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A biweekly history podcast covering the last great war. Join Ray Harris Jr as he explores World War Two in intimate detail.
The History of WWII Podcast is produced and narrated by Ray Harris Jr. Ray has a degree in history from James Madison University. I’ve been obsessed with the events and people from WWII since I first learned of them. I’ve been waiting years for someone to do a podcast on WWII and couldn’t wait any longer.

The History of WWII Podcast Ray Harris Jr

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    • 4.4 • 3.8K Ratings

A biweekly history podcast covering the last great war. Join Ray Harris Jr as he explores World War Two in intimate detail.
The History of WWII Podcast is produced and narrated by Ray Harris Jr. Ray has a degree in history from James Madison University. I’ve been obsessed with the events and people from WWII since I first learned of them. I’ve been waiting years for someone to do a podcast on WWII and couldn’t wait any longer.

    Keep Them Guessing

    Keep Them Guessing

    So far, Army Group South had done a tremendous job, but now they come upon Kiev. And protecting Kiev’s western approaches in almost 20 miles of anti tank works and barbed wire. Thus another way will be needed, but first, Hitler wants the guts ripped out of the area’s defenders and von Kleist had come up with a clever plan to make this happen.

    Want to go beyond the battlefield with The History of WWII Podcast? Dive deeper into the war with exclusive bonus episodes, expert interviews, and commercial-free listening for just $5/month! Every penny supports the show and keeps the history coming. Sign up now. 

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    • 27 min
    My Tank is Thicker Than Your Tank

    My Tank is Thicker Than Your Tank

    Operation Barbarossa is launched, but the soviets don’t have their best men in place as they have been killed by Stalin’s purges. In time they will learn but for now, one city after another falls to the Axis. Still, there are moments of heroism but also incompetence, certainly among the NKVD, who know politics, but not warfare.

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    Donations are always welcome and help keep the History of WWII Podcast free for all.

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    RSS – https://feeds.megaphone.fm/history-of-world-war-ii
    Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/wwii45
    Twitter – https://twitter.com/WW2Podcaster
    Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/rayharrisjr/
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    • 30 min
    Interview: Michel Paradis, The Light of Battle, Eisenhower, D-Day, and the Birth of the American Superpower

    Interview: Michel Paradis, The Light of Battle, Eisenhower, D-Day, and the Birth of the American Superpower

    Michel Paradis returns to the show to discuss his latest book, The Light of Battle: Eisenhower, D-Day, and the Birth of the American Superpower. A new biography of Ike, the book focuses on the 6 months leading up to D-Day and all the fighting behind the scenes to pull off this once in a life time amphibious landing.
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Interview: From Biplanes to Fast Jets: A Pilot’s Life in the Royal Air Force 1942–1973

    Interview: From Biplanes to Fast Jets: A Pilot’s Life in the Royal Air Force 1942–1973

    Ken Aedy was a teenager when WW2 broke out. He joins the RAF and his life is changed forever. His son Mark joins me to discuss his father's many adventures during and after the war. This is a delightful story of a young man who does his duty and stays in the RAF and travels the world, meeting Douglas MacArthur and dancing with Rita Hayworth.
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    • 37 min
    The Comics of WW2

    The Comics of WW2

    Even before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Superman and Batman were declaring themselves against Hitler and his ways, while the American Bund, a pro Nazi organization, wanted the U.S. to be more like Nazi Germany. After Pearl Harbor, those same comic book heroes and many more were encouraging everyone to buy War Bonds to fight the Axis Powers. Meanwhile, Captain America is letting his fists do the talking for him.
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    • 29 min
    Interview w/ Damien Lewis about his book Churchill's Secret Warriors

    Interview w/ Damien Lewis about his book Churchill's Secret Warriors

    Historian Damien Lewis comes on to discuss his book about Churchill’s secret warriors who will take the fight to the Nazis. Now a major motion film starring Henry Cavill, we cover the brave men and women of Operation Postmaster and other operations that wear down the Axis in Europe.
    Want to go beyond the battlefield with The History of WWII Podcast? Dive deeper into the war with exclusive bonus episodes, expert interviews, and commercial-free listening for just $5/month! Every penny supports the show and keeps the history coming. Sign up now. 

    Donations are always welcome and help keep the History of WWII Podcast free for all.

    Follow The History of WWII Podcast:

    RSS – https://feeds.megaphone.fm/history-of-world-war-ii
    Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/wwii45
    Twitter – https://twitter.com/WW2Podcaster
    Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/rayharrisjr/
    TikTok – https://www.tiktok.com/@wwiiguy
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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
3.8K Ratings

3.8K Ratings

beanholestat ,

Great podcast

Very detailed, gnitty gritty look into WW2. For those who want a deep dive.

My only complaints are the 10+ episodes on Churchill, probably one of the most overrated political figures in history, who didn’t really do much besides talk (an orchestrate a famine in India then laugh it off). So many WW2 documentaries are made by Brits who love to fetishize Churchill. There’s a reason the guy was immediately out of power once the job called for more than sounding bullish on the radio.

Would have rather had a deep dive on Stalin, the guy who’s country actually won the war.

Straightiron ,

Awesome podcast

Packed with detail others storytellers overlook!

Hughbert G. Rection ,

Engrossing and full of detail

I love the way Ray goes into details about obscure theaters of the war that I am only vaguely familiar with. The only downside is because of the audio format, sometimes it’s hard to follow the level of detail, such as which infantry brigade is in which city as described in the narrative. But well worth a listen for World War II fans, even though with extensive knowledge.

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