The History of WWII Podcast - by Ray Harris Jr

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A biweekly podcast covering the last great war. Join Ray Harris Jr as he explores World War Two in intimate detail. read less

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The History of WWII Podcast - by Ray Harris Jr. starts out by asserting this war was one of the pivotal moments of the 20th century. It redefined human cruelty but also embodied amazing courage and compassion. It gave rise to some of the greatest villains and their atrocities. But it also allowed heroes to showcase immeasurable profoundness of kindness. In his podcast, historian Ray Harris Jr. tells the story of those who endured and those who did not.

Harris' fascination with this war results in well-researched podcast episodes. He explores the topic in great depth. He also doesn't rely on his knowledge alone. Harris also interviews WWII experts like Walter Borneman and Craig Nelson. The History of WWII Podcast - by Ray Harris Jr. started in 2012 and is still making interesting episodes.

World War II lasted six years, but the effects of it stretched out for many years after. An unbelievable 60 million people died during the war. It ended with the beginning of the Atomic Age and new tensions. With the Allies' common enemies destroyed, the US and Soviet Union governments' distrust of each other led to the Cold War. With its newer and deadlier weapons, this meant over 40 years of fear of the next World War.

The creators of the Third Reich of Nazi Germany named it the 1000-Year Reich. Yet, it only lasted 12 years, from 1933 to 1945. But those were consequential years that involved anyone from Japan to North Africa. It would lead to the rebuilding of cities, countries, and hundreds of millions of lives. So how did Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini gain their power? How did they rebuild their armies? Why didn't anyone confront them until it was too late? These are questions that The History of WWII Podcast - by Ray Harris Jr. pursues to answer in rich detail. New episodes air once a week.

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