We Have Ways of Making You Talk

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Subscribers: 895
Reviews: 9

Oh Bugger
 Nov 4, 2020
Playing catch-up, very entertaining and Al Murray has a great narrative voice.

David Hayes
 Aug 5, 2020
Fantastic podcast, very easy to listen to. funny and interesting. James Holland's books are great too

john fillbrook IndCo
 May 13, 2020
love the podcast. great knowledge and easy to listen style makes this my #1


 May 3, 2020

Luke Wallace
 Feb 4, 2020
These guys are easy to listen to, making the subject enjoyable

Description

Achtung! Achtung!


Comedian Al Murray and historian James Holland discuss all matters Second World War.


We Have Ways of Making You Talk is a bi-weekly show exploring the war in close up. James and Al have a stunning knowledge of their subject, but don't expect a linear narrative. The boys love a tangent and a forgotten tale.


We Have Ways of Making You Talk roams down forgotten front lines, casts new villains and makes the case for unlikely heroes.


Send questions to James and Al via Twitter using #WeHaveWays or by email to wehavewayspodcast@gmail.com


Battle stations!


Episode Date
246. The Wings of Pegasus, by George Chatterton - Episode 6
00:24:21

Brigadier George Chatterton's memoirs, read by Al Murray, tell the extraordinary story of his time as a soldier for the British Army who then went on to become the Commander of the Glider Pilot Regiment during the Second World War.


A Goalhanger Films production

Produced by Joey McCarthy

Exec Producer Tony Pastor

Twitter: #WeHaveWays

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Jan 16, 2021
245. The Wings of Pegasus, by George Chatterton - Episode 5
00:24:29

Brigadier George Chatterton's memoirs, read by Al Murray, tell the extraordinary story of his time as a soldier for the British Army who then went on to become the Commander of the Glider Pilot Regiment during the Second World War.


A Goalhanger Films production

Produced by Joey McCarthy

Exec Producer Tony Pastor

Twitter: #WeHaveWays

@WeHaveWaysPod

Website: www.wehavewayspod.com

Email: wehavewayspodcast@gmail.com

 

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Jan 15, 2021
243. The War In The Shadows
00:40:24

When Patrick Marnham was sent a letter from an anonymous reader claiming to have inside knowledge about the French Resistance he was forced to re-examine his work on the subject. Here he joins Al and James to discuss the subterfuge and duplicity he discovered.


We Have Ways has a membership club which includes a live version of the podcast streamed on the internet each Thursday evening. Join at Patreon.com/wehaveways


A Goalhanger Films production

Produced by Joey McCarthy

Exec Producer Tony Pastor

Twitter: #WeHaveWays

@WeHaveWaysPod

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Jan 14, 2021
244. The Wings of Pegasus, by George Chatterton - Episode 4
00:24:31

Brigadier George Chatterton's memoirs, read by Al Murray, tell the extraordinary story of his time as a soldier for the British Army who then went on to become the Commander of the Glider Pilot Regiment during the Second World War.


A Goalhanger Films production

Produced by Joey McCarthy

Exec Producer Tony Pastor

Twitter: #WeHaveWays

@WeHaveWaysPod

Website: www.wehavewayspod.com

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Jan 14, 2021
242. The Wings of Pegasus, by George Chatterton - Episode 3
00:26:46

Brigadier George Chatterton's memoirs, read by Al Murray, tell the extraordinary story of his time as a soldier for the British Army who then went on to become the Commander of the Glider Pilot Regiment during the Second World War.


A Goalhanger Films production

Produced by Joey McCarthy

Exec Producer Tony Pastor

Twitter: #WeHaveWays

@WeHaveWaysPod

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Jan 13, 2021
241. The Washington Putsch
00:50:58

As Donald Trump’s followers tried to seize control of Washington’s Capitol many writers and commentators sought historical parallels to explain how American democracy had come to this. James Holland and Al Murray look back at the rise of fascism to examine how truth becomes vulnerable to the cult of personality.


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@WeHaveWaysPod

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Jan 12, 2021
240. The Wings of Pegasus, by George Chatterton - Episode 2
00:17:22

Brigadier George Chatterton's memoirs, read by Al Murray, tell the extraordinary story of his time as a soldier for the British Army who then went on to become the Commander of the Glider Pilot Regiment during the Second World War.


A Goalhanger Films production

Produced by Joey McCarthy

Exec Producer Tony Pastor

Twitter: #WeHaveWays

@WeHaveWaysPod

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Jan 12, 2021
239. The Wings of Pegasus, by George Chatterton - Episode 1
00:23:31

Brigadier George Chatterton's memoirs, read by Al Murray, tell the extraordinary story of his time as a soldier for the British Army who then went on to become the Commander of the Glider Pilot Regiment during the Second World War.


A Goalhanger Films production

Produced by Joey McCarthy

Exec Producer Tony Pastor

Twitter: #WeHaveWays

@WeHaveWaysPod

Website: www.wehavewayspod.com

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Jan 11, 2021
238. Sidney Cotton’s Private Airforce
00:20:35

Sidney Cotton played an important role in the development of photographic reconnaissance, taking pictures of Germany and Holland at the start of the war.

His personal driver was a young man called Geoffrey Turnham. In these memoirs, sent to us by his great grandson Danny Turnham, Geoffrey describes day to day operations at No2 Camouflage Unit. Read by Al Murray.


Many thanks to Danny Turnham.


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Jan 07, 2021
237. Robert Bowen - Fighting With Screaming Eagles
00:40:19

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today Al is reading from Fighting With Screaming Eagles, by Robert Bowen

 

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Jan 06, 2021
236. The Man Who Said Don’t Go
00:48:47

News that Sir Brian Urquhart has died at the age of 101 leads Al Murray and James Holland inexorably back to the intense days prior to the battle of Arnhem. Did Urquhart tell Browning to cancel Market Garden? Was his intelligence ignored?

Plus we discuss the development of the jet fighter and take a closer look at more D-Day photos.


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Jan 05, 2021
235. Vere Hodgson - Diary of the War
00:19:40

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today Rachel Holland is reading an extract from Vere Hodgson’s war diary. 

 

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Jan 04, 2021
234. Cornelius Turner - Operation Bunghole
00:15:21

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today Al is reading from Operation Bunghole, by Cornelius Turner.

 

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Jan 03, 2021
233. Stanley Christopherson - An Englishman At War
00:18:20

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today James is reading from An Englishman At War, by Stanley Christopherson.

 

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Jan 02, 2021
232. Jeffrey Quill - Spitfire
00:26:16

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today Al is reading from Spitfire, by Jeffrey Quill

 

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Jan 01, 2021
231. Heinz Knoke - I Flew For The Fuhrer
00:18:49

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today James is reading an extract from I Flew For The Fuhrer, by Heinz Knoke.

 

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Dec 31, 2020
230. In Conversation with Richard Herring
00:57:00

Al Murray joins Richard Herring to talk about his latest book ‘The Last 100 Years (give Or Take) and All That’. They discuss what it was like writing the book and cover a range of topics including the First World War, the Moon landing and the Balkans. And of course, Hitler and the Second World War get quite a mention.

 

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Dec 31, 2020
229. George Chatterton - The Wings of Pegasus
00:09:36

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today Al is reading an extract from The Wings of Pegasus, by George Chatterton. 

 

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Dec 30, 2020
228. Cecil Beaton - Far East
00:20:25

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today James is reading extracts from Cecil Beaton's war diaries.

 

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Dec 29, 2020
227. Crimes of the Wehrmacht
00:57:41

One of the enduring myths arising from the war is that the extreme violence in the east was carried out by the Waffen SS, not the Wehrmacht. 

Historian and former US serviceman Waitman Wade Beorn tells Al Murray and James Holland about the atrocities committed by Wehrmacht soldiers on the Eastern Front. Waitman discusses their crimes and what psychological factors create extreme levels of violence.


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Dec 29, 2020
226. Louis Hagen - Arnhem Lift
00:23:32

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today Al is reading from Arnhem Lift, by Louis Hagen.

 

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Dec 28, 2020
225. Anthony Cotterell - After D-Day
00:31:03

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today James is reading an extract from Anthony Cotterell’s war reporting.

 

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Dec 27, 2020
224. Richard Rhodes James - Chindit
00:15:38

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today Al is reading from Chindit, by Richard Rhodes James.

 

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Dec 26, 2020
223. Anthony Cotterell - A Day At The Seaside
00:16:50

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today James is reading an extract from Anthony Cotterell’s war reporting.

 

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Dec 25, 2020
222. Photo Reconnaissance
00:52:11

Intelligence expert Taylor Downing argues that photo reconnaissance of occupied Europe should be at the forefront of all discussions about intelligence during the Second World War. 

He describes in detail the incredible process of how photos were taken, developed, and analysed to discover German military plans - and how this helped find the Bismark. 


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Produced by Joey McCarthy

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Dec 24, 2020
221. Confusion on Gold Beach
01:00:22

James Holland explains the challenges of researching the events of D Day for his new book about the Sherwood Rangers. Al Murray discusses the difficulty of relying on the memories of men caught up in dangerous events.


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Dec 22, 2020
220. A National Scandal
01:02:39

Al Murray and James Holland discuss the plight and treatment of our nuclear test veterans of the 1940s and 50s. They are joined by campaigning journalist Susie Boniface to discuss the government's mistreatment of the veterans and the litany of illnesses and deformities that ruin their lives today.


We Have Ways has a membership club which includes a live version of the podcast streamed on the internet each Thursday evening. There are also five free audiobooks on the site. Join at Patreon.com/wehaveways


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Dec 17, 2020
219. Rudolph Hess
00:51:27

Why did Hess fly to Scotland and on whose authority? What was his role in the Reich and was his sentence fair? James Holland and Al Murray also discuss the role of the Gurkhas in the Second World War. 


We Have Ways has a membership club which includes a live version of the podcast streamed on the internet each Thursday evening. There are also five free audiobooks on the site. Join at Patreon.com/wehaveways


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Dec 15, 2020
218. Pathfinder and Master Bomber
00:34:35

Between November 1943 and October 1944 Charles Owen DSO DFC flew 55 missions as part of Bomber Command. His extraordinary hand written diary describes these sorties in brilliant detail. Al Murray reads extracts here. With many thanks to his son, Oliver Owen.


We Have Ways has a membership club which includes a live version of the podcast streamed on the internet each Thursday evening. There are also five free audiobooks on the site. Join at Patreon.com/wehaveways


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Dec 10, 2020
217. Man for Man
00:56:02

James Holland and Al Murray reopen the debate about the relative merits of Allied and Axis soldiers. Plus was there ever the possibility of the American, British and Canadian forces swapping beaches in Normandy?


We Have Ways has a membership club which includes a live version of the podcast streamed on the internet each Thursday evening. There are also five free audiobooks on the site. Join at Patreon.com/wehaveways


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Dec 08, 2020
216. Falklands
00:26:31

Part two of our conversation with aviation writer Roland White, as he explains the challenges of flying off carriers in the South Atlantic. Roland tells Al Murray and James Holland about the role played by birds around the islands and he describes the difficult relationship between the RAF and the Navy.


We Have Ways has a membership club which includes a live version of the podcast streamed on the internet each Thursday evening. A number of free audiobooks are available to members. Join at Patreon.com/wehaveways


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Dec 03, 2020
215. Training Day
00:53:24

How did the German forces shape up when it came to training? James Holland and Al Murray explore both myth and reality. Plus the boys head to the western desert to examine the Battle of Knightsbridge.

We Have Ways has a membership club which includes a live version of the podcast streamed on the internet each Thursday evening. A new audiobook offering a Canadian soldier’s view of the battle in Italy is available free now. Join at Patreon.com/wehaveways


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Dec 01, 2020
214. Joe Ricci
00:45:26

Close friend of the podcast, historian Joe Ricci, joins Al and James during our Thanksgiving Specials to talk about the unsung heroes of the American War Effort - the US Coastguard.


Joe Ricci runs his own history podcast 'Home Brew History'.

 

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Nov 29, 2020
213. Nicholas Moran
00:43:55

Nicholas Moran is one of the world leading experts in tank warfare during the Second World War. He joins Al and James to reveal what he thinks to be the best tank used during the war.

 

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Nov 28, 2020
212. Bob Persichitti
00:43:53

Bob Persichitti was a radio operator on the USS El Dorado during the Second World War. He was present at Okinawa and the invasion of Iwo Jima. James Holland interviews him as part of our Thanksgiving Specials.

 

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Nov 27, 2020
211. Michel Paradis
00:51:09

Human Rights Lawyer and historian Michel Paradis talks to Al and James about his book 'Last Mission To Tokyo'. The thrilling war story-meets-courtroom-drama focuses on the Doolittle Raiders in Tokyo and attempts to try the Japanese for war crimes committed throughout the Second World War. 

 

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Nov 26, 2020
210. Paul Dickson
00:48:48

James Holland speaks to US historian Paul Dickson, writer of 'The Rise of the G.I. Army', about how the American Army was mobilized from scattered outposts two years before Pearl Harbor into the disciplined and mobile fighting force that helped win World War II.

 

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Nov 25, 2020
209. Tom Lacey
00:38:39

Al and James interview Battle of the Bulge veteran Tom Lacey as part of We Have Ways' Thanksgiving Specials.


Tom Lacey was fascinated with aeronautics as a young boy, so naturally, he wanted to be trained to become a pilot. Instead, he was assigned to the Army Infantry and volunteered to take a radioman post. Barraged by German artillery, with radio connection completely lost, Lacey later realised he survived the beginnings of the Battle of the Bulge. Of the 200 men in his unit, he was one of 12 to survive from the time of their entry into combat.

 

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Nov 24, 2020
208. Marty Morgan
00:51:33

In the first of our Thanksgiving Specials, Al and James are joined by historian and weapons expert Marty Morgan. Marty talks about his experiences leading tours in Normandy and working with hit video game franchise Call of Duty as their historical advisor.

 

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Nov 23, 2020
207. Harrier
00:31:09

In this rare foray away from the Second World War Al Murray and James Holland are joined by aviation writer Rowland White to discuss the role of the Harrier 809 in the Falklands War.

How challenging was it to fly the legendary Harrier Jump Jet and what did the Argentinian pilots make of the battle?


We Have Ways has a membership club which includes a live version of the podcast streamed on the internet each Thursday evening. A new audiobook offering a Canadian soldier’s view of the battle in Italy will be available free to members from Monday. Join at Patreon.com/wehaveways


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Nov 19, 2020
206. Dermot O'Leary
00:49:40

TV presenter and radio host Dermot O’Leary joins Al and James to discuss his passion for Second World War history. The Battle of Britain and the Battle of the Atlantic are two of Dermot’s particular interests, along with a fascination for Norway’s role in the war thanks to his wife’s Norwegian upbringing.


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Nov 17, 2020
205. A Message from the Cook Islands
00:35:14

We Have Ways of Making You Talk receives a fabulous array of messages via email, Twitter and on our members’ site. None more extraordinary than the missive that arrived this week from the Cook Islands. It starts our discussion in today’s pod.


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Nov 12, 2020
204. From El Alamein to the Heroes of Telemark
00:48:08

How great a contribution did Monty make in North Africa? And were the actions of the Heroes of Telemark vital to the effort to deny Hitler the atomic bomb? Al Murray and James Holland meander wildly in this entirely non linear approach the the Second World War.


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Nov 10, 2020
203. Remembrance
01:02:35

Small cemeteries in faraway lands, individual stories of heartbreaking tenderness, parents paying for inscriptions on graves they will never see. Al Murray and James Holland are joined by Glyn Prysor, former historian of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for a moving episode of We Have Ways of Making You Talk.

The podcast ends with a short reading from each of Al Murray and James Holland, followed by the Last Post, two minutes of silence and Reveille.

 

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Nov 08, 2020
202. Matt Mackinnon-Pattison - Part 3
00:29:04

After growing up in a Scottish orphanage Matt Mackinnon-Pattison volunteered for the army at the first opportunity and found himself fighting with a Highland regiment in Italy.

In this third and final instalment, Matt describes life in Italy and how the war took its toll on fighting men like him.

We’d like to thank Matt on behalf of all listeners of We Have Ways for telling us his brilliant story so vividly. 


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Nov 05, 2020
201. Resistance
00:54:28

Al Murray and James Holland discuss Patrick Marnham’s book on the French Resistance. Plus, how influential was signals intelligence? Other subjects up for discussion include the Chindits’ actions behind enemy lines and the war-time relationship between Britain and the US.

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Nov 03, 2020
200. The Last 100 Years (Give or Take) And All That
00:11:22

An awful lot has happened in the last 100 years or so. In fact, when you look at how much went on in the 20th century, it's amazing it didn't take longer than that. In this extract from his new book Al Murray takes a close look at the Battle of Britain.


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Oct 29, 2020
199. The Messerschmitt 109
00:23:13

Al and James clamber around on the Messerschmitt 109 once flown by the legendary Hans-Joachim Marseille and now housed at the Heritage Hangar, Biggin Hill. Was it really better than the Spitfire? Bold engineering claims in this podcast.

This podcast was also filmed and is available for viewing by members of our We Have Ways club. Join for £6 a month, which includes a live version of the podcast streamed on the internet each Thursday evening. There are also five free audiobooks on the site. Join at Patreon.com/wehaveways


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Oct 27, 2020
198. Matt Mackinnon-Pattison - part 2
00:44:57

After growing up in a Scottish orphanage Matt Mackinnon-Pattison volunteered for the army at the first opportunity and found himself fighting with a Highland regiment in Italy. In this second part of his conversation with James Holland we hear of his exploits with the SAS.


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Oct 22, 2020
197. Spitfires at Biggin Hill
00:48:21

Al and James visit the Heritage Hangar at Biggin Hill, the largest collection of air worthy Spitfires in the world. They discover a newly restored Spitfire once sold to the Greek airforce and explore the craft of building the world’s most iconic fighter plane.


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Oct 20, 2020
196. Matt Mackinnon-Pattison - Part 1
00:43:25

Matt Mackinnon-Pattison served with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders during the war and later joined the SAS where he was parachuted behind enemy lines in northern Italy.

James Holland recently interviewed Matt in Cumbria. This is the first part of their fascinating conversation.


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Oct 15, 2020
195. From Iceland to Africa
00:48:44

James and Al get their podcast passports out as they explore stories from Iceland to Africa, via Germany. James describes his recent adventures in Germany, including his attempt to find the location of the death of Lt. Denis Elmore, the last Sherwood Rangers officer to be killed in the war.


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Oct 13, 2020
194. Tiger Tank
00:49:06

Al Murray heads to Bovington Tank Museum to talk to resident expert David Willey about the Tiger tank. 

Why did Nazi Germany build only 1,200 of this much feared beast and what was the true story of the men who abandoned Tiger 131 in Tunisia?


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Oct 08, 2020
193. Making Maps and Propaganda
01:00:25

Writer and academic Jeremy Black joins James Holland and Al Murray in a wide-ranging discussion encompassing the propagandist use of maps and the challenges of flying over the Hump.


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Oct 06, 2020
192. Tank Trilogy
00:18:24

Al Murray and James Holland explore a Second World War British ambulance as well as a vehicle kitted out as a mobile listening centre which reported from France and Holland to Bletchley Park.


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Oct 01, 2020
191. Robert Harris and V2
00:50:37

The German V2 rocket programme brought fear to the streets of London in the last months of the war. Author Robert Harris joins Al Murray and James Holland to discuss his new novel, V2, which explores the events from the perspective of a German rocket engineer and a British woman tasked with working out where the deadly weapons were being fired from.


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Sep 29, 2020
190. AC/DC’s Brian Johnson PART 2
00:43:28

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson is back with more stories from his extraordinary family history. This time we hear about his dad’s time fighting in Italy, plus his Italian mum’s fascist family past.

WARNING: Some strong language.


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Sep 24, 2020
189. AC/DC’s Brian Johnson
00:36:27

The legendary lead singer of AC/DC Brian Johnson is fascinated by the Second World War. His dad fought in North Africa and Italy with the Durham Light Infantry and Brian himself joined the Territorial Army and did full parachute training.

WARNING: This brilliantly entertaining, often hilarious episode, features strong language.


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Sep 22, 2020
188. What went wrong at Arnhem
00:44:21

On September 17th, 1944, the Allies launched Operation Market Garden in an attempt to create an invasion route across the Rhine and into Germany.

The operation failed and with it ended any hopes of finishing the war by Christmas 1944.

Al Murray and James Holland are joined by former Paras Major-General Adrian Freer and Richard Moore to discuss the details of this extraordinary battle.


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Sep 17, 2020
187. Battle of Britain Day
00:51:07

James Holland and Al Murray discuss the events of September 15th, 1940, the date officially named Battle of Britain Day. James digs deep into the data to evaluate the severity of the German attacks and to understand the level of defence mounted by the RAF.

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Sep 15, 2020
186. Top Tanks
00:22:12

Al Murray and James Holland recently spent a day clambering around on restored tanks. In today’s episode they get to experience the inside of a Sherman and the full throated roar of a Cromwell. 


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Sep 10, 2020
185. Sicily ‘43 Special
00:51:04

Al Murray joins James Holland to discuss Sicily ‘43 in this special edition of the podcast recorded for Waterstones.


Our three book recommendations for September are:


Normandy ’44 by James Holland (newly published paperback)

Britain’s War: Into Battle by Dan Todman (paperback)

The Ship by C S Forester


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Sep 08, 2020
184. The Sherwood Rangers on D-Day
00:34:12

As James Holland begins researching his next book he finds himself immediately caught up in a debate about what happened to the Sherwood Rangers as they came ashore on D-Day.


Our three book recommendations for September are:


Normandy ’44 by James Holland (newly published paperback)

Britain’s War: Into Battle by Dan Todman (paperback)

The Ship by C S Forester


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Sep 03, 2020
183. James and Al’s Big Tank Adventure
00:39:20

James Holland and Al Murray spend the day messing around in tanks. The evolution of the British tank through the early years of the Second World War is discussed and the boys get to grapple with tanks in various states of restoration.


Our three book recommendations for September are:


Normandy ’44 by James Holland (newly published paperback)

Britain’s War: Into Battle by Dan Todman (paperback)

The Ship by C S Forester


All three books are available at a 20% discount to members of the Independent Company.


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Sep 01, 2020
182. The Ship
00:17:27

C. S. Forester’s brilliant book about a Royal Navy ship fighting to get through to Malta was published in 1943 and is an enthralling account of a single day’s action against the Italian fleet. It’s one of our three book recommendations for September and here Al Murray reads chapter one to give you a taste of what’s in store.


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Aug 27, 2020
181. By Air and Sea
00:46:25

Al and James discuss the fundamental differences between being a Luftwaffe pilot and an airman in the RAF. Also, why did it take so long to train a naval officer? Could it be due to the cost of the kit he might control?


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Aug 25, 2020
180. Those Devils in Baggy Pants
00:18:15

A sneak preview of our latest audiobook Those Devils In Baggy Pants which tells the story of life in the US 82nd Airborne Division.

The author, Ross S Carter, took part in every major campaign featuring the 504th Parachute Infantry, from Sicily in 1943 through to Germany in May 1945.

It’s a cracking read, and it’s been beautifully read by American actor and great friend of this podcast, Chaz Mena.


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Please Note: This book was published in 1951, Carter's attitudes and language may be considered outdated or offensive.


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Aug 20, 2020
179. The Weird World of War
00:43:27

We asked listeners for the most curious roles their grandparents performed during the Second World War. Al Murray and James Holland explore some of the best answers. Plus, which branch of the forces would you have volunteered for?

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Aug 18, 2020
178. VJ Day and the Atomic Bomb
00:44:24

Seventy five years ago the world celebrated Victory over Japan Day as the war in the Pacific finally ended.

Al Murray and James Holland discuss the big decisions taken at the time, most notably the use of the atomic bomb.


Independent Company members get £2 off our recommended books from Waterstones.


The Last Enemy - Richard Hillary


A brilliant first-hand account of a Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain.


London War Notes - Mollie Panter-Downes


A columnist for the New Yorker during the war, Panter-Downes letters from London offer real insight into life on the home front. 


Lion Rampant - Robert Woollcombe


A graphic account from a front line officer during the battle for Normandy.


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Aug 15, 2020
177. VJ Day special - The Indian Army
00:49:32

By 1945 the British Indian Army was the largest volunteer force in history.

Military historian Rob Lyman argues that Indian soldiers were not given enough credit for their efforts in helping beat the Japanese. 


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The Last Enemy - Richard Hillary


A brilliant first-hand account of a Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain.


London War Notes - Mollie Panter-Downes


A columnist for the New Yorker during the war, Panter-Downes letters from London offer real insight into life on the home front. 


Lion Rampant - Robert Woollcombe


A graphic account from a front line officer during the battle for Normandy.


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Aug 14, 2020
176. VJ Day special - Robin Rowland: Part 2
00:41:44

Robin Rowland was an officer in Slim’s Fourteenth Army, fighting at the Battle of the Admin Box and at the Battle of Kohima. In the second part of his conversation with James Holland he describes the final days of the conflict in the Far East.


Independent Company members get £2 off our recommended books from Waterstones.


The Last Enemy - Richard Hillary


A brilliant first-hand account of a Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain.


London War Notes - Mollie Panter-Downes


A columnist for the New Yorker during the war, Panter-Downes letters from London offer real insight into life on the home front. 


Lion Rampant - Robert Woollcombe


A graphic account from a front line officer during the battle for Normandy.


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Aug 13, 2020
175. VJ Day special - Robin Rowland: Part 1
00:50:41

Robin Rowland was an officer in Slim’s Fourteenth Army, fighting at the Battle of the Admin Box and at the Battle of Kohima. Here he is in conversation with James Holland. In this first part of their discussion Robin describes how he found himself in India and the chaos and confusion of the Admin Box.


Independent Company members get £2 off our recommended books from Waterstones.


The Last Enemy - Richard Hillary


A brilliant first-hand account of a Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain.


London War Notes - Mollie Panter-Downes


A columnist for the New Yorker during the war, Panter-Downes letters from London offer real insight into life on the home front. 


Lion Rampant - Robert Woollcombe


A graphic account from a front line officer during the battle for Normandy.


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Aug 12, 2020
174. VJ Day special - Fighting in the Far East
00:45:05

James and Al are joined by the US historian John C. McManus to discuss the final months of fighting in the Far East. John is one of America’s leading military historians and is currently working on a major two volume history of the U.S. Army in the Pacific/Asia theatre during World War II.  


Independent Company members get £2 off our recommended books from Waterstones.


The Last Enemy - Richard Hillary


A brilliant first-hand account of a Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain.


London War Notes - Mollie Panter-Downes


A columnist for the New Yorker during the war, Panter-Downes letters from London offer real insight into life on the home front. 


Lion Rampant - Robert Woollcombe


A graphic account from a front line officer during the battle for Normandy.


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Aug 11, 2020
173. Hitler, Sparta and the Roman Empire
00:38:53

How great an influence on Nazi ideology did Spartan society exert? Tom Holland joins his brother James and Al Murray to discuss ancient empires and their parallels with Hitler’s Germany.


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The Last Enemy - Richard Hillary


A brilliant first-hand account of a Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain.


London War Notes - Mollie Panter-Downes


A columnist for the New Yorker during the war, Panter-Downes letters from London offer real insight into life on the home front. 


Lion Rampant - Robert Woollcombe


A graphic account from a front line officer during the battle for Normandy.


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Aug 06, 2020
172. Battle of Britain - Part 3
00:48:53

In the third episode of our trilogy James Holland and Al Murray discuss the merits of grass airfields and German plans for the invasion of Britain.

Plus the boys make three new recommendations for reading over the summer.


Independent Company members get £2 off each book from Waterstones.


The Last Enemy - Richard Hillary


A brilliant first-hand account of a Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain.


London War Notes - Mollie Panter-Downes


A columnist for the New Yorker during the war, Panter-Downes letters from London offer real insight into life on the home front. 


Lion Rampant - Robert Woollcombe


A graphic account from a front line officer during the battle for Normandy.


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Aug 04, 2020
171. Sicily ’43
00:35:22

In July 1943 the Allies launched Operation Husky. The subsequent thirty-eight-day Battle for Sicily was one of the most dramatic of the entire Second World War.


James Holland reads an exclusive extract from his upcoming book 'Sicily '43: The First Assault on Fortress Europe' which is available from the 3rd September 2020.


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Jul 30, 2020
170. The Battle of Britain - Part 2
00:49:27

What was the civilian experience as the Battle of Britain raged in the skies? And how realistic was the German aim to gain air supremacy? Al Murray and James Holland explore the summer of 1940 in further detail.


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Jul 28, 2020
169. Stan Perry Special - Part Two
00:49:43

Part Two of James Holland's interview with veteran Stan Perry about his wartime experiences in the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry. Stan arrived in France shortly after D-Day and was twice wounded during the final year of the war in the west.




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Al and James have chosen three books to read this summer and all three are available at a discount of 30pc from Waterstones for our Patreon members.




Greyhound, by C S Forester


Hitler: My Part in his Downfall by Spike Milligan


Eagle Day by Richard Collier 




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Jul 23, 2020
168. The Battle of Britain
00:47:59

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

Well that was Winston Churchill’s view.

Now, 80 years on, Al Murray and James Holland offer a modern perspective on the events of the summer of 1940. Also, the lads answer a host of intriguing listener questions.


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Al and James have chosen three books to read this summer and all three are available at a discount of 30pc from Waterstones for our Patreon members.


Greyhound, by C S Forester

Hitler: My Part in his Downfall by Spike Milligan

Eagle Day by Richard Collier 


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Jul 21, 2020
167. Stan Perry Special
01:06:05

Part 2 of James Holland's interview with veteran Stan Perry about his wartime experiences in the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry. Stan arrived in France shortly after D-Day and was twice wounded during the final year of the war in the west.


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Al and James have chosen three books to read this summer and all three are available at a discount of 30pc from Waterstones for our Patreon members.


Greyhound, by C S Forester

Hitler: My Part in his Downfall by Spike Milligan

Eagle Day by Richard Collier 


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Jul 16, 2020
166. Hitler Myths
00:53:29

Did Hitler really die in a Berlin bunker? Yes of course he did. But this simple truth hasn’t stopped a host of conspiracy theorists claiming the Nazi leader made it safely to South America. So why have these stories taken a hold on the public imagination? Al Murray and James Holland are joined by Luke Daly-Groves, writer of Hitler’s Death: The Case Against Conspiracy, to try and debunk the outlandish theories that still abound.


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Al and James have chosen three books to read this summer and all three are available at a discount of 30% from Waterstones for our Patreon members.


Greyhound, by C S Forester

Hitler: My Part in his Downfall by Spike Milligan

Eagle Day by Richard Collier 


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Jul 14, 2020
165. Day of Days
00:49:27

Al Murray and James Holland speak to Band of Brothers scriptwriter John Orloff.

John wrote episode two, Day of Days, as well as episode nine, Why We Fight. He describes the origins of the hugely popular series and recounts his conversations with the veterans of the 101st Airborne Division.


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Al and James have chosen three books to read this summer and all three are available at a discount of 30pc from Waterstones for our Patreon members.


Greyhound, by C S Forester

Hitler: My Part in his Downfall by Spike Milligan

Eagle Day by Richard Collier 


A Goalhanger Films production

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Jul 09, 2020
164. Sweden and Spies
00:41:37

Just how neutral was Sweden in the Second World War? Al Murray and James Holland debate this as well recounting the role of an unusual Scottish spy.


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Jul 07, 2020
163. Where the War was Won - Part 2
00:28:01

In the second part of Al Murray and James Holland's conversation with historian Phillips O'Brien they discuss the largely forgotten US Admiral William Leahy and his attitude to the use of the atomic bomb in Japan.


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Jul 02, 2020
162. Where the War was Won - Part 1
00:28:56

Historian Phillips O'Brien explains to James Holland and Al Murray his theory that land battles did not make a significant contribution to the outcome of the war. If you think Stalingrad and the Eastern Front were pivotal, think again. 


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Jun 30, 2020
161. The History of Concrete
00:43:20

Stonemason Andrew Ziminski takes Al and James on an unusual historical journey through the medium of concrete and stonemasonry. The lads discuss the origins of Stonehenge.


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Jun 28, 2020
160. Operation Bagration
00:57:37

Al and James speak to Dr Alex Richie about the the Eastern Front. Red Army tactics, POW deaths and Operation Bagration are up for discussion.



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Jun 27, 2020
159. Inside a Russian Tank
00:34:22

Al Murray and James Holland get to drive round the Wiltshire countryside in a T34 Russian tank. The boys explore its crude but effective engineering and enjoy the sounds and smells from inside the tank.


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Jun 26, 2020
158. Gary Sheffield
00:48:56

Day four of We Have Ways of Making You Chalke and historian Gary Sheffield joins Al and James to explore the interwar period and discuss the rise of European nationalism. 


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Jun 25, 2020
157. Peace in Our Time?
00:46:20

Tim Bouverie, author of Appeasing Hitler, joins Al Murray and James Holland to discuss history’s assessment of Neville Chamberlain. 


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Jun 24, 2020
156. Nora Krug
00:56:21

In the second episode of We Have Ways of Making You Chalke German-American writer Nora Krug joins Al Murray and James Holland to debate the problems of national identity. Nazism in Germany and the legacy of the slave trade in the US and UK are both up for discussion.


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Jun 23, 2020
155. Tea With Monty
00:58:16

Each day this week James Holland and Al Murray will be joined by a celebrated historian on We Have Ways of Making You Chalke. With the Chalke Valley History Festival cancelled some of the top historians have instead agreed to come on the pod.

Today historian and broadcaster Michael Wood discusses Chinese history and the time he had tea with Monty.


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Jun 22, 2020
154. Mosquito Missions
00:26:37

Colin Bell carried out 50 bombing raids over Germany, 13 of them to Berlin.

In this special edition of the podcast RAF veteran Colin tells Al and James about his love of flying Mosquitos and of some of the terrifying scrapes he found himself involved in.


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Jun 18, 2020
153. Save our Spits
00:36:47

Production of the most important aircraft in history did not always run smoothly. Al Murray and James Holland discuss the industrial challenges of producing the Spitfire; plus the boys ponder the likelihood of collaboration in the event of a successful Nazi invasion of the British mainland.


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Jun 16, 2020
152. Home Front Heroes
00:29:13

Nurse Ethel Lote was just 18 years old when she was thrown into the war effort, caring for troops returning from Dunkirk.

In this special episode Ethel describes her experiences to Al Murray, including how she fell in love with her future husband during an autopsy.


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Jun 11, 2020
151. Convoys and Submarines
00:34:24

Al Murray and James Holland launch seafaring operations on the podcast as they examine the effectiveness of the British submarine effort. The boys also enjoy the book used as a basis for the new Tom Hanks movie Greyhound, and they offer their opinions on the latest Churchill debate.


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Jun 09, 2020
150. D-Day Special
00:43:47

June 6th remains one of the most iconic dates in history. James Holland and Al Murray look back on D-Day with a particular reverence for British naval power.


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Jun 06, 2020
149. Britain's War Machine
00:52:13

Al and James are joined by historian and writer David Edgerton to discuss industry and innovation during the war. Famous for taking on the ‘declinists’, David offers a unique perspective on the power of industrial Britain in the 1930s and 40s.


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Jun 04, 2020
148. Dunkirk - Day Eight
00:49:58

As the last men are lifted from Dunkirk we look at the legacy of the battle in both political and strategic terms. Al and James discuss the implications for the Mediterranean and North Africa and describe Churchill flirting with disaster as he flies home from France.


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Jun 02, 2020
147. Dunkirk - Day Seven
00:58:09

As clouds lift over Dunkirk the evacuation has to be suspended during daylight hours. Meanwhile the men on the perimeter resort to desperate measures to hold up the German advance.

Al and James are joined by US military historian Michael Neiberg to look at Dunkirk and the fall of France from an American perspective.


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Jun 01, 2020
Dunkirk - Day Six
00:28:26

As the men at Dunkirk continue to be lifted in huge numbers, Al and James turn their attention to some of the fascinating details of the story. We hear about the role of British medics working desperately on the injured men, while Goering loots fine art from a gallery in Amsterdam.


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May 31, 2020
145. Dunkirk - Day Five
01:10:03

Churchill’s grip on the war cabinet begins to strengthen as the news from Dunkirk continues to improve. Record numbers of men are rescued from both the beaches and the East Mole. In this episode Al and James are joined by Seb Cox, head of the Air Historical Branch.


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May 30, 2020
144. Dunkirk - Day Four
00:43:10

It’s a hugely significant day as 47,000 men are lifted from Dunkirk, but as the remaining soldiers run out of water on the beach they raid the cellars of local bars with predictable results. Al and James are joined by Pierre-Samuel Natanson, a military historian, who offers a French perspective on events.


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May 29, 2020
143. Dunkirk - Day Three
01:00:32

The success of Dunkirk was considered little short of a miracle. But not every soldier made it onto the rescue ships. To help buy time for their comrades to be picked up from the beach some soldiers paid the highest price. One was Al Murray’s grandad. In this highly personal episode, Al’s dad Ingram tells the story of a single band of men who didn’t make it home.



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May 28, 2020
142. Dunkirk - Day Two
00:37:00

May 27th, 1940, could be described as the single most important day in the twentieth century. British war cabinet meetings this day defined the policy to fight on rather than seek peace via Italian intermediaries. It was a close run thing.

Al and James are once again joined by the head of the Naval Historical Branch, Stephen Prince.



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May 27, 2020
141. Dunkirk - Day One
01:01:58

May 26th, 1940, was the first day of the most important week in history.

We Have Ways of Making You Talk will be releasing a podcast on each of the eight days of Operation Dynamo.

Today Al and James are joined by the head of the Naval Historical Branch, Stephen Prince.



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May 26, 2020
140. Olivia Smith - Bonus Episode
00:22:23

Young historian Olivia Smith shares the story of her grandmother’s early life in Nazi Germany with James.


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May 24, 2020
139. Philippe Sands - Part 2
00:45:59

In this second episode of our Philippe Sands interview we explore The Ratline and its central cast of characters. Otto Wächter, the Nazi on the run from justice; his wife Charlotte, avowed Nazi but loving wife and mother. And Horst Wächter, their son, still trying to prove his parents were innocent of the worst Nazi crimes.


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May 21, 2020
138. St Nazaire Raid
00:46:11

It was one of the most audacious raids of the Second World War. A combined Royal Navy and British Commando attack on the Normandie dry dock in German occupied France.

But was it worth the high human cost to stop the German warship Tirpitz potentially breaking out into the Atlantic? 


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May 19, 2020
137. Philippe Sands and The Ratline
00:37:54

Philippe Sands, author of East West Street and The Ratline, joins Al and James to discuss the extraordinary war time stories he unearthed in his research. In this first episode he talks about Hans Frank, the Nazi ruler of Poland, and Frank’s son Niklas, who once said: “I don’t agree with the death penalty, except for my father.”


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May 14, 2020
136. Blitzkrieg 1940
00:42:34

In May 1940 the German armed forces launched a massive offensive against Holland, Belgium and ultimately France.

Al Murray and James Holland take a detailed look at the events which shaped the first half of the Second World War.


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May 12, 2020
135. VE Day Special
00:30:14

Al Murray and James Holland discuss the end of the war in Europe. 


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May 08, 2020
134. Legacy and Myth
00:30:23

In part two of their conversation with historian Guy Walters, Al Murray and James Holland explore how the Second world War is viewed in Britain as the nation’s defining myth. Nationalism and political identity are also key themes of their discussion.


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May 07, 2020
133. Paras and Portugal
00:39:17

After spending an evening watching A Bridge Too Far, both Al Murray and James Holland are keen to discuss the film’s stunning scale and also its frustrating inaccuracies. Plus why did Portugal stay neutral, despite a long standing alliance with Britain.


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May 05, 2020
132. Hunting Evil
00:33:48

How great an effort was made to hunt down Nazi war criminals? Historian Guy Walters joins Al Murray and James Holland as they trace the escape route from Germany to South America.


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Apr 30, 2020
131. The Gurkhas
00:39:31

The people of Nepal raised 40 Gurkha Battalions to fight alongside the British and Commonwealth troops during the Second World war. James Holland and Al Murray discuss the extraordinary contribution of this proud fighting force. Plus, the story of a British and American cover up after mustard gas was released during an air raid on Bari in late 1943.


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Apr 28, 2020
130. The Life and Crimes of Joachim Peiper
00:12:05

He served on both the Eastern and Western Fronts and was a ruthless Nazi ideologue. After the war Peiper was found guilty of war crimes for murdering prisoners of war. Al Murray and James Holland discuss the life and violent death of the most famous German panzer commander of the war.


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Apr 23, 2020
129. One Man’s Window
00:17:10

In 1942 Denis Barnham flew spitfires repeatedly against enemy raids over Malta. In this extract, Al Murray reads a terrifying account of his first air battle above the island. The whole book is available at patreon.com/wehaveways


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Apr 22, 2020
128. We Need Transport, Over…
00:40:18

James and Al discuss important issues such as the range of the Ju52 in Where Eagles Dare and answer the key question: could it really have made it to the Alps and back? Also discussed, the infamous U-48, which sunk the City of Benares. Plus Italian aircraft are admired and rubbished in equal measure.


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Apr 21, 2020
127. The Black Market
00:11:37

Were there any good consequences of the black market in Western Europe? Al Murray and James Holland don’t think so. Especially not for the impoverished Italians.


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Apr 16, 2020
126. Don’t Start at the Bottom
00:36:33

Did the Allies take too long winkling the Germans out of Sicily? Expect strong views from James Holland and Al Murray. Plus an extraordinary story of the captured Enigma machine from a listener who’s relative was on HMS Bulldog.


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Apr 14, 2020
Chapter 22: The Cauldron, by Zeno
00:29:13

Chapter 22: The Cauldron, by Zeno


In September, 1944, the British 1st Airborne Division found itself in a fierce battle for the Dutch city of Arnhem. Al Murray reads the story of a single platoon trapped in the smoking ruins of the city. The author, known as Zeno, fought at Arnhem and later wrote this account of the battle while in prison. Although long out of print, The Cauldron remains the best first hand account of the British forces stranded on the north side of the Rhine.


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Apr 12, 2020
Chapter 21: The Cauldron, by Zeno
00:19:22

Chapter 21: The Cauldron, by Zeno


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Apr 11, 2020
Chapter 20: The Cauldron, by Zeno
00:13:45

Chapter 20: The Cauldron, by Zeno


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Apr 10, 2020
121. Upping our Game
00:10:49

Al and James discuss the need to keep soldiers in the front line physically fit. As the British army faced increasingly varied and challenging terrain it became apparent they needed to be physically ready for the challenge.


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Apr 09, 2020
Chapter 19: The Cauldron, by Zeno
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Chapter 19: The Cauldron, by Zeno


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Apr 09, 2020
Chapter 18: The Cauldron, by Zeno
00:11:53

Chapter 18: The Cauldron, by Zeno


In September, 1944, the British 1st Airborne Division found itself in a fierce battle for the Dutch city of Arnhem. Al Murray reads the story of a single platoon trapped in the smoking ruins of the city. The author, known as Zeno, fought at Arnhem and later wrote this account of the battle while in prison. Although long out of print, The Cauldron remains the best first hand account of the British forces stranded on the north side of the Rhine.


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Apr 08, 2020
Chapter 17: The Cauldron, by Zeno
00:26:01

Chapter 17: The Cauldron, by Zeno


In September, 1944, the British 1st Airborne Division found itself in a fierce battle for the Dutch city of Arnhem. Al Murray reads the story of a single platoon trapped in the smoking ruins of the city. The author, known as Zeno, fought at Arnhem and later wrote this account of the battle while in prison. Although long out of print, The Cauldron remains the best first hand account of the British forces stranded on the north side of the Rhine.


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Apr 07, 2020
118. Ditched and Dunkirk
00:26:22

Al Murray recounts the extraordinary story of one listener’s grandfather who ditched in the Med on the way to Sicily and swam out of a rapidly sinking plane.


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Apr 07, 2020
Chapter 16: The Cauldron, by Zeno
00:17:36

Chapter 16: The Cauldron, by Zeno


In September, 1944, the British 1st Airborne Division found itself in a fierce battle for the Dutch city of Arnhem. Al Murray reads the story of a single platoon trapped in the smoking ruins of the city. The author, known as Zeno, fought at Arnhem and later wrote this account of the battle while in prison. Although long out of print, The Cauldron remains the best first hand account of the British forces stranded on the north side of the Rhine.


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Apr 06, 2020
Chapter 15: The Cauldron, by Zeno
00:18:43

Chapter 15: The Cauldron, by Zeno


In September, 1944, the British 1st Airborne Division found itself in a fierce battle for the Dutch city of Arnhem. Al Murray reads the story of a single platoon trapped in the smoking ruins of the city. The author, known as Zeno, fought at Arnhem and later wrote this account of the battle while in prison. Although long out of print, The Cauldron remains the best first hand account of the British forces stranded on the north side of the Rhine.


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Apr 05, 2020
Chapter 14: The Cauldron, by Zeno
00:29:46

Chapter 14: The Cauldron, by Zeno


In September, 1944, the British 1st Airborne Division found itself in a fierce battle for the Dutch city of Arnhem. Al Murray reads the story of a single platoon trapped in the smoking ruins of the city. The author, known as Zeno, fought at Arnhem and later wrote this account of the battle while in prison. Although long out of print, The Cauldron remains the best first hand account of the British forces stranded on the north side of the Rhine.


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Apr 04, 2020
Chapter 13: The Cauldron, by Zeno
00:36:34

Chapter 13: The Cauldron, by Zeno


In September, 1944, the British 1st Airborne Division found itself in a fierce battle for the Dutch city of Arnhem. Al Murray reads the story of a single platoon trapped in the smoking ruins of the city. The author, known as Zeno, fought at Arnhem and later wrote this account of the battle while in prison. Although long out of print, The Cauldron remains the best first hand account of the British forces stranded on the north side of the Rhine.


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Apr 03, 2020
Pipers and Paddy Mayne
00:46:43

In this special edition of We Have Ways of Making You Talk originally streamed live online, Al Murray and James Holland discuss the use of Scottish pipers on the battlefield. SAS legend Paddy Mayne also joins the story along with Al Murray’s model tank collection.


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Apr 02, 2020
Chapter 12: The Cauldron, by Zeno
00:14:43

Chapter 12: The Cauldron, by Zeno


In September, 1944, the British 1st Airborne Division found itself in a fierce battle for the Dutch city of Arnhem. Al Murray reads the story of a single platoon trapped in the smoking ruins of the city. The author, known as Zeno, fought at Arnhem and later wrote this account of the battle while in prison. Although long out of print, The Cauldron remains the best first hand account of the British forces stranded on the north side of the Rhine.


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Apr 02, 2020
Chapter 11: The Cauldron, by Zeno
00:14:46

Chapter 11: The Cauldron, by Zeno


In September, 1944, the British 1st Airborne Division found itself in a fierce battle for the Dutch city of Arnhem. Al Murray reads the story of a single platoon trapped in the smoking ruins of the city. The author, known as Zeno, fought at Arnhem and later wrote this account of the battle while in prison. Although long out of print, The Cauldron remains the best first hand account of the British forces stranded on the north side of the Rhine.


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Apr 01, 2020
110. Achtung! Achtung! News Flash
00:00:46

Join Al Murray and James Holland for a live stream of tomorrow’s recording of We Have Ways of Making You Talk (Wednesday, April 1st). Join the boys at 10.30am.


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Mar 31, 2020
109. Steel not Flesh
00:43:37

Were airborne operations actually a complete wast of time and men? Al Murray and James Holland question the merit of dropping paratroopers into battle. Also discussed is the vital contribution of women to the British war effort.


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Mar 31, 2020
Chapter 10: The Cauldron, by Zeno
00:14:02

Chapter 10: The Cauldron, by Zeno


In September, 1944, the British 1st Airborne Division found itself in a fierce battle for the Dutch city of Arnhem. Al Murray reads the story of a single platoon trapped in the smoking ruins of the city. The author, known as Zeno, fought at Arnhem and later wrote this account of the battle while in prison. Although long out of print, The Cauldron remains the best first hand account of the British forces stranded on the north side of the Rhine.


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Mar 31, 2020
Chapter 9: The Cauldron, by Zeno
00:09:56

Chapter 9: The Cauldron, by Zeno


In September, 1944, the British 1st Airborne Division found itself in a fierce battle for the Dutch city of Arnhem. Al Murray reads the story of a single platoon trapped in the smoking ruins of the city. The author, known as Zeno, fought at Arnhem and later wrote this account of the battle while in prison. Although long out of print, The Cauldron remains the best first hand account of the British forces stranded on the north side of the Rhine.


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Mar 30, 2020
Chapter 8: The Cauldron, by Zeno
00:20:31

Chapter 8: The Cauldron, by Zeno


In September, 1944, the British 1st Airborne Division found itself in a fierce battle for the Dutch city of Arnhem. Al Murray reads the story of a single platoon trapped in the smoking ruins of the city. The author, known as Zeno, fought at Arnhem and later wrote this account of the battle while in prison. Although long out of print, The Cauldron remains the best first hand account of the British forces stranded on the north side of the Rhine.


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Mar 29, 2020
Chapter 7: The Cauldron, by Zeno
00:42:30

Chapter 7: The Cauldron, by Zeno


In September, 1944, the British 1st Airborne Division found itself in a fierce battle for the Dutch city of Arnhem. Al Murray reads the story of a single platoon trapped in the smoking ruins of the city. The author, known as Zeno, fought at Arnhem and later wrote this account of the battle while in prison. Although long out of print, The Cauldron remains the best first hand account of the British forces stranded on the north side of the Rhine.


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Produced by Joey McCarthy

Exec Producer Tony Pastor

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Mar 28, 2020
Chapter 6: The Cauldron, by Zeno
00:10:57

Chapter 6: The Cauldron, by Zeno


In September, 1944, the British 1st Airborne Division found itself in a fierce battle for the Dutch city of Arnhem. Al Murray reads the story of a single platoon trapped in the smoking ruins of the city. The author, known as Zeno, fought at Arnhem and later wrote this account of the battle while in prison. Although long out of print, The Cauldron remains the best first hand account of the British forces stranded on the north side of the Rhine.


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Exec Producer Tony Pastor

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Mar 27, 2020
Chapter 5: The Cauldron, by Zeno
00:39:20

Chapter 5: The Cauldron, by Zeno


In September, 1944, the British 1st Airborne Division found itself in a fierce battle for the Dutch city of Arnhem. Al Murray reads the story of a single platoon trapped in the smoking ruins of the city. The author, known as Zeno, fought at Arnhem and later wrote this account of the battle while in prison. Although long out of print, The Cauldron remains the best first hand account of the British forces stranded on the north side of the Rhine.


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Exec Producer Tony Pastor

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Mar 26, 2020
102. Leading From the Front
00:36:41

Brave or bloody foolish? Should officers lead from the front or stay back to guide the fight. When it goes well you’re a hero, when it goes badly you’re a pillock. Al Murray and James Holland debate the rights and wrongs of leadership. Al also extols the virtues of the greatest battlefield attribute of all: luck.



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Mar 26, 2020
Chapter 4: The Cauldron, by Zeno
00:26:06

Chapter 4: The Cauldron, by Zeno


In September, 1944, the British 1st Airborne Division found itself in a fierce battle for the Dutch city of Arnhem. Al Murray reads the story of a single platoon trapped in the smoking ruins of the city. The author, known as Zeno, fought at Arnhem and later wrote this account of the battle while in prison. Although long out of print, The Cauldron remains the best first hand account of the British forces stranded on the north side of the Rhine.


A Goalhanger Films production

Produced by Joey McCarthy

Exec Producer Tony Pastor

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Mar 25, 2020
Chapter 3: The Cauldron, by Zeno
00:27:17

Chapter 3: The Cauldron, by Zeno


In September, 1944, the British 1st Airborne Division found itself in a fierce battle for the Dutch city of Arnhem. Al Murray reads the story of a single platoon trapped in the smoking ruins of the city. The author, known as Zeno, fought at Arnhem and later wrote this account of the battle while in prison. Although long out of print, The Cauldron remains the best first hand account of the British forces stranded on the north side of the Rhine.


A Goalhanger Films production

Produced by Joey McCarthy

Exec Producer Tony Pastor

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Mar 24, 2020
99. Totally Evil Badge
00:31:25

Was Hitler a true psychopath? James Holland and Al Murray debate the characteristics of a man who would have got ten in every category of Evil Nazi Top Trumps. Plus how was blood transported to the Allied injured?


Please note this episode was recorded before the current Coronavirus crisis.


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Mar 24, 2020
Chapter 2: The Cauldron, by Zeno
00:18:35

Chapter 2: The Cauldron, by Zeno


In September, 1944, the British 1st Airborne Division found itself in a fierce battle for the Dutch city of Arnhem. Al Murray reads the story of a single platoon trapped in the smoking ruins of the city. The author, known as Zeno, fought at Arnhem and later wrote this account of the battle while in prison. Although long out of print, The Cauldron remains the best first hand account of the British forces stranded on the north side of the Rhine.


A Goalhanger Films production

Produced by Joey McCarthy

Exec Producer Tony Pastor

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Mar 23, 2020
Chapter 1: The Cauldron, by Zeno
00:18:42

Chapter 1: The Cauldron, by Zeno


In September, 1944, the British 1st Airborne Division found itself in a fierce battle for the Dutch city of Arnhem. Al Murray reads the story of a single platoon trapped in the smoking ruins of the city. The author, known as Zeno, fought at Arnhem and later wrote this account of the battle while in prison. Although long out of print, The Cauldron remains the best first hand account of the British forces stranded on the north side of the Rhine.


A Goalhanger Films production

Produced by Joey McCarthy

Exec Producer Tony Pastor

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Mar 23, 2020
96. On a War Footing
00:41:06

With the world in a global crisis many are describing as the worst since the Second World War, Al Murray and James Holland compare the situation now with the autumn of 1939. How and why did rationing come about in WW2? Did the public strip their local shops of food? And is it time for a national government with Keir Starmer in the role of Clement Attlee? If so, does that cast Boris Johnson in the role of Neville Chamberlain? Much to discuss.


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Mar 21, 2020
95. Summer Madness
00:31:58

As the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain approaches, Al Murray has voiced a new audiobook of James Holland’s brilliant account of the events of 1940. In this exclusive extract, Al reads a chapter outlining the frequency of pilots boozing before flights and what they did in their downtime. 


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Mar 19, 2020
94. German War Heroes
00:37:42

What was it like to return to Germany as a war hero on the wrong side of history? Al Murray and James Holland debate a wide range of subjects including the role of Baron Beaverbrook in the production of fighter planes and why the Eighth Army were called the Eighth Army.


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Mar 17, 2020
93. Hitler’s Gamble
00:34:59

James Holland reads an exclusive extract from his new book, Sicily ’43. In this chapter he discusses events in the lead up to Operation Husky.


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Mar 12, 2020
92. Printing Money
00:35:19

James Holland and Al Murray talk about the German attempt to destabilize the UK economy by printing British bank notes. Also discussed are the French industrial failure under Nazi rule and the quality of the Japanese airforce and its highly experienced pilots.


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Mar 10, 2020
91. A Land Fit for Heroes
00:43:04

James and Al are again joined by Professor Dan Todman, author of Britain’s War. The lads discuss the economic war effort, including Britain’s attempts to manipulate the price of tungsten in order to hinder the German armaments industry. Also debated is the role of parliament during the war and the political plans for post-war Britain.


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Mar 05, 2020
90. Bombers and Gliders
00:33:39

Airborne conflict takes centre stage as Al Murray and James Holland debate the effectiveness of blanket bombing. Also discussed are the merits of dropping in forces by parachute. And why was the glider assault during Operation Husky so calamitous? James explains.


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Mar 03, 2020
89. Britain's War
00:31:05

Al Murray and James Holland are joined by Professor Dan Todman, author of Britain's War. They discuss the effect of shipping routes on the global conflict and the relationship between the US and the UK in war time.


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Feb 27, 2020
88. The War in the Air
00:35:11

James Holland and Al Murray discuss the desperate situation in Malta before Spitfires were finally sent to the beleaguered island.

The lads also debate bomber command’s decision to start attacking Berlin rather than continuing to hammer the Ruhr.

And what happened to the huge number of Italians captured by the allies in Africa?


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Feb 25, 2020
87. Invasion tactics
00:14:15

Al Murray quizzes James Holland about his new book, Sicily ‘43. The pair discuss the often ignored operational aspect of the invasion and how its success influenced the tactics used during D-Day.


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Feb 20, 2020
86. From Dunkirk to Sicily
00:35:18

Would Britain have sued for peace if the army had been lost at Dunkirk? And just how important was the battle for the Mediterranean? Al Murray and James Holland make a case for the Allies’ success in the Med having a major influence on the battle for the eastern front.


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Feb 18, 2020
85. The Landing Beaches
00:07:51

James Holland and National Army Museum resident expert Peter Johnston examine the roles of Captain Alfred Rowe, a beach master on D-Day, and Lieutenant John Groom, who was awarded the Military Cross for covert reconnaissance of beach mines and obstacles on the Normandy coastline.


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Feb 13, 2020
84. Chez Goebbels
00:33:19

Life in post war Berlin for British soldiers takes a surreal twist as one family move into Goebbels’ house. Al Murray and James Holland hear a listener’s tale and also debate their favourite glider commando raid. Other topics for discussion include Third Reich football and the daring crossing of the Garigliano.


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Feb 11, 2020
83. Weapons Envy
00:15:26

James Holland debates the merits of British and German machine guns with National Army Museum curator Peter Johnston. Was the MG42 the best gun of World War Two? And did the Sten gun deserve such a mixed reputation?


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Feb 06, 2020
82. Germany Post War
00:35:40

Al Murray and James Holland examine life in post-war Germany as the British forces start the process of rebuilding the broken nation. The discovery of Bergen-Belsen and the divided city of Berlin are also discussed with the National Army Museum’s curator Dr Peter Johnston.


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Feb 04, 2020
81. Fighting Footballers
00:28:08

Gary Lineker is a special guest on the show as Al Murray and James Holland head to the National Army Museum to discuss the Italian campaign and sportsmen at war. Gary’s grandfather was in the medical corps and found himself in the thick of battle between Salerno and Monte Cassino. The boys also discuss the footballers and cricketers who went to war.



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Jan 30, 2020
80. Bombers and Boats
00:23:42

Al Murray and James Holland range from bombing raids to the little boats of D-Day in this final episode from the Imperial War Museum.

An Australian crewed Lancaster, veteran of 49 missions including nine trips to Berlin, captures the lads’ attention.

Then James debunks the myth around the importance of the little boats at Dunkirk.


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Jan 28, 2020
79. Spitfires and Rockets
00:22:22

Al Murray and James Holland are back at London’s Imperial War Museum getting up close up and personal with the resident Spitfire. The boys also discuss the V1 and V2 rockets and their production using prisoners from the Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp.


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Jan 23, 2020
78. Atomic
00:33:55

Was the atom bomb originally intended for German cities? James Holland and Al Murray discuss the Manhattan project, including the little known story of the secret squadron of Lancasters prepared to carry the bomb to German targets.

Plus James tells the extraordinary story of Leonard Cheshire, one of the most highly decorated pilots of the war.

Winston Churchill’s plan to drop mustard gas on German cities is also scrutinized.


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Jan 20, 2020
77. Monty’s Humber
00:25:36

In this special edition of We Have Ways of Making You Talk Al Murray and James Holland visit the Imperial War Museum in London.

There they explore Monty’s famous car and discuss the assassination of Lieutenant-General William Gott.


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Jan 16, 2020
War Laws
00:35:17

Al Murray and James Holland discuss the massive contradiction in the German state between the law makers and the Nazi anarchists. The boys also discuss pubs and films with a World War Two theme. Was there a raid similar to Where Eagles Dare?


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Jan 14, 2020
75. Memories of War - Part 3
00:36:44

In the third and final part of our in depth interview with Major-General Stuart Watson the World War Two veteran describes his experiences in Holland during Operation Market Garden; his time in the line in the Ardennes; and the destruction he encountered in Germany itself as the war ended.


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Jan 09, 2020
74. German Officers
00:32:51

James Holland meets leading US historian Rob Citino to talk about the German approach to war. 


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Jan 07, 2020
73. Denis Barnham - One Man's Window
00:24:33

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today James is reading from One Man's Window, by Denis Barnham.


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Jan 03, 2020
72. Guy Sajer - The Forgotten Soldier
00:16:42

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today Al is reading from The Forgotten Soldier, by Guy Sajer.


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Jan 02, 2020
71. Svetlana Alexievich - The Unwomanly Face of War
00:17:40

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading you extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today James is reading from The Unwomanly Face of War, by Svetlana Alexievich.


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Jan 01, 2020
70. Joseph Heller - Catch 22
00:13:08

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today Al is reading from Catch 22, by Joseph Heller. 


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Dec 31, 2019
69. Bert Stiles - Serenade To The Big Bird
00:22:40

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today James is reading from Serenade to The Big Bird, by Bert Stiles


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Dec 30, 2019
68. Ken Tout - Tank!
00:16:28

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today Al is reading from Tank!, by Ken Tout.


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Dec 29, 2019
Farley Mowat - And No Birds Sang
00:23:32

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today James is reading from And No Birds Sang, by Farley Mowat.


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Dec 28, 2019
66. George MacDonald Fraser - Quartered Safe Out Here
00:20:27

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today Al is reading from Quartered Safe Here, by George MacDonald Fraser. 


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Dec 27, 2019
65. Ernie Pyle - Brave Men
00:17:33

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today James is reading from Brave Men, by Ernie Pyle


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Dec 26, 2019
64. Spike Milligan - Mussolini: His Part in My Downfall
00:16:40

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today Al is reading from Mussolini: His Part in My Downfall, by Spike Milligan.


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Dec 25, 2019
63. Johannes Steinhoff - Straits of Messina
00:36:51

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today James is reading from Straits of Messina, by Johannes Steinhoff.


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Dec 24, 2019
62. Zeno- The Cauldron
00:12:09

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today Al is reading from The Cauldron, by Zeno.


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Dec 23, 2019
61. War Planes
00:41:35

Al Murray heads to Lincolnshire to visit the RAF’s stunning collection of working World War Two aircraft. Al gets to explore a Spitfire, a Hurricane, a Dakota, and a Lancaster, while quizzing Squadron Leader Mark Discombe and Bomber Leader Neil Farrell.


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Dec 19, 2019
60. Nazi Home Movies
00:47:59

James Holland and Al Murray discuss newly revealed German home movies. From Hitler Youth camps to burning villages on the eastern front and the cold-blooded murder of civilians, the footage illustrates the moral bankruptcy of life under the Nazis.


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Dec 17, 2019
59. Before the Bulge
00:49:14

Seventy five years on from the most brutal battle involving US troops in World War Two, Battle of the Bulge expert Peter Caddick-Adams talks to James about the circumstances leading up to the conflict.


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Dec 12, 2019
58. The Khaki Election and the Sherman Tank
00:42:29

Was Churchill’s defeat in the 1945 election really a surprise?

Al Murray and James Holland discuss the significance of sending the Beveridge Report to every serviceman. Plus the boys make a case for their favourite tank. Was it the Sherman what won it? 


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Dec 10, 2019
From D-Day to Bastogne
00:57:21

James ‘Pee-wee’ Martin parachuted into Normandy on D-Day; fought on Hell’s Highway during Market Garden; and at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.

He recently spent time with James Holland retelling his extraordinary story. Not to be missed.


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Dec 05, 2019
56. Convoys on Land and Sea
00:38:21

James Holland and Al Murray discuss the famous convoy system known as the Red Ball Express, which supplied Allied forces moving across the continent after D-Day. The lads also discuss the Scheldt Campaign which opened up the shipping route to Antwerp; plus the importance of the Arctic Convoys.


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Dec 03, 2019
55. Paris in Wartime
00:41:11

James Holland chats with Mike Neiberg, historian of war and peace at the US Army War College, about the final days of occupation in Paris.


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Nov 29, 2019
54. Stories From Auschwitz
01:00:24

Dr Alex Richie tells James Holland the harrowing story of her father-in-law Władysław Bartoszewski, a Polish Jew who was one of the first men to be sent to Auschwitz.


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Nov 28, 2019
53. Racial Divisions and the War at Sea
00:31:53

Al Murray and James Holland discuss the issues of race in the US armed forces during World War Two, including the little known Battle of Bamber Bridge. Also up for discussion is the importance of the war at sea as James explains how the wrong approach by the German Kriegsmarine proved decisive.


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Nov 26, 2019
52. Inside the Archives
00:28:21

James Holland reports from Washington as he continues to research his forthcoming book on the battle for Sicily.

Reporting from inside the US archives, James explains his research methods and reads from the forgotten accounts and intriguing diary entries of a German, an Italian and an American involved in the battle.


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Nov 21, 2019
51. Lessons of War
00:36:41

Al Murray and James Holland discuss the post war historical debate in Germany.

Plus, is it true that Winston Churchill offered Northern Ireland to the Republic in exchange for Irish support in the war?

Other subjects up for debate are Britain’s offer to create a union with France and the German Halt Order in 1940.


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Nov 19, 2019
50. Hitler v Churchill
00:17:44

Did Adolf Hitler and Winston Churchill have a grudging respect for each other? Al Murray and James Holland discuss the two war leaders, contrasting their styles and comparing their similarities.


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Nov 14, 2019
49. Remembrance Day
00:14:57

Al Murray and James Holland mark Remembrance Day by reading an extract of Keith Douglas’s military memoir Alamein to Zem Zem and his poem Vergissmeinnicht (Forget-me-not).


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Nov 11, 2019
48. Omaha Beach
00:39:00

Leading military historian John McManus describes the situation facing American soldiers on Omaha Beach on D-Day. He also talks to James Holland about the the current appetite in the States for studying World War Two. And Jim Gavin makes his customary appearance #WeHaveWays.


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Nov 07, 2019
47. The Battle for Poland
00:30:10

Al Murray and James Holland take a deep dive into the events of 1939 as first the Germans and then the Russians invade Poland.


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Nov 05, 2019
46. The Battle of Midway
00:45:10

At the start of June, 1942, the Japanese navy ruled the Pacific. A week later US forces had won a decisive battle that would change the course of the war.


Leading US historian Craig Symonds tells James Holland why the Battle of Midway was so decisive and describes the key characters and action.


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Oct 31, 2019
45. Burma and Operation Varsity
00:33:42

Burma and Operation Varsity


James Holland describes the role of General Slim in turning round the fortunes of the British forces in Burma. Al Murray explains how the airborne success of Operation Varsity was principally built on the lessons learnt in Arnhem.


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Oct 29, 2019
44. Memories Of War - Part 2
00:31:26

Major-General Stuart Watson describes his experiences on Sword Beach on D-Day to James Holland. He also recounts the sights and smells of the Falaise Pocket. Finally he tells James about his journey with XXX Corps to the bridge at Nijmegen.


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Oct 24, 2019
43. Spike Milligan and the Italian Campaign
00:30:20

Al Murray reads an extract from Spike Milligan’s war time memoir Mussolini: His Part in My Downfall. Al and James then discuss the effects of the war on Milligan’s mental health and James provides historical context to the author’s time in Italy.


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Oct 22, 2019
42. Memories of War - Part 1
00:26:49

Major-General Stuart Watson landed on Sword Beach on D-Day. In this bonus episode of We Have Ways of Making You Talk Major-General Watson tells James Holland about his training with amphibious tanks in anticipation of the invasion.


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Oct 17, 2019
41. The Life and Death of the Desert Fox
00:33:27

No German military leader of World War Two has a greater reputation than Erwin Rommel. Such was his perceived threat to Hitler and the Nazi hierarchy that on October 14th, 1944, he was pushed to commit suicide rather than face a trial for alleged involvement in the plot to assassinate the Führer.

Seventy five years on from his death James Holland and Al Murray assess Rommel’s war time record and debate the truth of his reputation as an apolitical and decent man.


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Oct 15, 2019
40. The Massacre of Monte Sole
00:21:03

In the autumn of 1944 German troops murdered more than 700 Italian civilians in one village. James Holland visits the scene seventy five years on.

 

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Oct 10, 2019
39. Poland's Plight
00:29:41

Al Murray and James Holland discuss the terrible price paid by Poland in World War Two. Also, why is there a Russian tank on London’s Old Kent Road? Plus the lads discuss the role and reputation of Field Marshall Alan Brooke.


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Oct 08, 2019
38. Stalin in Paris
00:41:35

Did Russia have aspirations to march the Red Army all the way to Paris? Al Murray and James Holland debate Soviet intentions in 1945. The lads also name their favourite war museums and look back on their time in Arnhem and Nijmegen.

 

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Oct 01, 2019
37. A Bridge Too Far?
00:17:05

Al Murray and James Holland stand on the banks of the Neder-Rijn in the exact spot that the remnants of the 1st Airborne Division rowed and swam back across the river after nine days of hell in Arnhem. Was the operation doomed from the start? Or a risk worth taking?


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Sep 25, 2019
36. Lost at Nijmegen
00:22:33

Why did General Gavin not take the vital bridge at Nijmegen as soon as his 82nd Airborne Division landed in Holland? A hugely controversial decision to concentrate instead on the Groesbeek Heights is debated here by James Holland and Dutch historian R G Poulussen.


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Sep 24, 2019
35. Al Murray walks the Oosterbeek Perimeter
00:35:45

On day four of Operation Market Garden, British commanding officer Roy Urquhart gave up trying to relieve John Frost at Arnhem bridge and instead ordered his remaining men to form a defensive perimeter around the village of Oosterbeek. Al Murray explores the small pocket in which three thousand British troops grimly hung on waiting for a relief force that would never arrive.


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Sep 23, 2019
34. XXX Corps
00:51:38

In September 1944 the Allied ground troops of Operation Market Garden smashed their way north towards the beleaguered British troops holding on in Arnhem. Seventy five years later James Holland rides in a Sherman tank up the same road outside Nijmegen and towards the Groesbeek Heights.

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Sep 22, 2019
33. Market Garden with Dan Snow
00:14:20

Dan Snow chats with James Holland by the bridge in Arnhem. The two historians discuss the battle’s iconic place in British history.

 

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Sep 21, 2019
32. The Battle for Arnhem Bridge
00:34:36

Al Murray and James Holland walk across the famous John Frost bridge at Arnhem while describing the intense fighting which took place there 75 years ago. The boys explore the locations of the buildings held by John Frost and his men before climbing up onto the bridge itself.

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Sep 20, 2019
31. Twenty Four Hours in Arnhem
00:34:29

Al Murray describes a single day in Arnhem as events turn decidedly against the British airborne troops.




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Sep 19, 2019
30. The Hartenstein Hotel
00:41:11

In the first of our special episodes to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem, Al Murray is at the Hartenstein Hotel. He is joined by battlefield tour expert Paul Reed to discuss the history of what became 1st Airborne Division’s Headquarters and relive what the fighting was like on the streets of Oosterbeek.

 

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Sep 18, 2019
29. Operation Market Garden - Day 1
00:41:16

On September 17th, 1944, British and American forces launched one of the most audacious operations of World War Two.

In this first of nine episodes devoted to Operation Market Garden, Al Murray and James Holland discuss the build up to the battle.

Al and James recorded this episode in London before flying out to Holland. The remainder of the series will be recorded on Hell’s Highway, in Nijmegen and in Arnhem.

Don’t miss a single episode as the lads rediscover the key sites of one of the war’s most famous battles.


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Sep 17, 2019
28. The Capture of Rome
00:35:23

Al Murray and James Holland debate the controversial decision taken by General Mark Clark to liberate Rome. Also up for discussion are the mysterious Foo Fighters and the wartime experiences of comedian Spike Milligan.

 

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Sep 10, 2019
27. We Are at War
00:46:16

It’s 80 years since the outbreak of war. James and Al discuss the build up to the German invasion of Poland and the British and French response.

 

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Sep 03, 2019
26. Britskrieg
00:42:23

Is Paris burning? James Holland and Al Murray discuss the liberation of Paris and the final days of the Normandy campaign. Plus, what role did the mafia play in the invasion of Sicily? Were the Allies made an offer they couldn’t refuse?

 

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Aug 27, 2019
25. Nazi Drugs and Midget Subs
00:39:06

Al Murray and James Holland discuss the drugs used by the Germans to keep submariners awake. Plus what would have happened if the German army had fought in Asia, while the Japanese were defending the Normandy beaches? A fascinating if preposterous debate.

 

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Aug 20, 2019
24. We Have Ways Live from Edinburgh
00:44:30

Al Murray and James Holland take to the stage at the Edinburgh fringe to debate the great last stands of World War Two. Plus who was Wojtek the bear? And can we justify the bombing of Dresden? The boys answer some challenging audience questions.

 

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Aug 13, 2019
23. Mutinies and the Battle for Malta
00:51:11

Al Murray and James Holland discuss the challenges of maintaining morale in the Allied armies. Plus James answers the question of why Malta was denied Spitfires in the island’s greatest hour of need.

 

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Jul 31, 2019
22. The Eagle's Nest
00:51:16

James Holland joins Al Murray from Bavaria, where he sits in the shadow of Hitler's infamous summer residence, the Eagle's Nest. Al discusses his recent trip to Maquis country, plus the boys answer questions about forces and suncream; the toughest unit in WW2; the Japanese bombing of Australia; and their team selection for a do or die assault on an impregnable Nazi fortress.

 

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Jul 24, 2019
21. Take No Prisoners
00:46:57

Al Murray and James Holland look back on a murderous incident on D-Day plus one. Plus the lads use hindsight to decide which World War II regiment, squadron or ship they would choose to serve with or on. Also up for discussion are Operations Epsom, Goodwood and the much maligned Italian forces.

 

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Jul 16, 2019
20. Colditz and our Book List
00:45:20

James Holland and Al Murray debate the wisdom of collecting all the Allies’ most escape-minded prisoners of war in one place. Also up for discussion are bombing tactics, the Battle of the Atlantic and Monty’s autograph book. Plus Al and James’s recommended reading for the summer.

 

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Jul 09, 2019
19. Infamy and The World at War
00:11:52

In this bonus episode there’s a chance to hear Franklin D Roosevelt’s speech after Pearl Harbour as performed by American actor Chaz Mena. Legendary broadcaster Ed Murrow and World at War narrator Laurence Olivier also get a run out.

 

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Jul 07, 2019
18. Taking the Trench
00:11:48

James Holland joins British troops attacking a German trench. Experience the sounds and voices of Tommy soldiers in Normandy.

 

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Jul 06, 2019
17. Messing About in Tanks
00:16:46

We have EVEN MORE ways of making you talk. In this bonus episode James gets to explore the inner workings of a World War 2 tank.

 

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Jul 05, 2019
16. I fought at Dunkirk and saw Harold Larwood bowl
00:18:05

In this bonus episode veteran John Hamilton describes shooting down a Stuka before being rescued from the beach at Dunkirk. He also details the extraordinary fitness regime he still maintains despite being 101 years old.

 

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Jul 04, 2019
Ten Things You Didn’t Know About D-Day
00:20:44

In this bonus episode recorded at Chalke Valley History Festival James Holland talks to Professor Peter Caddick-Adams about some of the more extraordinary D-Day stories.

 

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Jul 03, 2019
14. Live at the Chalke Valley History Festival
00:53:09

Al Murray and James Holland discuss Nazis dressed in Allied uniforms; the possibility of the US dropping an atomic bomb on the Germans; plus they take questions from a live audience.

 

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Jul 02, 2019
13. The Soldbuch
00:35:58

Al Murray and James Holland spend part of this week’s podcast examining the life of a single German soldier, as revealed by his identity papers. Also discussed: the Russian boy used as a mascot by German soldiers; Hitler’s near brush with the battle in Normandy; and the quality of Ike Eisenhower in the field.

 

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Jun 25, 2019
12. Our Russian Friends
00:46:15

James Holland and Al Murray get into a heated debate about the role of Russia in the defeat of the Nazis. Also discussed are the French civilian experiences in Normandy; the curious case of the Daily Telegraph crossword; and the fashion status of American army uniforms.

 

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Jun 18, 2019
11. Smoking Snakes
00:38:37

James Holland and Al Murray discuss the remarkable story of the Brazilian Expeditionary Force and their contribution to the war effort in Italy. Plus the boys debate the raid on Dieppe and the incompetence of German Intelligence.

 

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Jun 11, 2019
10. The Thing About Hitler...
00:41:33

Al Murray and James Holland discuss Hitler’s personal life. Also James finally turns the conversation to air power, Al recalls meeting a Russian Night Witch and James allows Al to try on his British Battledress jacket.

 

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Jun 04, 2019
9. Bunker Busting
00:36:55

Al Murray and James Holland explore the converted tanks used at Normandy. Also up for discussion are parachute decoys, the dangers of back-flash and who killed Michael Wittmann.

 

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May 28, 2019
8. D-Day and DD Tanks
00:50:02

D-Day takes centre stage as Al Murray and James Holland discuss floating tanks, flame throwers and the story of Omaha Beach.

 

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May 21, 2019
7. Monty’s Hat and the Tiger
00:46:38

Al Murray and James Holland head to Bovington Tank Museum to discuss Normandy and the tanks that fought there.

 

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May 14, 2019
6. A Foothold in France
00:28:44

James Holland discusses the early planning of Operation Overlord while Al Murray debates the merits of the PIAT, the British hand-held anti-tank weapon with a mixed reputation.

 

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May 07, 2019
5. Rommel, Rations and the Battle of Sangshak
00:34:25

James Holland and Al Murray debate Rommel, rations and the right approach to heavy bombing. Plus we hear the story of an important battle between the British and Japanese.

 

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Apr 30, 2019
4. Arnhem, Eastwood and Normandy antics
00:31:59

Al and James explain why Arnhem was a Bridge too Far; James describes the Germans’ enormous guns in Crimea; Al tells a boy’s own story of Normandy.

 

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Apr 23, 2019
3. Machine guns, Nazi menswear and an Italian massacre
00:44:40

Al Murray arrives at the podcast carrying a German machine gun. James tells the story of a little known Italian massacre. Both men discuss the role of Hugo Boss in Nazi tailoring.

 

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Apr 16, 2019
2. Rations, the Ritz and Nazi FM
00:46:49

Al Murray explains why Madagascar was briefly the most important battleground in World War Two, while James Holland talks us through the output of Nazi radio. Also, why the Ritz served lobster and fine wine throughout the blitz, and the lads debate the bloodiest battle on the western front.

 

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Apr 09, 2019
The Spitfire, the Major and Monte Cassino
00:46:13

In the first episode of our new World War II series Al Murray explains why the wings of a Spitfire never break off, while James Holland remembers the man who was told to smash up Monte Cassino. Plus General Patton, tactical genius or bloody murderer? #WeHaveWays

 

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Apr 02, 2019
Trailer
00:02:23

Achtung! Achtung!


Comedian Al Murray and historian James Holland bring you a new podcast all about the Second World War.


We Have Ways of Making You Talk will see the two men tell battlefield tales and bring forgotten events back into sharp focus as they roam down forgotten front lines, cast new villains and make the case for unlikely heroes.

 

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Mar 25, 2019