Al and James discuss the Mafia’s role in the Second World War, they also talk about Midway and the war in the Pacific.
This week’s stories include a sailor who witnessed the atomic bomb exploding and lived to tell the tale, a medical emergency solved by a POW, a training exercise with an explosive ending and parents whose paths first crossed in wartime.
Al Murray and James Holland are joined by one of Canada’s leading military historians Mark Zuehlke to discuss the nation’s effort throughout the Second World War.
Al and James discuss the arrest of Jean Moulin and the involvement of SIS. They also talk about All Arms cooperation and British signalling problems.
We take a new look at the fighting post D-Day with Canadian expert Marc Milner. Why has the Canadian contribution in north west Europe been downplayed?
This week’s stories take us from the skies with Bomber Command in the company of a Mad Dane, through defying the Nazis from within and suffering the terrible consequences, to the life of children under German occupation and seeing one of Hitler’s right-hand men behind bars.
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Willow Murray reads a chapter from The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley. The book tells the story of a family reliving their memories of the Second World War at a funeral, 50 years later.
Al Murray read a chapter from A Midnight Clear written by William Wharton. The book follows six American soldiers who are sent to keep watch at a German outpost in the Ardennes.
James Holland reads a chapter from one of his favourite books, The Thin Red Line. Written by James Jones, the book draws upon his own experience at the Battle of Mount Austen, the Galloping Horse, and the Sea Horse during Guadalcanal campaign.