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The History of WWII Podcast - by Ray Harris Jr

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

269 Episodes
Introducing Detective Trapp

Introducing Detective Trapp


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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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
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
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
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
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.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Episode 263-A Thousand Cuts

Episode 263-A Thousand Cuts


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.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Comments (19)

Jon G. Aichs

We need today more than ever a NSDAP. Europe is dying especially our beloved ancestral home Germany. She must rise from the ashes of multiculturalism and bolshevik rule and take her place once again above the all others on the world stage. this time we Will Win.

Oct 7th

Navid Hosseini


Oct 4th

Jeremy Cartwright

My grandfather fought in this campaign. This was a great summary of this series of events around the Aluetian Islands. Thanks!

Sep 13th

Pedro Hernandez

Was a big fan, told my history loving friends about the show. first noticed a change a couple of months back, now I'm getting shows I have no interest in being down loaded instead of your show. Unsubscribing.

May 25th

Android Account

love this podcast.... educational and entertaining too!

Mar 6th
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George Scott

stumbled upon this podcast and I have to thank ray for making my commuting time on the train actually enjoyable. I truly appreciate the labor of love .

Mar 6th

Tyrel Byler

Hey Ray, I really like listening to WWll history and listened to the first 200ish episodes in just a few months. But am very disappointed with the channel in the last few months (ever since you started podcasting full time) the episodes come out rather sparsely and at least half of the new ones are boring self-promoting interviews of random authors. I'd just love to see you go back to what got you listeners in the first place, telling history.

Feb 1st

Jas Rec

Hopefully this gets back to Ray, but I digress, I really enjoy this podcast and the other podcasts that Ray makes with Cameron Riley, but it’s too bad Ray didn’t do this interview for wwii history podcast alone. I usually enjoy Cameron and his witty commentary, but I didn’t get the same feeling from his aggression toward the author of the Churchill biography. Cameron’s constant attempts to demonize Churchill was pointless considering the author didn’t live Churchill’s life. As I said I am usually there loving Cameron’s intelligent wit but this felt more personal to the point of childish. Overall still a good show but would’ve been better if the interview had been done for the wwii history podcast and not for their shared show.

Jan 25th

Martin Zurada

This is a very good podcast but at this pace it will never reach the end of WWII. Too many detours on book reviews etc.

Dec 30th

Shaun Fryer

I've listened to 60 episodes in two weeks

Dec 28th

I like dick up my Bum Hole and

one of my favorite podcasts. simply astonishing.

Dec 4th

Russell Lee

how many times are you going to cover pearl fuckin Harbor? damn, it's hardly the largest most important battle of the war. the USSR had already been at war by then. try KURSK,Moscow, leningrad, Kiska, Burma, on and on and on.

Nov 21st

Peter Chaloner

Compared with the babyvoiced airheads of today, whining about misogyny and patriarchy, how splendidly clearly this lady speaks. An example to our daughters.

Oct 30th

J Kunkel

This podcast is well appreciated! One take away- could the French be historically identified as an AXIS power due to the Vichy actions against allies? The Vichy did represent the actual government, De Gaulle was a rebel.

Jul 4th

Ambar Kumar

Maps are nowhere to be found, even on the website worldwariipodcast.Net.....could the maps be placed within each episode Information itself....

Jun 17th
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Vishnu Prakash

It's great!

May 22nd

Russell Lee

yall need some work. uhhhhhh "the communists" uhhhhh.. man I really wanted to like yall. the long march is a MAJOR Historical event. you minimize it with poor public speaking skills. with all due respect. you do EXCELLENT on some of the other podcasts. I hope you get a little more comfortable. I'm rooting for you. "LONG LIVE THE CHAIRMAN "

Apr 18th
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