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Top 10 Second World War podcasts

From D-Day to the Dambusters raid, we round up 10 of our best Second World War podcasts

Published: September 3, 2014 at 12:38 pm
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Escaping the Blitz

Juliet Gardiner pays a visit to an unusual Second World War shelter, in this March 2014 podcast.


Also in this episode: Julia Cave recalls her experiences interviewing veterans of the First World War.

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Britain's last Dambuster

Britain's last surviving member of the Dambusters raid, 'Johnny' Johnson, recalls his adventures, in this podcast recorded in April 2013.

Also in the episode: Sam Willis reveals how Antigua became Nelson's Caribbean hellhole.

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Second World War arctic convoys

Quintin Colville explores the World War Two Arctic convoys, in this podcast from November 2011.

Also in this episode: Stephen Rippon considers medieval wetlands.

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Ahead of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, military historian James Holland challenged some popular assumptions about the 1944 Normandy campaign and recounted his experiences of meeting veterans.

Also in this May 2014 episode: Historian and author Sarah Gristwood pays a visit to Tewkesbury Abbey, which was a pivotal location in the 15th-century Wars of the Roses.

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Monte Cassino

On the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino, Matthew Parker explores one of the Allies' toughest challenges in the Second World War. This podcast was recorded in May 2014.

Also in this episode: we speak to Professor Orlando Figes, author of a new book and website about Russia's revolutionary period.

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The World War Two French resistance

In this July 2014 podcast, former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown talks to Matt Elton about his new book on French resistance fighters who took on the Nazis during the Second World War.

Also in this episode: Kathryn Ferry takes a trip to Hastings and St Leonards, in the company of Charlotte Hodgman, to explore Britain's interwar holiday boom.

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China's Second World War

Rana Mitter explores China's little-known contribution to Allied efforts in World War Two, in this July 2013 podcast.

Also in the episode: Kate Williams explains how royal babies have been treated through history.

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World War Two farming

Clare Griffiths considers how the Second World War affected agriculture, in this October 2012 podcast.

Also in this episode: John Morrill introduces an invaluable new resource for historians.

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The aftermath of the Second World War

Keith Lowe examines the struggles that faced postwar Europe, in a lecture from our 2013 History Weekend.

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Second World War special

In this September 2009 podcast we speak to Dr Dan Todman about the situation on the home front in 1939. You can also hear exclusive extracts from two BBC Second World War Audiobooks.


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