A military history podcast that looks at all aspects of WWII.
With WW2 slipping from living memory I aim to look at different historical aspects of the Second World War.
Eisenhower's Broad Front Strategy
I recently read David Colley’s The Folly of Generals: How Eisenhower's Broad Front Strategy Lengthened World War II. David has analysed some of the missed opportunities the allies had in 1944-45 in Europe. He argues that had Eisenhower been more adept at taking advantage of several potential breakthroughs in the Siegfried Line in the autmun of 1944 the war in the European Theatre of Operations might have ended sooner.
I'm joined by David P. Colley
Australia's war with France
With the fall of France, Syria and Lebanon remained loyal to the Vichy regime. Potentially threatening the British in Egypt,
With Rommel in the Western Desert and an uprising in Iraq, the British feared Germany might take control over of the Levant. Churchill ordered Wavell to take the French territories. The British didn’t envisage the French putting up much of a fight.
The Australian 7th Division would make up the bulk of the allied attacking force.
Luftwaffe Special Weapons
As the course of the second world war turned against the Third Reich some radical proposals and inventive designs, were put forward by armaments manufacturers, scientists and aircrew to the German Air Ministry for consideration as weapons for the Luftwaffe. Some proposals were destined never to leave the drawing board, while others were issued to operational units and used in action.
In the episode I’m joined by Robert Forsyth.
In this episode we look at Operation Barbarossa when the Germans invaded Russian in WWII. The largest invasion in history it made one Panzer Divisional commander wonder if the Germans were ‘winning themselves to death’.
I'm joined by Jonathan Trigg author of "Barbarossa Through German Eyes".
In Britain, after the fall of France, there was the fear that the Germans may attempt a channel crossing and invade in 1940. If the Wehrmacht got shore in the south of England, facing them would have been a series of ‘Stop Lines’.
They hoped these static defences would hold up any German advance long enough for the British to bring forward a mobile reserve.
During WWII this network of fortifications was spread across the country.
WWII films give the impression of the bomb aimer's job being simply to look through the bombsight and press the bomb release button. Their job was much more sophisticated. They aided the navigator, took readings to be dialled into their computer connected bomb sight, and were also be expected to man a machine gun in the plane's nose.
In this episode I’m joined by Colin Pateman.