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99 - George Mergenthaler - MERG

The WW2 Podcast

Release Date: 09/10/2019

103 'Chink' Eric Dorman-Smith show art 103 'Chink' Eric Dorman-Smith

The WW2 Podcast

If you’ve ever read about the British 8th Army in North Africa during WWII, one name usually gets a mention that of Eric Dorman-Smith, often refered to as ‘chink’.

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June 2019 marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day, we had a month of D-Day podcasts looking at the operation from the British, Canadian and American perspectives. The narrative of that day is the difficulty of the operation, doubts if the landings would succeed, but what if we turn the tables? How was it for the Germans?

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On May 16th 1943, 19 Lancaster bombers of 617 Squadron took off from England heading toward the German industrial heartland of the Ruhr. They carried a new bomb, codenamed ‘upkeep’, we know it today as the ‘bouncing bomb’ designed by Barnes Wallis.

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On the 17th September 1944 Gene Metcalfe, of the 82 Airbourne, parachuted in to Holland as part of Operation Market Garden. Approaching the bridge they were to capture Gene is injured in a firefight and left for dead. He would spend the rest of the war as a POW.

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George Mergenthaler, heir to the Mergenhaler Linotype Company. In 1944 he was a translator attached to a recon unit in the Ardennes when the Germans launched their offensive.

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The WW2 Podcast

2019 is the 75th anniversary of Operation Market Garden, the allied attempt to create a sixty mile corridor, and secure a crossing over the Rhine. The plan was to use the newly formed First Allied Airborne Army to seize and hold nine key bridges until relieved by the British Army’s XXX Corp.

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In this episode Ray Fitchett recounts his time on HMS Exeter, and it’s sinking at the second battle of the Java Sea, he was rescued by the Japanese and sent to a POW camp. Ray would eventually sent to work in Japan at the fukuoka camp near Nagasaki, where he would witness the atomic bomb going off.

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In this episode we’re looking at an RAF raid in 1940 against the Dortmund-Ems canal. It was very much a WWII proto-dambusters raid.

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For a long time I’ve been fascinated by movie stars who chose to join the military and saw combat in World War Two. One star in particular has always interested me, Jimmy Stewart.  A star in the 1930’s, in 1940 he would win the Oscar for best man in 'The Philadelphia Story’. When WWII came he joined the USAAF flying combat missions over Europe.

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The usual narrative for WWII is that turning points of the war are in victories of 1942. While these are unquestionably major victories that signalled the ‘end of the beginning’, as Churchill would put it, Andrew Nagorski has suggested that actually 1941 was the pivotal year of the war.

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More Episodes

One thing I’ve learned from producing these podcasts is the research never ends, it only leads to new avenues of interest branching off from the original topic. And this is the case for Peter Lion.

If you recall in episode 33, Peter told us how elements of the US 28nd infantry division, stationed in the Luxembourg town of Wiltz put on a christmas party for the local children, and this included GI Richard Brookins dressing as St Nicholas and arriving by jeep to hand out gifts.

In researching that Peter bumped into the story of George Mergenthaler, heir to the Mergenhaler Linotype Company.

I’ve been trying to pin down a guest for an ‘extra’ episode for quite a while, so when Peter proposed we discuss his book MERGit I jumped at the chance. 

For Patrons of the podcast I make available parts of the interviews that are off topic or just never made it into the ‘final cut’. I’ve a bit more of Peter and chatting and I’ve decided to release it free to everyone as a big thank you for listening and all the support you’ve all given me.

If you want to listen to it you can find it at patreon.com/ww2podcast.