The History of WWII Podcast

The History of WWII Podcast
Hosted by Ray Harris
A biweekly podcast covering the last great war. Join Ray Harris Jr as he explores World War Two in intimate detail.
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Episode 218-Pearl Harbor: The Strongest Fortress in the World

Washington and Tokyo continue their diplomatic dance but neither side is willing to give in. The Americans have broken the Japanese Diplomatic cypher codes, but so have the Japanese, of American Diplomatic codes. Then the Japanese Army finishes occupying the rest of French Indo-China. Of FDR’s many responses, one is to reactivate Douglas MacArthur and send him to the Philippines. 

Episode 217-Japan: Do or Die

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March 5, 2018 • With Washington and Tokyo trying to bend the other to its will, President Roosevelt seeks to strangle Japan's aggression in China with a trade blockade while Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto...

| March 5, 2018

Episode 216-The World Goes to War

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February 12, 2018 • Chiang Kai-Shek struggles to keep China in the war, knowing the Soviet-German Non Aggression Pact can not last. The question is what will Japan do, once Russia is brought low....

| February 12, 2018

Episode 215: Collision Course, the Road to Pearl Harbor.

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February 5, 2018 • Having chased Chiang Kai-Shek back to Chongqing, the Japanese Empire is still unable to get him to surrender. So, on to Chongqing it is, but events in Europe: The...

| February 5, 2018

214-Betrayal, the Burma Road and The Battle of Nomonhan

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January 29, 2018 • Chiang Kai-Shek starts over, again, in Chongqing, as the Japanese military seek to deny him the east coast. First Canton will fall, then other port cities. Meanwhile, British...

| January 29, 2018

213-The 2nd Sino-Japanese War: The Fall of Wuhan

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January 24, 2018 • Chiang Kai-Shek is staking everything on his defense of Wuhan. As such, the various Japanese forces attempt to encircle the city. Chiang throws everything he has at the enemy,...

| January 24, 2018

212-The Massacre of Nanjing

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January 15, 2018 • As Chiang Kai-Shek moves his capital and military Head Quarters west and Hideki Tojo becomes directly involved in the war to the north, the Japanese troops move out from Shanghai...

| January 15, 2018

Episode 211-The End of the Battle of Shanghai

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January 8, 2018 • Chiang Kai-Shek's forces are barely holding out. But when a second enemy Expeditionary Force lands, it spells the end of Shanghai's freedom. Stalin agrees to supply the Chinese...

| January 8, 2018

Episode 210-China’s Lost Battalion

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December 10, 2017 • The Japanese Expeditionary Force continues to push south to gain access to Shanghai. Meanwhile, Chiang Kai-Shek's nationalist troops continue to retreat. Yet, to show the world...

| December 10, 2017

Episode 209-Dark Days for Chiang Kai-Shek

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December 4, 2017 • The Chinese Nationalists are loosing the battle of Shanghai. Yet, Chiang has to hold on as the League of Nations will soon be discussing the conflict. Then U.S. President Franklin...

| December 4, 2017

Episode 208-The Battle of Shanghai: Japanese Reinforcements

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November 4, 2017 • The Japanese Expeditionary forces set the stage for a much larger attack, once their reinforcements arrive. The plan is to cut Shanghai off from any assistance. Meanwhile, Chiang...

| November 4, 2017

Episode 207-Shanghai Becomes Chiang Kai-Shek’s Stalingrad

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October 30, 2017 • The Chinese Nationalist forces have pulled back from the coast, yet are determined to establish their own Maginot Line. But as both sides have reinforcements in route, the...

| October 30, 2017

Episode 206-Interview with Dr. Lyuba Vinogradova about her book Avenging Angels: The Young Women of the Soviet Union’s WWII Sniper Corps

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October 20, 2017 • Dr. Lyuba Vinogradova discusses her research and the resulting book that covers the young women of Stalin's USSR, who are conscripted to the Sniper Corps....

| October 20, 2017

Episode 205-Chiang Kai-Shek’s Pyrrhic Victory

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October 16, 2017 • Chiang Kai Shek and his ordinary soldiers are more determined than ever to defend Shanghai in 1937. However, the officers in the middle, due to their experience, see the writing...

| October 16, 2017

Episode 204-The Japanese Empire Doubles Down in Shanghai

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October 10, 2017 • The Japanese invasion of Shanghai, nor their desire to teach the Chinese a lesson, is moving forward fast enough for Tokyo. So when the Expeditionary commander requests 5...

| October 10, 2017

Episode 203-Shanghai: The Dominance of Japanese Air and Sea Power

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October 3, 2017 • The Japanese are unloading men and material at a frustratingly slow rate, due to the tides. Until they are ready to launch their assault, their navy and air force keep Chiang...

| October 3, 2017

Episode 202-The Battle of Shanghai Part 2

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September 15, 2017 • The Japanese bring reinforcements to Shanghai as their marines are bogged down by Chiang Kai-Shek's best troops. Meanwhile, retired US Army Air Force Captain Claire Lee Chennault,...

| September 15, 2017

Episode 201-The Battle of Shanghai, Part 1

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September 9, 2017 • Chiang Kai-Shek decides that the time has come to openly fight back against Japan. His chosen site is the port city of Shanghai. Both sides build up their forces there, but the...

| September 9, 2017

Episode 199-The Pacific Theatre-Prologue Sino-Japanese Relations

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July 23, 2017 • As we officially begin the Pacific Theatre, this episode covers the building tension between The Japanese Empire, dominated by the military and the Chinese Nationalist Government....

| July 23, 2017

Episode 198-The Beginning of the Big Three

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June 18, 2017 • President Roosevelt sends Harry Hopkins, again to London, to set up a meeting between himself and Churchill. The U.S. still seems far from entering the war, but coordination is...

| June 18, 2017

Episode 197-The Beginning of the Final Solution

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June 12, 2017 • Nazi Germany launches its war against the USSR. As such, FDR hopes Germany's attention will slacken on the Atlantic. Yet, if Soviet Russia collapses, then Japan would be free to...

| June 12, 2017

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