WW2 Nation Podcast

WW2 Nation Podcast

By WW2 Nation
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, the WW2 Community. It’s going to be a long journey, in fact it’s going to be a life long journey.
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Voices of VE Day 75 - Rusty Waughman
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 completed his training and gained his wings, he was eventually posted to Bomber Command’s 101 ‘Special Duties’ Squadron where he flew a Lancaster over Germany and France, including raids over Berlin and the ill fated Nuremberg Operation of March 1944. Surviving numerous night fighter attacks, German flak and even a mid-air collision with another Lancaster over Belgium, Rusty and his crew completed their full tour of 30 operations. Amazingly after the war Rusty then went on to fly Dakota’s during the Berlin Airlift 1948-49.
04:58
May 7, 2020
Voices of VE Day 75 - Ken Tout
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 thick of the action as an independent armoured brigade. Ken operated as a gunner, but due to his taking / passing the initial test for officer training before the unit left for oversea operations, he was promoted to a tank commander and frequently utilised in this role, taking over from other tank co’s when they were wounded. Ken served the whole way through the fierce fighting of the Normandy Campaign including in and around Caen, then the breakout towards Falaise and the Seine. This included Operation Totalise and the fierce battle to take and hold the bourguebus ridge in August 1944. Following the break out he took part in the capture of Le Havre before eventually going onto fighting into and through Holland. But in October 1944 Ken’s war was over, his tank overturned and he sustained a serious leg injury, he was evacuated by Dakota back to the UK to undergo an operation and recover.
12:32
May 7, 2020
Voices of VE Day 75 - Bob Sullivan
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 the bridge across the River Dives at Robehomme, Bob saw action the whole way through the Normandy Campaign, in the Ardennes and in Holland, before being wounded in the left leg by mortar fire near his RV on Drop Zone A during the drop over the Rhine, Op Varsity in March 1945.
08:50
May 7, 2020
Voices of VE Day 75 - Alan King
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 Armoured Brigade, Alan and his crew fought all the way through Normandy, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and into Germany. He took part in Operation Charnwood, Goodwood, Astonia, Operation Alan in the Netherlands, the Battle of the Bulge and subsequent Rhine Crossings. Alan had been incredibly lucky in Normandy as he and his crew had 3 tanks shot out from under them. On 8th July 1944 during the engagement at Galmanche, Alan sadly lost his close friend Corporal Louis Wilkes – every year Alan visits and pays his respect to his former tank commander.
02:49
May 7, 2020
Voices of VE Day 75 - Denzil Cooper
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 the British Horsa Glider, Denzil went on to take part in Operation Mallard in Normandy on D-Day in June 1944. He and his fellow co-pilot then transported troops into battle around Arnhem as part of Operation Market Garden in the Netherlands in September 1944. Denzil found himself fighting for his life as he and his colleagues faced overwhelming odds and became embroiled in bitter house-to-house street fighting.
01:50
May 7, 2020
Voices of VE Day 75 - Jeff Haward
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 whole way through the war, from its very start to its end. Jeff fought in France as part of the BEF in 1940 where he was evacuated at Dunkirk, he went on to fight in North Africa taking part in the Battle of El Alamein, then Sicily, before landing in Normandy and battling all the way through into Germany where he was on VE Day. Jeff was one of those caught up in the fierce fighting in the Reichswald Forest in Feb 1945. He was awarded an MM for his role during this battle – which was later personally awarded by Montgomery himself. Sadly though, it was also in this same encounter that he lost his close friend and comrade, Sgt. Frank Dollin, on this day 75 years ago.
04:30
May 7, 2020
Voices of VE Day 75 - Jim Radford
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 in D-Day assisting in the construction of the Mulberry Harbour – Port Winston – just off Arromanches near Gold Beach. There they stayed off the coast of Normandy acting as a rescue vessel assisting other crafts, men and crews in distress. Many of you will have no doubt heard Jim’s incredibly powerful account of his memories of these days in the form of his song – ‘The Shores of Normandy’ – which cannot help but bring a tear to your eye.
03:50
May 7, 2020
Voices of VE Day 75 - Mervyn Kersch
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 supplied meat in army meals as it wasn’t kosher, that was quickly sorted and Mervyn continued in the training ahead of Operation Overlord. He would land on Gold Beach a few days after the 6th June, where he was part of setting up the vital vehicle parks to maintain the supply and demand of the land army from motorbike to tanks. He even managed to ‘borrow’ a jeep to drive around in. From the breakout of Normandy, Mervyn was part of the advance that moved across Belgium and the Netherlands. Mervyn spent time in Celle and would encounter many of the liberated Jews from Bergen Belson who were awaiting transport. He was able to speak to some of the survivors in broken English, French, German and Yiddish. He recalls many he spoke to wanting to travel to Eretz. On the 7th May, Mervyn embarked a train to Brussels, they were to prepare to go to the Far East. The train arrived on the 9th May where they were then informed the war in Europe was over and hostilities had ceased.
04:06
May 7, 2020
Voices of VE Day 75 - Peter Davies
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 RAF as a wireless operator but then transferred to the Army who at that moment had been desperately short of W/O’s. Having landed on D-Day, he and his crew fought all the way through to VE Day where they finished up in the area of Biesbosch. They were incredibly lucky as despite suffering several glancing blows – ‘Bandit’ – Peter’s tank was never knocked out.
02:24
May 7, 2020
Voices of VE Day 75 - Stuart Watson
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 the 13/18 Hussars were preparing for their part in the invasion of Europe, equipped with Sherman DD Tanks they were destined to take on a specialist role on D-Day by helping to spearhead the landings on Sword Beach with their tanks swimming ashore to support the infantry being landed. Stuart fought with the unit throughout the bitter-fighting in Normandy during the summer of 1944, witnessing the horrors of the Falaise Pocket as the Allied forces broke-out into France and attempted to surround the remaining German forces during their retreat. He also took part in Operation Market Garden in the Netherlands with XXX Corps, saw service in the Ardennes during the Winter of 1944-45 before the final push into Germany.
03:14
May 7, 2020
Voices of VE Day 75 - Ken Cooke
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 initial waves on Gold Beach. When Ken waded ashore the greatest thought which preoccupied his mind was not the enemy fire going on all around him, but that of his socks being thoroughly soaked through. His unit quickly pushed in-land in the proceeding hours and were in fact told to hold in case they got cut-off from adjacent units who had met stubborn resistance. The reality of the situation quickly dawned on Ken when the next day when the names of a few of his mate were posted as wounded or killed in action. Caught up in the proceeding grinding fight through Normandy, Ken was wounded by shrapnel from an air-burst on 4th July 1944 where he was evacuated back to Blighty. It took several months in hospital for Ken to recover from his wounds. ‘Fit’ once more, he was sent back to the North Western European Theatre as a replacement and posted to the Highland Light Infantry, battling through Germany and ending up at Bremen.
02:34
May 7, 2020
Voices of VE Day 75 - Len Fox
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 destination. In mid-July, he was leading a column of lorries containing ammunition to the front line. As he reached the crossroads behind him in the photograph, he stopped to get his bearings. Beside the road, a sign read ‘Dust Kills’, a warning to take care not to kick up any dust whilst driving because if it were to be spotted by the Germans it would make you an immediate target. But it was a very dry time of year and trying to move a column of lorries around without creating any kind of telltale sign was a near impossibility. Unbeknownst to Len, the Germans had the crossroads marked as a target for their artillery and they were watching them. Suddenly, a shell landed just yards away from them. Len knew it was a ranging shell and the next one wouldn’t miss. They had to move at once. He got the convoy moving away from the crossroads as quickly as he could but it was too late. Another shell came over and this time hit one of the trucks, causing all the ammunition it was carrying to go off. The resulting explosion was enormous. Len was badly wounded. He has no idea how long it was until someone got to him or what happened in the aftermath, as he didn’t regain consciousness until he was in a casualty clearing station about ten kilometres back from the crossroads. When he eventually came round, he saw a woman all in white and thought he was facing an angel. The nurse he had seen offered him a cigarette, and he realised then he wasn’t dead ‘because I knew you couldn’t smoke in heaven!’ Len awoke to find he was temporarily deafened by the blast and he had to have shrapnel removed from his spine. However, after just six weeks recovery time he rejoined his unit to take part in the liberation of Brussels.
02:59
May 7, 2020
Voices of VE Day 75 - Danny Mason
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 berry. Posted to the 8th Parachute Battalion of the 6th Airborne Division which had cut its teeth in Normandy and in the Ardennes already. Danny was keen not to let the war pass him by due to his age, so when the opportunity came to fill the boots of a comrade who could no longer jump because of medical grounds, he jumped at the chance to volunteer for his first overseas operation and first combat jump. This was to be the largest Allied airborne drop of the war to date – Operation Varsity – with the Rhine Crossing in March 1945. Once on the ground, Danny and his comrades battled through Germany helping spearhead the thrust towards the River Elbe. Only a few days before the war officially ended, Danny had been wounded by a German aircraft attack on his position. He was evacuated out of the line to Belgium and was in hospital on 8th May 1945 for VE Day. In typical Airborne style, that did not stop him breaking out of the hospital to join in the celebrations and have a few drinks.
03:47
May 7, 2020
Voices of VE Day 75 - Peter Lovett
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 Battalion, as a replacement helping to fill the gaps in the ranks following weeks of hard fighting on the left-flank. Following his involvement in Operation Paddle – the 6th Airborne’s advance towards the Seine and break-out of Normandy – Peter went on to play his part in the Battle of the Bulge before making his his first combat jump with the 6th Airborne Division as part of Operation Varsity – the Rhine Crossing into Germany.
06:42
May 7, 2020
Voice of VE Day 75 - Tom Jones
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 joining up where he was posted to India for his training with the Royal Artillery. He went on to become a wireless operator for a Forward Observation Officer with the 33rd Jungle Field Regiment battling through Burma against the Japanese. He was still fighting the Japanese in the jungle when the ending of the war in Europe on VE Day was announced.
04:30
May 7, 2020
Voice of VE Day 75 - Len Trewin
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 to the Royal Warwick’s camp of Budbrook Barracks for training, where as luck would have it a few Parachute Regiment recruitment team were also visiting. Fancying the challenge or as Len would say why not give it a go, he volunteered to join the Paras. And was whisked away to Hardwick Hall for 2 weeks of intense physical training before going on to Ringway / Tatton Park to do jump training and gain his wings following 8 successful practice jumps. Eventually Len was posted to 8th Battalion under the command of the renowned veteran CO Alistair ‘Jock’ Pearson. He joined the Mortar Platoon and arrived as a reinforcement in Normandy in August just in time to take part in the breakout towards the River Seine as part of Operation Paddle. Following this, Len was involved in the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes with 8th Bn, then took part in Operation Varsity in the jump across the Rhine. It was in this that Len was wounded as he was advancing up a road they came under fire from a German anti-aircraft gun which was being used in a ground role and he was caught by a piece of Shrapnel from one of its shells just above the left eye and still has this memento from Krupp to this day. Following the end of the war Len went onto see service in Palestine as well as other parts of the Middle East. 
01:27
May 7, 2020
Ep 24 - Part Three: Talking Moonlight Sonata - The Luftwaffe Raid on Coventry 14th November 1940 with Frederick Taylor
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 influence on future operations by both the Luftwaffe and also the RAF Bomber Command. Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale.
36:51
December 18, 2019
Ep 23 - Part Two: Talking Moonlight Sonata - The Luftwaffe Raid on Coventry 14th November 1940 with Frederick Taylor
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
32:22
December 12, 2019
Ep 22 - Part One: Talking Moonlight Sonata - The Luftwaffe Raid on Coventry 14th November 1940 with Frederick Taylor
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
33:11
November 21, 2019
Ep 21 - Part Three: Talking the Day The Devils Dropped In - The 6th Airborne Division in Normandy 1944 with Neil Barber
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 the 5 bridges across the River Dives and Divette. Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale
31:58
November 14, 2019
Ep 20 - Part Two: Talking the Day The Devils Dropped In - The 6th Airborne Division in Normandy 1944 with Neil Barber
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 commemoration beyond the 75th Anniversary as well as a few of the brave actions that took place around the bridges in those first 24 hours, including one Neil believes should have seen a Victoria Cross given for. Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale
28:51
November 7, 2019
Ep 19 - Part One: Talking the Day The Devils Dropped In - The 6th Airborne Division in Normandy 1944 with Neil Barber
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 6th Airborne Division in Normandy in 1944. Before diving right into discussing the plan, role and actions of Lt Colonel Terence Otway's 9th Parachute Battalion assault on the Merville Battery on D-Day as well as the proceeding fighting in Amfreville and up at the Chateau St Come. Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale
26:10
October 31, 2019
Ep 18 - Part Three: Talking Operation Husky and the Glider Pilot Regiment with Mike Peters
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
38:50
October 23, 2019
Ep 17 - Part Two: Talking Operation Husky and the Glider Pilot Regiment with Mike Peters
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
36:18
October 16, 2019
Ep 16 - Talking Photographing the Last Surviving Veterans of WW2 - The 3945 Portrait Project with Glyn Dewis
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 Museum soon. Discover More About the 3945 Portrait Project Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale
55:58
October 9, 2019
Ep 15 - Part Two-Talking the Restoration of D-Day Veteran Landing Craft Tank 7074 with Stephen Fisher
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 LCT 7074 Talk: The Evolution of the Landing Craft  Talk: Embarking the D-Day Armada  Tour: New Light on D-Day Lepe Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale
34:53
October 2, 2019
Ep 14 - Part One: Talking the Restoration of D-Day Veteran Landing Craft Tank 7074 with Stephen Fisher
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 Craft Tank 7074 to her former 1944 glory. Discover More About LCT 7074 Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale 
32:03
September 25, 2019
Ep 13 - Talking Band of Brothers & Masters of the Air with John Orloff
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 like to be part of this life-changing series and much more. We also speak with John about the exciting new WW2 TV Series he is currently working on with Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks which will be focusing on the battle for the skies during the Second World War from part of the US Eighth Airforce’s perspective - The Bloody 100th - which is based on aspects of Donald L Miller’s book Masters of the Air.  Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale
48:59
July 18, 2019
Ep 12 - Part One: Talking Operation Husky and the Glider Pilot Regiment with Mike Peters
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 within these events. Part One sees us taking a look at why Sicily was chosen by the Allies following their success in North Africa, the Casablanca Conference, how the Allies tried to hide their intentions to the Germans with Operations Mincemeat & Barclay; the opposition faced by the Allies on Sicily, the fledgling Allied Airborne’s’ roles to come, including in particular the Glider Pilot Regiment and the differences between the US Waco and British Horsa Gliders. And that’s only just starting to scratch the surface as we discuss the Ponte Grande Bridge and an episode of herculean logistical feats in terms of Operation Beggar or Turkey Buzzard.  Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale
42:52
August 1, 2018
Ep 11 - Talking the Spitfire and new Film Documentary Spitfire with Co-Director David Fairhead
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 finding out a lot about this remarkable aircraft from David. As well as talking about what it symbolised to the British people, why it had such a longevity of service and how it still manages to capture the imaganiation of generations to this day, we also hear the thoughts of those veterans who flew her - such as ATA pilots Joy Lofthouse and Mary Ellis, RAF Fighter pilots Paul Farnes, Tom Neil and Geoffrey Wellum.    Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale
44:52
July 13, 2018
Ep 10 - Part 3: Talking Snow & Steel The Battle of the Bulge 1944-45 with Dr. Peter Caddick-Adams
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 logistics and re-supply, the use of air-power during the campaign including Operation Bodenplatte and the impact of the King Tiger Tank in the Ardennes. Added to that we will be examining Germany's use of special forces in the forms of the Fallschirmjaeger and also of Otto Skorzeny's english-speaking commandos, friendly fire incidences and also the British role and contribution during the Battle of the Bulge.   Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale
44:14
February 9, 2017
Ep 9 - Part 2: Talking Snow & Steel The Battle of the Bulge 1944-45 with Dr. Peter Caddick-Adams
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. We also look at the events of Saturday 16th December 1944, that very first day of the battle and how one man or unit could make a big impact, as well as this we examine the Allied high-command's response to this sudden surprise attack.   Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale
37:19
January 31, 2017
Ep 8 - Part 1: Talking Snow & Steel The Battle of the Bulge 1944-45 with Dr. Peter Caddick-Adams
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 choose this region, the objectives of the Wacht am Rhein campaign, a secret German POW breakout plot in Britain, the Allied intelligence failings, the importance of fuel, the MP-44 and much, much more.  Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale
38:05
January 17, 2017
Ep 7 - A Turret View of Normandy Part 3: Talking with Tank Commander Captain David Render
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, the reality of running these gigantic machines - which meant fuel and a lot of it. We also learn how best to force the German Tanks out of hiding and the way in which David would employ his troop to deal with this threat.  We hear about a few very close calls, including a friendly fire incidence with Hawker Typhoons, and also discover the reality of mail, post and censorship on the front line, as well as finally discussing the history behind the tactics that were taught at Sandhurst to David during his time here.  We hope you have found this interview of interest. And if you wish to find out even more about David's story and that of the S-R-Y as they battled their way across Normandy and towards the heart of the Third Reich, David alongside historian and author Stuart Tootal has recently released a book of his memoirs called Tank Action: An Armoured Troop Commander's War 1944-45.   Finally if you know somebody, a relative or friend perhaps who served during the Second World War and is willing to talk with us about their experience, please do feel free to get in contact with us via info@ww2nation.com. Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale
34:48
September 14, 2016
Ep 6 - A Turret View of Normandy Part 2: Talking with Tank Commander Captain David Render
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 horrific casualties sustained by the Regiment as they fought their way through the Normandy bocage and towards Germany, and just to give you an idea of what David faced during this period, the average life expectancy of a Tank Commander was just two weeks. We also discuss the tactics employed by both sides, the constant threat from snipers in the bocage, a first encounter with a Panzerfaust, losing a tank on mines, a few tricks of the trade that helped keep David and his crew alive, Operation Pepperpot and much much more.  Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale
39:19
August 22, 2016
Ep 5 - A Turret View of Normandy Part 1 : Talking with Captain David Render
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 length, the interview will be split into 3 parts. In this very first episode, we discuss David's childhood and growing up in London, being evacuated to the countryside as well as the Blitz. We look at his brother's army service in France around Dunkirk in 1940, before then turning to David's own experience of joining the army, training and everything that entailed including learning how to drive a tank, and then finally to the crucial moment when training becomes reality, the crossing of the channel on D+2 to Normandy to join up with his future regiment.  Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale
37:55
July 26, 2016
Ep 4 - Baker 'B' From Le Hamel to Kiel - Part Two: Talking with Bill Betts
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 measures that Bill and the rest of his colleagues took to add extra protection to their Sherman. We learn about the Essex Yeomanry's time fighting through Holland, crossing the Rhine in their Donald Duck tanks and also their experience of liberating Kiel, as well as much, much more.   Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale
30:25
May 24, 2016
Ep 3 - Victor - Victor - Victor - Part One: Talking with Bill Betts
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 Beach near Le Hamel and fought its way with the rest of the British 8th Armoured Brigade through France, Belgium, Holland and into Germany before eventually being de-mobbed in 1946. Due to the length of the interview, it will be published on the podcast in two parts. What follows in part one, we discuss Bill joining the army, the training he underwent, joining the EYR, landing on Gold Beach, a few close encounters with a Tiger Tank, R&R in Brussels and much more...  Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale
30:06
May 8, 2016
Ep 3 (Preview) - Talking with WW2 veteran Bill Betts
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 Kaale
05:20
May 4, 2016
Ep 2 - Talking The War in the West, Germany Ascendant with James Holland
In our second episode of the WW2 Nation Podcast, we speak with Second World War historian James Holland about the first book in his new trilogy, The War in the West - Germany Ascendant 1939-1941.  Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale
34:52
March 23, 2016
Ep 1 - Talking The Fall of Berlin in 1945 with Antony Beevor
In our first ever episode of the WW2 Nation Podcast, we speak with renowned British Historian Antony Beevor about the Battle of Berlin in April - May 1945.  Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale
35:07
February 23, 2016