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  Wargaming Launches The Finest Half Hour Podcast
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The podcast will give audiences an insight into the decisions, personalities and innovations of the Second World War and continues Wargaming’s legacy of historical preservation

September 16, 2020 — Wargaming is pleased to announce the launch of The Finest Half Hour, a weekly podcast about the Second World War. Each week, audiences are invited to explore the gut-wrenching decisions of WW2 commanders, the sacrifices of individual soldiers, and the terrifying new weapons of war that changed the battlefield forever. The podcast is the latest in a line of activities by Wargaming over the years, aimed at preserving the important legacy of the Second World War – as well as the individuals and technologies which played their part in it.


Whilst The Finest Half Hour is built upon careful historical research, the Wargaming production team behind the podcast believe that learning about history shouldn’t be a chore for listeners – but should feel like turning the pages of a favourite novel. That is why producers have drawn on storytelling techniques developed for the world of television, movies and video games to make the Second World War come alive.


The Finest Half Hour uses voice acting, sound effects and archival audio to transport listeners to the 1930s and 1940s. Audiences will be taken from the skies above London during the Battle of Britain to the war in the desert at El Alamein. From the massive tank battles on the Eastern front to the hard-fought naval battles at Midway and Guadalcanal, as well as  top-secret facilities Los Alamos, Peenemünde and Bletchley Park.


“History isn’t just a list of names and dates,” says historian Tracy Spaight, Wargaming’s Director of Special Projects and series producer, “it is the story of us, our families and the world we live in today. Our goal with the podcast is to tell the stories of those who gave their tomorrow for our today. At Wargaming, we’ve always been proud of our ability to bring history to life for audiences, and The Finest Half Hour reflects our ongoing dedication to historical accuracy and storytelling.”


Jim Jaeger, one of the series writers, added “we want to bring history alive in way that is accessible to everyone. We want to show the triumph and tragedy of the conflict, the sweeping campaigns and the human moments of individuals caught up in the Second World War. Understanding why so many people were willing to sacrifice so much in the fight against tyranny is as relevant today as it was 80 years ago."


The podcast has been launched after a summer of exciting announcements for Wargaming – from the 10th anniversary of its flagship title World of Tanks, to World of Tanks Blitz launching on Nintendo Switch.


Audiences can subscribe to The Finest Half Hour on their favourite podcast platforms including Anchor, Spotify, Google Podcast, Apple Podcast and Radio Public. More information can be found here:


About Wargaming

Wargaming is an award-winning online game developer and publisher headquartered in Nicosia, Cyprus. Operating since 1998, Wargaming has grown to become one of the leaders in the gaming industry with 5000+ employees and offices spread all over the world. Over 200 million players enjoy Wargaming’s titles across all major gaming platforms. Their flagship products include the massively popular free-to-play hit World of Tanks and the strategic naval action game World of Warships.

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