The History of WWII Podcast - by Ray Harris Jr

The History of WWII Podcast - by Ray Harris Jr
A biweekly podcast covering the last great war

300-The Battle of Yenaungyaung
Sep 1 • 39 min
Gen. William Slim will have to use all his experience and cunning to survive this latest defeat and retreat. In the balance is the entire 1st Burma Division. Fortunately for the Allies, Chinese Gen. Sun Li-jen of the 38th Division had dreamed as a boy…
299-Interview with Michel Paradis about his book Last Mission to Tokyo
Aug 22 • 85 min
Michel Paradis joins us to talk about his book, Last Mission to Tokyo: The Extraordinary Story of The Doolittle Raiders and Their Final Fight for Justice. A few of the pilots are captured by the Japanese, tortured and sentenced to death. And it will be…
298-The Battle of Prome
Aug 17 • 26 min
The British lead Allies will suffer defeat on land, sea and in the air, but Gen. Slim will not give up. Moving his men north after loosing at Prome, the defenders set up a new line further to the north. The Chinese lend another force to this new defensive…
297-10th Anniversary Episode
Aug 8 • 52 min
My web design guru Paul Finch of Scotland comes on as we discuss the WWII Podcast on its 10th Anniversary. Paul pitches the questions sent in by listeners and I answer them as best I can, with a pinch of humility. Thanks to everyone who listens and we…
296-Bryan Rigg Interview about his book Flamethrower
Jul 31 • 77 min
Bryan Rigg talks about his book Flamethrower: Iwo Jima Medal of Honor Recipient and US Marine Woody Williams and His Controversial Award, Japan’s Holocaust and the Pacific War. Iwo Jima must fall to the Americans to allow more intense bombing of the…
295-The Battle of Toungoo
Jul 13 • 47 min
This episode brings in Gen. Joseph “Vinegar Joe” Stilwell as he “takes command” of Chinese Armies bound for Burma. Yet, as he will find, appearances can be deceiving. The RAF and AVG crews are pushed out of Burma as the Japanese 55th Division comes at…
294:The Redoubtable Gen. William Slim
Jul 4 • 41 min
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…
293-Burma: The Ground War Begins
Jun 26 • 33 min
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…
292-The War Comes to Burma
Jun 9 • 31 min
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…
291-America Strikes Back-The Marshalls & Gilberts Raids
Jun 1 • 33 min
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…
290-The Invasion of Burma: Prelude
May 19 • 33 min
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…
289-The Invasion of New Guinea
May 11 • 33 min
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…
288-The Fall of Rabaul
May 3 • 29 min
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.…
287-Damien Lewis Interview: Churchill’s Shadow Raiders
Apr 26 • 63 min
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…
286-The Battle of Rabaul-Prelude
Apr 20 • 33 min
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
285-The Fall of Timor
Apr 12 • 31 min
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…
284- The Fall of Java, Pt 3
Apr 7 • 33 min
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
283-The Fall of Java Pt 2-The Battle of the Java Sea
Mar 28 • 48 min
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…
282-Interview with Peter Lion about his book: Merg
Mar 19 • 71 min
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…
281-The Fall of Java Pt 1
Mar 3 • 32 min
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…
280-The Fall of Sumatra
Feb 23 • 34 min
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…
279-Interview with Wes Tooke, writer and producer of the film Midway
Feb 11 • 43 min
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…
278-The Fall of Bali and The Battle of Badung Straight
Feb 3 • 36 min
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…
277- An interview with Melissa Amateis* about her book, Nebraska POW Camps, A History of WWII Prisoners in the Heartland
Jan 24 • 46 min
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…
276-The Fall of The Celebes and Maluku Islands
Jan 18 • 36 min
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
275-The Fall of Singapore
Dec 30, 2019 • 46 min
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…
274-The End of British Malaya
Dec 16, 2019 • 30 min
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…
273-The Battle at Slim River
Dec 10, 2019 • 30 min
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…
272-Courage Yet Defeat: The Battle of Kampar
Dec 3, 2019 • 27 min
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…
271-The Battle of Jitra
Nov 26, 2019 • 28 min
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…
270-The Battle of Singapore: Force Z to the Rescue
Nov 18, 2019 • 28 min
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…
269-Interview with David Stahel about his book, Retreat from Moscow
Nov 13, 2019 • 68 min
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
268-The Battle for Malaya and Singapore
Nov 3, 2019 • 37 min
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…
267-Interview with Mikhal Dekel about her latest book, Tehran Children, A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey
Oct 19, 2019 • 54 min
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
266: The Fall of Borneo
Oct 7, 2019 • 35 min
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…
265-The Battle of Borneo: Resistance Comes in Many Form
Sep 30, 2019 • 25 min
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…
264-Black Christmas: The Fall of Hong Kong
Sep 16, 2019 • 30 min
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…
263-A Thousand Cuts
Sep 9, 2019 • 23 min
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…
262-Once More, Unto the Gap
Sep 2, 2019 • 22 min
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…
261-The Balaclava of the Sea
Aug 26, 2019 • 28 min
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…
260-Hong Kong-Retreat but No Surrender
Aug 19, 2019 • 22 min
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…
259-Operation C: Japan Attacks Hong Kong
Aug 11, 2019 • 29 min
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…
258-The Battle of Hong Kong
Jul 24, 2019 • 21 min
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…
257-The Fall of Wake Island
Jul 2, 2019 • 24 min
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…
256- Massacre on Wake Island
Jun 25, 2019 • 36 min
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…
255- The Marines of Wake Island Don’t Know Quit
Jun 18, 2019 • 29 min
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…
254-Guam Falls. Wake Island, The Alamo of the Pacific is Next
Jun 11, 2019 • 30 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
253-Gen. MacArthur-Everything is in Readiness-The Philippines and Singapore
Jun 3, 2019 • 29 min
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,…
252- The Japanese are Coming: Thailand Falls
May 27, 2019 • 29 min
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…
251-An Interview with Walter Borneman about his book Brothers Down
May 12, 2019 • 48 min
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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
250- A Date Which Will Live in Infamy
May 6, 2019 • 28 min
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…
249-Japan Enters the War
Apr 30, 2019 • 30 min
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.…
Introducing Espionage
Apr 15, 2019 • 16 min
Here is the first part of the first episode of Espionage, the latest podcast from Parcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
248-Post Pearl Harbor: The American Giant is Awakened
Apr 8, 2019 • 28 min
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…
247-Pearl Harbor: American Perspective Pt 2
Apr 2, 2019 • 34 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
246-The End of the Aleutian Campaign
Mar 15, 2019 • 30 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
245-Operation Landcrab
Mar 5, 2019 • 30 min
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…
244: The Aleutian Campaign, the Kiska Blitz
Feb 25, 2019 • 29 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
243-The Aleutian Islands Campaign
Feb 22, 2019 • 23 min
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…
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
Feb 16, 2019 • 88 min
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…
241-Air Raid, Pearl Harbor. This is No Drill!
Jan 30, 2019 • 33 min
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.…
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
Jan 25, 2019 • 69 min
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…
239-Pearl Harbor, The American Perspective, Pt 1
Jan 12, 2019 • 31 min
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…
238-An Interview with Andrew Roberts about his Churchill biography
Jan 8, 2019 • 56 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
237- The Thin Gray Line, the US Pacific Submarine fleet after Pearl Harbor
Dec 29, 2018 • 80 min
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…
236-Claire Chennault and the Flying Tigers
Dec 9, 2018 • 79 min
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. Learn more about your ad…
Nov 28, 2018 • 39 min
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235-An Interview with Flint Whitlock about his book Desperate Valour: Triumph at Anzio
Nov 27, 2018 • 74 min
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…
234-Pearl Harbor Attack-The 2nd Japanese Air Strike
Nov 20, 2018 • 26 min
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…
233-An interview with Frederic Martini about his book: Betrayed- Secrecy, Lies and Consequences
Oct 29, 2018 • 69 min
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…
232-Pearl Harbor: The First Attack Wave
Oct 22, 2018 • 44 min
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…
231-Tora, Tora, Tora, The Attack on Pearl Harbor
Oct 15, 2018 • 32 min
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…
230-Interview with Robin Hutton-War Animals-The Unsung Heroes of WWII
Oct 1, 2018 • 64 min
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…
229-The United States’ First Shot of WWII
Sep 19, 2018 • 30 min
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…
228-An Interview with Mary Jo McConahay about her latest book The Tango War
Sep 11, 2018 • 67 min
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,…
227-This Means War
Aug 28, 2018 • 27 min
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…
226-The Japanese are Not Ready for Us Yet
Aug 20, 2018 • 30 min
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…
225-Indianpolis-Interview with Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic
Jul 24, 2018 • 81 min
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…
224-Climb Mount Niitaka: Tojo Gets his War
Jun 25, 2018 • 31 min
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.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
223-Roosevelt Learns of the Coming Attack
Jun 12, 2018 • 32 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
222-The Pearl Harbor That Almost Wasn’t
May 21, 2018 • 28 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
221-War with the U.S. Seems Unavoidable
May 14, 2018 • 30 min
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…
220-An Interview with Lyuba Vinogradova: Defending the Motherland
Apr 25, 2018 • 63 min
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: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
219-When Diplomacy Fails
Apr 24, 2018 • 35 min
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…
218-Pearl Harbor: The Strongest Fortress in the World
Mar 19, 2018 • 46 min
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…
217-Japan: Do or Die
Mar 5, 2018 • 31 min
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…
216-The World Goes to War
Feb 12, 2018 • 46 min
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…
215: Collision Course, the Road to Pearl Harbor.
Feb 5, 2018 • 35 min
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…
214-Betrayal, the Burma Road and The Battle of Nomonhan
Jan 29, 2018 • 36 min
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……
213-The 2nd Sino-Japanese War: The Fall of Wuhan
Jan 24, 2018 • 38 min
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…
212-The Massacre of Nanjing
Jan 15, 2018 • 33 min
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… Learn…
211-The End of the Battle of Shanghai
Jan 8, 2018 • 35 min
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…
210-China’s Lost Battalion
Dec 10, 2017 • 33 min
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…
209-Dark Days for Chiang Kai-Shek
Dec 4, 2017 • 28 min
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…
208-The Battle of Shanghai: Japanese Reinforcements
Nov 4, 2017 • 24 min
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. Learn more about…
207-Shanghai Becomes Chiang Kai-Shek’s Stalingrad
Oct 30, 2017 • 29 min
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…
206-Interview with Dr. Lyuba Vinogradova about her book Avenging Angels: The Young Women of the Soviet Union’s WWII Sniper Corps
Oct 20, 2017 • 56 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
205-Chiang Kai-Shek’s Pyrrhic Victory
Oct 16, 2017 • 23 min
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…
204-The Japanese Empire Doubles Down in Shanghai
Oct 10, 2017 • 27 min
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.…
203-Shanghai: The Dominance of Japanese Air and Sea Power
Oct 3, 2017 • 20 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
202-The Battle of Shanghai Part 2
Sep 15, 2017 • 32 min
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…
201-The Battle of Shanghai, Part 1
Sep 9, 2017 • 27 min
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…
199-The Pacific Theatre-Prologue Sino-Japanese Relations
Jul 23, 2017 • 30 min
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…
198-The Beginning of the Big Three
Jun 18, 2017 • 42 min
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…
197-The Beginning of the Final Solution
Jun 11, 2017 • 19 min
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…
196-Stalin: Lenin’s Protege
Jun 11, 2017 • 46 min
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…
194-Interview with Sally Mott Freeman about her book: The Jersey Brothers
Jun 3, 2017 • 66 min
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…
195-The Beginnings of Pearl Harbor
Jun 3, 2017 • 15 min
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…
193-Churchill and Chiang Kai-Shek, FDR’s Warriors
May 29, 2017 • 27 min
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. Learn more…
192-Hitler’s Reaction to Lend lease and FDR’s Third Term
May 20, 2017 • 44 min
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…
191: Lenin’s Cruelty, Stalin’s Ambition
May 14, 2017 • 35 min
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…
190-The Axis Powers and their New World Order
May 7, 2017 • 35 min
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…
189-Roosevelt’s Secret War against Hitler
Apr 30, 2017 • 33 min
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…
188-The Great War, Brest-Litovsk and Lenin’s Retreat
Apr 16, 2017 • 32 min
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.…
187-Interview with Scott Miller
Mar 27, 2017 • 76 min
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…
186-The Battle for Norway, Vidkun Quisling and the North Sea
Mar 5, 2017 • 26 min
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…
185-The Pacific Theatre-MacArthur’s Retreat
Feb 25, 2017 • 62 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
184-The Question of Peace, Lenin and Stalin versus Trotsky
Feb 5, 2017 • 29 min
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…
182-Churchill and Hitler Race for Norway, Episode 183-Stalin: Lenin’s Mouthpiece
Jan 29, 2017 • 51 min
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…
180: Sea Battles, Death at Scapa Flow. Ep 181-The Rule of Lenin and the Bolsheviks
Jan 15, 2017 • 61 min
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.…
179-Flashback: The Battle of the Atlantic Begins
Jan 7, 2017 • 39 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices.…
177-Rommel Retreats, The End of Operation Crusader Ep 178-Lenin’s Pillars: Stalin and Trotsky
Dec 11, 2016 • 54 min
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…
175-Rommel knows Best Episode 176-Stalin steps in for Lenin
Nov 14, 2016 • 62 min
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.…
174-Lucky 666: The Impossible Mission by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin
Oct 23, 2016 • 85 min
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…
172-Rommel readies for Success Ep 173-Lenin’s Civil War
Oct 9, 2016 • 47 min
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.…
170-Crusader Part 4 Rommel Rises to the Occasion & Episode 171 Lenin comes Home
Aug 28, 2016 • 51 min
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…
168-Opearation Crusader Part 3 & Episode 169-Stalin and The Great War
Aug 14, 2016 • 49 min
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. Learn more about your ad…
167-Operation Crusader Part 2
Aug 2, 2016 • 27 min
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. Learn more about your ad…
166-Lenin’s Gift to Stalin
Jul 23, 2016 • 33 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
164-Lenin’s Trigger Man
Jul 12, 2016 • 32 min
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…
165-Meanwhile back in North Africa-Operation Crusader Part 1
Jul 9, 2016 • 33 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
163-Stalin: Family Man
May 16, 2016 • 41 min
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…
162-The Winter Fortress Interview with Neal Bascomb
May 3, 2016 • 69 min
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…
161-Stalin Bio Part 5
Apr 19, 2016 • 38 min
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…
160-Leningrad under Siege, Part 2 Unarmed for War
Mar 27, 2016 • 27 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices.…
159-Stalin Bio Part 4-The Rise of Koba
Mar 19, 2016 • 33 min
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…
158- Leningrad Under Siege
Mar 12, 2016 • 27 min
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…
157-Stalin Bio Part 3
Mar 7, 2016 • 26 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
156-Stalin Strikes Back
Feb 29, 2016 • 48 min
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…
155-Stalin Bio 2
Feb 21, 2016 • 24 min
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.…
154-The Spires of Moscow
Feb 15, 2016 • 37 min
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…
153-Stalin Bio 1
Feb 8, 2016 • 32 min
Stalin, the future Soviet leader is born, far from Moscow and begins his provincial life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
152-Operation Typhoon: Behind the Lines
Jan 18, 2016 • 20 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
151-Operation Typhoon Part 2
Jan 9, 2016 • 28 min
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…
150-Operation Typhoon
Dec 21, 2015 • 20 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
149-The March to Moscow Part 3
Dec 19, 2015 • 26 min
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. Learn more about your ad…
148-The March on Moscow Part 2
Dec 12, 2015 • 22 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
147-The March to Moscow, Part 1
Dec 5, 2015 • 21 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
146-The Siege of Leningrad Part 3, Slugfest
Nov 28, 2015 • 35 min
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…
145-The Siege of Leningrad Part 2
Nov 27, 2015 • 24 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
144-The Siege of Leningrad Part 1
Nov 14, 2015 • 32 min
The Germans come ever closer to Leningrad, so Stalin sends his best general to cope, Zhukov. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
143-The Road to Moscow
Nov 7, 2015 • 37 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
142- Douglas Waller Interview
Oct 24, 2015 • 89 min
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…
141-Stalin’s Mistake
Sep 27, 2015 • 37 min
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. Learn more about your…
140-Of Two Minds
Sep 20, 2015 • 25 min
Marshal Mannerheim of Finland agrees to attack towards Leningrad and around Lake Ladoga, but not much more than that. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
139-Finland: Ally to the North
Sep 12, 2015 • 30 min
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. Learn more about your…
138-Trading Punches
Sep 5, 2015 • 30 min
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…
137-All Good Deeds
Aug 29, 2015 • 42 min
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. Learn more about your…
136-The Fall of Minsk
Aug 21, 2015 • 27 min
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…
135-Russia is never as strong as she looks; nor as weak as she looks
Aug 16, 2015 • 43 min
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…
134-Reactions to Barbarossa
Aug 9, 2015 • 70 min
The leaders of the combatant countries react to Nazi Germany invading Soviet Russia. We also cover Army Group North and South’s initial assaults. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
133-It Has Begun
Jul 24, 2015 • 35 min
Before the sun rises on June 22, 1941, Nazi Germany unleashes Operation Barbarossa, its attack on Soviet Russia and Stalin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
132-Operation Barbarossa
Jul 11, 2015 • 39 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
131-Third Time’s the Charm
Jun 18, 2015 • 38 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
130-Sleight of Hand
Jun 8, 2015 • 32 min
President Roosevelt continues his struggle against Congress and the Isolationists in trying to help the Allies. France falls from the fight. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
129-Lend Lease
Jun 3, 2015 • 30 min
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…
128-The end of Wavell, Battle Axe and Exporter
May 16, 2015 • 41 min
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…
127-Operation Battle Axe
May 9, 2015 • 25 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
126-Operation Exporter, Part 2
May 4, 2015 • 25 min
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.…
125-Operation Exporter
Apr 19, 2015 • 29 min
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. Learn more…
124- The End of Crete
Apr 3, 2015 • 69 min
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. Learn more about your ad…
123- Crete Part 4
Mar 18, 2015 • 30 min
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.…
122: Crete Part 3
Mar 14, 2015 • 39 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
121- Crete: Part II
Mar 1, 2015 • 50 min
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.…
120-Crete, Part 1
Feb 14, 2015 • 53 min
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…
119-Churchill, 1932
Feb 5, 2015 • 20 min
Back by popular demand! Winston S. Churchill. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
118-Operation Brevity, Iraq and Crete
Feb 1, 2015 • 63 min
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. Learn more about your…
117-Tobruk and Iraq
Jan 10, 2015 • 60 min
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…
116-The Axis Tide
Dec 27, 2014 • 57 min
German forces complete their conquest of the Greek mainland. Meanwhile Rommel shocks the British led forces in North Africa. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
115-Operation Marita Part III
Nov 14, 2014 • 27 min
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…
114-Operation Marita, Part 2
Nov 7, 2014 • 28 min
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. Learn…
113-Operation Marita Part 1
Oct 13, 2014 • 34 min
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…
112-He Who Defends Everything, Defends Nothing
Oct 6, 2014 • 28 min
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. Learn more about your ad…
111-Our Own Worst Enemy
Sep 26, 2014 • 34 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
110-Back, the Way We Came
Aug 19, 2014 • 35 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
109-All Roads Lead to Greece
Aug 13, 2014 • 51 min
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. Learn more about your…
108-The Germans are Coming
Jul 9, 2014 • 46 min
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…
107-The End of the End
Jun 11, 2014 • 64 min
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? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
106-The Beginning of the End
May 19, 2014 • 26 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
105-Up in Smoke
May 11, 2014 • 28 min
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…
103-Lost and Loss
May 3, 2014 • 29 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
May 3, 2014 • 23 min
Churchill finds his Camelot and then works feverishly to fix it up as his Gwenivere is not impressed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
102-His Cup Runneth Over
Apr 12, 2014 • 56 min
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…
101-Interview with Kathryn J. Atwood
Mar 28, 2014 • 39 min
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…
100-Nazi Germany from Within
Mar 8, 2014 • 91 min
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…
99-All’s Well that Ends Well
Mar 3, 2014 • 36 min
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99-All’s Well that Ends Well
Mar 3, 2014 • 37 min
The Great War comes to an end. Churchill’s family grows and life as Winston knew it, has been erased forever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
98-Once more, unto the Trench
Feb 12, 2014 • 42 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
97B-Laszlo and Ray, Talking
Feb 7, 2014 • 42 min
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… Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
97-Back in the Saddle, Again
Feb 6, 2014 • 61 min
Winston’s career seems all but over. Still, he finds solace in his family, painting and life in the trench. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
96-Foils and Follies
Jan 13, 2014 • 62 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
95-The Dardanelles, Pt. 1
Dec 9, 2013 • 48 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
94-In for a Penny…
Nov 29, 2013 • 59 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
93-War is Upon US
Nov 19, 2013 • 27 min
The events of Sarajevo cause diplomatic tension to build throughout Europe but Churchill is determined that Britain will be ready, come what may. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
92-The Navys the Thing
Nov 8, 2013 • 55 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices.…
91-Love’s Labors NOT Lost
Oct 28, 2013 • 49 min
Winston finds love, fights the Tories, gets promoted, nearly dies three times and humbles some Lords. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
90-Winston’s Revenge
Oct 13, 2013 • 47 min
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…
89-Fame and Fortune
Oct 8, 2013 • 49 min
Churchill’s life is covered until the death of Queen Victoria. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
88 Churchill- War Correspondent
Oct 4, 2013 • 77 min
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,…
87-Jack El-Hai Book Interview
Sep 11, 2013 • 49 min
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…
86-Risks and Rewards, Redux
Sep 7, 2013 • 47 min
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…
85-Risks and Rewards
Aug 26, 2013 • 44 min
Churchill, having decided his course, willingly risks his life for his ultimate goal, the House of Commons. But he has to survive India first. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
84-Master of My Fortunes
Aug 12, 2013 • 36 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
83-The End of the Beginning
Aug 1, 2013 • 44 min
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. Learn more about your ad…
Jul 24, 2013 • 31 min
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…
81-Churchill, The Early Years
Jul 17, 2013 • 59 min
This episode covers Winston Churchill’s birth, his early school years and his parent’s or lack thereof, influence on the boy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
80-East Africa, Part 2
Jul 3, 2013 • 41 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices.…
79-East Africa
Jun 18, 2013 • 31 min
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…
78-The Battle of Beda Fomm
Jun 10, 2013 • 35 min
Gen. O’Connor is planning his next attack when the Italians decide to abandon Cyrenaica. The Race is on! Also, the Replica Newspaper contest. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 29, 2013 • 39 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
76-The Army of the Nile
May 17, 2013 • 30 min
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…
75-Military Aviation Museum
Apr 15, 2013 • 44 min
Here is an Mp4 episode of my recent trip to the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, VA. Amazing place! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
74-Operation Compass
Mar 29, 2013 • 39 min
After 6 months of planning, the British are ready to move against Marshal Graziani. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
73-Italian Checks, Greek Balances
Mar 8, 2013 • 31 min
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…
72-Taranto Pt 3
Feb 24, 2013 • 26 min
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…
71-Taranto, Pt 2
Feb 16, 2013 • 44 min
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…
70-The Battle of Taranto, Pt 1
Feb 6, 2013 • 32 min
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…
69B-Talk History
Jan 30, 2013 • 41 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
69-Greek Fire, Part II
Jan 27, 2013 • 38 min
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…
68-Greek Fire, Pt. 1
Jan 15, 2013 • 41 min
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…
67-Mare Nostrum
Jan 2, 2013 • 30 min
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 industrial limitations were angry with the Italians and their Dictator Ioannis Metaxas, had the…
66-D Day Memorial and Contest Drawing
Dec 19, 2012 • 26 min
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 for the replica newspaper from December 8, 1941. Learn more about your ad…
65-Mediterranean Life Line
Dec 7, 2012 • 28 min
By 1940, Great Britain had several possessions in the Mediterranean Sea, that they would use to project power against the Axis. But exactly how did Britain obtain them? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
64-The Royal Navy in the Mediterranean Sea 1940
Nov 22, 2012 • 34 min
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…
63B-Talk History
Nov 21, 2012 • 58 min
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. Learn more about your ad…
63-October 1940
Nov 15, 2012 • 35 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices.…
62-Failure, Failure Everywhere
Nov 2, 2012 • 40 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
61B Talk History
Oct 21, 2012 • 34 min
The events of Sarajevo cause diplomatic tension to build throughout Europe but Churchill is determined that Britain will be ready, come what may. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
60-Sand, Saltwater and Oil
Sep 16, 2012 • 30 min
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…
59-Miracles and Mistakes
Aug 29, 2012 • 42 min
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. Learn more…
58-Battle of Britain Day
Aug 20, 2012 • 73 min
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…
57-German Armada
Jul 30, 2012 • 40 min
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…
56-Breaking Point
Jul 17, 2012 • 48 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
55-Battling Friends and Foes Alike
Jun 24, 2012 • 51 min
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…
54-Pandoras Box
Jun 19, 2012 • 36 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
53- Things Missed
May 28, 2012 • 34 min
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. Learn…
52-Moves on the Chessboard
May 14, 2012 • 44 min
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,…
51-The Hardest Day
May 5, 2012 • 58 min
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…
50- Black Thursday, August 14-15th
Apr 20, 2012 • 55 min
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…
49- Adlertag: August 8th-13th
Apr 10, 2012 • 74 min
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48: Things Learned. August 2nd – August 7th.
Mar 27, 2012 • 42 min
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…
47- Support Teams & The Battle, July 29th-August 1st
Mar 18, 2012 • 59 min
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…
46-A Day in the Life, July 26th-28th
Feb 27, 2012 • 47 min
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…
45- Numbers Tell, July 23rd-25th
Feb 11, 2012 • 47 min
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,…
44-Defense of the Air.
Jan 22, 2012 • 35 min
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.…
43-The Battle, July 16th-19th.
Jan 17, 2012 • 41 min
German tactics, English weather and the Spitfire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
42-Battle of Britain, Part 2.
Jan 9, 2012 • 34 min
A close up of the Hawker Hurricane and the Battle of Britain, July 11th-15th. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
41-Great Britain’s turn.
Jan 4, 2012 • 52 min
Battle of Britain- July 10, 1940. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
40-Unexpected surprise for Hitler.
Jan 3, 2012 • 52 min
Hitler is ready to end the war, but not Churchill. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
39-Hitler bio, Part 3.
Jan 3, 2012 • 63 min
Hitler until the Beer Hall Putsch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
38-Hitler bio, Part 2.
Jan 3, 2012 • 43 min
Hitler through the end of WWI. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
37-Hitler bio, Part 1.
Jan 3, 2012 • 35 min
The early life of Adolf Hitler. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
36-The End of the French Third Republic.
Jan 3, 2012 • 51 min
Petain and the New France. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
35-The question of the French Fleet.
Jan 3, 2012 • 40 min
Britain and France clash and Churchill settles the question of the French fleet once and for all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
34-The war of France is over.
Jan 3, 2012 • 50 min
Petain’s government signs the Armistice Treaty with Nazi Germany. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
33-Premier Petain seeks peace.
Jan 3, 2012 • 36 min
Petain rushes to find peace, giving little thought of the price. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
32-French Premier Reynaud falls.
Jan 3, 2012 • 43 min
Reynaud falls and Marshal Petain takes over. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
31-Paris falls.
Jan 3, 2012 • 35 min
Paris falls. June 5th – 13th. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
30-The End of Dunkirk.
Jan 3, 2012 • 44 min
Rescue operations come to a close as the Germans advance on the Allied perimeter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
29-June 2nd. Massed ships.
Jan 3, 2012 • 29 min
British civilians help rescue troops from Dunkirk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
28-The Miracle.
Jan 3, 2012 • 46 min
The “Miracle” part of Dunkirk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
27-29th May.
Jan 3, 2012 • 37 min
The clouds and smoke roll away and Dunkirk is exposed to the Luftwaffe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
26-Dunkirk, Part 2.
Jan 3, 2012 • 47 min
The anxious British troops wait on the beaches and the Mole to be rescued. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
25-Dunkirk, Part 1.
Jan 3, 2012 • 57 min
The British, seemingly pushed into the sea, organize to save their troops to fight another day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
24-The panzers reach the coast.
Jan 3, 2012 • 36 min
Allied forces in Belgium are cut off as the German panzers reach the coast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
23-The French 9th Army is destroyed.
Jan 3, 2012 • 36 min
Rommel crosses the Meuse north of Sedan and helps destroy the French 9th Army. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
22-German panzers attack through the Ardennes.
Jan 3, 2012 • 51 min
German panzers attack through the Ardennes, head for the Meuse River and the town of Sedan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
21-The fall of France, Part 2.
Jan 3, 2012 • 41 min
The invasion of Holland and Belgium. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
20-China 1937 to 1940.
Jan 2, 2012 • 82 min
China 1937-40 and Mao Biography. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
19-The Long March w/ Laszlo
Jan 2, 2012 • 40 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
18-The fall of France, Part 1.
Jan 2, 2012 • 41 min
The Phony War has undermined what eagerness there was to fight Germany. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
17-The fall of Denmark and Norway.
Jan 2, 2012 • 53 min
Landlocked Denmark surrenders, but Norway resists. The British try to help but are not organized or equipped properly. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
16-The Phony War and Finland’s defeat.
Jan 2, 2012 • 70 min
The Allies wait for Hitler and Stalin uses the war to attack Finland. But the Soviet Army is far from ready. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
15-The fall of Poland.
Jan 2, 2012 • 64 min
Hitler’s bluffing to gain an empire is over. He will have to fight from now on. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
14-The last days of peace.
Jan 2, 2012 • 76 min
Diplomatic wrangling rages over Europe during the summer of 1939. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
13-The line is drawn.
Jan 2, 2012 • 61 min
Britain and France are finished giving in to Hitler. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jan 2, 2012 • 70 min
Hitler’s sabre rattling earns him Austria and the Munich Agreement. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
11-Europe 1933 to 1937.
Jan 2, 2012 • 66 min
Europe 1933-1937: Ethiopia, Rhineland, Spanish Civil War. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
10-The Nazification of Germany.
Jan 2, 2012 • 49 min
The Nazi Party implements Hitler’s vision as written in Mein Kampf. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
9-Hitler takes on the World.
Jan 2, 2012 • 35 min
Hitler, now in power, removes his enemies and defies the international community. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
8-Japan’s China policy?
Jan 2, 2012 • 28 min
Japan struggles to define its policy on China, but events take the decision out the military’s hands. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
7-Japan expands into China.
Jan 2, 2012 • 22 min
Japan continues to expand their operations into China and find themselves facing Chairman Mao, backed by the Soviet Union and Chiang Kai Shek. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
6-Japan, 1853-1936.
Jan 2, 2012 • 24 min
Japan is opened up to western ways, but the government loses control of the military. Covers from 1853 to 1936. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5-Il Duce (The Leader)
Jan 2, 2012 • 33 min
Episode covers the first 10 years of Mussolini as Dictator. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
4-Mussolini 1918 to 1922.
Jan 2, 2012 • 29 min
Episode covers Mussolini from the end of WWI to his being elevated to power. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
3-Early life of Mussolini.
Jan 2, 2012 • 24 min
Episode covers the early life of Mussolini. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
2-Nazi Politics, 1929-1933
Jan 2, 2012 • 35 min
Episode covers German politics and the rise of the Nazi Party from the Great Depression until Hitler comes to power in January 1933. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
1-Rise of the Nazi Party
Jan 1, 2012 • 15 min
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…