Episode 39: Darkest Hour

Episode 39: Darkest Hour. This week we are delighted to welcome back Ray Harris from the History of World War 2 podcast (amongst many others) and a bit of an expert on Churchill. The portrayal by Gary Oldman has received universal and well-deserved plaudits but how close does the movie come to the actual truth of Churchill’s early days in power during some of the darkest days in recent British history? We will try to find out.

Ray Harris History of World War 2 podcast:


Episode 34: The Battle of Britain

Episode 34: The Battle of Britain
Released in 1969, directed by Guy Hamilton and starring nearly everyone who’s anyone in 1960’s British cinema, this epic war movie used mainly real aircraft and some of the most complex and intense aerial sequences seen on screen. Our task is to examine how accurately the battle and its legacy are portrayed; historical record or pro-British propaganda? Martin will also highlight the almost total eradication from the accepted narrative of WW2 of the contribution made by Poland and, hopefully, fill in some gaps whilst dispelling some myths. We hope you enjoy the show

For Your Freedom and For Ours: The Kosciuszko Squadron by Lynne Olson and Stanley Cloud



Also known as A Question of Honor: The Kosciuszko Squadron by the same authors



The Trail of Hope: The Anders Army and an odyssey across Three Continents by Norman Davies



No Greater Ally: The Untold Story of Poland’s Forces in WW2 by Kenneth Koskodan



Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall



Battle of Britain: The Making of a Movie by Leonard Mosley link and extracts, courtesy of listener Brian Willits:



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Episode 19: Glory

Episode 19: Glory
This week’s movie is 1989’s Glory, telling the story of the military achievements of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, one of the first black units to fight in the US Civil War. Starring Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman and Mathew Broderick, it tells a story worth knowing.

Episode 15: Good Morning Vietnam

This week we examine 1987’s Good Morning Vietnam, starring Robin Williams as Adrian Cronauer, a USAF DJ serving in Vietnam in 1965. This week’s show features clips from the real Adrian Cronauer telling us how it really was. We hope you enjoy it

Adrian Cronauer on accuracy:

Adrian Cronauer on censorship:

Episode 9: Waterloo

This week guest host Cameron Reilly and Martin examine the 1970 epic Waterloo and argue about who actually won the battle.
(There is a stereo split for the first 29 minutes. We hope it’s not too distracting!)

In this week’s show Martin is joined by the Podfather, Cameron Reilly as they examine the 1970 epic Waterloo and argue about who actually won. It’s long but we hope it’s fun

Nick Parkinson provided this link to the article “Why the French think they won the Battle of Waterloo”: