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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

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64 Cpl Les Cook, An Australian in WW2 Burma New Guinea

December 7th, 2020

1:43:24

Six full years of an Australian soldier’s war, in what I think is one of the finest set of stories you could ever hope to come across - over 80 in …

63 Jean Lindsay, Child of the Second World War

November 11th, 2020

1:27:14

Jean was a youngster when the second world war broke out.
She describes her first sinister sighting of a German airship – a Zeppelin
She tells of her …

62 Churchill's Hellraisers by Damien Lewis PART 2

September 9th, 2020

1:36:34

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 …

61 Churchill's Hellraisers preview - Damien Lewis

September 4th, 2020

1:55:57

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 …

60 Omaha PART 5 - D-Day

July 19th, 2020

3:17:07

LISTEN TO EPISODES 56 -59 BEFORE THIS ONE

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

Omaha Beach to …

59 Omaha PART 4 - D-Day

July 15th, 2020

58:03

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 …

58 Omaha PART 3 - D-Day

June 17th, 2020

2:00:44

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 …

57 Omaha PART 2 - D-Day

June 10th, 2020

1:17:28

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 …

56 Omaha PART 1 - D-Day

June 6th, 2020

1:50:16

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 …

55 Les Rutherford interview - Lancaster bomb aimer

May 12th, 2020

1:40:36

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 …

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

April 16th, 2020

51:34

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 …

53 Sniper, Second World War

March 18th, 2020

1:05:01

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 …

52 For You the War is Over

March 3rd, 2020

1:08:26

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

More great unpublished history!
World War Two

51 Episode Fifty Special - Pt Two

March 3rd, 2020

2:09:24

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 …

50 Episode Fifty Special - Pt One

February 26th, 2020

1:49:14

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 …

49 Poetry and Christmas at War, Second World War

December 18th, 2019

1:55:21

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 …

48 Captain H E Hovell - First World War

November 10th, 2019

2:02:35

"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 …

47 Through German Eyes Part Two

October 23rd, 2019

4:02:50

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 …

46 Through German Eyes in the Second World War

October 13th, 2019

1:18:30

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 …

45 Gold Beach Normandy trip WW2

August 30th, 2019

1:41:15

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 …

44 Sidney Stevens Lancaster Pilot WW2 history

July 1st, 2019

1:40:47

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

"This thing was bumping …

43 Canadian Seaman Ray Fitchett POW and HMS Exeter,

May 31st, 2019

1:27:01

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 …

42 D-Day 75 - Landing Craft Tank in WWII

May 6th, 2019

1:30:01

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 …

41 A last coffee with Wilf Shaw, WW2 history

April 19th, 2019

1:32:36

A final dose of fun and adventure with war hero Wilf Shaw.

"We're done for" said Wilf's mate as a cloud of desert dust appeared on the horizon, signifying the approach of a very large force of enemy troops.

"One day, on …

40 Four Brits a Frenchman at Dunkirk plus Gallipoli

March 1st, 2019

1:18:34

The extraordinary turns of events that brought four Brits to the shores of Dunkirk at the same time as a Frenchman.

More great unpublished history - of the Second World War.

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39 Stan Perry Listener Feedback and WW2 Quiz

December 23rd, 2018

21:01

A bonus episode with listener feedback on the Capt Stan Perry interviews, episodes 37-38 plus end of year WW2 history quiz!

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38 Sergeant Eion McEwan - Paras WWII

December 15th, 2018

1:25:35

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 …

36 WW2 Tank Captain Stanley Perry PART ONE

October 7th, 2018

1:39:29

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 …

37 WW2 Tank Captain Stanley Perry PART TWO

October 7th, 2018

1:09:06

PART TWO.

Continuing with Part two of Capt Stanley Perry's WW2 interview. Recommended you listen to Part one, episode 36, first. 

Stan was in the British tank regiment the Sherwood Rangers and saw a lot of action in …

35 Freddie Linacre WW2 veteran interview

September 21st, 2018

47:19

Interview with Freddie Linacre, a British veteran of the North Africa campaign and POW in World War 2. 

Soldiers survived or were killed or captured. …

34 Wartime Holidays WW2

September 10th, 2018

22:00

Hear the WWII diary Anne Cheall wrote on holiday in Wales in July 1943. A brief sojourn before returning to the bomb making factory.

Paul tries out …

33 Wartime Recipes and WRENS in WW2

August 29th, 2018

1:49:20

A Wren's Story, by Audrey Johnson - the memoirs of a WREN in a signals team during WW2, based in N Ireland.

How Anne Cheall made the best of limited rations with her wartime recipes.

More great unpublished history - of …

32 Women at War, WW2 history

July 20th, 2018

1:12:19

Anne Cheall describes her life as a civilian in WW2, as a 17 year old. How she staved off the threat of hunger, the dangers of working in a bomb …

31 Child of War - An interview with Volker Wehrum, WW2

June 25th, 2018

41:47

Volker, born 1944, tells some fascinating tales about the dangers his Dad faced in returning to his home country ahead of the advancing Russians, as …

30 Queen Mary in WW2

June 4th, 2018

1:20:39

Two WW2 servicemen. Two accounts of the same very special voyage upon the iconic Queen Mary in 1943, taking allied troops from Scotland to Egypt.

29 Prisoner of War in WWII

May 8th, 2018

2:20:30

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 …

28 Wilf Shaw RIP Tribute

March 31st, 2018

51:54

28 Wilf Shaw RIP Tribute

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of WWII veteran Wilf Shaw in hospital on 21 March 2018. His family …

27 D-Day Veterans remember - Bennett and Cheall, WWII

March 1st, 2018

49:18

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 …

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

February 10th, 2018

59:20

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 …

25 Sgt Rufty Hill meets Winston Churchill in WWII

January 26th, 2018

39:12

Poignant tale of 5 brave WWII comrades. The story goes back to the start of the war, how these lads met, what special connection brought them together, and what tragedy was to befall some of them. Lance Sergeant William …

24 Christmas at War Bill Cheall 2020 edition

December 5th, 2017

1:00:14

How the Dunkirk spirit of 1940 became the Christmas spirit of ‘45. Bill Cheall keeps the peace as a regimental policeman in war-torn and defeated …

23 Wilf Shaw - WWII army veteran interview 3

November 30th, 2017

1:00:00

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

Wilf recounts many enchanting, funny and fearsome tales!

Also joining us is Wilf’s friend, Lesley Littlewood, …

22 Wilf Shaw - WWII army veteran interview 2

November 26th, 2017

54:13

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

Also joining us is Wilf’s friend, Lesley Littlewood, whose father was also in WW2 as a Bren gunner with 56 …

21 Angus Wallace of the WW2 Podcast interviews Paul Cheall

November 11th, 2017

54:29

Angus Wallace is the host of The WW2 Podcast and he interviews Paul Cheall about his Dad’s WWII memoirs, Fighting Through from Dunkirk to Hamburg, …

20 Dunkirk Little Ship Bee - UNABRIDGED EDITION WWII

October 26th, 2017

41:38

The scary story of the part some British merchant sailors played in rescuing allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk.

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"How welcome a sight as nine of our fighters arrived. Straight into the …

18 Best of the First 5 years Part 1

September 29th, 2017

57:22

Revisit the first five years' favourites from episodes 1-17.

The best, the bloopers, the funniest and scariest moments, plus loads of new material.

More great unpublished history - of the Second World War.   Links - Not …

19 Best of the First 5 years Part 2

September 29th, 2017

1:02:48

Revisit my first five years' favourites from episodes 1-17.

The best, the bloopers, the funniest and scariest moments, plus loads of new material.

Happy International Podcast Day 2017!

More great unpublished history - …

17 Gallipoli Part 2. WW1 Memoirs of Sgt Fred Reynard

September 16th, 2017

45:23

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 …

16 Gallipoli Part 1. WW1 Memoirs of Sgt Fred Reynard

August 15th, 2017

59:10

 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 …

15 The WWII Poems of Sapper John Frederick Smith

July 24th, 2017

19:12

In April 1940 John went to France with the British Expeditionary Force as a sapper in the Royal Engineers.   And he took his weapons of choice with him - gun, pencil and paper! 

Poignant poetry of loyalty and …

14 The Last Flight of Lancaster Lily Mars, WW2

July 13th, 2017

37:00

The story of WW2 Lancaster bomber LL678 together with its courageous crew during WW2 in 1944  |  The Lancaster’s veteran RAF crew of Canadian, Australian and English airmen had been on what was to be their last mission …

13 Blitz bomb disposal memoirs of Sgt Brian Moss, Royal Engineers, WWII

May 8th, 2017

40:12

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 …

12 Claude Reynolds 2 - WW2 Lancaster veteran interview

April 11th, 2017

45:25

A privileged opportunity to hear 95 year old Flight Sergeant Claude Reynolds' WW2 memories, sometimes frightening, often fascinating, frequently …

11 Dunkirk little ship, The Bee memoir WW2

March 3rd, 2017

39:23

The part some Isle of Wight British merchant sailors played in rescuing allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk – in Operation Dynamo.

The third in a special Dunkirk series. Recommended that you also listen to Podcast …

10 Dunkirk ship diaries of Capt Tom Woods OBE, WW2

January 20th, 2017

46:26

The personal WWII diary and letters home from Capt Wood of the Lady of Mann offer a unique glimpse into the happenings of the Dunkirk evacuation during WW2 in 1940

Bill Cheall was plucked off the Dunkirk beaches by the …

9 Dunkirk Diaries of Major Leslie Petch OBE WWII

December 4th, 2016

1:01:15

"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 …

8 D-Day WWII poems of D E Gray

October 15th, 2016

24:25

"We're having a marvellous time!" 

When Company Sergeant Major Gray wasn't fighting for the Green Howards, sometime in 1944 he found time to compose some war poetry. Six linked poems paint a picture of the journey …

7 D-Day Diary of D Gray Pt 2

October 9th, 2016

39:45

War memoirs of a WW2 military medal hero.

"Cognac, Calvados and kisses!".

The previous episode of the diary ended with Company Sergeant Major Gray winning the Military Medal. His battalion, the 7 Green Howards, had …

6 D-Day Diary of D Gray Pt 1

October 7th, 2016

1:05:03

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 …

5 Claude Reynolds - WW2 Lancaster veteran interview 1

July 20th, 2016

43:48

Lancaster Flight Sergeant Claude Reynolds' WW2 memories.

Claude was rear gunner in a Lancaster during the 2nd world war and flew many sorties all …

4 Wilf Shaw - WW2 army veteran interview 1

July 9th, 2016

1:00:10

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 …

3 D-Day - Sgt Brian Moss Royal Engineers WW2

May 16th, 2013

51:53

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

Startling accounts from two different perspectives - one from an infantryman, …

2 North Africa WW2 - Veterans' accounts of Monty's 8th Army action

April 11th, 2013

40:24

Veteran accounts of the key battle which led to victory in North Africa, Second World War

Wadi Akarit - World War Two's own Charge of the Light …

1 Dunkirk WW2 - Veteran Bill Cheall's story of the beaches, Second World War

April 11th, 2013

21:45

Gripping veteran account of the Beaches at Dunkirk, 1940, WWII.  

Bill Cheall’s dramatic experience on the beaches at Bray-Dunes, France, 1940, trying to get back to England in WWII. 

Great unpublished history! 

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