Episodes:

Chapter 5: The Cauldron, by Zeno

Chapter 5: The Cauldron, by Zeno

In September, 1944, the British 1st Airborne Division found itself in a fierce battle for the Dutch city of Arnhem. Al Murray reads the story of a single platoon trapped in the smoking ruins of the city. The author, known as Zeno, fought at Arnhem and later wrote this account of the battle while in prison. Although long out of print, The Cauldron remains the best first hand account of the British forces stranded on the north side of the Rhine.

Ep 102: Leading From the Front

Brave or bloody foolish? Should officers lead from the front or stay back to guide the fight. When it goes well you’re a hero, when it goes badly you’re a pillock. Al Murray and James Holland debate the rights and wrongs of leadership. Al also extols the virtues of the greatest battlefield attribute of all: luck.

Chapter 4: The Cauldron, by Zeno

Chapter 4: The Cauldron, by Zeno

In September, 1944, the British 1st Airborne Division found itself in a fierce battle for the Dutch city of Arnhem. Al Murray reads the story of a single platoon trapped in the smoking ruins of the city. The author, known as Zeno, fought at Arnhem and later wrote this account of the battle while in prison. Although long out of print, The Cauldron remains the best first hand account of the British forces stranded on the north side of the Rhine.

Chapter 3: The Cauldron, by Zeno

Chapter 3: The Cauldron, by Zeno

In September, 1944, the British 1st Airborne Division found itself in a fierce battle for the Dutch city of Arnhem. Al Murray reads the story of a single platoon trapped in the smoking ruins of the city. The author, known as Zeno, fought at Arnhem and later wrote this account of the battle while in prison. Although long out of print, The Cauldron remains the best first hand account of the British forces stranded on the north side of the Rhine.

Ep 99: Totally Evil Badge

Was Hitler a true psychopath? James Holland and Al Murray debate the characteristics of a man who would have got ten in every category of Evil Nazi Top Trumps. Plus how was blood transported to the Allied injured?

Chapter 2: The Cauldron, by Zeno

Chapter 2: The Cauldron, by Zeno

In September, 1944, the British 1st Airborne Division found itself in a fierce battle for the Dutch city of Arnhem. Al Murray reads the story of a single platoon trapped in the smoking ruins of the city. The author, known as Zeno, fought at Arnhem and later wrote this account of the battle while in prison. Although long out of print, The Cauldron remains the best first hand account of the British forces stranded on the north side of the Rhine.

Chapter 1: The Cauldron, by Zeno

Chapter 1: The Cauldron, by Zeno

In September, 1944, the British 1st Airborne Division found itself in a fierce battle for the Dutch city of Arnhem. Al Murray reads the story of a single platoon trapped in the smoking ruins of the city. The author, known as Zeno, fought at Arnhem and later wrote this account of the battle while in prison. Although long out of print, The Cauldron remains the best first hand account of the British forces stranded on the north side of the Rhine.

Ep 96: On a War Footing

With the world in a global crisis many are describing as the worst since the Second World War, Al Murray and James Holland compare the situation now with the autumn of 1939. How and why did rationing come about in WW2? Did the public strip their local shops of food? And is it time for a national government with Keir Starmer in the role of Clement Attlee? If so, does that cast Boris Johnson in the role of Neville Chamberlain? Much to discuss.

Ep 95: Summer Madness

As the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain approaches, Al Murray has voiced a new audiobook of James Holland’s brilliant account of the events of 1940. In this exclusive extract, Al reads a chapter outlining the frequency of pilots boozing before flights and what they did in their downtime. 

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Ep 94: German War Heroes

What was it like to return to Germany as a war hero on the wrong side of history? Al Murray and James Holland debate a wide range of subjects including the role of Baron Beaverbrook in the production of fighter planes and why the Eighth Army were called the Eighth Army.