Book Review – Martin Poppel, Heaven & Hell, The War Diary of a German Paratrooper (Staplehurst: Spellmount, 1988)

  Martin Poppel’s Heaven and Hell is his account of his service in the German Fallschirmjaeger (Parachute hunters) during the Second World War. He enlisted in 1938 as a recruit in the 1st Parachute Division and saw action in Poland, Norway and Holland before being promoted to Second Lieutenant in December 1941.  Until October 1943, […]

Ep196 – Men of the AEF’s ‘lost battalion’ – Dr Edward Lengel

Historian and writer Professor Edward G Lengel talks about his book Never in Finer Company: The Men of the Great War’s Lost Battalion that investigates the action in which men from four different infantry battalions of the 77th Division of the American Expeditionary Force, were isolated by German forces during American attack in the Argonne Forest in October […]

Book Review: Herman Schmidt, Diary of a German Soldier 1939-1945 (Amazon, n.d.),

Herman Schmidt’s Diary of a German Soldier 1939-1945 is more a memoir rather than a diary; the title is misleading. Schmidt was drafted into the German army in September 1939 at the age of 39.[1] The majority of his service was in various menial roles around the horse supply unit for the 18th Army in […]

Book Review – John Stieber, Against the Odds (Dublin: Poolbeg Press, 2016)

John Stieber’s account covers his time as a private in the Herman Goring Division, fighting on the Eastern Front July in late 1944 and 1945. He was born in 1926 of Czech-Austrian parents and grew up in England and Ireland in the 1920s and 1930s as his father ran various sugar refineries. In 1939, aged […]

Ep192 – ‘The Fighting Irish’ – The US 69th Infantry Regiment in WW1- Stephen L. Harris

American historian and author Stephen L. Harris talks about his recent book Duffy’s War that looks at the wartime service of the US 69th Infantry Regiment, their padre Fr. Francis Duffy and commander ‘Wild Bill’ Donovan during their deployment in France. This book is published by Potomac Books.

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