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.
Al Murray and James Holland take a deep dive into the events of 1939 as first the Germans and then the Russians invade Poland.
At the start of June, 1942, the Japanese navy ruled the Pacific. A week later US forces had won a decisive battle that would change the course of the war.
Leading US historian Craig Symonds tells James Holland why the Battle of Midway was so decisive and describes the key characters and action.
Burma and Operation Varsity
James Holland describes the role of General Slim in turning round the fortunes of the British forces in Burma. Al Murray explains how the airborne success of Operation Varsity was principally built on the lessons learnt in Arnhem.
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Major-General Stuart Watson describes his experiences on Sword Beach on D-Day to James Holland. He also recounts the sights and smells of the Falaise Pocket. Finally he tells James about his journey with XXX Corps to the bridge at Nijmegen.