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We Have Ways of Making You Talk

Achtung! Achtung!Comedian Al Murray and historian James Holland discuss all matters Second World War.We Have Ways of Making You Talk is a bi-weekly show exploring the war in close up. James and Al have a stunning knowledge of their subject, but don't expect a linear narrative. The boys love a tangent and a forgotten tale.We Have Ways of Making You Talk roams down forgotten front lines, casts new villains and makes the case for unlikely heroes.Send questions to James and Al via Twitter using #WeHaveWays or by email to wehavewayspodcast@gmail.comBattle stations!

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2. Rations, the Ritz and Nazi FM

Al Murray explains why Madagascar was briefly the most important battleground in World War Two, while James Holland talks us through the output of Nazi radio. Also, why the Ritz served lobster and fine wine throughout the blitz, and the lads debate the bloodiest battle on the western front.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

46mins

9 Apr 2019

Rank #1

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109. Steel not Flesh

Were airborne operations actually a complete wast of time and men? Al Murray and James Holland question the merit of dropping paratroopers into battle. Also discussed is the vital contribution of women to the British war effort.A Goalhanger Films productionProduced by Joey McCarthyExec Producer Tony PastorTwitter: #WeHaveWays@WeHaveWaysPodEmail: wehavewayspodcast@gmail.comSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

43mins

31 Mar 2020

Rank #2

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74. German Officers

James Holland meets leading US historian Rob Citino to talk about the German approach to war. A Goalhanger Films production Produced by Joey McCarthyExec producer Tony Pastor Twitter #WeHaveWaysEmail: wehavewayspodcast@gmail.comSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

32mins

7 Jan 2020

Rank #3

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46. The Battle of Midway

At the start of June, 1942, the Japanese navy ruled the Pacific. A week later US forces had won a decisive battle that would change the course of the war.Leading US historian Craig Symonds tells James Holland why the Battle of Midway was so decisive and describes the key characters and action.A Goalhanger Films ProductionProduced by Joey McCarthySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

45mins

31 Oct 2019

Rank #4

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94. German War Heroes

What was it like to return to Germany as a war hero on the wrong side of history? Al Murray and James Holland debate a wide range of subjects including the role of Baron Beaverbrook in the production of fighter planes and why the Eighth Army were called the Eighth Army.A Goalhanger Films productionProduced by Harry Lineker & Joey McCarthyExec Producer Tony PastorTwitter: #WeHaveWays@WeHaveWaysPodEmail: wehavewayspodcast@gmail.comSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

37mins

17 Mar 2020

Rank #5

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Pipers and Paddy Mayne

In this special edition of We Have Ways of Making You Talk originally streamed live online, Al Murray and James Holland discuss the use of Scottish pipers on the battlefield. SAS legend Paddy Mayne also joins the story along with Al Murray’s model tank collection.A Goalhanger Films productionProduced by Joey McCarthyExec Producer Tony PastorTwitter: #WeHaveWays@WeHaveWaysPodEmail: wehavewayspodcast@gmail.comSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

46mins

2 Apr 2020

Rank #6

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21. Take No Prisoners

Al Murray and James Holland look back on a murderous incident on D-Day plus one. Plus the lads use hindsight to decide which World War II regiment, squadron or ship they would choose to serve with or on. Also up for discussion are Operations Epsom, Goodwood and the much maligned Italian forces.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

46mins

16 Jul 2019

Rank #7

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22. The Eagle's Nest

James Holland joins Al Murray from Bavaria, where he sits in the shadow of Hitler's infamous summer residence, the Eagle's Nest. Al discusses his recent trip to Maquis country, plus the boys answer questions about forces and suncream; the toughest unit in WW2; the Japanese bombing of Australia; and their team selection for a do or die assault on an impregnable Nazi fortress.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

51mins

24 Jul 2019

Rank #8

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20. Colditz and our Book List

James Holland and Al Murray debate the wisdom of collecting all the Allies’ most escape-minded prisoners of war in one place. Also up for discussion are bombing tactics, the Battle of the Atlantic and Monty’s autograph book. Plus Al and James’s recommended reading for the summer.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

45mins

9 Jul 2019

Rank #9

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99. Totally Evil Badge

Was Hitler a true psychopath? James Holland and Al Murray debate the characteristics of a man who would have got ten in every category of Evil Nazi Top Trumps. Plus how was blood transported to the Allied injured?Please note this episode was recorded before the current Coronavirus crisis.A Goalhanger Films productionProduced by Joey McCarthyExec Producer Tony PastorTwitter: #WeHaveWays@WeHaveWaysPodEmail: wehavewayspodcast@gmail.comSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

31mins

24 Mar 2020

Rank #10

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Chapter 13: The Cauldron, by Zeno

Chapter 13: The Cauldron, by ZenoIn September, 1944, the British 1st Airborne Division found itself in a fierce battle for the Dutch city of Arnhem. Al Murray reads the story of a single platoon trapped in the smoking ruins of the city. The author, known as Zeno, fought at Arnhem and later wrote this account of the battle while in prison. Although long out of print, The Cauldron remains the best first hand account of the British forces stranded on the north side of the Rhine.A Goalhanger Films productionProduced by Joey McCarthyExec Producer Tony PastorTwitter: #WeHaveWays@WeHaveWaysPodEmail: wehavewayspodcast@gmail.comSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

36mins

3 Apr 2020

Rank #11

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59. Before the Bulge

Seventy five years on from the most brutal battle involving US troops in World War Two, Battle of the Bulge expert Peter Caddick-Adams talks to James about the circumstances leading up to the conflict.A Goalhanger Films productionProduced by Joey McCarthyTwitter: #WeHaveWaysEmail: wehavewayspodcast@gmail.comSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

49mins

12 Dec 2019

Rank #12

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90. Bombers and Gliders

Airborne conflict takes centre stage as Al Murray and James Holland debate the effectiveness of blanket bombing. Also discussed are the merits of dropping in forces by parachute. And why was the glider assault during Operation Husky so calamitous? James explains.A Goalhanger Films ProductionProduced by Joey McCarthy & Harry LinekerExec Producer: Tony PastorTwitter: #WeHaveWaysTwitter: @WeHaveWaysPodEmail: wehavewayspodcast@gmail.comSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

33mins

3 Mar 2020

Rank #13

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88. The War in the Air

James Holland and Al Murray discuss the desperate situation in Malta before Spitfires were finally sent to the beleaguered island.The lads also debate bomber command’s decision to start attacking Berlin rather than continuing to hammer the Ruhr.And what happened to the huge number of Italians captured by the allies in Africa?A Goalhanger Films ProductionProduced by Harry Lineker & Joey McCarthyExec Producer: Tony PastorTwitter: #WeHaveWaysTwitter: @WeHaveWaysPodEmail: wehavewayspodcast@gmail.comSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

35mins

25 Feb 2020

Rank #14

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55. Paris in Wartime

James Holland chats with Mike Neiberg, historian of war and peace at the US Army War College, about the final days of occupation in Paris.A Goalhanger Films production Produced by Harry LinekerExec Producer Tony Pastor#WeHaveWayswehavewayspodcast@gmail.comSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

41mins

29 Nov 2019

Rank #15

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75. Memories of War - Part 3

In the third and final part of our in depth interview with Major-General Stuart Watson the World War Two veteran describes his experiences in Holland during Operation Market Garden; his time in the line in the Ardennes; and the destruction he encountered in Germany itself as the war ended.A Goalhanger Films productionProduced by Joey McCarthyExec Producer Tony PastorTwitter: #WeHaveWaysEmail: wehavewayspodcast@gmail.comSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

36mins

9 Jan 2020

Rank #16

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29. Operation Market Garden - Day 1

On September 17th, 1944, British and American forces launched one of the most audacious operations of World War Two.In this first of nine episodes devoted to Operation Market Garden, Al Murray and James Holland discuss the build up to the battle.Al and James recorded this episode in London before flying out to Holland. The remainder of the series will be recorded on Hell’s Highway, in Nijmegen and in Arnhem.Don’t miss a single episode as the lads rediscover the key sites of one of the war’s most famous battles.We Have Ways of Making You Talk is a Goalhanger Films Production.Twitter: #WeHaveWaysEmail: wehavewayspodcast@gmail.comFollow James Holland and Al Murray on twitter using @James1940 @almurraySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

41mins

17 Sep 2019

Rank #17

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12. Our Russian Friends

James Holland and Al Murray get into a heated debate about the role of Russia in the defeat of the Nazis. Also discussed are the French civilian experiences in Normandy; the curious case of the Daily Telegraph crossword; and the fashion status of American army uniforms.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

46mins

18 Jun 2019

Rank #18

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84. Chez Goebbels

Life in post war Berlin for British soldiers takes a surreal twist as one family move into Goebbels’ house. Al Murray and James Holland hear a listener’s tale and also debate their favourite glider commando raid. Other topics for discussion include Third Reich football and the daring crossing of the Garigliano.A Goalhanger Films ProductionProduced by Harry Lineker & Joey McCarthyExec Producer: Tony PastorTwitter: @WeHaveWaysPodTwitter: #WeHaveWaysEmail: wehavewayspodcast@gmail.comSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

33mins

11 Feb 2020

Rank #19

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10. The Thing About Hitler...

Al Murray and James Holland discuss Hitler’s personal life. Also James finally turns the conversation to air power, Al recalls meeting a Russian Night Witch and James allows Al to try on his British Battledress jacket.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

41mins

4 Jun 2019

Rank #20