Victory at Vimy – Review

Second World War

Part of my gaining of a better understanding of the Second World War is learning about the First World War. As a Canadian, I’m naturally drawn to Vimy Ridge. There are certain events that are […]

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Night – Review

Second World War

The Second World War is not just battles between Allied and Axis armies. It is also the story of the Holocaust. It is not subject that we enjoy learning about and yet this knowledge is […]

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The Patrol – Review

Second World War

This book is not about the Second World War but it is about the life of a soldier. I am a chaplain in the Canadian Armed Forces and it is important for me to understand […]

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Passchendaele – Review

Second World War

On this blog, my focus is the Second World War. However, anything on the First World War is directly relevant. Many of the same nations were involved and many of the battles took place in […]

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49th Parallel – Review

Second World War

I love old war movies, especially those made during the Second World War. Sure, they include propaganda, but that’s part of the charm. I recently discovered that that as they were preparing to go to […]

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Monty and Rommel – Review

Second World War

Two of the most known and respect generals of the Second World War are Bernard Montgomery and Erwin Rommel. They may have been on opposite sides of the war but they had a fair bit […]

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Age of Tanks – Review

Second World War

I watched the four episode series, Age of Tanks, on Netflix. Although it doesn’t focus specifically on the Second World War, it has one episode dedicated to it. The first episode was on the introduction […]

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U-Boats Against Canada – Review

Second World War

As a Canadian and someone interested in the Second World War, I was naturally drawn to U-Boats Against Canada by Michael L. Hadley. I am somewhat familiar with the Battle of the Atlantic and the […]

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The Liberation of Bergen op Zoom

Second World War

I have recently joined the Lincoln and Welland Regiment as a chaplain. This regiment has a long history, one that includes some important battles in the Second World War. One that we are most identified […]

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North African Campaign 1940

Second World War

One of the most interesting campaigns (to me at least) of the Second World War is North Africa. For a long time, that was the only place where the British and Americans fought the Germans. […]

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SWWP 11 – And So It Begins

Second World War

The beginning of the Second World War is generally understood as being at the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany in September, 1939. Hitler created an excuse for invading and unleashed his forces on an […]

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Surviving D-Day

Second World War

Perhaps one of the most epic battles in any war was that of D-Day. Technically d-day means that day of any particular event but June 6, 1944 was so important that we know what is […]

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The Birth of the Nazis – Review

Second World War

How did we get from World War One to World War Two? Most people have a vague understanding of the rise of Adolf Hitler. Germany was suffering economically and emotionally from their defeat in the […]

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Historical Footage of General George Patton

Second World War

One of the most colourful figures of the Second World War was General George S. Patton. Here is some historical footage of Patton talking about the accomplishments of the Third Army.

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SWWP 10 – Japan and Italy at the Dawn of the Second World War

Second World War

The Second World War began with the German invasion of Poland in 1939. But before we get to that, what about Japan and Italy? What were they doing as Germany was preparing to invade Poland? […]

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Crusade in Europe – Review

Crusade in Europe

I find reading accounts of the participants of the Second World War to be very helpful. A while back I read Churchill’s Second World War  and now I have read Dwight Eisenhower’s Crusade in Europe. […]

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How Hitler Could Have Won World War II – Review

Hitler

Most people are happy that Adolf Hitler did not win the Second World War. But it could have easily ended differently. One of the best books on military history that I have read recently was How […]

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George H. W. Bush on His World War II Experiences

Second World War

As I write this, it is the day that Former President George H. W. Bush died. He was the last president to be a World War Two veteran. In this short video, President Bush recounts his […]

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Top 5 Recent War Movies

I have enjoyed war movies from the time I was a young child. There was a time that I thought the only good war movie was in black and white. But there have been some […]

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SWWP 9 – Hitler and Stalin: A Match Made in Hell

Second World War

Can we think of two greater monsters of the 20th century than that of Hitler and Stalin. Although the Second World War ended with them as bitter enemies, it began with them in cooperation. This […]

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The Armistice of 1918

Armistice

As I write this, we are days away from the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of 1918 that was the beginning of the end of the First World War. Although I blog more about the […]

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Winston Churchill’s Second World War – Review

Second World War

A number of years ago, I picked up a copy of the second volume of Winston Churchill’s Second World War, entitled Their Finest Hour. I almost gave up on it after reading the first chapter […]

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Facts You Didn’t Know About Bernard Montgomery

Second World War

One of the most influential Allied generals during the Second World War was Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery. But how much do you know about him? This short video shares some interesting facts about Montgomery. Make […]

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Nietzsche’s Influence on Hitler and Nazism

Second World War

It is common to hear that Adolf Hitler was influenced by Friedrich Nietzsche and that Nazism was inspired by his philosophy. But how true is this? It is true that Hitler gave Mussolini a set […]

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The Winter War: The Soviet Union vs Finland

Second World War

Many people are not aware that some of the earliest battles in the Second World War were between the Soviet Union and Finland. The USSR attacked Finland and expected a quick victory. They were disappointed […]

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Now We Are Masters of Our Fate

Second World War

One of the greatest accomplishments of Winston Churchill during the Second World War was the nourishing of the relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States. Below is a video of Churchill’s speech titled […]

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SWWP 8 – The Munich Agreement

Second World War

The German invasion of Czechoslovakia was a turning point in Hitler’s acts of aggression. This was the necessary step to transition from annexing fellow Germans in Austria to invading the non-German Poland, thus starting the […]

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Top 10 World War II Movies

Second World War

My interest in the Second World War began by watching old war movies. That conflict was one that brought out the best and worst of people and there are plenty of stories to tell. Some […]

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The Rise of Imperial Japan

Second World War

Although the Allies focused on defeating Germany first in the Second World War, the conflict with Japan was not just a side theatre. Japan was a major threat to Britain, United States and especially the […]

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Kamikaze pilots WWII

Second World War

One of the most powerful images of the Second World War is that of the Kamikaze. These were Japanese pilots who were sent on suicide missions, crashing their planes into targets. This short video provides […]

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The Soldier Who Continued Fighting WWII 29 Years After It Ended

Second World War

We can understand how, especially around the time of the Second World War, that it would take a while for people to get news. It might even take some time to hear about when the […]

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The Hitler Bomb Plot

Second World War

In the July of 1944, there was an assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler. A bomb was meant to kill Hitler, but by an amazing twist of events, Hitler survived the blast. This was the basis […]

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Operation Barbarossa

Second World War

An Old BBC Documentary of Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union on June 22nd 1941. This documentary shows the events and implementation that lead up to the greatest land battle in world history to […]

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SWW7 – The Rape Of Austria

Second World War

Although the Second World War really begins with the invasion of Poland, Germany’s expansion began earlier with the annexation of Austria. This event, which Churchill described as “the rape of Austria,” was the first real […]

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Battle of Stalingrad

Second World War

The Battle of Stalingrad (23 August 1942 – 2 February 1943)was a major battle of World War II in which Nazi Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of […]

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D-Day: Juno Beach

Second World War

Everyone knows that the United States and Great Britain invaded France at Normandy on D-Day. What people are less familiar with is that Canada also had its own beach. It could be argued that the […]

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Peace in Our Time?

Second World War

Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister of Britain, truly desired peace for Europe. He believed that Adolf Hitler could be negotiated and that Hitler’s stated intentions were sincere. The situation was Germany’s plan to send troops into […]

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The Man Who Survived Two Nuclear Bomb Attacks

Second World War

Can you imagine surviving a nuclear attack? How about two? There actually was a man who survived both the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Find out his story in this video.

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SWWP 6 – The Spanish Civil War

Second World War

 Between the First World War and the Second World War, there was another conflict that greatly impacted Europe. This was the Spanish Civil War. Although technically this was just a civil war between the […]

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German Airborne Invasion of Crete

Second World War

In the Second World War, Italy invaded Greece but struggled terribly. While in a way Greece was a distraction for Germany, in another way it needed to be secure their flank for when the invaded […]

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The Rise and Fall of Benito Mussolini

Second World War

Benito Mussolini is often lost in the shadow of Adolf Hitler. Many don’t know that Hitler admired Mussolini and Mussolini had a significant impact on Hitler. This short video gives a nice summary of the […]

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Biography of Joseph Stalin

Second World War

Joseph Stalin cast a shadow over the entire Second World War and beyond. The war began with Stalin and Hitler agreeing to a pact and ended with them at each other’s throats. What do you […]

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The Death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Second World War

As important as Winston Churchill was to Britain, so was Franklin Delano Roosevelt to the United States. It was FDR who encouraged Americans after the attack on Pearl Harbour that “We have nothing to fear […]

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The Battle of Wake Island

Second World War

The Battle of Midway is a fairly well known battle in the pacific. Somewhat less well known is the Battle of Wake Island. The battle took place in 1941 and is worth learning about. Watch […]

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The Story of Adolf Hitler

Second World War

If there is one person who is identified with the Second World War, it is Adolf Hitler. This video is a documentary on Adolf Hitler to help give us a clearer idea of who he […]

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My Favourite War Movie

Second World War

I grew up watching war movies. I don’t want to date myself but our first TV was black and white and I didn’t know any war movies were in colour. I still have a soft […]

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Indian Army Soldiers During World War II

Second World War

When we think of the nations fighting during World War Two, India is not necessarily at the top of the list. However, India played a significant role on the Allied side. This vintage video gives […]

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World War 2: Battle of the Atlantic Animated

Second World War

The Battle of Britain was an exciting contest of planes against plains for the survival of Britain. Less exciting but just as important was the Battle of the Atlantic. This animated video provides a nice […]

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Darkest Hour – Review

Second World War

There has been a renewal of historical movies related to the Second World War with the success of Dunkirk. One of the recent offering is Darkest Hour, featuring the first part of Winston’s Churchill time […]

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SWWP 5 – Interview With Travis Dow On The German Context

Second World War

 When it comes to history, context is everything. Thankfully, we are blessed with great historical resources, including the German background. In this episode, I talk to Travis Dow, the host of the History of […]

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SWWP 4 – The War That Didn’t End All Wars

Second World War

It is difficult to understand the Second World War without some concept of the First World War. Many of the seeds of what happened in 1939-1945 were planted in 1914-1918. Even some of the battles […]

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The Second World War Podcast

Second World War

I have been interested in military history, especially that of the Second World War, for as long as I could remember. I would go through our family encyclopedia (this was long before the internet) and […]

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SWWP 3 – Setting The Stage: The Allies

Second World War

Last time we looked at the countries that made up the Axis powers. This time we look at the Allies. The Allies are much more than just Britain, United States and the Soviet Union, even […]

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SWWP 2 – Setting the Stage: The Axis Powers

Second World War

In this episode, we begin to set the stage by looking at the Axis powers. What was happening in German, Italy and Japan at the time and who were their leaders? You may be surprised […]

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SWWP 1 – Introduction to the Podcast

Second World War

In this first episode, I share a little about myself and the direction of this podcast. In the episode, I mention the podcast by Ray Harris, Jr. You can find the History of WWII Podcast HERE. […]

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Dunkirk – Review

Second World War

One of my biggest interests is that of military history. When I saw that they were making a movie of Dunkirk, I knew that I wanted to see it. The rescue of the soldiers at […]

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Hacksaw Ridge – Review

Second World War

I finally had the opportunity to watch a movie that I had long wanted to see: Hacksaw Ridge. I must confess that I’m generally a fan of war movies, especially those set during World War […]

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The Gathering Storm – Review

Second World War

A number of years ago, I picked up Their Finest Hour, which was the second volume of Winston Churchill’s series on the Second World War. I read it and enjoyed it. More recently, I found […]

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Was Hitler a Christian?

Apologetics and Theology

One of the common objections to Christianity is that religion is the source for most violence. Christians respond with example from the 20th century, where it looks as if non-religious regimes have been the most […]

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Their Finest Hour

Second World War

I am a bit of an armchair historian when it comes to the Second World War. For as long as I can remember, I have read everything I could get my hands on that was […]

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Juno Beach – Review

Second World War

D-Day was the invasion of Normandy by the American and British, right? Actually the Canadians were there as well, not just to reinforce the British but to land on their own beach. The landing at […]

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70th Anniversary of D-Day

Second World War

Today is the 70th anniversary D-Day. It is difficult for us to imagine the importance of the Normandy invasion. This really was the turning point of the war. The planning that went into co-ordinatiing naval, […]

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A Padre’s Tale

Second World War

“Close to where fierce tank battles raged only moments earlier, an Army chaplain crouches over the lifeless corpse of a British soldier and carefully stitches him into an impromptu body bag.” As we remember D-Day, […]

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Hitler and Christianity

Second World War

I sometimes hear people say that Adolf Hitler was a Christian.  Therefore, the atrocities of Nazi Germany are another example of the evils of Christianity.  But is it true that Hitler and the rest of […]

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