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Hugo Broch, Luwtwaffe Ace

Hear the experiences of Huge Broch, Luftwaffe ace on the Eastern front during the Second World War, at the Chalke Valley History Festival 2017.Producer: Natt TapleyAudio edit: Pete Dennis

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Karl Leuffert was a German paratrooper, who served in Normandy and beyond. Here to talks to Al Murray about his experiences during the Second World War. For more exclusive history interviews and documentaries, subscribe to HistoryHit.TV. To subscribe click here.Producer: Natt TapleyTheme Tune: Pete Dennis

Karl Leuffert talks to Al Murray

Matt Frei is an award-winning broadcaster and author. He was the BBC’s Washington correspondent 2002 -2011 and anchored the BBC World News America Bulletin. From 2011 he reported for Channel 4 News from the Americas on everything from business and culture to US foreign policy and its view of the world. He is currently Europe Editor and Presenter at Channel 4 News. His most recent book is Only In America.

America Trumped: How Did This Happen? - Matt Frei

Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster. Her previous books – Helen Of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore And The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens and The Search For The Good Life – were published to great critical acclaim and worldwide success. She is a Research Fellow of King’s College London, a Tutor at Cambridge University’s Institute for Continuing Education and a Visiting Professor of History at the New College of the Humanities and has been honoured with numerous awards including the prestigious Norton Medlicott Medal for History. She has made a number of documentaries on history, culture and philosophy for the BBC, Channel 4, PBS, National Geographic, Discovery and The History Channel, including ‘Byzantium Unearthed’ and a recent series for Radio 4 ‘Ancient Ways’ where she tracked the old Roman Road, the Via Egnatia, from Albania to Istanbul.

Istanbul - Bettany Hughes

Professor Catherine Merridale is an award-winning writer and historian, known for her acclaimed and pioneering books on Russian history. Her latest book, Lenin on the Train, is out now. She is also the author of Red Fortress: The Secret Heart of Russia’s History, which won the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize and the Wolfson History Prize in 2014. Her work has been translated into more than sixteen languages, and previous books have been shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and have also won the Royal Society of Literature’s Heinemann Prize. She also broadcasts about Russian politics, culture and current affairs. She is a Fellow of the British Academy.

Lenin on the Train - Catherine Merridale

In a formal Act of Submission to Queen Victoria in 1849, the ten-year-old Maharajah of Punjab presented the British East India Company with an object of immense value: the celebrated Koh-i Noor diamond. Internationally acclaimed historians Anita Anand and William Dalrymple challenge the accepted version of the history of this jewel to tell a tale of greed, murder and colonialism.

Koh-i-noor: The History of the World’s Most Famous Diamond - Anita Anand & William Dalrymple

Katrin Himmler is a German author and political scientist. Her great-uncle was Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS, and one of the principle architects of the Holocaust. Katrin has confronted her family legacy with a book, Die Brüder Himmler, translated into English as ‘The Himmler Brothers. A German Family History’. She has also edited, together with the historian Michael Wildt, private letters from Himmler that had been only recently discovered in Israel. The Private Heinrich Himmler: Letters of a Mass Murderer was published in the UK last year. In conversation with James Holland, she discusses Himmler, his brothers, and reveal the burden of this Nazi family legacy.

Katrin Himmler, great-niece of Heinrich Himmler

In the early days of World War II, London became the base of operations for the exiled leaders of occupied Europe. In their struggles against the mightiest military force in history, Britain become known as 'Last Hope Island’. In this episode, acclaimed historian Lynne Olson discusses her book and describes how the British and their European guests joined forces to restore order to a broken continent.

Last Hope Island - Lynne Olson

Lyn Macdonald remains revered as the great chronicler of the human experience of the Western Front and has recorded interviews with more veterans of the First World War than any other. In this talk she will return to the subject of her first book, the Battle of Passchendaele, fought a hundred years ago in 1917, bringing rare insights and perspectives to this bloody, muddy and brutal battle.

They Called it Passchendaele - Lyn MacDonald

Al Murray brought his immense knowledge to bear in defence of Field Marshal Montgomery of Alamein, discussing the life, career, great victories and controversies of Britain’s most famous wartime general.

Al Murray on Field Marshal Montegomery of Alamein

Sarah Gristwood has written bestselling biographies of Arbella Stuart, and Elizabeth and Leicester. Blood Sisters was a dramatic portrait of the women whose dynastic ambitions and rivalries fuelled the Wars of the Roses and her latest book is Game of Queens: the Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe.

Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth Century Europe - Sarah Gristwood

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