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A gripping veteran account of the Beaches at Dunkirk, 1940. Chapter 1 of Bill's published memoirs.

Bill Cheall’s traumatic experience on the beaches at Bray-Dunes, France, 1940, trying to get back to England.

The recently discovered personal WW2 diary and letters home from Major Petch offer a unique glimpse into the lives of the British soldiers before and after Germany invaded in 1940.  A dramatic blow by blow account of the Major's writings. Would they get off the beaches at Dunkirk? Furious - Fascinating - Funny! Great unpublished history.

A rare and rewarding opportunity to hear 96 year old war veteran Wilf Shaw's WW2 memories, sometimes tragic, often hilarious. Paul Cheall has a coffee and chat with Wilf Shaw of 6th Battalion the Green Howards, 50th infantry division, in the British Army.

 

Wilf fought in many campaigns including fighting for Monty’s 8th army in Alamein, Wadi Akarit in Tunisia, Sicily and of course Normandy. He was wounded twice and still returned to battle!

Graphic accounts of the D-Day landings taken from two WW2 veteran memoirs

 

Startling accounts from two different perspectives - one from an infantryman, the other from a Royal Engineer, both landing on Gold Beach under heavy fire.

Three soldiers, one battle!  Allied victory at the brutal battle of Wadi Akarit led to the Axis forces being kicked off the continent. Hear unpublished material from veterans' memoirs. Wadi Akarit - WW2's own Charge of the Light Brigade!

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Bill Cheall was plucked off the Dunkirk beaches on 31 May 1940 by the ship Lady of Mann, which had a heroic part to play at Dunkirk. The ship was captained by civilian seaman, Tom Woods, who would later be honoured with an OBE for his gallant efforts.

Doug Gray was there on D-Day and beyond. He wrote his diary and fascinating it is too. He even wrote a diary entry on the day he won his military medal, before he knew he'd won it.

 

This WW2 diary has been supplied by Doug’s family. The entries start just before D-Day and finish several weeks after, so it’s quite a rare historical record because soldiers were forbidden to keep diaries in case they got captured. Doug's diary tells a really excellent WW2 story with drama, tragedy and humour. Great unpublished history.

A privileged opportunity to hear 96 year old Flight Sergeant Claude Reynolds' WW2 memories, sometimes frightening, often fascinating.

Claude had the unenviable role of being rear gunner in a Lancaster during the 2nd world war and flew many sorties all over Europe. And he experienced no end of scary moments during his time as a member of 49 Squadron in the much-regaled No 5 Group Bomber Command. So he’s got plenty of stories to tell.

4 -  Coffee with WW2 Veteran Wilf Shaw (Also see episodes 22 and 23)

1 - Dunkirk WW2 - Veteran Bill Cheall's story of the beaches

2 - Wadi Akarit, North Africa WW2 - Gripping veterans' accounts

5 - Coffee with WW2 Lancaster veteran Claude Reynolds

6-8 - The D-Day Diary of CSM D E Gray MM

3 - D-Day WW2 - Two veterans' accounts

9  - The Dunkirk Diary of Major Petch OBE

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10 - The Dunkirk Diary of Captain Tom Woods OBE

Looking for a great gift? Bill Cheall's dramatic WWII memoir covers Dunkirk, North Africa, Sicily, D-Day and Germany, with six years of fighting, seven medals and a wounded in action stripe.

 

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In wartime ordinary men and women are asked to do extraordinary things. This is a WW2 podcast of story of the part some Isle of Wight British merchant sailors played in rescuing allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk – in Operation Dynamo. From a gripping original memoir written by ship's engineer, Fred Reynard.

11- The Bee - A Dunkirk little ship story - Short version but with all the back story

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12 - More Coffee with Flight Sergeant  Claude Reynolds - WW2 Lancaster Rear Gunner

A second opportunity to hear 95 year old Flight Sergeant Claude Reynolds' WW2 memories, sometimes frightening, often fascinating, frequently funny! Two episodes:        5 - Coffee and 12 - More Coffee!

Claude in contemplation during podcast interview 2016

13 Danger - Unexpoloded Bomb!

The story of one man’s brave war against unexploded bombs in wartime London, during the 1940 Blitz:

Brian Moss, Platoon Sergeant in 233 Field Company, Royal Engineers.

Sgt BJ Moss Bomb Demolition expert WW2, war diary

14 The Last Flight of Lancaster Lily Mars

The story of Lancaster bomber LL678 together with its courageous crew, including my Dad’s best pal, Don Savage, during WW2 in 1944.

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15 The Poems of Sapper John Smith, WWII

John proudly displaying his medals 1981 Armistice Day

In April 1940 John went to France with the British Expeditionary Force as a sapper in the Royal Engineers.  He took his weapons of choice with him - gun, pencil and paper!

Poignant poetry of loyalty and comradeship, crafted during the London Blitz bombing!

The brutal memoir of World War 1 (WWI) battle of Gallipoli, written by Sergeant Fred Reynard of the Isle of Wight Rifles. Landing at Suvla Bay, August 1915. Don't listen, it's awful!

16/17 - Gallipoli WW1 - Sgt Fred Reynard Pt 1 and Pt 2

Fred Reynard - Hero of Gallipoli and Dunkirk, WW1 podcast

Revisit the first five years' favourites from episodes 1-17.

The best, the bloopers, the funniest and scariest moments, plus loads of new material.

The beaches of Dunkirk revisited

Tales of North Africa and Monty’s 8th army desert rats

Interviews with army and airforce veterans, such as soldier Wilf Shaw who has been awarded France’s Legion D’Honneur, Claude Reynolds who was rear gunner in a Lancaster.

Dunkirk deliverance – accounts from a soldier, major, big ship, little ship

Much more – including new tales never before heard anywhere

18/19 Best of 5 years - International Podcast Day special

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In wartime ordinary men and women are asked to do extraordinary things. This is a WW2 podcast of the part some British merchant sailors played in rescuing allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk – in Operation Dynamo. From a gripping original memoir written by ship's engineer, Fred Reynard. This full version of the memoir was only discovered after the shorter version was used in episode 11.

20 - The Bee - A Dunkirk little ship story EXTENDED VERSION)

Dunkirk Little Ship Bee story WWII

I’m feeling very honoured to be interviewed by Angus Wallace, the host of the WW2 Podcast, about my Dad’s memoirs. Angus’s show is about chats with people who’ve had books published on military history and he asks me all sorts of questions about Dad and his memoirs. If you subscribe to The WW2 podcast you may have already heard this interview before.

21 - Angus Wallace of  The WW2 Podcast interviews Paul Cheall

Angus Wallace, host of the WW2 podcast

Looking for a great gift? Bill Cheall's dramatic memoir covers Dunkirk, North Africa, Sicily, D-Day and Germany, with six years of fighting, seven medals and a wounded in action stripe.

 

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More of 97 year old Wilf Shaw's WW2 memories.

Three episodes: 4 , 22 and 23. Ask him the one about ....!

22/23 - More coffee with Wilf Shaw - WWII army veteran

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Learn how the Dunkirk spirit of 1940 became the Christmas spirit of ‘45.

Hear the story behind the photograph, as Bill Cheall keeps the peace as a regimental policeman in war-torn and defeated Germany.

Celebrate the full glory of this recently colourised photograph in a great WW2 podcast

24 - Christmas at war

Poignant tale of 5 brave WWII men. The story goes back to the start of the war, how these lads met, what special connection brought them together, & what tragedy befell some of them. The backdrop to this true story is this recently restored and colourised photo of the quintet clowning around in a photo booth in Limassol, 1941 ...

25 Sgt Rufty Hill meets Winston Churchill

Rufty and Pals with Winston WWII

Some of the army's best kept secrets revealed! Dramatic highlights of letters Private Fred Zilken sent to comrade Wilf Shaw over a number of years after WWII.

26 The Zilken Letters - Rogue veteran exposes the army's best kept secrets!

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27 - Veterans Bennett and Cheall remember D-Day, WWII

92 year-old Royal Marine Roy Bennett remembers his WWII Juno beach landing and more:

"There was a horrendous noise as we landed, people were dying leaving the landing craft boat"

Bill Cheall re-visits France and Gold beach on the 50th anniversary of D-Day in 1994

"We arrived 50 years later at 12.15 hrs and it was still drizzling with rain, and windy, just like it was on D-Day"

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28 Wilf Shaw RIP Tribute

Special episode about WW2 veteran Wilf Shaw RIP. Listener tributes plus the best and funniest parts of his interviews. "You were always a rebel Wilf and it was those types of blokes who won this bloody War for us" Fred Zilken.

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29 Prisoner of War WWII

Memoirs of a British POW in WWII Poland - and much more

Brian Asquith was captured at Dunkirk 1940 and exposes secrets from five years in captivity in WW2 Poland. His memoir demonstrates how the Polish nation proudly and compassionately looked after our troops.

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30 The Queen Mary in WWII

Queen Mary arriving in New York post WW2

Two WW2 servicemen. Two accounts of the same very special voyage in 1943

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31 Child of War - Volker Wehrum - WWII

Escape from Stalingrad - much more!

Volker, born 1944, tells some fascinating tales about the dangers his Dad faced in returning to his home country ahead of the advancing Russians, as WW2 ended. Many family stories include a daring bid to escape from Stalingrad and escape from a train bound for Siberia.

Volker Wehrum 2018. Tells of his relative's daring bid to escape from Stalingrad in WWII