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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.

The History of WWII Podcast - by Ray Harris Jr Recorded History Podcast Network

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    • 4.4 • 3.6K Ratings

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

    Warrior Next Door Interview & Tobruk Has Fallen

    Warrior Next Door Interview & Tobruk Has Fallen

    First, Ryan Fairfield and Tony Lupo, the hosts of The Warrior Next Door Podcast return to share more clips of WWII Veterans and their experiences. The Second Episode: Now that the Battle of Gazala is over and the bulk of the 8th British Army was back along with Egyptian border, Rommel is ready to go after Tobruk. And his speed will amaze and overawe the defenders. Meanwhile, Gen. Ritchie and C in C Auchinleck think they have weeks to prepare their counter attack. But in the end, PM Churchill will receive the soul crushing news that Tobruk has fallen. The mighty British Empire was being chipped away by her enemies.
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    • 1 hr 38 min
    Interview w/ James Shone: The Host of the Taiwan Through Time Podcast & Operation Harpoon

    Interview w/ James Shone: The Host of the Taiwan Through Time Podcast & Operation Harpoon

    Two Episode Special! James Shone comes on to share what Taiwan, then Formosa was going through during, but also, before the war. Then, as Rommel prepares to surround Tobruk, Churchill and the War Cabinet decide to once again, try to get supplies to Malta. What follows is more disaster and death. The dark year that is 1942 continues.
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    • 1 hr 53 min
    Interview w/ Dr. Paul Gill Jr. about his father’s book: Armageddon in the Arctic Ocean. 2nd Ep: Tobruk is Surrounded

    Interview w/ Dr. Paul Gill Jr. about his father’s book: Armageddon in the Arctic Ocean. 2nd Ep: Tobruk is Surrounded

    First, Dr. Paul Gill Jr. comes on to talk about his dad’s book about his life and war time adventures, Armageddon in The Arctic Ocean: Up the Hawse Pipe from Galley Boy to Third Mate on a Legendary Liberty Ship in the Biggest Convoy Battle of WWII and then the North Africa campaign continues with Tobruk is Surrounded. 
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    • 1 hr 40 min
    Two Episode Special! Interview w/ Taylor Downing about his book 1942: Winston Churchill and Britain’s Darkest Hour and then, The British 8th Army is Outfoxed

    Two Episode Special! Interview w/ Taylor Downing about his book 1942: Winston Churchill and Britain’s Darkest Hour and then, The British 8th Army is Outfoxed

    First, historian Taylor Downing comes on to talk about his new book, 1942: Winston Churchill and Britain’s Darkest Hour and then we pick up with Rommel and Ritchie battling it out in North Africa. The Desert Fox will push his men to the breaking point, but the Axis Forces will win the Battle of Gazala.
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    The Battle of Knightsbridge Box

    The Battle of Knightsbridge Box

    With the Battle of Bir Hakeem over Rommel is ready to drive on Tobruk, but first he has to get passed the Knightsbridge Box, where the 2nd and 4th Armored Brigades are waiting. What follows is mistakes by both sides, but Rommel reacts more quickly because he is with his men. Meanwhile, 8th Army Commander Ritchie is far away and has no idea what’s going on.
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    • 19 min
    Interview w/ Saul David about his book Devil Dogs

    Interview w/ Saul David about his book Devil Dogs

    Historian Saul David talks about his latest book, Devil Dogs: From Guadalcanal to the Shores of Japan. King Company of the legendary 1st Marine Division will take part in 4 major battles in the Pacific; Guadalcanal, New Britain, Peleliu and Okinawa. But first comes the Canal. The Marines were only meant to establish a beach head and pave the way for others to fight. Instead, they will be on Guadalcanal for 4 long months with never enough food, support or men. Still, they have a job to do, hold at all costs.
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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
3.6K Ratings

3.6K Ratings

wolfie/wolf ,

Real history

True riveting stories about man and the Greatest Generation Week by week and day by day stories of the General/Admirals to the Privates and Sailors from both sides The book review have been great I now have a great library to read

Mike form Lakewood ,

New too the Pod Cast

So happy I found this Pod. Love WWII history. I’m so impressed by the research. Good speaking voice. I have finished the first 15 episodes. I know it will take a few months to get caught up. But I really love your work thank you.

asked4nickname but taken? ,

Stop reading to and start discussing with audience

I'm pretty much new to your podcast and it's flowing sort of along with a book that I read last summer so the info is basically presented in an effective manner. I think you need to stop reading the material though and just talk to the audience. My phone is crap so I have low volume anyway but geez with these loud adverts busting in without any warning.... please adjust your volume accordingly. I have read some of the other complaints and I don't necessarily need World War II to be over in four 30 minute programs like a lot of the others are complaining about.

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