Today we take a break from the narrative, because I have been interviewed again. This time it was done by the two hosts of a new Singapore-based podcast, called "We Don’t Mean to Dwell, But . . ."
And here’s a link to the podcast that did the interview. Listen and enjoy!
With this episode we finish the podcast narrative about World War II in Burma, or as we now call it, Myanmar. Here the British and the Japanese fight for the city of Rangoon, modern-day Yangon. In the middle of the battle the rainy season begins, which forces both sides to call a halt to most of the fighting. But in 1945, the war will end before the rainy season does.
Today we return to Burma, now called Myanmar, to hear about the efforts of the Allies, especially the British, to take back this land during World War II. We will concentrate our attention on the battles fought here from August 1944 to March 1945. Also, the Ledo Road will be finished, and the Burma Road will be recovered.
With this episode, the podcast narrative about World War II in the Philippines is concluded. Here is the story of how the US 8th Army, with the help of Filipino guerrillas, took back the central and southern Philippines, also known as the Visayas and Mindanao, from the Japanese in 1945.
Episode 53 of the podcast arrives three days late. Sorry about that, but real life got in the way, and I had to make sure everything sounded right. Here the American campaign in the Philippines continues into 1945. Now that the Japanese fleet has been mostly destroyed, and the Americans have taken back Manila, they and the Filipino guerrillas go on to free the rest of the main island, Luzon.
The latest episode of the podcast continues, but doesn’t quite finish, what we started in Episode 50, the American campaign to liberate the Philippines. General Douglas MacArthur’s troops take the central islands of Leyte and Mindoro, then land on the main island, Luzon. The campaign culminates with the terrible battle for Manila in February 1945.
The podcast is back on schedule! We are now caught up; the two latest episodes went up on the days they would have been uploaded if Episodes 48 & 49 hadn’t been late.
Episode 50 begins a series on the battles fought in the Philippines during 1944 and 1945, pitting the Americans and Filipinos against the Japanese. Here we will see General Douglas MacArthur land the US 6th Army on the island of Leyte, thereby keeping the promise he made two years earlier. Then the entire Japanese Navy will gather in the waters around Leyte to stop the landing, resulting in the biggest naval battle in all of World War II. Finally we will see the first use of Japan’s desperate last tactic, kamikaze planes.
For Episode 51 the podcast takes a break from the usual routine, and you will hear me answer the questions which you the listeners sent in over the past month or two. Listen and enjoy!