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Ex-British Paratrooper and history fanatic Bruce Crompton is on a mission and he believes the amazing deeds of forgotten war heroes can help him. Due to the ongoing pandemic, museums all around the world are in danger of
Latest Episode12/26/2020

The Commandos that Grinched Christmas

Season 1, Ep. 7
Former Special Forces Operative (and star of Channel 4's SAS Who Dares Wins) Jason Fox joins Bruce along with Royal Marines Colonel Nik Cavill to tell the story of this remarkable Commando Raid that started on Boxing Day 1941SummaryOn the 27th December, 1941, in a small island town in the north Norwegian fjords, a German soldier crunched through the snow back to his barracks.All was calm apart from the sounds of Christmas songs still emanating from some of the bars and houses.Suddenly, in the distance, the thump of explosions and the bright lights of fireworks clearly showed people were still enjoying the yuletide celebrations.However, on the edge of the town, a massive assault was actually underway. The fireworks were flares and the explosions were the sound of HMS Kenya’s huge guns firing from the middle of the fjord. Within a few moments hundreds of British Commandos would be assaulting the peaceful hamlet...Contributors-Dr Chris Mann, Deputy Director of War Studies Department, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and author of 'British Policy & Strategy towards Norway, 1941-45'. To purchase please visit palgrave.com/DrChrisMann Website for Royal Military Academy Sandhurst: army.mod.uk/rma-sandhurst/Jason Fox; Explorer, former Special Forces Operative, TV personality and author of Life Under Fire: Instagram jason_carl_fox/ Twitter jason_carl_foxColonel Nik Cavill Royal Marines Commando: Websiteroyalnavy.mod.uk/royalmarinesFacebookroyalmarines/We have also joined forces with the fantastic Royal Marines Charity to help raise awareness of their Lift the Lid campaign to raise awareness for of support available to veterans, serving personnel and their families of the armed forces suffering from mental health issues. Please visit their website theroyalmarinescharity.org.uk/lifting-the-lid/ for further information of help available 24/7Further information and support for veterans is also available at nhs.uk/veterans-nhs-mental-health-services/Follow them on social media at Facebook: The Royal Marines Charity Twitter: @theRMcharity Instagram: @thermcharityThis episode has also partnered with the dedicated fundraising team for the Royal Marines Museum to raise money to have the new museum open to visitors by 2022. To donate, please visit JustGiving page: Royal Marines Museum DonateFollow them on social media at Facebook: @RoyalMArinesMuseum Twitter: @RoyalMarinesMusTrack played at the end of the show kindly provided by-MilitaryWivesChoirs – BraveWritten for theMilitaryWivesChoirs by Sean Hargreaves, John Haywood and Laura WrightFeaturing Laura Wright and the Royal Marines Corps of DrumsTo support theMilitaryWivesChoirs charity, please visitmilitarywiveschoirs.orgDid you know we now had a merchandise store? Visit Amazing-War-Stories-StoreFor more about this episode and all of the incredible stories we have in store this series, follow us on your favourite social media platform on-Facebook.com/AmazingwarstoriesInstagram@amazingwarstoriesTwitter@amazewarstoriesEpisode Credits-Written & Researched by Charlie PhillipsDirector & Executive Producer Ed SayerAssociate Producer Lois CromptonEditor Tony SimmonsSound design & 3D mastering by Vaudeville Sound Group
12/26/2020

The Commandos that Grinched Christmas

Season 1, Ep. 7
Former Special Forces Operative (and star of Channel 4's SAS Who Dares Wins) Jason Fox joins Bruce along with Royal Marines Colonel Nik Cavill to tell the story of this remarkable Commando Raid that started on Boxing Day 1941SummaryOn the 27th December, 1941, in a small island town in the north Norwegian fjords, a German soldier crunched through the snow back to his barracks.All was calm apart from the sounds of Christmas songs still emanating from some of the bars and houses.Suddenly, in the distance, the thump of explosions and the bright lights of fireworks clearly showed people were still enjoying the yuletide celebrations.However, on the edge of the town, a massive assault was actually underway. The fireworks were flares and the explosions were the sound of HMS Kenya’s huge guns firing from the middle of the fjord. Within a few moments hundreds of British Commandos would be assaulting the peaceful hamlet...Contributors-Dr Chris Mann, Deputy Director of War Studies Department, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and author of 'British Policy & Strategy towards Norway, 1941-45'. To purchase please visit palgrave.com/DrChrisMann Website for Royal Military Academy Sandhurst: army.mod.uk/rma-sandhurst/Jason Fox; Explorer, former Special Forces Operative, TV personality and author of Life Under Fire: Instagram jason_carl_fox/ Twitter jason_carl_foxColonel Nik Cavill Royal Marines Commando: Websiteroyalnavy.mod.uk/royalmarinesFacebookroyalmarines/We have also joined forces with the fantastic Royal Marines Charity to help raise awareness of their Lift the Lid campaign to raise awareness for of support available to veterans, serving personnel and their families of the armed forces suffering from mental health issues. Please visit their website theroyalmarinescharity.org.uk/lifting-the-lid/ for further information of help available 24/7Further information and support for veterans is also available at nhs.uk/veterans-nhs-mental-health-services/Follow them on social media at Facebook: The Royal Marines Charity Twitter: @theRMcharity Instagram: @thermcharityThis episode has also partnered with the dedicated fundraising team for the Royal Marines Museum to raise money to have the new museum open to visitors by 2022. To donate, please visit JustGiving page: Royal Marines Museum DonateFollow them on social media at Facebook: @RoyalMArinesMuseum Twitter: @RoyalMarinesMusTrack played at the end of the show kindly provided by-MilitaryWivesChoirs – BraveWritten for theMilitaryWivesChoirs by Sean Hargreaves, John Haywood and Laura WrightFeaturing Laura Wright and the Royal Marines Corps of DrumsTo support theMilitaryWivesChoirs charity, please visitmilitarywiveschoirs.orgDid you know we now had a merchandise store? Visit Amazing-War-Stories-StoreFor more about this episode and all of the incredible stories we have in store this series, follow us on your favourite social media platform on-Facebook.com/AmazingwarstoriesInstagram@amazingwarstoriesTwitter@amazewarstoriesEpisode Credits-Written & Researched by Charlie PhillipsDirector & Executive Producer Ed SayerAssociate Producer Lois CromptonEditor Tony SimmonsSound design & 3D mastering by Vaudeville Sound Group
11/20/2020

The Cliff Rangers of Calvados

Season 1, Ep. 6
On June 6th 1944 a band of US Army Rangers undertook one of the second world war’s most daring missions. Ahead of the main D Day landings, under ferocious fire, they had to land on an exposed beach, scale a 100ft cliff before attacking a well armed and heavily defended German force.Against overwhelming numbers their mission was to silence the huge artillery guns that would target the invading Allied Armies that were about to land on D Day. But we can now reveal a secret about this famous operation that was classified for over 60 yearsThis is the true story of 7 of the Rangers who took part in the mission to protect the hundreds of thousands of other troops landing on the Normandy beaches - sadly not all of them would make it through.They were the Cliff Rangers of CalvadosLet us know what you think of this week's episode- use#AmazingWarStoriesto join the conversationContributors--Gary Sterne author of 'Cover-Up at Pointe du Hoc' and curator of the Maisy Battery, Normandy Website- maisybattery.com/ Facebook- facebook/maisybattery -Davis Smith former US Marine weaponry & tactics specialist advisorFor more about this episode and all of the incredible stories we have in store this series, follow us on your favourite social media platform on-Facebook.com/AmazingwarstoriesInstagram@amazingwarstoriesTwitter@amazewarstoriesEpisode Credits-Written & Produced by Paul WoodingExecutive producer Ed SayerAssociate Producer Lois CromptonSound design & 3D mastering by Vaudeville Sound Groupinfo@amazingwarstories.comwww.amazingwarstories.com
11/6/2020

The Striker of The Somme - A Remembrance Day Special

Season 1, Ep. 4
When legendary footballer Walter Tull joins the army in the First World War he becomes the first black British officer to lead white men into battle and is mentioned in dispatches for a dangerous raid in Italy. He suffers shell shock, trench fever, is gassed, faces flame throwers and finally German stormtroopers in the battle of the Somme. In this special episode to mark Remembrance Sunday Historian Andy Robertshaw reveals an astonishing discovery - the potential resting place of Walter Tull, The Striker of The Somme.For more about this episode and all of the incredible stories we have in store this series, follow us on your favourite social media platform on-Facebook.com/AmazingwarstoriesInstagram@amazingwarstoriesTwitter@amazewarstoriesLet us know what you think of this week's episode- use#AmazingWarStoriesto join the conversationWith very special thanks to our contributors--Andy Robertshaw historian & military adviser andyrobertshaw.com -Walter's family who run the Finlayson Family Archive -waltertullarchive.comMuseums--War Years Remembered Museum -Website waryearsremembered.co.uk Facebook WarYearsRemembered Instagram /waryearsremembered-The Kent Museum of Moving Image -Website kentmomi.org/ Facebook /KentMOMI Instagram Kent_MOMI/-The Museum of the Great War, France -Website historial.fr/Further information on Walter Tull-claptonfc.com/WalterTTTbooklet.pdftottenhamhotspur.com/walter-tull.pdftottenhamhotspur.com/walter-tull-rememberedntfc.co.uk/tullfirstworldwarglasgow.co.uk/Not-Forgotten-part-2.pdfnorthamptonchron.co.uk/walter-tullEpisode Credits-Written & Produced by Paul WoodingExecutive producer Ed SayerAssociate Producer Lois CromptonResearcher Ross Barnwell Sound design & 3D mastering by Vaudeville Sound Groupinfo@amazingwarstories.comwww.amazingwarstories.com