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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.

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

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English


Episodes

Episode 216-The World Goes to War

2/12/2018
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Chiang Kai-Shek struggles to keep China in the war, knowing the Soviet-German Non Aggression Pact can not last. The question is what will Japan do, once Russia is brought low. Meanwhile, the Japanese attack French Indochina and force Churchill to close the Burma Road. 1941 goes by with the U.S. and Japanese Empire negotiating, hoping to bring the other to heel. Neither side is participating in good faith. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:44:00

Episode 215: Collision Course, the Road to Pearl Harbor.

2/5/2018
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Having chased Chiang Kai-Shek back to Chongqing, the Japanese Empire is still unable to get him to surrender. So, on to Chongqing it is, but events in Europe: The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland and then the war in the West will stymie one Japanese government after another. Which leaves Japan to head towards SE Asia and in conflict with the United States, setting up the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Duration:00:32:39

Episode 214-Betrayal, the Burma Road and The Battle of Nomonhan

1/29/2018
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Chiang Kai-Shek starts over, again, in Chongqing, as the Japanese military seek to deny him the east coast. First Canton will fall, then other port cities. Meanwhile, British controlled Burma and the Nationalists work together to construct the Burma Road, so supplies can come over land. And finally, a border dispute between Japanese troops in Manchukuo and Mongolians, with their Russia allies, starts a series of events that will lead Japan to attack in SE Asia, which leads to Pearl Harbor.

Duration:00:33:43

Episode 213-The 2nd Sino-Japanese War: The Fall of Wuhan

1/24/2018
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Chiang Kai-Shek is staking everything on his defense of Wuhan. As such, the various Japanese forces attempt to encircle the city. Chiang throws everything he has at the enemy, even scoring one major victory at Tai’erzhuang. However, this is not enough and forces from the North China Army have to be stymied by digging around a dyke that helps hold back the Yellow River. Some half a million Chinese people are killed, but the threat to the north is stopped, for awhile.

Duration:00:36:16

Episode 212-The Massacre of Nanjing

1/15/2018
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As Chiang Kai-Shek moves his capital and military Head Quarters west and Hideki Tojo becomes directly involved in the war to the north, the Japanese troops move out from Shanghai to Nanjing. There, their pent up frustration over the Nationalists refusing to concede will boil over into the Massacre or Rape of Nanjing. AND try Audible for 30 days at audible.com/worldwar

Duration:00:30:49

Episode 211-The End of the Battle of Shanghai

1/8/2018
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Chiang Kai-Shek's forces are barely holding out. But when a second enemy Expeditionary Force lands, it spells the end of Shanghai's freedom. Stalin agrees to supply the Chinese Nationalists, but the Japanese forces then move on to the Chinese capital Nanjing. The Rape of Nanjing will be bring the horror of occupation to a whole new level.

Duration:00:32:35

Episode 210-China's Lost Battalion

12/11/2017
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The Japanese Expeditionary Force continues to push south to gain access to Shanghai. Meanwhile, Chiang Kai-Shek's nationalist troops continue to retreat. Yet, to show the world its defiance and courage, Chiang will leave one Battalion north of the Suzhou River, to face the Japanese alone. Link for book- http://bit.ly/2zVDxiC Survey link- http://survey.libsyn.com/wwiipodcast

Duration:00:32:02

Episode 209-Dark Days for Chiang Kai-Shek

12/4/2017
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The Chinese Nationalists are loosing the battle of Shanghai. Yet, Chiang has to hold on as the League of Nations will soon be discussing the conflict. Then U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt steps into the fray by criticizing Japan's aggression. Still, it seems that Chiang's holdings north of Shanghai will have to be abandoned. Yet, to make sure the world doesn't forget about the Chinese, 1000 soldiers will be left near the Foreign Settlements, so the westerns can watch these men be...

Duration:00:26:44

Episode 208-The Battle of Shanghai: Japanese Reinforcements

11/4/2017
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The Japanese Expeditionary forces set the stage for a much larger attack, once their reinforcements arrive. The plan is to cut Shanghai off from any assistance. Meanwhile, Chiang Kai-Shek has taken personal command of the 3rd War Zone.

Duration:00:23:12

Episode 207-Shanghai Becomes Chiang Kai-Shek's Stalingrad

10/30/2017
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The Chinese Nationalist forces have pulled back from the coast, yet are determined to establish their own Maginot Line. But as both sides have reinforcements in route, the fighting around Shanghai will continue. Thus giving the world, its first large clash, using modern weapons within a civilian population, five years before Stalingrad.

Duration:00:28:32

Episode 206-Interview with Dr. Lyuba Vinogradova about her book Avenging Angels: The Young Women of the Soviet Union's WWII Sniper Corps

10/20/2017
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Dr. Lyuba Vinogradova discusses her research and the resulting book that covers the young women of Stalin's USSR, who are conscripted to the Sniper Corps.

Duration:00:51:51

Episode 205-Chiang Kai-Shek's Pyrrhic Victory

10/16/2017
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Chiang Kai Shek and his ordinary soldiers are more determined than ever to defend Shanghai in 1937. However, the officers in the middle, due to their experience, see the writing on the wall. Thus Nationalist China will adopt the famous policy of trading land for time.

Duration:00:22:00

Episode 204-The Japanese Empire Doubles Down in Shanghai

10/10/2017
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The Japanese invasion of Shanghai, nor their desire to teach the Chinese a lesson, is moving forward fast enough for Tokyo. So when the Expeditionary commander requests 5 additional divisions, the Japanese Imperial Staff and Navy acquiesce with alacrity. Their new goal is to expand their holdings and when reinforced to push west on a general front. However, Chiang Kai-Shek has reached an agreement with Stalin and soon Soviet military supplies will be on the way. For now the Chinese...

Duration:00:26:03

Episode 203-Shanghai: The Dominance of Japanese Air and Sea Power

10/3/2017
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The Japanese are unloading men and material at a frustratingly slow rate, due to the tides. Until they are ready to launch their assault, their navy and air force keep Chiang Kai-Shek's forces pinned down.

Duration:00:19:29

Episode 202-The Battle of Shanghai Part 2

9/15/2017
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The Japanese bring reinforcements to Shanghai as their marines are bogged down by Chiang Kai-Shek's best troops. Meanwhile, retired US Army Air Force Captain Claire Lee Chennault, finds the Chinese pilots woefully inadequate in deflecting the building assault. The Japanese invaders come ashore and now the fate of Shanghai is in the balance, as British and American civilians flee the International Settlement. Please fill out the survey at http://survey.libsyn.com/wwiipodcast.

Duration:00:33:40

Episode 201-The Battle of Shanghai, Part 1

9/9/2017
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Chiang Kai-Shek decides that the time has come to openly fight back against Japan. His chosen site is the port city of Shanghai. Both sides build up their forces there, but the Chinese Nationalists will attempt to deliver a surprise attack. As the war enlarges, Stalin decides to assist the Chinese. Tokyo will widen the battle of Shanghai, as their first attempt is blunted. Please help me out and fill out a survey at http://survey.libsyn.com/wwiipodcast.

Duration:00:26:07

Episode 200-The Marco Polo Bridge Incident: Total War Comes to China

8/13/2017
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After the clash at the Marco Polo bridge, the Japanese Military decides to occupy northern China. Defying them are the forces of Chiang Kai-Shek and Mao Zedong, as they come to an understanding and put on hold their civil war. After the episode I discuss the film Dunkirk and the events of the Alt Right in Charlottesville, VA.

Duration:00:38:54

Episode 199-The Pacific Theatre-Prologue Sino-Japanese Relations

7/23/2017
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As we officially begin the Pacific Theatre, this episode covers the building tension between The Japanese Empire, dominated by the military and the Chinese Nationalist Government. From the Russo-Japanese War to the Mukden Incident, to the take over of Manchuria, to the fighting over Shanghai and at the Great Wall itself, Japanese desire for more and more Chinese territory, dominates relations between the two countries. The episode ends, with the beginning of the events at the Marco Polo...

Duration:00:28:33

Episode 198-The Beginning of the Big Three

6/18/2017
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President Roosevelt sends Harry Hopkins, again to London, to set up a meeting between himself and Churchill. The U.S. still seems far from entering the war, but coordination is needed if Hitler is to be defeated. But Hopkins also ends up flying to Moscow to meet with Stalin, the first high ranking American to do so. Meanwhile, as Washington wonders what to do about the Japanese Empire, Tokyo decides on its own to take the initiative. Pictured is Harry Hopkins and Stalin during their first...

Duration:00:42:06

Episode 197-The Beginning of the Final Solution

6/11/2017
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Nazi Germany launches its war against the USSR. As such, FDR hopes Germany's attention will slacken on the Atlantic. Yet, if Soviet Russia collapses, then Japan would be free to attack Siberia or Western held territory in Asia. FDR must decide it now is the time to move forcefully against Hitler. Meanwhile Churchill and FDR learn of the slaughter of the Jews in Poland.

Duration:00:19:36

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