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Fighting Through WW2 History

Release Date: 08/30/2019

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Fighting Through WW2 History

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. Links - Not supported by all podcast players: - Thank you.  More great unpublished history! Second world war

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Fighting Through WW2 History

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. Links - Not supported by all podcast players:  in Apple Podcasts - Thank you.  More great unpublished history! Second world war  

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Fighting Through WW2 History

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. Links - Not supported by all podcast players:  in Apple Podcasts - Thank you.  More great unpublished history! Second world war  

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Fighting Through WW2 History

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 More great unpublished history!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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Fighting Through WW2 History

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. Links - Not supported by all podcast players:  in Apple Podcasts - Thank you.  More great unpublished history! World War Two

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Fighting Through WW2 History

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. Links - Not supported by all podcast players:  in Apple Podcasts - Thank you.  More great unpublished history! Second world war  

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Fighting Through WW2 History

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 listeners’ help in locating Nancy, the long lost wife of a soldier killed in action. News from America where young Savannah has broken all history test records...

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Fighting Through WW2 History

"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 place so then I was ninth in line. Then Jerry dropped a shell right in front of the line ... Links - Not supported by all podcast players:  in Apple Podcasts - Thank...

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Fighting Through WW2 History

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, 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...

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Fighting Through WW2 History

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 meadow with a tense safety. The Germans could hear the Americans sing songs in the evening, and likely vice versa. Then, one morning the engines of the Sherman tanks came to life …"...

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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 night."

"There was a pause in the bombing attacks about four in the morning and my son climbed onto the wall to see what was happening. He started shouting, “Mummy, mummy, the sea’s black with boats. I knew that the invasion had started."

"We reached a landing craft and I was in a different world. All the men were wearing campaign ribbons and they were so calm. They were real men, real soldiers and I felt elated to be amongst them."

"I reached the sea wall and leaned against it to regain my breath. Other soldiers were doing the same. That was when I realised that some of our men were missing."

 

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Crepon statue - Normandy WWII soldier

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Attacking the beaches in Normandy - British Normandy Memorial at Ver sur Mer, Gold Beach

Attacking the beaches in Normandy - British Normandy Memorial at Ver sur Mer, Gold Beach

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