The History of WWII Podcast - by Ray Harris Jr

The History of WWII Podcast - by Ray Harris Jr

Latest Episodes

Episode 437-Interview w/ Scott Simon about his book Swingtime for Hitler & then Operation Jubilee
September 15, 2023

A Two Episode Special! First, NPR's Scott Simon come on to discuss his audiobook/book Swingtime for Hitler: From Goebbelss Jazzmen to Tokyo Rose to AI, the Eternal Allure of Propaganda. And then we continue with Operation Jubilee: Blood, Toil, Tears, and

Episode 436-Retreat Yes. But How?
September 11, 2023

Operation Jubilee has failed, but now the men have to be rescued. Yet the Germans are determined not to let a single man, ship or plane leave without having fought their way out.To view supporting images and other media for this episode please visit The

Episode 435-Two Episode Special! Interview w/John C. McManus about his Pacific War Trilogy and we continue w/ Operation Jubilee
September 05, 2023

Military Historian John C. McManus comes on to discuss his US Army in the Pacific Trilogy. Then, the Rileys come ashore at White Beach, but it goes no better for them. It is now a make or break moment and Gen. John “Ham” Roberts has decided to throw in hi

Episode 434-Red Beach-To Move is to Die
August 30, 2023

As the flanking attacks to either side of Dieppe have had mixed results, its now time for the direct attack on the town. Here, the Germans are well dug in, but coming ashore are 30 Canadian tanks to challenge for supremacy of the beach. Yet there is a sl

Episode 433-Two Episode Special! Interview w/ Andrew Nagorski about his book Saving Freud and we return to Operation Jubilee
August 26, 2023

First, interview w/ Andrew Nagorski about his latest book, Saving Freud, The Rescuers Who Brought Him to Freedom and then we continue with the Dieppe Raid. Now its Green Beachs turn. Here the men will find some success, but too few get ashore and their

Episode 432-Blood on Blue Beach
August 19, 2023

Now that the two attacking flanks had landed men, one went well, the other was a debacle, it was time to land men at Blue Beach, just east of Dieppe. And it would be here that would determine if Operation Jubilee would be a success or not. But the Germans

Episode 431-The Father and Mother of All Explosions
August 14, 2023

The Commandos land on the far flanks of Dieppe. The attack at the Orange Beaches will see their initial objectives met, but men will be lost. As for Yellow Beach to the East, the commandos will be met with death and the loss of the majority of their team.

Episode 430-Interview w/Tom Holm about his book, Ira Hayes: The Akimel O'odham Warrior, WWII and the Price of Heroism
August 10, 2023

Professor Tom Holm discusses Ira Hayes, his time with the Marines, his fighting on Iwo Jima and Mt. Suribachi and his tragic life after the raising of the American flag.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Episode 429-It Only Takes One Little Mistake
August 05, 2023

As the 200 plus ships of Operation Jubilee reach the French coast, a single event occurs, ruining all the plans of Combined Operations. Still, the Allied force moves forward, hoping to make the best of a bad situation. Which is when it gets much worse. Le

Episode 428-Churchill's Shell Game
July 31, 2023

A desperate Churchill green lights the raid on Dieppe. And though it has been scaled back to avoid entanglements with panzers, it is still complex and dependent on everything going to plan and on time. A rare event in battle. Still, on August 18th, the sh