James ‘Pee-wee’ Martin parachuted into Normandy on D-Day; fought on Hell’s Highway during Market Garden; and at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.
He recently spent time with James Holland retelling his extraordinary story. Not to be missed.
James Holland and Al Murray discuss the famous convoy system known as the Red Ball Express, which supplied Allied forces moving across the continent after D-Day. The lads also discuss the Scheldt Campaign which opened up the shipping route to Antwerp; plus the importance of the Arctic Convoys.
James Holland chats with Mike Neiberg, historian of war and peace at the US Army War College, about the final days of occupation in Paris.
Dr Alex Richie tells James Holland the harrowing story of her father-in-law Władysław Bartoszewski, a Polish Jew who was one of the first men to be sent to Auschwitz.
Al Murray and James Holland discuss the issues of race in the US armed forces during World War Two, including the little known Battle of Bamber Bridge. Also up for discussion is the importance of the war at sea as James explains how the wrong approach by the German Kriegsmarine proved decisive.
James Holland reports from Washington as he continues to research his forthcoming book on the battle for Sicily.
Reporting from inside the US archives, James explains his research methods and reads from the forgotten accounts and intriguing diary entries of a German, an Italian and an American involved in the battle.
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Al Murray and James Holland discuss the post war historical debate in Germany.
Plus, is it true that Winston Churchill offered Northern Ireland to the Republic in exchange for Irish support in the war?
Other subjects up for debate are Britain’s offer to create a union with France and the German Halt Order in 1940.
Did Adolf Hitler and Winston Churchill have a grudging respect for each other? Al Murray and James Holland discuss the two war leaders, contrasting their styles and comparing their similarities.
Al Murray and James Holland mark Remembrance Day by reading an extract of Keith Douglas’s military memoir Alamein to Zem Zem and his poem Vergissmeinnicht (Forget-me-not).
Leading military historian John McManus describes the situation facing American soldiers on Omaha Beach on D-Day. He also talks to James Holland about the the current appetite in the States for studying World War Two. And Jim Gavin makes his customary appearance.