Episodes:

Ep 277: Family Stories – Ep 6

This week in our Family Stories series we hear your tales of Russian convoys, the Dunkirk evacuation and a Yugoslav fighting for the Germans.

With thanks to Stefan Breg, Lindsay Gordon, Robert Largan, Mark Turner and Philip Woods for sharing their stories.

Ep 276: German Hardware

We’re talking German hardware and army units with military YouTuber Bernhard Kast. Wehrmacht doctrine, machine guns and riflemen groups are all up for discussion.

Ep 275: Western Approaches

There was no more important field of conflict in the Second World War than the Battle of the Atlantic. On February 17th, 1941, Western Approaches HQ opened in Liverpool to co-ordinate the Royal Navy and 15 Group Costal Command.

On its 80th anniversary Al Murray and James Holland speak to lead historian Dave Roberts to discuss the vital role played by the men and women in the underground bunker and operations room at Western Approaches HQ.

Ep 274: Good for Morale

Terrifying tank battles and entertaining the troops are two topics for discussion as Al Murray and James Holland delve into the experience of life in the British Amed forces during the Second World War.

Ep 273: Family Stories – Valentine’s Day

A special edition of Family Stories today to mark Valentine’s Day.

While researching his new book James uncovered letters from Bill Wharton, who fought with the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry. 

This episode is dedicated to the love letters Bill sent to his wife during the war.

Ep 272: British Resistance

Britain was the only country to prepare a resistance movement before it was needed. Andrew Chatterton joins Al and James to discuss the history of the auxiliary units, men who would operate behind the lines should the Nazis invade Britain.

Ep 271: Convoys and the Triple Nickels

Al Murray and James Holland discuss the massive effort to move fighting men across the world.

Plus the story of an American airborne battalion made up only of black servicemen.

Ep 270: Family Stories – Ep 4

This week in our Family Stories series we hear your tales of German spies, runaway barrage balloons and a witness to the Hiroshima atom bomb.

With thanks to Jack Ashton, Ben Brown, Norman Clark, Richard Power, Christopher Smith and Tim Vaughan for sharing their stories.

Ep 268: Steel not Flesh

Al Murray and James Holland discuss the Allies’ policy of using liberal amounts of ammunition as a way of conserving the lives of their men.

Ep 267: Family Stories – Ep 3

In this week’s episode of our Family Stories series we hear your tales of the first wedding after the war, surviving the Blitz and a harrowing visit to Bergen-Belsen.

With thanks to Tom Achard, William Carver, David Ludlow, Tom Porter, Ben Ross, Dan Vaux-Nobes and Jamie Young for sharing their stories.

Please go to our twitter account to see the photographs described in Jamie Young’s story.