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Bill Cheall fought at Dunkirk, North Africa and Sicily. He was in the first wave on Gold Beach on D-Day and ended his war in Germany. Since Bill's WW2 memoirs were published, many former comrades have come forward with stories and diaries of their own, all forming part of the jigsaw of Bill's war.

The Fighting Through podcast gives you the stories behind the story. You’ll hear memoirs and memories of veterans connected to Bill's war in some way – and much more. So you're going to hear some great, unpublished history.

Show notes, including photos, transcripts and more background at

Bill Cheall WW2

Mar 3, 2017

The Bee - Dunkirk little ship story

Great unpublished history

  • In 1940, the war was going very badly for the Allies. The Germans had raced across Europe and by late May they had pushed the British Expeditionary Force and the French Army into a small area in and around Dunkirk. 

  • In wartime ordinary men and women are asked to do extraordinary things. This is the story of the part some Isle of Wight British merchant sailors played in rescuing allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk – in Operation Dynamo

The third in a special Dunkirk series. Recommended that you also listen to Podcast Episodes 9 and 10 in this series

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Below: The Bee in Newport Harbour at low tide, after a repaint in 1961 - ww2 podcast, Photo Roger Wills 

The Bee in Newport Harbour, Isle of Wight, at low tide, after a repaint in 1961, WW2 podcast



Rita Cooper
a month and a half ago

What a lovely story, it brought back memories of my Dad as he was in he BEF and was rescued from Dunkirk. He was in the Royal Engineers and later joined the Dunkirk Veterans, which sadly disbanded due to few still alive.
My Dad wrote a few poems which I treasure. If you would like to have a copy I would gladly send to you. Yours Rita Cooper