84 episodes

Second World War memoirs & interviews. Dunkirk, D-Day, London Blitz, North Africa, Women at War, Lancasters, POW stories, WW2
... Over 150 5-star ratings. "Thank you for what you are doing. It's incredible and I'm absolutely hooked" AB

Fighting Through WW2 History Paul Cheall WWII

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    • 4.8 • 118 Ratings

Second World War memoirs & interviews. Dunkirk, D-Day, London Blitz, North Africa, Women at War, Lancasters, POW stories, WW2
... Over 150 5-star ratings. "Thank you for what you are doing. It's incredible and I'm absolutely hooked" AB

    84 Canadian Lance Corporal David Johnson, Italy WW2

    84 Canadian Lance Corporal David Johnson, Italy WW2

    A great tale of one man's survival when so many around him lost their lives in Italy and beyond. Features 5th Canadian Division.
    Plus a fascinating U-Boat tale about weather station Kurt sneakily set up by the enemy in Newfoundland.
    More great unpublished history!
    Donate To Salvation Army Ukraine Crisis Appeal
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    Red Cross/ Disasters Emergency Committee
    https://bit.ly/FightingThroughRedCross

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_Station_Kurt
    If you want your painting done with aplomb, get on the phone and ring Desperate Don!
    https://pridepainting.ca/ That’s my plug, not Don’s!
    I’ve been using her Liz for typing work several years now and that clearly says a lot for the quality of her service.
    www.nicholssecretarialservices.co.uk
    Full show notes, photos and transcript at:
    https://www.fightingthroughpodcast.co.uk/83-corporal-leslie-cook-and-the-japanese-doll-ww2
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    • 56 min
    83 Corporal Leslie Cook and the Japanese Doll

    83 Corporal Leslie Cook and the Japanese Doll

    The tale of an Australian soldier who has to bury dead Japanese soldiers - a very distasteful duty but one which years later paid him back in positive ways he could not have imagined at the time.
    More great unpublished history!
    Donate To Salvation Army Ukraine Crisis Appeal
    https://bit.ly/FightingThroughSalvationArmy
    Red Cross/ Disasters Emergency Committee
    https://bit.ly/FightingThroughRedCross
    Link to Anzac Day parade led by Les Cook
    https://youtu.be/c4sGEiex73I
    Research links
    www.ww2talk.com
    https://www.fightingthroughpodcast.co.uk/p/research/
    Pwll Du Bay in Wales.
    Where U-Boats sneaked up!
    https://www.enjoygower.com/pwll-du-bay
    Rob Edmunds historical writer
    https://twitter.com/RobEdmunds11
    Goliath mini tank
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goliath_tracked_mine?wprov=sfti1
    Island Destiny, stories from a German medic on Guernsey
    https://guernseypress.com/news/2008/05/20/love-across-war-lines/
    Island Destiny: A True Story of Love and War in the Channel Island of Sark https://www.amazon.com/dp/1903341361/ref=cm_sw_r_awdo_YQC974WAG5S89E17478Y
    Full show notes, photos and transcript at:
    https://www.fightingthroughpodcast.co.uk/83-corporal-leslie-cook-and-the-japanese-doll-ww2
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    82 Coffee with Cpl Leslie Cook Part 2

    82 Coffee with Cpl Leslie Cook Part 2

    Second part of a long chat with Australian veteran Leslie Cook, his views on the Pacific war and more tales of his WW2 adventures. 
    Play link re the mobile tank mine – the Goliath
    https://overcast.fm/+lXX7AU7I/1:17:22
    Donate To Salvation Army Ukraine Crisis Appeal
    https://bit.ly/FightingThroughSalvationArmy
    Red Cross/ Disasters Emergency Committee
    https://bit.ly/FightingThroughRedCross
    Full show notes, photos and transcript at:
    https://www.fightingthroughpodcast.co.uk/81-coffee-part-1-australian-les-cook
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    81 Coffee with Cpl Leslie Cook Part 1

    81 Coffee with Cpl Leslie Cook Part 1

    A long chat with Australian veteran Leslie Cook, his views on the Pacific war and more tales of his WW2 adventures. 
    Various family stories and an opportunity to donate to one of the several charities supporting the refugees.
    Donate To Salvation Army Ukraine Crisis Appeal
    https://bit.ly/FightingThroughSalvationArmy
    Red Cross/ Disasters Emergency Committee
    https://bit.ly/FightingThroughRedCross
     
    British Normandy Memorial and Harry Billinge
    https://www.britishnormandymemorial.org/
     
    Full show notes, photos and transcript at:
    https://www.fightingthroughpodcast.co.uk/81-coffee-part-1-australian-les-cook
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    80 Ukraine 2022 Appeal

    80 Ukraine 2022 Appeal

    Insights into the 2022 Ukraine crisis from 1944. Various family stories and an opportunity to donate to one of the several charities supporting the refugees.
    Donate To Salvation Army Ukraine Crisis Appeal
    https://bit.ly/FightingThroughSalvationArmy
    Red Cross/ Disasters Emergency Committee
    https://bit.ly/FightingThroughRedCross
    Sources of news/discussion
    BBC’s Newscast and Ukrainecast podcasts
    Economist magazine podcast dated March 7
    Full show notes, photos and transcript at:
    https://www.fightingthroughpodcast.co.uk/Ukraine2022-Refugees
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    Operations Manna and Chowhound WWII

    • 47 min
    79 German Submariner Part 2: Atlantic, POW in Canada

    79 German Submariner Part 2: Atlantic, POW in Canada

    A thrilling Part 2 of German submarine U-111’s tour of the North Atlantic during the second world war. By Kurt Schoenthier. Sinkings, survivals and POW's. Plus stacks of family stories and more.
    LINK TO KO-FI
    LINK TO BUY ME A COFFEE
    Song For The Bad Guys
    from Next Exit From Babylon by Nick Feint
    There are 11 tracks on his brand new album.
    Below is a link to Bandcamp where Nick’s music is hosted.
    https://nickfeint.bandcamp.com/track/song-for-the-bad-guys
    Nick's Facebook page
    https://www.facebook.com/stonearrowj/photos/a.262053427765502/938194986818006/
    Royal Army Chaplains’ Museum, Army Museum, Swindon, UK.
    https://royalarmychaplainsmuseum.business.site/?utm_source=gmb&utm_medium=referral)
    Chris Willet’s family history – Ted Dimmock
    https://www.family-treasure.com/greenhowarddunkirk
    Western Approaches museum
    https://liverpoolwarmuseum.co.uk/

    Military Combat Stories
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/776796136302975/?ref=share

    Battle of the Atlantic Facebook page.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/140314613337524/?ref=share
    Full show notes, photos and transcript at:
    https://www.fightingthroughpodcast.co.uk/79-german-submariner-and-pow-part-2 
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    • 1 hr 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
118 Ratings

118 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.

Bud82 ,

Like a roaring fire on a winters eve

I warmed to this podcast more

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