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The History of WWII Podcast - by Ray Harris Jr

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A biweekly podcast covering the last great war. Join Ray Harris Jr as he explores World War Two in intimate detail.

A biweekly podcast covering the last great war. Join Ray Harris Jr as he explores World War Two in intimate detail.

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United States

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A biweekly podcast covering the last great war. Join Ray Harris Jr as he explores World War Two in intimate detail.

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 379: Rommel Strikes Back

8/8/2022
With the failure of Gen. Auchinleck's Operation Crusader, at the end of 1941, Rommel resupplies and heads out again, before the British can start Operation Acrobat, the drive on Tripoli. As it was a year ago, the Allies are stretched far too thin and the men are under trained and under staffed. Rommel hopes to take Cyrenaica, then Tobruk, all in preparation for a much larger offensive that will finally end the war in North Africa, Egypt and possibly, the Middle East. Learn more about your ad...

Duration:00:27:59

Episode 378: West Africa and Charles De Gaulle

8/1/2022
Before moving on to Operation Pedestal and then the Eastern Front, Gen. Charles De Gaulle’s moves in West Africa have to be covered. He seeks to rebuild the French Empire by grabbing African lands that went with the Vichy Government after France fell to German forces. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:24:26

Episode 377-Iceland: A Peaceful Invasion

7/23/2022
In this one off episode, Iceland and Greenland’s participation in the war is covered. Denmark leads these two islands to the north, but when Nazi Germany occupies Denmark, the islands are on their own. Churchill, as the First Lord of the Admiralty decides that these two islands must come under British control. But it will take American and Canadian help to pull it off, for once Hitler finds out about any talks, Berlin will react as they did in Norway, with their own invasion force. At the...

Episode 376-The Falcon of Malta

7/17/2022
In the mold of Adrian Warburton, one George Beurling comes to Malta in July. Like Warby, George or Screwball as he is called, does not care for much for anything really, only flying and fighting. And in a short time, he will cause hell for the Axis pilots. However, Kesselring has ordered Fliegerkorps II to be given more pilots. The overwhelming air attacks on Malta are gearing up again. But this time, it will be Vice Air Marshall Keith Park leading the defense of Malta. Learn more about your...

Duration:00:28:48

Episode 375-Starvation and Betrayal

7/11/2022
Lord Gort will have his own Quisling to deal with as a Malta youth comes ashore to spy for Mussolini. Meanwhile, another convoy is attempted, but it too will fail. Gort has no choice but to reduce rations further. His biggest fear is if the Maltese people want to give up or will his soldiers give up the fight before a massive supply convoy can finally make it through. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:25:34

Episode 374-Churchill: Malta's Patron Saint

6/22/2022
As Field Marshall Kesselring loses some of his planes to other theaters, Malta, thanks to Churchill, gets a large influx of Spitfires. The defenders may be able to retake control of their skies, but this does nothing to bring in food, fuel and ammunition. The people of Malta are suffering and the military’s ability to project power is still weak. A convoy is desperately needed, but nothing is expected for months. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:38:14

Episode 373-Malta: A Thunderstorm of Steel

6/17/2022
As April 1942 comes to an end, a spot of hope is dashed as the Axis continue their daily bombing of Malta. The ships and subs have been driven away, the island’s air force is weak. The only thing holding the invaders back is Malta’s AA gun crews and they are running out of ammunition. Gen. Kesselring’s plan of breaking Malta is working. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:28:38

Episode 372-Malta Loses A Hero

6/9/2022
As Field Marshall Albert Kesselring ramps up his attacks on Malta, Adm. Andrew Cunningham and others will leave the theatre as they are beyond exhausted. Still, the fight goes on. And those still defending the island are about to experience hell on earth, for months. Kickstarter for Don't Shoot the Messenger-https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/anthonytroli/dont-shoot-the-messenger Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:38:15

Episode 371-Interview w/ Thomas McKenna about his book Moro Warrior

6/4/2022
MORO WARRIOR tells the remarkable true story of the Philippine Muslim (Moro) resistance fighters of World War II—the most successful and least-known guerrillas of the Pacific Theater. It is the story of Mohammad Adil, a sword-wielding warrior chieftain commissioned as a junior officer in Douglas MacArthur’s guerrilla army while still a teenager. Confident in his secret protective powers learned from a Sufi master, Adil roamed the highland rainforests with a price on his head, attacking...

Duration:01:07:46

Episode 370-Interview w/Peter Bradley about his book, The Last Train: A Family History of the Final Solution

5/29/2022
Former Labour MP Peter Bradley comes on the show to discuss his book that covers his family's history during WWII. This retelling of their lives also forced him to dig into the history of the Holocaust and of Anti-Semitism for the last 2000 years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:58:24

Car Show! Episode: The Jeep during WWII

5/25/2022
We’re shaking things up today and sharing a preview from Car Show!, a new podcast from our friends at Pushkin Industries. Longtime Car and Driver editor Eddie Alterman tells the stories of the vital cars — the ones that have changed how we drive and live, whose significance lies outside the scope of horsepower or miles per gallon. In this episode, Eddie talks about the military background of the Jeep, a vehicle made for the battlefields of World War II, and its lasting popularity in America...

Duration:00:33:25

Episode 369-Interview w/ Paul Brandus about FDR’s Use of the Media and Midway

5/20/2022
Writer and White House Correspondent Paul Brandus comes on the show to cover FDR's brilliant use of the media, before Pearl Harbor. Also, we discuss the significance of the Battle of Midway. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:33:39

Episode 368-Interview w/Damien Lewis about his book Churchill's Great Escapes

5/13/2022
Writer Damien Lewis comes on the show to discuss his new book Churchill's Great Escapes: Seven Incredible Escapes Made by WWII Heroes. During the war, there was no standing order for Allied Officers to try to escape a POW Camp. However, the men of the British Special Forces saw it differently. What follows is a testament to the courage and endurance of humans with a clear goal and unflappable belief in their cause. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:01:15

Episode 367-The Second Battle of Sirte

5/6/2022
Desperate, Adm. Cunningham arranges another convoy for Malta. But the Italian Fleet and German Air Arm are ready. The result, a tiny fraction of supplies will get through. Malta’s days as a forward base are coming to an end. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:27:50

Episode 366-Interview with Brandon Gauthier about his book Before Evil

4/29/2022
Professor Brandon Gauthier comes on to discuss his book Before Evil, where he examines the making of 20th Century’s greatest tyrants. He reminds us to never forget that the world’s monsters are humans too, with dreams, fears, ambitions and childhoods. That they were the hero in their own story. Stalin was trying to bring Russia up to date, Hitler was carving out an empire for himself and the German people, Mussolini wanted to be great and at the head of a new roman empire. And Mao wanted to...

Duration:01:12:06

Episode 365-The Spitfires Are Coming!

4/23/2022
The RAF on Malta actually run out of Hurricane fighters on March 3rd. Fortunately, the promised Spitfires arrive. But how are 15 Spitfires supposed to hold back the entirety of Kesselring’s air arm of Italian and German planes. The dark time for Malta are far from over. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:34:03

Episode 364-Mussolini's PR Nightmare

4/15/2022
As 1942 opens up the Axis have the upper hand. Still, those in London make plans to invade Sicily. What follows only fills up Davie Jones' locker all the more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:28:37

Episode 363-Guest Host Lindsey Graham of History Daily Recounts the Attack on Pearl Harbor

4/7/2022
The host of several well known podcasts, Lindsay Graham, of History Daily, American Scandal and American History Tellers, is allowing me to share with you, his coverage of the day that will live in Infamy. Here is the three episode arc from The History Daily Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:50:02

Episode 362-Interview w/ Michael Benson about his book Gangsters vs Nazis

4/1/2022
Author Michael Benson comes on the show to talk about his latest book, Gangsters vs Nazis: How Jewish Bobsters Battled Nazis in Wartime America. Some of the most notorious Jewish gangsters, Meyer Lansky, Charles Lucky Luciano, Mickey Cohen and Bugsy Siegel team up with the more respectable side of American politics to take on the growing trend that is the Pro Hitler German American Bund. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:04:34

Episode 361-Interview w/ Edward Aldrich: The Partnership: George Marshall, Henry Stimson and the Extraordinary Collaboration That Won WWII

3/25/2022
Edward Aldrich comes on the show to discuss his book that covers the highly effective teamwork of Secretary of War Henry Stimson and Army Chief of Staff George Marshall. Once they are both in position, they will have 17 months to ready the American Armed Forces before Pearl Harbor. Not that they know this. What they do know is war is coming, yet half of the country wants to stay out and FDR can’t say much to publicly support to their efforts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:01:09:34