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A Podcast all about the second world war hosted by Stephen Bedard.

The Second World War Stephen Bedard

    • Society & Culture
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A Podcast all about the second world war hosted by Stephen Bedard.

    31 - An Unexpected Journey: A Conversation With John Livens

    31 - An Unexpected Journey: A Conversation With John Livens

    Imagine living through a Soviet occupation. And then having the Nazis replace the Soviets. And then having the Soviets return and eject the Nazis. And all this while only a child. John Livens shares about his experience as a boy in Latvia during the Second World War plus much more in his book An Unexpected Journey. In this episode, I talk to John about his experience during the war but his book covers much more material and is worth reading.

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    • 34 min
    30 - The April War: The Invasion of Yugoslavia

    30 - The April War: The Invasion of Yugoslavia

    In April of 1941, Germany, along with Italian and Hungarian allies, invaded Yugoslavia. This was part of German's actions in the Balkans that would include the invasion of Greece. In this episode, we look at how that invasion went and what happened after.

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    • 14 min
    29 - The Siege of Malta

    29 - The Siege of Malta

    The Italians failed to take Malta. Could the Germans do better? They needed to neutralize this island to allow supplies to reach North Africa. However, the British stubbornly held onto Malta and frustrated the plans of the Axis.

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    28 - Enter the Desert Fox

    28 - Enter the Desert Fox

    In a previous episode, we saw Italy struggle in its ambitions in North Africa. Could Germany succeed where Italy failed? In this episode, we look at the arrival of General Erwin Rommel and his activity with the Afrika Korps during 1941.

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    • 12 min
    27 - Catching Up With Japan: China Strikes Back

    27 - Catching Up With Japan: China Strikes Back

    We have been focusing on Germany and Italy but what has Japan been up to? While technically not yet involved in the Second World War, they are in a fierce battle to dominate China. However, it is not going as well as they had hoped. In this episode, we catch up with Japan and what they have been up to for some of 1939-40.

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    • 11 min
    26 - Italy Swings... And Misses

    26 - Italy Swings... And Misses

    Italy attempts to match their German partners by attacking in numerous places in the Mediterranean area. This includes Egypt, Malta, and Greece. While they have high hopes, each of these campaigns will leave them requiring the help of the Germans.

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    • 18 min

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