Episodes:

Ep 286: Family Stories – Ep 9

This week in our Family Stories series we hear your tales of uncovering a staggering stash of champagne, finding yourself behind enemy lines and discovering a sailor’s incredible story after coming into possession of their ditty box.

With thanks to Chris Brown, Andy Fieldhouse, Xan Kinnier, Fabian Martens, Francis Mullan and Ian Smith for sharing their stories.

Ep 285: Hitler’s Henchman

Hans Globke was the civil servant responsible for framing the Nuremberg anti-Jewish race laws. Yet somehow he returned to post war government and became an architect of the modern German state. The Times’ Berlin correspondent Oliver Moody joins Al Murray and James Holland to explain how it happened.

Ep 284: Winter Mud

The battles of late 1944 are examined as James Holland and Al Murray explore the front line post Market Garden. Also up for discussion are the Polish soldiers who survived the hardships of the Russian gulag before returning to the allied line at Monte Cassino. 

Ep 281: Nightmare at Nijmegen

Why did General Jim Gavin, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, not prioritise the capture of the bridge at Nijmegen as part of Operation Market Garden? James Holland and Al Murray examine the after event report to work out who decided the capture of the Groesbeek Heights was the priority.

Ep 278: Big Week

In February 1944 the combined air forces of Britain and the US launched a huge series of raids against Nazi Germany. What did they hope to achieve and how successful was the campaign? James Holland and Al Murray discuss the events many believe were intended to lure the remnants of the Luftwaffe into the air for a final, decisive battle.

Ep 279: Civilian Soldiers

The British Army in Normandy are the focus as Al Murray and James Holland are joined by historian and author Jonathan Ware.

In Jonathan’s book ‘Jocks, Dragons and Sospans: Through Normandy with 53rd Welsh Division’ he questions the Allies’ version of events in the battle and offers a new perspective on the British Army’s conduct in North-West Europe.

Ep 277: Family Stories – Ep 6

This week in our Family Stories series we hear your tales of Russian convoys, the Dunkirk evacuation and a Yugoslav fighting for the Germans.

With thanks to Stefan Breg, Lindsay Gordon, Robert Largan, Mark Turner and Philip Woods for sharing their stories.

Ep 276: German Hardware

We’re talking German hardware and army units with military YouTuber Bernhard Kast. Wehrmacht doctrine, machine guns and riflemen groups are all up for discussion.

Ep 275: Western Approaches

There was no more important field of conflict in the Second World War than the Battle of the Atlantic. On February 17th, 1941, Western Approaches HQ opened in Liverpool to co-ordinate the Royal Navy and 15 Group Costal Command.

On its 80th anniversary Al Murray and James Holland speak to lead historian Dave Roberts to discuss the vital role played by the men and women in the underground bunker and operations room at Western Approaches HQ.

Ep 274: Good for Morale

Terrifying tank battles and entertaining the troops are two topics for discussion as Al Murray and James Holland delve into the experience of life in the British Amed forces during the Second World War.