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Three months after they wed, Cyril and Olga found themselves separated by the Second World War. Between 1940 and 1946, their love was kept alive on the pages of a thousand letters and postcards, found decades later by their family.


Featuring the voices of Amy Nuttall and Johny Pitts, alongside interviews with the family, HISTORY's Letters of Love in WW2 gives an insight into what it was like to live through this tumultuous period, including air raids, rations, El Alamein, D-Day and the liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.


Written by Anna Priestland, edited by Joel Porter and directed by Sam Pearson, you can download and subscribe to HISTORY's Letters of Love in WW2 on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Acast or your favourite podcast app.

Letters of Love in WW2 HISTORY

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Three months after they wed, Cyril and Olga found themselves separated by the Second World War. Between 1940 and 1946, their love was kept alive on the pages of a thousand letters and postcards, found decades later by their family.


Featuring the voices of Amy Nuttall and Johny Pitts, alongside interviews with the family, HISTORY's Letters of Love in WW2 gives an insight into what it was like to live through this tumultuous period, including air raids, rations, El Alamein, D-Day and the liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.


Written by Anna Priestland, edited by Joel Porter and directed by Sam Pearson, you can download and subscribe to HISTORY's Letters of Love in WW2 on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Acast or your favourite podcast app.

    8. Home at Last: Grief and Relief

    8. Home at Last: Grief and Relief

    As Germany officially surrenders, Cyril and Olga find hope once again in the fact that their love has survived so many years apart. They will go one to start the family they always dreamed of, with neither of them ever forgetting, and barely speaking of the lost six years. The story would only come to life again when the letters are found after both their deaths.


    Written by Anna Priestland, edited by Joel Porter and directed by Sam Pearson, you can download and subscribe to Letters of Love in WW2 on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Acast or your favourite podcast app. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 35 min
    7. Bergen-Belsen: Sorrow and Shock

    7. Bergen-Belsen: Sorrow and Shock

    As Olga gets a taste of Germany’s ‘Flying Bombs’ in Sheffield, Cyril knows the end of the war is coming as he drives the lead tank of his unit through Germany. As the couple reaches the five year point in their separation, Cyril’s unit becomes one of the first to liberate the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp — something he will never speak of and will likely haunt him his entire life. 


    Written by Anna Priestland, edited by Joel Porter and directed by Sam Pearson, you can download and subscribe to Letters of Love in WW2 on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Acast or your favourite podcast app. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 51 min
    6. Germany: On the Approach

    6. Germany: On the Approach

    Cyril joins the British Liberation Army as a Corporal, beginning the trek from Normandy across Belgium and Holland en route to Germany. The pace of his unit means that his letters become less frequent as he moves from “C” Squadron, 42nd Royal Tank Regiment of the 11th Armoured Division, 23rd Hussars to the newly formed “A” squadron. 


    Written by Anna Priestland, edited by Joel Porter and directed by Sam Pearson, you can download and subscribe to Letters of Love in WW2 on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Acast or your favourite podcast app. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 40 min
    5. D-Day: Visitations

    5. D-Day: Visitations

    As troops prepare for the invasion of Normandy, Cyril is suddenly sent back to British soil to retrieve a new, heavier, tank, surprising Olga for a short time. As he is based at the Catterick Army Camp, Olga gets a shock to have learnt that he had been sent back to France to aid the cleanup of Normandy.


    Written by Anna Priestland, edited by Joel Porter and directed by Sam Pearson, you can download and subscribe to Letters of Love in WW2 on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Acast or your favourite podcast app. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 37 min
    4. El Alamein: Silence and Roses

    4. El Alamein: Silence and Roses

    Frustrations are high for Cyril who suffers periods of illness and depression triggered by long periods of idleness. As the couple cross the eighteen-month mark of their separation, the sense of helplessness is forever on the surface.


    Written by Anna Priestland, edited by Joel Porter and directed by Sam Pearson, you can download and subscribe to Letters of Love in WW2 on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Acast or your favourite podcast app. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 47 min
    3. Siege of Tobruk: Battlefields and Reality

    3. Siege of Tobruk: Battlefields and Reality

    The realities of war hit when, after a long gap in correspondence, Cyril reveals he has been involved in the siege of Tobruk. In England, Olga is aware there is heavy battle going on and has hopes Cyril is safe.


    Written by Anna Priestland, edited by Joel Porter and directed by Sam Pearson, you can download and subscribe to Letters of Love in WW2 on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Acast or your favourite podcast app. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 34 min

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