthology.

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Mar 18 2020

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Rank #10: 55 Les Rutherford interview - Lancaster bomb aimer

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Les Rutherford was part of the rear-guard defence of Dunkirk in 1940. He escaped to England in a most novel fashion and later volunteered for the Royal Air Force, becoming a bomb aimer on Lancasters. He completed 23 operations with 50 Squadron from RAF Skellingthorpe but was shot down by a fighter on his 24th operation. He spent the rest of the war as a prisoner of war at Stalag Luft III, the location of the famed Great Escape.

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May 12 2020

1hr 40mins

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Rank #11: 27 D-Day Veterans remember - Bennett and Cheall, WWII

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92 year-old Royal Marine Roy Bennett remembers his WWII Juno beach landing and more: "There was a horrendous noise as we landed, people were dying leaving the landing craft ..."

Bill Cheall re-visits France and Gold beach on the 50th anniversary of D-Day in 1994. "We arrived 50 years later at 12.15 hrs and it was still drizzling with rain, and windy, just like it was on D-Day, WW2".

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Below: WWII veteran Bill Cheall and son at Bayeux at the end of a wonderful holiday

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Mar 01 2018

49mins

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Rank #12: 26 The Zilken Letters. A veteran exposes the army's best kept WWII secrets!

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WW2 veteran, Fred Zilken, reminisces in letters written 50 years after the war ended.

"In the hot desert, while on guard, some of us drank the rusty water from the radiators of the Bren Gun carriers.  I would lie on my back - mouth under the drain plug of the carrier! 

"I didn’t get far before Jerry had me in range and dropped a few mortars all around me.  I froze, as each bomb seem to get nearer.  I could feel the heat off them as they exploded …".

"They were all court martialled and two or three were sentenced to be shot!".

Revealing highlights of letters Private Fred Zilken sent to comrade Wilf Shaw over a number of years after WWII. 

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Below: Fred Zilken proudly wears the 50th Infantry Division TT badge, denoting the catchment areas of the battalion, the Rivers Tyne, Tees and Humber in Yorkshire. Drawn Sicily 1943.

Below: Signal platoon outside Marston House 1941, WW2. Fred top right.

 So, a pic of Fed exists after all!

A WW2 history podcast on Bill Cheall's war diary and memoirs.

Feb 10 2018

59mins

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Rank #13: 54 Okinawa - The Last Great Battle of the Second World War

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When the battle of Okinawa was over, almost a quarter of a million people had lost their lives, making it by far the bloodiest US battle of the Pacific. The horror of the battle ultimately determined President Truman’s choice to use atomic bombs in August 1945.

Featuring passages from Saul David's new book, Crucible of Hell.

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Apr 16 2020

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Rank #14: 45 Gold Beach Normandy trip WW2

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Accounts of my trip to Normandy - including Gold beach and Omaha.

An exclusive preview of the new British Normandy Memorial which is dedicated to the 22,000 British, French and other foreigners killed during the World War two Normandy campaign.

Some excellent D-Day passages from a book I’ve been reading about the D-Day landings, D-Day the Battle for Europe.

"There was little sleep that night. The first squadrons were off in the night."

"There was a pause in the bombing attacks about four in the morning and my son climbed onto the wall to see what was happening. He started shouting, “Mummy, mummy, the sea’s black with boats. I knew that the invasion had started."

"We reached a landing craft and I was in a different world. All the men were wearing campaign ribbons and they were so calm. They were real men, real soldiers and I felt elated to be amongst them."

"I reached the sea wall and leaned against it to regain my breath. Other soldiers were doing the same. That was when I realised that some of our men were missing."

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Victoria Second World War re-enactor

Crepon statue - Normandy WWII soldier

Attacking the beaches in Normandy - British Normandy Memorial at Ver sur Mer, Gold Beach

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Aug 30 2019

1hr 41mins

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Rank #15: 5 Claude Reynolds - WW2 Lancaster veteran interview 1

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Lancaster Flight Sergeant Claude Reynolds' WW2 memories.

Claude was rear gunner in a Lancaster during the 2nd world war and flew many sorties all over Europe. He experienced no end of scary moments during his time as a member of 49 Squadron in the much-regaled No 5 Group Bomber Command. So he’s got plenty of WWII stories to tell. 

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A WWII military history podcast on Claude Reynolds' reminiscences 

Recorded 2010 in Norfolk, UK - never before published. 

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Jul 20 2016

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Rank #16: 42 D-Day 75 - Landing Craft Tank in WWII

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Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings with memoirs about the tough training for D-Day and stories about Landing Craft Tanks delivering their cargo of hardware and humans to the battle-strewn WWII beaches.

"We had delivered to Juno and Gold and were returning our Landing Craft Tank to England. We were close to our shores when we pancaked down so hard in the sea that we broke our craft’s back.

"A German armoured machine gun truck with infantry squad stopped next to the American soldiers. The officer barked “Raus! Raus mit den Händen hoch!”

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May 06 2019

1hr 30mins

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Rank #17: 13 Blitz bomb disposal memoirs of Sgt Brian Moss, Royal Engineers, WWII

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The story of one man’s brave war against unexploded bombs in wartime London, during the 1940 Blitz: Brian Moss, Platoon Sergeant in 233 Field Company, Royal Engineers. 

"Imagine the shock when your pick clangs against steel. You wonder if you have started the clock ticking. On your knees, you use a trowel to carefully uncover the bomb." 

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May 08 2017

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Rank #18: 17 Gallipoli Part 2. WW1 Memoirs of Sgt Fred Reynard

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The second instalment of the brutal, firsthand account of the savage WW1 battle of Gallipoli, written by Sergeant Fred Reynard of the Isle of Wight Rifles.  

There’s more vicious fighting, as the troops continue their struggle to cross the peninsula to get to the waters of the Dardanelles.

There’s more trouble with snipers

We learn about a game of cat and mouse in no-man’s land

And for a brief lull in the fighting, Fred describes a summer truce – but it’s not to play football on the beach!

Finally, we hear three lessons which were brought home to Fred by the battle.

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Sep 16 2017

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Rank #19: 9 Dunkirk Diaries of Major Leslie Petch OBE WWII

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"Champagne and scrambled eggs for supper!"

The personal war diary and letters home from Major Petch offer a unique glimpse into the lives of the British soldiers during Dunkirk in 1940 WW2.

"It'll all be over when it gets hotter" was the prevailing opinion.

This changed in a matter of days as the weather did get hotter but the soldiers began a desperate fight for their lives in the face of Hitler's blitzkreig.

A dramatic blow by blow account of the Major's writings.

Would they get off the beaches at Dunkirk?

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Dec 04 2016

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Rank #20: 38 Sergeant Eion McEwan - Paras WWII

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The dramatic WWII diary of a 5th Scottish Para in France, Italy and beyond. The secret story of a mutiny by British soldiers.

And what a great new set of revelations we’re about to learn about the war! There’ll be some paradoxical encounters with Greek resistance fighters and legal hysterics on the back of a mutiny by the British soldiers.

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Dec 15 2018

1hr 25mins

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62 Churchill's Hellraisers by Damien Lewis PART 2

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THIS IS PART TWO - LISTEN TO PART ONE, EPISODE 61, FIRST

Damien Lewis is the author of new book CHURCHILL’S HELLRAISERS: The Secret Mission to Storm a Forbidden Nazi Fortress. It’s the TRUE story of a hodge-podge team tasked with sneaking through enemy territory and breaching an otherwise impregnable fortification in Northern Italy, liberating Italy from Nazi control.

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Sep 09 2020

1hr 36mins

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61 Churchill's Hellraisers preview - Damien Lewis

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PART ONE

Damien Lewis is the author of new book CHURCHILL’S HELLRAISERS: The Secret Mission to Storm a Forbidden Nazi Fortress. It’s the TRUE story of a hodge-podge team tasked with sneaking through enemy territory and breaching an otherwise impregnable fortification in Northern Italy, liberating Italy from Nazi control.

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Sep 04 2020

1hr 55mins

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60 Omaha PART 5 - D-Day

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The FIFTH and FINAL instalment in the memoir Overseas and Over the Top by Morris Prince. 

Omaha Beach to the Battle of the Bulge and beyond - in multiple episodes. One man's complete and personal memoir of the entire period from leaving America for England and onto Germany.

Some place names mentioned. Also see one map below plus a Google Maps link.

England:

Bude Titchfield Folkestone (Beachburrow-House) Braunton Camp Swanage Dorchester

France: Vierville-sur-Mer Columbieres Isigny Valognes Beaumont-Hague St. Jean De Daye Mortain Mayenne Cherbourg Kerlogué Le Conquet Trebabu St Lo Le Folgoet Ploumouger, Lochrist Battery Argol Crozon Peninsula (Le Fret) Brest Landernau Lesneven

Belgium: Arlon, Belgium

Luxembourg: Esch, Luxembourg

Belgium: Raeran, Belgium

Germany: 

The Seigfried Line Germeter (Hells Corner—Hurtgen Forest) Bergstein (Hill 400) Simmerath Roetgen Sohmidthof Crossing of the Roer Wollseifen Kalterherberg Dedenborn Maychoss

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Jul 19 2020

3hr 17mins

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59 Omaha PART 4 - D-Day

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LISTEN TO EPISODES 56 -58 BEFORE THIS ONE

The FOURTH instalment in the memoir Overseas and Over the Top 

Omaha Beach to the Battle of the Bulge and beyond - in multiple episodes. One man's complete and personal memoir of the entire period from leaving America for England and onto Germany.

Some place names mentioned. Also see one map below plus a Google Maps link.

France: Vierville-sur-Mer Columbieres Isigny Valognes Beaumont-Hague St. Jean De Daye Mortain Mayenne Cherbourg Kerlogué Le Conquet Trebabu St Lo Le Folgoet Ploumouger, Lochrist Battery Argol Crozon Peninsula (Le Fret) Brest Landernau Lesneven

Belgium Arlon, Belgium

Luxembourg Esch, Luxembourg

Belgium Raeran, Belgium

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Jul 15 2020

58mins

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58 Omaha PART 3 - D-Day

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LISTEN TO EPISODES 56 AND 57 BEFORE THIS ONE

The THIRD instalment in the memoir Overseas and Over the Top 

Omaha Beach to the Battle of the Bulge and beyond - in multiple episodes. One man's complete and personal memoir of the entire period from leaving America for England and onto Germany.

Some place names mentioned. Also see one map below plus a Google Maps link.

Vierville-sur-Mer (Near Omaha Beach) Columbieres Isigny Valognes Beaumont-Hague St. Jean De Daye Mortain Mayenne Cherbourg Kerlogué Le Conquet Trebabu St Lo Le Folgoet Ploumouger, Lochrist Battery Cretin Peninsula (Le Fret) Landernau Brest Crozon peninsula Landernau Lesneven Arlon, Belgium

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Jun 17 2020

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57 Omaha PART 2 - D-Day

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LISTEN TO EPISODE 56 BEFORE THIS ONE

The second instalment in the memoir Overseas and Over the Top 

Omaha Beach to the Battle of the Bulge and beyond - in multiple episodes. One man's complete and personal memoir of the entire period from leaving America for England and onto Germany.

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Jun 10 2020

1hr 17mins

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56 Omaha PART 1 - D-Day

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Omaha Beach to the Battle of the Bulge and beyond - in multiple episodes. One man's complete and personal memoir of the entire period from leaving America for England and onto Germany.

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Jun 06 2020

1hr 50mins

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55 Les Rutherford interview - Lancaster bomb aimer

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Les Rutherford was part of the rear-guard defence of Dunkirk in 1940. He escaped to England in a most novel fashion and later volunteered for the Royal Air Force, becoming a bomb aimer on Lancasters. He completed 23 operations with 50 Squadron from RAF Skellingthorpe but was shot down by a fighter on his 24th operation. He spent the rest of the war as a prisoner of war at Stalag Luft III, the location of the famed Great Escape.

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May 12 2020

1hr 40mins

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54 Okinawa - The Last Great Battle of the Second World War

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When the battle of Okinawa was over, almost a quarter of a million people had lost their lives, making it by far the bloodiest US battle of the Pacific. The horror of the battle ultimately determined President Truman’s choice to use atomic bombs in August 1945.

Featuring passages from Saul David's new book, Crucible of Hell.

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Apr 16 2020

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53 Sniper, Second World War

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Some smashing tales to share. Top of the bill is a tale of a sniper, Harry Furness, from the 6th Green Howards which I’m using with kind permission of the author of a book called Sniper Anthology.

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Mar 18 2020

1hr 5mins

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52 For You the War is Over

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For You the War is Over - special guest preview of the brand new podcast by Dave and Dave.

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Mar 03 2020

1hr 8mins

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51 Episode Fifty Special - Pt Two

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Part Two, Episode Fifty anniversary special

Celebrate Dunkirk 80 with this special episode. Take a trip down the Second World War memory lane of Dunkirk, D-Day, Lancasters, tanks, the Blitz, POW’s, the WW1 battle of Gallipoli and much more. Old stories, new stories and bloopers.

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Mar 03 2020

2hr 9mins

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50 Episode Fifty Special - Pt One

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Celebrating Episode 50!!!

Take a trip down the Second World War memory lane of Dunkirk, D-Day, Lancasters, tanks, the Blitz, POW’s, the WW1 battle of Gallipoli and much more. Old stories, new stories and bloopers.

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Feb 26 2020

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49 Poetry and Christmas at War, Second World War

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Another helping of soldierly stories wrapped up in rhyme.

We’ve got a poignant verse written to a soldier by his tank comrades whilst he was laid up wounded in a military hospital.

A poem written by German soldier Heinrich to his girlfriend. He never came back from the front but his loving lines have been re-enacted for us by Kessie and Rolf.

And there’s a recce mission for us all to work together on! I’m going to be asking for listeners’ help in locating Nancy, the long lost wife of a soldier killed in action.

News from America where young Savannah has broken all history test records at her school

PS - A great load of heartwarming tales of Christmas at war around the globe.

Plus a bonus interview with Lancaster veteran Claude Reynolds who's just turned 98!

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Dec 18 2019

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48 Captain H E Hovell - First World War

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"We went up the line in the trenches at Vimy Ridge. We prepared our emplacement for a raid by the Canadians, to capture prisoners to gain information for the big attack that was to come. We were to fire gas shells during the early hours, followed by smoke, to give the Canadians cover.

"I was first in line but I had to stop for a few moments to feel for my boot in the mud, empty the mud out, and put it on again. I lost my place so then I was ninth in line. Then Jerry dropped a shell right in front of the line ...

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Nov 10 2019

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47 Through German Eyes Part Two

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D-Day Through German Eyes, How the Wehrmacht Lost France by J Trigg.

A reflection on how the war was lost by the Germans and won by the Allies from D-Day onwards.

Please note that some of the narrative in this episode is quite gory, more so than on previous episodes. If you don’t like imagery of blood, body parts and violent death scenes, I recommend you don’t listen on this occasion.

"There was a vast number of ships, absolutely vast. I can tell you that my throat went dry painfully dry, and my hands began to shake. I wasn't the only man to be affected that way, one of the very young lads began to retch as if he was going to be sick. It was the effect of pure fear."

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Richard Freiherr von Rosen's 57-ton Tiger 1 Panzer blown upside down by allied bombing at the start of the Goodwood offensive

A Tiger 1 of Schwere SS Panzer Abteilung101 knocked out by British infantrymen of 17 Queens Regiment in in Villers Bocage on 13 June 1944 

Oct 23 2019

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46 Through German Eyes in the Second World War

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Stories about the German side of the Second World War.

"There was a vast number of ships, absolutely vast. I can tell you that my throat went dry painfully dry, and my hands began to shake. I wasn't the only man to be affected that way, one of the very young lads began to retch as if he was going to be sick. It was the effect of pure fear."

"For a couple of days the two sides just existed on opposite sides of a meadow with a tense safety. The Germans could hear the Americans sing songs in the evening, and likely vice versa. Then, one morning the engines of the Sherman tanks came to life …"

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German Soldier on the Eastern front in the Second World War. Courtesy The Other Side Archive

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Oct 13 2019

1hr 18mins

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45 Gold Beach Normandy trip WW2

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Accounts of my trip to Normandy - including Gold beach and Omaha.

An exclusive preview of the new British Normandy Memorial which is dedicated to the 22,000 British, French and other foreigners killed during the World War two Normandy campaign.

Some excellent D-Day passages from a book I’ve been reading about the D-Day landings, D-Day the Battle for Europe.

"There was little sleep that night. The first squadrons were off in the night."

"There was a pause in the bombing attacks about four in the morning and my son climbed onto the wall to see what was happening. He started shouting, “Mummy, mummy, the sea’s black with boats. I knew that the invasion had started."

"We reached a landing craft and I was in a different world. All the men were wearing campaign ribbons and they were so calm. They were real men, real soldiers and I felt elated to be amongst them."

"I reached the sea wall and leaned against it to regain my breath. Other soldiers were doing the same. That was when I realised that some of our men were missing."

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Victoria Second World War re-enactor

Crepon statue - Normandy WWII soldier

Attacking the beaches in Normandy - British Normandy Memorial at Ver sur Mer, Gold Beach

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Aug 30 2019

1hr 41mins

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44 Sidney Stevens Lancaster Pilot WW2 history

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Flt Lt Sidney Stevens was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) during WWII raids bombing industrial Germany in 1943.

"This thing was bumping up and down and sometimes you could lose 600 feet and you'd just drop vertically ...

"I came out of the clouds and the German fighter was there waiting for me ...

DFC citation: Pilot Officer Sidney George STEVENS (149614), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 57 Squadron. This officer has displayed great skill and determination throughout his tour of operations. One night in October, 1943, he piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Leipzig. On the outward flight violent electrical storms were encountered. Although the air speed indicator became useless and other equipment was rendered temporarily unserviceable, Pilot Officer Stevens went on to complete his mission. His persistence in the face of trying circumstances was most praiseworthy.

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Marine Tandy's story of Gold Beach

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Jul 01 2019

1hr 40mins

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43 Canadian Seaman Ray Fitchett POW and HMS Exeter,

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HMS Exeter was sunk in Pacific waters during the second world war. Ray Fitchett made a recording of his tale of survival in Japan – abandoning ship in shark infested waters followed by three years’ captivity as a POW. 

Hear the terrifying tale of how he survived.

"They decided to put some of us down the coal mine but I didn't fancy that. So I went to the tail end of the queue of guys and I thought I'd get a job at the top of the mine".

"If you got lucky you might pick up some orange peel - You couldn’t eat the whole lot but you could scrape the white part out and that was luxury".

More great unpublished history - of the Second World War.

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May 31 2019

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By who cares about politics - May 13 2020
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Found your podcast and it is outstanding. Thank you so much.

Great WW2 podcast.

By Brian WW2 - May 13 2020
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Always enjoy Paul’s podcasts.