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The Foxhole Companion

The Foxhole Companion

By Daniel Stewart and Simon Rance

Come with Simon and Dan as they take you on a chronological history of the Second World War as seen through the lens of the silver screen!
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Fortress of War Part 2

The Foxhole CompanionMay 19, 2023

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Fortress of War Part 2

Fortress of War Part 2

In part 2, Simon and Dan now turn to the film, Fortress of War, aka Brest Fortress, aka Fortress!

May 19, 202301:05:31
Fortress of War Part 1

Fortress of War Part 1

Dan and Simon take a look at the history behind Operation Barbarossa and the outbreak of hostilities between Germany and Soviet Russia. A brief background before giving you some background on this epic film! Part 2 at the end of the week!

May 16, 202346:31
Tobruk Double Feature!!

Tobruk Double Feature!!

Dan and Simon bring you a North Africa double feature! The rip-roaring Desert Rats with Richard Burton and James Mason and the very awful Rats of Tobruk.

So very awful!

Apr 07, 202359:56
Trobruk

Trobruk

A very snotty Dan and Simon are off to North Africa and this very good 2008 Czechoslovakian film directed by Václav Marhoul of the brilliant 'The painted Bird" fame. And a chance to win your very own copy of Commando comic book!!!

Jan 31, 202347:22
3rd Annual Foxhole Xmas Special!!

3rd Annual Foxhole Xmas Special!!

Dan and Simon take another festive (drunken) browse through the Xmas war films on TV this holiday season!!

Dec 19, 202254:50
Sink The Bismarck

Sink The Bismarck

Dan and Simon take a look at this 1960 retelling of the epic naval battle in the frozen North Atlantic. But is this film epic? That remains to be seen....

Nov 21, 202254:51
The 49th Parallel

The 49th Parallel

Dan and Simon are BACK!! 

Its a whole new season and the boys kick it off with The 49th Parallel!! Though opinion is somewhat divided.....

Oct 10, 202258:57
Special Announcement!

Special Announcement!

A quick message from Dan and Simon in the wake of the current conflict in Ukraine.

Mar 18, 202208:45
Foxho-ho-hole Holiday Special!

Foxho-ho-hole Holiday Special!

Dan and Simon have a look through this Christmas Holiday bumper Radio Times....and are shocked!!! Shocked I tell you, at what they find.

Dec 20, 202155:27
The Cruel Sea.

The Cruel Sea.

Simon and Dan are completely taken by surprise by this 1953 masterpiece examining a crew of a Royal Navy Corvette fighting the hidden enemy in the deep and in themselves!!!!

Could be another 5 out of 5!!!!


Dec 12, 202151:06
Convoy!

Convoy!

Simon and Dan take a look at this 1940 film set in the frozen waters of the North Atlantic. Dan thinks this might be the greatest film ever made. Simon is not too sure.

Nov 15, 202101:05:32
Battle Of Britain Double Bill!

Battle Of Britain Double Bill!

Dan and Simon bring you an action packed double bill as they take a look at the story of "war hero" Douglas Bader in Reach for the Sky and the excellent "Hurricane"! Dan gets upset. Again.

Sep 29, 202101:16:01
Battle of Britain

Battle of Britain

Simon and Dan take a look at this rollicking, rip-roaring film with a cast of thousands and the history behind this pivotal battle of the Second World War 2.

Aug 31, 202101:11:42
Dunkirk. Part 2

Dunkirk. Part 2

Simon and Dan take a look at the 1958, version starring John Mills. Tune in for a chance to win your own copy of Commando!! The comic book of...well, of all things war!

Jul 23, 202159:30
Dunkirk: Part 1

Dunkirk: Part 1

Dan and Simon take a look at Christopher Nolan's 2017 Dunkirk! Be warned, there are a LOT of football analogies. Football is coming HOME...much like the soldiers on the beach! Oh dear.

Jul 02, 202101:03:13
The Kings Choice

The Kings Choice

Dan and Simon apologise profusely for their absence and discuss the brilliant film, The Kings Choice.

May 28, 202152:42
Commandos Strike At Dawn!

Commandos Strike At Dawn!

Probably the best. Film. Ever. But Simon doesn't think so. Dan sings some Barry Manilow.

Apr 12, 202155:44
April 9th.

April 9th.

Dan and Simon discuss the brilliant film, APRIL 9TH! Starring Lars Mikkelsen and Game of Thrones' Pilou Asbæk! Simon also gets quite excited about piles of logs.

Mar 22, 202154:02
Katyn

Katyn

Dan and Simon take a look at the 2007 Polish film Katyn, discuss Secret Service eastern European football and have a heated debate about ski jumpers. 

Mar 08, 202101:07:12
The Way Ahead.

The Way Ahead.

Welcome to Season Two of the Foxhole Companion! Today we explore conscription In Great Britain at the outbreak of the War (and we get sidetracked discussing movie scores!).

Feb 20, 202101:31:20
The Fox-ho-ho-hole Companion Christmas Special!

The Fox-ho-ho-hole Companion Christmas Special!

Dan and Simon revisit their childhoods and the Radio Times with a preview of the seasonal War mongering films of Yuletide. And get drunk.

Dec 23, 202001:12:12
Battle of the River Plate.

Battle of the River Plate.

The boys discuss the 1956 film The Battle of the River Plate and Dan gets quite upset about his car failing it's MOT.

Oct 28, 202058:42
Talvisota (The Winter War).

Talvisota (The Winter War).

A little bonus Episode to take us up to December 1939. Plus a competition to win a DVD!

Oct 07, 202030:29
Episode 4: Westerplatte Resists

Episode 4: Westerplatte Resists

An extraordinary examination of the opening hours of WW II from the Polish Director, Stanislaw Rózewicz. A MUST watch!

Sep 11, 202058:50
Westerplatte Resists Trailer!

Westerplatte Resists Trailer!

Could this remarkable Polish film be Simon and Dan's first 5 Star film!!! Tune in Friday to find out!!

Sep 08, 202001:18
Bonus Episode ONE

Bonus Episode ONE

A bonus episode where Simon and Dan fill in some history and discuss two films that didn't make the cut but are worth a look!

Aug 28, 202030:18
Episode 3. The Flowers of War (what day is it?)

Episode 3. The Flowers of War (what day is it?)

Please be advised some of the subjects discussed in today's film may be upsetting to some people.

Aug 22, 202059:49
Episode 3 Teaser.

Episode 3 Teaser.

Quick fix of what is to come on the next episode of Foxhole Companion!

Aug 21, 202000:57
Episode 2 Teaser

Episode 2 Teaser

A little taste of what to expect (not much!!) from this weeks episode of......The Foxhole Companion!

Jul 31, 202000:39
Episode 2: Confessions of a Nazi Spy

Episode 2: Confessions of a Nazi Spy

Episode 2: Wherein the boys fail to make head nor tails of this absolute stinker of pre-war US propaganda. I mean how could they miss this lot of absolute Nazi's right under their noses?! Staring Edward G Robinson. Directed by Anatole Litvak.

Jul 30, 202058:54
Episode 1. The Seventh Cross.

Episode 1. The Seventh Cross.

Welcome to our debut episode where Dan and Simon discuss the brilliant Seventh Cross directed by Fred Zinnemann and staring Spencer Tracy, Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy.

Jul 16, 202059:26
Foxhole Companion Trailer.

Foxhole Companion Trailer.

If you're a war movie buff or a film aficionado then this is the podcast for you! A chronological history of World War Two seen through the eyes of the silver screen! Starting in 1936 with the little know Seventh Cross starring Spencer Tracy and Confessions of a Nazi Spy with Edward G Robinson! All the way through to VJ day. But not just the films of Hollywood; we take a look at the war films of Sweden, Finland, Italy, Germany, Russia, China and Japan to name but a few! Coming Soon!

Jun 30, 202001:20