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Book cover of The Confidence Men

Episode 77:  The Great Escape of WWI

Guest: Margalit Fox, author of The Confidence Men: How Two Prisons of War Engineered the Most Remarkable Escape in History.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

The true story of two British POWs in WWI who hatched an elaborate escape plot that hinged on a Ouija Board, a feigned suicide attempt, and remarkable perseverance.Host historians Chris Anderson and Rick Beyer welcome Margalit Fox, author of “The Confidence Men: How Two Prisons of War Engineered the Most Remarkable Escape in History. ” Captured after a horrific siege near Baghdad, imprisoned by the Ottoman Empire, these two British soldiers pulled off a an ingenious escape fromtheir remote mountaintop prison in Turkey – with the unintentional help of their captors! Margalit Fox originally trained as a cellist [...] more

Episode 79:  The Battle for Brest

Guest: Joe Balkoski, author of Beachhead to Brittany: The 29th Infantry Division at Brest

Sunday, October 17, 2021

After the successful D-Day landings, people looked forward to the rapid liberation of occupied Europe. General Dwight D. Eisenhower knew, however, that the liberation would never succeed without seizing a port that would accept the ships bringing the estimated 26,000 tons of supplies the allied armies consumed every day. One such port was Brest, defended by some 40,000 Germans soldiers determined to deny Eisenhower this vital prize. In August 1944, the war-weary GIs of the VIII Corps were given the task of prying the Germans out. Host Historians Chris Anderson and Rick Beyer discuss this vital, but forgotten, battle [...] more
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