The WW2 Podcast
About This Show
A history podcast looking at all aspects of WWII, military history, social history, the battles, the campaigns, tanks, gun and other equipment, the politics and those who ran the war. I look at it all.
With WW2 slipping from living memory I aim to look at different historical aspects of the Second World War.
In each episode of the WWII Podcast I interview an expert on a subject. No topics are out of bounds (as yet), and I cover the military history side of the war as well as looking the home front.
Hopefully the format allows for close examination of a topic, and makes for absorbing listening.
Most Recent Episode
65 Lt Col William Edwin Dyess
7 days ago
This episode, is released just after the 75th anniversary of the escape of ten American prisoners of war, and two Filipino convicts, from the Davao Penal Colony. The following year when the story broke, the US War Department would call it the ‘greatest story of the war’. The man made famous at the time for escaping, and recounting the story, was Lt. Col. William Edwin Dyess. A fighter pilot who not only fought in the air, but during the defence of Bataan led and amphibious assault as an infantryman. Joining me to tell us the story of ‘Ed Dyess’ is John Lukacs, who is fighting to get Dyess awarded the Medal of Honor; and keeping his memory alive with the website 4-4-43.com. If you remember back in episode 45, I discussed the Barton Brothers with Sally Mott Freeman, Dyess’s story intersects with that as Barton was at the Davao Penal Colony and his brother Bill was in Washington aware of Dyess’s escape.
Rated 4 out of
Good Content and Delivery
My only quibble is the occasional error such as repeating the myth that Hitler spent time living in Liverpool, which is probably due to his use of secondary sources exclusively. He is really sincere-sounding and adds interesting personal comments. More use of first-hand account could help too. I guess that would be several hundred more podcasts though.
Date published: 2016-10-26