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16 Gallipoli Part 1. WW1 Memoirs of Sgt Fred Reynard

16 Gallipoli Part 1 WW1 Memoirs of Sgt Fred Reynard | Great, unpublished history! | A brutal, firsthand account of the savage WW1 battle of Gallipoli, written by Sergeant Fred Reynard of the Isle of Wight Rifles. | He landed at Suvla Bay in August 1915. | The allied troops fought for the strategic waters of the Dardanelles, and the Turkish capital city of Constantinople, in the Ottoman empire. | Would the brave but over-confident allies find they’d bitten off more than they could chew...

Duration: 00:59:09

15 The WWII Poems of Sapper John Frederick Smith

15 The WWII poems of Sapper John Frederick Smith | Great, unpublished history! | In April 1940 John went to France with the British Expeditionary Force as a sapper in the Royal Engineers. | And he took his weapons of choice with him - gun, pencil and paper! | Poignant poetry of loyalty and comradeship, crafted during the London Blitz bombing! | Link to full episode show notes here, including show transcript and many photos and other details which will enhance your listening experience....

Duration: 00:19:11

14 The Last Flight of Lancaster Lily Mars, WW2

The Last Flight of Lancaster Lily Mars, WW2 Great, unpublished history! The story of WW2 Lancaster bomber LL678 together with its courageous crew during WW2 in 1944 | The Lancaster’s veteran RAF crew of Canadian, Australian and English airmen had been on what was to be their last mission before they retired. | And on a mission with almost too many cruel twists to bear, we hear the last poignant letter sent by the pilot to his family in an unwitting but foreboding prediction of the...

Duration: 00:36:59

13 Danger - Unexploded Bomb!

Danger - Unexploded Bomb! Great, unpublished history! The story of one man’s brave war against unexploded bombs in wartime London, during the 1940 Blitz: Brian Moss, Platoon Sergeant in 233 Field Company, Royal Engineers. "Imagine the shock when your pick clangs against steel. You wonder if you have started the clock ticking. On your knees, you use a trowel to carefully uncover the bomb." Episode shownotes here Please rate and review on iTunes - Thanks!

Duration: 00:40:10

12 - More Coffee with Flt Sgt Claude Reynolds

Podcast episode 12 More Coffee with Flt Sgt Claude Reynolds. RAF LANCASTER - REAR GUNNER. Great unpublished history! A privileged opportunity to hear 95 year old Flight Sergeant Claude Reynolds' WW2 memories, sometimes frightening, often fascinating, frequently funny! "The ice was cracking off the wings""The first five and the last five missions were the worst"This latest episode picks up on issues and details missed in the first podcast. We’re going to talk about some of Claude’s...

Duration: 00:45:23

11 - The Bee, Dunkirk little ship story, WW2

Podcast episode 11 The Bee - Dunkirk little ship story Great unpublished history In 1940, the war was going very badly for the Allies. The Germans had raced across Europe and by late May they had pushed the British Expeditionary Force and the French Army into a small area in and around Dunkirk. In wartime ordinary men and women are asked to do extraordinary things. This is the story of the part some Isle of Wight British merchant sailors played in rescuing allied troops from the...

Duration: 00:39:22

10 - Dunkirk letters of Capt Tom Woods OBE

Podcast episode 10 Dunkirk Letters of Capt Tom Woods OBE Great unpublished history The personal diary and letters home from Capt Wood of the Lady of Mann offer a unique glimpse into the happenings of the Dunkirk evacuation during WW2 in 1940Bill Cheall was plucked off the Dunkirk beaches by the ship Lady of Mann, which had an heroic part to play at Dunkirk. The ship was captained by civilian seaman, Tom Woods, who would later be honoured with an OBE for his gallant efforts. Hear about...

Duration: 00:46:24

9 - Dunkirk Diaries of Major Leslie Petch

Podcast episode 9 Dunkirk Diaries of Major Leslie Petch OBE "Champagne and scrambled eggs for supper!" Great previously unpublished history The first in a special Dunkirk series. Recommended that you also listen to Podcast Episode 1 in this series - Bill Cheall's story of the beaches. Shownotes at www.FightingThroughPodcast.co.uk Subscribe/Review on iTunes - http://bit.ly/WarPodcast Subscribe - don't miss out

Duration: 01:01:14

8 - WW2 D-Day poems of D E Gray

Podcast episode 8 D-Day poetry of CSM D E Gray MM Great previously unpublished history! When Company Sergeant Major Gray wasn't fighting for the Green Howards, sometime in 1944 he found time to compose some war poetry. Six linked poems paint a picture of the journey across the English Channel and onwards through Normandy, ending with a letter home to Doug's mum and dad, telling them what a marvellous time he was having. Composed with a great sense of humour, these poems make...

Duration: 00:24:24

7 - D-Day Diary of CSM D E Gray - Pt 2

Podcast episode 7 Memoirs of CSM D E Gray MM - Part 2 War memoirs of a WW2 military medal hero Great previously unpublished history! Episode one of the diary ended with Company Sergeant Major Gray winning the Military Medal. His battalion, the 7 Green Howards, had landed on Gold Beach on D-Day 6 June and advanced some distance into the dangerous French countryside. With many comrades already dead or wounded, CSM Gray must push on further into Europe with Holland as the next...

Duration: 00:39:44

6 - The D-Day Diary of CSM D E Gray MM

Podcast episode 6 Memoirs of CSM D E Gray MM - Part 1 (Part 2 follows VERY SOON) Great unpublished history! Doug Gray was there on D-Day and beyond. He wrote his diary and fascinating it is too. He even wrote a diary entry on the day he won his military medal, before he knew he'd won it! The diary’s been supplied by Doug’s family. The entries start just before D-Day and finish several weeks after, so it’s quite a rare historical record because soldiers were forbidden to keep diaries...

Duration: 01:05:02

4 - Coffee with WW2 Veteran Wilf Shaw

A rare and rewarding opportunity to hear 96 year old war veteran Wilf Shaw's WW2 memories, sometimes tragic, often hilarious. Paul Cheall has a coffee and chat with Wilf Shaw of 6th Battalion the Green Howards, 50th infantry division, in the British Army. Wilf fought in many campaigns including fighting for Monty’s 8th army in Alamein, Wadi Akarit in Tunisia, Sicily and of course Normandy. He was wounded twice and still returned to battle! This is the fourth episode in the podcast...

Duration: 00:58:35

3 - D-Day WW2 - veterans' accounts

Graphic accounts of the D-Day landings taken from two veteran memoirs Startling accounts from two different perspectives - one from an infantryman, the other from a Royal Engineer, both landing on Gold Beach under heavy fire. This is the third episode in the podcast series Fighting Through from Dunkirk to Hamburg, based around the book of the same name which features Bill Cheall's World War 2 memoirs. Click here to please rate and review - Thanks! WWII military history

Duration: 00:53:17

2 - Wadi Akarit, North Africa WW2 - Gripping veterans' accounts

Gripping veteran accounts of the dramatic Wadi Akarit battle which brought Allied victory in North Africa. The famous battle of El Alamein turned the tide against the German army in North Africa. Shortly after, in Operation Scipio, Allied victory at the savage battle of Wadi Akarit in Tunisia led to the Axis forces being kicked off the continent, opening up the way for the battle of Sicily. Hear unpublished material from veterans' memoirs. Wadi Akarit - World War Two's own Charge of the...

Duration: 00:40:17

1 - Dunkirk WW2 - Veteran Bill Cheall's story of the beaches

Covering Bill Cheall’s traumatic experience on the beaches at Bray-Dunes, France, 1940, trying to get back to England, plus some unpublished material. The first in a series of podcasts about Bill Cheall's WWII memoirs. Click here to please rate and review - Thanks! World War 2 military history

Duration: 00:22:34