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 223-Roosevelt Learns of the Coming Attack

Through MAGIC, the US’s ability to read Japan’s diplomatic messages, FDR learns of a final deadline and a coming Japanese attack. Pictured are Ambassador Nomura and special representative Kurusu.




Episode 222-The Pearl Harbor That Almost Wasn’t

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May 21, 2018 • Tokyo and Washington seem to be making progress in their peace talks. And yet, the Japanese 1st Air Fleet departs for its attack on Pearl Harbor.┬áLearn more about your ad...

| May 21, 2018

Episode 221-War with the U.S. Seems Unavoidable

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May 14, 2018 • Prince Konoye's government collapses as Gen. Tojo demands war with the U.S. Emperor Hirohito then orders Tojo to form his own government, hoping this will cause the Japanese Army...

| May 14, 2018

Episode 220-An Interview with Lyuba Vinogradova: Defending the Motherland

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April 25, 2018 • Dr. Vinogradova comes back to the show to discuss her latest book, Defending the Motherland: The Soviet Women Who Fought Hiter's Aces. This episode's sponsor:...

| April 25, 2018

Episode 219-When Diplomacy Fails

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April 24, 2018 • As the various issues with attacking Pearl Harbor are overcome, the Japanese Military evades telling the truth to Emperor Hirohito and PM Konoye. And they, in learn, deceive...

| April 24, 2018

Episode 218-Pearl Harbor: The Strongest Fortress in the World

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March 19, 2018 • 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...

| March 19, 2018

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

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