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The stories connected to the story

Great unpublished history!


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



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Great, unpublished history!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

Great, unpublished history!

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

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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!

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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

Wilf WW2 veteran



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Saturday, 11 November 2017

21 Angus Wallace interviews Paul Cheall

21 - Angus Wallace interviews Paul Cheall

Great PUBLISHED history!

Angus Wallace is the host of The WW2 Podcast and he interviews Paul Cheall about his Dad’s memoirs, Fighting Through from Dunkirk to Hamburg, published by Pen and Sword.

Angus’ show involves chats with people who’ve had books published on military history. He asks Paul all sorts of questions about his Dad and his memoirs. If you subscribe to The WW2 podcast you may have already heard this interview before.

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The WW2 Podcast can be found at www.WW2Podcast.com

Angus Wallace, host of The WW2 Podcast

 

 



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Thursday, 26 October 2017

20 Dunkirk Little Ship Bee - UNABRIDGED EDITION

20 - The Bee - Dunkirk little ship story

NEW - Complete & unabridged version of this popular episode

Great unpublished history

In wartime, ordinary men and women are asked to do extraordinary things. This is the scary story of the part some British merchant sailors played in rescuing allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk

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"How welcome a sight as nine of our fighters arrived. Straight into the Huns they went and soon those Jerries were screaming towards the earth in flames, while the others streaked away as fast as their planes would carry them"

"A heavy bomb dropped near us and we shuddered badly. The next one I thought had us, for we went down with a wall of water towering above us on all sides" 

You may have already heard Episode 11, The Bee - this version is the much longer and complete version and is highly recommended.

Full show notes including transcript, maps and photos at www.FightingThroughPodcast.co.uk

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 WWII Dunkirk

 

 

 

 

 



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