210 episodes

Achtung! Achtung!

Comedian Al Murray and historian James Holland discuss all matters Second World War.

We Have Ways of Making You Talk is a weekly show exploring the war in close up. James and Al have a stunning knowledge of their subject, but don't expect a linear narrative. The boys love a tangent and a forgotten tale.

We Have Ways of Making You Talk roams down forgotten front lines, casts new villains and makes the case for unlikely heroes.

Send questions to James and Al via Twitter using #WeHaveWays or by email to wehavewayspodcast@gmail.com

Battle stations!

We Have Ways of Making You Talk Goalhanger Films

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    • 4.8 • 161 Ratings

Achtung! Achtung!

Comedian Al Murray and historian James Holland discuss all matters Second World War.

We Have Ways of Making You Talk is a weekly show exploring the war in close up. James and Al have a stunning knowledge of their subject, but don't expect a linear narrative. The boys love a tangent and a forgotten tale.

We Have Ways of Making You Talk roams down forgotten front lines, casts new villains and makes the case for unlikely heroes.

Send questions to James and Al via Twitter using #WeHaveWays or by email to wehavewayspodcast@gmail.com

Battle stations!

    209. Tom Lacey

    209. Tom Lacey

    Al and James interview Battle of the Bulge veteran Tom Lacey as part of We Have Ways' Thanksgiving Specials.


    Tom Lacey was fascinated with aeronautics as a young boy, so naturally, he wanted to be trained to become a pilot. Instead, he was assigned to the Army Infantry and volunteered to take a radioman post. Barraged by German artillery, with radio connection completely lost, Lacey later realised he survived the beginnings of the Battle of the Bulge. Of the 200 men in his unit, he was one of 12 to survive from the time of their entry into combat.
     
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    208. Marty Morgan

    208. Marty Morgan

    In the first of our Thanksgiving Specials, Al and James are joined by historian and weapons expert Marty Morgan. Marty talks about his experiences leading tours in Normandy and working with hit video game franchise Call of Duty as their historical advisor.
     
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    • 51 min
    207. Harrier

    207. Harrier

    In this rare foray away from the Second World War Al Murray and James Holland are joined by aviation writer Rowland White to discuss the role of the Harrier 809 in the Falklands War.
    How challenging was it to fly the legendary Harrier Jump Jet and what did the Argentinian pilots make of the battle?


    We Have Ways has a membership club which includes a live version of the podcast streamed on the internet each Thursday evening. A new audiobook offering a Canadian soldier’s view of the battle in Italy will be available free to members from Monday. Join at Patreon.com/wehaveways


    A Goalhanger Films production
    Produced by Joey McCarthy
    Exec Producer Tony Pastor
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    • 31 min
    206. Dermot O'Leary

    206. Dermot O'Leary

    TV presenter and radio host Dermot O’Leary joins Al and James to discuss his passion for Second World War history. The Battle of Britain and the Battle of the Atlantic are two of Dermot’s particular interests, along with a fascination for Norway’s role in the war thanks to his wife’s Norwegian upbringing.


    A Goalhanger Films production
    Produced by Joey McCarthy
    Exec Producer Tony Pastor
    Twitter: #WeHaveWays
    @WeHaveWaysPod
    Website: www.wehavewayspod.com
    Email: wehavewayspodcast@gmail.com
     
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    • 49 min
    205. A Message from the Cook Islands

    205. A Message from the Cook Islands

    We Have Ways of Making You Talk receives a fabulous array of messages via email, Twitter and on our members’ site. None more extraordinary than the missive that arrived this week from the Cook Islands. It starts our discussion in today’s pod.


    We Have Ways has a membership club which includes a live version of the podcast streamed on the internet each Thursday evening. There are also five free audiobooks on the site. Join at Patreon.com/wehaveways


    A Goalhanger Films production
    Produced by Harry Lineker
    Exec Producer Tony Pastor
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    • 35 min
    204. From El Alamein to the Heroes of Telemark

    204. From El Alamein to the Heroes of Telemark

    How great a contribution did Monty make in North Africa? And were the actions of the Heroes of Telemark vital to the effort to deny Hitler the atomic bomb? Al Murray and James Holland meander wildly in this entirely non linear approach the the Second World War.


    We Have Ways has a membership club which includes a live version of the podcast streamed on the internet each Thursday evening. There are also five free audiobooks on the site. Join at Patreon.com/wehaveways


    A Goalhanger Films production
    Produced by Harry Lineker
    Exec Producer Tony Pastor
    Twitter: #WeHaveWays
    @WeHaveWaysPod
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
161 Ratings

161 Ratings

Wichybich ,

Some interesting facts about war with Japan

For example: the military did not want to surrender. The emperor had to prerecord his message to the people and then leave the palace. The generals went to physically stop him but they were outsmarted.
Also we always demanded unconditional surrender. Including removing the emperor but we in the end allowed him to keep his throne. But MacArthur was the man in control of japan during our occupation. The Japanese it’s said learned to respect him. I just wonder if we let emperor stay anyway how much sooner could the war have ended. Not to mention after both atomic bombs they were not ready to surrender I believe Russia came down and they would have had to fight them on that a second front. Thank god we didn’t invade main island. It would have been a blood bath.

JRicci1595 ,

Spectacular!

Holland and Murray (lawyers in their spare time?) are phenomenal! Their bit of banter makes this military history flavored podcast absolutely entertaining. If you grew up thinking history was boring, give this a lesson- they’ll set you straight! They’re two of the best in the podcast business!

John Kav ,

Great Podcast - Period!

Just binge-listened to this podcast over the past couple of weeks, both presenters are engaging and present their knowledge in such an enthusastic way that you are constantly drawn in. Production values are great, subject matter allows for a considerable difference between podcasts all under the umbrella of the Second World War. Just a great podcast - period. Keep it up!

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