10 episodes

From North Africa to Britain and through Europe, Letters of Love in WW2 tells a unique story of the Second World War from the perspective of two people that lived through it.

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 after they had both passed on. With the family’s poignant and emotional interviews bookending each episode and featuring the voices of Downton Abbey’s Amy Nuttall and author and broadcaster Johny Pitts, Letters of Love in WW2 gives an incredible first-hand insight into what it was like to live through this tumultuous period.

Letters of Love in WW2 Sky HISTORY

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    • 4.9, 66 Ratings

From North Africa to Britain and through Europe, Letters of Love in WW2 tells a unique story of the Second World War from the perspective of two people that lived through it.

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 after they had both passed on. With the family’s poignant and emotional interviews bookending each episode and featuring the voices of Downton Abbey’s Amy Nuttall and author and broadcaster Johny Pitts, Letters of Love in WW2 gives an incredible first-hand insight into what it was like to live through this tumultuous period.

    Extra: The family's connection to Cyril and Olga's experiences

    Extra: The family's connection to Cyril and Olga's experiences

    "I really wish, like so many people, that you could have had an extra hour or two to ask these things of your parents."

    Cyril and Olga's letters give a remarkable insight into the personal experiences of those that lived through the war - both on the frontline and at home. When the family found their many letters after they had passed, it helped bring them closer to the family they had lost and understand what they went through, forging a deeper connection with their past.

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    Sponsored by Ancestry, Sky HISTORY's Letters of Love in WW2 is written and produced by Anna Priestland, edited by Joel Porter and produced and directed by Sam Pearson.
     
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    • 7 min
    8. VE Day: Grief and Relief

    8. VE Day: 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.

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    • 36 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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. 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
66 Ratings

66 Ratings

Nancy78456 ,

BRILLIANT !!

I absolutely love this podcast- it’s engaging, romantic, heartfelt and just the perfect thing to listen to on the hammock, fishing by the lake or going on a car ride. My only regret is it’s probably the only of its kind, oh how I wish there were more! Definitely worth downloading.

44Karen ,

Beautiful Love Story! My heart is full...

I felt honored to hear this wonderful couple's love story. Hearing the real voices of their children and grandchildren was a beautiful touch. The letters they wrote are precious and as I adore all things historic and all things regarding True Love, I'm very thankful for the family being willing to share something so personal. Once again, the History Channel comes thru with a perfect and lovely story.

Susan North ,

Enthralled & Grateful For This WWII Love Story

As a devourer (is that a word?) of history, this well crafted, intimate glimpse into the life of this endearing couple is captivating. The familial insights are well placed and lend a flavor that is only attributable to their personal knowledge.

Recommended to others over and over and over...

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