72 episodes

Second World War memoirs & interviews. Dunkirk, D-Day, London Blitz, North Africa, Women at War, Lancasters, POW stories, WWII
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Fighting Through WW2 History Paul Cheall WWII

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    • 4.8 • 109 Ratings

Second World War memoirs & interviews. Dunkirk, D-Day, London Blitz, North Africa, Women at War, Lancasters, POW stories, WWII
... Over 150 5-star ratings. "Thank you for what you are doing. It's incredible and I'm absolutely hooked" AB

    72 More Seabees and family stories WWII

    72 More Seabees and family stories WWII

    A short episode to follow up feedback I’ve had on the previous Seabees episode.
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    • 31 min
    71 The Battalion Artist, Seabees in the Pacific War

    71 The Battalion Artist, Seabees in the Pacific War

    A Navy Seabee’s Sketchbook of War in the South Pacific
    The second world war adventures of Nat Bellantoni and his naval comrades in the famous Seabees.
    Plus a memoir from Seabee John Serra.
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    Full show notes at:
    https://www.fightingthroughpodcast.co.uk/71_The_Battalion_Artist_Seabees_in_the_Pacific_War
    Nat's entire collection of artwork, papers, and memorabilia from World War II, resides at the Hoover Institution Library and Archives at Stanford University. Search for digital collections or use the links in the show notes.
    https://digitalcollections.hoover.org/search/bellantoni
    https://histories.hoover.org/battalion-artist/
     
    Irene Bellantoni died in 2016 aged 95. Her obituary is here.
    https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/bostonglobe/name/irene-bellantoni-obituary?pid=183211729
     
    John Serra was a Seabee with the US Navy and served in Alaska, Saipan and in the invasion of Okinawa. He recorded his service and it is on the Library of Congress website Veterans History Project:
    http://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/bib/loc.natlib.afc2001001.10960
     
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    • 1 hr 41 min
    70 Jack Betley WWII comrade

    70 Jack Betley WWII comrade

    I’ve got a number of Dad’s comrades KIA that I either can’t trace or have no photographs of – Jack Betley from Halifax was one of them. I once knew nothing about him - now I know everything, thanks to listener Mark Peters.
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    Colourisation by Jakob Lagerweijj. 
    The quickest way to contact Jakob is via Facebook/Messenger (https://www.facebook.com/jakoblagerweij/) 
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    • 1 hr 42 min
    69 German Boy Soldier WW2, Willi Langbein

    69 German Boy Soldier WW2, Willi Langbein

    The memoir of a 13 year old boy soldier who witnessed six years of world war two, from Jewish persecution to hand-to-hand fighting on the front line - Wilhelm Johannes Langbein.
    "I tell my father’s story in his own words, without judgement or apology. His is the report of an eyewitness and unwitting participant in the horror of the Third Reich, seen from his perspective as a child".
    Heidi Langbein-Allen
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    https://www.facebook.com/Heidi-Langbein-Allen-Author-103406341734780/
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    • 1 hr 53 min
    68 Leslie Cook 5 - Burma WWII

    68 Leslie Cook 5 - Burma WWII

    Part Five - More entertaining WW2 tales plus some great family stories from Gabriel Cervantes and Sidney Topf.
    Australian Leslie Eric Cook was in the second 14th of the Australian Imperial Force. He served in Greece, Crete, New Guinea, Borneo and Japan.
    If the links below are not visible, go to http://www.FightingThroughPodcast.co.uk to find show notes.
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    • 2 hrs
    67 Leslie Cook 4 - Sand, Sangers & Home Sweet Home

    67 Leslie Cook 4 - Sand, Sangers & Home Sweet Home

    Part Four 1943/4 - Various entertaining WW2 tales
    Australian Leslie Eric Cook was in the second 14th of the Australian Imperial Force. He served in Greece, Crete, New Guinea, Borneo and Japan.
    Web site episode page - Full episode show notes, links, photo and transcript
     
    Web site home page
     
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    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
109 Ratings

109 Ratings

Rob_Coles ,

Gripping.

Scary to think this isn’t fictional! Keeping the stories of true hero’s alive.

Alistair's Dad ,

Incomparable

What a resource! I can’t believe I haven’t discovered this before. Surely this must only be matched by such institutions as the IWM. If you are looking for engaging first hand accounts of WW2, shared by such a warm and dedicated host, this is your podcast. To the host: Please keep this going as long as you can, your enthusiasm and humanity is much appreciated, lest we forget.

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Like a roaring fire on a winters eve

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