We regularly receive fantastic Second World War stories direct from our listeners’ family archives.
Daring do in Burma, letters from the Battle of the Bulge, and heartfelt memories of love and loss on the home front.
In our Family Stories podcast series, Al and James read out your correspondence, reminding us of the human impact of the Second World War.
If you have a family story which you think is worth telling, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, make sure your subject line is ‘Family Stories’.
Listeners to We Have Ways of Making You Talk write the scripts for our Sunday morning podcasts, as Al Murray and James Holland read out their family stories from the Second World War.
This week we hear of a challenging parachute jump, a swim from the beach at Dunkirk, some remarkable wine and a date with the daughter of an Egyptian brewery.
With thanks to Mark Reynier, Zach Pease, Steve Wren, Jane Gulliford Lowes, Peter Miles, Neil Yorke-Wade and Michael Thomson for sharing their stories.
This week we hear more of your war time family stories. Including the story of a ship on an undercover mission; a German woman working in the UK during the war; and a flight crew returning to base long after they were presumed missing in action.
With thanks to Alan Ciammaichella, Alexander Kasterine, Ted King, Ashley Lewis, Mark Talbot and Tom for sharing their stories.
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.
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.
A special edition of Family Stories today to mark Valentine’s Day.
While researching his new book James uncovered letters from Bill Wharton, who fought with the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry.
This episode is dedicated to the love letters Bill sent to his wife during the war.
This week in our Family Stories series we hear your tales of German spies, runaway barrage balloons and a witness to the Hiroshima atom bomb.
With thanks to Jack Ashton, Ben Brown, Norman Clark, Richard Power, Christopher Smith and Tim Vaughan for sharing their stories.
In this week’s episode of our Family Stories series we hear your tales of the first wedding after the war, surviving the Blitz and a harrowing visit to Bergen-Belsen.
With thanks to Tom Achard, William Carver, David Ludlow, Tom Porter, Ben Ross, Dan Vaux-Nobes and Jamie Young for sharing their stories.
Please go to our twitter account to see the photographs described in Jamie Young’s story.
In the second episode of our new Family Stories series we hear your tales of liberating Belgian breweries, battles at Iwo Jima and escapes from Nazi concentration camps.
With thanks to Jack Gus Adamson, Steve Flaunty, Martin Jaspers, Roger Justus, Simon Thompson and Matt Wilkins for sharing their stories.
From today We Have Ways is bringing you a bonus weekend episode called Family Stories. We’re launching the series with Annabel Venning, who joins Al and James to explain how she researched her own family’s experience from the Blitz to Burma resulting in her book ‘To War With The Walkers’.
Each Sunday Al and James will read the wartime family stories from you, our listeners. If you would like your family story to be considered please send us no more than 500 words, either by email to email@example.com or on the Patreon site under the Family Stories tab. If you email us, please make the subject ‘Family Stories’.