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48 Captain H E Hovell - First World War

Fighting Through WW2 History

Release Date: 11/10/2019

49 Poetry and Christmas at War, Second World War show art 49 Poetry and Christmas at War, Second World War

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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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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45 Gold Beach Normandy trip WW2 show art 45 Gold Beach Normandy trip WW2

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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,...

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44 Sidney Stevens Lancaster Pilot WW2 history show art 44 Sidney Stevens Lancaster Pilot WW2 history

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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. This officer has displayed great skill and determination throughout his tour of operations. One night in October, 1943, he piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Leipzig. On...

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43 Canadian Seaman Ray Fitchett POW and HMS Exeter, show art 43 Canadian Seaman Ray Fitchett POW and HMS Exeter,

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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 top of the mine". "If you got lucky you might pick up some orange peel - You couldn’t eat the whole lot but you could scrape the white part out and that was luxury"....

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42 D-Day 75 - Landing Craft Tank in WWII show art 42 D-Day 75 - Landing Craft Tank in WWII

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Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings with memoirs about the tough training for D-Day and stories about Landing Craft Tanks delivering their cargo of hardware and humans to the battle-strewn WWII beaches. "We had delivered to Juno and Gold and were returning our Landing Craft Tank to England. We were close to our shores when we pancaked down so hard in the sea that we broke our craft’s back. "A German armoured machine gun truck with infantry squad stopped next to the American soldiers. The officer barked “Raus! Raus mit den Händen hoch!” More great unpublished...

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41 A last coffee with Wilf Shaw,  WW2 history show art 41 A last coffee with Wilf Shaw, WW2 history

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A final dose of fun and adventure with war hero Wilf Shaw. "We're done for" said Wilf's mate as a cloud of desert dust appeared on the horizon, signifying the approach of a very large force of enemy troops. "One day, on board ship, they decided to run a Battalion boxing tournament and Sgt O'Grady asked the assembled company for volunteers - not a single hand was raised - until Jeff nudged me and said, 'I'll have a go Shaw if you will'. More great unpublished history! World War 2 Links - please note they don't work on all podcast players  in Apple Podcasts - Thank you.  Best podcast...

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40 Four Brits & a Frenchman at Dunkirk plus Gallipoli show art 40 Four Brits & a Frenchman at Dunkirk plus Gallipoli

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The extraordinary turns of events that brought four Brits to the shores of Dunkirk at the same time as a Frenchman. More great unpublished history - of the Second World War. Links - Not supported by all podcast players: https://www.facebook.com/FightingThroughPodcast    in Apple Podcasts - Thank you - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ww2-fighting-through-from-dunkirk-to-hamburg-war-diary/id624581457?mt=2   http://fightingthroughpodcast.co.uk/  

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