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A military history podcast that looks at all aspects of WWII.

With WW2 slipping from living memory I aim to look at different historical aspects of the Second World War.

The WW2 Podcas‪t‬ Angus Wallace

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A military history podcast that looks at all aspects of WWII.

With WW2 slipping from living memory I aim to look at different historical aspects of the Second World War.

    Operation Lena and Hitler's Plots to Blow up Britain

    Operation Lena and Hitler's Plots to Blow up Britain

    The common narrative of the war often completely overlooks Germany’s attempts to run spies in Britain. In actual fact, for more or less the whole of the war the German secret service, the Abwehr, were sending agents into Britain.

    In this episode I’m joined by Bernard O’Connor, author of Operation Lena and Hitler's Plots to Blow up Britain to discuss German espionage activities.

    • 37 min
    The Defeat of Army Group South, 1944

    The Defeat of Army Group South, 1944

    At the start of 1944 the German army on the Eastern Front was reeling after suffering defeats at Stalingrad and Kursk. Hitler was keen to hold on to the territory occupied by the Germans, but all the while the Wehrmacht was forced to give up ground to the Red Army. In this episode we’re going to be looking at the fighting throughout 1944 for Army Group South in the Ukraine and Romania.

    I’m joined by Prit Buttar.

    Prit is the author of The Reckoning: The Defeat of Army Group South, 1944.

    • 50 min
    Spaniards in the British Army

    Spaniards in the British Army

    After the Spanish civil war there was a large number of displaced spaniards living in France. With WWII looming, the French began to recruit these men into their armed forces.

    When France fell a sizeable number found themselves in Britain, where they were recruited in to the British Army.

    In this episode I’m joined by military historian and hispanist Sean Scullion to explore who these men were and their stories.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    The Original Jeeps

    The Original Jeeps

    During the interwar years the US army had worked to develop a light weapons carrier, but by 1940 the ‘perfect’ vehicle had not been found.

    In this episode we discuss how the Bantam Car Company, Willys Overland-Motors and the Ford stepped up to developed a new vehicle which would eventually become the Jeep.

    I’m Joined by Paul R. Bruno.

    • 39 min
    Rome

    Rome

    When the Italians secretly brokered an armistice with the allies in September 1943, Rome was occupied by the Germans. With the Germans in charge, Italian men would be deported as forced labour and the Jewish population of Rome rounded up to be sent to concentration camps.

    At the same time the Vatican became a magnet for escaped Prisoners of War who would seek refuge inside the walls of the holy city.

    I’m joined by Victor Failmezger.

    • 56 min
    The 746th Far East Air Force Band

    The 746th Far East Air Force Band

    Richard Burt was part of the the 746th Far East Air Force Band, based in the Philippines. At the end of WWII just before the band were split up, they recorded a final performance. Richard Burt brought these recordings. Burt squirrelled away these discs and were largely forgotten until they were rediscovered after he passed away.

    Jason Burt has made these recordings available, you can find them on Spotify and for sale with original home footage of the band at 746thfeaf.com

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
515 Ratings

515 Ratings

Brandon Current ,

Intriguing Podcast

I like the research that goes into this podcast! It keeps it interesting and always nice to learn something new about the past and how it can still teach us lessons and concepts today! Thanks for creating and maintaining this history of podcast of WW2! I would enjoy to hear more on the technological machinery used from the different militaries and how they gave advantages of those innovation against there opponents. I did learn from different research that on The Pacific Theater, the Japanese Navy had superior torpedos that would go twice the distance as other navy’s had and it gave them the victory in some of the early naval battles. Thanks again 🙂!

morgz24 hour challenge ,

Awesome

I love ww2 history read a lot of books and this is awesome

Cjb122 ,

Amazing

I love your fascination of the many different theaters, campaigns, operations, icons and vehicles of the Second World War. I do ask that you do an episode on the different nations prewar navies(and their tactics if possible).

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