If you have any interest in Second World War aircraft you will not find a more engaging episode of the podcast all year.
Aviation obsessive Joe Coles joins Al Murray and James Holland to make the case for his five favourite planes. Be warned, some of your favourites don’t make this list.
Joe Coles is the editor of hushkit.net the alternative aviation magazine.
How did the myth develop that British soldiers were always stopping for tea? And who were the first Allied troops back into Dunkirk in the final days of the war? These questions and other rabbit-holes answered and explored by Al Murray and James Holland.
In April 1942 Denis Barnham flew his Spitfire off the deck of an aircraft carrier and headed for Malta, where the air battle over the island was at its most intense. This brilliant account of his time on the island offers a compelling and honest account of the terror of the battle and of life on Malta under siege.
Read by Al Murray.
With Guy Gibson struggling through combat fatigue, the raid on the great Ruhr dams is launched. James Holland and Al Murray discuss the events of that May night in 1943 and ask the ultimate question: was it worth the cost? Recorded on site at RAF Scampton, home of the famous 617 Squadron.
On May 16, 1943, one of the most daring raids of the war was launched. Operation Chastise, known in popular parlance as the Dam Busters Raid, saw 19 specially adapted Lancaster bombers attack three targets in the German industrial heartland, led by Guy Gibson. Al Murray and James Holland recorded this episode in Wing Commander Gibson’s office at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.
Al Murray and James Holland were granted a sneak preview of the collection at Bovington Tank Museum before the public finally gained access post lockdown. Like kids in a sweet shop, they got up close and personal with a Churchill and explored the fabulous Shermans.
In the second part of our story of the Battle of Crete James and Al discuss the fighting retreat, the brilliant Cretan resistance and the accounts of the writer Evelyn Waugh, a veteran of the battle.
More of your wartime Family Stories, including a timely tale from the Battle of Crete.
With thanks to Luke Brannigan, Robert Blood, Betty Dullaghan and Christopher Szymanski,
Mildred Gillars, or Axis Sally as she was known, was an American broadcaster employed by Nazi Germany as a radio propagandist during The Second World War. Al Murray and James Holland are joined by Harvard professor Jill Lepore to discuss Nazi propaganda and the fate of Axis Sally.
Jill Lepore is the host of a podcast called The Last Archive, which traces the history of evidence, proof, and knowledge in search of an answer to the question: Who killed truth? It includes an exploration of Nazi and Soviet propaganda.
The assault on Crete led to a pyrrhic German victory and much finger pointing on the part of the Allies. Was Major-General Bernard Freyberg to blame or did a failure of communication lead to the defeat of British, New Zealand and Australian forces?
Eighty years on from the dramatic fight for the island, Al Murray and James Holland explore the mistakes made and the price paid by both sides.