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johntanner

Really enjoying these, but need to do some catching up!

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GrenPen

I've only listened to one, but it is my intention to catch up on the others.

Job well done, Phil, keep up the good work!

 

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Goosegirdle
G'day folks,
 
I'm a little late with this one but here it is....
 
This episode is the first of two providing a first hand account of conditions right at the end of the 3rd Ypres Offensive, the next one from the left of the final push into Passchendaele itself.
 

Thanks Gren & John and to anyone else in the forum that is listening!

 

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Goosegirdle

Here is the second 3rd Ypres episode where Percy's unit is "to the left" of the Canadians in the final assault on Passchendaele. We head back to Blighty and OTC after this one.

 

http://traffic.libsyn.com/6bobaday/Episode_2.34_One_grows_callous.mp3

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Goosegirdle
Apologies folks,
 
I'm very late with episodes 2.38 and 2.39. Here they are with 2.40, just released today:
 
 
 
 
Also see I didn't post 2.36:
 
 
I'll take a look back and see what else I missed! You can pick them up in iTunes and other podcatchers, by the way.
 
Thanks also for the nice comments John Tanner and Grand Pen
 
Phil
 
 
 

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johntanner

After ten hours on the road last week almost caught up and still finding it fascinating. What’s on the stocks after Percy’s diary?

 

John

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Goosegirdle
Hi folks,
Here is something a little different. This a link to Episode 1.6 in the earlier Len Jones series. I remixed the original which was not up to my standard. The sound is better but not perfect. Let's see what you think. It is an action packed episode, well worth a listen (IMHO) if you haven't heard it:

Hi John,

Not sure yet, but might do the diary of a guy that served in the new Guinea campaign of late 1914.

Phil

On 1/27/2018 at 09:48, johntanner said:

After ten hours on the road last week almost caught up and still finding it fascinating. What’s on the stocks after Percy’s diary?

 

John

 

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johntanner
10 hours ago, Goosegirdle said:
Hi folks,
Here is something a little different. This a link to Episode 1.6 in the earlier Len Jones series. I remixed the original which was not up to my standard. The sound is better but not perfect. Let's see what you think. It is an action packed episode, well worth a listen (IMHO) if you haven't heard it:

Hi John,

Not sure yet, but might do the diary of a guy that served in the new Guinea campaign of late 1914.

Phil

 

Now that would be interesting as a theatre we don’t know or hear much about.

 

John

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Goosegirdle

Hi folks,

 

This is Percy Smythe at his descriptive best. I think it is the best episode from the whole series.....Like this:  "another poor wretch lay back against the side of the trench. The raw torn flesh showed where both legs had been blown off at the knees. His right arm was shattered from wrist to shoulder, a mass of bloody pulp. His mouth was badly broken and his head and body were covered with blood. Yet he was quite conscious, and kept asking plaintively, "When are they going to take me away?"

 

Anyway, here is the direct link, I promise you won't be disappointed with this one:

 

http://traffic.libsyn.com/6bobaday/Episode_2.43_Mont_St_Quentin.mp3

 

Please feel free to let people know about this episode, share tweet, whatever!!

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Phil

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Goosegirdle
Hi folks,
This one is a mixed bag, the best bits being the send-offs as soldiers returned home and Christmas 1918 with some army engineers met;
 

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Post war Germanyat the ocupied Rheinland, Belgium and Strasbourg. Magical clocks, thieving waiters, mad ex frontschwein, an Englishwoman who had been stuck in wartime Coln, trains up the riverside, the Bridge at Remagen, crazy sculptures in Brussels, castles, cathedrals and museums. Here's a bit... "I saw something in the window of a house which caught my attention. It appeared to be a cut-out poster or picture of a hideous face like the cartoons one sees of mad Bolsheviks, thick grizzled beard and a mop of grizzled hair, and a horrible expression on the face. As I walked past looking at it in wonder at the very hideousness of it, the supposed picture suddenly started back violently as it caught sight of me, the eyes bulged out of their sockets and stared as though I were some frightful apparition. This made the face look more horrible and unearthly than ever. I was greatly astonished, and it made one feel uncomfortable to be the object of that ghastly maniacal stare. Obviously the fellow was a maniac, possibly a German soldier gone mad at the war and filled with sudden terror at sight of anyone in khaki. I looked back as I went on, and the awful face kept moving around the window to keep me in view, until the foliage of a tree came between".

 

http://traffic.libsyn.com/6bobaday/Episode_2.46_Occupation.mp3

 

 

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Goosegirdle

Wedding day at last, officiated by Rev. (Major) Andrew James Campbell, formerly the Chaplain to 1/5th Scottish Highland Light Infantry Battalion. This one covers the lead up to the wedding, deceit from Dorrie's parents, the big day and the honeymoon on Loch Lomond.

Deepest apologies to our Scottish pals for my atrocious mangling of Scottish place names!

http://traffic.libsyn.com/6bobaday/Episode_2.47_War_Bride.mp3

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Hi folks,
This is the final episode of Series 2. Three of the Smythe family members are involved in this one which has been in the making for 5 months. Percy's niece and WW2 WAAF veteran Margaret McIntosh Clarke and Smythe family historian, Jacqui Kennedy are interviewed. Another cousin, Vivienne Smythe reads daughter Betty's postscript of Percy's life and a solemn reading of Percy's poem about Pozieres. Here is the link.....

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Goosegirdle

Hi folks,

I have just re-recorded the first episode of the Percy Smythe series, better sound, better delivery (I think but you can decide for yourself) and 15 minutes more material including a missing bio of a soldier and a bio of Percy's "traitor and Mongrel", pacifist, Jack Elliott. Here is the link:

http://traffic.libsyn.com/6bobaday/Episode_2.1_Percy_Smythe_Build_up_that_chest.mp3

 

Also, the podcast can be accessed from the Smythe Family History Website as follows:

http://www.smythe.id.au/diary/podcast.htm

http://www.smythe.id.au/family/index.html

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Goosegirdle

The third series of Digger History Podcast covers the campaign to take German New Guinea. We cover the German East Asia Squadron, the Battle of Bita Paka and the occupation of Rabaul. Here is the link to the first episode:

http://traffic.libsyn.com/6bobaday/Episode_3.1_Our_first_man_to_die.mp3

 

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A German Sailor; "The proud Emden represented a most terrible sight, all the superstructure nearly swept away by gunfire, the foremast hanging over the port side, the foreship in flames, the deck full of blood and covered with the mutilated bodies and limbs of many brave men, some of them mangled beyond identification. Further the aweful moaning of wounded imploring us for help, which we were unable to bring, as showers of shells rained on us, helpless. On the main mast flew the war flag, the only thing that was not hit."

https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/episode-3-3-the-ae1-the-sydney-and-the-emden/id1086529863?i=1000422262343&mt=2 http://traffic.libsyn.com/6bobaday/Episode_3.3_The_AE1_the_Sydney_and_the_Emden.mp3

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Goosegirdle
On 03/02/2018 at 07:53, johntanner said:

Now that would be interesting as a theatre we don’t know or hear much about.

 

John

Thanks John,

 

I really appreciate your support!

 

Phil

 

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didnt nean to double post

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