From A Whisper To A Bang! is an unforgettable podcast series about wartime remembrance, an Australian prisoner of war in World War 2 Germany – and an emotional journey in ‘historical empathy’. Produced and presented by Megan Spencer and taking two years to make, it was commissioned by the Australian War Memorial.
Come with Megan as she walks in the shoes of her late grandfather, Corporal Harry Spencer, across land and sea, two world wars, three generations, four POW camps and umpteen compelling conversations.
How do we make sense of war and what it leaves behind? On the heels of the 2018 Centenary of the Armistice, may we remember well.
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Episode 06: “Making Peace”
Across land and sea, through two world wars, three generations and umpteen conversations, Megan has been on an epic journey, listening and leaning in to significant conversations about remembrance, its importance and possibilities.
Set against the 2018 Centenary of the Armistice, in this final episode Megan reflects on what she’s learned across the series, from what others have said and by walking in the footsteps of her soldier grandfather.
She speaks to eminent historian Professor Margaret MacMillan and looks at where Australia has come to as a nation with its practice of remembrance. What role does it serve? Do […]
Episode 05: “Defending Country”
Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander listeners are advised that the this episode (and its associated material) contains the names of, references to, voices and images of people who have since passed away.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have served in every conflict, peacekeeping and humanitarian operation in which Australia has been engaged.
One of the most celebrated soldiers is Gunditjmara man Captain Reginald Saunders. While it’s not known whether they knew each other, “Reg” and Megan’s grandfather Harry served in the same battalion (2/7) during the Second World War, fighting the very same battles against the German […]
Episode 04: “Remembering well”
“Lest we forget” is a phrase that memorialises those who have fallen in war.
In this special Anzac Day episode of ‘From A Whisper To A Bang!’, Megan takes a step back to look at the world in which we now live, asking: Are we forgetting? What happens if we do? And, while we might remember, do we remember “well”?
In our busy, fast-changing “post-truth” world, she explores the role of remembrance now.
Travelling around Australia – and attending her first Anzac Day dawn service since returning home from Germany – she speaks with veterans, a politician, an empathy expert […]
Episode 03: “City As War Memorial”
Megan’s grandfather Harry was just a boy when his older brother “Dick” died during World War 1.
A twin, Private Richard “Charles” Spencer, 14th Btn., 1st A.I.F., was killed a few days shy of his 19th birthday on the 31st of January, 1918, on the Western Front near Ieper (or “Ypres”).
No doubt this played a role in Harry’s decision to join up in 1939.
Hungry for even more knowledge about her family’s military past, in Episode 03 Megan drives from Berlin to Belgium to find out how, when and why Richard died. It’s the first time any […]
Episode 02: “Walking A Mile In Harry’s Shoes”
In Episode 02 Megan visits the crumbling, 75-year-old ruins of two of the four stalags (prison camps) her grandfather Corporal Harry Spencer – Prisoner No. 91985 – was held in, in Germany, between 1941-1945.
The first, Stalag VII-A, is in Moosburg in Germany’s south. The other, Stalag XI-B/357 in Fallingbostel, is in the north.
Two of Germany’s biggest prisoner of war (POW) camps during the war, each housed thousands of prisoners from all over the world.
With the help of locals, family members, military historians and narration from Harry’s handwritten memoirs, Megan dives deep into her […]
Episode 01, “Harry’s story, Megan’s pilgrimage”
In Episode 01 Megan introduces the story of her grandfather Corporal “Harry” Spencer, 2/7 Btn., 2nd A.I.F.
A prisoner of war (POW) in Germany for four years during World War 2, Harry was one of several thousand ANZACs captured by the German Army in 1941 during the ill-fated ‘Battle of Crete’.
Harry’s story is the catalyst for interviews, conversations and insights that broaden our understanding of history, remembrance, and the very human consequences of war.
What kind of an effect did being a POW have on Harry and his family – then and even now?
A chance family reunion […]