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In the 5th Episode of the WW2 Nation Podcast, we condlude our conversation speaking about the Battle of the Bulge with British military historian and author of 'Snow and Steel,' Dr. Peter Caddick-Adams. 

In this instalment, we will be looking at the siege of Bastogne, conditions inside the town for the defenders and civilians alike, the issue of logistics and re-supply, the use of air-power during the campaign including Operation Bodenplatte and the impact of the King Tiger Tank in the Ardennes. Added to that we will be examining Germany's use of special forces in the forms of the Fallschirmjaeger and also of Otto Skorzeny's english-speaking commandos, friendly fire incidences and also the British role and contribution during the Battle of the Bulge. 

Thanks for listening and we do hope you have found this episode of interest. Stay-tuned for more WW2 interviews from Ross & Lawrence here at WW2 Nation. 

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In Episode 4 of the WW2 Nation Podcast, we speak Battle of the Bulge with British military histrorian and author of 'Snow and Steel,' Dr. Peter Caddick-Adams. 

In this second instalment, we discuss with Peter the terrain and weather conditions in the Ardennes and how well prepared soldiers from both sides were to cope in these harsh circumstances. We also look at the events of Saturday 16th December 1944, that very first day of the battle and how one man or unit could make a big impact, as well as this we examine the Allied high-command's response to this sudden surprise attack. 

Thanks for listening and we do hope you have found this episode of interest. Part 3 will follow very shortly! 

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In our third episode of the WW2 Nation Podcast, we speak with British military histrorian and author of 'Snow and Steel,' Dr. Peter Caddick-Adams to learn more about the Battle of the Bulge. 

In the first of three parts, we discuss with Peter the planning behind Hitler's last throw of the dice in the Ardennes, the reason behind his decision to choose this region, the objectives of the Wacht am Rhein campaign, a secret German POW breakout plot in Britain, the Allied intelligence failings, the importance of fuel, the MP-44 and much, much more.

Thanks for listening and we hope you have found it of interest. 

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Welcome to another edition of the Veteran Podcast Archive with Lawrence and Ross, here at WW2Nation.com 

In our third and final episode of speaking with Captain David Render about his experience as a Tank Troop Commander with the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry in WW2, we discover the differences between the Allied and German Tanks, the German Tiger and Panther's vulnerabilities, the reality of running these gigantic machines - which meant fuel and a lot of it. We also learn how best to force the German Tanks out of hiding and the way in which David would employ his troop to deal with this threat. 

We hear about a few very close calls, including a friendly fire incidence with Hawker Typhoons, and also discover the reality of mail, post and censorship on the front line, as well as finally discussing the history behind the tactics that were taught at Sandhurst to David during his time here. 

We hope you have found this interview of interest. And if you wish to find out even more about David's story and that of the S-R-Y as they battled their way across Normandy and towards the heart of the Third Reich, David alongside historian and author Stuart Tootal has recently released a book of his memoirs called Tank Action: An Armoured Troop Commander's War 1944-45. 

Finally if you know somebody, a relative or friend perhaps who served during the Second World War and is willing to talk with us about their experience, please do feel free to get in contact with us via our contact us form. We look forward to hearing from you. 

A massive thank you to David for kindly taking the time to speak with us about his experiences, and of course also to you for listening. Thanks for all your incredible support and we look forward to you joining us again soon for the next instalment of the Veteran Podcast Archive. 

Thanks for listening.

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Hi Folks, welcome to another edition of the Veteran Podcast Archive with Lawrence and Ross, here at WW2Nation.com 

In this episode, Part 2 of A Turret View of Normandy, we rejoin Captain David Render of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry as he recalls the bitter reality of life and conditions inside a Sherman Tank during the Second World War.

In this session we learn about the horrific casualties sustained by the Regiment as they fought their way through the Normandy bocage and towards Germany, and just to give you an idea of what David faced during this period, the average life expectancy of a Tank Commander was just two weeks.

We also discuss the tactics employed by both sides, the constant threat from snipers in the bocage, a first encounter with a Panzerfaust, losing a tank on mines, a few tricks of the trade that helped keep David and his crew alive, Operation Pepperpot and much much more.

Part 3 of this interview will follow very shortly.

Thanks for listening.

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In this installment of the Veteran Podcast Archive, we feature an interview we did a year ago with WW2 Veteran Captain David Render, a former Troop Commander with one of one of Britain's elite Tank regiments, the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry. David Render joined the regiment in Normandy on D+5 as a 19 year old 2nd Lt fresh from Sandhurst. 

Due to its length, the interview will be split into 3 parts. In this very first episode, we discuss David's childhood and growing up in London, being evacuated to the countryside as well as the Blitz. We look at his brother's army service in France around Dunkirk in 1940, before then turning to David's own experience of joining the army, training and everything that entailed including learning how to drive a tank, and then finally to the crucial moment when training becomes reality, the crossing of the channel on D+2 to Normandy to join up with his future regiment.

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In this episode, we look at the second installment of our conversation from last month with Second World War veteran Bill Betts. We pick up from where we left off in part 1 by discussing Beverly, the second hand M4 Sherman Tank that he and his other crew members inherited and called home for much of their war. We also found out about the improvised measures that Bill and the rest of his colleagues took to add extra protection to their Sherman. We learn about the Essex Yeomanry's time fighting through Holland, crossing the Rhine in their Donald Duck tanks and also their experience of liberating Kiel, as well as much, much more. 

 Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale (@jeff-kaale)
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In this episode, the first of our veteran archive interviews, we speak with veteran Bill Betts about his experience as a radio operator in an M4 Sherman tank during the Second World War. Bill joined the army aged 19 in 1941 and fought with the Essex Yeomanry Regiment as part of B Troop. The Regiment landed on D-Day in the Jig Green Sector of Gold Beach near Le Hamel and fought its way with the rest of the British 8th Armoured Brigade through France, Belgium, Holland and into Germany before eventually being de-mobbed in 1946. Due to the length of the interview, it will be published on the podcast in two parts. What follows in part one, we discuss Bill joining the army, the training he underwent, joining the EYR, landing on Gold Beach, a few close encounters with a Tiger Tank, R&R in Brussels and much more...

 Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale (@jeff-kaale)
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A small snippet and sneak preview of our upcoming two-part interview with veteran Bill Betts, who speaks with the WW2 Nation team about his experience as a Sherman Tank radio operator in the Essex Yeomanry Regiment during the Second World War.

Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale (@jeff-kaale)
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In our second episode of the WW2 Nation Podcast, we speak with Second World War historian James Holland about the first book in his new trilogy, The War in the West - Germany Ascendant 1939-1941.

Music Featured: Hearts & Flowers by Jeff Kaale (@jeff-kaale)

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