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Bill Cheall fought at Dunkirk, North Africa and Sicily, was in the first wave on Gold Beach on D-Day, and finally went to Germany. Since Bill's WW2 memoirs were published, many former comrades and families have come forward with stories and diaries of their own, all forming part of the jigsaw of Bill's war. The aim of these podcasts is to bring the memories to life and honour the soldiers, airmen and seamen who were connected to Bill in some way.

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Paul Cheall



Saturday, 31 March 2018

28 Wilf Shaw RIP Tribute

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of WWII veteran Wilf Shaw in hospital on 21 March 2018. His family advise that he passed away very peacefully in the early hours in hospital. He had enjoyed exceptional health for his age until a few weeks ago, when the breathing difficulties he had had trouble with during the past eighteen months worsened quite dramatically.

This is a special episode in tribute to Wilf featuring tributes from listeners and stories from the role he played in WW2 with 6 Green Howards and the 50th Northumbrian Infantry division.

"You were always a rebel Wilf and it was those types of blokes who won this bloody War for us" Fred Zilken.

RIP Private Shaw W, 4753850

Called up on 13 June 1940, 6th Battalion, Green Howards

Born 6 Feb 1920, Died 21 March 2018, Aged 98

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Below: Wilf in later years

Wilf WW2 veteran



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Saturday, 3 March 2018

27 Veterans Bennett and Cheall remember D-Day WWII

Great, unpublished history!

92 year-old Royal Marine Roy Bennett remembers his WWII Juno beach landing and more:
"There was a horrendous noise as we landed, people were dying leaving the landing craft ..."

Bill Cheall re-visits France and Gold beach on the 50th anniversary of D-Day in 1994
"We arrived 50 years later at 12.15 hrs and it was still drizzling with rain, and windy, just like it was on D-Day, WW2"

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Below: WWII 48 Royal Marine Commando Roy Bennett

48 RM Commando Roy Bennett

Below: WWII veteran Bill Cheall and son at Bayeux at the end of a wonderful holiday

Father and son at Bayeux at the end of a wonderful holiday



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Friday, 9 February 2018

26 The Zilken Letters - veteran exposes the army's best kept secrets!

26 The Zilken Letters

A WW2 veteran tells some of the army's best kept secrets

Great, unpublished history!

"In the hot desert, while on guard, some of us drank the rusty water from the radiators of the Bren Gun carriers.  I would lie on my back - mouth under the drain plug of the carrier! 

"I didn’t get far before Jerry had me in range and dropped a few mortars all around me.  I froze, as each bomb seem to get nearer.  I could feel the heat off them as they exploded …"

"They were all court martialled and two or three were sentenced to be shot!"

Revealing highlights of letters Private Fred Zilken sent to comrade Wilf Shaw over a number of years after WWII. 

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Below: Fred Zilken proudly wears the 50th Infantry Division TT badge, denoting the catchment areas of the battalion, the Rivers Tyne, Tees and Humber in Yorkshire. Drawn Sicily 1943

Fred Zilken sketch WWII, Sicily

Below: Signal platoon outside Marston House 1941, WW2. Fred top right.

Signal platoon outside Marston House 1941, WW2

 

 So, a pic of Fed exists after all!Fred Zilken enlarged, WWii

A WW2 history podcast on Bill Cheall's war diary and memoirs.



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Friday, 26 January 2018

25 Sgt Rufty Hill meets Winston Churchill

25 Rufty Hill meets Winston

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Poignant tale of 5 brave WWII comrades. The story goes back to the start of the war, how these lads met, what special connection brought them together, and what tragedy was to befall some of them. Lance Sergeant William Allan 'Rufty' Hill and Bill Vickers are both honoured in this tragic but poignant tale.

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A WW2 history podcast on Bill Cheall's war diary and memoirs.

Below: Bill Vickers back left and Sgt Allan (Rufty) Hill back right.

Five WWII comrades in Cyprus 1941

 

Below: An early photo of the band, Rufty marked and Bill third from right - note the leather drum aprons - so Bill was a drummer aswell, not a trumpet player as I suggest in the show!

An early photo of the band, Rufty marked and Bill third from right - note the leather drum aprons WW2

 

Below: Bill Vickers - "All the best in the world from Bill to Rufty"

Bill Vickers - "All the best in the world from Alan to Rufty

 

 



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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

24 Christmas at War, Bill Cheall

24 Christmas at War, Bill Cheall

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How the Dunkirk spirit of 1940 became the Christmas spirit of ‘45. Bill Cheall keeps the peace as a regimental policeman in war-torn and defeated Germany and experiences the most heart-warming end to his war.

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A WWII military history podcast on Bill Cheall's war diary and memoirs.

Bill Cheall at Duisberg, WWII WW2 Oct 1945



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Thursday, 30 November 2017

23 Wilf Shaw - WWII army veteran interview 3

23 A third coffee with WWII army veteran Wilf Shaw

Great, unpublished history!

More coffee with Wilf Shaw of 6th Battalion the Green Howards, 50th infantry division, in the British Army. 

Wilf recounts many enchanting, funny and fearsome tales!

Also joining us is Wilf’s friend, Lesley Littlewood, whose father was in WW2 as a Bren gunner

Wilf was in many campaigns including fighting for Monty’s 8th army at Alamein, Wadi Akarit in Tunisia, Sicily and of course Normandy. He was wounded twice and still returned to battle!

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Full show notes at www.FightingThroughPodcast.co.uk

A WWII military history podcast on Wilf Shaw's diary and memoirs.

Recorded 2016 in Manchester, UK



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Sunday, 26 November 2017

22 Wilf Shaw - WWII army veteran interview 2

A Second Coffee with WWII army veteran Wilf Shaw, Aged 97

Great, unpublished history!

A coffee with Wilf Shaw of 6th Battalion the Green Howards, 50th infantry division, in the British Army. 

Also joining us is Wilf’s friend, Lesley Littlewood, whose father was also in WW2 as a Bren gunner with 56 Reconnaisance battalion, part of 78th Division.

Wilf was in many campaigns including fighting for Monty’s 8th army at Alamein, Wadi Akarit in Tunisia, Sicily and of course Normandy. He was wounded twice and still returned to battle!

Link to feedback/reviews Thank you

Full show notes at www.FightingThroughPodcast.co.uk

A WWII military history podcast on Wilf Shaw's diary and memoirs.

Recorded 2016 in Manchester, UK

Wilf WW2 veteran



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