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The German Plan to Destroy French Culture – The Occupation of France – WW2 – 066 – November 30, 1940

The German Plan to Destroy French Culture – The Occupation of France – WW2 – 066 – November 30, 1940

November 30, 1940 Their leaders have been so full of confidence and so sure of victory, but that confidence does not ensure victory, and this week both the Italians and the Japanese fail. I’m Indy Neidell; this is World War Two. Last week the Greek counteroffensive against the Italians continued to gain ground, but the Italians suddenly gained more allies as several nations became Axis Powers. And the Chinese detected a buildup of Japanese forces in Hubei Province. This week…

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The United States of America – summary of the country’s history

The United States of America – summary of the country’s history

We begin in 1750 in North America. It’s been 150 years since settlers from Western Europe, mostly fleeing poverty, famine, or religious and political persecution, first arrived on the continent. Their arrival came at the expense of millions of native Americans who lived there for thousands of years, mostly in tribes. On the East Coast, Great Britain has established colonies inhabited by 1.5 million people. The northern regions depend mainly on fishing and trade, while in the south, the climate…

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Britain’s First Victory, Germany Plunders Europe & Mussolini’s Folly – WW2 – 063 – November 9, 1940

Britain’s First Victory, Germany Plunders Europe & Mussolini’s Folly – WW2 – 063 – November 9, 1940

November 9, 1940 Italy has invaded Greece, but already after just a few days that invasion stalls, so what will Italy’s German ally do? Adolf Hitler decides to come to the rescue. I’m Indy Neidell; this is World War Two. Last week Italy invaded Greece and Germany made its last daylight bombing raid on Britain, though night time ones will continue. On November 3rd, though, there is no raid on London at all. This is the first time since September…

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Mussolini plays Hitler like a Fiddle – The Invasion of Greece – WW2 – 062 – November 2, 1940

Mussolini plays Hitler like a Fiddle – The Invasion of Greece – WW2 – 062 – November 2, 1940

November 2, 1940 Although Italian leader Benito Mussolini has said to his Germany ally that he has no designs on Greece until after taking Egypt, that is not the case, for this week- Italy invades Greece. I’m Indy Neidell; this is World War Two. Last week Adolf Hitler met with Vichy French and Spanish leaders to try and get them to join him in a coalition against Britain. It didn’t work out how he wanted. Meanwhile, Italy was preparing to…

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The Russian October Revolution 1917 I THE GREAT WAR Week 172

The Russian October Revolution 1917 I THE GREAT WAR Week 172

Each episode of this show begins with a hook; something that hasn’t happened so far in the war, but not today. This week’s episode begins with a hook that has happened before, in fact, it happened only eight months ago – revolution in Russia. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week, the Central Powers breakthrough on the Italian front – the Battle of Caporetto – continued, with the Italians retreating all week and the Germans and Austrians…

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It’s raining bombs, keep calm and carry on… – WW2 – 059 – October 12 1940

It’s raining bombs, keep calm and carry on… – WW2 – 059 – October 12 1940

October 12, 1940 They have a unified front to the rest of the world, publicly dismissing any talk of a civil war in the face of invasion, but this week the Chinese Nationalists and Communists fight each other. I’m Indy Neidell; this is World War Two. Last week, Adolf Hitler met with Benito Mussolini and talked about possible military plans in North Africa, the Mediterranean, and Gibraltar. Far to the east, the Battle of 100 Regiments is devolving into guerrilla…

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Hitler and the Art of the Deal – WW2 – 058 – October 5 1940

Hitler and the Art of the Deal – WW2 – 058 – October 5 1940

October 5, 1940 They are the European leaders of the Berlin-Rome-Tokyo Axis and they have big plans for the future. This week, Hitler meets with Mussolini. I’m Indy Neidell; this is World War Two. Last week, Italy, Germany, and Japan signed the Tri-Partite Pact, officially creating the Axis Powers. This was in large part to dissuade the US from entering the war or expanding its influence in the Far East. The Battle of Britain continued, the Battle of 100 regiments…

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The Five Nation Army – The Salonica Front Erupts I THE GREAT WAR Week 109

The Five Nation Army – The Salonica Front Erupts I THE GREAT WAR Week 109

We’ve seen the British and French fight together or different parts of the British Empire collaborate with each other. We’ve seen combined Austro-German forces. But something happens this week we have not yet seen in the war. This week, the Allies build a true Five Nation Army. I’m Indy Neidell. Welcome to the Great War. Last week, the British and French advanced at the Somme, and at Verdun the French retook the whole of Fleury, causing German morale to plummet….

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An Axis of Evil is Complete – WW2 – 057 – September 28 1940

An Axis of Evil is Complete – WW2 – 057 – September 28 1940

September 28, 1940 The Pact of Steel made last year between Germany and Italy created the Berlin-Rome Axis. This week, Japan adds Tokyo to that axis, and the Axis Powers are official. I’m Indy Neidell; this is World War Two. Last week, the Italian invasion of Egypt came to a halt, and Adolf Hitler postponed his plans for an invasion of Britain, but the Japanese invasion of China, now over three years old, continued. At the moment, they are fighting…

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