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73 - Ghost Riders: Operation Cowboy

The WW2 Podcast

Release Date: 08/15/2018

110 - The P-47 Thunderbolt and 362nd Fighter Group show art 110 - The P-47 Thunderbolt and 362nd Fighter Group

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In this episode we’re going to be looking at the P-47 Thunderbolt and the US 362nd Fighter Group. The P-47 was a fighter bomber and very much suited to a ground attack role, with it's eight .50 cal machine guns and it could carry a bomb load of 2,500lbs or rockets. On top of that, it could take a lot of punishment.

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109 - The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan show art 109 - The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan

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At the end of last year aviation historian Mathew Chapman sent me over his MA thesis, which is titled The Evolution of Professional Aviation Culture in Canada, 1939-45. In it he outlines the development of the British Commonwealth Air Training program in Canada, but the thesis goes on to discuss how veteran WWII pilots would dominate post war commercial airlines.

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108 - The Battle for Hong Kong, 1941 show art 108 - The Battle for Hong Kong, 1941

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We’ve looked at various early attacks made by the Japanese in December 1941, but I’ve often wondered what happened to Hong Kong? Well to answer that I’m Joined by Phillip Cracknell. Phillip is a battlefield tour guide in Hong Kong as well as being the author of The Battle for Hong Kong, December 1941.

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107 - The Battle of the Peaks and Long Stop Hill show art 107 - The Battle of the Peaks and Long Stop Hill

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In late 1942 the Allies landed in Morocco and Algeria, this was operation Torch. With them landed elements of what would become First Army. It was commanded by Lieutenant-General Sir Kenneth Anderson. 

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106 - Operation Swallow show art 106 - Operation Swallow

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In this episode we’re starting with the US 110th Infantry regiment in the Ardennes and following a small number of GI’s who became POW and sent back to Germany, to ultimately work as slave labour on ‘operation swallow’.

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105 - Case White: The Invasion of Poland, 1939 show art 105 - Case White: The Invasion of Poland, 1939

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2019 marked the 80th anniversary of the invasion of Poland. It was the event that forced Britain and France to finally declare war on Germany.

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104 - Alarmstart: The Luftwaffe in the Mediterranean show art 104 - Alarmstart: The Luftwaffe in the Mediterranean

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If you cast your mind back to February 2018 I discussed the experience of German fighter pilots experience in Western Europe with Patrick Eriksson. Later that same year, Patrick followed up with a second book Alarmstart East, focusing on the luftwaffe fighting over Russia.

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

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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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102 - D-Day Through German Eyes show art 102 - D-Day Through German Eyes

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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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101 - Operation CHASTISE: The Dambusters show art 101 - Operation CHASTISE: The Dambusters

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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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Last year I talked to Mark Felton about the escape attempts of British VIP prisoners, held by the Italians. That was episode 49 Castle of Eagles, the book is possibly my favourite read of last year.

Well Mark is back, with another cracking story he’s managed to turn up in the archives, that of Operation Cowboy; the book is Ghost Riders.

It recounts the activities of an American unit which raced into Czechoslovakia to accept the surrender of a group of Germans, in doing so they manage to rescue a number of Allied POW’s, with the help of German POW’s they fight off a concerted attack by a SS Unit and then evacuate the mares of the famous Viennese, ‘spanish riding school’.