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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 Great unpublished history.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.


Great unpublished history!

The famous battle of El Alamein turned the tide against the German army in North Africa. Shortly after, Allied victory at the savage 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 Hear unpublished material from veterans' memoirs.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.


This WW2 podcast includes Tom's letters home to his wife and a report he wrote shortly after the events took place, which reveal not only the extent of the deadly threat of the German forces but also a mutiny amongst some of the crew aboard the Lady of Mann!

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.

Podcast episode 4 -  Coffee with WW2 Veteran Wilf Shaw

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

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

Podcast episode 5 - Coffee with WW2 Lancaster veteran Claude Reynolds

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

Podcast episode 3 - D-Day WW2 - Two veterans' accounts

Podcast episode 9  - The Dunkirk Diary of Major Petch OBE

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Podcast episode 10 - The Dunkirk Diary of Captain Tom Woods OBE

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Bill Cheall's published memoirs, which depict his WW2 story. The podcast episodes cover the stories behind the story - memories of comrades and other people connected to Bill's adventures. Click for more information.


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.

Podcast episode 11 - The Bee - A Dunkirk little ship story

Bill Cheall's published memoirs, which depict his WW2 story. The podcast episodes cover the stories behind the story - memories of comrades and other people connected to Bill's adventures. Link for more information.

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12 - More Coffee with Flight Sergeant  Claude Reynolds

- WW2 Lancaster Rear Gunner

A privileged 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!

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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.

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