Episodes
An awful lot has happened in the last 100 years or so. In fact, when you look at how much went on in the 20th century, it's amazing it didn't take longer than that. In this extract from his new book Al Murray takes a close look at the Battle of Britain. We Have Ways has a membership club which includes a live version of the podcast streamed on the internet each Thursday evening. There are also five free audiobooks on the site. Join at Patreon.com/wehaveways A Goalhanger Films...
Published 10/29/20
Al and James clamber around on the Messerschmitt 109 once flown by the legendary Hans-Joachim Marseille and now housed at the Heritage Hangar, Biggin Hill. Was it really better than the Spitfire? Bold engineering claims in this podcast. This podcast was also filmed and is available for viewing by members of our We Have Ways club. Join for £6 a month, which includes a live version of the podcast streamed on the internet each Thursday evening. There are also five free audiobooks on the site....
Published 10/27/20
After growing up in a Scottish orphanage Matt Mackinnon-Pattison volunteered for the army at the first opportunity and found himself fighting with a Highland regiment in Italy. In this second part of his conversation with James Holland we hear of his exploits with the SAS. We Have Ways runs a members club for those looking for additional content. If you’d like to watch a live version of the show each Thursday evening or enjoy Second World War audiobooks join the Independent Company here:...
Published 10/22/20
Al and James visit the Heritage Hangar at Biggin Hill, the largest collection of air worthy Spitfires in the world. They discover a newly restored Spitfire once sold to the Greek airforce and explore the craft of building the world’s most iconic fighter plane. We Have Ways runs a members club for those looking for additional content. If you’d like to watch a live version of the show each Thursday evening or enjoy Second World War audiobooks join the Independent Company here:...
Published 10/20/20
Matt Mackinnon-Pattison served with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders during the war and later joined the SAS where he was parachuted behind enemy lines in northern Italy. James Holland recently interviewed Matt in Cumbria. This is the first part of their fascinating conversation. We Have Ways runs a members club for those looking for additional content. If you’d like to watch a live version of the show each Thursday evening or enjoy Second World War audiobooks join the Independent...
Published 10/15/20
James and Al get their podcast passports out as they explore stories from Iceland to Africa, via Germany. James describes his recent adventures in Germany, including his attempt to find the location of the death of Lt. Denis Elmore, the last Sherwood Rangers officer to be killed in the war. We Have Ways runs a members club for those looking for additional content. If you’d like to watch a live version of the show each Thursday evening or enjoy Second World War audiobooks join the...
Published 10/13/20
Al Murray heads to Bovington Tank Museum to talk to resident expert David Willey about the Tiger tank.  Why did Nazi Germany build only 1,200 of this much feared beast and what was the true story of the men who abandoned Tiger 131 in Tunisia? To enjoy the weekly We Have Ways livestream join our members club for £6 a month using the link below. Members get free audiobooks, discounts from Waterstones, first chance to book live events, battleground visits and the increasingly infamous Thursday...
Published 10/08/20
Writer and academic Jeremy Black joins James Holland and Al Murray in a wide-ranging discussion encompassing the propagandist use of maps and the challenges of flying over the Hump. To enjoy the weekly We Have Ways livestream join our members club for £6 a month using the link below. Members get free audiobooks, discounts from Waterstones, first chance to book live events, battleground visits and the increasingly infamous Thursday evening live show: Patreon.com/wehaveways A Goalhanger...
Published 10/06/20
Al Murray and James Holland explore a Second World War British ambulance as well as a vehicle kitted out as a mobile listening centre which reported from France and Holland to Bletchley Park. To enjoy the weekly We Have Ways livestream join our members club for £6 a month using the link below. Members get free audiobooks, discounts from Waterstones, first chance to book live events, battleground visits and the increasingly infamous Thursday evening live show: Patreon.com/wehaveways A...
Published 10/01/20
The German V2 rocket programme brought fear to the streets of London in the last months of the war. Author Robert Harris joins Al Murray and James Holland to discuss his new novel, V2, which explores the events from the perspective of a German rocket engineer and a British woman tasked with working out where the deadly weapons were being fired from. To enjoy the weekly We Have Ways livestream join our members club for £6 a month using the link below. Members get free audiobooks, discounts...
Published 09/29/20
AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson is back with more stories from his extraordinary family history. This time we hear about his dad’s time fighting in Italy, plus his Italian mum’s fascist family past. WARNING: Some strong language. To enjoy the weekly We Have Ways livestream join our members club for £6 a month using the link below. Members get free audiobooks, discounts from Waterstones, first chance to book live events, battleground visits and the increasingly infamous Thursday evening live...
Published 09/24/20
The legendary lead singer of AC/DC Brian Johnson is fascinated by the Second World War. His dad fought in North Africa and Italy with the Durham Light Infantry and Brian himself joined the Territorial Army and did full parachute training. WARNING: This brilliantly entertaining, often hilarious episode, features strong language. To enjoy the weekly We Have Ways livestream join our members club for £6 a month using the link below. Members get free audiobooks, discounts from Waterstones, first...
Published 09/22/20
On September 17th, 1944, the Allies launched Operation Market Garden in an attempt to create an invasion route across the Rhine and into Germany. The operation failed and with it ended any hopes of finishing the war by Christmas 1944. Al Murray and James Holland are joined by former Paras Major-General Adrian Freer and Richard Moore to discuss the details of this extraordinary battle. To enjoy the weekly We Have Ways livestream join our members club for £6 a month using the link below....
Published 09/17/20
James Holland and Al Murray discuss the events of September 15th, 1940, the date officially named Battle of Britain Day. James digs deep into the data to evaluate the severity of the German attacks and to understand the level of defence mounted by the RAF. To enjoy the weekly We Have Ways livestream join our members club for £6 a month using the link below. Members get free audiobooks, discounts from Waterstones, first chance to book live events, battleground visits and the increasingly...
Published 09/15/20
Al Murray and James Holland recently spent a day clambering around on restored tanks. In today’s episode they get to experience the inside of a Sherman and the full throated roar of a Cromwell.  To enjoy the weekly We Have Ways livestream join our members club for £6 a month using the link below. Members get free audiobooks, discounts from Waterstones, first chance to book live events, battleground visits and the increasingly infamous Thursday evening live show: Patreon.com/wehaveways A...
Published 09/10/20
Al Murray joins James Holland to discuss Sicily ‘43 in this special edition of the podcast recorded for Waterstones. Our three book recommendations for September are: Normandy ’44 by James Holland (newly published paperback) Britain’s War: Into Battle by Dan Todman (paperback) The Ship by C S Forester All three books are available at a 20pc discount to members of the Independent Company. Join the We Have Ways members’ club now for £6 a month using the link...
Published 09/08/20
As James Holland begins researching his next book he finds himself immediately caught up in a debate about what happened to the Sherwood Rangers as they came ashore on D-Day. Our three book recommendations for September are: Normandy ’44 by James Holland (newly published paperback) Britain’s War: Into Battle by Dan Todman (paperback) The Ship by C S Forester All three books are available at a 20% discount to members of the Independent Company. Join the We Have Ways members’ club now...
Published 09/03/20
James Holland and Al Murray spend the day messing around in tanks. The evolution of the British tank through the early years of the Second World War is discussed and the boys get to grapple with tanks in various states of restoration. Our three book recommendations for September are: Normandy ’44 by James Holland (newly published paperback) Britain’s War: Into Battle by Dan Todman (paperback) The Ship by C S Forester All three books are available at a 20% discount to members of the...
Published 09/01/20
C. S. Forester’s brilliant book about a Royal Navy ship fighting to get through to Malta was published in 1943 and is an enthralling account of a single day’s action against the Italian fleet. It’s one of our three book recommendations for September and here Al Murray reads chapter one to give you a taste of what’s in store. All members of the Independent Company, the We Have Ways members’ club, get 20pc off our three recommended books In September. Join for £6 a month using the link...
Published 08/27/20
Al and James discuss the fundamental differences between being a Luftwaffe pilot and an airman in the RAF. Also, why did it take so long to train a naval officer? Could it be due to the cost of the kit he might control? Join the We Have Ways members’ club now for £6 a month using the link below: Patreon.com/wehaveways A Goalhanger Films production Produced by Harry Lineker Exec Producer Tony Pastor Twitter: #WeHaveWays @WeHaveWaysPod Email: wehavewayspodcast@gmail.com   See...
Published 08/25/20
A sneak preview of our latest audiobook Those Devils In Baggy Pants which tells the story of life in the US 82nd Airborne Division. The author, Ross S Carter, took part in every major campaign featuring the 504th Parachute Infantry, from Sicily in 1943 through to Germany in May 1945. It’s a cracking read, and it’s been beautifully read by American actor and great friend of this podcast, Chaz Mena. Join the We Have Ways members’ club now for £6 a month using the link...
Published 08/20/20
We asked listeners for the most curious roles their grandparents performed during the Second World War. Al Murray and James Holland explore some of the best answers. Plus, which branch of the forces would you have volunteered for? Join the We Have Ways members’ club now for £6 a month using the link below: Patreon.com/wehaveways A Goalhanger Films production Produced by Harry Lineker Exec Producer Tony Pastor Twitter: #WeHaveWays @WeHaveWaysPod Email: wehavewayspodcast@gmail.com   See...
Published 08/18/20
Seventy five years ago the world celebrated Victory over Japan Day as the war in the Pacific finally ended. Al Murray and James Holland discuss the big decisions taken at the time, most notably the use of the atomic bomb. Independent Company members get £2 off our recommended books from Waterstones. The Last Enemy - Richard Hillary A brilliant first-hand account of a Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain. London War Notes - Mollie Panter-Downes A columnist for the New Yorker...
Published 08/15/20
By 1945 the British Indian Army was the largest volunteer force in history. Military historian Rob Lyman argues that Indian soldiers were not given enough credit for their efforts in helping beat the Japanese.  Independent Company members get £2 off our recommended books from Waterstones. The Last Enemy - Richard Hillary A brilliant first-hand account of a Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain. London War Notes - Mollie Panter-Downes A columnist for the New Yorker during the war,...
Published 08/14/20
Robin Rowland was an officer in Slim’s Fourteenth Army, fighting at the Battle of the Admin Box and at the Battle of Kohima. In the second part of his conversation with James Holland he describes the final days of the conflict in the Far East. Independent Company members get £2 off our recommended books from Waterstones. The Last Enemy - Richard Hillary A brilliant first-hand account of a Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain. London War Notes - Mollie Panter-Downes A columnist...
Published 08/13/20