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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.

The History of WWII Podcast - by Ray Harris Jr Recorded History Podcast Network

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    • 4.6 • 690 Ratings

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

    The Gazala Gallop

    The Gazala Gallop

    With Tobruk lost, 8th British Army falls back to the Egyptian border. But C in C Claude Auchinleck is still not convinced that they are safe from Rommel, so agrees to another pull back to Mersa Matruh. Gen. Ritchie sets up his defenses, but Auchinleck has another line established even further back at El Alamein. Meanwhile, Rommel’s men travel 100 miles in 24 hours and soon the two sides are face to face once again.
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    • 26 min
    Warrior Next Door Interview & Tobruk Has Fallen

    Warrior Next Door Interview & Tobruk Has Fallen

    First, Ryan Fairfield and Tony Lupo, the hosts of The Warrior Next Door Podcast return to share more clips of WWII Veterans and their experiences. The Second Episode: Now that the Battle of Gazala is over and the bulk of the 8th British Army was back along with Egyptian border, Rommel is ready to go after Tobruk. And his speed will amaze and overawe the defenders. Meanwhile, Gen. Ritchie and C in C Auchinleck think they have weeks to prepare their counter attack. But in the end, PM Churchill will receive the soul crushing news that Tobruk has fallen. The mighty British Empire was being chipped away by her enemies.
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    • 1 hr 38 min
    Interview w/ James Shone: The Host of the Taiwan Through Time Podcast & Operation Harpoon

    Interview w/ James Shone: The Host of the Taiwan Through Time Podcast & Operation Harpoon

    Two Episode Special! James Shone comes on to share what Taiwan, then Formosa was going through during, but also, before the war. Then, as Rommel prepares to surround Tobruk, Churchill and the War Cabinet decide to once again, try to get supplies to Malta. What follows is more disaster and death. The dark year that is 1942 continues.
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    • 1 hr 53 min
    Interview w/ Dr. Paul Gill Jr. about his father’s book: Armageddon in the Arctic Ocean. 2nd Ep: Tobruk is Surrounded

    Interview w/ Dr. Paul Gill Jr. about his father’s book: Armageddon in the Arctic Ocean. 2nd Ep: Tobruk is Surrounded

    First, Dr. Paul Gill Jr. comes on to talk about his dad’s book about his life and war time adventures, Armageddon in The Arctic Ocean: Up the Hawse Pipe from Galley Boy to Third Mate on a Legendary Liberty Ship in the Biggest Convoy Battle of WWII and then the North Africa campaign continues with Tobruk is Surrounded. 
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    • 1 hr 40 min
    Two Episode Special! Interview w/ Taylor Downing about his book 1942: Winston Churchill and Britain’s Darkest Hour and then, The British 8th Army is Outfoxed

    Two Episode Special! Interview w/ Taylor Downing about his book 1942: Winston Churchill and Britain’s Darkest Hour and then, The British 8th Army is Outfoxed

    First, historian Taylor Downing comes on to talk about his new book, 1942: Winston Churchill and Britain’s Darkest Hour and then we pick up with Rommel and Ritchie battling it out in North Africa. The Desert Fox will push his men to the breaking point, but the Axis Forces will win the Battle of Gazala.
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    The Battle of Knightsbridge Box

    The Battle of Knightsbridge Box

    With the Battle of Bir Hakeem over Rommel is ready to drive on Tobruk, but first he has to get passed the Knightsbridge Box, where the 2nd and 4th Armored Brigades are waiting. What follows is mistakes by both sides, but Rommel reacts more quickly because he is with his men. Meanwhile, 8th Army Commander Ritchie is far away and has no idea what’s going on.
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    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
690 Ratings

690 Ratings

Martin 585 ,

Great interview

Great interview with Mr David on his new book Devil Dogs I only question one point from personal experience I can tell you both that the veneer of civilisation is very thin and it takes very little to strip it away and for people to follow brutal and base instincts doing things that are completely unacceptable. It takes great strength of character to rise above it and remain human there is never any excuse to act on one’s basic instincts what ever you feel is justified by the behaviour of others. Great interview of a great book though keep up the good work.

ultra_violetfern ,

So good!

This is a fantastic series! Thanks so much for all your hard work! 😃👍. I’m learning so many details I’ve never heard of before.

swansea1 ,

Excellent

A fantastic series told in a way you can understand and relate too. Love it.

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