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Achtung! Achtung! Comedian Al Murray and historian James Holland discuss all matters WW2. WW2 Pod: 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 ...
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Astounding real-life experiences of the people left behind after the Fall of The Philippines -- when America surrendered in early WW2. From the Bataan Death March to Japanese hell ship voyages to the Philippine Resistance, I research and share stories from this forgotten part of WW2 in the Pacific Theater. I’m your host, Anastasia Harman. I’m a researcher and writer turned podcaster ... on a mission to keep the legacies of these men and women alive. Heroes who gave their all, and all-too-oft ...
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this podcast discusses important women during the war, the roles of those women, and propaganda. Cover art photo provided by Robert Bye on Unsplash: https://unsplash.com/@robertbye
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This podcast is about the second world war and the effects it had on the different minority groups at the time. Cover art photo provided by Suzy Brooks on Unsplash: https://unsplash.com/@simplysuzy
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From North Africa, back to Britain and then through Europe, Letters of Love in WW2 tells a unique story of the Second World War from the perspective of two people that lived through it. Three months after they wed, Cyril and Olga found themselves separated by the Second World War. Between 1940 and 1946, their love was kept alive on the pages of a thousand letters and postcards, found decades later by their family after they had both passed on. With their family’s poignant and emotional inter ...
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Join me on a journey of discovery into the past and present, as I set out to explore the history of the Second World War. Our travels will take us from the Homefront to the battlefields of Europe and beyond. Travel with us as we revisit historical locations and walk the battlefields of WW2. We will be tracking down wartime artefacts, speaking with veterans and historians alike, and paying our deepest respects to this remarkable generation; as we set out to try and help keep this period of hi ...
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Women in WW2 at home in Britain had their lives turned upside down. Anna Parker-Naples shares her research and creative writing process as she creates her first novel based on events that happened in her home town Leighton Buzzard, Q-Central and nearby Bletchley Park. From the factory girls at Gossards who made the parachutes for Spitfires, to the Land Girls who fell in love with POW's and the WAAF's and WRN's billeted in the town alongside thousands of East End evacuees, Anna's intention is ...
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A former Head of BBC TV History programmes, Laurence has specialized in writing books and making television documentaries about World War Two, the Nazis and Stalinism for thirty years. He won a BAFTA and a Peabody for his TV series 'The Nazis: A Warning from History' and a British Book Award for his book on Auschwitz, which is also the world's best selling book on this notorious camp. His book 'the Holocaust: A New History' was described by the Times as 'exemplary' and by the Daily Telegraph ...
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Picking up seconds after the clam shell bomb detonates - Al Murray, James Holland and Roger Moorhouse detail the aftermath of the courageous July bomb plot. As conspirators are slaughtered with piano wire, they ask whether the assassination was destined to fail and if history misremembers Stauffenberg’s politics. A Goalhanger Production Produced by…
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In this episode, we discuss the development of US tanks from the end of the First World War through to the end of the Second World War. I am joined by renowned historian and author Stephen J. Zaloga, who has penned numerous works on military technology and history, and his latest book is 'US Battle Tanks 1917–1945’. It is a comprehensive and richly…
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In this episode, we discuss the development of US tanks from the end of the First World War through to the end of the Second World War. I am joined by renowned historian and author Steven Zaloga, who has penned numerous works on military technology and history, and his latest book is ‘US Battle Tanks 1917–1945’. It is a comprehensive and richly ill…
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An exclusive behind-the-scenes look into the origins of Left Behind podcast and some of the people highlighted so far in the podcast’s first 60 episodes. This episode was originally given as a presentation at the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society and American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Memorial Society co-conference in April 2024 in Housto…
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July 20th. 1944. Wolf's Lair. Claus von Stauffenberg sets in motion a plot to assassinate Hitler and overthrow the Nazi high command. What were the reasons behind Stauffenberg’s conspiracy, how was it planned and what was the ‘Secret Germany’ he aspired for. A Goalhanger Production Produced by Joey McCarthy + India Dunkley Exec Producer: Tony Pasto…
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As war raged on land in Western Europe in June 1944, the island of Saipan witnessed a naval bombardment never seen before. John McManus leads James Holland in a crash course on the first objective of Operation Forager - the brave battle of the US Marines and 27th Infantry Division to occupy the Marianas. A Goalhanger Production Produced by Joey McC…
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As Al Murray and James Holland return on English shores, they look back at their Normandy podcast series - the way we think about war, and the foolish decision made by former PM Rishi Sunak to leave D-Day commemorations early. A Goalhanger Production Produced by Joey McCarthy Exec Producer: Tony Pastor Social: @‌WeHaveWaysPod Email: wehavewayspodca…
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Al Murray and James Holland delve into the Battle of Hill 192 - a crucial fight between the 2nd Infantry Division and German 3rd Fallschirmjäger Division to capture this key strategic point near Saint-Lô. A Goalhanger Production Produced by Joey McCarthy Exec Producer: Tony Pastor Social: @WeHaveWaysPod Email: wehavewayspodcast@gmail.com Join our ‘…
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Securing the high ground was key to victory in Normandy. Al Murray and James Holland continue their journey in the footsteps of Allied soldiers from 80 years ago. Through idyllic fields, thick forest and deep hedgerows - they pick out individual stories of the first joined up operation after the 6th June landings. A Goalhanger Production Produced b…
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Just two days before D-Day, Captain Gallery's US antisubmarine Task Group 22.3 managed to force the German U-boat U-505 to the surface. In a bold move, a boarding party secured the submarine before it could be scuttled, capturing an Enigma machine and the current Kriegsmarine code books. This remarkable operation earned Lieutenant Albert David the …
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Just two days before D-Day, Captain Gallery’s US antisubmarine Task Group 22.3 managed to force the German U-boat U-505 to the surface. In a bold move, a boarding party secured the submarine before it could be scuttled, capturing an Enigma machine and the current Kriegsmarine code books. This remarkable operation earned Lieutenant Albert David the …
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The Battle for Normandy didn’t end with D-Day. James Holland is re-united with Al Murray to retrace the steps of the Allied Operation EPSOM - 80 years to the day. Through idyllic fields, thick forest and deep hedgerows - they pick out individual stories of the first joined up operation after the 6th June landings. A Goalhanger Production Produced b…
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Will we lose a tangible connection to WW2 once the final veteran dies? Is Europe sleepwalking into another monumental war? Continuing our on-the-ground Normandy series, James Holland meets up with friends and historians to chat about the legacy of Operation OVERLORD. A Goalhanger Production Produced by Joey McCarthy Exec Producer: Tony Pastor Socia…
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To commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day, I attended a special event at the Green Howards Museum. We started at the regimental war memorial in Richmond (Yorkshire) at 6.30 a.m., which was when the Green Howards landed on Gold Beach. The day was packed with discussion about the regiment and their role on D-Day. It closed with us having the privi…
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To commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day, I attended a special event at the Green Howards Museum. We started at the regimental war memorial in Richmond (Yorkshire) at 6.30 a.m., which was when the Green Howards landed on Gold Beach. The day was packed with discussion about the regiment and their role on D-Day. It closed with us having the privi…
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Stan Perry is given an almost impossible task; in the dead of night - find a suitable crossing of the Noireau. His success is legendary, but the days that follow will change the Sherwood Rangers forever. Follow the moving and explosive story of the Sherwood Rangers' gripping battle in the immediate days after D-Day. A Goalhanger Production Produced…
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Through the tiny villages and fortress-like roads of Normandy, James Holland retraces the steps of Stanley Christopherson’s tank crew as they edge towards Berlin. Follow the moving and explosive story of the Sherwood Rangers' gripping battle in the immediate days after D-Day. HEAR EPISODE TWO NOW by joining our Apple Channel or Patreon A Goalhanger…
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More than 132,000 Allied troops landed on the Normandy beaches on 6 June 1944. Through their efforts, the tide of the war turned for the final time to favour the Allies. But how did the Allied army get to the shores of Normandy? The contribution of Landing Craft to D-Day is often overlooked. Andrew Whitmarsh joins me to correct this oversight. Andr…
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More than 132,000 Allied troops landed on the Normandy beaches on 6 June 1944. Through their efforts, the tide of the war turned for the final time to favour the Allies. But how did the Allied army get to the shores of Normandy? The contribution of Landing Craft to D-Day is often overlooked. Andrew Whitmarsh joins me to correct this oversight. Andr…
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We spend a lot of time speaking about non-fiction, but what are the greatest works of historical fiction? Al Murray interviews James Holland about his new novel 'Alvesdon', a fictional portrait of a farming family during the Second World War. 📖 Alvesdon is available from the 13th June in all good bookshops A Goalhanger Production Produced by Joey M…
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We're on the ground in Normandy as part of the D-Day 80 celebrations and our first stop is a parachute drop by the Band Of Brothers cast. James Holland interviews actors from the series and finds out about their gruelling training in Curahee and what it means to be a part of such an iconic TV series. A Goalhanger Production Produced by Joey McCarth…
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An inside look into the infamous “Zero Ward,” so named because POWs who went there had zero chance of returning. And one man’s relentless work to bring one of them home. Learn more about John Eakin’s work to bring Bud Kelder and other unidentified men home: Interview with Eakin (Left Behind episode 18) BataanMissing.com – A Resource for Families of…
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After over a month on the ground fighting through fields and villages, the Allies have forced a retreat by Nazi High Command. The fightback has begun in Western Europe. Al Murray and James Holland assess Allied victory, losses and our memory of June 1944. In the biggest series of We Have Ways of Making You Talk, join Al and James as they unravel th…
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Allied Air superiority has left German forces in a mire, and the death of Rommel only makes the situation worse. After four long years of fighting, the tides have finally turned. Al Murray and James Holland discuss the defining battles of Operation COBRA and GOODWOOD and the inevitable victory against the Nazis. In the biggest series of We Have Way…
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6th June 1944 saw the largest seaborne assault in human history: D-Day. While much has been written about the operation as a whole, little detailed attention has been paid to the battle for Sword Beach itself, the easternmost of the amphibious attack areas. For this episode, I am joined by Stephen Fisher. Stephen is a historian and archaeologist wh…
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6th June 1944 saw the largest seaborne assault in human history: D-Day. While much has been written about the operation as a whole, little detailed attention has been paid to the battle for Sword Beach itself, the easternmost of the amphibious attack areas. For this episode, I am joined by Stephen Fisher. Stephen is a historian and archaeologist wh…
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In an expertly researched episode, Al Murray and James Holland investigate the myths surrounding Operation OVERLORD penned by historians in the last 80 years. They lead the charge against Carlo D’Este’s assessment of Normandy and look at the expert planning that leads to the breakthrough. In the biggest series of We Have Ways of Making You Talk, jo…
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As the Allied forces prepared for the monumental invasion of Normandy, concealing the massive build-up of troops in Britain from the Germans became increasingly challenging. To mislead German intelligence about the timing and location of the invasion, the Allies devised a series of elaborate deception plans. The most audacious of these schemes aime…
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As the Allied forces prepared for the monumental invasion of Normandy, concealing the massive build-up of troops in Britain from the Germans became increasingly challenging. To mislead German intelligence about the timing and location of the invasion, the Allies devised a series of elaborate deception plans. The most audacious of these schemes aime…
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The beaches have been successfully invaded, but the race is on. In the hours and days after D-Day, the Allies faced some of the toughest fighting groups available to the Nazis - including 12 SS HITLER JUGEND and PANZER LEHR. Can Monty’s men break through the bocage to find victory in Normandy? In the biggest series of We Have Ways of Making You Tal…
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In this special Memorial Day episode, we’re remembering 5 remarkable men who were Killed in Action, sacrificing their all to defend their country and The Philippine Islands during the early months of World War 2. Hear the full stories of the men highlighted in this episode: Capt. Colin Kelly -- pilot of first B-17 bomber downed in WW2 (episode #4) …
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**THE D-DAY SERIES WILL RETURN ON TUESDAY** Al Murray and James Holland are back again with warbird legend Richard Grace at his Northampton hangar full to the brim with Spitfires, Messerschmitts and Mustangs. They chat to Richard about flying the wartime planes, the work that goes into restoring the aircraft and his exciting airshow planned for Jun…
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Four young American POWs attempted to escape from the Cabanatuan POW Camp. After being caught, they endured brutal punishment, forced to dig their graves, and executed by firing squad. But, by war’s end, their burial location couldn’t be found. Would their remains ever be located, and would their murderer be brought to justice? I mentioned the foll…
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Do the facts of the 6th June really live up to the myth of ‘Bloody Omaha’? Al Murray and James Holland are joined by US historian John McManus to discuss the devastating details of the American beach landing. The team also explore the horror of the DD Tank, and who is to blame for all of those lives being lost. In the biggest series of We Have Ways…
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It was the single most day in the entire Allied campaign during WW2, the storming of the beaches of Normandy on the 6th June 1944. Al Murray and James Holland detail what happened on that day, almost 80 years ago on every beach - and try to dispel the myth of ‘Bloody Omaha’. In the biggest series of We Have Ways of Making You Talk, join Al and Jame…
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On the morning of May 20, 1941, the Germans launched Operation Mercury. The invasion of Crete was the largest airborne operation yet attempted during the war, with thousands of Fallschirmjäger deployed. Key to the operation's success would be the capture of the airfield at Maleme. Outnumbered and having suffered horrendous casualties, when the airb…
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On the morning of May 20, 1941, the Germans launched Operation Mercury. The invasion of Crete was the largest airborne operation yet attempted during the war, with thousands of Fallschirmjäger deployed. Key to the operation’s success would be the capture of the airfield at Maleme. Outnumbered and having suffered horrendous casualties, when the airb…
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Al Murray and James Holland continue to narrate the story of D-Day in stunning detail. In today’s episode they spend time focusing on an often untold stories of the invasion - the massive minelaying operation, and the first men to land at Pegasus Bridge. Next up, The Beaches. In the biggest series of We Have Ways of Making You Talk, join Al and Jam…
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What if you could visit the Manila American Cemetery without leaving your home? Or walk the rows of in Normandy and discover each man's story? That's what the Memory Anchor Explorer app allows anyone, anywhere to do. Join me in an inspiring conversation with the apps co-founders to discover how they’re shaping the future of commemoration through te…
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With only a few hours to go before Landing Craft are due to hit the beaches of Normandy, the Allies plan for Operation OVERLORD hangs finely in the balance. It is the role of a few weathermen to make the incredibly brave decision to push back D-Day by 24 hours, out of fear of devastating weather. Al Murray and James Holland look at the final hours …
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The Allied plan for OVERLORD is a masterclass in logistics. Al Murray and James Holland detail the roles of US and British forces in planning the largest coastal invasion of all time. From Monty’s personality cult to the role of the SOE in Occupied France, no stone is left unturned in preparation for D-Day In the biggest series of We Have Ways of M…
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In late May 1942, American POWs captured on Corregidor endured a hellish train ride and march to Cabanatuan’s infamous POWs camps. Among them was Navy Ensign Whitman, who, weakened by malaria and lack of food and water, struggled to keep pace with the relentless march. Despite comrades' aid, Whitman's condition worsened. And as his strength waned, …
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May 1944, it is clear to Erwin Rommel that the Allied counter attack is just a few weeks away. The answer is simple - defend the Atlantic Wall. But Nazi infighting and ludicrous top-down decision making has led to chaos on the Western Front. With the 6th June just days away - they are still asking themselves: where will the Allies land? In the bigg…
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