Fighting Through WW2 History

Fighting Through WW2 History

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

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September 9, 2020

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

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

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PART ONE

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

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Below: Albert Stevens with flight line crew and test pilots incl f...

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LISTEN TO EPISODES 56 -59 BEFORE THIS ONE

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

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

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

England:

Bude
Titchfield
Folkestone (B...

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LISTEN TO EPISODES 56 -58 BEFORE THIS ONE

The FOURTH instalment in the memoir Overseas and Over the Top 

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

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

France:
Vierville-sur-Mer
Columbieres
Isigny
Valognes
Beaumont-Ha...

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LISTEN TO EPISODES 56 AND 57 BEFORE THIS ONE

The THIRD instalment in the memoir Overseas and Over the Top 

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

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

Vierville-sur-Mer (Near Omaha Beach)
Columbieres
Isigny
Valogne...

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LISTEN TO EPISODE 56 BEFORE THIS ONE

The second instalment in the memoir Overseas and Over the Top 

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

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Full show notes, links and photos

Feedback/reviews - Thank you. 

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Twitter page

Fa...

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

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Feedback/reviews - Thank you. 

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YouTube channel

More great unpublished history!
Second world war

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

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

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

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

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Second world w...

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

More great unpublished history!
World War Two

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Part Two, Episode Fifty anniversary special

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

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Celebrating Episode 50!!!

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

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Another helping of soldierly stories wrapped up in rhyme.

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

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

And there’s a recce mission for us all to work together on! I’m going to be asking for lis...

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

"I was first in line but I had to stop for a few moments to feel for my boot in the mud, empty the mud out, and put it on again. I lost my pl...

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

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

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

"There was a vast number of ships, absolute...

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Stories about the German side of the Second World War.

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

"For a couple of days the two sides just existed on opposite sides of a mead...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DFC citation:
Pilot Officer Sidney George STEVENS (149614),
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 57 Squadron.
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HMS Exeter was sunk in Pacific waters during the second world war. Ray Fitchett made a recording of his tale of survival in Japan – abandoning ship in shark infested waters followed by three years’ captivity as a POW. 

Hear the terrifying tale of how he survived.

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

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