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Author: Paul Cheall WWII

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Second World War memoirs & interviews. Dunkirk, D-Day, London Blitz, North Africa, Women at War, Lancasters, POW stories, WWII
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The memoir of a 13 year old boy soldier who witnessed six years of world war two, from Jewish persecution to hand-to-hand fighting on the front line - Wilhelm Johannes Langbein. "I tell my father’s story in his own words, without judgement or apology. His is the report of an eyewitness and unwitting participant in the horror of the Third Reich, seen from his perspective as a child". Heidi Langbein-Allen Heidi's Facebook page -  https://www.facebook.com/Heidi-Langbein-Allen-Author-103406341734780/ LINK TO BUY ME A COFFEE   Full show notes at: https://www.fightingthroughpodcast.co.uk/69-german-boy-soldier-willi-langbein-ww2/   Web site home page - http://www.FightingThroughPodcast.co.uk   Feedback/reviews - Apple - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ww2-fighting-through-from-dunkirk-to-hamburg-war-diary/id624581457?mt=2   Follow me on Twitter  - https://twitter.com/PaulCheall   Follow me on Facebook  - https://www.facebook.com/FightingThroughPodcast   YouTube channel - Loads of my own videos - Dunkirk Mole, Gold Beach, much more. https://www.youtube.com/user/paulcheall/videos    
Part Five - More entertaining WW2 tales plus some great family stories from Gabriel Cervantes and Sidney Topf. Australian Leslie Eric Cook was in the second 14th of the Australian Imperial Force. He served in Greece, Crete, New Guinea, Borneo and Japan. If the links below are not visible, go to http://www.FightingThroughPodcast.co.uk to find show notes. Web site episode page - Full episode show notes, links, photo and transcript - http://www.FightingThroughPodcast.co.uk/68   Web site home page - http://www.FightingThroughPodcast.co.uk   Feedback/reviews - Apple - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ww2-fighting-through-from-dunkirk-to-hamburg-war-diary/id624581457?mt=2   Follow me on Twitter  - https://twitter.com/PaulCheall   Follow me on Facebook  - https://www.facebook.com/FightingThroughPodcast   YouTube channel - Loads of my own videos - Dunkirk Mole, Gold Beach, much more. https://www.youtube.com/user/paulcheall/videos    
Part Four 1943/4 - Various entertaining WW2 tales Australian Leslie Eric Cook was in the second 14th of the Australian Imperial Force. He served in Greece, Crete, New Guinea, Borneo and Japan. Web site episode page - Full episode show notes, links, photo and transcript   Web site home page   Feedback/reviews - Apple   Twitter page   Facebook page   YouTube channel - Loads of my own videos - Dunkirk Mole, Gold Beach, much more.    
Part Three 1942/3 - New Guinea adventures and more. Australian Leslie Eric Cook was in the second 14th of the Australian Imperial Force. He served in Greece, Crete, New Guinea, Borneo and Japan. Australian War Memorial website. Loads of pics and background. https://www.awm.gov.au/articles/blog/remembering-war-new-guinea   Web site episode page - Full episode show notes, links, photo and transcript   Web site home page   Feedback/reviews - Apple   Twitter page   Facebook page   YouTube channel - Loads of my own videos - Dunkirk Mole, Gold Beach, much more ...   New Links page for researchers, service records etc: https://www.fightingthroughpodcast.co.uk/p/research/   NEW! The Museum page. Back stories, photos galore and souvenirs from Bill Cheall's war.  https://www.fightingthroughpodcast.co.uk/p/the-museum-bill-chealls-souvenirs-and-photos/
Part Two - Circa 1941 Greece adventures, plus an exclusive Canadian family story about the Great Escape! Web site - Full episode show notes, links, photo and transcript Web site home page Feedback/reviews - Thank you.  Twitter page Facebook page YouTube channel - Loads of my own videos - Dunkirk Mole, Gold Beach, much more ... Links: Royal Indian Navy mutiny: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Indian_Navy_mutiny     New Links page for researchers etc: https://www.fightingthroughpodcast.co.uk/p/research/   Military History guide: https://booklicious.net/   Alfred Thompson’s account of his Great Escape experience in the Toronto Sun: https://torontosun.com/news/provincial/the-great-escape-honouring-late-barrie-lawyer-imprisoned-for-years-as-nazi-pow Youtube video of an interview with a Canadian author, Ted Barris who has written a book on the subject of Canada and The Great Escape.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBGoPy0OxCc   Joël Stoppels Battlefield Tours Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Battlefieldgroningen Or on Instagram for more pictures and stories https://www.instagram.com/battlefieldtoursgron/   Alfred Burke Thompson WW2 Great Escapee No 53, Canadian (Pic when available in your listening app)  
Six full years of an Australian soldier’s war, in what I think is one of the finest set of stories you could ever hope to come across - over 80 in all.  Web site - Full show notes, links, photo and transcript Web site home page Feedback/reviews - Thank you.  Twitter page Facebook page YouTube channel - Loads of my own videos - Dunkirk Mole, Gold Beach, much more ... Photos of Les Cook: More great unpublished history! Second world war
Jean was a youngster when the second world war broke out. She describes her first sinister sighting of a German airship – a Zeppelin She tells of her evacuation from Norfolk to Nottinghamshire early on in the war. She’s got stories of deadly Doodlebugs and Bombings Learn about the rather naughty practical joke she and her friend played on allied airmen. And there’re yet more japes with the British Home Guard and the local American troops. There’s a return to rationing as a young girl recalls her experiences Learn how the Americans loved their Fish and Chips. And how American cheer lifted the spirits of the British population Finally, what an absolutely marvellous wartime birthday present for a young girl! Full show notes, links and photos Feedback/reviews - Thank you.  Web site home page Twitter page Facebook page YouTube channel - Loads of my own videos - Dunkirk Mole, Gold Beach, more ... Jean Lindsay More great unpublished history! Second world war
THIS IS PART TWO - LISTEN TO PART ONE, EPISODE 61, FIRST Damien Lewis is the author of new book CHURCHILL’S HELLRAISERS: The Secret Mission to Storm a Forbidden Nazi Fortress. It’s the TRUE story of a hodge-podge team tasked with sneaking through enemy territory and breaching an otherwise impregnable fortification in Northern Italy, liberating Italy from Nazi control. Links - Not supported by all podcast players: Below: Albert Stevens with flight line crew and test pilots incl famous chief test pilot Alex Henshaw - at castle Bromwich spitfire factory - Amazing bit of history! Full show notes, links and photos Feedback/reviews - Thank you.  Web site home page Twitter page Facebook page YouTube channel - Loads of my own videos - Dunkirk Mole, Gold Beach, more ...   More great unpublished history! Second world war
PART ONE Damien Lewis is the author of new book CHURCHILL’S HELLRAISERS: The Secret Mission to Storm a Forbidden Nazi Fortress. It’s the TRUE story of a hodge-podge team tasked with sneaking through enemy territory and breaching an otherwise impregnable fortification in Northern Italy, liberating Italy from Nazi control. Links - Not supported by all podcast players: Below: Albert Stevens with flight line crew and test pilots incl famous chief test pilot Alex Henshaw - at castle Bromwich spitfire factory - Amazing bit of history! Full show notes, links and photos Feedback/reviews - Thank you.  Web site home page Twitter page Facebook page YouTube channel - Loads of my own videos - Dunkirk Mole, Gold Beach, more ...   More great unpublished history! Second world war
60 Omaha PART 5 - D-Day

60 Omaha PART 5 - D-Day

2020-07-1903:17:071

LISTEN TO EPISODES 56 -59 BEFORE THIS ONE The FIFTH and FINAL instalment in the memoir Overseas and Over the Top by Morris Prince.  Omaha Beach to the Battle of the Bulge and beyond - in multiple episodes. One man's complete and personal memoir of the entire period from leaving America for England and onto Germany. Full show notes, links and photos Some place names mentioned. Also see one map below plus a Google Maps link. England: Bude Titchfield Folkestone (Beachburrow-House) Braunton Camp Swanage Dorchester France: Vierville-sur-Mer Columbieres Isigny Valognes Beaumont-Hague St. Jean De Daye Mortain Mayenne Cherbourg Kerlogué Le Conquet Trebabu St Lo Le Folgoet Ploumouger, Lochrist Battery Argol Crozon Peninsula (Le Fret) Brest Landernau Lesneven Belgium: Arlon, Belgium Luxembourg: Esch, Luxembourg Belgium: Raeran, Belgium Germany:  The Seigfried Line Germeter (Hells Corner—Hurtgen Forest) Bergstein (Hill 400) Simmerath Roetgen Sohmidthof Crossing of the Roer Wollseifen Kalterherberg Dedenborn Maychoss   Links - Not supported by all podcast players: Map of the area Feedback/reviews - Thank you.  Web site home page Twitter page Facebook page YouTube channel   More great unpublished history! Second world war
LISTEN TO EPISODES 56 -58 BEFORE THIS ONE The FOURTH instalment in the memoir Overseas and Over the Top  Omaha Beach to the Battle of the Bulge and beyond - in multiple episodes. One man's complete and personal memoir of the entire period from leaving America for England and onto Germany. Some place names mentioned. Also see one map below plus a Google Maps link. France: Vierville-sur-Mer Columbieres Isigny Valognes Beaumont-Hague St. Jean De Daye Mortain Mayenne Cherbourg Kerlogué Le Conquet Trebabu St Lo Le Folgoet Ploumouger, Lochrist Battery Argol Crozon Peninsula (Le Fret) Brest Landernau Lesneven Belgium Arlon, Belgium Luxembourg Esch, Luxembourg Belgium Raeran, Belgium Links - Not supported by all podcast players: Map of the area Full show notes, links and photos Feedback/reviews - Thank you.  Web site home page Twitter page Facebook page YouTube channel More great unpublished history! Second world war
58 Omaha PART 3 - D-Day

58 Omaha PART 3 - D-Day

2020-06-1702:00:44

LISTEN TO EPISODES 56 AND 57 BEFORE THIS ONE The THIRD instalment in the memoir Overseas and Over the Top  Omaha Beach to the Battle of the Bulge and beyond - in multiple episodes. One man's complete and personal memoir of the entire period from leaving America for England and onto Germany. Full show notes, links and photos Some place names mentioned. Also see one map below plus a Google Maps link. Vierville-sur-Mer (Near Omaha Beach) Columbieres Isigny Valognes Beaumont-Hague St. Jean De Daye Mortain Mayenne Cherbourg Kerlogué Le Conquet Trebabu St Lo Le Folgoet Ploumouger, Lochrist Battery Cretin Peninsula (Le Fret) Landernau Brest Crozon peninsula Landernau Lesneven Arlon, Belgium Links - Not supported by all podcast players: Map of the area Feedback/reviews - Thank you.  Web site home page Twitter page Facebook page YouTube channel More great unpublished history! Second world war
57 Omaha PART 2 - D-Day

57 Omaha PART 2 - D-Day

2020-06-1001:17:281

LISTEN TO EPISODE 56 BEFORE THIS ONE The second instalment in the memoir Overseas and Over the Top  Omaha Beach to the Battle of the Bulge and beyond - in multiple episodes. One man's complete and personal memoir of the entire period from leaving America for England and onto Germany. Links - Not supported by all podcast players: Full show notes, links and photos Feedback/reviews - Thank you.  Web site home page Twitter page Facebook page YouTube channel More great unpublished history! Second world war
56 Omaha PART 1 - D-Day

56 Omaha PART 1 - D-Day

2020-06-0601:50:161

Omaha Beach to the Battle of the Bulge and beyond - in multiple episodes. One man's complete and personal memoir of the entire period from leaving America for England and onto Germany. Links - Not supported by all podcast players: Full show notes, links and photos Feedback/reviews - Thank you.  Web site home page Twitter page Facebook page YouTube channel More great unpublished history! Second world war
Les Rutherford was part of the rear-guard defence of Dunkirk in 1940. He escaped to England in a most novel fashion and later volunteered for the Royal Air Force, becoming a bomb aimer on Lancasters. He completed 23 operations with 50 Squadron from RAF Skellingthorpe but was shot down by a fighter on his 24th operation. He spent the rest of the war as a prisoner of war at Stalag Luft III, the location of the famed Great Escape. Links - Not supported by all podcast players: Full show notes, links and photos Feedback/reviews - Thank you.  Web site home page Twitter page Facebook page YouTube channel More great unpublished history! Second world war
When the battle of Okinawa was over, almost a quarter of a million people had lost their lives, making it by far the bloodiest US battle of the Pacific. The horror of the battle ultimately determined President Truman’s choice to use atomic bombs in August 1945. Featuring passages from Saul David's new book, Crucible of Hell. Links - Not supported by all podcast players: Full show notes, links and photos Feedback/reviews in Apple Podcasts - Thank you.  Web site home page Twitter page Facebook page YouTube channel More great unpublished history! Second world war  
53 Sniper, Second World War

53 Sniper, Second World War

2020-03-1801:05:01

Some smashing tales to share. Top of the bill is a tale of a sniper, Harry Furness, from the 6th Green Howards which I’m using with kind permission of the author of a book called Sniper Anthology. Links - Not supported by all podcast players: Full show notes, links and photos Feedback/reviews in Apple Podcasts - Thank you.  Web site home page Twitter page Facebook page YouTube channel More great unpublished history! Second world war  
52 For You the War is Over

52 For You the War is Over

2020-03-0301:08:26

For You the War is Over - special guest preview of the brand new podcast by Dave and Dave. More great unpublished history! World War Two
Part Two, Episode Fifty anniversary special Celebrate Dunkirk 80 with this special episode. Take a trip down the Second World War memory lane of Dunkirk, D-Day, Lancasters, tanks, the Blitz, POW’s, the WW1 battle of Gallipoli and much more. Old stories, new stories and bloopers. Links - Not supported by all podcast players: Full show notes, links and photos Feedback/reviews in Apple Podcasts - Thank you.  Web site home page Twitter page Facebook page YouTube channel More great unpublished history! World War Two
Celebrating Episode 50!!! Take a trip down the Second World War memory lane of Dunkirk, D-Day, Lancasters, tanks, the Blitz, POW’s, the WW1 battle of Gallipoli and much more. Old stories, new stories and bloopers. Links - Not supported by all podcast players: Full show notes, links and photos Feedback/reviews in Apple Podcasts - Thank you.  Web site home page Twitter page Facebook page YouTube channel More great unpublished history! Second world war  
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Comments (17)

Michael Benton

I thoroughly enjoy this podcast. Thanks for bringing these stories to light. Excellent work!

Apr 14th
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Manish Mehta

Brilliant, poignant read

Jan 17th
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E. Anderson-Carroll

I wish there was a way of rating this on castbox. 5* thanks as ever Paul. I have enjoyed every episode and will hope for many many more. your dad's book is brilliant too. highly recommended!

Feb 15th
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Paul Hudson

Brilliant, I've worked my way through all the episodes over the last 6 months. and read the book, what can I say other than Brilliant

Dec 11th
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Nigel Graham

brilliant podcast, down to earth, honest moving stories and memories. well delivered by Paul, well researched and as the line is often said, the story behind the story. as this generation sadly passes Paul is keeping the stories, events and recollections alive, plus we the listener learn what these men & women went through. keep up the good work Paul and keep these podcasts coming... 10 out of 10

Nov 5th
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Paul Hudson

brilliant

Oct 2nd
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Steve

Paul, if I knew you were visiting Ypres I would have come and say hello.

Sep 2nd
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Charles Gould

great pod cast sir cheerio

Sep 2nd
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Paul Cheall

Thanks Sara. I have tried to mix it up with additional voices whenever possible but people are surprisingly reluctant sometimes. I have tended to shy away from authors because it’s not really my niche and there are others who are already doing it well. I will try to do more when I can though. I appreciate your thoughts. 👍

Apr 12th
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Paul Cheall

Many thanks Steve. 👍

Apr 12th
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sara ~

podcast has potential. author has a clear even tone when speaking. i feel after a few episodes the series could do with either radio broadcast supporting audio, interviews with other family members of WW2 veterans, or even an independent author adding their take. i realize this podcast is for the authors own fathers memoirs, but collaboration with other independently published sources could make for a more enjoyable presentation and authors supporting authors is always a great thing. i will try to check back in but its just not capturing my attention. a great effort nonetheless.

Jan 6th
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Steve

Excellent podcast. I really enjoy the true and first hand stories of these brave men. Thank you very much Paul.

Oct 11th
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Paul Cheall

Many thanks for your feedback Johanna. Pleased you enjoy it. Paul.

Oct 10th
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Johanna Ljung

I absolutely love the podcast. Breathtaking stories with a combination of tears, laughter and chills down my spine. Definitely 5/5 stars.

Aug 25th
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