Episodes:

Ep 442: The Loyd Carrier

James Holland picks up the podcast’s first restoration project, a Loyd Carrier. He explains the history of the vehicle and how it was used in the Second World War.

Ep 440: Family Stories Series 2: Episode 11

This week’s family stories include a low-level parachute jump on D-Day, tragic endings in the air and at sea, and hearing the news every soldier, sailor and airman longed to hear.

Ep 439: The Bombing Of Dresden

In February 1945 the historic city of Dresden was the target of one of the largest strategic bombing raids of the war. Al Murray and James Holland are joined by US historian Tami Davis Biddle to explore one of the most controversial events of the Allied effort to defeat Germany.

Ep 438: Manila

Al and James discuss the Battle of Manila and how it split opinions between the US Navy and Army. Was the battle even necessary? 

The chaps also reflect on how crucial Allied adaptability was to success at D-Day.

Ep 437: Family Stories Series 2: Episode 10

This week’s family stories include fighting in the might of Atlantic storms, reflecting on fighting in Okinawa, landing on D-Day and an unlikely foray into the Black Market.

Ep 436: Stories From India

Why did Indians join the British Army? Al Murray and James Holland speak to Exeter University’s Dr Gajendra Singh about the reasons why young Indian men took part in the Second World War. The discussion spreads to Indian independence, the spread of fascism and how people view the conflict outside of the UK.

Ep 435: Munich

Al and James discuss the new Netflix film Munich: The Edge of War, which is of course based on the book Munich, written by friend of the pod Robert Harris. Is it any good? Was it right to sign the Munich Agreement?

James also tells us about recent research he’s been doing into the Battle of Luzon and General Douglas MacArthur.

Ep 434: Family Stories Series 2: Episode 9

This week’s family stories include a long and eventful walk to freedom, an airman becoming a member of a select and unwanted club and a trumpeter’s escape from Dunkirk.

Ep 433: Saving the Nation’s Art

What measures did the government put in place to protect great works of art and culture from air raids? Al Murray and James Holland speak to archivist and historian Caroline Shenton to find out more.