Episode 11: "El Alamein"


The eleventh episode of our World War II podcast series, "The Finest Half Hour," is now available!

Two great nations come to grips in the Egyptian sand. The English make a last stand to defend their foothold in North Africa while Rommel races for Alexandria. Can they stop him? Can the British hold the line?

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To help tell the story, we’ve partnered up with The Tank Museum, Bovington to showcase the German Panzer III and the Italian M14/41 tanks that played a central role in Rommel’s Egyptian offensive. The Panzer III Tank served with the 15th Panzer Division of Rommel’s Afrika Korps and probably fought at Alam Halfa. It was captured in August 1942 and brought back to Britain. It was restored to its original condition by Tank Museum staff and volunteers and runs regularly at Museum events. The Italian Carro Armato M14/41 medium tank was essentially an improved version of the M13/40. It used the same chassis as the M13/40 but had a more powerful engine and additional armor. The tank was a decent vehicle when it was introduced, but by 1941-42 it was outclassed by the British and American tanks deployed against it.

German troops outside Warsaw
Panzer III at the Tank Museum, Bovington.
(Photo: The Tank Museum, Bovington)
Panzer III M, knocked out in Tunisia, 1942.
(Photo: The Tank Museum, Bovington)
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M14/41 (left) at the Tank Museum, Bovington.
(Photo: The Tank Museum, Bovington)
During the invasion of Poland German troops move down a road past German staff cars
M14/41, Ruweisat Ridge, 14 July 1942.
(Photo: The Tank Museum, Bovington)

The Finest Half Hour is a podcast series that dives into the history and stories of World War II. It is brought to you by Wargaming and narrated by British Army veteran, and armored warfare instructor, Richard Cutland.

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Close the hatch, brace yourself, and prepare for the Finest Half Hour!

Richard "The Challenger" Cutland