Ep 235: Vere Hodgson – Diary of the War

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today Rachel Holland is reading an extract from Vere Hodgson’s war diary. 

Ep 234: Cornelius Turner – Operation Bunghole

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today Al is reading from Operation Bunghole, by Cornelius Turner.

Ep 233: Stanley Christopherson – An Englishman At War

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today James is reading from An Englishman At War, by Stanley Christopherson.

Ep 232: Jeffrey Quill – Spitfire

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today Al is reading from Spitfire, by Jeffrey Quill.

Ep 231: Heinz Knoke – I Flew For The Fuhrer

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today James is reading an extract from I Flew For The Fuhrer, by Heinz Knoke.

Ep 230: In Conversation with Richard Herring

Al Murray joins Richard Herring to talk about his latest book ‘The Last 100 Years (Give Or Take) and All That’. They discuss what it was like writing the book and cover a range of topics including the First World War, the Moon landing and the Balkans. And of course, Hitler and the Second World […]

Ep 229: George Chatterton – The Wings of Pegasus

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today Al is reading an extract from The Wings of Pegasus, by George Chatterton. 

Ep 228: Cecil Beaton – Far East

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today James is reading extracts from Cecil Beaton’s war diaries.

Ep 227: Crimes of the Wehrmacht

One of the enduring myths arising from the war is that the extreme violence in the east was carried out by the Waffen SS, not the Wehrmacht.  Historian and former US serviceman Waitman Wade Beorn tells Al Murray and James Holland about the atrocities committed by Wehrmacht soldiers on the Eastern Front. Waitman discusses their […]

Ep 226: Louis Hagen – Arnhem Lift

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today Al is reading from Arnhem Lift, by Louis Hagen.

Ep 225: Anthony Cotterell – After D-Day

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today James is reading an extract from Anthony Cotterell’s war reporting.

Ep 224: Richard Rhodes James – Chindit

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today Al is reading from Chindit, by Richard Rhodes James.

Ep 223: Anthony Cotterell – A Day At The Seaside

Merry Christmas from We Have Ways of Making You Talk. Over the next 12 days Al and James are reading extracts from some of their favourite books about the Second World War. Today James is reading an extract from Anthony Cotterell’s war reporting.

Ep 222: Photo Reconnaissance

Intelligence expert Taylor Downing argues that photo reconnaissance of occupied Europe should be at the forefront of all discussions about intelligence during the Second World War.  He describes in detail the incredible process of how photos were taken, developed, and analysed to discover German military plans – and how this helped find the Bismark.