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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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    • 4.4 • 3.2K Ratings

A biweekly podcast covering the last great war. Join Ray Harris Jr as he explores World War Two in intimate detail.

    The Battling Bastards of Bataan

    The Battling Bastards of Bataan

    As Gen. Homma, commander of the Japanese forces in The Philippines brings in reinforcements and food, the American Government is finding it all but impossible to resupply Gen. Jonathan Wainwright, the new commander on Corregidor. Meanwhile, MacArthur is still trying to control the defense of Bataan from Australia.
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    • 27 min
    MacArthur-I Shall Return

    MacArthur-I Shall Return

    MacArthur finishes up his escape from Corregidor to Melbourne Australia. But the news waiting for him is not the General’s liking, basically, there are more troops back on Bataan than there are in the whole of Australia. But Gen. George Marshall will sooth MacArthur’s wounded pride with The Medal of Honor. 
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    • 29 min
    MacArthur's Great Escape Pt 1

    MacArthur's Great Escape Pt 1

    It's time for MacArthur to leave Corregidor, but how? Submarine, plane or boat. MacArthur chooses an early departure over safety, thus he and his will suffer for 600 miles on a PT Boat. But the net around Corregidor is being drawn ever tighter by the Japanese. It's now or never.
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    • 31 min
    How Do You Solve a Problem Like MacArthur

    How Do You Solve a Problem Like MacArthur

    With the war of Bataan coming to a standstill, FDR and Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Marshall start to think of the future. MacArthur is too popular to let be captured by the Japanese. Besides, someone will have to lead US Army forces in the SE Pacific and there is only one man the American public would accept in that post, Gen. Douglas MacArthur. But how to extract him with his pride intact?
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    • 26 min
    Battle of the Pockets Pt 2

    Battle of the Pockets Pt 2

    During the Battle of the Points, Gen. Homma would attack Gen. Wainwright's western line. This allowed 1000 Japanese troops to get through. The Allied Command staff will soon find themselves dealing with 3 enemy forces in their rear. Hopefully the main defensive will hold while this threat is being dealt with.
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    • 45 min
    Battle of the Pockets Pt 1

    Battle of the Pockets Pt 1

    Gen. Homma has decided to hit the Allied line in two sections. Which means, in Gen. Parker's I Corps, on the eastern side of the Bataan Peninsula, Gen. Clifford Bluemel's Sector C will get all of Gen. Nara's attention. And Bluemel discovers a massive hole in his line just before the attack. The battle of Trail 2 gets underway.
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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
3.2K Ratings

3.2K Ratings

Azjhawk57 ,

Pretty good. A couple of issues though

I like the host’s delivery style, and his episodes appear thoroughly researched. A couple of criticisms though:

First, as other reviewers have noted, the commercial breaks are frequent and long. I get that the host needs to make a buck, and the ads are generally entertaining the first time around, but they lose their appeal after the fifth or sixth listen. Maybe offer an ad-free version on Patreon?

Second, sometimes he abruptly leaves a story mid-stream. I really got in to the Burma campaign, but then he stopped after the British and Chinese were driven out and started on another topic. I would have preferred he finished the entire Burma campaign.

Still, there is a surprising lack of good podcasts on WWII. Wesley Livesay does a good one, and Dan Carlin has tackled a couple of theaters, but other than that, there isn’t much and this one is good.

K c and jojo ,

Why are the commercials so loud?

I would have given this 5 stars. I’d probably even listen to the ads. But they are SO LOUD! Why can’t people see, that like on TV, when an ad is noticeably louder than the program, it gets ignored.

DavidBenn99 ,

Well done.

I found this podcast a year ago. Just caught up. As an WW2 history buff since I was a kid, this makes the drive home from work entertaining and enlightening. Keep up the great work and keep bringing the small nuggets and oddities to light. Thank you.

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