The History of WWII Podcast - by Ray Harris Jr

The History of WWII Podcast - by Ray Harris Jr

By Recorded History Podcast Network

A biweekly podcast covering the last great war. Join Ray Harris Jr as he explores World War Two in intimate detail.


Episode 387-The Battle of the Cauldron

Rommel anticipates British 8th Army’s attack and prepares. The attack, Operation Aberdeen is launched, but will come to a sad end. This allows Rommel to commence his own attack, scattering thousands of Allies troops before him. The Battle of the Cauldron was supposed to be the beginning of end of The Desert Fox. Instead, it will be the beginning of the end of Gen. Neil Ritchie.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
29/09/2227m 56s

Episode 386-Damien Lewis talks about his book, Agent Josephine: American Beauty, French Hero, British Spy

Writer Damien Lewis returns to discuss his latest book about the beautiful Josephine Baker. She has found everything she wanted in France, but soon the country is over run by Nazis. Now she will be enlisted to spy for the Allies so France can, one day, return to its position as one of Europe's most powerful countries. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
23/09/2254m 58s

Episode 385-The Cauldron

Rommel’s lunge at Tobruk causes his panzers to get trapped. So the Desert Fox changes his plans and 8th Army Commander Ritchie gives Rommel days of freedom, while the Commonwealth troops set up to push on to Libya. Rommel uses this time to attack the isolated 150th Brigade Group over and over.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
15/09/2232m 15s

Episode 384-The English GI: A Yorkshire Schoolboy's Adventures in the US and Europe

This graphic novel by Jonathan Sandler covers the story of a young Jewish British citizen on vacation in NY when Pearl Harbor is attacked. Soon he is swept up in the US Army fighting for Uncle Sam, while his family back in Leeds worries over his safety. The story is taken from the main character’s real wartime experiences and unofficial memoir.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
09/09/2246m 52s

Episode 383-Rommel Comes For Tobruk

The day of battle is here. Both sides have made flawed plans. The question is who can adapt faster. Still, the first phase of the Battle of Gazala goes to The Desert Fox. But there is always the question of fuel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
01/09/2225m 4s

Episode 382-Dale Jenkins Covers The Battles of Coral Sea and Midway

Retired Naval Officer Dale A. Jenkins, who served in the Pacific has a book coming out in December: Diplomats and Admirals. Today he sets up and examines the two battles, Coral Sea and Midway, then how their outcomes affected the rest of the Pacific War. His website is Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
26/08/2256m 55s

Introducing: Reflections of History

C13Originals and Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author Jon Meacham, co-creators of the 2021 Webby Award-winning Best Podcast Series It Was Said and the acclaimed podcast Hope, Through History, join together again for a brand-new series that will guide listeners through critical moments in our history. Every Monday through Friday, Meacham travels back to impactful events that occurred on that date in history—the birth of a visionary filmmaker, the debut of an iconic athlete, the discovery of a lifesaving cure, a triumphant legal victory. You’ll learn how that event shaped politics, art, culture, sports and science, and why it’s still relevant today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
22/08/222m 47s

Episode 381-The Battle at Gazala: The Waiting is All

As The Allies and Axis prepare for a battle at Gazala, Rommel and Gen. Ritchie both feel confident that their plan is best. Yet both sides have weaknesses: Rommel doesn’t know where all the Allied formations are and the British led forces think they have it easier in only defending their positions. Both sides will make mistakes, but who will exploit them better? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
20/08/2231m 4s

Episode 380-The British 8th Army vs The Desert Fox

Rommel is able to take Cyrenaica back from the British 8th Army, but between his fuel issues and C in C, ME Auchinleck’s personnel changes, the two sides will stare at each other for a while. But the combat will return as North Africa’s fate will determine the future of the Middle East and the Suez Canal. It’s all or nothing, but having to deal with the Japanese Empire, now in the war, is stretching the Allies to the breaking point. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
13/08/2227m 4s

Episode 379: Rommel Strikes Back

With the failure of Gen. Auchinleck's Operation Crusader, at the end of 1941, Rommel resupplies and heads out again, before the British can start Operation Acrobat, the drive on Tripoli. As it was a year ago, the Allies are stretched far too thin and the men are under trained and under staffed. Rommel hopes to take Cyrenaica, then Tobruk, all in preparation for a much larger offensive that will finally end the war in North Africa, Egypt and possibly, the Middle East. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
08/08/2230m 23s

Episode 378: West Africa and Charles De Gaulle

Before moving on to Operation Pedestal and then the Eastern Front, Gen. Charles De Gaulle’s moves in West Africa have to be covered. He seeks to rebuild the French Empire by grabbing African lands that went with the Vichy Government after France fell to German forces. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
01/08/2226m 36s

Episode 377-Iceland: A Peaceful Invasion

In this one off episode, Iceland and Greenland’s participation in the war is covered. Denmark leads these two islands to the north, but when Nazi Germany occupies Denmark, the islands are on their own. Churchill, as the First Lord of the Admiralty decides that these two islands must come under British control. But it will take American and Canadian help to pull it off, for once Hitler finds out about any talks, Berlin will react as they did in Norway, with their own invasion force. At the end is a recording of FDR and listen how he leads the American people into believing, it's only a matter of time before the US has to fight, because the Nazis are set on world domination. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
23/07/2255m 7s

Episode 376-The Falcon of Malta

In the mold of Adrian Warburton, one George Beurling comes to Malta in July. Like Warby, George or Screwball as he is called, does not care for much for anything really, only flying and fighting. And in a short time, he will cause hell for the Axis pilots. However, Kesselring has ordered Fliegerkorps II to be given more pilots. The overwhelming air attacks on Malta are gearing up again. But this time, it will be Vice Air Marshall Keith Park leading the defense of Malta. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
17/07/2231m 4s

Episode 375-Starvation and Betrayal

Lord Gort will have his own Quisling to deal with as a Malta youth comes ashore to spy for Mussolini. Meanwhile, another convoy is attempted, but it too will fail. Gort has no choice but to reduce rations further. His biggest fear is if the Maltese people want to give up or will his soldiers give up the fight before a massive supply convoy can finally make it through. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/07/2227m 27s

Episode 374-Churchill: Malta's Patron Saint

As Field Marshall Kesselring loses some of his planes to other theaters, Malta, thanks to Churchill, gets a large influx of Spitfires. The defenders may be able to retake control of their skies, but this does nothing to bring in food, fuel and ammunition. The people of Malta are suffering and the military’s ability to project power is still weak. A convoy is desperately needed, but nothing is expected for months. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
23/06/2237m 48s

Episode 373-Malta: A Thunderstorm of Steel

As April 1942 comes to an end, a spot of hope is dashed as the Axis continue their daily bombing of Malta. The ships and subs have been driven away, the island’s air force is weak. The only thing holding the invaders back is Malta’s AA gun crews and they are running out of ammunition. Gen. Kesselring’s plan of breaking Malta is working. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
17/06/2229m 3s

Episode 372-Malta Loses A Hero

As Field Marshall Albert Kesselring ramps up his attacks on Malta, Adm. Andrew Cunningham and others will leave the theatre as they are beyond exhausted. Still, the fight goes on. And those still defending the island are about to experience hell on earth, for months. Kickstarter for Don't Shoot the Messenger- Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/06/2237m 15s

Episode 371-Interview w/ Thomas McKenna about his book Moro Warrior

MORO WARRIOR tells the remarkable true story of the Philippine Muslim (Moro) resistance fighters of World War II—the most successful and least-known guerrillas of the Pacific Theater. It is the story of Mohammad Adil, a sword-wielding warrior chieftain commissioned as a junior officer in Douglas MacArthur’s guerrilla army while still a teenager. Confident in his secret protective powers learned from a Sufi master, Adil roamed the highland rainforests with a price on his head, attacking Japanese outposts, surviving ambushes, and gaining a reputation as a man who could not be killed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
04/06/221h 7m

Episode 370-Interview w/Peter Bradley about his book, The Last Train: A Family History of the Final Solution

Former Labour MP Peter Bradley comes on the show to discuss his book that covers his family's history during WWII. This retelling of their lives also forced him to dig into the history of the Holocaust and of Anti-Semitism for the last 2000 years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
29/05/2258m 57s

Car Show! Episode: The Jeep during WWII

We’re shaking things up today and sharing a preview from Car Show!, a new podcast from our friends at Pushkin Industries. Longtime Car and Driver editor Eddie Alterman tells the stories of the vital cars — the ones that have changed how we drive and live, whose significance lies outside the scope of horsepower or miles per gallon. In this episode, Eddie talks about the military background of the Jeep, a vehicle made for the battlefields of World War II, and its lasting popularity in America decades after the war. You can listen to the full episode and more from Car Show! at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
25/05/2237m 26s

Episode 369-Interview w/ Paul Brandus about FDR’s Use of the Media and Midway

Writer and White House Correspondent Paul Brandus comes on the show to cover FDR's brilliant use of the media, before Pearl Harbor. Also, we discuss the significance of the Battle of Midway. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
20/05/2233m 54s

Episode 368-Interview w/Damien Lewis about his book Churchill's Great Escapes

Writer Damien Lewis comes on the show to discuss his new book Churchill's Great Escapes: Seven Incredible Escapes Made by WWII Heroes. During the war, there was no standing order for Allied Officers to try to escape a POW Camp. However, the men of the British Special Forces saw it differently. What follows is a testament to the courage and endurance of humans with a clear goal and unflappable belief in their cause. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
13/05/221h 1m

Episode 367-The Second Battle of Sirte

Desperate, Adm. Cunningham arranges another convoy for Malta. But the Italian Fleet and German Air Arm are ready. The result, a tiny fraction of supplies will get through. Malta’s days as a forward base are coming to an end. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
06/05/2228m 14s

Episode 366-Interview with Brandon Gauthier about his book Before Evil

Professor Brandon Gauthier comes on to discuss his book Before Evil, where he examines the making of 20th Century’s greatest tyrants. He reminds us to never forget that the world’s monsters are humans too, with dreams, fears, ambitions and childhoods. That they were the hero in their own story. Stalin was trying to bring Russia up to date, Hitler was carving out an empire for himself and the German people, Mussolini wanted to be great and at the head of a new roman empire. And Mao wanted to bring order to the chaos around him. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
29/04/221h 11m

Episode 365-The Spitfires Are Coming!

The RAF on Malta actually run out of Hurricane fighters on March 3rd. Fortunately, the promised Spitfires arrive. But how are 15 Spitfires supposed to hold back the entirety of Kesselring’s air arm of Italian and German planes. The dark time for Malta are far from over. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
23/04/2232m 39s

Episode 364-Mussolini's PR Nightmare

As 1942 opens up the Axis have the upper hand. Still, those in London make plans to invade Sicily. What follows only fills up Davie Jones' locker all the more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
16/04/2227m 47s

Episode 363-Guest Host Lindsey Graham of History Daily Recounts the Attack on Pearl Harbor

The host of several well known podcasts, Lindsay Graham, of History Daily, American Scandal and American History Tellers, is allowing me to share with you, his coverage of the day that will live in Infamy. Here is the three episode arc from The History Daily Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
07/04/2249m 59s

Episode 362-Interview w/ Michael Benson about his book Gangsters vs Nazis

Author Michael Benson comes on the show to talk about his latest book, Gangsters vs Nazis: How Jewish Bobsters Battled Nazis in Wartime America. Some of the most notorious Jewish gangsters, Meyer Lansky, Charles Lucky Luciano, Mickey Cohen and Bugsy Siegel team up with the more respectable side of American politics to take on the growing trend that is the Pro Hitler German American Bund. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
01/04/221h 4m

Episode 361-Interview w/ Edward Aldrich: The Partnership: George Marshall, Henry Stimson and the Extraordinary Collaboration That Won WWII

Edward Aldrich comes on the show to discuss his book that covers the highly effective teamwork of Secretary of War Henry Stimson and Army Chief of Staff George Marshall. Once they are both in position, they will have 17 months to ready the American Armed Forces before Pearl Harbor. Not that they know this. What they do know is war is coming, yet half of the country wants to stay out and FDR can’t say much to publicly support to their efforts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
25/03/221h 9m

Episode 360-The Germans Have Returned

As winter sets in on the Eastern Front, Field Marshal Albert Kesselring is given Luftflotte 2, submarines and motor torpedo boats. His task is to subdue Malta. And he is well on his way as the Italians launch a daring underwater raid on Adm. Cunningham’s Mediterranean Fleet at Alexandria and London is loath to send Spitfires, the only plane the British have to take on the vaunted Messerschmitt 109s. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
18/03/2226m 13s

Episode 359-All Good Things Must Come to an End

As the war goes on, some key personnel leave Malta, heading for new assignments or some much needed rest. But as winter comes, Hitler will send his German pilots back to Sicily. Malta will need help and soon. Instead, Adm. Cunningham looses the carrier Ark Royal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/03/2233m 16s

Episode 358-The Saturday Night Club Run

Adm. Cunningham is given Force K, a gift from Churchill. And right away Force K will prove itself by annihilating an entire convoy, looking to resupply Rommel.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
04/03/2224m 40s

Episode 357-Operation Halberd

Malta based subs and planes are having a surge of success against Axis shipping heading to North Africa, but increased operations means more fuel is needed. Thus, another convoy is headed to the Mediterranean. This one will be the largest so far, but the Italians will send a massive force to intercept it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
25/02/2227m 4s

Episode 356-Interview with Philip Martin about his book-From Orphan to High Flyer

Philip Martin comes on the show to talk about the book he wrote with RAF Pilot Denis Elliott. Denis' early life was full of pain, which caused a lack of confidence. But then comes the war and young Denis will find himself and grow in belief in himself as a part of the RAF, fighting the Japanese. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
19/02/221h 4m

Episode 355-Interview with Robert Child about his book Immortal Valor

Robert Child, an Emmy® Nominated Producer / Director comes on the show to discuss his latest book, Immortal Valor. The Black Medal of Honor winners of WWII. Just over one million African Americans participated in the war against The Axis, but only 7 of them were given the nation’s highest award. And it took decades. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/02/2259m 3s

Introducing: Spectacle: Las Vegas

It’s a city that shouldn’t exist. An oasis in the desert, a mirage — it’s a city of buzzing neon, flowing fountains, and fortunes made and lost. A city of hedonism: concerts, casinos, showgirls, and all-you-can-eat buffets. But how did Vegas become “Sin City”? A place that promotes a fantasy of adult freedoms: a vacation from boundaries, rules, accountability? A place where people from all over the world visit to be their wildest, most uninhibited selves, even if it’s just for just a couple nights? We’re going to tell you the history of that city. From a railroad stop, to the mob, to the luxury resort and casino...this is Spectacle: Las Vegas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/02/227m 43s

Episode 354-The Battle of Valletta

Though Operation Substance successfully resupplied Malta in July 1941, the Allies lost planes, ships and men. What followed was the Battle of Valletta, as the Italians try to finish off the convoy while in the Grand Harbor. Paying in kind, sub commander Shrimp Simpson will send 3 subs, HMS Unique, P32 and P33 to Tripoli to wipe out the latest Axis convoy, bound for Rommel. Both sides draw blood and many lives are lost. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
05/02/2230m 31s

Episode 353-Malta's Magic Carpet Service

Adm. Cunningham begins to believe that he may loose Malta. The Germans are gone, but he only has half his normal fleet and the Axis are not slowing down in transporting men to Rommel in North Africa. Picture-HMS Olympus, a part of the Magic Carpet Service. She lost all but 9 men of her crew and passengers out of 98 on May 8, 1942, 7 miles out from Malta after hitting a mine. She was discovered in 2019.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
28/01/2228m 13s

Episode 352-Interview with Ray Boomhower about his book: Richard Tregaskis-Reporting Under Fire From Guadalcanal to Vietnam

Ray Boomhower has written about 3 important war correspondents, Richard Tregaskis, Ernie Pyle and Robert L. Sherrod. Today we discuss the young Tregaskis as he covers events like Midway, Guadalcanal, and the invasion of Sicily. Tregaskis will almost die in Italy, but will return to the Pacific to cover the approach to the Japanese home islands.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
17/01/2259m 44s

Episode 351-Interview with Scott Rank of The History Unplugged Podcast

Scott Rank comes on the show to discuss the more impactful events of the Pacific Campaign: The East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, The Battle of Midway, the Fire Bombing of Tokyo and the likely casualties of an Allied invasion onto the main Japanese Islands.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/01/2252m 17s

Episode 350-Operation Primrose

As the Battle for the Atlantic is not going well for the Allies, Churchill’s War Cabinet puts into motion a plan to steal a Nazi Enigma machine. Bletchley Park has been trying to break the German Naval codes for years, but more is needed. Meanwhile Malta is about to get a reprieve from the Germans who are preparing for Operation Barbarossa. But one last air raid is needed. Pic-U-110 and the HMS Bulldog. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
06/01/2236m 16s

Introducing: Eclipsed

Stories you never knew you never knew. From Campside Media, ECLIPSED is a new weekly narrative history podcast. Hosted by writer Bijan Stephen (The Verge, The Believer), each episode features a story hidden in the shadow of another event. Lakes disappear, sailors cry, and pop stars go into battle on this season of ECLIPSED. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/01/225m 1s

Episode 349-Malta's Orders: KBO-Keep Buggering On

With Crete falling so quickly Churchill and Adm. Cunningham have to assume that Malta is next. Still, ABC expects his subs, like the Upholder, to hold the line until Malta can be reinforced. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
28/12/2124m 39s

Episode 348-Interview with Scott Bury about his Eastern Front Trilogy

Author Scott Bury joins us to talk about his Eastern Front Trilogy. The story centers around Maurice Bury, a Canadian who is forced to fight for Soviet Russia against Nazi Germany. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
19/12/2148m 22s

Episode 347-Malta: Dark Days are Coming

We return to Malta as Adm. Cunningham is at his low point. Churchill wants total war, but Cunningham needs more of everything, including time. The short term answer seems to be more subs, but Malta will have to make do, for now. Doing his part is Lt. Commander Wanklyn and the sub HMS Upholder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/12/2135m 9s

Episode 346A-The Everything Everywhere Daily Podcast

Today's offering is an episode from Gary Arndt's Podcast, Everything Everywhere Daily. On this show, he covers the important contribution of Native Americans using their language to stump the Nazi Intelligence services from breaking the Allied Code. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
05/12/2110m 19s

Episode 346-Interview with the Hosts of The Warrior Next Door Podcast

Today on the show, I talk to Tony Lupo and Ryan Fairfield about their show, The Warrior Next Door Podcast. Listen to the oral histories of World War II veterans from interviews conducted by Tony and Ryan as they provide historical context. Their efforts will help the experiences of these brave warriors live forever. Twitter - @WW2Podcaster. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
29/11/2158m 26s

Episode 345-Interview with Joe Lee about his book Forgiveness

Artist Joe Lee comes on the show to talk about his book, Forgiveness: The Story of Eva Kor, Survivor of The Auschwitz Twin Experiments. Find out what happens to Dr. Josef Mengele, the tormentor of Eva, her sister Miriam and the other twins of Auschwitz and the founding of Candles-Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
20/11/2159m 36s

Episode 344-Interview with Jeffrey Jackson about his book, Paper Bullets

Jeffrey Jackson, professor of history at Rhodes College comes on the show to tell us about Lucy and Suzanne’s courage in defying the nazi occupation of the channel island Jersey. These two lovers, having developed their avant garde artistry in 1920 and 1930’s Paris, will put all their skill to work, when undermining the enemy troops on their island. Professor Jeffrey Jackson, author of Paris Under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910 describes how these two courageous women’s paper bullets made the Nazi’s question their own safety and why they were there at all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
14/11/211h 2m

Episode 343-Interview with Ambassador David McKean about his book Watching Darkness Fall

Former Ambassador to Luxembourg and before that, the Director of Policy Planning at the US department of State, Ambassador McKean is currently the senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the US in Washington, DC. Today he joins us to talk about how all but one of FDR’s ambassadors in Europe misjudged Hitler and his intentions. Cyber Month Deal! Go to or use coupon code WORLDWAR2 to get up to 73% off your NordVPN plan plus 1 bonus month for free! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
08/11/2159m 16s

Episode 342-Interview with Jack Fairweather about his book, A Rebel in Auschwitz

War reporter Jack Fairweather comes on to discuss his latest book A Rebel in Auschwitz. The story is of Witold Pilecki, a member of the Polish Resistance who is chosen to purposefully get arrested to be taken to the camp. Upon seeing the daily cruelty, Witold has to let the world know what is happening to the vanquished Polish people and later, the Jewish prisoners. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
01/11/211h 1m

Episode 341-Battle of the Tarigo Convoy

PM Churchill wants Adm. Andrew Cunningham to sink supply ships heading for Rommel's North African Army. Cunningham wants more ships, but is told to make do with what he has. So in mid April, Cunningham sends out 4 destroyers under the Flagship HMS Jervis, with Capt. Phillip Mack in command. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
27/10/2119m 34s

Episode 340-Interview with Chris Berman

Writer and lecturer Chris Berman joins us to discuss the Night Witches, the female soviet pilots, cultural perceptions of warfare and the lady pilots of The United States and Great Britain. Check out his latest book, A White Star in a Red Sky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
15/10/2142m 36s

Episode 339-The Battle of Cape Matapan

The Luftwaffe keeps trying different types of bombs until they find one that works well against Maltese buildings. And their Bf109 fighters are decimating the British Hurricanes. Malta is threatened. But Adm. Cunningham will engage the Italian Navy during the Battle of Cape Matapan to help even the odds. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
04/10/2144m 25s

Episode 338-The Siege of Malta Begins

Churchill wants the Italians hit hard as the German's begin bombing Malta almost daily. This will include Operation Colossus and Commander Shrimp's sub, HMS Upholder heading out to interdict supplies heading to Rommel in North Africa. Pic-Lt. Comm. Wanklyn and second in command Tubby Crawford. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
22/09/2135m 41s

Episode 337-The Illustrious Blitz

After the successful raid against the Italy Naval Fleet at Taranto, Cunningham and Churchill wonder when the Italians will strike back and when Hitler’s Luftwaffe will join them. They will not have to wait long. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
15/09/2132m 42s

Episode 336: With A Friend Like Mussolini

Malta goes stronger each day, with Churchill's help and Adm. Cunningham's persistence. Still, the clouds grow darker as Mussolini invades Greece, which prompts Hitler to get involved in the Mediterranean. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
08/09/2135m 21s

Episode 335-Churchill Wants War

As Malta is pounded by Mussolini's Air Force, PM Churchill is determined not to give up on the island or any of the Mediterranean Sea. And Adm. Andrew Cunningham is in full agreement as the Battle of Calabria gets underway. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
31/08/2134m 32s

Episode 334-All Roads Go Through Malta

For thousands of years, Malta has had numerous masters. But as WWII seems inevitable, the British and Maltese people come together to ready themselves to take on the Axis Powers. Not until Mussolini declares war against the Allies does Malta get attacked, but even then, her defenses are far from strong. Thus the Siege of Malta has begun.  Twitter @WW2Podcaster Facebook A History of World War II Podcast. TikTok – WWIIGuy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
24/08/2137m 36s

Episode 333-The Doolittle Raid Pt 4: The Pacific War Takes Shape

As most of Doolittle's Raiders make it home safely, one crew is soon in Stalin's hands and two others are captured by the Japanese. After this, go back and listen to Episode 299, to hear the end of the tale. Pic-Doolittle with President Roosevelt. Twitter-@WW2Podcaster. Facebook-A History of World War II Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
16/08/2128m 43s

Episode 332-The Doolittle Raid Pt 3: Japan's Pearl Harbor

This episode covers the flight paths of the 16 Doolittle Raiders. A solid hour of hell is visited upon The Japanese Empire. Adm. Yamamoto and his Combined Fleet will send 6 carriers to chase down Adm. Halsey’s Task Force 16, but it is long gone. Tokyo learns that war is a two way street. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/08/2149m 55s

Episode 331-The Doolittle Raid Pt 2

As TF 16 under Admirals Halsey and Mitscher sail closer to the Japanese Home Islands, the Allies’ naval forces loose several vessels. It’s no longer a question of will Doolittle’s Raiders succeed, but rather, will the carrier Enterprise and Hornet make it safely back to Pearl Harbor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
31/07/2123m 49s

Episode 330-The Doolittle Raid Pt 1

President Roosevelt, like the rest of America is reeling from the attack on Pearl Harbor. But his shock is soon joined by rage. He wants the Japanese Empire taught a lesson. The lessons of war. What is needed is a strike against Tokyo itself. Adm. Ernest J. King and his staff will answer the president’s call, by figuring out how to launch a bombing raid against the Land of the Rising Sun’s capital. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
19/07/2127m 51s

Episode 329-The Fall of Corregidor

Gen. Wainwright has set up his defenses for Corregidor as best he can, still, all involved know the outcome. It’s only a matter of playing it out, per his order from Gen. MacArthur. The defenders have a few tricks up their sleeve as Homma’s 4th Division lands on Corregidor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/07/2140m 26s

Episode 328-The Fall of Mindanao

After Gen. Edward King’s surrender of Bataan, the Japanese focus on Corregidor and the three smaller islands below it. And now that the Battle of Bataan is over, Gen. Homma will send numerous Detachments to the Southern Islands. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
04/07/2144m 52s

Episode 327-The Fall of Bataan

Generals Wainwright, King and Parker are seriously considering surrendering. The problem is that Gen. MacArthur has forbidden it. But the facts of the ground dominate. Months of starvation have robbed the defenders of their ability to fight any longer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
23/06/2137m 31s

Episode 326-Interview with Rob Lofthouse about his book, Honor Through Sacrifice

Gordon Joseph Lippman was only 18 years old when he joined the army in 1943. Earning a spot in the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team, he would see action in Italy, Southern France and help Easy Company in The Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he would stay in the Army and fight in Korea and Vietnam. The winner of 17 Commendations, Gordon Lippman was a man anyone would be happy to have in their foxhole. The full title is Honor Through Sacrifice: The Story of One of America's Greatest Military Leaders. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
18/06/2155m 21s

Episode 325-Bataan-The Beginning of the End

During the second battle of Bataan, Gen. Homma has a specific plan, whereas the Allies are simply trying to hold onto their defensive line. But the men on the line are far too weak to offer any real resistance. Sector D has been crushed and its Sector C’s turn. If it falls the war is all but over.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
13/06/2132m 15s

Episode 324-The Second Battle of Bataan

Gen. Homma, now resupplied and reinforced, will come again. But this time, with MacArthur gone, the Japanese will face Gen. Edward P. King. And he is determined to hold out. But Homma’s plan is straightforward, to bombard the main defensive line to smithereens even before his men attack. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
01/06/2137m 59s

Episode 323-Bataan: The Readiness is All

As Gen. Homma’ reinforcements come in, his confidence grows. Yet his plan to conquer southern Bataan and Corregidor is flawed. Meanwhile, Gen. Jonathan Wainwright is doing all he can to prepare his men to fight the enemy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
21/05/2128m 37s

Episode 322-The Battling Bastards of Bataan

As Gen. Homma, commander of the Japanese forces in The Philippines brings in reinforcements and food, the American Government is finding it all but impossible to resupply Gen. Jonathan Wainwright, the new commander on Corregidor. Meanwhile, MacArthur is still trying to control the defense of Bataan from Australia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/05/2128m 45s

Episode 321-MacArthur-I Shall Return

MacArthur finishes up his escape from Corregidor to Melbourne Australia. But the news waiting for him is not the General’s liking, basically, there are more troops back on Bataan than there are in the whole of Australia. But Gen. George Marshall will sooth MacArthur’s wounded pride with The Medal of Honor.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/05/2130m 36s

Episode 320-MacArthur's Great Escape Pt 1

It's time for MacArthur to leave Corregidor, but how? Submarine, plane or boat. MacArthur chooses an early departure over safety, thus he and his will suffer for 600 miles on a PT Boat. But the net around Corregidor is being drawn ever tighter by the Japanese. It's now or never. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
24/04/2132m 14s

Episode 319-How Do You Solve a Problem Like MacArthur

With the war of Bataan coming to a standstill, FDR and Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Marshall start to think of the future. MacArthur is too popular to let be captured by the Japanese. Besides, someone will have to lead US Army forces in the SE Pacific and there is only one man the American public would accept in that post, Gen. Douglas MacArthur. But how to extract him with his pride intact? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
15/04/2127m 8s

Episode 318-Battle of the Pockets Pt 2

During the Battle of the Points, Gen. Homma would attack Gen. Wainwright's western line. This allowed 1000 Japanese troops to get through. The Allied Command staff will soon find themselves dealing with 3 enemy forces in their rear. Hopefully the main defensive will hold while this threat is being dealt with. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
25/03/2146m 58s

Episode 317-Battle of the Pockets Pt 1

Gen. Homma has decided to hit the Allied line in two sections. Which means, in Gen. Parker's I Corps, on the eastern side of the Bataan Peninsula, Gen. Clifford Bluemel's Sector C will get all of Gen. Nara's attention. And Bluemel discovers a massive hole in his line just before the attack. The battle of Trail 2 gets underway. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
16/03/2138m 11s

Episode 316-FDR: The Man with No Fear

I am joined today by Richard Lim, host of This American President Podcast to discuss Franklin Roosevelt. Now that the Japanese have struck at Pearl Harbor, FDR must lead the U.S. to victory. But what kind of man and politician was FDR. Join us to find out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
04/03/211h 13m

Episode 315-Battle of the Points

In attempting to smash MacArthur’s line on the Bataan Peninsula, Gen. Homma will send several amphibious end runs behind the lines. If all works out well, in this Battle of the Points, the Allies will loose all. If not, those Japanese troops may find themselves sacrificed, with nothing to show for it.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
25/02/2138m 29s

Things You Don’t Need To Know

Diffusing a bomb, landing an airplane, selling your soul… very few people in the world need instructions on topics like these. Luckily Ari Cagan is here to talk to the experts in these limited fields and then teach you everything you’ll never need to know. Listen now, wherever you get your podcasts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
18/02/219m 13s

Episode 314-The Battle of Bataan

Gen. Homma sends his forces at MacArthur's defensive line on Bataan. For days the line holds, until it doesn't. Falling back, the Allied try to keep cohesion, in order to stave off destruction. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
15/02/2142m 36s

Episode 313-Retreat to Bataan

As Gen. Jonathan Wainwright conducts the battle of the 5 lines, Gen. MacArthur declares Manila an open city and continues to pressure Washington to send him supplies and reinforcements. All the while, Gen. Homma comes to control more and more of Luzon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
02/02/2133m 52s

Episode 312-Bataan or Bust

With the defenses of Lingayen Gulf shattered, Gen. MacArthur has decided to retreat to the Bataan peninsula, though there are no waiting supplies there. So while there is fighting to the north and south of Manila, supplies and men are moved to the final defensive position. Yet, Gen. Homma increases the pressure with a fresh invasion at Lamon Bay. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
26/01/2129m 39s

Introducing Business Movers

In Wondery’s newest series, Business Movers, host Lindsay Graham dives deep into the inner workings of some of the most successful companies of all time. From the origin stories of their famed leaders to the million dollar idea that catapulted them to success, how exactly did these companies grow from an idea and a dream to multi-billion dollar corporations? Hear the landmark decisions, the scandals, and the stunning triumphs that made them who they are. First up: Walt Disney. Listen at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
14/01/218m 38s

Episode 311-Gen. Douglas MacArthur: Defending the Indefensible

With MacArthur’s alteration to the American defensive plan for the Philippines left in tatters, he reverts back to Plan Orange: to move all available troops to the Bataan Peninsula. But first, he has to give his command staff enough time to make this happen. Thus a series of defensive lines will be set up between the Japanese troops and Manila, but how long can they hold against better trained and experienced troops? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/01/2130m 32s

Episode 310-December 22, 1941: A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

The main Japanese attack comes to Luzon on December 22nd, but Gen. Douglas MacArthur is overly confident. Besides, Gen. George Marshall is unable to help, as much as he wants to. This leaves the under trained and ill-equipped Philippine troops to guard the beaches of Lingayen Gulf. Also, the Asiatic Fleet will be of little help as their torpedoes, not that this is known yet, are mostly defective. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
04/01/2130m 21s

Episode 309-MacArthur: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

As northern and southern Luzon becomes Japanese controlled territory, Gen. Douglas MacArthur finds himself trapped, besides which, his air arm has been devastated. The Allies’ only chance for survival are reinforcements, which are on their way from Pearl Harbor. But will this convoy make it to Manila. Meanwhile, Air Commander Gen. Brereton and Adm. Hart of the Asiatic Fleet are ordered to make for Australia. MacArthur stands alone. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
25/12/2029m 55s

Episode 308-War Comes to The Philippines

Even with a seven hour warning Gen. Douglas MacArthur seems paralyzed by the shocking news from Pearl Harbor. Commander of the air forces in The Philippines, Gen. Lewis Brereton knows how he wants to react, but is unable to get the green light from MacArthur or his chief of staff Gen. Richard Sutherland. Thus the initiative passes to the Japanese invasion force, who happily take up the challenge. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
18/12/2029m 45s

Episode 307-Prelude to the Fall of the Philippines

With the Japanese Empire deciding to invade to the south, the American fighters and bombers, under Gen. Douglas MacArthur's command in The Philippines must be taken out first. Previously, the American defense plan had been to fight a holding action, but MacArthur has changed this to meet the enemy on the beaches of Luzon. Only time would tell if this was the correct course of action. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
06/12/2028m 57s

Episode 306-Gen. Slim Regroups, Gen. Stilwell Retreats

As Gen. William Slim deals with the remains of Burma Corps, the American general Joseph "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell also has to find a way out. But the American commander of Chinese forces in Burma has decided he will walk out of the war zone, with his men. If he can make it out alive. Meanwhile Chiang Kai-shek's government feeds the American press false stories of all the Japanese armies Stilwell is defeating...on his way out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
24/11/2041m 44s

Episode 305-Isn't That Burma Army Annihilated Yet?

Gen. William Slim and Burma Corps finally reach India, as does several Chinese divisions. However the Battle of the Basin has to be fought first. Gen. Joseph Stilwell also has plans to leave Burma, but his route is cut off. As for Burma Corps, their entrance into India is not the reprieve they hoped it would be. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
02/11/2032m 49s

Episode 304-Mistakes Were Made, Men Died

Gen. William Slim and Burma Corps continue their retreat. But as hunger, fatigue and the coming Monsoons press down on the British General, his guard is dropped and the Japanese come rushing in. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
27/10/2040m 22s

Episode 303-The Battle of Mandalay

The British led forces are retreating from Burma. But first they must get to Mandalay and across the Ava Bridge there, all the while keeping the Japanese at bay. The most Gen. Slim and Stilwell can hope for is to get out of the fighting, mostly intact. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
13/10/2035m 13s

Episode 302-Interview with Lesley Blume about her book: Fallout

Lesley MM Blume joins us to tell of the US Government coverup of the effects of the Atomic Bomb. The book: Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover Up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/10/201h 1m

Episode 301-Burma: The Great Retreat Begins

It's the beginning of the end for the Allied defense of Burma. While Gen. Slim's men are pushed back, their Chinese Allies in the Shan States of Eastern Burma are set upon and scattered.. Their remnants head back to China. Still, Gen. Slim wants to stay and fight and plans to build on Gen. Joseph Stilwell's string of victories, but even these can not alter the course of the wider war. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
24/09/2034m 3s

Episode 300-The Battle of Yenaungyaung

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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
01/09/2039m 30s

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

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
22/08/201h 25m

Episode 298-The Battle of Prome

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
17/08/2026m 54s

Episode 297-10th Anniversary Episode

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 another 10 years! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
08/08/2052m 23s

Episode 296-Bryan Rigg Interview about his book Flamethrower

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
01/08/201h 17m

Episode 295-The Battle of Toungoo

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
13/07/2047m 30s

Episode 294:The Redoubtable Gen. William Slim

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
05/07/2041m 53s

Episode 293-Burma: The Ground War Begins

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
26/06/2033m 11s

Episode 292-The War Comes to Burma

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
09/06/2031m 51s

Episode 291-America Strikes Back-The Marshalls & Gilberts Raids

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
01/06/2033m 40s

Episode 290-The Invasion of Burma: Prelude

The Japanese determine that Burma must be occupied to protect their new possession of Malaya. It's up to Chiang Kai-Shek, American Gen. Joe Stilwell and British Gen. Wavell to stop them. The problem is the Allies don't trust each other, in regards to Burma's future. Churchill doesn't care about China right now, but FDR needs the massive country to stay in the fight. Or else the many Japanese divisions in China might be turned on Australia and the US General Staff have determined that Australia has to hold out, to serve as a base. From their Gen. Douglas MacArthur will plan his return to the Philippines. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
20/05/2033m 41s

Episode 289-The Invasion of New Guinea

With Rabaul taken the Japanese go after locations in NE New Guinea, but will have to deal with Vice Adm. Wilson Brown and the US carriers Lexington and Yorktown. The Americans and Australians achieve a surprise air raid on Lae and Salamaua, now owned by the Japanese, but the later will not be deterred from planning their next strike against Port Moresby. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/05/2033m 38s

Episode 288-The Fall of Rabaul

The invasions of New Britain and New Ireland get underway. But are over just as quickly. Meanwhile, Australian PM John Curtain informs Churchill that his country will now tie its wagon to the US. Gen. Douglas MacArthur will be their overall commander. Lastly, the incredible story of the Lost Women of Rabaul is covered. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/05/2029m 21s

Episode 287-Damien Lewis Interview: Churchill's Shadow Raiders

Joining us is Damien Lewis, to talk about his latest book Churchill's Shadow Raiders: The Race to Develop Radar, WWII's Invisible Secret Weapon. Operation Biting's goal was to steal a German Radar Device, yet because of that very device, the Germans knew the British Commandos were coming. And as the raid is launched, Churchill's cabinet can not forget the first airborne operation, which many thought ended in disaster, Operation Colossus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
26/04/201h 3m

Episode 286-The Battle of Rabaul-Prelude

With much of SE Asia conquered, the Japanese now focus on New Guinea, staring with the islands of New Britain and New Ireland. Lark Force at Rabaul will be sacrificed, but will do their duty. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
21/04/2033m 4s

Episode 285-The Fall of Timor

Despite Allied hopes that Timor would be left alone, the Japanese Empire has need of its airfields to bomb Australia. But what the invaders were not counting on was the tough Australian Commandos who stay behind and inflict impressive casualties until the end of 1942. Col. Doi, the Japanese officer in charge therefore, calls in the Tiger of Singapore. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/04/2031m 5s

Episode 284- The Fall of Java, Pt 3

The Final of the Java series. East Java falls and what is left of the Java Allied Defense is trapped in the south at Tjilatjap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
07/04/2033m 49s

Introducing Business Wars

Business Wars digs deep into some of the greatest corporate rivalries of all time. Think Facebook VS Snapchat or Nike VS Adidas. On each episode we give you an inside look at what inspired entrepreneurs to take risks that drove their companies to new heights -- or into the ground. In this season “Starbucks VS Dunkin”, they follow these two java giants in a war that started brewing in the 1950s and is now hotter than ever. Coffee is a 100 billion dollar plus global industry with these two duking it out at the top, but their battle is about more than coffee. For the full episode go to:  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
06/04/207m 25s

Episode 283-The Fall of Java Pt 2-The Battle of the Java Sea

The Japanese come at Java but first must deal with the Combined Fleet of Dutch, Australian, British and American vessels. What follows is The Battle of the Java Sea and The Battle of Sundra Straight. Then the fall of western Java. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
28/03/2048m 45s

Episode 282-Interview with Peter Lion about his book: Merg

Peter Lion joins up to talk about the incredible George Mergenthaler, the sole heir to a vast fortune, but after Pearl Harbor, he joined the US Army as a buck private, only wanting to do his part. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
19/03/201h 11m

Even the Rich

Celebrities, royals, heirs and heiresses—you may think you know them, you may think you envy them, but you have no idea what really goes on behind the scenes. Wondery’s new series Even the Rich pulls gives you a hilarious behind-the-scenes look at the stories of some of the greatest family dynasties in history. From the Murdochs to the Royals, and the Kardashians to the Kennedys, Even the Rich is part history, part comedy, part gossip, and all fascinating.Listen today: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
17/03/2010m 40s

Episode 281-The Fall of Java Pt 1

With Sumatra lost the Allies know that Java is next. ABDA Commander Gen. Archibald Wavell prepares his meager forces as best he can. One asset is the heavy cruiser the USS Houston, but can this make up for the overwhelming Japanese forces coming their way. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/03/2032m 9s

Episode 280-The Fall of Sumatra

With Singapore all but taken, the Japanese start operations against Sumatra. The Dutch ask for help from ABDA Command, but it may be too little, too late. Still, the Allies have one chance to stop the invasion, as they launch 50 fighters and bombers at the coming invasion force. Yet the Japanese have their own surprise in store, paratroopers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
23/02/2034m 35s

Episode 279-Interview with Wes Tooke, writer and producer of the film Midway

Writer, Wes Tooke joins us to talk about the film Midway. We cover this pivotal turning point in the Pacific War, lead by Adm. Chester Nimitz. Young men like Dick Best, Wade McClusky and Clarence Dickinson lead the charge after the disastrous attack on Pearl Harbor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/02/2043m 31s

Episode 278-The Fall of Bali and The Battle of Badung Straight

Needing another airfield to attack Java, the Japanese quickly work up a plan to take Bali. Dutch Rear Adm. Karel W. Doorman and ABDA Command respond with three separate naval groups of Dutch and American vessels to stop the invasion. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/02/2036m 10s

Wondery Presents WeCrashed

The co-working company WeWork was the poster child for a new economy. It was born in New York City from the ashes of the Great Recession, WeWork’s founders wanted to change not just the way people work, but how they live, sleep, and even raise their children. Its charismatic founder Adam Neumann had an intoxicating vision for the company -- but did it ever match the reality? Hosted by David Brown of Wondery’s hit podcast Business Wars, WeCrashed is a six-part series about the rise and fall of WeWork. It’s a story of hope and hubris, and pulls back the curtain on the lengths certain people will go to chase “unicorns.” Listen now at  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
29/01/207m 15s

Episode 277- An interview with Melissa Amateis* about her book, Nebraska POW Camps, A History of WWII Prisoners in the Heartland

During World War II, thousands of Axis prisoners of war were held throughout Nebraska in base camps that included Fort Robinson, Camp Scottsbluff and Camp Atlanta. Many Nebraskans did not view the POWs as "evil Nazis." To them, they were ordinary men and very human. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
25/01/2046m 13s

Episode 276-The Fall of The Celebes and Maluku Islands

With Singapore captured, the Japanese Empire sets its sights on Sumatra and Java. But first, the Celebes and Maluku Islands must fall, so Australia and other nearby locations can be targeted. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
19/01/2036m 32s

Introducing The Sneak

The Sneak tells true crime stories from in and around the world of sports. In this season, they look at a bizarre heist planned by a disgraced former athlete. Listen now at .  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
14/01/2010m 5s

Episode 275-The Fall of Singapore

Despite a 3 to 1 advantage in men, Archibald Percival, GOC Malay, is pushed by Churchill and ABDACOM Commander Gen. Wavell to defy the Japanese in trying to take Singapore. Yet Gen. Yamashita will continue defying the odds with audacity and speed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
31/12/1946m 13s

Episode 274-The End of British Malaya

Bringing up the Australian 8th Infantry Division, it's hoped these fresh troops can stop the Japanese 25th Army from taking Johore and thus capturing all of the Malayan Peninsula. Yet Percival and Wavell are already thinking of abandoning the peninsula and focusing on the island of Singapore. Even then, Churchill wants the island fortress held until there is protracted fighting among the ruins of Singapore City. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
16/12/1930m 6s

Episode 273-The Battle at Slim River

With reinforcements on the way, the British lead Commonwealth troops strive to keep the Japanese away from Singapore. And though exhausted, the Gurkhas, Punjabis, Hyderabad, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of the 11th Indian Infantry Division are on their own against Lt. Gen. Yamashita's 25th Army. It's a race between the arrival of help versus the capture of the port city. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/12/1930m 13s

Episode 272-Courage Yet Defeat: The Battle of Kampar

The Japanese 25 Army continues pushing the Malaya Command further south, ever closer to Singapore. But the latest stand will take place near Kampar yet here, the defenders have the enviable position of having their guns on the heights. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/12/1927m 47s

Episode 271-The Battle of Jitra

The third of the Battle of Singapore series. The 11th Indian Infantry Division, operating on the west coast, as well as the 9th Indian Infantry Division, on the East, both find themselves unable to deal with a few Japanese Battalion and a few companies of light tanks. Within a week, half the Malayan peninsula is lost. Soon, Singapore will be open to direct bombing by nearby, land based enemy bombers. The order of the day is retreat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
26/11/1928m 26s

Introducing Detective Trapp

Anaheim investigator Julissa Trapp is not like other detectives. She’s the only woman on the homicide squad, and a skilled chameleon: undercover cop in vice stings, crime-scene commander, patient confidante of killers. A master interrogator, she invokes her personal experience – and deepest griefs -- as a tool to elicit confessions. When a young woman’s body is found at a trash-sorting plant, Trapp learns the murder may be linked to the disappearance of three other women in nearby Santa Ana. Trapp embarks on a dark journey that brings her face to face with a man who takes “a little piece of her soul.” Listen now at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
19/11/1910m 19s

Episode 270-The Battle of Singapore: Force Z to the Rescue

Acting Admiral Sir Tom Phillips of the British Royal Navy, hopes to begin a campaign that will save SE Asia. If he can stop the invasion of southern Thailand and Northern Malaya, then one day, Singapore could be the starting point of retaking western possessions. Yet it's not the invading Japanese force Phillips fears or the convoy carrying it, it's the land based bombers in southern Indo-China. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
19/11/1928m 57s

Episode 270-The Battle of Singapore: Force Z to the Rescue

Acting Admiral Sir Tom Phillips of the British Royal Navy, hopes to begin a campaign that will save SE Asia. If he can stop the invasion of southern Thailand and Northern Malaya, then one day, Singapore could be the starting point of retaking western possessions. Yet it's not the invading Japanese force Phillips fears or the convoy carrying it, it's the land based bombers in southern Indo-China. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
19/11/1928m 57s

Episode 269-Interview with David Stahel about his book, Retreat from Moscow

Dr. David Stahel discusses his latest book, Retreat from Moscow, A New History of Germany's Winter Campaign, 1941-1942, in where he takes a new line on Operation Barbarossa's first winter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
13/11/191h 8m

Episode 268-The Battle for Malaya and Singapore

Though the British plans to defend Singapore with the Royal Navy and Air Force never materialize, Air Marshal Brooke-Popham and GOC Percival still want the British Far East possessions to hold out as long as possible. So Operation Matador and Operation Krohcol are created. But one will not be viable and the other, will be too little, too late. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
04/11/1937m 40s

Episode 267-Interview with Mikhal Dekel about her latest book, Tehran Children, A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey

Professor Mikhal Dekel joins me to talk about her book, covering Jewish Polish refugees, as 1000 children make an incredible 13,000 mile journey from Eastern Europe to Palestine, via Tehran. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
19/10/1954m 44s

Introducing The Next Big Idea

Ideas are coming at you every day from all directions. How can you process it all? You can start with The Next Big Idea. Host Rufus Griscom and legendary thought leaders Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, Dan Pink, and Susan Cain, will be your personal “idea” curators. Open your mind and get ready for something big, because the right idea--at the right moment--has the power to transform your life. Listen now on  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
15/10/199m 57s

Episode 266: The Fall of Borneo

The Japanese troops push the British led forces as well as the Dutch troops around Borneo, taking coastal towns and villages along the way. But not everything will go the invader's way, as the Dutch use their older bombers and fighters to resist. Not to mention, the US Navy makes an appearance. Still the Japanese win out. But then, both the defenders and the invaders have to content with the locals and some of them are headhunters. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
07/10/1935m 47s

Introducing The Mysterious Mr. Epstein

For most of his life, Jeffrey Epstein was a mystery-- who he was, how he made his money, and how he got away with horrific crimes for so many years. The Mysterious Mr. Epstein explores how Epstein was able to use his wealth to buy status and credibility, to buy power, and ultimately to buy himself freedom from justice. From the network that brought you Dirty John. Listen now at   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
01/10/1911m 21s

Episode 265-The Battle of Borneo: Resistance Comes in Many Form

After the raid on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese send 2 destroyers to damage the American facilities at Midway Island. Then the island of Borneo is attacked and the British and Dutch forces there have no choice but surrender, but will first make the invaders work for their victory. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
01/10/1925m 28s

Episode 264-Black Christmas: The Fall of Hong Kong

Broken by overwhelming numbers, Gen. Maltby and Gov. Young surrender the cause of Hong Kong. But in some ways, the battle over the island is just beginning, as Chinese Communists and Nationalists come together to harass the occupiers of China and Hong Kong. Then comes the tragic tale of the Lisbon Maru, full of Commonwealth POWS, but sunk by an American sub. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
16/09/1930m 15s

Episode 263-A Thousand Cuts

As Christmas approaches, the overwhelming Japanese forces reduce the British holdings throughout Hong Kong. Still, Gen. Maltby is unwilling to give up. One counter attack after another is launched. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
09/09/1923m 51s

Introducing Imagined Life Season Two

What is it like to be famous before you’re famous? What is it like to walk in the shoes of another person? Each episode of Imagined Life takes you on an immersive journey into the life of a world-famous person. It’ll be someone you may think you know, even admire -- or maybe the opposite. You’ll get clues to your identity along the way. But only in the final moments will you find out who “you” really are. So sit back, let go, and -- imagine your life, with our hosts, Oscar nominated Virginia Madsen and celebrated voice actor Robbie Daymond. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John. Listen now at   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
06/09/1911m 48s

Episode 262-Once More, Unto the Gap

With the eastern half of Hong Kong Island practically lost, it's up to the West Brigade, under Brig. John Lawson to hold the invading Japanese troops back. But Lawson will deal with the same conditions as the defeated Brig. Wallis of the East Brigade, not enough troops and overwhelming enemy forces. Still, both sides will bleed over the Wongneichong Gap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
02/09/1922m 13s

Episode 261-The Balaclava of the Sea

Gen. Sakai begins his invasion of Hong Kong, but Gen. Maltby has his troops ready and his Motor Torpedo Boats, which will hopefully stop the invasion before it can begin. Still, the Japanese reach shore and so begins Japanese atrocities, but the end of Hong Kong resistance.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
27/08/1928m 16s

Episode 260-Hong Kong-Retreat but No Surrender

With the Gin Drinker's Line pierced, Gen. Maltby pulls back his men to Hong Kong Island. The Japanese will ask the Commonwealth forces to surrender, but Gov. Young and Maltby give a one word answer, no. Now Gen. Sakai prepares to invade Hong Kong with a bombardment to weaken British defenses. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
19/08/1922m 56s

Episode 259-Operation C: Japan Attacks Hong Kong

As the Japanese military has been able to take the port cities of China by 1941, the British held Hong Kong is still free. But now its turn has come and Gen. Christopher Maltby and his mix of Canadian, British, Indian and Eurasians troops will try to hold out as long as possible. The Gin Drinkers Line, Maltby's first line of defense will be tested.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/08/1929m 43s

Episode 258-The Battle of Hong Kong

London had decided that Hong Kong was to be sacrificed to the Japanese, but after Canada offered up two battalions, Churchill reversed this decision. Now, the hope was that the British Colony would hold out behind the Gin Drinker's Line, manned by Canadians, Indians and the men from a Hong Kong Chinese Regiment. Still, the odds were going to be 4 to 1. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
24/07/1921m 28s

Episode 257-The Fall of Wake Island

The marines on Wake Island are holding out, due to discipline and Japanese tactical mistakes. Yet Maj. Devereux is unaware of this and thus brings to fighting to an end. Yet the Japanese atrocities are only just beginning, against the marine and civilian POWs. As for Adm. Frank Fletcher's task force to save Wake, that suffers too, from the equally timid Vice Adm. Pye. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
02/07/1924m 42s

Episode 256- Massacre on Wake Island

Wake Island becomes the focal point of US resistance to Japanese aggression. Adm. Kimmel will send a relief force to Wake, but will it get there in time. Meanwhile, Rear Adm. Kajioka of the Imperial Japanese Navy, in command of the force that is to take Wake is reinforced by two of the carriers that led the Pearl Harbor attack. Pictured-1st Lt. John Kinney works himself into exhaustion trying to keep the marine's remaining Wildcat fighters operational. Who will get to Wake first, the Japanese or Task Force 14? This episode brought to you by Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
26/06/1936m 22s

Episode 255- The Marines of Wake Island Don’t Know Quit

The Marines on Wake Island are down to four Wildcat fighters, but are determined to resist any Japanese invasion, no matter the odds. "Hammering Hank" and Maj. Putnam and their pilots score hit after hit, but the Japanese bombers and transports keep coming. Meanwhile Maj. Devereux comes up with his own surprises for the invaders. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
18/06/1929m 38s

Episode 254-Guam Falls. Wake Island, The Alamo of the Pacific is Next

With MacArthur's airfields still smoldering, the Japanese attack Guam and Wake Island. But the Marines on Wake, though staggered after the first strike are determined to fight on. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/06/1930m 27s

Episode 253-Gen. MacArthur-Everything is in Readiness-The Philippines and Singapore

Gen. Douglas MacArthur, in command of all U.S. forces in The Philippines, is convinced that the Japanese will not attack until April of 1942 and plans accordingly. But as we have seen, Clark Field is ravaged and half of his B 17s are destroyed. Meanwhile, Adm. Tom Phillips of the British Royal Navy will take the warships Repulse and the Prince of Wales up, along the coast to check any Japanese landings. This episode is brought to you by Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
04/06/1929m 7s

Episode 252- The Japanese are Coming: Thailand Falls

As Japan launches Operation No. 1, the invasion of SE Asia, numerous transport ships head out to attack The Philippines, Malaya and Thailand. The British believe themselves prepared while the Americans offer to help as much as they can, thinking themselves safe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
27/05/1929m 36s

Introducing The Shrink Next Door

Marty Markowitz had his share of problems. His parents had recently died. He had troubles at work. A failing relationship. He needed someone to help him through this rough patch in his life. So he decided to get some professional help from a psychiatrist. What he did not count on, was what happened in his life over the next twenty-nine years.This is a story about power, control, and turning to the wrong person for help. Listen now at more about your ad choices. Visit
21/05/1913m 13s

Episode 251-An Interview with Walter Borneman about his book Brothers Down

Author Walter Borneman joins us to talk about his book, Brothers Down: Pearl Harbor and The Fate of the Many Brothers Aboard the USS Arizona Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/05/1948m 5s

Episode 250- A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

As the Japanese invasion fleet comes closer to Malaya, the various plans established by each side will be tested. Yet, the invaders will find that, perhaps, the gods are on their side. Meanwhile President Roosevelt addresses Congress and asks for a declaration of war against the Japanese Empire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
06/05/1928m 30s

Episode 249-Japan Enters the War

As Axis victories cause colonial powers to become vulnerable in the Far East, Japan decides to enter the war. With a quick strike at Pearl Harbor, Japanese forces will make for Malaya, Thailand, Hong Kong, Guam, the Philippines, Wake Island and Midway. All this, President Roosevelt will have to share with Congress as he tells of the death and destruction at Pearl. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
30/04/1930m 41s

Introducing Espionage

Here is the first part of the first episode of Espionage, the latest podcast from Parcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
15/04/1916m 52s

Episode 248-Post Pearl Harbor: The American Giant is Awakened

With details of the Pearl Harbor attack still coming in, President Roosevelt knows he needs to inform but also calm his fellow Americans, who can only think of revenge. Japan declares war against the U.S. and Great Britain, but will FDR call for a war against Japan and Nazi Germany? What will Hitler do? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
08/04/1928m 33s

Episode 247-Pearl Harbor: American Perspective Pt 2

The Second attack wave comes and goes at Pearl Harbor. Now, FDR, Adm. Nimitz, Adm. Halsey and Gen. Douglas MacArthur have to face what's coming next, the invasion of SE Asia.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
02/04/1934m 32s

Episode 246-The End of the Aleutian Campaign

The Americans with Canadian help attempt to drive away or capture the Japanese troops stationed on Attu and Kiska. Yet the mysterious Battle of the Pips will aid the Japanese. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
15/03/1930m 58s

Episode 245-Operation Landcrab

The Americans continue to bomb Kiska, but the Japanese troops are not leaving. Worse, the Imperial Japanese High Command has sent reinforcements. So the US 7th Division from California, along with parts of the 13th Canadian Infantry Brigade have been chosen to land on Attu, to capture the enemy or push them into the sea. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
05/03/1930m 22s

Episode 244: The Aleutian Campaign, the Kiska Blitz

As the Japanese grab a second Aleutian Island, the US military, though denying the Japanese advance, makes plans to remove them. The result-The Kiska Blitz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
25/02/1929m 55s

Episode 243-The Aleutian Islands Campaign

Adm. Yamamoto wants to occupy the Midway Islands, but first needs to confuse his opponent Adm. Chester Nimitz with a diversionary attack on the Aleutian Islands. The attack on Midway does not go according to plan, but neither does the defense of Dutch Harbor, Attu or Kiska. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
23/02/1923m 49s

Episode 242-Interview with Steve Snyder about his book Shot Down: The True story of Pilot Howard Snyder and the crew of the B 17 Susan Ruth

Shot Down covers the events leading up to and after the crew of the B 17 Susan Ruth is shot down over the French/Belgium border on February 8, 1944. Of the ten man crew, some died, some ended up in prison camps, and some evaded capture. As for Pilot Howard Snyder, find out how he evaded capture from the Gestapo for 7 long months.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
16/02/191h 28m

Episode 241-Air Raid, Pearl Harbor. This is No Drill!

As the carrier USS Enterprise is late for its return to Pearl Harbor, Adm. Bull Halsey sends on ahead Scouting and Bombing squadron 6. The 18 Douglas Dauntless SBDs are about to fly into the tragedy that is the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. Also Lt. Gen. Walter Short, in overall command, realizes the unthinkable has happened. And Chaplin Lt. Howell M. Forgy of the USS New Orleans is about to utter his famous line, Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
30/01/1933m 25s

Episode 240-An Interview with Dr. Jonathan Fennell about his new book, Fighting the People’s War: The British and Commonwealth Armies and The Second World War

Dr. Jonathan Fennell discusses the importance of morale in his latest book: Fighting the People’s War: The British and Commonwealth Armies and The Second World War Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
26/01/191h 9m

Episode 239-Pearl Harbor, The American Perspective, Pt 1

As the Japanese bombs and bullets begin to destroy American equipment and lives, the mostly young men are about to find out what they're made of. This episode focuses on the American's response at Kaneohe Bay Naval Air Station, the Marines' Mooring Mast Field at Ewa and Bellows Field. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/01/1931m 30s

Episode 238-An Interview with Andrew Roberts about his Churchill biography

This episode is a crossover from The Cold War Podcast that I co-host with Cameron Reilly. With us is historian Andrew Roberts as we discuss his new book, Churchill-Walking with Destiny. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
08/01/1956m 25s

Episode 237- The Thin Gray Line, the US Pacific Submarine fleet after Pearl Harbor

Back with us is Flint Whitlock as we discuss his book Depths of Courage:American Submariners at War with Japan, 1941-1945. With America's surface fleet and air arm crippled after Pearl Harbor, the few subs in the Pacific were tasked with keeping the Japanese Navy at bay. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
29/12/181h 20m

Introducing Safe for Work

Here’s a podcast that’ll help you find peace in your career and life. Subscribe to Safe For Work on Apple Podcasts, wherever you’re listening to this, on Apple Podcasts or Spotify todayLearn more about your ad choices. Visit
27/12/185m 23s

Episode 236-Claire Chennault and the Flying Tigers

Laszlo Montgomery of The China History Podcast joins me to discuss Claire Chennault and the Flying Tigers. Just after the devastation of Pearl Harbor, the AVG are the only Americans taking the fight to the Japanese Empire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
09/12/181h 19m


Please checkout The Parcast Network's latest hit: Assassinations. One death can change the world. Assassinations recounts history’s most dramatic deaths.  Through little-known facts, “what-ifs?” and examining the assassin's motives, they explore how one murder can alter the course of history.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
28/11/1839m 11s

Episode 235-An Interview with Flint Whitlock about his book Desperate Valour: Triumph at Anzio

With the Allies being held up in southern Italy by The Gustav Line, near the end of 1943, Gen. Mark Clark decides to do an end run. The force of British and American troops, led by Gen. John Lucas, will land just south of Rome. However, the Allies have few facts to go on and will be caught off guard by the number of troops Field Marshal Albert Kesselring will throw at the tiny beach head at Anzio. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
28/11/181h 14m

Episode 234-Pearl Harbor Attack-The 2nd Japanese Air Strike

The 2nd Air Wave comes at Pearl Harbor to finish what the First Wave started. Yet, their target selection will be poor. Meanwhile, the Americans are as ready as they can be and as such, the invaders will suffer more than double the losses from the first attack. Still, the battleships Nevada and Pennsylvania will be heavily targeted. Pictured are the Cassin, Downes and in the rear, the flag ship Pennsylvania.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
20/11/1826m 27s

Introducing: Imagined Life

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to walk in the shoes of a legend and not even realize it?  IMAGINED LIFE takes you there. Each episode guides listeners on an immersive journey through the surprising moments and challenges that shaped someone’s life before they were famous. Clues about your identity are dropped along the way, but only at the end will you learn who “you” are. Part mystery, part deeply immersive story, and part inspiration for how to weather life's unexpected trials, Imagined Life shows just how connected we all are. The first few episodes will share the lives of JK Rowling, Elton John, and Elon Musk.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
07/11/1851m 45s

Episode 233-An interview with Frederic Martini about his book: Betrayed- Secrecy, Lies and Consequences

While the official government story has always been that no Allied POWs were held in German concentration camps, 168 Allied airmen were beaten, experimented on, and otherwise mistreated in Buchenwald, where the famous rocket scientist Wernher von Braun obtained slave labor for his V-2 factory, the Mittelwerk. Here is the story of one of those airmen, Frederic Martini. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
30/10/181h 9m

Episode 232-Pearl Harbor: The First Attack Wave

This episode covers the first attack wave of Japanese aircraft, from the Japanese point of view. Battleship Row is hit, but Fuchida's plan is far from perfect. Then came the high level bombers, which inflicted damage on every battleship, sinking 3 of them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
22/10/1844m 21s

Episode 231-Tora, Tora, Tora, The Attack on Pearl Harbor

The first air wave of attacking Japanese warplanes reaches Oahu, on their way to Pearl Harbor. But before they reach Battleship Row, several civilian planes offer the excited pilots a chance to score their first kills. The locals and US Military personnel on the ground can't believe their eyes. They assume, it's the most life like war game ever put on by the Army and Navy Brass. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
15/10/1832m 51s

Episode 230-Interview with Robin Hutton-War Animals-The Unsung Heroes of WWII

Writer Robin Hutton talks about her latest book which tells of the animals who contributed to the Allied effort of WWII. There's Chips, who served as a sentry dog for the Roosevelt-Churchill conference; Ding, a paradog whose plane was hit by enemy fire on D-Day, ended up in a tree, and once on the ground still saved lives. G.I. Joe, who flew 20 miles in 20 minutes and stopped the planes on the tarmac from bombing a town that had just been taken over by allied forces, saving the lives of over 100 British soldiers. And Winkie, the first Dickin recipient, who saved members of a downed plane when she flew 129 miles with oil clogged wings with an SOS message that helped a rescue team find the crew. Hutton's previous book was Sgt. Reckless: America's War Horse. This episode is brought to you by Start a 30-day trial and your first audiobook is free. Go to or text WORLDWAR2 to 500500.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
01/10/181h 4m

Introducing American Scandal

Since the founding of the United States, in every generation, in every field of business, politics, sports and society, we’ve watched in shock as corruption, deceit and desire bring down heroes, titans and those we thought we could trust.In the aftermath, we’re left with too many questions, how did this happen? Who is to blame?Subscribe to American Scandal today. more about your ad choices. Visit
25/09/1817m 45s

Episode 229-The United States' First Shot of WWII

In the predawn darkness, the Japanese Strike Force has prepared to launch its first wave of bombers and fighters. Meanwhile, the US Naval Base at Pearl Harbor sleeps. However, a strange looking submarine is spotted and fired upon near the entrance to Pearl, by the USS Ward. Word of this gets back to Adm. Husband Kimmel, who then has to decide how to react. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
19/09/1830m 3s

Episode 228-An Interview with Mary Jo McConahay about her latest book The Tango War

Writer Mary Jo McConahay comes on the show to discuss her latest book, The Tango War: The Struggle for the Hearts, Minds and Riches of Latin America during WWII. We discuss Latin America's involvement in WWII, which includes Mexican Oil, Brazilian Rubber, The Smoking Cobras and Mickey Mouse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/09/181h 7m

Episode 227-This Means War

On December 7, 1941, Ambassador Nomura and Special Envoy Kurusu are about to give Secretary of State Hull and FDR Japan's response to the Hull Note. But really, it's a declaration of war. That is, until the Japanese Military changes the wording. All of America will find out about the attack on Pearl Harbor before the Japanese representatives do. Pictured is Nomura, Hull and Kurusu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
28/08/1827m 41s

Episode 226-The Japanese are Not Ready for Us Yet

Multiple Japanese Assault Fleets are on the move, but with so much incoming information, President Roosevelt and his cabinet do not pick up on the threat to Pearl Harbor. Besides, the military men advising FDR still can not imagine the smaller nation starting an all out war. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
20/08/1830m 12s

Episode 225-Indianpolis-Interview with Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic

Attacked on 30 July 1945,  the heavy cruiser was torpedoed by the Imperial Japanese Navy submarine I-58, and sank in 12 minutes. However, the two authors seek nothing short than to tell the entire story and return the USS indianpolis to its rightful place as the proud and courageous flagship of the US 5th Fleet during WWII.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
25/07/181h 21m

Episode 224-Climb Mount Niitaka: Tojo Gets his War

Emperor Hirohito reluctantly gives his approval for the attack on Pearl Harbor. As Tojo said, "With war, if you don't try it, you can't know how it will turn out." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
26/06/1831m 34s

Episode 223-Roosevelt Learns of the Coming Attack

Through MAGIC, the US's ability to read Japan's diplomatic messages, FDR learns of a final deadline and a coming Japanese attack. Pictured are Ambassador Nomura and special representative Kurusu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
13/06/1832m 59s

Episode 222-The Pearl Harbor That Almost Wasn't

Tokyo and Washington seem to be making progress in their peace talks. And yet, the Japanese 1st Air Fleet departs for its attack on Pearl Harbor.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
21/05/1828m 33s

Episode 221-War with the U.S. Seems Unavoidable

Prince Konoye's government collapses as Gen. Tojo demands war with the U.S. Emperor Hirohito then orders Tojo to form his own government, hoping this will cause the Japanese Army to be more cautious. Meanwhile the alerts sent to Pearl Harbor by Washington remain vague.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
14/05/1830m 23s

Episode 220-An Interview with Lyuba Vinogradova: Defending the Motherland

Dr. Vinogradova comes back to the show to discuss her latest book, Defending the Motherland: The Soviet Women Who Fought Hiter's Aces. This episode's sponsor: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
25/04/181h 3m

Episode 219-When Diplomacy Fails

As the various issues with attacking Pearl Harbor are overcome, the Japanese Military evades telling the truth to Emperor Hirohito and PM Konoye. And they, in learn, deceive President Roosevelt's cabinet. Please support the show by checking out our sponson, Use "worldwar" promo code at checkout to say 20% off your first order. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
24/04/1835m 16s

Episode 218-Pearl Harbor: The Strongest Fortress in the World

Washington and Tokyo continue their diplomatic dance but neither side is willing to give in. The Americans have broken the Japanese Diplomatic cypher codes, but so have the Japanese, of American Diplomatic codes. Then the Japanese Army finishes occupying the rest of French Indo-China. Of FDR's many responses, one is to reactivate Douglas MacArthur and send him to the Philippines.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
20/03/1846m 36s

Episode 217-Japan: Do or Die

With Washington and Tokyo trying to bend the other to its will, President Roosevelt seeks to strangle Japan's aggression in China with a trade blockade while Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto begins to plan his attack on the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor. War seems imminent, but both sides still hope for peace through negotiations, on their own terms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
05/03/1831m 4s

Episode 216-The World Goes to War

Chiang Kai-Shek struggles to keep China in the war, knowing the Soviet-German Non Aggression Pact can not last. The question is what will Japan do, once Russia is brought low. Meanwhile, the Japanese attack French Indochina and force Churchill to close the Burma Road. 1941 goes by with the U.S. and Japanese Empire negotiating, hoping to bring the other to heel. Neither side is participating in good faith.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/02/1846m 30s

Episode 215: Collision Course, the Road to Pearl Harbor.

Having chased Chiang Kai-Shek back to Chongqing, the Japanese Empire is still unable to get him to surrender. So, on to Chongqing it is, but events in Europe: The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland and then the war in the West will stymie one Japanese government after another. Which leaves Japan to head towards SE Asia and in conflict with the United States, setting up the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
05/02/1835m 10s

214-Betrayal, the Burma Road and The Battle of Nomonhan

Chiang Kai-Shek starts over, again, in Chongqing, as the Japanese military seek to deny him the east coast. First Canton will fall, then other port cities. Meanwhile, British controlled Burma and the Nationalists work together to construct the Burma… Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
29/01/1836m 14s

213-The 2nd Sino-Japanese War: The Fall of Wuhan

Chiang Kai-Shek is staking everything on his defense of Wuhan. As such, the various Japanese forces attempt to encircle the city. Chiang throws everything he has at the enemy, even scoring one major victory at Tai’erzhuang. However, this is not…delete Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
24/01/1838m 47s

212-The Massacre of Nanjing

As Chiang Kai-Shek moves his capital and military Head Quarters west and Hideki Tojo becomes directly involved in the war to the north, the Japanese troops move out from Shanghai to Nanjing. There, their pent up frustration over the Nationalists… Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
15/01/1833m 20s

Episode 211-The End of the Battle of Shanghai

Chiang Kai-Shek's forces are barely holding out. But when a second enemy Expeditionary Force lands, it spells the end of Shanghai's freedom. Stalin agrees to supply the Chinese Nationalists, but the Japanese forces then move on to the Chinese capital Nanjing. The Rape of Nanjing will be bring the horror of occupation to a whole new level. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
08/01/1835m 5s

Episode 210-China's Lost Battalion

The Japanese Expeditionary Force continues to push south to gain access to Shanghai. Meanwhile, Chiang Kai-Shek's nationalist troops continue to retreat. Yet, to show the world its defiance and courage, Chiang will leave one Battalion north of the Suzhou River, to face the Japanese alone. Link for book- Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/12/1733m 46s

Episode 209-Dark Days for Chiang Kai-Shek

The Chinese Nationalists are loosing the battle of Shanghai. Yet, Chiang has to hold on as the League of Nations will soon be discussing the conflict. Then U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt steps into the fray by criticizing Japan's aggression. Still, it seems that Chiang's holdings north of Shanghai will have to be abandoned. Yet, to make sure the world doesn't forget about the Chinese, 1000 soldiers will be left near the Foreign Settlements, so the westerns can watch these men be slaughtered and write home. These victims will be remembered as China's Lost Battalion. Becoming Hitler- Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
04/12/1728m 3s

Episode 208-The Battle of Shanghai: Japanese Reinforcements

The Japanese Expeditionary forces set the stage for a much larger attack, once their reinforcements arrive. The plan is to cut Shanghai off from any assistance. Meanwhile, Chiang Kai-Shek has taken personal command of the 3rd War Zone.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
04/11/1724m 40s

Episode 207-Shanghai Becomes Chiang Kai-Shek's Stalingrad

The Chinese Nationalist forces have pulled back from the coast, yet are determined to establish their own Maginot Line. But as both sides have reinforcements in route, the fighting around Shanghai will continue. Thus giving the world, its first large clash, using modern weapons within a civilian population, five years before Stalingrad. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
30/10/1729m 33s

Episode 206-Interview with Dr. Lyuba Vinogradova about her book Avenging Angels: The Young Women of the Soviet Union's WWII Sniper Corps

Dr. Lyuba Vinogradova discusses her research and the resulting book that covers the young women of Stalin's USSR, who are conscripted to the Sniper Corps. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
20/10/1756m 21s

Episode 205-Chiang Kai-Shek's Pyrrhic Victory

Chiang Kai Shek and his ordinary soldiers are more determined than ever to defend Shanghai in 1937. However, the officers in the middle, due to their experience, see the writing on the wall. Thus Nationalist China will adopt the famous policy of trading land for time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
16/10/1723m 50s

Episode 204-The Japanese Empire Doubles Down in Shanghai

The Japanese invasion of Shanghai, nor their desire to teach the Chinese a lesson, is moving forward fast enough for Tokyo. So when the Expeditionary commander requests 5 additional divisions, the Japanese Imperial Staff and Navy acquiesce with alacrity. Their new goal is to expand their holdings and when reinforced to push west on a general front. However, Chiang Kai-Shek has reached an agreement with Stalin and soon Soviet military supplies will be on the way. For now the Chinese Nationalist forces have the single task of holding out, until then.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/10/1727m 59s

Episode 203-Shanghai: The Dominance of Japanese Air and Sea Power

The Japanese are unloading men and material at a frustratingly slow rate, due to the tides. Until they are ready to launch their assault, their navy and air force keep Chiang Kai-Shek's forces pinned down. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/10/1720m 6s

Episode 202-The Battle of Shanghai Part 2

The Japanese bring reinforcements to Shanghai as their marines are bogged down by Chiang Kai-Shek's best troops. Meanwhile, retired US Army Air Force Captain Claire Lee Chennault, finds the Chinese pilots woefully inadequate in deflecting the building assault. The Japanese invaders come ashore and now the fate of Shanghai is in the balance, as British and American civilians flee the International Settlement. Please fill out the survey at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
15/09/1732m 39s

Episode 201-The Battle of Shanghai, Part 1

Chiang Kai-Shek decides that the time has come to openly fight back against Japan. His chosen site is the port city of Shanghai. Both sides build up their forces there, but the Chinese Nationalists will attempt to deliver a surprise attack. As the war enlarges, Stalin decides to assist the Chinese. Tokyo will widen the battle of Shanghai, as their first attempt is blunted. Please help me out and fill out a survey at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
09/09/1727m 59s

Episode 200-The Marco Polo Bridge Incident

Japanese forces bring war to the China main land. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
01/09/1740m 24s

Episode 199-The Pacific Theatre-Prologue Sino-Japanese Relations

As we officially begin the Pacific Theatre, this episode covers the building tension between The Japanese Empire, dominated by the military and the Chinese Nationalist Government. From the Russo-Japanese War to the Mukden Incident, to the take over of Manchuria, to the fighting over Shanghai and at the Great Wall itself, Japanese desire for more and more Chinese territory, dominates relations between the two countries. The episode ends, with the beginning of the events at the Marco Polo Bridge. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
23/07/1730m 40s

Episode 198-The Beginning of the Big Three

President Roosevelt sends Harry Hopkins, again to London, to set up a meeting between himself and Churchill. The U.S. still seems far from entering the war, but coordination is needed if Hitler is to be defeated. But Hopkins also ends up flying to Moscow to meet with Stalin, the first high ranking American to do so. Meanwhile, as Washington wonders what to do about the Japanese Empire, Tokyo decides on its own to take the initiative. Pictured is Harry Hopkins and Stalin during their first meeting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
18/06/1742m 14s

Episode 197-The Beginning of the Final Solution

Nazi Germany launches its war against the USSR. As such, FDR hopes Germany's attention will slacken on the Atlantic. Yet, if Soviet Russia collapses, then Japan would be free to attack Siberia or Western held territory in Asia. FDR must decide it now is the time to move forcefully against Hitler. Meanwhile Churchill and FDR learn of the slaughter of the Jews in Poland.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/06/1719m 36s

Episode 196-Stalin: Lenin's Protege

The Great War is over, but the Allies don't know what to do with Russia. So, the german troops in Russian territory are ordered to remain where they are. Lenin has the task of turning Marxism into a function government. Stalin faces accusations of his time in Tsaritsyn.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/06/1746m 48s

Episode 194-Interview with Sally Mott Freeman about her book: The Jersey Brothers

With us is Sally Mott Freeman as we discuss her book, The Jersey Brothers: A Missing Naval Officer in the Pacific and His Family's Quest to Bring Him Home. We cover FDR's Map Room, Pearl Harbor, the Fall of the Philippines, MacArthur, Siapan, Guadalcanal and of course, the missing naval officer Barton Mott, who was captured by the Japanese after MacArthur's Retreat. The search for this young man is the core of the book. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/06/171h 6m

Episode 195-The Beginnings of Pearl Harbor

As Hitler tries to lower the tension between the U.S. and Nazi Germany, the opposite is happening between the Japanese Empire and the U.S. As such Adm. Yamamoto draws up plans to strike at U.S. Naval forces at Pearl Harbor. It's a gamble, but if a surprise strike can be made, then Japan will have the time it needs to consolidate more territory throughout SE Asia. Pictured is Adm. Yamamoto. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/06/1715m 46s

Episode 193-Churchill and Chiang Kai-Shek, FDR’s Warriors

President Roosevelt wins a third term, but the American people still refuse to commit to war. Meanwhile, FDR has to find a way to help the Chinese and the British fight off their enemies, until the US is strong enough or the Axis fire first. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
29/05/1727m 16s

Episode 192-Hitler’s Reaction to Lend lease and FDR’s Third Term

President Franklin Roosevelt succeeds in his 3rd term attempt and with the passage of Lend Lease, Hitler knows the war will be prolonged. His answer to continued British resistance and the eventual entry of the U.S., is to plan an attack against Stalin's USSR. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
20/05/1744m 4s

Episode 191: Lenin's Cruelty, Stalin's Ambition

With the Kaiser's forces coming ever closer to Petrograd and Moscow, many Russians lose confidence in Lenin and his Bolsheviks. As such, no party member is safe. Bolshevik members begin to disappear, or are openly murdered. Even Lenin is unsafe. This chaos eventually forms into the Russia Civil War. Fortunately, Stalin is far away in the south, gathering grain for the Russian peasants.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
14/05/1735m 13s

Episode 190-The Axis Powers and their New World Order

Nazi Germany is not the only threat to U.S. peace as the Empire of Japan continues its attacks against China. Meanwhile President Roosevelt pulls out all the political tricks he can to weaken the isolationists and help Great Britain stay in the fight against Hitlerism.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
07/05/1735m 13s

Episode 189-Roosevelt's Secret War against Hitler

As the Nazi menace grows across Europe, President Roosevelt knows that America will be threatened one day. His best plan for keeping the United States out of the conflict is by helping Churchill defeat Hitler. But in his way are his country's neutrality laws and the isolationists.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
30/04/1733m 37s

Episode 188-The Great War, Brest-Litovsk and Lenin's Retreat

Lenin's Bolsheviks pull Russia out of the Great with the Brest Litovsk Treaty, but the Imperial German Army keeps advancing towards Petrograd, because there is no Russia army to stop them. Lenin orders a retreat to Russia's ancient capital, Moscow. Meanwhile, Stalin is given the task of feeding Petrograd and Moscow and will do anything to succeed, to further make Trotsky look weak.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
16/04/1732m 9s

Episode 187-Interview with Scott Miller

Mr. Miller's latest book, Agent 110: An American Spymaster and the German Resistance in WWII, covers America's attempt to build an espionage network after Pearl Harbor, which leads Allen Dulles to met up with a strange cast of characters, some want to help Germany end the war and some only want to help themselves. Those conspirators within Nazi Germany have to content with Hitler's popularity after his many military successes, but then get a chance after his failure in Russia, namely Operation Valkyrie. Joins us as we discover who was Allen Dulles and how early there was talk of getting rid of Hitler.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
27/03/171h 16m

Episode 186-The Battle for Norway, Vidkun Quisling and the North Sea

This episode covers the naval battles between the British Royal Navy and the Kriegsmarine just prior to the Battle of Norway. It also touches on the Oscarborg Fortress protecting Oslo and the following submarine battles of the North Sea. Pictured, the Oscarborg Fortress. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
05/03/1726m 38s

Episode 185-The Pacific Theatre-MacArthur's Retreat

Back with us are Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, authors of Lucky 666: The Impossible Mission. Today we discuss, the Pacific Theatre in general and MacArthur's Retreat.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
25/02/171h 2m

Episode 184-The Question of Peace, Lenin and Stalin versus Trotsky

As Lenin deflects others trying to take control of Revolutionary Russia, his Bolshevik Central Committee has to deal with the Central Powers and the Great War. The question posed, is peace worth any price. Lenin and Stalin believe the answer is yes, but Trotsky offers another option. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
05/02/1729m 55s

Episode 182-Churchill and Hitler Race for Norway, Episode 183-Stalin: Lenin's Mouthpiece

With neither side trusting the other, both the Allies and Nazi Germany ready plans to invade Norway. For Episode 183, Lenin again proves he's a force of nature and willing to do anything to seize power and establish the Bolshevik Dictatorship. As for Stalin he is there every step of the way, but the tension between himself and Trotsky increases. Pictured-Hitler and Admiral Raeder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
29/01/1751m 15s

Episode 180: Sea Battles, Death at Scapa Flow. Ep 181-The Rule of Lenin and the Bolsheviks

Commodore Donitz, in charge of the German submarines, plans a daring raid against the British battleships in Scapa Flow. In Episode 181, Lenin and the Bolsheviks take control of the Russia, but immediately have challengers. Picture, the HMS Royal Oak.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
15/01/171h 1m

Episode 179-Flashback: The Battle of the Atlantic Begins

Backing up a bit, we begin the story of the battle for the Atlantic, as German U-boats attempt to starve Britain into submission. Meanwhile, the U.S. moves closer to the Allied camp by selling arms to Britain and France.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
07/01/1739m 46s

Episode 177-Rommel Retreats, The End of Operation Crusader Ep 178-Lenin's Pillars: Stalin and Trotsky

Gen. Rommel keeps winning battles but losses men and tanks, that are not replaced. Meanwhile, British 8th Army, refuses to give up, each time it's beaten and C in C Auchinleck makes sure the Commonwealth's losses are replaced. Rommel will have to decided what comes next for the Afrika Korps. Ep 178-Trotsky moves into a position to better serve Lenin, along with Stalin. And the Leninist's Bolsheviks find themselves on the edge of power, if they will but reach out and take it.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/12/1654m 53s

Episode 175-Rommel knows Best Episode 176-Stalin steps in for Lenin

Ep 175-As Gen. Rommel sends his panzers to surprise the British 8th Army near the Frontier Wire, Gen. Cunningham's forces finally reach Tobruk to help Gen. Scobie and his men escape. Ep 176-Lenin is on the cusp of power, but fails to take the final step. Lenin is then forced to hide from Kerensky of the Provisional Government,  but Stalin steps up to lead their faction of the Bolshevik Party.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
14/11/161h 2m

Episode 174-Lucky 666: The Impossible Mission by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

Our guests today are writers Bob Drury and Tom Clavin to discuss their latest book, Lucky 666-The Impossible Mission. Mavericks or "Screw ups" Jay Zeamer and Joseph Sarnoski, sent to the Pacific Theater to help defend Australia from invasion by Japanese Imperial forces, will end up rebuilding a dilapidated B-17 and volunteering to photograph the western coast of Bougainville for the impending U.S. invasion. Little do they know that they will be involved in the longest dogfight in history. One of them will not make it back alive.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
23/10/161h 25m

Episode 172-Rommel readies for Success Ep 173-Lenin's Civil War

Acting on misinformation, both generals, Rommel and Cunningham make plans for the next day, hoping to wipe out the other's armor. Yet Rommel is in a much better position to succeed. Cunningham just doesn't know poorly Operation Crusader is unfolding. Meanwhile, Lenin has to face down his own faction, including Stalin, to move his Bolsheviks closer to the desire of the Russian peasants.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
09/10/1647m 53s

Episode 170-Crusader Part 4 Rommel Rises to the Occasion & Episode 171 Lenin comes Home

Ep 170-As Operation Crusader goes forward Gen. Cunningham feels confident as his tanks make it close to Tobruk. However Rommel feels threatened, even though his panzers have destroyed many of Cunningham's tanks. Meanwhile Gen. Scobie, the British commander in Tobruk readies to break out. Ep 171-Tsar Nicholas II tries to have his way even though he is loosing the throne and Lenin gets the help of Germany to finally come home. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
28/08/1651m 48s

Episode 168-Opearation Crusader Part 3 & Episode 169-Stalin and The Great War

Gen. Auchinleck's Operation Crusader is finally launched, but Rommel does not react as predicted as his focus is still on taking Tobruk. AND Tsar Nicholas II guides Russia through the Great War. At its end, Stalin is freed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
14/08/1649m 1s

Episode 167-Operation Crusader Part 2

The British Western Desert Army is transformed into the 8th British Army proper. C in C ME Auchinleck has tapped Gen. Sir Alan Cunningham to lead it. His first order of business is to destroy Rommel's panzers and relieve Tobruk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
02/08/1627m 30s

Episode 166-Lenin's Gift to Stalin

Stalin will endure several more arrests, but while in exile, Lenin will maneuver to have Koba made a member of the newly created Bolshevik Central Committee. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
23/07/1633m 8s

Episode 164-Lenin's Trigger Man

Stalin is newly married, but has little time for his wife and soon to arrive child. He is still focused on the Marxism revolution and his rise in the Bolshevik party, not to mention the destruction of the Menshevik faction. Vladimir Lenin choses the younger man to be his muscle as he defies the Socialist Democrats of Russia.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/07/1632m 26s

Episode 165-Meanwhile back in North Africa-Operation Crusader Part 1

With a new commander in the Middle East, Churchill wants the war against Rommel renewed, but C in C Auchinleck has his own ideas. Yet the Desert Fox will spoil everyone's plans with his own attack. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
09/07/1633m 37s

Episode 163-Stalin: Family Man

Young Stalin begins to the learn of the wider world of international politics and the intrigues that comes with it. Lenin his hero, does not measure up upon their first face to face. And Koba goes through his own metamorphosis when he returns from the 4th Congress and marries a local Tiflis girl. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
16/05/1641m 4s

Episode 162-The Winter Fortress Interview with Neal Bascomb

In early 1942, the U.S. and Great Britain work together to develop the Atomic Bomb, but London needs to make sure Nazi Germany doesn't get there first. Today's guest is author Neal Bascomb. We discuss his new book, out today, The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler's Atomic Bomb. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/05/161h 9m

Episode 161-Stalin Bio Part 5

Stalin, the young revolutionary, stumbles and is on the outs with the Georgian Social Democratic Worker's Party. Yet, after making another mistake, he is tepidly allowed to re-enter the group. Sent to a back water area, the workers there will soon strike and put the mining town and Stalin, at the center of the revolution. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
19/04/1638m 17s

Episode 160-Leningrad under Siege, Part 2 Unarmed for War

Leningraders volunteer in such numbers that the Stavka orders several divisions to be organized, to resist the German invaders. Yet the men are thrown in untrained, mostly weaponless, armed only with a desire for revenge.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
27/03/1627m 33s

Episode 159-Stalin Bio Part 4-The Rise of Koba

Ioseph Jughashvili, AKA Stalin, leaves the seminary under mysterious circumstances. Following the path of his mentor Lado Ketskhoveli, Soso becomes a revolutionary and learns the joy of mentoring the people but also to fear the police. Seeking refuge for himself, Stalin goes underground, after serving his first long prison sentence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
19/03/1633m 2s

Episode 158- Leningrad Under Siege

The people of Leningrad take an affront to Nazi Germany invading their country. The men volunteer in droves for military service, the women are sent off to dig trenches. Though many of the men will die that summer of 1941, the Soviet Red Banner Baltic Fleet will undergo its own "Dunkirk" as a fleet of 228 vessels flee from Tallinn, Estonia, facing shore batteries, Finnish torpedo boats and miles of mines. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/03/1627m 49s

Episode 157-Stalin Bio Part 3

Young Stalin begins the process of moving away from the Seminary and towards the life of a revolutionary. The picture is of Marx and Engels.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
07/03/1626m 20s

Episode 156-Stalin Strikes Back

Army Group South continues pressing closer towards the Soviet Capital. But General Secretary Stalin and General Zhukov attempt to defy the invaders. They are soon assisted by General Winter. Meanwhile, we catch up with Army Groups North and South, where Stalin has planned counter attacks as he knows the germans are focused on his capital. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
29/02/1648m 51s

Episode 155-Stalin Bio 2

Sixteen year old Soso (Stalin) enters the Tiflis Theological Seminary, on his way to becoming a priest. But what the boy may not know is that, he has entered an intellectual battleground and being a good Georgian, there is only one side he can choose. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
21/02/1624m 46s

Episode 154-The Spires of Moscow

With the mud now frozen hard, Army Group Center advances on Moscow, deciding the weak link is just to the NW of the city. This guess proves correct. As November 1941 comes to an end, the leading German units are just miles from the capital and can see the spires of the Soviet Capital. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
15/02/1637m 47s

Episode 153-Stalin Bio 1

Stalin, the future Soviet leader is born, far from Moscow and begins his provincial life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
08/02/1632m 24s

Episode 152-Operation Typhoon: Behind the Lines

This episode, narrated Tim Martin, of the newly launched Valiant: Stories of Heroes Podcast, covers Guderian's dash to Tula. Ray will be back next time, with full vocal ability in tow. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
18/01/1620m 51s

Episode 151-Operation Typhoon Part 2

OKH Chief Franz Halder makes plans for a modest end to 1941 for Operation Barbarossa, but Hitler overrides him and orders the capture of Moscow, before the heavy snows come. Yet, Stalin, finally taking an advisor's advice, allows several armies from the Russian Far East to transfer west and help with the defense of his capital.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
09/01/1628m 32s

Episode 150-Operation Typhoon

The Germans smash through the latest Soviet Defensive lines. The 4th Panzer Group, along with Gen. Kluge's 4th Army now have men just 128 KM or 80 miles from Moscow. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
21/12/1520m 17s

Episode 149-The March to Moscow Part 3

Having shattered the Russian defensive line at Viaz'ma, the Germans expand on their ambitious attack plans, attacking to the north and south of the main road to Moscow. In the center is Zhukov's pathetic new defensive line. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
19/12/1526m 44s

Episode 148-The March on Moscow Part 2

The Germans and Russians clash to the west of Moscow. But within mere days, the Soviet's three Fronts are either destroyed or encircled. The road to Moscow is left open. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/12/1522m 23s

Episode 147-The March to Moscow, Part 1

With Leningrad cut off and the far South stabilized, Hitler has decreed that the time has come to launch Operation Typhoon, Nazi Germany's attack against the Soviet Capital. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
05/12/1521m 53s

Episode 146-The Siege of Leningrad Part 3, Slugfest

Hitler has renewed the drive to Moscow, Operation Typhoon, and needs the panzers from Army Group North. Which means, Leningrad needs to be cut off from help, quickly. September and October become a battle of wills between Stalin and his attacker, as both try to control the area south of Lake Ladoga and the last rail line between Leningrad and Moscow.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
28/11/1535m 40s

Episode 145-The Siege of Leningrad Part 2

Leeb, commander of Army Group North launches his last major assault before having to turn over most of his motorized units to Army Group Center, as it readies itself for an attack on Moscow.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
27/11/1524m 10s

Episode 144-The Siege of Leningrad Part 1

The Germans come ever closer to Leningrad, so Stalin sends his best general to cope, Zhukov.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
14/11/1532m 8s

Episode 143-The Road to Moscow

Army Group Center makes its way East, past Minsk and now on to Smolensk. But waiting for them is the largest Soviet counter attack, to date. Meanwhile, Army Group North is ready to attack Leningrad.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
07/11/1537m 27s

Episode 142- Douglas Waller Interview

Douglas Waller's latest book, Disciples: The World War II Missions of the CIA Directors Who Fought for Wild Bill Donovan. OSS Agents penetrate Nazi Germany for information and acts of sabotage, then face the counter intelligence agents of Stalin's Soviet Russia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
24/10/151h 29m

Episode 141-Stalin's Mistake

Stalin's lack of military training causes his country to loose everything to the South, west of the Dnieper River. The German Panzers race east and make for the Crimea. Kiev is encircled, as is the 850,000 soviet troops in the area. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
27/09/1537m 37s

Episode 140-Of Two Minds

Marshal Mannerheim of Finland agrees to attack towards Leningrad and around Lake Ladoga, but not much more than that.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
20/09/1525m 17s

Episode 139-Finland: Ally to the North

Hitler manages to bring Finland into his attack against Soviet Russia, but the Finns are mostly concerned with recapturing lost land. Like the three Army Groups, the Germans to the north will advance, but lose many men along the way.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/09/1530m 27s

Episode 138-Trading Punches

The Panzers come ever closer to Leningrad, though losing men and machines along the way. Meanwhile, Army Group Center moves toward the Dvina River. As for Kiev, the writing is on the wall, yet Stalin is the only one who can't see it. Picture-Defense works before Leningrad. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
05/09/1530m 25s

Episode 137-All Good Deeds

The German invaders are now in Russia, proper and are still advancing, but suffer heavier than expected losses. But in SE Russia, the Soviet 6th and 12th Armies become trapped, due to pathetic communications between them and Moscow.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
29/08/1542m 29s

Episode 136-The Fall of Minsk

The three German Army Groups advance further into Russia, but Army Group Center has has the most success. Perhaps some of its panzers should be turned north or south to help the other two. But Army Group South isn't waiting for help. Field Marshal Rundstedt decides to turn some of his panzers away from approaching Kiev, to attack the Soviet troops above Odessa from behind and destroy the entire Soviet Southern Front. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
21/08/1527m 0s

Episode 135-Russia is never as strong as she looks; nor as weak as she looks

Now that Operation Barbarossa had been launched, Hilter attempts to convince the world that this battle is only in the defense of Nazi Germany. That Soviet Russia, in conlusion with Great Britain have set out to destroy the Nazi State. Yet Hitler nor his general have a true grasp of the situation before them, as they take on the largest country in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
16/08/1543m 45s

Episode 134-Reactions to Barbarossa

The leaders of the combatant countries react to Nazi Germany invading Soviet Russia. We also cover Army Group North and South's initial assaults.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
09/08/151h 10m

Episode 133-It Has Begun

Before the sun rises on June 22, 1941, Nazi Germany unleashes Operation Barbarossa, its attack on Soviet Russia and Stalin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
24/07/1535m 28s

Episode 132-Operation Barbarossa

Earlier than most people think, Hilter started planning his war against Soviet Russia and Stalin. Operation Barbarossa begins to take shape during the Battle of Britain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/07/1539m 15s

Episode 131-Third Time's the Charm

FDR comes through his third election and the British are expectant. Yet there are still hurdles to overcome. But eventually, the president comes up with the way to help Great Britain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
18/06/1538m 24s

Episode 130-Sleight of Hand

President Roosevelt continues his struggle against Congress and the Isolationists in trying to help the Allies. France falls from the fight.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
08/06/1532m 56s

Episode 129-Lend Lease

It becomes apparant to the U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt that Britian and France are going to need American war material and financial assistance to defeat the Axis. Yet, the British Empire only has so much gold and the current laws of the U.S. make it illegal for FDR to extend credit to the Allies, during their hour of need. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/06/1530m 56s

Episode 128-The end of Wavell, Battle Axe and Exporter

With the failure of Operation Battle Axe and the bloody victory in Syria, Churchill finally rids himself of C in C Gen. Archibald Wavell. And wants his replacement, Field Marshal Sir Claude Auchinleck to attack Rommel forth with. Yet the two operations have taken away half of the Western Desert Force's tanks. No matter, Churchill wants action, but Auchinleck wants time. Picture-Auchinleck. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
16/05/1541m 10s

Episode 127-Operation Battle Axe

Though Operation Exporter is stalled, Operation Battle Axe is launched. Yet the British attack plans are not very creative and Rommel can hear most of the wireless chatter coming from the British tanks.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
09/05/1525m 4s

Episode 126-Operation Exporter, Part 2

The Allies come up against stiff French (Vichy) resistence in Syria and Lebanon. But that was just to set up the counter attack, which commenced on June 16th. Yet the men of the 5th Indian Brigade do all they can to give some success to the invaders. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
04/05/1525m 5s

Episode 125-Operation Exporter

Churchill and the Free French get their way, Vichy controlled Syria will be invaded. But C in C Wavell's Middle East Command is stretched as it is, resources are few. Yet, Churchill will have his way and those who oppose him, begin to disapear.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
19/04/1529m 44s

Episode 124- The End of Crete

Here is the last episode of the Battle of Crete. The Allies never contested for air superiority and thus the Germans were able to constantly push them back and eventually off the island. It was time again for another evacuation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/04/151h 9m

Episode 123- Crete Part 4

The Allied defense under Gen. Freyberg continues to back pedal on Crete. Meanwhile Adm. Cunningham continues to lose ships, although the land battle is being won by the Axis. Yet Churchill insists on more action from the Royal Navy and the ANZAC forces. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
18/03/1530m 12s

Episode 122: Crete Part 3

The Allied counter attack faulters, which allows the Germans to land more troops at Maleme. The Royal Navy is doing what it can, but suffering for it. Yet their efforts and loses will be for nothing.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
14/03/1539m 23s

Episode 121- Crete: Part II

Gen. Student tries to figure out how to salvage the disaster that has befallen his airborne troops, during that first day of Operation Mercury. 1,800 had been lost that first day. And helping him mightily, are the ineffectual officers serving under Gen. Freyberg, who himself, refuses to see the situation as it really is. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
01/03/1550m 55s

Episode 120-Crete, Part 1

The Germans begin, Operation Mercury, their attack on the island, to further confuse Russia and keep the British away from Hitler's oil fields. Yet as the transport planes take off, the number of defenders on the island has be recalculated from 12,000 to 48,000. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
14/02/1553m 18s

Episode 119-Churchill, 1932

Back by popular demand! Winston S. Churchill. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
05/02/1520m 27s

Episode 118-Operation Brevity, Iraq and Crete

C in C M.E. Wavell gives into pressure from Churchill to attack Rommel, before the tanks and planes of Convoy Tiger can be off loaded. Next, the situation in Iraq comes to a head and we start the story of Crete and the end of Wavell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
01/02/151h 3m

Episode 117-Tobruk and Iraq

Rommel is ready to have another crack at Tobruk, but Berlin is focused on Operation Barbarossa. Yet, Rommel gets permission to move ahead and finish off the British holdout. Meanwhile, Wavell's dire prediction about the Middle East starts to come true as elements of the Iraqi Government side with the Axis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/01/151h 0m

Episode 116-The Axis Tide

German forces complete their conquest of the Greek mainland. Meanwhile Rommel shocks the British led forces in North Africa. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
27/12/1457m 35s

Episode 115-Operation Marita Part III

The Germans continue to drive south, the Greeks throw in the towell and the Allies make plans to evacuate. But wanting more Gen. Von List of the German 12th Army uses Airborne troops for a daring raid of Cornith, in trying to cut off some of the Allied troops in retreat.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
14/11/1427m 37s

Episode 114-Operation Marita, Part 2

The Alikmon Line is breached, the Allies fall back. But the German forces are right behind them all the way. Greek General Papagos believes the end of the Battle of Greece has come, but BEF Commander General Wilson wants to give it one more try. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
07/11/1428m 35s

Episode 113-Operation Marita Part 1

Greece comes under attack on the same day as Yugoslavia, yet that country's quick demise, sets up the conquest of Greece. The war in the Greek NE is over by the third day, so the Commonwealth forces fall back, yet the Greeks in Albania are loath to follow their example. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
13/10/1434m 41s

Episode 112-He Who Defends Everything, Defends Nothing

Nothing can be allowed to stand in the way of Operation Barbarossa, Hitler's plan to destroy Russia. Certainly not Yugoslavia and Greece. So Operation Retribution, aimed at Belgrade and Operation Marita, against Greece, commence.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
06/10/1428m 25s

Episode 111-Our Own Worst Enemy

Lt. Gen. Rommel had decided the time has come to ignore his orders and move against the Allies. While he has his own problems, they are nothing compared to what Gen. Neame and Gen. O'Connor suffer.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
26/09/1434m 48s

Episode 110-Back, the Way We Came

Lt. Gen. Rommel decides it's time to test the Allied forces within Cyrenaica, as well as his Italian and German superiors. Meanwhile Adm. Cunningham engages the Italians in the Battle of Matapan.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
19/08/1435m 52s

Episode 109-All Roads Lead to Greece

The Allies, with Great Britain leading the way, rush all available troops to Greece. Yet, now that Lt. Gen. Erwin Rommel, the Desert Fox, is in North Africa, the Commonwealth  forces are about to loose more then they thought possible. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
13/08/1451m 23s

Episode 108-The Germans are Coming

As the gods themselves seem to hate Mussolini and all his endeavors, with British Commonwealth forces and Greek soldiers destroying his troops, almost at will, Hitler has decided, enough is enough. The Axis has to be put right again and so, in steps Germany, in North Africa (Rommel) and in Greece. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
09/07/1446m 25s

Episode 107-The End of the End

Here is the last episode of the Churchill Bio. Winston, looses his money, his influence and almost, his life. Listen carefully to the end. Did you win? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/06/141h 4m

Episode 106-The Beginning of the End

Churchill returns from the U.S. to find his party up in arms about the India question and Tory leader Baldwin's pro Dominion stance concerning the sub-continent. So, Winston offers to take on the leader, alone. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
19/05/1426m 23s

Episode 105-Up in Smoke

The disaffected British voters decide to give someone else a chance to deal with the country's dreary economy. Churchill finds he's been walking a lonely path for some time. Touring the world, Winston is in time to watch Vesuvius erupt and the NY Stock Exchange implode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/05/1428m 18s

Episode 103-Lost and Loss

Winston, now a private citizen, will stay this way for two years as British politics and his views take different paths. Intermingled during this time, are a series of heartbreaking losses for the man.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/05/1429m 2s

Episode 104-Chartwell

Churchill finds his Camelot and then works feverishly to fix it up as his Gwenivere is not impressed.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/05/1423m 46s

Episode 102-His Cup Runneth Over

Churchill's post war years are full of success, tragedy and despair. He changes positions within the British Cabinet and takes on the issues of a Jewish Homeland, Turkey and Ireland. And by the end he looses his appendix and something else, even more valuable. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/04/1456m 34s

Episode 101-Interview with Kathryn J. Atwood

With us for this episode is writer Kathryn J. Atwood, arthor of Women Heroes of World War II and editor of Code Name Pauline: Memoirs of a World War II Special Agent and it is the later book we will be discussing. The protagonist, Pearl, Code Named Pauline, came from humble beginnings to do her part to as an SOE agent, behind enemies lines in Occupied France, to thwart the Nazi's before and after D-Day. For all those looking for strong female role models, Mrs. Atwood's books fit the bill beautifully. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
28/03/1439m 17s

Episode 100-Nazi Germany from Within

The following is my 100th Episode Celebration. After thanking those who have shared this journey with me, I interview Henry Niemann who grew up in Germany during the Nazi Period and was then drafted near the end of the war. Thank you to everyone who listens to my attempt at bringing this amazing story to the current generation and podcasting world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
08/03/141h 31m

Episode 99-All's Well that Ends Well

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03/03/1436m 2s

Episode 99-All's Well that Ends Well

The Great War comes to an end. Churchill's family grows and life as Winston knew it, has been erased forever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/03/1437m 2s

Episode 98-Once more, unto the Trench

Churchill is cleared of the Dardanelles disaster, gets himself back into the governement, but then almost loses it all as he finds himself at the front when Gen. Ludendorff launches his great offensive in the West. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/02/1442m 1s

Episode 97B-Laszlo and Ray, Talking

Warning! No history is covered here. But somehow, Laszlo of The China History Podcast ended up on the East Coast, in Virginia, in Charlottesville, 30 minutes from me. So... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
07/02/1442m 41s

Episode 97-Back in the Saddle, Again

Winston's career seems all but over. Still, he finds solace in his family, painting and life in the trench. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
06/02/141h 1m

Episode 96-Foils and Follies

The Dardanelles Campaign starts off well enough, but through bad luck, worse weather and weaker souls, it collapses on itself. Then the British world collapses on Churchill.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
13/01/141h 2m

Episode 95-The Dardanelles, Pt. 1

The British War Council decides on a Second Front to hopefully alter the slaughtering in France. Winston, with his personality, becomes of the face of the Aegean Campaign.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
09/12/1348m 15s

Episode 94-In for a Penny...

With the outbreak of war, Churchill is ready, though the same can not be said of the rest of Britain. Winston will experience the lime light and the highs and lows of battle. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
29/11/1359m 28s

Episode 93-War is Upon US

The events of Sarajevo cause diplomatic tension to build throughout Europe but Churchill is determined that Britain will be ready, come what may.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
19/11/1327m 35s

Episode 92-The Navys the Thing

Churchill gets promoted to the Home Office, starts out well, but then becomes his own worst enemy. Now in the Admiralty, Winston comes into his own. Fortunately for Britain as Germany seeks to challenge G.B. on the seas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
08/11/1355m 50s

Episode 91-Love’s Labors NOT Lost

Winston finds love, fights the Tories, gets promoted, nearly dies three times and humbles some Lords. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
28/10/1349m 21s

Episode 90-Winston’s Revenge

Winston, now in the House of Commons, plots his revenge against those who fought his father, Lord Randolph. Also, Churchill, goes through his own challenges as he takes on Joe Chamberlain, the PM Balfour and those abandoning Free Trade. He then crosses the gangway and becomes a Liberal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
13/10/1347m 45s

Episode 89-Fame and Fortune

Churchill’s life is covered until the death of Queen Victoria. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
08/10/1349m 21s

Episode 88 Churchill- War Correspondent

We are joined today by James Muller, professor of Political Science at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. We discuss Churchill’s 2nd book published, The River War, and Mr. Muller’s re-release of The River War’s first edition with commentary, illustrations, with all of its original text. The first edition has not been seen in over 100 years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
04/10/131h 17m

Episode 87-Jack El-Hai Book Interview

Jack El-Hai joined me today for a conversation about his latest book, The Nazi and the Psychiartrist: Hermann Goring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII. Mr. El-Hai’s book deals with the top 22 surviving Nazi officials and Dr. Kelley, an American Army Psychiatrist who was placed in charge of their mental health. His job was to ready the men for the Nuremberg Trails, but saw an opportunity to discover, if it existed, the Nazi personality. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/09/1349m 12s

Episode 86-Risks and Rewards, Redux

Winston is determined to leave the Army and make his way to Parliament as a hero/correspondent. But the majority of the military establishment is set against him. Churchill finds himself in Kitchener’s war in the Sudan and takes part in the last great cavalry charge of the British Empire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
07/09/1347m 31s

Episode 85-Risks and Rewards

Churchill, having decided his course, willingly risks his life for his ultimate goal, the House of Commons. But he has to survive India first. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
26/08/1344m 30s

Episode 84-Master of My Fortunes

Winston loses those in his life he holds most dear. And to defeat boredom, he travels to Cuba to see war up close, as the Spanish try to putdown a rebellion. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
12/08/1336m 6s

Episode 83-The End of the Beginning

Winston makes it into Sandhurst, taking a curious route. He nearly dies at least twice, but in the end another family member is taken from his life. And after Sandhurst, he is left up to his own devices. He is now a man at large. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
01/08/1344m 54s

Episode 82-Harrow

Churchill enters Harrow, but his defiant ways still exist. His father draws away from him but his mother will soon be coming to his side. At Harrow, young Winston breaks almost every rule: he keeps dogs, is constantly late for class, curses in front of the Headmaster and blows up a building. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
24/07/1331m 22s

Episode 81-Churchill, The Early Years

This episode covers Winston Churchill’s birth, his early school years and his parent’s or lack thereof, influence on the boy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
17/07/1359m 12s

Episode 80-East Africa, Part 2

This episode takes us through the war in East Africa through February 1941, which is the high water mark for The British Empire fighting the Axis without the Russians or America. The cover photo is of the Dongolaas Gorge. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/07/1341m 35s

Episode 79-East Africa

The various British commands in East Africa are ready to move against the Italians. Well, not really. But as the Italians retreat after Operation Compass, the British Commonwealth forces have no choice but to advance, ready or not. The cover picture is of the Duke of Aosta. AND I will be on June 19th, noon, EST. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
18/06/1331m 10s

Episode 78-The Battle of Beda Fomm

Gen. O’Connor is planning his next attack when the Italians decide to abandon Cyrenaica. The Race is on! Also, the Replica Newspaper contest. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10/06/1335m 58s

Episode 77-Tobruk

The British 13th Corps continues pushing west, now it’s Tobruk’s turn. The situation in East Africa causes only more tension between Wavell and Churchill. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
29/05/1339m 10s

Episode 76-The Army of the Nile

The Italians have been pushed out of Egypt and Gen. Richard O’Connor has lost his 4th Indian Division. Still, he decides to pursue the retreating Italian 10th Army. The Italians make it to the port city of Bardia before British armor can catch them, so that is the next place the Allies will attack, this time using Gen. MacKay’s Australians. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
17/05/1330m 47s

Episode 75-Military Aviation Museum

Here is an Mp4 episode of my recent trip to the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, VA. Amazing place! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
15/04/1344m 0s

Episode 74-Operation Compass

After 6 months of planning, the British are ready to move against Marshal Graziani. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
29/03/1339m 34s

Episode 73-Italian Checks, Greek Balances

Greek soldiers continue to dominate and push the Italian invaders back into Albania and closer to the sea. The RAF makes its presence felt by downing dozens of Italian aircraft. Mussolini can’t hide the backsliding of his troops from Hitler but Prime Minister Metaxas shields his own secret from his men and the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
08/03/1331m 13s

Episode 72-Taranto Pt 3

The last episode covering the Battle of Taranto. The second attack wave of Swordfish make for the harbor, but only after overcoming problems of their own. Admiral Cunningham scores a major success and British moral is lifted. But the Italian Navy is not finished yet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
24/02/1326m 43s

Episode 71-Taranto, Pt 2

Adm. Cunningham updates the plan to attack Taranto, but then suffers several setbacks. These are over come, the Italians are confused by the massive ship movements during the first ten days of November. Then the first of two attacks are launched by Swordfish at the Italian harbor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
16/02/1344m 7s

Episode 70-The Battle of Taranto, Pt 1

British Admiral Andrew B. Cunningham, commander of the Mediterranean Fleet has his orders: Maintain the sea lanes between Gibraltar and the Suez Canal. Holding on to Malta will allow the British to recon their main target, the port of Taranto. If the Italian war ships there can be neutralized, the Suez stays safe, Crete remains out of Axis hands and Britain’s vital passage to the far East remains open. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
06/02/1332m 51s

Episode 69B-Talk History

We are joined by Steven Guerra of The History of the Papacy Podcast to discuss Italy’s attack on Greece, the Battle of Taranto and some of the what if’s of WWII. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
30/01/1341m 32s

Episode 69-Greek Fire, Part II

Italy has invaded Greece, but under Prime Mister Metaxas, the Greeks are ready. The Italians are drawn in and then the defenders use their mountains to launch counter attacks. The world is impressed, but Churchill is already committed to Egypt and the U.S. is committed to Britain. General Prasca’s leadership will last only 15 days. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
27/01/1338m 25s

Episode 68-Greek Fire, Pt. 1

Mussolini and Hitler deceive each other over desired territory, while Prime Mister Metaxas of Greece tries to stay below Italy’s radar.  يلا شوت Britain is through trying to salt dough handprint separate Italy from Germany and decides to support the smaller Aegean power, despite the prevailing opinion that the outcome will be nothing more  than a quick Italian victory. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
15/01/1341m 45s

Episode 67-Mare Nostrum

Mussolini would pay back Hitler “in his own coin” by invading Greece without first telling his Axis partner. But the Greek people, for all their industrial limitations were angry with the Italians and their Dictator Ioannis Metaxas, had the experience to salt dough handprint ready his people and country to their limit. The photo is of Greek Dictator Metaxas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
02/01/1330m 15s

Episode 66-D Day Memorial and Contest Drawing

Here is an overview of my recent visit to the D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA. This episode is in an Mp4 format, so please enjoy the pictures. At the end, is the drawing for the replica newspaper from December 8, 1941. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
19/12/1226m 30s

Episode 65-Mediterranean Life Line

By 1940, Great Britain had several possessions in the Mediterranean Sea, that they would use to project power against the Axis. But exactly how did Britain obtain them? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
07/12/1228m 0s

Episode 64-The Royal Navy in the Mediterranean Sea 1940

Andrew Lambert, Laughton Professor of Naval History in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, joins us to discuss the Royal Navy’s position in the Mediterranean Sea. Outgunned but not outmanned, the British Navy under Admiral Cunningham takes the fight to the Italian Fleet and quickly dominates the Eastern and Central Med. Until the Luftwaffe and U-boats arrive. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
22/11/1234m 10s

Episode 63B-Talk History

We are joined by Luke Whitehorn, special effects artist from the movie Iron Sky. WWII and Sci Fi! What’s not to love.  يلا شوت We cover episodes 62 and 63 and Luke brings a good perspective to our story so far in North Africa. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
21/11/1258m 5s

Episode 63-October 1940

The British plan their attack against General Graziani and the Italian 10th Army. Hitler and Franco meet to discuss an attack on Gibraltar. And General Charles de Gaulle moves to restore Free France and his reputation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
15/11/1235m 3s

Episode 62-Failure, Failure Everywhere

Marshall Graziani FINALLY moves into Egypt, but then stops. Gen. De Gaulle is in place to take Dakar in West Africa. Finally, a quick look at the Italian Navy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
02/11/1240m 58s

Episode 61B Talk History

The events of Sarajevo cause diplomatic tension to build throughout Europe but Churchill is determined that Britain will be ready, come what may.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
21/10/1234m 46s

Episode 60-Sand, Saltwater and Oil

Mussolini wants his Roman Empire in Africa. But the British refuse to yield. Gen. Archibald Wavell is asked to do much, with very little. France is out of the war, so the battle for the Mediterranean Sea and North Africa is between Great Britain and Italy. For now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
16/09/1230m 36s

Episode 59-Miracles and Mistakes

Here is the Final Episode of The Battle of Britain series. We sum up the Luftwaffe’s chances of ever really getting across the English Channel, Dowding’s future, Chamberlain’s end and the next step in Hitler’s plan for European domination. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
29/08/1242m 37s

Episode 58-Battle of Britain Day

The Germans are convinced that Fighter Command is on its last leg. Waiting out the foul English weather, the Luftwaffe, Kesselring and Goering, finally get their chance to wipe the RAF out of the skies. But Keith Park of 11 Group will prove to be their tactical master. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
20/08/121h 13m

Episode 57-German Armada

Unable to break Fighter Command by the needed date for Operation Sea Lion, the Luftwaffe changes their tactics and will go after London. Dowding and Park will do their best to protect the capital, but in a moment on honesty, are relieved that their air fields will be spared. Now the people of London must [...] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
30/07/1240m 28s

Episode 56-Breaking Point

September brings the beginning of the end of The Battle of Britain. London will become the Luftwaffe’s target as Germany needs the war to end. Soon Goering will take a personal hand in the war over the Channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
17/07/1248m 17s

Episode 55-Battling Friends and Foes Alike

As tired as everyone is, Kesselring of Luftflotte Two steps up the intensity of the attacks on RAF airfields, especially those near London. And Hitler will release the Luftwaffe to attack London, as the battle is not going in Nazi Germany’s favor. Also Group Commanders Keith Park and Leigh-Mallory have their own feud over how [...] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
24/06/1251m 37s

Episode 54-Pandoras Box

London becomes more of a target for the German bombers, until Goering warms them away. But it’s too late. Churchill and the War Cabinet decide to bomb Berlin. The war will shift into it’s final phase. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
19/06/1236m 51s

Episode 53- Things Missed

This episode covers 4 missed or lightly treated subjects: Operation Pied Piper- the evacuation of Britain’s children, the disaster of the Lancastria, the occupation of The Channel Islands by the Nazis and the Italian Conquest of British Somaliland. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
28/05/1234m 26s

Episode 52-Moves on the Chessboard

C in C of the Luftwaffe Goering calls his young bloods to Karinhall to devise a new strategy to destroy Fighter Command. The result is a reinforced Kesselring pitted against Keith Park of 11 Group. But during a lull in the fighting, Park and his superior, Air Marshal Dowding make their own plans for defense. [...] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
14/05/1244m 12s

Episode 51-The Hardest Day

This episode covers August 16 to the 18th. Goering plans on finishing Fighter Command on August 18th, by using almost every fighter and bomber from Luftflottes 2 and 3. The idea is simply to overwhelm the shrinking RAF forces. But Radar still plays a major role in helping Dowding and his Fighter Groups. Their real [...] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
05/05/1258m 19s

Episode 50- Black Thursday, August 14-15th

August 15th was one of the greatest days of battle in The Battle of Britain. Goering makes his plans for improved attacks against the RAF but Dowding and Park stay with their tried method. The fighting continues over the channel while Churchill has his own combat within the walls of the Commons. Meanwhile, the British [...] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
20/04/1255m 38s

Episode 49- Adlertag: August 8th-13th

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10/04/121h 14m

Episode 48: Things Learned. August 2nd – August 7th.

The RAF and Luftwaffe size each other up and ready for Adlertag. The war in North Africa has started and the British will have to withdraw, like Dunkirk, for now. But they know Egypt must be kept safe. But Mussolini wants his African Empire. Goering is ready for Phase Two, but the RAF is still [...] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
27/03/1242m 8s

Episode 47- Support Teams & The Battle, July 29th-August 1st

The brave men and women behind the RAF pilots and Fighter Command. The British people come together to defend their island: Anti-Aircraft guns, balloon barrage, BAM Fuel, Private companies working ahead of the government, the Air Transport Auxiliary and the Home Guard. The Battle of Britain is covered through August 1st, when Hitler issues Directive [...] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
18/03/1259m 20s

Episode 46-A Day in the Life, July 26th-28th

This episode gives a glimpse into the daily routine of Luftwaffe pilots fighting over the English Channel. The Straights of Dover are now being called Hellfire Corner from the number of sunken convoy ships. Also July 26th-28th of the Battle of Britain is covered. Dowding rests his men and their aircraft, while Luftwaffe leader Goering [...] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
27/02/1247m 25s

Episode 45- Numbers Tell, July 23rd-25th

The Me 109E will bring Nazi Germany to greatness and to the water’s edge at the English Channel. It came before the Hurricane and Spitfire and was faster. But it was also without armor, at first. The Luftwaffe is still testing the RAF: its air craft, pilots and RDF system. Both sides will draw blood Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11/02/1247m 29s

Episode 44-Defense of the Air.

This episode covers the beginning of the RAF and Fighter Command. Air Marshal Dowding is Fighter Command’s first Commander in chief. Through trial and error, radar is developed and a detection and respond system is worked out to defend the Channel coast. The Battle of Britain, from July 20th to July 22nd. The Spitfire and [...] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
22/01/1235m 24s

Episode 43-The Battle, July 16th-19th.

German tactics, English weather and the Spitfire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
17/01/1241m 13s

Episode 42-Battle of Britain, Part 2.

A close up of the Hawker Hurricane and the Battle of Britain, July 11th-15th. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
09/01/1234m 57s

Episode 41-Great Britain’s turn.

Battle of Britain- July 10, 1940. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
04/01/1252m 5s

Episode 40-Unexpected surprise for Hitler.

Hitler is ready to end the war, but not Churchill. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
04/01/1252m 42s

Episode 39-Hitler bio, Part 3.

Hitler until the Beer Hall Putsch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
04/01/121h 3m

Episode 38-Hitler bio, Part 2.

Hitler through the end of WWI. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
04/01/1243m 8s

Episode 37-Hitler bio, Part 1.

The early life of Adolf Hitler. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
04/01/1235m 31s

Episode 36-The End of the French Third Republic.

Petain and the New France. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
04/01/1251m 34s

Episode 35-The question of the French Fleet.

Britain and France clash and Churchill settles the question of the French fleet once and for all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/01/1240m 58s

Episode 34-The war of France is over.

Petain’s government signs the Armistice Treaty with Nazi Germany. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/01/1250m 10s

Episode 33-Premier Petain seeks peace.

Petain rushes to find peace, giving little thought of the price. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/01/1236m 41s

Episode 32-French Premier Reynaud falls.

Reynaud falls and Marshal Petain takes over. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/01/1243m 25s

Episode 31-Paris falls.

Paris falls. June 5th – 13th. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/01/1235m 10s

Episode 30-The End of Dunkirk.

Rescue operations come to a close as the Germans advance on the Allied perimeter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/01/1244m 56s

Episode 29-June 2nd. Massed ships.

British civilians help rescue troops from Dunkirk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/01/1229m 24s

Episode 28-The Miracle.

The “Miracle” part of Dunkirk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/01/1246m 10s

Episode 27-29th May.

The clouds and smoke roll away and Dunkirk is exposed to the Luftwaffe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/01/1237m 35s

Episode 26-Dunkirk, Part 2.

The anxious British troops wait on the beaches and the Mole to be rescued. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/01/1247m 28s

Episode 25-Dunkirk, Part 1.

The British, seemingly pushed into the sea, organize to save their troops to fight another day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/01/1257m 52s

Episode 24-The panzers reach the coast.

Allied forces in Belgium are cut off as the German panzers reach the coast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/01/1236m 50s

Episode 23-The French 9th Army is destroyed.

Rommel crosses the Meuse north of Sedan and helps destroy the French 9th Army. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/01/1236m 10s

Episode 22-German panzers attack through the Ardennes.

German panzers attack through the Ardennes, head for the Meuse River and the town of Sedan.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/01/1251m 46s

Episode 21-The fall of France, Part 2.

The invasion of Holland and Belgium. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/01/1241m 55s

Episode 20-China 1937 to 1940.

China 1937-40 and Mao Biography. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/01/121h 22m

Episode 19-The Long March w/ Laszlo

The Long March, 1934-1935. Mao and the Chinese Communist Party are saved by running through the mountains and jungles, fleeing from Chiang Kai-shek and his Nationalist troops. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/01/1240m 48s

Episode 18-The fall of France, Part 1.

The Phony War has undermined what eagerness there was to fight Germany. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
03/01/1241m 10s

Episode 17-The fall of Denmark and Norway.

Landlocked Denmark surrenders, but Norway resists. The British try to help but are not organized or equipped properly. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
02/01/1253m 0s

Episode 16-The Phony War and Finland’s defeat.

The Allies wait for Hitler and Stalin uses the war to attack Finland. But the Soviet Army is far from ready. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
02/01/121h 10m

Episode 15-The fall of Poland.

Hitler’s bluffing to gain an empire is over. He will have to fight from now on. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
02/01/121h 4m

Episode 14-The last days of peace.

Diplomatic wrangling rages over Europe during the summer of 1939. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
02/01/121h 16m

Episode 13-The line is drawn.

Britain and France are finished giving in to Hitler. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
02/01/121h 1m

Episode 12-Appeasement.

Hitler’s sabre rattling earns him Austria and the Munich Agreement. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
02/01/121h 10m

Episode 11-Europe 1933 to 1937.

Europe 1933-1937: Ethiopia, Rhineland, Spanish Civil War. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
02/01/121h 6m

Episode 10-The Nazification of Germany.

The Nazi Party implements Hitler’s vision as written in Mein Kampf. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
02/01/1249m 56s

Episode 9-Hitler takes on the World.

Hitler, now in power, removes his enemies and defies the international community. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
02/01/1235m 42s

Episode 8-Japan’s China policy?

Japan struggles to define its policy on China, but events take the decision out the military’s hands. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
02/01/1228m 27s

Episode 7-Japan expands into China.

Japan continues to expand their operations into China and find themselves facing Chairman Mao, backed by the Soviet Union and Chiang Kai Shek. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
02/01/1222m 32s
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