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

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    • 4.6 • 352 Ratings

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

    Car Show! Episode: The Jeep during WWII

    Car Show! Episode: The Jeep during WWII

    We’re shaking things up today and sharing a preview from Car Show!, a new podcast from our friends at Pushkin Industries. Longtime Car and Driver editor Eddie Alterman tells the stories of the vital cars — the ones that have changed how we drive and live, whose significance lies outside the scope of horsepower or miles per gallon. In this episode, Eddie talks about the military background of the Jeep, a vehicle made for the battlefields of World War II, and its lasting popularity in America decades after the war. You can listen to the full episode and more from Car Show! at https://podcasts.pushkin.fm/carshow?sid=ww2.
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    • 37 min
    Interview w/ Paul Brandus about FDR’s Use of the Media and Midway

    Interview w/ Paul Brandus about FDR’s Use of the Media and Midway

    Writer and White House Correspondent Paul Brandus comes on the show to cover FDR's brilliant use of the media, before Pearl Harbor. Also, we discuss the significance of the Battle of Midway.
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    • 33 min
    Interview w/Damien Lewis about his book Churchill's Great Escapes

    Interview w/Damien Lewis about his book Churchill's Great Escapes

    Writer Damien Lewis comes on the show to discuss his new book Churchill's Great Escapes: Seven Incredible Escapes Made by WWII Heroes. During the war, there was no standing order for Allied Officers to try to escape a POW Camp. However, the men of the British Special Forces saw it differently. What follows is a testament to the courage and endurance of humans with a clear goal and unflappable belief in their cause.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Second Battle of Sirte

    The Second Battle of Sirte

    Desperate, Adm. Cunningham arranges another convoy for Malta. But the Italian Fleet and German Air Arm are ready. The result, a tiny fraction of supplies will get through. Malta’s days as a forward base are coming to an end.
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    • 28 min
    Interview with Brandon Gauthier about his book Before Evil

    Interview with Brandon Gauthier about his book Before Evil

    Professor Brandon Gauthier comes on to discuss his book Before Evil, where he examines the making of 20th Century’s greatest tyrants. He reminds us to never forget that the world’s monsters are humans too, with dreams, fears, ambitions and childhoods. That they were the hero in their own story. Stalin was trying to bring Russia up to date, Hitler was carving out an empire for himself and the German people, Mussolini wanted to be great and at the head of a new roman empire. And Mao wanted to bring order to the chaos around him.
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    The Spitfires Are Coming!

    The Spitfires Are Coming!

    The RAF on Malta actually run out of Hurricane fighters on March 3rd. Fortunately, the promised Spitfires arrive. But how are 15 Spitfires supposed to hold back the entirety of Kesselring’s air arm of Italian and German planes. The dark time for Malta are far from over.
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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
352 Ratings

352 Ratings

edstrtr ,

Great podcast

Really enjoy Ray Harris!

Remote Play is even worse ,

For the young guns

I’m on episode 20 so I did just start. I’m 25 and just wanted to let you know that it’s a great podcast for the young guys too. I love all of the background and I think the great part about the podcast is that you can dive deep and don’t have to rush anything. It’s a lot more refreshing to just listen to a lot of the back stories. Love all the work you’ve done so far. Thanks a lot.

Poty789 ,

Great start but….

I began listening to your podcast and found it promising as I listened to the events leading up to the start of the war. I was disappointed, however, to find that the battle for Poland was covered in less than an episode and that the old trope of Polish cavalry launching attacks on German armour was repeated. Compare that to the latest episode that is part 3of the Doolittle Raid. I haven’t listened to that yet but it would seem to be that your coverage is uneven. This is a huge undertaking you’ve set out on and I don’t want to discourage because there is still much that I’m learning. So thanks.

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