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Join us on a journey into the past & present as we set out to explore the history of WW2. Our travels take us from the Homefront to the battlefields of Europe and beyond. Travel with us as we revisit historical locations, track down wartime relics, pick the brains of veterans and historians and pay our deep respect to the greatest generation. We have a great passion for WW2 history and are determined to learn as much as we can about this time in history and share our experiences with you, th ...
 
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In Episode 35 of the 'O Group' here on the WW2 Nation Podcast, we conclude our conversation with George Bearfield about the actions of his grandfather Jaroslav Bublik and his Czech colleagues serving with as agents with the SOE during the Second World War. We discuss Operation Anthropoid, Operation Foursquare, as well as many other Operations that …
 
In Episode 34 of the 'O Group' here on the WW2 Nation Podcast, it is part of our WW2 Restoration Men Series where we speak with those individuals behind various restoration projects around the globe looking to preserve our WW2 heritage. In the second episode of this specific series, we conclude our conversation with Charlie Walker and Neil Jones di…
 
In Episode 33 of the 'O Group' here on the WW2 Nation Podcast, we talk with George Bearfield about the actions of his grandfather Jaroslav Bublik and his Czech colleagues serving with as agents with the SOE during the Second World War. We discuss Operation Anthropoid, Operation Foursquare, as well as many other Operations that these brave men volun…
 
In Episode 32 of the 'O Group' here on the WW2 Nation Podcast, it is the first of our WW2 Restoration Men Series where we speak with those individuals behind various restoration projects around the globe looking to preserve our WW2 heritage. In the first episode of this specific series, we are joined by Charlie Walker and Neil Jones, to discuss the…
 
In Episode 31 of the 'O Group' here on the WW2 Nation Podcast, we mark the anniversary of the Allied liberation of Rome in Italy in June 1944 with a continuation of our discussion with Leger's Head Battlefield Guide Paul Reed to discover more about these events and the campaign in Italy during the Second World War. We learn about the "D-Day Dodgers…
 
In Episode 30 of the 'O Group' here on the WW2 Nation Podcast, we mark the anniversary of the Allied breakout from the Anzio beachhead in Italy in May 1944 with a discussion with Leger's Head Battlefield Guide Paul Reed to discover more about the campaign in Italy during the Second World War, and learn about the "D-Day Dodgers" including his own fa…
 
In Episode 29 of the 'O Group' on the WW2 Nation Podcast, we continue our conversation with British Historian James Holland about the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry to learn more about their wartime service, and discover more about those men's experiences who served with this Armoured Regiment in the Second World War. Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by…
 
In Episode 28 of the 'O Group' on the WW2 Nation Podcast, we talk with British Historian James Holland about the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry to learn more about their wartime service, and discover more about those men's experiences who served with this Armoured Regiment in the Second World War. Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale.…
 
In Episode 27 of the 'O Group' on the WW2 Nation Podcast, it is our concluding instalment looking at Operation Varsity - the airborne element of the Rhine Crossings of March 1945 - with battlefield guide Alex Collins. We discover more about the resupply mission, delve into the remarkable actions that saw the awards of both the VC and Medal of Honor…
 
In Episode 26 of the 'O Group' on the WW2 Nation Podcast we mark the anniversary of Operation Varsity - 24th March 1945 - by speaking with battlefield guide Alex Collins to learn more about one of the largest Allied airborne operations of the war, as well as the experiences of those men of British 6th Airborne and US 17th Airborne Divisions who jum…
 
In Episode 25 of the 'O Group' on the WW2 Nation Podcast with the anniversary fast approaching of the breakout from Stalag Luft III by Allied POWs in March 1944, we are speaking with historian Guy Walters, as we try and unravel fact from fiction behind the Real Great Escape, and that of Hollywood's 1963 classic war film the Great Escape. Music Feat…
 
To mark the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, we spoke with a few of the veterans we know about their experiences on 8th May 1945 and hear their advice for future generations. During the Second World War, Rusty joined the RAF. He was selected for Pilot training and learned to fly in Canada as part of the Empire Air Training Scheme. Having …
 
To mark the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, we spoke with a few of the veterans we know about their experiences on 8th May 1945 and hear their advice for future generations. Ken served in 3 Troop, C Squadron of the 1 Northamptonshire Yeomanry. His unit arrived in Normandy a few days after D-Day and its Sherman Tanks were thrown into the …
 
To mark the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, we spoke with a few of the veterans we know about their experiences on 8th May 1945 and hear their advice for future generations. Bob Sullivan (MBE) served with the 6th Airborne Division’s 3rd Parachute Squadron R.E. during the Second World War. Jumping into Normandy on D-Day and helping blow t…
 
To mark the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, we spoke with a few of the veterans we know about their experiences on 8th May 1945 and hear their advice for future generations. Alan served in ‘B’ Squadron the 1st East Riding Yeomanry as a wireless operator on a Sherman Tank. Landing in Normandy on D-Day on 6th June 1944 as part of 27th Armo…
 
To mark the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, we spoke with a few of the veterans we know about their experiences on 8th May 1945 and hear their advice for future generations. Denzil had initially joined the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) during the early stages of the war, before going on to join the Glider Pilot Regiment. Trained to fly…
 
To mark the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, we spoke with a few of the veterans we know about their experiences on 8th May 1945 and hear their advice for future generations. Jeff joined up before the war with the territorials 1/7th Middlesex Battalion which was equipped with Vickers Machine Guns, and saw service with the ‘Die Hards’ the …
 
To mark the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, we spoke with a few of the veterans we know about their experiences on 8th May 1945 and hear their advice for future generations. Having witnessed some of the events of the Hull Blitz, Jim joined the Merchant Navy at 15 serving onboard the Empire Larch Tug, where he and his crew-mates took part…
 
To mark the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, we spoke with a few of the veterans we know about their experiences on 8th May 1945 and hear their advice for future generations. Mervyn Kersch served with the RAOC from D-Day through to Germany. Nearly not making it to Normandy due to being put on a charge by an officer for not eating the supp…
 
To mark the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, we spoke with a few of the veterans we know about their experiences on 8th May 1945 and hear their advice for future generations. Peter served in 1 Troop, B Squadron of the 1st East Riding Yeomanry as a gunner on a Sherman Tank during the Second World War. He had originally enlisted with the RA…
 
To mark the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, we spoke with a few of the veterans we know about their experiences on 8th May 1945 and hear their advice for future generations. Stuart joined the 13/18th Royal Hussars as a newly commissioned officer in late 1942 and was assigned to HQ as the units Signals Officer. During 1943 – early 1944 th…
 
To mark the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, we spoke with a few of the veterans we know about their experiences on 8th May 1945 and hear their advice for future generations. Called-up in late 1943 aged 18 when he was working in York, Ken joined the Green Howards 7th Battalion. On the morning of 6th June 1944, Ken landed in one of the ini…
 
To mark the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, we spoke with a few of the veterans we know about their experiences on 8th May 1945 and hear their advice for future generations. Len landed on Gold Beach late on D-Day. As a despatch rider, his job was to carry messages between units and to escort columns of vehicles to get them to their desti…
 
To mark the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, we spoke with a few of the veterans we know about their experiences on 8th May 1945 and hear their advice for future generations. As soon as he was able to do so, Danny volunteered to become a paratrooper going through the all the rigorous training that this entailed to wear the famous maroon b…
 
To mark the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, we spoke with a few of the veterans we know about their experiences on 8th May 1945 and hear their advice for future generations. Peter landed on Juno Beach on D-Day and remained there with the 7th Beach Group for 4-5 weeks before it was disbanded and he went on to join the 9th Parachute Battal…
 
To mark the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, we spoke with a few of the veterans we know about their experiences on 8th May 1945 and hear their advice for future generations. Tom served in General Bill Slim's 'Forgotten' Fourteenth Army. Brought up in Liverpool, witnessing the Blitz here as he worked in the city's air-defence before joini…
 
To mark the 75th Anniversary Commemorations of VE Day, we spoke with a few of the veterans we know about their experiences on 8th May 1945 and hear their advice for future generations. Len served with the 6th Airborne Division during the War. Initially gaining some experience with his local Home Guard unit, Len was called up in 1943 and was posted …
 
In Episode 24 on the WW2 Nation Podcast, it is our final part looking at Moonlight Sonata with Frederick Taylor. Coming up in this instalment we hear all about the aftermath of the Luftwaffe’s infamous raid and its consequences not only for the city and its inhabitants, but also the fall out for Germany on the international stage, as well as its in…
 
In Episode 23 on the WW2 Nation Podcast we are diving right back into our discussion with Frederick Taylor to discover more about the infamous raid on Coventry on the 14th November 1940 by the Luftwaffe. Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale
 
In Episode 22 on the WW2 Nation Podcast we are talking with Frederick Taylor as this month marks the 79th anniversary of the infamous Luftwaffe raid on Coventry on 14-15 November 1940 during the height of the Blitz of Britain.Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale
 
In Episode 21, it is our third and final part of Talking the Day The Devils Dropped In with historian Neil Barber. Within this we discuss Jeff Haward's experiences with the 1/7th Middlesex Battalion; the Commandos' important role and experiences of Stan Scott with No.3 Commando as well as learning about Neil's current work looking at the blowing of…
 
Coming up in Episode 20 on the WW2 Nation Podcast, it is Part Two of Talking the Day The Devils Dropped In with historian Neil Barber and in which we will be discussing the actions by those men of the 7th Parachute Battalion and OBLI in holding the two bridges (Horsa & Pegasus) over the River Orne and Caen Canal. We will also be chatting about comm…
 
In Episode 19 of the WW2 Nation Podcast, we speak with 6th Airborne Division historian & author Neil Barber to discuss the important role this airborne unit played on D-Day and during the subsequent fierce fighting of the 1944 Normandy campaign. In Part One (of 3), we discover why Neil first started researching the men and actions of the British 6t…
 
In this episode of the WW2 Nation Podcast, it is our third and final instalment of talking with battlefield guide Mike Peters about the Glider Pilot Regiment and their role in Operation Husky during the fierce battle for Sicily in the summer of 1943. Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale
 
Welcome to another episode of the WW2 Nation Podcast and in this instalment we are turning our attention back to the scorching hot shores of Sicily in the summer of 1943, as we talk with battlefield guide Mike Peters in Part 2 of Operation Husky and the Glider Pilot Regiment. Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale…
 
In this episode of the WW2 Nation Podcast we talk with professional photographer Glyn Dewis about his incredible journey photographing the last of our surviving veterans from the Second World War. We learn all about this inspirational 3945 Portrait Project, the results of which will be on display in an exhibition held at the Soldiers of Oxfordshire…
 
In Episode 15 of the WW2 Nation Podcast we continue our focus on the restoration of LCT 7074 with Naval Historian and Archaeologist, Stephen Fisher who is one of the team working on this incredible project in Portsmouth. So lets dive right back in to discussing conditions onboard LCT 7074 for her crew in the build-up to D-Day… Discover More About L…
 
In Episode 14 of the WW2 Nation Podcast we talk with Naval Historian and Archaeologist, Stephen Fisher about all things Landing Craft related during the Second World War. We will also be going behind-the-scenes and learning all about the ongoing project down in Portsmouth by the National Museum of the Royal Navy to restore D-Day Veteran Landing Cra…
 
In this WW2 Nation Podcast episode, we had the opportunity to go behind the scenes and take a look at the making of HBO's international hit sensation WW2 Mini-Series, Band of Brothers with one of the writers, John Orloff. John who wrote Episode Two: Day of Days and Episode Nine: Why We Fight, tells us all about how it came together, what it was lik…
 
In our next feature – spread out over 3 parts – we turn our gaze to the sweltering and dusty plains of Sicily during the summer of 1943. We talk with battlefield guide and historian Mike Peters to learn more about Operation Husky, the Allied Invasion and campaign to capture the Mediterranean island as well as the Glider Pilot Regiments involvement …
 
With 2018 marking RAF100, we turn our attention to looking at one of Britain's most iconic wartime aircraft - the Supermarine Spitfire. And in this episode of the WWII Nation Podcast we speak with Co-Director David Fairhead about his new film documentary 'Spitfire' out in cinemas next week. We will be discussing all things Spitfire related and find…
 
In the 10th Episode of the WW2 Nation Podcast, we conclude our conversation speaking about the Battle of the Bulge with British military historian and author of 'Snow and Steel,' Dr. Peter Caddick-Adams. In this instalment, we will be looking at the siege of Bastogne, conditions inside the town for the defenders and civilians alike, the issue of lo…
 
In Episode 9 of the WW2 Nation Podcast, we speak Battle of the Bulge with British military histrorian and author of 'Snow and Steel,' Dr. Peter Caddick-Adams. In this second instalment, we discuss with Peter the terrain and weather conditions in the Ardennes and how well prepared soldiers from both sides were to cope in these harsh circumstances. W…
 
In our third episode of the WW2 Nation Podcast, we speak with British military histrorian and author of 'Snow and Steel,' Dr. Peter Caddick-Adams to learn more about the Battle of the Bulge. In the first of three parts, we discuss with Peter the planning behind Hitler's last throw of the dice in the Ardennes, the reason behind his decision to choos…
 
Welcome to another edition of the Veteran Podcast Archive here at WW2Nation.com In our third and final episode of speaking with Captain David Render about his experience as a Tank Troop Commander with the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry in WW2, we discover the differences between the Allied and German Tanks, the German Tiger and Panther's vulnerabilities…
 
Hi Folks, welcome to another edition of the Veteran Podcast Archive here at WW2Nation.com In this episode, Part 2 of A Turret View of Normandy, we rejoin Captain David Render of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry as he recalls the bitter reality of life and conditions inside a Sherman Tank during the Second World War. In this session we learn about the …
 
In this installment of the Veteran Podcast Archive, we feature an interview we did a year ago with WW2 Veteran Captain David Render, a former Troop Commander with one of one of Britain's elite Tank regiments, the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry. David Render joined the regiment in Normandy on D+5 as a 19 year old 2nd Lt fresh from Sandhurst. Due to its l…
 
In this episode, we look at the second installment of our conversation from last month with Second World War veteran Bill Betts. We pick up from where we left off in part 1 by discussing Beverly, the second hand M4 Sherman Tank that he and his other crew members inherited and called home for much of their war. We also found out about the improvised…
 
In this episode, the first of our veteran archive interviews, we speak with veteran Bill Betts about his experience as a radio operator in an M4 Sherman tank during the Second World War. Bill joined the army aged 19 in 1941 and fought with the Essex Yeomanry Regiment as part of B Troop. The Regiment landed on D-Day in the Jig Green Sector of Gold B…
 
A small snippet and sneak preview of our upcoming two-part interview with veteran Bill Betts, who speaks with the WW2 Nation team about his experience as a Sherman Tank radio operator in the Essex Yeomanry Regiment during the Second World War. Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaaleโดย WW2 Nation
 
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