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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.

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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.

    Episode 294:The Redoubtable Gen. William Slim

    Episode 294:The Redoubtable Gen. William Slim

    This episode introduces Gen. William Slim of BurCorps. It would be his job to turn the tables on the Japanese in Burma, by working with American Gen. Joseph "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell. But first, we look back at Slim's experiences in the Middle East as the Allies subdue Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Iran.
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    • 41 min
    Episode 293-Burma: The Ground War Begins

    Episode 293-Burma: The Ground War Begins

    The Japanese 15th Army invades Burma, hoping to use speed to reach Rangoon. But several British officers hope to hold them off until reinforcements can arrive. The episode covers the fighting retreat from the Salween River, the fighting retreat from the Bilin River and the Battle of Sittang River, where the 17th Indian Division looses more than half of its troops due to bad planning and even worse communication. The situation is most dire before the arrival of Gen. William Slim and Gen. Joseph "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell.
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    • 33 min
    Episode 292-The War Comes to Burma

    Episode 292-The War Comes to Burma

    Although the British are unprepared to defend Burma, Wavell believes that the Japanese may have extended themselves too far with this invasion. But it’s wishful thinking as the 3 most southern British airfields quickly fall. With the invaders coming ever closer to Rangoon, it’s up to the Flying Tigers and RAF pilots at Rangoon to give hope to the Allies. And these men will deliver impressive defeats to the Japanese Air Arm. But the Japanese and Thai ground troops are still getting closer to the Burmese capital, where the Lend Lease material is waiting.
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    • 31 min
    Episode 291-America Strikes Back-The Marshalls & Gilberts Raids

    Episode 291-America Strikes Back-The Marshalls & Gilberts Raids

    This potpourri of an episode has lots from early 1942 in the Pacific. Covering the Admiralty, Marshall, Gilbert, Mariana, Caroline and Solomon Islands, we cover more Japanese victories, but also Washington's desire to strike back. Then asking the question, what was the turning point in the Pacific Campaign, Midway or the Solomon Islands Campaign. And finally, ending with Adm. Halsey and Adm. Fletcher as they lead air raids against the Marshall and Gilbert Islands.
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    • 33 min
    Episode 290-The Invasion of Burma: Prelude

    Episode 290-The Invasion of Burma: Prelude

    The Japanese determine that Burma must be occupied to protect their new possession of Malaya. It's up to Chiang Kai-Shek, American Gen. Joe Stilwell and British Gen. Wavell to stop them. The problem is the Allies don't trust each other, in regards to Burma's future. Churchill doesn't care about China right now, but FDR needs the massive country to stay in the fight. Or else the many Japanese divisions in China might be turned on Australia and the US General Staff have determined that Australia has to hold out, to serve as a base. From their Gen. Douglas MacArthur will plan his return to the Philippines.
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    • 33 min
    Episode 289-The Invasion of New Guinea

    Episode 289-The Invasion of New Guinea

    With Rabaul taken the Japanese go after locations in NE New Guinea, but will have to deal with Vice Adm. Wilson Brown and the US carriers Lexington and Yorktown. The Americans and Australians achieve a surprise air raid on Lae and Salamaua, now owned by the Japanese, but the later will not be deterred from planning their next strike against Port Moresby.
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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

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2.6K Ratings

2.6K Ratings

Jtsmit24 ,

Decent show, but could be improved.

I find the material in this podcast to be top notch. The writing of the show, and how it expansive it is, makes it high quality. However, the audio of this podcast is rather poor. Ray could do a better job at speaking more clearly, and with less interruptions. Additionally, I do not normally take issue with adverts in podcasts, as it is the way that the hosts make their money. But listening to 5 minutes of adverts before the podcast begins is annoying. And with the adverts being read by Ray, it makes it difficult to skip ahead and find the beginning of the actual show.

All in all, it’s a great show and I would recommend it without hesitation.

Stryker245 ,

Excellent presentation

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