🎧 The World Wars

🎧 The World Wars

33 Episodes

Out of the cauldron of an industrialised Europe - full of rivalry and Imperial ambition - came a 30-year period of catastrophic warfare, bloody revolution and violent ideological battles. The end result was the devastation of much of Europe, North Africa and East Asia. War historian, writer and broadcaster James Rogers presents this History Hit show about one of the most turbulent periods in global history, the World Wars. James meets experts, authors, veterans and fellow historians to examine the various spheres of conflict and those caught up in them. Together, they uncover the untold stories of war and challenge myths and misconceptions which occupy our understanding of the World Wars. Follow on Twitter @HistoryHitWW2

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🎧 The World Wars
  • 🎧The Daughters of Yalta

    Episode 32

    In February 1945, the β€˜Big Three’ met for arguably the most important and controversial of the conferences of the Second World War. At the Yalta Conference, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin discussed the post-war reorganisation of Europe. The British and American leaders...

  • 🎧The War Widow: Women of World War Two

    Episode 31

    After the Second World War, societies across the world struggled under a mass of social and political change. This disjointed period serves as the backdrop for Tara Moss’ new novel, in which her protagonist, female war reporter turned private inquiry agent pushes against the workforce prejudices ...

  • 🎧 Stalin's Danish Mystery

    In the spring of 1945, the Allies liberated territory from Axis occupation. Whilst the British advanced into most of Denmark, Stalin’s Soviet forces occupied the small island of Bornholm. They remained there for 11 months, but then withdrew with little fanfare. Caroline Kennedy-Pipe is a professo...

  • 🎧 The Siege of Leningrad

    In 1941, Nazi Germany turned on its former ally, the Soviet Union. One of the strategic objectives of this operation, Barbarossa, was to conquer Leningrad. To discuss the German turn on the Soviet Union and perhaps the most brutal siege of the Second World War, James Rogers is joined by Chris Bel...

  • 🎧 Nationalism and the World Wars

    When studying the outbreak of war it is common to be distracted by actions, but in many cases, including the World Wars, a study of the history of ideas is just as enlightening. In this episode, James spoke to inter-disciplinary scholar Dr. Pablo de Orellana about ethnonationalism and its role in...

  • 🎧 African Americans in WWII: Patriotism and Oppression

    In this episode, Dr. Shama Ams places the Black Lives Matter movement and the killing of George Floyd into the historical context of the treatment of African American soldiers during and after WW2. In conversation with James, he also explores links with the Civil Rights movement. Shama Ams comple...

  • 🎧 Frontline Nursing in WW1

    In amongst the ranks of the heroic female wartime nurses Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell is a lesserknown Danish woman, Valborg Hjorth. When Dr Jakob Seerup - author, researcher and curator of Modern History - discovered a photograph of an elderly woman adorned with medals in the archive at...

  • 🎧 The Budapest Ghetto

    Born in Budapest in July 1944, Agnes Grunwald-Spier resided in the Ghetto with her mother from November 1944 to January 1945. Having gained degrees in History & Politics and Holocaust Studies, Agnes spoke to James about her family's experiences during the Holocaust. This personal history includes...

  • 🎧 The Wola Massacre

    In August 1944, when the Warsaw Uprising occurred, Axis troops were ordered to raze the Wola suburb to the ground and kill all of its inhabitants, regardless of whether they were fighting. James was joined for this episode by Alina Nowobilska, who gives an in depth account of the massacre, drawin...

  • 🎧 Nazi Megastructures

    Walking around Second World War fortifications, Patrick Bury is able to draw on his time in the infantry to tell the stories of the battles that occured over them. During his time working on Nazi Megastructures, Paddy accessed the lived history of the important structures built to protect and str...

  • 🎧 The Lancaster Bomber: A Veteran's Perspective

    An Avro Lancaster Bomber was one of the most dangerous places to be during the Second World War. The planes had a 46% combat attrition rate, and yet all of those who flew them were volunteers. Among them was John Henry Meller, who left a reserve occupation to sign up aged 18. In this episode, Joh...

  • 🎧 Putting the World Back Into World War Two

    The traditional view of the Second World War focusses on mainland Europe between 1939 and 1945. Germany is the aggressor drawing its closest neighbours into war and prompting a chain of reactions which ends in worldwide turmoil. Thomas Bottelier is an historian of twentieth century international ...

  • 🎧 JFK's War

    In this podcast, Deirdre Henderson gives us a unique insight into the mind of President John F. Kennedy. Deirdre was hired by JFK in 1954 as his Research Assistant in his run for President. Her assignments mainly related to defense and foreign policy. In 1959, Senator Kennedy gave Deirdre his pos...

  • 🎧 The Bomb

    Why is it that nobody has used the absolute weapon, the nuclear bomb, since 1945? Was it ever likely that the American arsenal would be used against the Soviet Union? Or was it created solely to prevent nuclear war? If the latter is true, how does a country create the false impression that it is ...

  • 🎧 Operation Dragoon: The Forgotten D-Day

    On 15 August 1944, the Allies landed in Southern France. The operation was a success, nearly cutting off an entire German Army group, which perhaps explains why it doesn't hold the same position in our history as the invasions of Normandy and Italy. Operation Dragoon was, however, the main French...

  • 🎧 From Dynamite to Drones: How Terrorist Technologies Impacted the Start of the First World War

    Professor Audrey Cronin is the world's leading expert in Terrorism and Technology. She has released a new book, Power to the People, and spoke with James about the development of materials used in terrorism. Audrey explains how the technological boom which occured before the First World War creat...

  • 🎧 U.S. Election 2020: A History of Pandemics, Politics and War

    It's election time and for this episode James is joined by one of the most famous Historians in the world, Niall Ferguson. Niall delves into United States election history to explore how this 'year of catastrophe' might impact the results, and how these results might, in turn, increase the possib...

  • 🎧 Why We Remember

    Ash Alexander-Cooper OBE is a former specialist military unit colonel in the British Armed Forces, world-championship athlete and award-winning international musician. Now a member of the Army Reserve, he works tirelessly with organisations geared towards supporting and remembering those who have...

  • 🎧 Iceland's Titanic: The SS Godafoss

    On 10 November 1944, the Icelandic steam merchant ship SS Godafoss was hit by a German U-boat torpedo. She sank in 7 minutes, killing everybody on board. For this episode, James was joined by legendary Icelandic director, producer and presenter, Jón Ársæll. Jón made a documentary about the ship, ...

  • 🎧 Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys'? French Defeat in World War Two

    It's the common recollection of French efforts to repel German invasion. But with 100,000 troops lost in the Battle of France, how true is the depiction of the French surrendering without a fight? How else might their contribution to, and experience of, the Second World War be remembered? Were th...

  • 🎧 Unleashing Hell From Above: Cluster Bombs

    Maximization of damage. That’s the purpose of the cluster bomb. These weapons, which can be traced back to the First World War, when the Kaiser would not give permission for their use, are still being dropped today. Not only that, but duds, unexploded during their deployment during the Second Wor...

  • 🎧 Soviet Spy Masters

    Espionage. The word brings to mind the Cold War - Stasi informants and surveillance bugging in East Berlin. Or today’s media promoted anxieties about Chinese infiltration. But for this episode, Calder Walton came onto the World Wars podcasts to talk about spying during the Second World War. Calde...

  • 🎧 A Faustian Bargain? The Nazi-Soviet Partnership

    On 23 August 1939, German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop and Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov signed a pact in Moscow. This pact was perplexing to many at the time, and remains the subject of much discussion, mainly for the fact that it consolidated a partnership between the co...

  • 🎧 The Devil's Porridge: The Shell Scandal of 1915

    Harsh living and working conditions, poisonous chemicals and explosions. For 10,000 navvies, hundreds of chemists and engineers from across the empire, and 12,000 women, this was the reality of mixing the 'Devil's Porridge', cordite, in munitions factories on the Home Front. In 1915, an extreme s...