The History of WWII Podcast - by Ray Harris Jr

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

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Episode 294:The Redoubtable Gen. William Slim
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This episode introduces Gen. William Slim of BurCorps. It would be his job to turn the tables on the Japanese in Burma, by working with American Gen. Joseph "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell. But first, we look back at Slim's experiences in the Middle East as the Allies subdue Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Iran. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 05, 2020
Episode 293-Burma: The Ground War Begins
1991
The Japanese 15th Army invades Burma, hoping to use speed to reach Rangoon. But several British officers hope to hold them off until reinforcements can arrive. The episode covers the fighting retreat from the Salween River, the fighting retreat from the Bilin River and the Battle of Sittang River, where the 17th Indian Division looses more than half of its troops due to bad planning and even worse communication. The situation is most dire before the arrival of Gen. William Slim and Gen. Joseph "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 26, 2020
Episode 292-The War Comes to Burma
1911
Although the British are unprepared to defend Burma, Wavell believes that the Japanese may have extended themselves too far with this invasion. But it’s wishful thinking as the 3 most southern British airfields quickly fall. With the invaders coming ever closer to Rangoon, it’s up to the Flying Tigers and RAF pilots at Rangoon to give hope to the Allies. And these men will deliver impressive defeats to the Japanese Air Arm. But the Japanese and Thai ground troops are still getting closer to the Burmese capital, where the Lend Lease material is waiting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 09, 2020
Episode 291-America Strikes Back-The Marshalls & Gilberts Raids
2020
This potpourri of an episode has lots from early 1942 in the Pacific. Covering the Admiralty, Marshall, Gilbert, Mariana, Caroline and Solomon Islands, we cover more Japanese victories, but also Washington's desire to strike back. Then asking the question, what was the turning point in the Pacific Campaign, Midway or the Solomon Islands Campaign. And finally, ending with Adm. Halsey and Adm. Fletcher as they lead air raids against the Marshall and Gilbert Islands. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 01, 2020
Episode 290-The Invasion of Burma: Prelude
2021
The Japanese determine that Burma must be occupied to protect their new possession of Malaya. It's up to Chiang Kai-Shek, American Gen. Joe Stilwell and British Gen. Wavell to stop them. The problem is the Allies don't trust each other, in regards to Burma's future. Churchill doesn't care about China right now, but FDR needs the massive country to stay in the fight. Or else the many Japanese divisions in China might be turned on Australia and the US General Staff have determined that Australia has to hold out, to serve as a base. From their Gen. Douglas MacArthur will plan his return to the Philippines. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 20, 2020
Episode 289-The Invasion of New Guinea
2018
With Rabaul taken the Japanese go after locations in NE New Guinea, but will have to deal with Vice Adm. Wilson Brown and the US carriers Lexington and Yorktown. The Americans and Australians achieve a surprise air raid on Lae and Salamaua, now owned by the Japanese, but the later will not be deterred from planning their next strike against Port Moresby. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 11, 2020
Episode 288-The Fall of Rabaul
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The invasions of New Britain and New Ireland get underway. But are over just as quickly. Meanwhile, Australian PM John Curtain informs Churchill that his country will now tie its wagon to the US. Gen. Douglas MacArthur will be their overall commander. Lastly, the incredible story of the Lost Women of Rabaul is covered. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 03, 2020
Episode 287-Damien Lewis Interview: Churchill's Shadow Raiders
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Joining us is Damien Lewis, to talk about his latest book Churchill's Shadow Raiders: The Race to Develop Radar, WWII's Invisible Secret Weapon. Operation Biting's goal was to steal a German Radar Device, yet because of that very device, the Germans knew the British Commandos were coming. And as the raid is launched, Churchill's cabinet can not forget the first airborne operation, which many thought ended in disaster, Operation Colossus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 26, 2020
Episode 286-The Battle of Rabaul-Prelude
1984
With much of SE Asia conquered, the Japanese now focus on New Guinea, staring with the islands of New Britain and New Ireland. Lark Force at Rabaul will be sacrificed, but will do their duty. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 21, 2020
Episode 285-The Fall of Timor
1865
Despite Allied hopes that Timor would be left alone, the Japanese Empire has need of its airfields to bomb Australia. But what the invaders were not counting on was the tough Australian Commandos who stay behind and inflict impressive casualties until the end of 1942. Col. Doi, the Japanese officer in charge therefore, calls in the Tiger of Singapore. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 12, 2020
Episode 284- The Fall of Java, Pt 3
2029
The Final of the Java series. East Java falls and what is left of the Java Allied Defense is trapped in the south at Tjilatjap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 07, 2020
Introducing Business Wars
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Business Wars digs deep into some of the greatest corporate rivalries of all time. Think Facebook VS Snapchat or Nike VS Adidas. On each episode we give you an inside look at what inspired entrepreneurs to take risks that drove their companies to new heights -- or into the ground. In this season “Starbucks VS Dunkin”, they follow these two java giants in a war that started brewing in the 1950s and is now hotter than ever. Coffee is a 100 billion dollar plus global industry with these two duking it out at the top, but their battle is about more than coffee. For the full episode go to: wondery.fm/HistoryOfWWIIBW  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 06, 2020
Episode 283-The Fall of Java Pt 2-The Battle of the Java Sea
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The Japanese come at Java but first must deal with the Combined Fleet of Dutch, Australian, British and American vessels. What follows is The Battle of the Java Sea and The Battle of Sundra Straight. Then the fall of western Java. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 28, 2020
Episode 282-Interview with Peter Lion about his book: Merg
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Peter Lion joins up to talk about the incredible George Mergenthaler, the sole heir to a vast fortune, but after Pearl Harbor, he joined the US Army as a buck private, only wanting to do his part. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 19, 2020
Even the Rich
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Celebrities, royals, heirs and heiresses—you may think you know them, you may think you envy them, but you have no idea what really goes on behind the scenes. Wondery’s new series Even the Rich pulls gives you a hilarious behind-the-scenes look at the stories of some of the greatest family dynasties in history. From the Murdochs to the Royals, and the Kardashians to the Kennedys, Even the Rich is part history, part comedy, part gossip, and all fascinating.Listen today: wondery.fm/historyofwwiiETR Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 17, 2020
Episode 281-The Fall of Java Pt 1
1929
With Sumatra lost the Allies know that Java is next. ABDA Commander Gen. Archibald Wavell prepares his meager forces as best he can. One asset is the heavy cruiser the USS Houston, but can this make up for the overwhelming Japanese forces coming their way. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 03, 2020
Episode 280-The Fall of Sumatra
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With Singapore all but taken, the Japanese start operations against Sumatra. The Dutch ask for help from ABDA Command, but it may be too little, too late. Still, the Allies have one chance to stop the invasion, as they launch 50 fighters and bombers at the coming invasion force. Yet the Japanese have their own surprise in store, paratroopers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 23, 2020
Episode 279-Interview with Wes Tooke, writer and producer of the film Midway
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Writer, Wes Tooke joins us to talk about the film Midway. We cover this pivotal turning point in the Pacific War, lead by Adm. Chester Nimitz. Young men like Dick Best, Wade McClusky and Clarence Dickinson lead the charge after the disastrous attack on Pearl Harbor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 11, 2020
Episode 278-The Fall of Bali and The Battle of Badung Straight
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Needing another airfield to attack Java, the Japanese quickly work up a plan to take Bali. Dutch Rear Adm. Karel W. Doorman and ABDA Command respond with three separate naval groups of Dutch and American vessels to stop the invasion. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 03, 2020
Wondery Presents WeCrashed
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The co-working company WeWork was the poster child for a new economy. It was born in New York City from the ashes of the Great Recession, WeWork’s founders wanted to change not just the way people work, but how they live, sleep, and even raise their children. Its charismatic founder Adam Neumann had an intoxicating vision for the company -- but did it ever match the reality? Hosted by David Brown of Wondery’s hit podcast Business Wars, WeCrashed is a six-part series about the rise and fall of WeWork. It’s a story of hope and hubris, and pulls back the curtain on the lengths certain people will go to chase “unicorns.” Listen now at Wondery.fm/wecrashedWWII  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 29, 2020
Episode 277- An interview with Melissa Amateis* about her book, Nebraska POW Camps, A History of WWII Prisoners in the Heartland
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During World War II, thousands of Axis prisoners of war were held throughout Nebraska in base camps that included Fort Robinson, Camp Scottsbluff and Camp Atlanta. Many Nebraskans did not view the POWs as "evil Nazis." To them, they were ordinary men and very human. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 25, 2020
Episode 276-The Fall of The Celebes and Maluku Islands
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With Singapore captured, the Japanese Empire sets its sights on Sumatra and Java. But first, the Celebes and Maluku Islands must fall, so Australia and other nearby locations can be targeted. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 19, 2020
Introducing The Sneak
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The Sneak tells true crime stories from in and around the world of sports. In this season, they look at a bizarre heist planned by a disgraced former athlete. Listen now at wondery.fm/wwiiTS .  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 14, 2020
Episode 275-The Fall of Singapore
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Despite a 3 to 1 advantage in men, Archibald Percival, GOC Malay, is pushed by Churchill and ABDACOM Commander Gen. Wavell to defy the Japanese in trying to take Singapore. Yet Gen. Yamashita will continue defying the odds with audacity and speed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 31, 2019
Episode 274-The End of British Malaya
1806
Bringing up the Australian 8th Infantry Division, it's hoped these fresh troops can stop the Japanese 25th Army from taking Johore and thus capturing all of the Malayan Peninsula. Yet Percival and Wavell are already thinking of abandoning the peninsula and focusing on the island of Singapore. Even then, Churchill wants the island fortress held until there is protracted fighting among the ruins of Singapore City. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2019
Episode 273-The Battle at Slim River
1813
With reinforcements on the way, the British lead Commonwealth troops strive to keep the Japanese away from Singapore. And though exhausted, the Gurkhas, Punjabis, Hyderabad, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of the 11th Indian Infantry Division are on their own against Lt. Gen. Yamashita's 25th Army. It's a race between the arrival of help versus the capture of the port city. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 10, 2019
Episode 272-Courage Yet Defeat: The Battle of Kampar
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The Japanese 25 Army continues pushing the Malaya Command further south, ever closer to Singapore. But the latest stand will take place near Kampar yet here, the defenders have the enviable position of having their guns on the heights. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 03, 2019
Episode 271-The Battle of Jitra
1706
The third of the Battle of Singapore series. The 11th Indian Infantry Division, operating on the west coast, as well as the 9th Indian Infantry Division, on the East, both find themselves unable to deal with a few Japanese Battalion and a few companies of light tanks. Within a week, half the Malayan peninsula is lost. Soon, Singapore will be open to direct bombing by nearby, land based enemy bombers. The order of the day is retreat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 26, 2019
Introducing Detective Trapp
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 Anaheim investigator Julissa Trapp is not like other detectives. She’s the only woman on the homicide squad, and a skilled chameleon: undercover cop in vice stings, crime-scene commander, patient confidante of killers. A master interrogator, she invokes her personal experience – and deepest griefs -- as a tool to elicit confessions. When a young woman’s body is found at a trash-sorting plant, Trapp learns the murder may be linked to the disappearance of three other women in nearby Santa Ana. Trapp embarks on a dark journey that brings her face to face with a man who takes “a little piece of her soul.” Listen now at Wondery.fm/TrappWWII Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2019
Episode 270-The Battle of Singapore: Force Z to the Rescue
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Acting Admiral Sir Tom Phillips of the British Royal Navy, hopes to begin a campaign that will save SE Asia. If he can stop the invasion of southern Thailand and Northern Malaya, then one day, Singapore could be the starting point of retaking western possessions. Yet it's not the invading Japanese force Phillips fears or the convoy carrying it, it's the land based bombers in southern Indo-China. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2019
Episode 269-Interview with David Stahel about his book, Retreat from Moscow
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Dr. David Stahel discusses his latest book, Retreat from Moscow, A New History of Germany's Winter Campaign, 1941-1942, in where he takes a new line on Operation Barbarossa's first winter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 13, 2019
Episode 268-The Battle for Malaya and Singapore
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Though the British plans to defend Singapore with the Royal Navy and Air Force never materialize, Air Marshal Brooke-Popham and GOC Percival still want the British Far East possessions to hold out as long as possible. So Operation Matador and Operation Krohcol are created. But one will not be viable and the other, will be too little, too late. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2019
Episode 267-Interview with Mikhal Dekel about her latest book, Tehran Children, A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey
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Professor Mikhal Dekel joins me to talk about her book, covering Jewish Polish refugees, as 1000 children make an incredible 13,000 mile journey from Eastern Europe to Palestine, via Tehran. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2019
Introducing The Next Big Idea
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Ideas are coming at you every day from all directions. How can you process it all? You can start with The Next Big Idea. Host Rufus Griscom and legendary thought leaders Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, Dan Pink, and Susan Cain, will be your personal “idea” curators. Open your mind and get ready for something big, because the right idea--at the right moment--has the power to transform your life. Listen now on wondery.fm/TNBIhistory  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2019
Episode 266: The Fall of Borneo
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The Japanese troops push the British led forces as well as the Dutch troops around Borneo, taking coastal towns and villages along the way. But not everything will go the invader's way, as the Dutch use their older bombers and fighters to resist. Not to mention, the US Navy makes an appearance. Still the Japanese win out. But then, both the defenders and the invaders have to content with the locals and some of them are headhunters.

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Oct 07, 2019
Introducing The Mysterious Mr. Epstein
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For most of his life, Jeffrey Epstein was a mystery-- who he was, how he made his money, and how he got away with horrific crimes for so many years. The Mysterious Mr. Epstein explores how Epstein was able to use his wealth to buy status and credibility, to buy power, and ultimately to buy himself freedom from justice. From the network that brought you Dirty John. Listen now at Wondery.fm/historywwii  

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Oct 01, 2019
Episode 265-The Battle of Borneo: Resistance Comes in Many Form
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After the raid on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese send 2 destroyers to damage the American facilities at Midway Island. Then the island of Borneo is attacked and the British and Dutch forces there have no choice but surrender, but will first make the invaders work for their victory.

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Oct 01, 2019
Episode 264-Black Christmas: The Fall of Hong Kong
1815
Broken by overwhelming numbers, Gen. Maltby and Gov. Young surrender the cause of Hong Kong. But in some ways, the battle over the island is just beginning, as Chinese Communists and Nationalists come together to harass the occupiers of China and Hong Kong. Then comes the tragic tale of the Lisbon Maru, full of Commonwealth POWS, but sunk by an American sub.

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Sep 16, 2019
Episode 263-A Thousand Cuts
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As Christmas approaches, the overwhelming Japanese forces reduce the British holdings throughout Hong Kong. Still, Gen. Maltby is unwilling to give up. One counter attack after another is launched.

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Sep 09, 2019
Introducing Imagined Life Season Two
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What is it like to be famous before you’re famous? What is it like to walk in the shoes of another person? Each episode of Imagined Life takes you on an immersive journey into the life of a world-famous person. It’ll be someone you may think you know, even admire -- or maybe the opposite. You’ll get clues to your identity along the way. But only in the final moments will you find out who “you” really are. So sit back, let go, and -- imagine your life, with our hosts, Oscar nominated Virginia Madsen and celebrated voice actor Robbie Daymond. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John. Listen now at wondery.fm/worldwar.

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Sep 06, 2019
Episode 262-Once More, Unto the Gap
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With the eastern half of Hong Kong Island practically lost, it's up to the West Brigade, under Brig. John Lawson to hold the invading Japanese troops back. But Lawson will deal with the same conditions as the defeated Brig. Wallis of the East Brigade, not enough troops and overwhelming enemy forces. Still, both sides will bleed over the Wongneichong Gap.

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Sep 02, 2019
Episode 261-The Balaclava of the Sea
1696
Gen. Sakai begins his invasion of Hong Kong, but Gen. Maltby has his troops ready and his Motor Torpedo Boats, which will hopefully stop the invasion before it can begin. Still, the Japanese reach shore and so begins Japanese atrocities, but the end of Hong Kong resistance. 

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Aug 27, 2019
Episode 260-Hong Kong-Retreat but No Surrender
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With the Gin Drinker's Line pierced, Gen. Maltby pulls back his men to Hong Kong Island. The Japanese will ask the Commonwealth forces to surrender, but Gov. Young and Maltby give a one word answer, no. Now Gen. Sakai prepares to invade Hong Kong with a bombardment to weaken British defenses.

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Aug 19, 2019
Episode 259-Operation C: Japan Attacks Hong Kong
1783
As the Japanese military has been able to take the port cities of China by 1941, the British held Hong Kong is still free. But now its turn has come and Gen. Christopher Maltby and his mix of Canadian, British, Indian and Eurasians troops will try to hold out as long as possible. The Gin Drinkers Line, Maltby's first line of defense will be tested. 

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Aug 11, 2019
Episode 258-The Battle of Hong Kong
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London had decided that Hong Kong was to be sacrificed to the Japanese, but after Canada offered up two battalions, Churchill reversed this decision. Now, the hope was that the British Colony would hold out behind the Gin Drinker's Line, manned by Canadians, Indians and the men from a Hong Kong Chinese Regiment. Still, the odds were going to be 4 to 1.

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Jul 24, 2019
Episode 257-The Fall of Wake Island
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The marines on Wake Island are holding out, due to discipline and Japanese tactical mistakes. Yet Maj. Devereux is unaware of this and thus brings to fighting to an end. Yet the Japanese atrocities are only just beginning, against the marine and civilian POWs. As for Adm. Frank Fletcher's task force to save Wake, that suffers too, from the equally timid Vice Adm. Pye.

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Jul 02, 2019
Episode 256- Massacre on Wake Island
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Wake Island becomes the focal point of US resistance to Japanese aggression. Adm. Kimmel will send a relief force to Wake, but will it get there in time. Meanwhile, Rear Adm. Kajioka of the Imperial Japanese Navy, in command of the force that is to take Wake is reinforced by two of the carriers that led the Pearl Harbor attack. Pictured-1st Lt. John Kinney works himself into exhaustion trying to keep the marine's remaining Wildcat fighters operational. Who will get to Wake first, the Japanese or Task Force 14? This episode brought to you by ridgewallet.com/ww2.

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Jun 26, 2019
Episode 255- The Marines of Wake Island Don’t Know Quit
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The Marines on Wake Island are down to four Wildcat fighters, but are determined to resist any Japanese invasion, no matter the odds. "Hammering Hank" and Maj. Putnam and their pilots score hit after hit, but the Japanese bombers and transports keep coming. Meanwhile Maj. Devereux comes up with his own surprises for the invaders.

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Jun 18, 2019
Episode 254-Guam Falls. Wake Island, The Alamo of the Pacific is Next
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With MacArthur's airfields still smoldering, the Japanese attack Guam and Wake Island. But the Marines on Wake, though staggered after the first strike are determined to fight on.



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Jun 11, 2019
Episode 253-Gen. MacArthur-Everything is in Readiness-The Philippines and Singapore
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Gen. Douglas MacArthur, in command of all U.S. forces in The Philippines, is convinced that the Japanese will not attack until April of 1942 and plans accordingly. But as we have seen, Clark Field is ravaged and half of his B 17s are destroyed. Meanwhile, Adm. Tom Phillips of the British Royal Navy will take the warships Repulse and the Prince of Wales up, along the coast to check any Japanese landings. This episode is brought to you by www.ridgewallet.com/ww2.



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Jun 04, 2019
Episode 252- The Japanese are Coming: Thailand Falls
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As Japan launches Operation No. 1, the invasion of SE Asia, numerous transport ships head out to attack The Philippines, Malaya and Thailand. The British believe themselves prepared while the Americans offer to help as much as they can, thinking themselves safe.

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May 27, 2019
Introducing The Shrink Next Door
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Marty Markowitz had his share of problems. His parents had recently died. He had troubles at work. A failing relationship. He needed someone to help him through this rough patch in his life. So he decided to get some professional help from a psychiatrist. What he did not count on, was what happened in his life over the next twenty-nine years.

This is a story about power, control, and turning to the wrong person for help. Listen now at wondery.fm/large

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May 21, 2019
Episode 251-An Interview with Walter Borneman about his book Brothers Down
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Author Walter Borneman joins us to talk about his book, Brothers Down: Pearl Harbor and The Fate of the Many Brothers Aboard the USS Arizona

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May 12, 2019
Episode 250- A Date Which Will Live in Infamy
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As the Japanese invasion fleet comes closer to Malaya, the various plans established by each side will be tested. Yet, the invaders will find that, perhaps, the gods are on their side. Meanwhile President Roosevelt addresses Congress and asks for a declaration of war against the Japanese Empire.

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May 06, 2019
Episode 249-Japan Enters the War
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As Axis victories cause colonial powers to become vulnerable in the Far East, Japan decides to enter the war. With a quick strike at Pearl Harbor, Japanese forces will make for Malaya, Thailand, Hong Kong, Guam, the Philippines, Wake Island and Midway. All this, President Roosevelt will have to share with Congress as he tells of the death and destruction at Pearl.

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Apr 30, 2019
Introducing Espionage
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Here is the first part of the first episode of Espionage, the latest podcast from Parcast. Podcast.com/espionage

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Apr 15, 2019
Episode 248-Post Pearl Harbor: The American Giant is Awakened
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With details of the Pearl Harbor attack still coming in, President Roosevelt knows he needs to inform but also calm his fellow Americans, who can only think of revenge. Japan declares war against the U.S. and Great Britain, but will FDR call for a war against Japan and Nazi Germany? What will Hitler do?

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Apr 08, 2019
Episode 247-Pearl Harbor: American Perspective Pt 2
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The Second attack wave comes and goes at Pearl Harbor. Now, FDR, Adm. Nimitz, Adm. Halsey and Gen. Douglas MacArthur have to face what's coming next, the invasion of SE Asia. 

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Apr 02, 2019
Episode 246-The End of the Aleutian Campaign
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The Americans with Canadian help attempt to drive away or capture the Japanese troops stationed on Attu and Kiska. Yet the mysterious Battle of the Pips will aid the Japanese.

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Mar 15, 2019
Episode 245-Operation Landcrab
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The Americans continue to bomb Kiska, but the Japanese troops are not leaving. Worse, the Imperial Japanese High Command has sent reinforcements. So the US 7th Division from California, along with parts of the 13th Canadian Infantry Brigade have been chosen to land on Attu, to capture the enemy or push them into the sea.

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Mar 05, 2019
Episode 244: The Aleutian Campaign, the Kiska Blitz
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As the Japanese grab a second Aleutian Island, the US military, though denying the Japanese advance, makes plans to remove them. The result-The Kiska Blitz.

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Feb 25, 2019
Episode 243-The Aleutian Islands Campaign
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Adm. Yamamoto wants to occupy the Midway Islands, but first needs to confuse his opponent Adm. Chester Nimitz with a diversionary attack on the Aleutian Islands. The attack on Midway does not go according to plan, but neither does the defense of Dutch Harbor, Attu or Kiska.

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Feb 23, 2019
Episode 242-Interview with Steve Snyder about his book Shot Down: The True story of Pilot Howard Snyder and the crew of the B 17 Susan Ruth
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Shot Down covers the events leading up to and after the crew of the B 17 Susan Ruth is shot down over the French/Belgium border on February 8, 1944. Of the ten man crew, some died, some ended up in prison camps, and some evaded capture. As for Pilot Howard Snyder, find out how he evaded capture from the Gestapo for 7 long months. 

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Feb 16, 2019
Episode 241-Air Raid, Pearl Harbor. This is No Drill!
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As the carrier USS Enterprise is late for its return to Pearl Harbor, Adm. Bull Halsey sends on ahead Scouting and Bombing squadron 6. The 18 Douglas Dauntless SBDs are about to fly into the tragedy that is the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. Also Lt. Gen. Walter Short, in overall command, realizes the unthinkable has happened. And Chaplin Lt. Howell M. Forgy of the USS New Orleans is about to utter his famous line, Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition.

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Jan 30, 2019
Episode 240-An Interview with Dr. Jonathan Fennell about his new book, Fighting the People’s War: The British and Commonwealth Armies and The Second World War
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Dr. Jonathan Fennell discusses the importance of morale in his latest book: Fighting the People’s War: The British and Commonwealth Armies and The Second World War
https://www.amazon.com/Fighting-Peoples-War-British-Commonwealth-ebook/dp/B07MHXD6D2/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1548475894&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=Dr.+Jonathan+Fennell

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Jan 26, 2019
Episode 239-Pearl Harbor, The American Perspective, Pt 1
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As the Japanese bombs and bullets begin to destroy American equipment and lives, the mostly young men are about to find out what they're made of. This episode focuses on the American's response at Kaneohe Bay Naval Air Station, the Marines' Mooring Mast Field at Ewa and Bellows Field.

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Jan 12, 2019
Episode 238-An Interview with Andrew Roberts about his Churchill biography
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This episode is a crossover from The Cold War Podcast that I co-host with Cameron Reilly. With us is historian Andrew Roberts as we discuss his new book, Churchill-Walking with Destiny.

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Jan 08, 2019
Episode 237- The Thin Gray Line, the US Pacific Submarine fleet after Pearl Harbor
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Back with us is Flint Whitlock as we discuss his book Depths of Courage:American Submariners at War with Japan, 1941-1945. With America's surface fleet and air arm crippled after Pearl Harbor, the few subs in the Pacific were tasked with keeping the Japanese Navy at bay.

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Dec 29, 2018
Episode 236-Claire Chennault and the Flying Tigers
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Laszlo Montgomery of The China History Podcast joins me to discuss Claire Chennault and the Flying Tigers. Just after the devastation of Pearl Harbor, the AVG are the only Americans taking the fight to the Japanese Empire.

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Dec 09, 2018
Introducing-Assassinations
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Please checkout The Parcast Network's latest hit: Assassinations. One death can change the world. Assassinations recounts history’s most dramatic deaths.  Through little-known facts, “what-ifs?” and examining the assassin's motives, they explore how one murder can alter the course of history. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/assassinations/id1441176049?mt=2 

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Nov 28, 2018
Episode 235-An Interview with Flint Whitlock about his book Desperate Valour: Triumph at Anzio
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With the Allies being held up in southern Italy by The Gustav Line, near the end of 1943, Gen. Mark Clark decides to do an end run. The force of British and American troops, led by Gen. John Lucas, will land just south of Rome. However, the Allies have few facts to go on and will be caught off guard by the number of troops Field Marshal Albert Kesselring will throw at the tiny beach head at Anzio.

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Nov 28, 2018
Episode 234-Pearl Harbor Attack-The 2nd Japanese Air Strike
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The 2nd Air Wave comes at Pearl Harbor to finish what the First Wave started. Yet, their target selection will be poor. Meanwhile, the Americans are as ready as they can be and as such, the invaders will suffer more than double the losses from the first attack. Still, the battleships Nevada and Pennsylvania will be heavily targeted. Pictured are the Cassin, Downes and in the rear, the flag ship Pennsylvania. 

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Nov 20, 2018
Episode 233-An interview with Frederic Martini about his book: Betrayed- Secrecy, Lies and Consequences
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While the official government story has always been that no Allied POWs were held in German concentration camps, 168 Allied airmen were beaten, experimented on, and otherwise mistreated in Buchenwald, where the famous rocket scientist Wernher von Braun obtained slave labor for his V-2 factory, the Mittelwerk. Here is the story of one of those airmen, Frederic Martini.

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Oct 30, 2018
Episode 232-Pearl Harbor: The First Attack Wave
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This episode covers the first attack wave of Japanese aircraft, from the Japanese point of view. Battleship Row is hit, but Fuchida's plan is far from perfect. Then came the high level bombers, which inflicted damage on every battleship, sinking 3 of them.

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Oct 22, 2018
Episode 231-Tora, Tora, Tora, The Attack on Pearl Harbor
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The first air wave of attacking Japanese warplanes reaches Oahu, on their way to Pearl Harbor. But before they reach Battleship Row, several civilian planes offer the excited pilots a chance to score their first kills. The locals and US Military personnel on the ground can't believe their eyes. They assume, it's the most life like war game ever put on by the Army and Navy Brass.

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Oct 15, 2018
Episode 230-Interview with Robin Hutton-War Animals-The Unsung Heroes of WWII
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Writer Robin Hutton talks about her latest book which tells of the animals who contributed to the Allied effort of WWII. There's Chips, who served as a sentry dog for the Roosevelt-Churchill conference; Ding, a paradog whose plane was hit by enemy fire on D-Day, ended up in a tree, and once on the ground still saved lives. G.I. Joe, who flew 20 miles in 20 minutes and stopped the planes on the tarmac from bombing a town that had just been taken over by allied forces, saving the lives of over 100 British soldiers. And Winkie, the first Dickin recipient, who saved members of a downed plane when she flew 129 miles with oil clogged wings with an SOS message that helped a rescue team find the crew. Hutton's previous book was Sgt. Reckless: America's War Horse. This episode is brought to you by Audible.com. Start a 30-day trial and your first audiobook is free. Go to audible.com/WORLDWAR2 or text WORLDWAR2 to 500500. 

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Oct 01, 2018
Episode 229-The United States' First Shot of WWII
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In the predawn darkness, the Japanese Strike Force has prepared to launch its first wave of bombers and fighters. Meanwhile, the US Naval Base at Pearl Harbor sleeps. However, a strange looking submarine is spotted and fired upon near the entrance to Pearl, by the USS Ward. Word of this gets back to Adm. Husband Kimmel, who then has to decide how to react.

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Sep 19, 2018
Episode 228-An Interview with Mary Jo McConahay about her latest book The Tango War
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Writer Mary Jo McConahay comes on the show to discuss her latest book, The Tango War: The Struggle for the Hearts, Minds and Riches of Latin America during WWII. We discuss Latin America's involvement in WWII, which includes Mexican Oil, Brazilian Rubber, The Smoking Cobras and Mickey Mouse.

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Sep 11, 2018
Episode 227-This Means War
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On December 7, 1941, Ambassador Nomura and Special Envoy Kurusu are about to give Secretary of State Hull and FDR Japan's response to the Hull Note. But really, it's a declaration of war. That is, until the Japanese Military changes the wording. All of America will find out about the attack on Pearl Harbor before the Japanese representatives do. Pictured is Nomura, Hull and Kurusu.

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Aug 28, 2018
Episode 226-The Japanese are Not Ready for Us Yet
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Multiple Japanese Assault Fleets are on the move, but with so much incoming information, President Roosevelt and his cabinet do not pick up on the threat to Pearl Harbor. Besides, the military men advising FDR still can not imagine the smaller nation starting an all out war.

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Aug 20, 2018
Episode 225-Indianpolis-Interview with Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic
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Attacked on 30 July 1945,  the heavy cruiser was torpedoed by the Imperial Japanese Navy submarine I-58, and sank in 12 minutes. However, the two authors seek nothing short than to tell the entire story and return the USS indianpolis to its rightful place as the proud and courageous flagship of the US 5th Fleet during WWII. 

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Jul 25, 2018
Episode 224-Climb Mount Niitaka: Tojo Gets his War
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Emperor Hirohito reluctantly gives his approval for the attack on Pearl Harbor. As Tojo said, "With war, if you don't try it, you can't know how it will turn out."

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Jun 26, 2018
Episode 223-Roosevelt Learns of the Coming Attack
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Through MAGIC, the US's ability to read Japan's diplomatic messages, FDR learns of a final deadline and a coming Japanese attack. Pictured are Ambassador Nomura and special representative Kurusu.

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Jun 13, 2018
Episode 222-The Pearl Harbor That Almost Wasn't
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Tokyo and Washington seem to be making progress in their peace talks. And yet, the Japanese 1st Air Fleet departs for its attack on Pearl Harbor. 

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May 21, 2018
Episode 221-War with the U.S. Seems Unavoidable
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Prince Konoye's government collapses as Gen. Tojo demands war with the U.S. Emperor Hirohito then orders Tojo to form his own government, hoping this will cause the Japanese Army to be more cautious. Meanwhile the alerts sent to Pearl Harbor by Washington remain vague. 

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May 14, 2018
Episode 220-An Interview with Lyuba Vinogradova: Defending the Motherland
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Dr. Vinogradova comes back to the show to discuss her latest book, Defending the Motherland: The Soviet Women Who Fought Hiter's Aces. This episode's sponsor: parcast.com/gone

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Apr 25, 2018
Episode 219-When Diplomacy Fails
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As the various issues with attacking Pearl Harbor are overcome, the Japanese Military evades telling the truth to Emperor Hirohito and PM Konoye. And they, in learn, deceive President Roosevelt's cabinet. Please support the show by checking out our sponson, mackweldon.com. Use "worldwar" promo code at checkout to say 20% off your first order.

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Apr 24, 2018
Episode 218-Pearl Harbor: The Strongest Fortress in the World
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Washington and Tokyo continue their diplomatic dance but neither side is willing to give in. The Americans have broken the Japanese Diplomatic cypher codes, but so have the Japanese, of American Diplomatic codes. Then the Japanese Army finishes occupying the rest of French Indo-China. Of FDR's many responses, one is to reactivate Douglas MacArthur and send him to the Philippines. 

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Mar 20, 2018
Episode 217-Japan: Do or Die
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With Washington and Tokyo trying to bend the other to its will, President Roosevelt seeks to strangle Japan's aggression in China with a trade blockade while Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto begins to plan his attack on the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor. War seems imminent, but both sides still hope for peace through negotiations, on their own terms.

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Mar 05, 2018
Episode 216-The World Goes to War
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Chiang Kai-Shek struggles to keep China in the war, knowing the Soviet-German Non Aggression Pact can not last. The question is what will Japan do, once Russia is brought low. Meanwhile, the Japanese attack French Indochina and force Churchill to close the Burma Road. 1941 goes by with the U.S. and Japanese Empire negotiating, hoping to bring the other to heel. Neither side is participating in good faith. 



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Feb 12, 2018
Episode 215: Collision Course, the Road to Pearl Harbor.
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Having chased Chiang Kai-Shek back to Chongqing, the Japanese Empire is still unable to get him to surrender. So, on to Chongqing it is, but events in Europe: The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland and then the war in the West will stymie one Japanese government after another. Which leaves Japan to head towards SE Asia and in conflict with the United States, setting up the attack on Pearl Harbor. 

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Feb 05, 2018
214-Betrayal, the Burma Road and The Battle of Nomonhan
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Chiang Kai-Shek starts over, again, in Chongqing, as the Japanese military seek to deny him the east coast. First Canton will fall, then other port cities. Meanwhile, British controlled Burma and the Nationalists work together to construct the Burma…

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Jan 29, 2018
213-The 2nd Sino-Japanese War: The Fall of Wuhan
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Chiang Kai-Shek is staking everything on his defense of Wuhan. As such, the various Japanese forces attempt to encircle the city. Chiang throws everything he has at the enemy, even scoring one major victory at Tai’erzhuang. However, this is not…delete



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Jan 24, 2018
212-The Massacre of Nanjing
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As Chiang Kai-Shek moves his capital and military Head Quarters west and Hideki Tojo becomes directly involved in the war to the north, the Japanese troops move out from Shanghai to Nanjing. There, their pent up frustration over the Nationalists…

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Jan 15, 2018
Episode 211-The End of the Battle of Shanghai
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Chiang Kai-Shek's forces are barely holding out. But when a second enemy Expeditionary Force lands, it spells the end of Shanghai's freedom. Stalin agrees to supply the Chinese Nationalists, but the Japanese forces then move on to the Chinese capital Nanjing. The Rape of Nanjing will be bring the horror of occupation to a whole new level.

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Jan 08, 2018
Episode 210-China's Lost Battalion
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The Japanese Expeditionary Force continues to push south to gain access to Shanghai. Meanwhile, Chiang Kai-Shek's nationalist troops continue to retreat. Yet, to show the world its defiance and courage, Chiang will leave one Battalion north of the Suzhou River, to face the Japanese alone. Link for book-

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Dec 10, 2017
Episode 209-Dark Days for Chiang Kai-Shek
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The Chinese Nationalists are loosing the battle of Shanghai. Yet, Chiang has to hold on as the League of Nations will soon be discussing the conflict. Then U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt steps into the fray by criticizing Japan's aggression. Still, it seems that Chiang's holdings north of Shanghai will have to be abandoned. Yet, to make sure the world doesn't forget about the Chinese, 1000 soldiers will be left near the Foreign Settlements, so the westerns can watch these men be slaughtered and write home. These victims will be remembered as China's Lost Battalion. Becoming Hitler-






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Dec 04, 2017
Episode 208-The Battle of Shanghai: Japanese Reinforcements
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The Japanese Expeditionary forces set the stage for a much larger attack, once their reinforcements arrive. The plan is to cut Shanghai off from any assistance. Meanwhile, Chiang Kai-Shek has taken personal command of the 3rd War Zone. 

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Nov 04, 2017
Episode 207-Shanghai Becomes Chiang Kai-Shek's Stalingrad
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The Chinese Nationalist forces have pulled back from the coast, yet are determined to establish their own Maginot Line. But as both sides have reinforcements in route, the fighting around Shanghai will continue. Thus giving the world, its first large clash, using modern weapons within a civilian population, five years before Stalingrad.

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Oct 30, 2017
Episode 206-Interview with Dr. Lyuba Vinogradova about her book Avenging Angels: The Young Women of the Soviet Union's WWII Sniper Corps
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Dr. Lyuba Vinogradova discusses her research and the resulting book that covers the young women of Stalin's USSR, who are conscripted to the Sniper Corps.

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Oct 20, 2017
Episode 205-Chiang Kai-Shek's Pyrrhic Victory
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Chiang Kai Shek and his ordinary soldiers are more determined than ever to defend Shanghai in 1937. However, the officers in the middle, due to their experience, see the writing on the wall. Thus Nationalist China will adopt the famous policy of trading land for time.

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Oct 16, 2017
Episode 204-The Japanese Empire Doubles Down in Shanghai
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The Japanese invasion of Shanghai, nor their desire to teach the Chinese a lesson, is moving forward fast enough for Tokyo. So when the Expeditionary commander requests 5 additional divisions, the Japanese Imperial Staff and Navy acquiesce with alacrity. Their new goal is to expand their holdings and when reinforced to push west on a general front. However, Chiang Kai-Shek has reached an agreement with Stalin and soon Soviet military supplies will be on the way. For now the Chinese Nationalist forces have the single task of holding out, until then. 

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Oct 10, 2017
Episode 203-Shanghai: The Dominance of Japanese Air and Sea Power
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The Japanese are unloading men and material at a frustratingly slow rate, due to the tides. Until they are ready to launch their assault, their navy and air force keep Chiang Kai-Shek's forces pinned down.

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Oct 03, 2017
Episode 202-The Battle of Shanghai Part 2
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The Japanese bring reinforcements to Shanghai as their marines are bogged down by Chiang Kai-Shek's best troops. Meanwhile, retired US Army Air Force Captain Claire Lee Chennault, finds the Chinese pilots woefully inadequate in deflecting the building assault. The Japanese invaders come ashore and now the fate of Shanghai is in the balance, as British and American civilians flee the International Settlement. Please fill out the survey at http://survey.libsyn.com/wwiipodcast.

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Sep 15, 2017
Episode 201-The Battle of Shanghai, Part 1
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Chiang Kai-Shek decides that the time has come to openly fight back against Japan. His chosen site is the port city of Shanghai. Both sides build up their forces there, but the Chinese Nationalists will attempt to deliver a surprise attack. As the war enlarges, Stalin decides to assist the Chinese. Tokyo will widen the battle of Shanghai, as their first attempt is blunted. Please help me out and fill out a survey at http://survey.libsyn.com/wwiipodcast.

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Sep 09, 2017
Episode 199-The Pacific Theatre-Prologue Sino-Japanese Relations
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As we officially begin the Pacific Theatre, this episode covers the building tension between The Japanese Empire, dominated by the military and the Chinese Nationalist Government. From the Russo-Japanese War to the Mukden Incident, to the take over of Manchuria, to the fighting over Shanghai and at the Great Wall itself, Japanese desire for more and more Chinese territory, dominates relations between the two countries. The episode ends, with the beginning of the events at the Marco Polo Bridge.

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Jul 23, 2017
Episode 198-The Beginning of the Big Three
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President Roosevelt sends Harry Hopkins, again to London, to set up a meeting between himself and Churchill. The U.S. still seems far from entering the war, but coordination is needed if Hitler is to be defeated. But Hopkins also ends up flying to Moscow to meet with Stalin, the first high ranking American to do so. Meanwhile, as Washington wonders what to do about the Japanese Empire, Tokyo decides on its own to take the initiative. Pictured is Harry Hopkins and Stalin during their first meeting.

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Jun 18, 2017
Episode 197-The Beginning of the Final Solution
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Nazi Germany launches its war against the USSR. As such, FDR hopes Germany's attention will slacken on the Atlantic. Yet, if Soviet Russia collapses, then Japan would be free to attack Siberia or Western held territory in Asia. FDR must decide it now is the time to move forcefully against Hitler. Meanwhile Churchill and FDR learn of the slaughter of the Jews in Poland. 

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Jun 12, 2017
Episode 196-Stalin: Lenin's Protege
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The Great War is over, but the Allies don't know what to do with Russia. So, the german troops in Russian territory are ordered to remain where they are. Lenin has the task of turning Marxism into a function government. Stalin faces accusations of his time in Tsaritsyn. 

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Jun 11, 2017
Episode 194-Interview with Sally Mott Freeman about her book: The Jersey Brothers
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With us is Sally Mott Freeman as we discuss her book, The Jersey Brothers: A Missing Naval Officer in the Pacific and His Family's Quest to Bring Him Home. We cover FDR's Map Room, Pearl Harbor, the Fall of the Philippines, MacArthur, Siapan, Guadalcanal and of course, the missing naval officer Barton Mott, who was captured by the Japanese after MacArthur's Retreat. The search for this young man is the core of the book.

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Jun 03, 2017
Episode 195-The Beginnings of Pearl Harbor
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As Hitler tries to lower the tension between the U.S. and Nazi Germany, the opposite is happening between the Japanese Empire and the U.S. As such Adm. Yamamoto draws up plans to strike at U.S. Naval forces at Pearl Harbor. It's a gamble, but if a surprise strike can be made, then Japan will have the time it needs to consolidate more territory throughout SE Asia. Pictured is Adm. Yamamoto.

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Jun 03, 2017
Episode 193-Churchill and Chiang Kai-Shek, FDR’s Warriors
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President Roosevelt wins a third term, but the American people still refuse to commit to war. Meanwhile, FDR has to find a way to help the Chinese and the British fight off their enemies, until the US is strong enough or the Axis fire first.

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May 29, 2017
Episode 192-Hitler’s Reaction to Lend lease and FDR’s Third Term
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President Franklin Roosevelt succeeds in his 3rd term attempt and with the passage of Lend Lease, Hitler knows the war will be prolonged. His answer to continued British resistance and the eventual entry of the U.S., is to plan an attack against Stalin's USSR.

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May 20, 2017
Episode 191: Lenin's Cruelty, Stalin's Ambition
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With the Kaiser's forces coming ever closer to Petrograd and Moscow, many Russians lose confidence in Lenin and his Bolsheviks. As such, no party member is safe. Bolshevik members begin to disappear, or are openly murdered. Even Lenin is unsafe. This chaos eventually forms into the Russia Civil War. Fortunately, Stalin is far away in the south, gathering grain for the Russian peasants. 

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May 14, 2017
Episode 190-The Axis Powers and their New World Order
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Nazi Germany is not the only threat to U.S. peace as the Empire of Japan continues its attacks against China. Meanwhile President Roosevelt pulls out all the political tricks he can to weaken the isolationists and help Great Britain stay in the fight against Hitlerism. 






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May 07, 2017
Episode 189-Roosevelt's Secret War against Hitler
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As the Nazi menace grows across Europe, President Roosevelt knows that America will be threatened one day. His best plan for keeping the United States out of the conflict is by helping Churchill defeat Hitler. But in his way are his country's neutrality laws and the isolationists. 






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Apr 30, 2017
Episode 188-The Great War, Brest-Litovsk and Lenin's Retreat
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Lenin's Bolsheviks pull Russia out of the Great with the Brest Litovsk Treaty, but the Imperial German Army keeps advancing towards Petrograd, because there is no Russia army to stop them. Lenin orders a retreat to Russia's ancient capital, Moscow. Meanwhile, Stalin is given the task of feeding Petrograd and Moscow and will do anything to succeed, to further make Trotsky look weak. 






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Apr 16, 2017
Episode 187-Interview with Scott Miller
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Mr. Miller's latest book, Agent 110: An American Spymaster and the German Resistance in WWII, covers America's attempt to build an espionage network after Pearl Harbor, which leads Allen Dulles to met up with a strange cast of characters, some want to help Germany end the war and some only want to help themselves. Those conspirators within Nazi Germany have to content with Hitler's popularity after his many military successes, but then get a chance after his failure in Russia, namely Operation Valkyrie. Joins us as we discover who was Allen Dulles and how early there was talk of getting rid of Hitler. 

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Mar 27, 2017
Episode 186-The Battle for Norway, Vidkun Quisling and the North Sea
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This episode covers the naval battles between the British Royal Navy and the Kriegsmarine just prior to the Battle of Norway. It also touches on the Oscarborg Fortress protecting Oslo and the following submarine battles of the North Sea. Pictured, the Oscarborg Fortress.






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Mar 05, 2017
Episode 185-The Pacific Theatre-MacArthur's Retreat
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Back with us are Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, authors of Lucky 666: The Impossible Mission. Today we discuss, the Pacific Theatre in general and MacArthur's Retreat. 






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Feb 25, 2017
Episode 184-The Question of Peace, Lenin and Stalin versus Trotsky
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As Lenin deflects others trying to take control of Revolutionary Russia, his Bolshevik Central Committee has to deal with the Central Powers and the Great War. The question posed, is peace worth any price. Lenin and Stalin believe the answer is yes, but Trotsky offers another option.

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Feb 05, 2017
Episode 182-Churchill and Hitler Race for Norway, Episode 183-Stalin: Lenin's Mouthpiece
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With neither side trusting the other, both the Allies and Nazi Germany ready plans to invade Norway. For Episode 183, Lenin again proves he's a force of nature and willing to do anything to seize power and establish the Bolshevik Dictatorship. As for Stalin he is there every step of the way, but the tension between himself and Trotsky increases. Pictured-Hitler and Admiral Raeder.

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Jan 29, 2017
Episode 180: Sea Battles, Death at Scapa Flow. Ep 181-The Rule of Lenin and the Bolsheviks
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Commodore Donitz, in charge of the German submarines, plans a daring raid against the British battleships in Scapa Flow. In Episode 181, Lenin and the Bolsheviks take control of the Russia, but immediately have challengers. Picture, the HMS Royal Oak. 

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Jan 15, 2017
Episode 179-Flashback: The Battle of the Atlantic Begins
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Backing up a bit, we begin the story of the battle for the Atlantic, as German U-boats attempt to starve Britain into submission. Meanwhile, the U.S. moves closer to the Allied camp by selling arms to Britain and France. 

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Jan 07, 2017
Episode 177-Rommel Retreats, The End of Operation Crusader Ep 178-Lenin's Pillars: Stalin and Trotsky
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Gen. Rommel keeps winning battles but losses men and tanks, that are not replaced. Meanwhile, British 8th Army, refuses to give up, each time it's beaten and C in C Auchinleck makes sure the Commonwealth's losses are replaced. Rommel will have to decided what comes next for the Afrika Korps. Ep 178-Trotsky moves into a position to better serve Lenin, along with Stalin. And the Leninist's Bolsheviks find themselves on the edge of power, if they will but reach out and take it. 






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Dec 11, 2016
Episode 175-Rommel knows Best Episode 176-Stalin steps in for Lenin
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Ep 175-As Gen. Rommel sends his panzers to surprise the British 8th Army near the Frontier Wire, Gen. Cunningham's forces finally reach Tobruk to help Gen. Scobie and his men escape. Ep 176-Lenin is on the cusp of power, but fails to take the final step. Lenin is then forced to hide from Kerensky of the Provisional Government,  but Stalin steps up to lead their faction of the Bolshevik Party. 

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Nov 14, 2016
Episode 174-Lucky 666: The Impossible Mission by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin
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Our guests today are writers Bob Drury and Tom Clavin to discuss their latest book, Lucky 666-The Impossible Mission. Mavericks or "Screw ups" Jay Zeamer and Joseph Sarnoski, sent to the Pacific Theater to help defend Australia from invasion by Japanese Imperial forces, will end up rebuilding a dilapidated B-17 and volunteering to photograph the western coast of Bougainville for the impending U.S. invasion. Little do they know that they will be involved in the longest dogfight in history. One of them will not make it back alive. 





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Oct 23, 2016
Episode 172-Rommel readies for Success Ep 173-Lenin's Civil War
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Acting on misinformation, both generals, Rommel and Cunningham make plans for the next day, hoping to wipe out the other's armor. Yet Rommel is in a much better position to succeed. Cunningham just doesn't know poorly Operation Crusader is unfolding. Meanwhile, Lenin has to face down his own faction, including Stalin, to move his Bolsheviks closer to the desire of the Russian peasants. 






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Oct 09, 2016
Episode 170-Crusader Part 4 Rommel Rises to the Occasion & Episode 171 Lenin comes Home
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Ep 170-As Operation Crusader goes forward Gen. Cunningham feels confident as his tanks make it close to Tobruk. However Rommel feels threatened, even though his panzers have destroyed many of Cunningham's tanks. Meanwhile Gen. Scobie, the British commander in Tobruk readies to break out. Ep 171-Tsar Nicholas II tries to have his way even though he is loosing the throne and Lenin gets the help of Germany to finally come home.

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Aug 28, 2016
Episode 168-Opearation Crusader Part 3 & Episode 169-Stalin and The Great War
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Gen. Auchinleck's Operation Crusader is finally launched, but Rommel does not react as predicted as his focus is still on taking Tobruk. AND Tsar Nicholas II guides Russia through the Great War. At its end, Stalin is freed.






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Aug 14, 2016
Episode 167-Operation Crusader Part 2
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The British Western Desert Army is transformed into the 8th British Army proper. C in C ME Auchinleck has tapped Gen. Sir Alan Cunningham to lead it. His first order of business is to destroy Rommel's panzers and relieve Tobruk.





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Aug 02, 2016
Episode 166-Lenin's Gift to Stalin
1988
Stalin will endure several more arrests, but while in exile, Lenin will maneuver to have Koba made a member of the newly created Bolshevik Central Committee.






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Jul 23, 2016
Episode 164-Lenin's Trigger Man
1946
Stalin is newly married, but has little time for his wife and soon to arrive child. He is still focused on the Marxism revolution and his rise in the Bolshevik party, not to mention the destruction of the Menshevik faction. Vladimir Lenin choses the younger man to be his muscle as he defies the Socialist Democrats of Russia. 






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Jul 12, 2016
Episode 165-Meanwhile back in North Africa-Operation Crusader Part 1
2017
With a new commander in the Middle East, Churchill wants the war against Rommel renewed, but C in C Auchinleck has his own ideas. Yet the Desert Fox will spoil everyone's plans with his own attack.







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Jul 09, 2016
Episode 163-Stalin: Family Man
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Young Stalin begins to the learn of the wider world of international politics and the intrigues that comes with it. Lenin his hero, does not measure up upon their first face to face. And Koba goes through his own metamorphosis when he returns from the 4th Congress and marries a local Tiflis girl.







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May 16, 2016
Episode 162-The Winter Fortress Interview with Neal Bascomb
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In early 1942, the U.S. and Great Britain work together to develop the Atomic Bomb, but London needs to make sure Nazi Germany doesn't get there first. Today's guest is author Neal Bascomb. We discuss his new book, out today, The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler's Atomic Bomb.







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May 03, 2016
Episode 161-Stalin Bio Part 5
2297
Stalin, the young revolutionary, stumbles and is on the outs with the Georgian Social Democratic Worker's Party. Yet, after making another mistake, he is tepidly allowed to re-enter the group. Sent to a back water area, the workers there will soon strike and put the mining town and Stalin, at the center of the revolution.







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Apr 19, 2016
Episode 160-Leningrad under Siege, Part 2 Unarmed for War
1653
Leningraders volunteer in such numbers that the Stavka orders several divisions to be organized, to resist the German invaders. Yet the men are thrown in untrained, mostly weaponless, armed only with a desire for revenge. 







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Mar 27, 2016
Episode 159-Stalin Bio Part 4-The Rise of Koba
1982
Ioseph Jughashvili, AKA Stalin, leaves the seminary under mysterious circumstances. Following the path of his mentor Lado Ketskhoveli, Soso becomes a revolutionary and learns the joy of mentoring the people but also to fear the police. Seeking refuge for himself, Stalin goes underground, after serving his first long prison sentence.







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Mar 19, 2016
Episode 158- Leningrad Under Siege
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The people of Leningrad take an affront to Nazi Germany invading their country. The men volunteer in droves for military service, the women are sent off to dig trenches. Though many of the men will die that summer of 1941, the Soviet Red Banner Baltic Fleet will undergo its own "Dunkirk" as a fleet of 228 vessels flee from Tallinn, Estonia, facing shore batteries, Finnish torpedo boats and miles of mines.







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Mar 12, 2016
Episode 157-Stalin Bio Part 3
1580
Young Stalin begins the process of moving away from the Seminary and towards the life of a revolutionary. The picture is of Marx and Engels. 







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Mar 07, 2016
Episode 156-Stalin Strikes Back
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Army Group South continues pressing closer towards the Soviet Capital. But General Secretary Stalin and General Zhukov attempt to defy the invaders. They are soon assisted by General Winter. Meanwhile, we catch up with Army Groups North and South, where Stalin has planned counter attacks as he knows the germans are focused on his capital.







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Feb 29, 2016
Episode 155-Stalin Bio 2
1486
Sixteen year old Soso (Stalin) enters the Tiflis Theological Seminary, on his way to becoming a priest. But what the boy may not know is that, he has entered an intellectual battleground and being a good Georgian, there is only one side he can choose.







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Feb 21, 2016
Episode 154-The Spires of Moscow
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With the mud now frozen hard, Army Group Center advances on Moscow, deciding the weak link is just to the NW of the city. This guess proves correct. As November 1941 comes to an end, the leading German units are just miles from the capital and can see the spires of the Soviet Capital.







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Feb 15, 2016
Episode 153-Stalin Bio 1
1944
Stalin, the future Soviet leader is born, far from Moscow and begins his provincial life.








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Feb 08, 2016
Episode 152-Operation Typhoon: Behind the Lines
1251
This episode, narrated Tim Martin, of the newly launched Valiant: Stories of Heroes Podcast, covers Guderian's dash to Tula. Ray will be back next time, with full vocal ability in tow.







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Jan 18, 2016
Episode 151-Operation Typhoon Part 2
1712
OKH Chief Franz Halder makes plans for a modest end to 1941 for Operation Barbarossa, but Hitler overrides him and orders the capture of Moscow, before the heavy snows come. Yet, Stalin, finally taking an advisor's advice, allows several armies from the Russian Far East to transfer west and help with the defense of his capital. 

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Jan 09, 2016
Episode 150-Operation Typhoon
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The Germans smash through the latest Soviet Defensive lines. The 4th Panzer Group, along with Gen. Kluge's 4th Army now have men just 128 KM or 80 miles from Moscow.







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Dec 21, 2015
Episode 149-The March to Moscow Part 3
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Having shattered the Russian defensive line at Viaz'ma, the Germans expand on their ambitious attack plans, attacking to the north and south of the main road to Moscow. In the center is Zhukov's pathetic new defensive line.







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Dec 19, 2015
Episode 148-The March on Moscow Part 2
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The Germans and Russians clash to the west of Moscow. But within mere days, the Soviet's three Fronts are either destroyed or encircled. The road to Moscow is left open.







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Dec 12, 2015
Episode 147-The March to Moscow, Part 1
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With Leningrad cut off and the far South stabilized, Hitler has decreed that the time has come to launch Operation Typhoon, Nazi Germany's attack against the Soviet Capital.







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Dec 05, 2015
Episode 146-The Siege of Leningrad Part 3, Slugfest
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Hitler has renewed the drive to Moscow, Operation Typhoon, and needs the panzers from Army Group North. Which means, Leningrad needs to be cut off from help, quickly. September and October become a battle of wills between Stalin and his attacker, as both try to control the area south of Lake Ladoga and the last rail line between Leningrad and Moscow. 







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Nov 28, 2015
Episode 145-The Siege of Leningrad Part 2
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Leeb, commander of Army Group North launches his last major assault before having to turn over most of his motorized units to Army Group Center, as it readies itself for an attack on Moscow. 







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Nov 27, 2015
Episode 144-The Siege of Leningrad Part 1
1928
The Germans come ever closer to Leningrad, so Stalin sends his best general to cope, Zhukov. 

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Nov 14, 2015
Episode 143-The Road to Moscow
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Army Group Center makes its way East, past Minsk and now on to Smolensk. But waiting for them is the largest Soviet counter attack, to date. Meanwhile, Army Group North is ready to attack Leningrad. 







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Nov 07, 2015
Episode 142- Douglas Waller Interview
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Douglas Waller's latest book, Disciples: The World War II Missions of the CIA Directors Who Fought for Wild Bill Donovan. OSS Agents penetrate Nazi Germany for information and acts of sabotage, then face the counter intelligence agents of Stalin's Soviet Russia.








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Oct 24, 2015
Episode 141-Stalin's Mistake
2257
Stalin's lack of military training causes his country to loose everything to the South, west of the Dnieper River. The German Panzers race east and make for the Crimea. Kiev is encircled, as is the 850,000 soviet troops in the area.







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Sep 27, 2015
Episode 140-Of Two Minds
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Marshal Mannerheim of Finland agrees to attack towards Leningrad and around Lake Ladoga, but not much more than that. 







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Sep 20, 2015
Episode 139-Finland: Ally to the North
1827
Hitler manages to bring Finland into his attack against Soviet Russia, but the Finns are mostly concerned with recapturing lost land. Like the three Army Groups, the Germans to the north will advance, but lose many men along the way. 







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Sep 12, 2015
Episode 138-Trading Punches
1825
The Panzers come ever closer to Leningrad, though losing men and machines along the way. Meanwhile, Army Group Center moves toward the Dvina River. As for Kiev, the writing is on the wall, yet Stalin is the only one who can't see it. Picture-Defense works before Leningrad.







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Sep 05, 2015
Episode 137-All Good Deeds
2549
The German invaders are now in Russia, proper and are still advancing, but suffer heavier than expected losses. But in SE Russia, the Soviet 6th and 12th Armies become trapped, due to pathetic communications between them and Moscow. 







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Aug 29, 2015
Episode 136-The Fall of Minsk
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The three German Army Groups advance further into Russia, but Army Group Center has has the most success. Perhaps some of its panzers should be turned north or south to help the other two. But Army Group South isn't waiting for help. Field Marshal Rundstedt decides to turn some of his panzers away from approaching Kiev, to attack the Soviet troops above Odessa from behind and destroy the entire Soviet Southern Front.







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Aug 21, 2015
Episode 135-Russia is never as strong as she looks; nor as weak as she looks
2625
Now that Operation Barbarossa had been launched, Hilter attempts to convince the world that this battle is only in the defense of Nazi Germany. That Soviet Russia, in conlusion with Great Britain have set out to destroy the Nazi State. Yet Hitler nor his general have a true grasp of the situation before them, as they take on the largest country in the world.







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Aug 16, 2015
Episode 134-Reactions to Barbarossa
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The leaders of the combatant countries react to Nazi Germany invading Soviet Russia. We also cover Army Group North and South's initial assaults. 







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Aug 09, 2015
Episode 133-It Has Begun
2128
Before the sun rises on June 22, 1941, Nazi Germany unleashes Operation Barbarossa, its attack on Soviet Russia and Stalin.







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Jul 24, 2015
Episode 132-Operation Barbarossa
2355
Earlier than most people think, Hilter started planning his war against Soviet Russia and Stalin. Operation Barbarossa begins to take shape during the Battle of Britain.







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Jul 11, 2015
Episode 131-Third Time's the Charm
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FDR comes through his third election and the British are expectant. Yet there are still hurdles to overcome. But eventually, the president comes up with the way to help Great Britain.








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Jun 18, 2015
Episode 130-Sleight of Hand
1976
President Roosevelt continues his struggle against Congress and the Isolationists in trying to help the Allies. France falls from the fight. 





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Jun 08, 2015
Episode 129-Lend Lease
1856
It becomes apparant to the U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt that Britian and France are going to need American war material and financial assistance to defeat the Axis. Yet, the British Empire only has so much gold and the current laws of the U.S. make it illegal for FDR to extend credit to the Allies, during their hour of need.





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Jun 03, 2015
Episode 128-The end of Wavell, Battle Axe and Exporter
2470
With the failure of Operation Battle Axe and the bloody victory in Syria, Churchill finally rids himself of C in C Gen. Archibald Wavell. And wants his replacement, Field Marshal Sir Claude Auchinleck to attack Rommel forth with. Yet the two operations have taken away half of the Western Desert Force's tanks. No matter, Churchill wants action, but Auchinleck wants time. Picture-Auchinleck.





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May 16, 2015
Episode 127-Operation Battle Axe
1504
Though Operation Exporter is stalled, Operation Battle Axe is launched. Yet the British attack plans are not very creative and Rommel can hear most of the wireless chatter coming from the British tanks. 





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May 09, 2015
Episode 126-Operation Exporter, Part 2
1505
The Allies come up against stiff French (Vichy) resistence in Syria and Lebanon. But that was just to set up the counter attack, which commenced on June 16th. Yet the men of the 5th Indian Brigade do all they can to give some success to the invaders.





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May 04, 2015
Episode 125-Operation Exporter
1784
Churchill and the Free French get their way, Vichy controlled Syria will be invaded. But C in C Wavell's Middle East Command is stretched as it is, resources are few. Yet, Churchill will have his way and those who oppose him, begin to disapear. 





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Apr 19, 2015
Episode 124- The End of Crete
4149
Here is the last episode of the Battle of Crete. The Allies never contested for air superiority and thus the Germans were able to constantly push them back and eventually off the island. It was time again for another evacuation.





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Apr 03, 2015
Episode 123- Crete Part 4
1812
The Allied defense under Gen. Freyberg continues to back pedal on Crete. Meanwhile Adm. Cunningham continues to lose ships, although the land battle is being won by the Axis. Yet Churchill insists on more action from the Royal Navy and the ANZAC forces.





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Mar 18, 2015
Episode 122: Crete Part 3
2363
The Allied counter attack faulters, which allows the Germans to land more troops at Maleme. The Royal Navy is doing what it can, but suffering for it. Yet their efforts and loses will be for nothing. 





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Mar 14, 2015
Episode 121- Crete: Part II
3055
Gen. Student tries to figure out how to salvage the disaster that has befallen his airborne troops, during that first day of Operation Mercury. 1,800 had been lost that first day. And helping him mightily, are the ineffectual officers serving under Gen. Freyberg, who himself, refuses to see the situation as it really is.





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Mar 01, 2015
Episode 120-Crete, Part 1
3198
The Germans begin, Operation Mercury, their attack on the island, to further confuse Russia and keep the British away from Hitler's oil fields. Yet as the transport planes take off, the number of defenders on the island has be recalculated from 12,000 to 48,000.





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Feb 14, 2015
Episode 119-Churchill, 1932
1227
Back by popular demand! Winston S. Churchill.





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Feb 05, 2015
Episode 118-Operation Brevity, Iraq and Crete
3791
C in C M.E. Wavell gives into pressure from Churchill to attack Rommel, before the tanks and planes of Convoy Tiger can be off loaded. Next, the situation in Iraq comes to a head and we start the story of Crete and the end of Wavell.





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Feb 01, 2015
Episode 117-Tobruk and Iraq
3623
Rommel is ready to have another crack at Tobruk, but Berlin is focused on Operation Barbarossa. Yet, Rommel gets permission to move ahead and finish off the British holdout. Meanwhile, Wavell's dire prediction about the Middle East starts to come true as elements of the Iraqi Government side with the Axis.





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Jan 10, 2015
Episode 116-The Axis Tide
3455
German forces complete their conquest of the Greek mainland. Meanwhile Rommel shocks the British led forces in North Africa.





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Dec 27, 2014
Episode 115-Operation Marita Part III
1657
The Germans continue to drive south, the Greeks throw in the towell and the Allies make plans to evacuate. But wanting more Gen. Von List of the German 12th Army uses Airborne troops for a daring raid of Cornith, in trying to cut off some of the Allied troops in retreat. 





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Nov 14, 2014
Episode 114-Operation Marita, Part 2
1715
The Alikmon Line is breached, the Allies fall back. But the German forces are right behind them all the way. Greek General Papagos believes the end of the Battle of Greece has come, but BEF Commander General Wilson wants to give it one more try.





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Nov 07, 2014
Episode 113-Operation Marita Part 1
2081
Greece comes under attack on the same day as Yugoslavia, yet that country's quick demise, sets up the conquest of Greece. The war in the Greek NE is over by the third day, so the Commonwealth forces fall back, yet the Greeks in Albania are loath to follow their example.





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Oct 13, 2014
Episode 112-He Who Defends Everything, Defends Nothing
1705
Nothing can be allowed to stand in the way of Operation Barbarossa, Hitler's plan to destroy Russia. Certainly not Yugoslavia and Greece. So Operation Retribution, aimed at Belgrade and Operation Marita, against Greece, commence. 





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Oct 06, 2014
Episode 111-Our Own Worst Enemy
2088
Lt. Gen. Rommel had decided the time has come to ignore his orders and move against the Allies. While he has his own problems, they are nothing compared to what Gen. Neame and Gen. O'Connor suffer. 





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Sep 26, 2014
Episode 110-Back, the Way We Came
2152
Lt. Gen. Rommel decides it's time to test the Allied forces within Cyrenaica, as well as his Italian and German superiors. Meanwhile Adm. Cunningham engages the Italians in the Battle of Matapan. 





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Aug 19, 2014
Episode 109-All Roads Lead to Greece
3083
The Allies, with Great Britain leading the way, rush all available troops to Greece. Yet, now that Lt. Gen. Erwin Rommel, the Desert Fox, is in North Africa, the Commonwealth  forces are about to loose more then they thought possible.






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Aug 13, 2014
Episode 108-The Germans are Coming
2785
As the gods themselves seem to hate Mussolini and all his endeavors, with British Commonwealth forces and Greek soldiers destroying his troops, almost at will, Hitler has decided, enough is enough. The Axis has to be put right again and so, in steps Germany, in North Africa (Rommel) and in Greece.






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Jul 09, 2014
Episode 107-The End of the End
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Here is the last episode of the Churchill Bio. Winston, looses his money, his influence and almost, his life. Listen carefully to the end. Did you win?





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Jun 11, 2014
Episode 106-The Beginning of the End
1583
Churchill returns from the U.S. to find his party up in arms about the India question and Tory leader Baldwin's pro Dominion stance concerning the sub-continent. So, Winston offers to take on the leader, alone.





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May 19, 2014
Episode 105-Up in Smoke
1698
The disaffected British voters decide to give someone else a chance to deal with the country's dreary economy. Churchill finds he's been walking a lonely path for some time. Touring the world, Winston is in time to watch Vesuvius erupt and the NY Stock Exchange implode.





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May 11, 2014
Episode 103-Lost and Loss
1742
Winston, now a private citizen, will stay this way for two years as British politics and his views take different paths. Intermingled during this time, are a series of heartbreaking losses for the man. 





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May 03, 2014
Episode 104-Chartwell
1426
Churchill finds his Camelot and then works feverishly to fix it up as his Gwenivere is not impressed. 





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May 03, 2014
Episode 102-His Cup Runneth Over
3394
Churchill's post war years are full of success, tragedy and despair. He changes positions within the British Cabinet and takes on the issues of a Jewish Homeland, Turkey and Ireland. And by the end he looses his appendix and something else, even more valuable.





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Apr 12, 2014
Episode 101-Interview with Kathryn J. Atwood
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With us for this episode is writer Kathryn J. Atwood, arthor of Women Heroes of World War II and editor of Code Name Pauline: Memoirs of a World War II Special Agent and it is the later book we will be discussing. The protagonist, Pearl, Code Named Pauline, came from humble beginnings to do her part to as an SOE agent, behind enemies lines in Occupied France, to thwart the Nazi's before and after D-Day. For all those looking for strong female role models, Mrs. Atwood's books fit the bill beautifully.





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Mar 28, 2014
Episode 100-Nazi Germany from Within
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The following is my 100th Episode Celebration. After thanking those who have shared this journey with me, I interview Henry Niemann who grew up in Germany during the Nazi Period and was then drafted near the end of the war. Thank you to everyone who listens to my attempt at bringing this amazing story to the current generation and podcasting world.





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Mar 08, 2014
Episode 99-All's Well that Ends Well
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Mar 03, 2014
Episode 99-All's Well that Ends Well
2222
The Great War comes to an end. Churchill's family grows and life as Winston knew it, has been erased forever.

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Mar 03, 2014
Episode 98-Once more, unto the Trench
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Churchill is cleared of the Dardanelles disaster, gets himself back into the governement, but then almost loses it all as he finds himself at the front when Gen. Ludendorff launches his great offensive in the West.

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Feb 12, 2014
Episode 97B-Laszlo and Ray, Talking
2561
Warning! No history is covered here. But somehow, Laszlo of The China History Podcast ended up on the East Coast, in Virginia, in Charlottesville, 30 minutes from me. So...

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Feb 07, 2014
Episode 97-Back in the Saddle, Again
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Winston's career seems all but over. Still, he finds solace in his family, painting and life in the trench.

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Feb 06, 2014
Episode 96-Foils and Follies
3726
The Dardanelles Campaign starts off well enough, but through bad luck, worse weather and weaker souls, it collapses on itself. Then the British world collapses on Churchill. 





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Jan 13, 2014
Episode 95-The Dardanelles, Pt. 1
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The British War Council decides on a Second Front to hopefully alter the slaughtering in France. Winston, with his personality, becomes of the face of the Aegean Campaign. 





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Dec 09, 2013
Episode 94-In for a Penny...
3568
With the outbreak of war, Churchill is ready, though the same can not be said of the rest of Britain. Winston will experience the lime light and the highs and lows of battle.





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Nov 29, 2013
Episode 93-War is Upon US
1655
The events of Sarajevo cause diplomatic tension to build throughout Europe but Churchill is determined that Britain will be ready, come what may. 





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Nov 19, 2013
Episode 92-The Navys the Thing
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Churchill gets promoted to the Home Office, starts out well, but then becomes his own worst enemy. Now in the Admiralty, Winston comes into his own. Fortunately for Britain as Germany seeks to challenge G.B. on the seas.



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Nov 08, 2013
Episode 91-Love’s Labors NOT Lost
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Winston finds love, fights the Tories, gets promoted, nearly dies three times and humbles some Lords.



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Oct 28, 2013
Episode 90-Winston’s Revenge
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Winston, now in the House of Commons, plots his revenge against those who fought his father, Lord Randolph. Also, Churchill, goes through his own challenges as he takes on Joe Chamberlain, the PM Balfour and those abandoning Free Trade. He then crosses the gangway and becomes a Liberal.



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Oct 13, 2013
Episode 89-Fame and Fortune
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Churchill’s life is covered until the death of Queen Victoria.



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Oct 08, 2013
Episode 88 Churchill- War Correspondent
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We are joined today by James Muller, professor of Political Science at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. We discuss Churchill’s 2nd book published, The River War, and Mr. Muller’s re-release of The River War’s first edition with commentary, illustrations, with all of its original text. The first edition has not been seen in over 100 years.



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Oct 04, 2013
Episode 87-Jack El-Hai Book Interview
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Jack El-Hai joined me today for a conversation about his latest book, The Nazi and the Psychiartrist: Hermann Goring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII. Mr. El-Hai’s book deals with the top 22 surviving Nazi officials and Dr. Kelley, an American Army Psychiatrist who was placed in charge of their mental health. His job was to ready the men for the Nuremberg Trails, but saw an opportunity to discover, if it existed, the Nazi personality.



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Sep 11, 2013
Episode 86-Risks and Rewards, Redux
2851
Winston is determined to leave the Army and make his way to Parliament as a hero/correspondent. But the majority of the military establishment is set against him. Churchill finds himself in Kitchener’s war in the Sudan and takes part in the last great cavalry charge of the British Empire.



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Sep 07, 2013
Episode 85-Risks and Rewards
2670
Churchill, having decided his course, willingly risks his life for his ultimate goal, the House of Commons. But he has to survive India first.



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Aug 26, 2013
Episode 84-Master of My Fortunes
2166
Winston loses those in his life he holds most dear. And to defeat boredom, he travels to Cuba to see war up close, as the Spanish try to putdown a rebellion.



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Aug 12, 2013
Episode 83-The End of the Beginning
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Winston makes it into Sandhurst, taking a curious route. He nearly dies at least twice, but in the end another family member is taken from his life. And after Sandhurst, he is left up to his own devices. He is now a man at large.



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Aug 01, 2013
Episode 82-Harrow
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Churchill enters Harrow, but his defiant ways still exist. His father draws away from him but his mother will soon be coming to his side. At Harrow, young Winston breaks almost every rule: he keeps dogs, is constantly late for class, curses in front of the Headmaster and blows up a building.



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Jul 24, 2013
Episode 81-Churchill, The Early Years
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This episode covers Winston Churchill’s birth, his early school years and his parent’s or lack thereof, influence on the boy.



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Jul 17, 2013
Episode 80-East Africa, Part 2
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This episode takes us through the war in East Africa through February 1941, which is the high water mark for The British Empire fighting the Axis without the Russians or America. The cover photo is of the Dongolaas Gorge.



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Jul 03, 2013
Episode 79-East Africa
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The various British commands in East Africa are ready to move against the Italians. Well, not really. But as the Italians retreat after Operation Compass, the British Commonwealth forces have no choice but to advance, ready or not. The cover picture is of the Duke of Aosta. AND I will be on Reddit.com June 19th, noon, EST.



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Jun 18, 2013
Episode 78-The Battle of Beda Fomm
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Gen. O’Connor is planning his next attack when the Italians decide to abandon Cyrenaica. The Race is on! Also, the Replica Newspaper contest.



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Jun 10, 2013
Episode 77-Tobruk
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The British 13th Corps continues pushing west, now it’s Tobruk’s turn. The situation in East Africa causes only more tension between Wavell and Churchill.



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May 29, 2013
Episode 76-The Army of the Nile
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The Italians have been pushed out of Egypt and Gen. Richard O’Connor has lost his 4th Indian Division. Still, he decides to pursue the retreating Italian 10th Army. The Italians make it to the port city of Bardia before British armor can catch them, so that is the next place the Allies will attack, this time using Gen. MacKay’s Australians.



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May 17, 2013
Episode 75-Military Aviation Museum
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Here is an Mp4 episode of my recent trip to the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, VA. Amazing place!



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Apr 15, 2013
Episode 74-Operation Compass
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After 6 months of planning, the British are ready to move against Marshal Graziani.



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Mar 29, 2013
Episode 73-Italian Checks, Greek Balances
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Greek soldiers continue to dominate and push the Italian invaders back into Albania and closer to the sea. The RAF makes its presence felt by downing dozens of Italian aircraft. Mussolini can’t hide the backsliding of his troops from Hitler but Prime Minister Metaxas shields his own secret from his men and the world.



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Mar 08, 2013
Episode 72-Taranto Pt 3
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The last episode covering the Battle of Taranto. The second attack wave of Swordfish make for the harbor, but only after overcoming problems of their own. Admiral Cunningham scores a major success and British moral is lifted. But the Italian Navy is not finished yet.



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Feb 24, 2013
Episode 71-Taranto, Pt 2
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Adm. Cunningham updates the plan to attack Taranto, but then suffers several setbacks. These are over come, the Italians are confused by the massive ship movements during the first ten days of November. Then the first of two attacks are launched by Swordfish at the Italian harbor.



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Feb 16, 2013
Episode 70-The Battle of Taranto, Pt 1
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British Admiral Andrew B. Cunningham, commander of the Mediterranean Fleet has his orders: Maintain the sea lanes between Gibraltar and the Suez Canal. Holding on to Malta will allow the British to recon their main target, the port of Taranto. If the Italian war ships there can be neutralized, the Suez stays safe, Crete remains out of Axis hands and Britain’s vital passage to the far East remains open.



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Feb 06, 2013
Episode 69B-Talk History
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We are joined by Steven Guerra of The History of the Papacy Podcast to discuss Italy’s attack on Greece, the Battle of Taranto and some of the what if’s of WWII.

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Jan 30, 2013
Episode 69-Greek Fire, Part II
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Italy has invaded Greece, but under Prime Mister Metaxas, the Greeks are ready. The Italians are drawn in and then the defenders use their mountains to launch counter attacks. The world is impressed, but Churchill is already committed to Egypt and the U.S. is committed to Britain. General Prasca’s leadership will last only 15 days.



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Jan 27, 2013
Episode 68-Greek Fire, Pt. 1
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Mussolini and Hitler deceive each other over desired territory, while Prime Mister Metaxas of Greece tries to stay below Italy’s radar.  يلا شوت Britain is through trying to salt dough handprint separate Italy from Germany and decides to support the smaller Aegean power, despite the prevailing opinion that the outcome will be nothing more gamf.net  than a quick Italian victory.



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Jan 15, 2013
Episode 67-Mare Nostrum
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Mussolini would pay back Hitler “in his own coin” by invading Greece without first telling his Axis partner. But the Greek people, for all their worldblog.net industrial limitations were angry with the Italians and their Dictator Ioannis Metaxas, had the experience to salt dough handprint ready his people and country to their limit. The photo is of Greek Dictator Metaxas.



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Jan 02, 2013
Episode 66-D Day Memorial and Contest Drawing
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Here is an overview of my recent visit to the D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA. This episode is in an Mp4 format, so please enjoy the pictures. At the end, is the drawing anagazawe.com for the replica newspaper from December 8, 1941.



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Dec 19, 2012
Episode 65-Mediterranean Life Line
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By 1940, Great Britain had several possessions in the anagazawe.com Mediterranean Sea, that they would use to project power against the Axis. But exactly how did Britain obtain them?



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Dec 07, 2012
Episode 64-The Royal Navy in the Mediterranean Sea 1940
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Andrew Lambert, Laughton Professor of Naval History in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, joins us to discuss the Royal Navy’s position in the Mediterranean Sea. Outgunned but not outmanned, the British Navy under Admiral Cunningham takes the fight to the Italian Fleet and quickly dominates the Eastern and Central Med. Until the Luftwaffe and U-boats arrive.



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Nov 22, 2012
Episode 63B-Talk History
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We are joined by Luke Whitehorn, special effects artist from the movie Iron Sky. WWII and Sci Fi! What’s not to love.  يلا شوت We cover episodes 62 and 63 and Luke brings a good perspective to our story so far in North Africa.



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Nov 21, 2012
Episode 63-October 1940
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The British plan their attack against General Graziani and the Italian 10th Army. Hitler and Franco meet to discuss an attack on Gibraltar. And General Charles de Gaulle moves to restore Free France and his reputation.



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Nov 15, 2012
Episode 62-Failure, Failure Everywhere
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Marshall Graziani FINALLY moves into Egypt, but then stops. Gen. De Gaulle is in place to take Dakar in West Africa. Finally, a quick look at the Italian Navy.

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Nov 02, 2012
Episode 61B Talk History
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The events of Sarajevo cause diplomatic tension to build throughout Europe but Churchill is determined that Britain will be ready, come what may. 





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Oct 21, 2012
Episode 60-Sand, Saltwater and Oil
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Mussolini wants his Roman Empire in Africa. But the British refuse to yield. Gen. Archibald Wavell is asked to do much, with very little. France is out of the war, so the battle for the Mediterranean Sea and North Africa is between Great Britain and Italy. For now.



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Sep 16, 2012
Episode 59-Miracles and Mistakes
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Here is the Final Episode of The Battle of Britain series. We sum up the Luftwaffe’s chances of ever really getting across the English Channel, Dowding’s future, Chamberlain’s end and the next step in Hitler’s plan for European domination.

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Aug 29, 2012
Episode 58-Battle of Britain Day
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The Germans are convinced that Fighter Command is on its last leg. Waiting out the foul English weather, the Luftwaffe, Kesselring and Goering, finally get their chance to wipe the RAF out of the skies. But Keith Park of 11 Group will prove to be their tactical master.



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Aug 20, 2012
Episode 57-German Armada
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Unable to break Fighter Command by the needed date for Operation Sea Lion, the Luftwaffe changes their tactics and will go after London. Dowding and Park will do their best to protect the capital, but in a moment on honesty, are relieved that their air fields will be spared. Now the people of London must [...]

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Jul 30, 2012
Episode 56-Breaking Point
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September brings the beginning of the end of The Battle of Britain. London will become the Luftwaffe’s target as Germany needs the war to end. Soon Goering will take a personal hand in the war over the Channel.

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Jul 17, 2012
Episode 55-Battling Friends and Foes Alike
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As tired as everyone is, Kesselring of Luftflotte Two steps up the intensity of the attacks on RAF airfields, especially those near London. And Hitler will release the Luftwaffe to attack London, as the battle is not going in Nazi Germany’s favor. Also Group Commanders Keith Park and Leigh-Mallory have their own feud over how [...]

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Jun 24, 2012
Episode 54-Pandoras Box
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London becomes more of a target for the German bombers, until Goering warms them away. But it’s too late. Churchill and the War Cabinet decide to bomb Berlin. The war will shift into it’s final phase.



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Jun 19, 2012
Episode 53- Things Missed
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This episode covers 4 missed or lightly treated subjects: Operation Pied Piper- the evacuation of Britain’s children, the disaster of the Lancastria, the occupation of The Channel Islands by the Nazis and the Italian Conquest of British Somaliland.

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May 28, 2012
Episode 52-Moves on the Chessboard
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C in C of the Luftwaffe Goering calls his young bloods to Karinhall to devise a new strategy to destroy Fighter Command. The result is a reinforced Kesselring pitted against Keith Park of 11 Group. But during a lull in the fighting, Park and his superior, Air Marshal Dowding make their own plans for defense. [...]



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May 14, 2012
Episode 51-The Hardest Day
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This episode covers August 16 to the 18th. Goering plans on finishing Fighter Command on August 18th, by using almost every fighter and bomber from Luftflottes 2 and 3. The idea is simply to overwhelm the shrinking RAF forces. But Radar still plays a major role in helping Dowding and his Fighter Groups. Their real [...]




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May 05, 2012
Episode 50- Black Thursday, August 14-15th
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August 15th was one of the greatest days of battle in The Battle of Britain. Goering makes his plans for improved attacks against the RAF but Dowding and Park stay with their tried method. The fighting continues over the channel while Churchill has his own combat within the walls of the Commons. Meanwhile, the British [...]

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Apr 20, 2012
Episode 49- Adlertag: August 8th-13th
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Apr 10, 2012
Episode 48: Things Learned. August 2nd – August 7th.
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The RAF and Luftwaffe size each other up and ready for Adlertag. The war in North Africa has started and the British will have to withdraw, like Dunkirk, for now. But they know Egypt must be kept safe. But Mussolini wants his African Empire. Goering is ready for Phase Two, but the RAF is still [...]

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Mar 27, 2012
Episode 47- Support Teams & The Battle, July 29th-August 1st
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The brave men and women behind the RAF pilots and Fighter Command. The British people come together to defend their island: Anti-Aircraft guns, balloon barrage, BAM Fuel, Private companies working ahead of the government, the Air Transport Auxiliary and the Home Guard. The Battle of Britain is covered through August 1st, when Hitler issues Directive [...]



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Mar 18, 2012
Episode 46-A Day in the Life, July 26th-28th
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This episode gives a glimpse into the daily routine of Luftwaffe pilots fighting over the English Channel. The Straights of Dover are now being called Hellfire Corner from the number of sunken convoy ships. Also July 26th-28th of the Battle of Britain is covered. Dowding rests his men and their aircraft, while Luftwaffe leader Goering [...]

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Feb 27, 2012
Episode 45- Numbers Tell, July 23rd-25th
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The Me 109E will bring Nazi Germany to greatness and to the water’s edge at the English Channel. It came before the Hurricane and Spitfire and was faster. But it was also without armor, at first. The Luftwaffe is still testing the RAF: its air craft, pilots and RDF system. Both sides will draw blood

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Feb 11, 2012
Episode 44-Defense of the Air.
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This episode covers the beginning of the RAF and Fighter Command. Air Marshal Dowding is Fighter Command’s first Commander in chief. Through trial and error, radar is developed and a detection and respond system is worked out to defend the Channel coast. The Battle of Britain, from July 20th to July 22nd. The Spitfire and [...]

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Jan 22, 2012
Episode 43-The Battle, July 16th-19th.
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German tactics, English weather and the Spitfire.



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Jan 17, 2012
Episode 42-Battle of Britain, Part 2.
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A close up of the Hawker Hurricane and the Battle of Britain, July 11th-15th.

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Jan 09, 2012
Episode 41-Great Britain’s turn.
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Battle of Britain- July 10, 1940.

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Jan 04, 2012
Episode 40-Unexpected surprise for Hitler.
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Hitler is ready to end the war, but not Churchill.

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Jan 04, 2012
Episode 39-Hitler bio, Part 3.
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Hitler until the Beer Hall Putsch.

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Jan 04, 2012
Episode 38-Hitler bio, Part 2.
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Hitler through the end of WWI.

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Jan 04, 2012
Episode 37-Hitler bio, Part 1.
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The early life of Adolf Hitler.

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Jan 04, 2012
Episode 36-The End of the French Third Republic.
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Petain and the New France.

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Jan 04, 2012
Episode 35-The question of the French Fleet.
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Britain and France clash and Churchill settles the question of the French fleet once and for all.



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Jan 03, 2012
Episode 34-The war of France is over.
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Petain’s government signs the Armistice Treaty with Nazi Germany.

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Jan 03, 2012
Episode 33-Premier Petain seeks peace.
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Petain rushes to find peace, giving little thought of the price.



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Jan 03, 2012
Episode 32-French Premier Reynaud falls.
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Reynaud falls and Marshal Petain takes over.

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Jan 03, 2012
Episode 31-Paris falls.
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Paris falls. June 5th – 13th.



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Jan 03, 2012
Episode 30-The End of Dunkirk.
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Rescue operations come to a close as the Germans advance on the Allied perimeter.

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Jan 03, 2012
Episode 29-June 2nd. Massed ships.
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British civilians help rescue troops from Dunkirk.

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Jan 03, 2012
Episode 28-The Miracle.
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The “Miracle” part of Dunkirk.




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Jan 03, 2012
Episode 27-29th May.
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The clouds and smoke roll away and Dunkirk is exposed to the Luftwaffe.

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Jan 03, 2012
Episode 26-Dunkirk, Part 2.
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The anxious British troops wait on the beaches and the Mole to be rescued.

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Jan 03, 2012
Episode 25-Dunkirk, Part 1.
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The British, seemingly pushed into the sea, organize to save their troops to fight another day.

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Jan 03, 2012
Episode 24-The panzers reach the coast.
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Allied forces in Belgium are cut off as the German panzers reach the coast.

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Jan 03, 2012
Episode 23-The French 9th Army is destroyed.
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Rommel crosses the Meuse north of Sedan and helps destroy the French 9th Army.

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Jan 03, 2012
Episode 22-German panzers attack through the Ardennes.
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German panzers attack through the Ardennes, head for the Meuse River and the town of Sedan.  

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Jan 03, 2012
Episode 21-The fall of France, Part 2.
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The invasion of Holland and Belgium.

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Jan 03, 2012
Episode 20-China 1937 to 1940.
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China 1937-40 and Mao Biography.

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Jan 03, 2012
Episode 19-The Long March w/ Laszlo
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The Long March, 1934-1935. Mao and the Chinese Communist Party are saved by running through the mountains and jungles, fleeing from Chiang Kai-shek and his Nationalist troops.

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Jan 03, 2012
Episode 18-The fall of France, Part 1.
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The Phony War has undermined what eagerness there was to fight Germany.

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Jan 03, 2012
Episode 17-The fall of Denmark and Norway.
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Landlocked Denmark surrenders, but Norway resists. The British try to help but are not organized or equipped properly.

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Jan 02, 2012
Episode 16-The Phony War and Finland’s defeat.
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The Allies wait for Hitler and Stalin uses the war to attack Finland. But the Soviet Army is far from ready.

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Jan 02, 2012
Episode 15-The fall of Poland.
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Hitler’s bluffing to gain an empire is over. He will have to fight from now on.

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Jan 02, 2012
Episode 14-The last days of peace.
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Diplomatic wrangling rages over Europe during the summer of 1939.

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Jan 02, 2012
Episode 13-The line is drawn.
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Britain and France are finished giving in to Hitler.

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Jan 02, 2012
Episode 12-Appeasement.
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Hitler’s sabre rattling earns him Austria and the Munich Agreement.

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Jan 02, 2012
Episode 11-Europe 1933 to 1937.
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Europe 1933-1937: Ethiopia, Rhineland, Spanish Civil War.

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Jan 02, 2012
Episode 10-The Nazification of Germany.
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The Nazi Party implements Hitler’s vision as written in Mein Kampf.

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Jan 02, 2012
Episode 9-Hitler takes on the World.
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Hitler, now in power, removes his enemies and defies the international community.

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Jan 02, 2012
Episode 8-Japan’s China policy?
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Japan struggles to define its policy on China, but events take the decision out the military’s hands.

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Jan 02, 2012
Episode 7-Japan expands into China.
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Japan continues to expand their operations into China and find themselves facing Chairman Mao, backed by the Soviet Union and Chiang Kai Shek.

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Jan 02, 2012
Episode 6-Japan, 1853-1936.
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Japan is opened up to western ways, but the government loses control of the military. Covers from 1853 to 1936.

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Jan 02, 2012
Episode 5-Il Duce (The Leader)
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Episode covers the first 10 years of Mussolini as Dictator.

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Jan 02, 2012
Episode 4-Mussolini 1918 to 1922.
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Episode covers Mussolini from the end of WWI to his being elevated to power.

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Jan 02, 2012
Episode 3-Early life of Mussolini.
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Episode covers the early life of Mussolini.  

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Jan 02, 2012
Episode 2-Nazi Politics, 1929-1933
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Episode covers German politics and the rise of the Nazi Party from the Great Depression until Hitler comes to power in January 1933.

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Jan 02, 2012
Episode 1-Rise of the Nazi Party
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This episode covers Germany from the end of World War I to the advent of The Great Depression. REFERENCES: The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William ShirerDelivered From Evil by Robert LeckieThe Rising Sun by John TolandMussolini by R.J.B. Bosworth

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Jan 01, 2012