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Fighting Through WW2 History

Author: Paul Cheall WWII

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WWII memoirs & interviews. Dunkirk, D-Day, London Blitz, North Africa, Women at War, Lancasters, POW stories ... Over 150 5-star ratings. "Thank you for what you are doing. It's incredible and I'm absolutely hooked" AB
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"We went up the line in the trenches at Vimy Ridge. We prepared our emplacement for a raid by the Canadians, to capture prisoners to gain information for the big attack that was to come. We were to fire gas shells during the early hours, followed by smoke, to give the Canadians cover. "I was first in line but I had to stop for a few moments to feel for my boot in the mud, empty the mud out, and put it on again. I lost my place so then I was ninth in line. Then Jerry dropped a shell right in front of the line ... 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      
D-Day Through German Eyes, How the Wehrmacht Lost France by J Trigg. A reflection on how the war was lost by the Germans and won by the Allies from D-Day onwards. Please note that some of the narrative in this episode is quite gory, more so than on previous episodes. If you don’t like imagery of blood, body parts and violent death scenes, I recommend you don’t listen on this occasion. "There was a vast number of ships, absolutely vast. I can tell you that my throat went dry painfully dry, and my hands began to shake. I wasn't the only man to be affected that way, one of the very young lads began to retch as if he was going to be sick. It was the effect of pure fear." Links - Not supported by all podcast players: Full show notes and photos YouTube channel Feedback/reviews in Apple Podcasts - Thank you.  Twitter page Facebook page Web site home page   Richard Freiherr von Rosen's 57-ton Tiger 1 Panzer blown upside down by allied bombing at the start of the Goodwood offensive   A Tiger 1 of Schwere SS Panzer Abteilung101 knocked out by British infantrymen of 17 Queens Regiment in in Villers Bocage on 13 June 1944 
Stories about the German side of the Second World War. "There was a vast number of ships, absolutely vast. I can tell you that my throat went dry painfully dry, and my hands began to shake. I wasn't the only man to be affected that way, one of the very young lads began to retch as if he was going to be sick. It was the effect of pure fear." "For a couple of days the two sides just existed on opposite sides of a meadow with a tense safety. The Germans could hear the Americans sing songs in the evening, and likely vice versa. Then, one morning the engines of the Sherman tanks came to life …" Links - Not supported by all podcast players: Normandy Memorial Trust Appeal - 75 veteran D-Day stories Full show notes and photos YouTube channel Feedback/reviews in Apple Podcasts - Thank you.  Twitter page Facebook page Web site home page German Soldier on the Eastern front in the Second World War. Courtesy The Other Side Archive  Best podcast for World War 2 history and the second world war  
Accounts of my trip to Normandy - including Gold beach and Omaha. An exclusive preview of the new British Normandy Memorial which is dedicated to the 22,000 British, French and other foreigners killed during the World War two Normandy campaign. Some excellent D-Day passages from a book I’ve been reading about the D-Day landings, D-Day the Battle for Europe. "There was little sleep that night. The first squadrons were off in the night." "There was a pause in the bombing attacks about four in the morning and my son climbed onto the wall to see what was happening. He started shouting, “Mummy, mummy, the sea’s black with boats. I knew that the invasion had started." "We reached a landing craft and I was in a different world. All the men were wearing campaign ribbons and they were so calm. They were real men, real soldiers and I felt elated to be amongst them." "I reached the sea wall and leaned against it to regain my breath. Other soldiers were doing the same. That was when I realised that some of our men were missing."   Links - Not supported by all podcast players: Normandy Memorial Trust Appeal - 75 veteran D-Day stories Full show notes and photos YouTube channel Feedback/reviews in Apple Podcasts - Thank you.  Twitter page Facebook page Web site home page Victoria Second World War re-enactor   Crepon statue - Normandy WWII soldier Attacking the beaches in Normandy - British Normandy Memorial at Ver sur Mer, Gold Beach Best podcast for World War 2 history and the second world war
Flt Lt Sidney Stevens was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) during WWII raids bombing industrial Germany in 1943. "This thing was bumping up and down and sometimes you could lose 600 feet and you'd just drop vertically ... "I came out of the clouds and the German fighter was there waiting for me ... DFC citation: Pilot Officer Sidney George STEVENS (149614), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 57 Squadron. This officer has displayed great skill and determination throughout his tour of operations. One night in October, 1943, he piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Leipzig. On the outward flight violent electrical storms were encountered. Although the air speed indicator became useless and other equipment was rendered temporarily unserviceable, Pilot Officer Stevens went on to complete his mission. His persistence in the face of trying circumstances was most praiseworthy. More great unpublished history - of the Second World War.   Links - Not supported by all podcast players: Normandy Memorial Trust Appeal - 75 veteran D-Day stories Full show notes and photos here Legacy of Liberation podcast Marine Tandy's story of Gold Beach Feedback/reviews in Apple Podcasts - Thank you.  Twitter page Facebook page Web site home page   Facebook page Best podcast for World War 2 history and the second world war  
HMS Exeter was sunk in Pacific waters during the second world war. Ray Fitchett made a recording of his tale of survival in Japan – abandoning ship in shark infested waters followed by three years’ captivity as a POW.  Hear the terrifying tale of how he survived. "They decided to put some of us down the coal mine but I didn't fancy that. So I went to the tail end of the queue of guys and I thought I'd get a job at the top of the mine". "If you got lucky you might pick up some orange peel - You couldn’t eat the whole lot but you could scrape the white part out and that was luxury". More great unpublished history - of the Second World War. Links - Not supported by all podcast players: Normandy Memorial Trust Appeal - 75 veteran D-Day stories Full show notes here Feedback/reviews in Apple Podcasts - Thank you.  Twitter page here Facebook page Web site home page
Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings with memoirs about the tough training for D-Day and stories about Landing Craft Tanks delivering their cargo of hardware and humans to the battle-strewn WWII beaches. "We had delivered to Juno and Gold and were returning our Landing Craft Tank to England. We were close to our shores when we pancaked down so hard in the sea that we broke our craft’s back. "A German armoured machine gun truck with infantry squad stopped next to the American soldiers. The officer barked “Raus! Raus mit den Händen hoch!” More great unpublished history - of World War 2 Links - Not supported by all podcast players: Full show notes here Feedback/reviews in Apple Podcasts - Thank you.  Twitter page here Facebook page here. Best podcast for World War 2 history and the second world war Facebook page Web site home page
A final dose of fun and adventure with war hero Wilf Shaw. "We're done for" said Wilf's mate as a cloud of desert dust appeared on the horizon, signifying the approach of a very large force of enemy troops. "One day, on board ship, they decided to run a Battalion boxing tournament and Sgt O'Grady asked the assembled company for volunteers - not a single hand was raised - until Jeff nudged me and said, 'I'll have a go Shaw if you will'. More great unpublished history! World War 2 Links - please note they don't work on all podcast players Full show notes here Feedback/reviews in Apple Podcasts - Thank you.  Twitter page here Best podcast for World War 2 history and the second world war Facebook page Web site home page
The extraordinary turns of events that brought four Brits to the shores of Dunkirk at the same time as a Frenchman. More great unpublished history - of the Second World War. Links - Not supported by all podcast players: Fred Bates interview on YouTube https://youtu.be/g4365J5p5xY Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FightingThroughPodcast   Feedback/reviews in Apple Podcasts - Thank you - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ww2-fighting-through-from-dunkirk-to-hamburg-war-diary/id624581457?mt=2   Full show notes http://fightingthroughpodcast.co.uk/  
A bonus episode with listener feedback on the Capt Stan Perry interviews, episodes 37-38 plus end of year WW2 history quiz! Links - Not supported by all podcast players: Facebook page Best podcast for World War 2 history and the second world war Link to feedback/reviews in Apple Podcasts - Thank you. 
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Comments (10)

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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