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Hello and welcome to 'A Wee Bit Of War', a podcast dedicated to telling the stories of Northern Ireland during the Second World War. I'm your host Scott Edgar. I have been researching the history of the Second World War in Northern Ireland for over a decade. I run the online platform WartimeNI, which features hundreds of articles as well as over 2,000 people and places with stories connected to the time. While some stories such as the Belfast Blitz and the arrival of the American GIs are often recounted, others remain unknown and untold. in 'A Wee Bit Of War', we'll cover everything from the peaceful Phoney War days of 1939 through to V.E. Day Celebrations and the surrender of the U-Boats in 1945.

We will be interviewing a range of guests on the show including authors, academics, historians, and family members with stories to tell. There is much more to the story of the Second World War in Northern Ireland than just military history. You can expect social history, women's history, black history, queer history... If it's got a good story, we'll be covering it.

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Hello and welcome to 'A Wee Bit Of War', a podcast dedicated to telling the stories of Northern Ireland during the Second World War. I'm your host Scott Edgar. I have been researching the history of the Second World War in Northern Ireland for over a decade. I run the online platform WartimeNI, which features hundreds of articles as well as over 2,000 people and places with stories connected to the time. While some stories such as the Belfast Blitz and the arrival of the American GIs are often recounted, others remain unknown and untold. in 'A Wee Bit Of War', we'll cover everything from the peaceful Phoney War days of 1939 through to V.E. Day Celebrations and the surrender of the U-Boats in 1945.

We will be interviewing a range of guests on the show including authors, academics, historians, and family members with stories to tell. There is much more to the story of the Second World War in Northern Ireland than just military history. You can expect social history, women's history, black history, queer history... If it's got a good story, we'll be covering it.

    14: Yes, We Have No Bananas with Lorna Quin

    14: Yes, We Have No Bananas with Lorna Quin

    Lorna Quin hails from Tandragee, Co. Armagh. She's a retired primary school teacher, and someone drawn to the stories of the Second World War since her childhood. Last year, Lorna released a book of real-life stories gathered from people across Northern Ireland who recall wartime life. Just in time for Christmas 2022, the second volume is ready to go with another 25 tales of life in wartime Ulster, 'The Emergency' in Éire, and a childhood under the Nazis in Austria. Join us for a wee bit of war...
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    Find out more about Lorna Quin and the second volume of Yes, We Have No Bananas:
    https://www.facebook.com/lorna.quin.1/
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    • 29 min
    13: Defence Heritage in Northern Ireland with Dr. James O'Neill

    13: Defence Heritage in Northern Ireland with Dr. James O'Neill

    Dr. James O'Neill has literally put Northern Ireland's Second World War Defence Heritage on the map. The map in question is the Department for Communities' Historic Environment Map, and thanks to Jim's dedication, it features thousands of sites of interest. From The Great War, through to The Troubles, all defence heritage is available on the map but the lion's share of sites date from 1939-1945. Jim kindly joined us on this episode for a whistlestop tour of airfields, pillboxes, radar sites, stoplines, and lovely big concrete slabs.
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    You can view the Department for Communities' Historic Environment Map here:
    https://dfcgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=6887ca0873b446e39d2f82c80c8a9337
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    • 40 min
    12: My Grandfather's War with Scott Edgar

    12: My Grandfather's War with Scott Edgar

    This year is the tenth anniversary of my first hearing about the old American cemetery at Lisnabreeny. Therefore, it's an unofficial tenth birthday of sorts for WartimeNI. But, anyone who knows me knows that my passion for all things Second World War goes back much further... to Saturday afternoons in front of black and white movies, to family tales of daring prison breaks and tanks racing through the African deserts. I'm Scott Edgar, and this is the story of my grandfather's war.
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    • 26 min
    11: German prisoners of war in Northern Ireland

    11: German prisoners of war in Northern Ireland

    Towards the end of the Second World War, German soldiers, seamen, and airmen landed in Northern Ireland. Safely held as prisoners of war in Allied hands, these men - and a few women - spent time in camps across Ulster. Initially, a fraternisation ban kept prisoners well away from locals but some friendships formed. In more recent years, locals spoke fondly of the Germans and their time in Northern Ireland. In this episode, you'll hear of tragic accidents, Nazi ceremonies, and even the odd daring escape.
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    • 25 min
    10: Open fire, dear: An LGBTQ+ War with Michael Fryer

    10: Open fire, dear: An LGBTQ+ War with Michael Fryer

    Life changed dramatically across society in the United Kingdom including Northern Ireland during the Second World War. While homosexuality was illegal for men at the time, the British Army often turned a blind eye to same-sex activity during the recruitment process. In later life, many veterans in the LGBTQ community spoke openly about their sexuality. To mark Pride week in Belfast, we spoke to Michael Fryer of Northern Ireland War Memorial to dive deeper into some of these stories.
    Michael Fryer writing on Bad Companions on NI War Memorial:
    https://www.niwarmemorial.org/collections/blog/queer-life-during-the-second-world-war-1
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    • 37 min
    09: The U.S. Rangers lead the way with Adrian Hack

    09: The U.S. Rangers lead the way with Adrian Hack

    On 19th June 1942, the United States Army activated 1st U.S. Ranger Battalion at Sunnylands Camp in Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim. In this episode, knowledgeable tour guide Adrian Hack joins us to talk about this and many other aspects of wartime Carrickfergus. Expect to hear stories of fearless commando-style training, football or soccer, and feasting on rabbit brains. There's always something happening in wartime Northern Ireland.
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    • 41 min

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