Episodes
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
Robin Rowland was an officer in Slim’s Fourteenth Army, fighting at the Battle of the Admin Box and at the Battle of Kohima. Here he is in conversation with James Holland. In this first part of their discussion Robin describes how he found himself in India and the chaos and confusion of the Admin Box. 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...
Published 08/12/20
James and Al are joined by the US historian John C. McManus to discuss the final months of fighting in the Far East. John is one of America’s leading military historians and is currently working on a major two volume history of the U.S. Army in the Pacific/Asia theatre during World War II.   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...
Published 08/11/20
Al and James are joined by Rob Lynam to discuss the War 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 for the New Yorker during the war, Panter-Downes letters from London offer real insight into life on the home front.  Lion Rampant - Robert Woollcombe A graphic account...
Published 08/07/20
How great an influence on Nazi ideology did Spartan society exert? Tom Holland joins his brother James and Al Murray to discuss ancient empires and their parallels with Hitler’s Germany. 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, Panter-Downes letters...
Published 08/06/20
In the third episode of our trilogy James Holland and Al Murray discuss the merits of grass airfields and German plans for the invasion of Britain. Plus the boys make three new recommendations for reading over the summer. Independent Company members get £2 off each book 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 08/04/20
In July 1943 the Allies launched Operation Husky. The subsequent thirty-eight-day Battle for Sicily was one of the most dramatic of the entire Second World War. James Holland reads an exclusive extract from his upcoming book 'Sicily '43: The First Assault on Fortress Europe' which is available from the 3rd September 2020. 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 Joey McCarthy Exec...
Published 07/30/20
What was the civilian experience as the Battle of Britain raged in the skies? And how realistic was the German aim to gain air supremacy? Al Murray and James Holland explore the summer of 1940 in further detail. 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 acast.com/privacy for...
Published 07/28/20
Part Two of James Holland's interview with veteran Stan Perry about his wartime experiences in the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry. Stan arrived in France shortly after D-Day and was twice wounded during the final year of the war in the west. Join the We Have Ways members’ club now for £6 a month using the link below: Patreon.com/wehaveways Al and James have chosen three books to read this summer and all three are available at a discount of 30pc from Waterstones for our Patreon...
Published 07/23/20
“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” Well that was Winston Churchill’s view. Now, 80 years on, Al Murray and James Holland offer a modern perspective on the events of the summer of 1940. Also, the lads answer a host of intriguing listener questions. Join the We Have Ways members’ club now for £6 a month using the link below: Patreon.com/wehaveways Al and James have chosen three books to read this summer and all three are available at a discount of...
Published 07/21/20
James Holland interviews veteran Stan Perry about his wartime experiences in the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry. Stan arrived in France shortly after D-Day and was twice wounded during the final year of the war in the west. Join the We Have Ways members’ club now for £6 a month using the link below: Patreon.com/wehaveways Al and James have chosen three books to read this summer and all three are available at a discount of 30pc from Waterstones for our Patreon members. Greyhound, by C S...
Published 07/16/20
Did Hitler really die in a Berlin bunker? Yes of course he did. But this simple truth hasn’t stopped a host of conspiracy theorists claiming the Nazi leader made it safely to South America. So why have these stories taken a hold on the public imagination? Al Murray and James Holland are joined by Luke Daly-Groves, writer of Hitler’s Death: The Case Against Conspiracy, to try and debunk the outlandish theories that still abound. Join the We Have Ways members’ club now for £6 a month using...
Published 07/14/20