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Old 07-15-2017, 10:59 AM   #3476
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I purchased the full hardcore history package after listening to The First World War series. 100% recommend.

Ghosts of the Ostfront (Second World War, eastern front) was incredible but I think my favourite is the stand alone episode The Destroyer of Worlds, about the history of the nuclear age. Brilliant podcast and obviously hugely relevant still.

(Not sure if it's a free one or paid, but i'd recommend it as a great starter if you haven't listened to his podcasts)
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Old 07-15-2017, 11:20 AM   #3477
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That's a free one and its great.
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Old 07-15-2017, 10:45 PM   #3478
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I purchased the full hardcore history package after listening to The First World War series. 100% recommend.

Ghosts of the Ostfront (Second World War, eastern front) was incredible but I think my favourite is the stand alone episode The Destroyer of Worlds, about the history of the nuclear age. Brilliant podcast and obviously hugely relevant still.

(Not sure if it's a free one or paid, but i'd recommend it as a great starter if you haven't listened to his podcasts)
I've listened to all of them and my recommendations would be:

Series:

Ghosts of the Ostfront
Punic Nightmares
Wrath of the Khans
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Death Throes of the Republic (good but a bit overlong)
Blueprint for Armageddon (likewise)

So of the series, the only one I don't recommend is King of Kings, which I found pretty boring. Historical sources that far back are pretty patchy so there's big gaps and everything is uncertain.

Single eps:

Prophets of Doom
Thoughts on Churchill
Logical Insanity
Judgment at Nineveh
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Old 07-16-2017, 12:57 PM   #3479
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I started listening to the same set for my first foray into Hardcore History. I wasn't paying too much attention when I downloaded each episode, and started listening to the first one a couple hours before I had to leave the house. I told myself I'd get ready to go at the end of the first episode, and after about 90 minutes was like, "wtf," and checked on how much was left. Oh, only another 2.5 hours or so.



I'm finally coming up on the Battle of Verdun, after about 12 hours of listening. My wife thinks I'm nuts.


Jesus. They estimate there are still 12 million unexplored artillery shells remaining in the ground at Verdun alone.
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Old 07-16-2017, 01:18 PM   #3480
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Chris,

If you haven't read it, I recommend "The Making of the Atomic Bomb" by Richard Rhodes. It won a richly-deserved Pulitzer.
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Old 07-16-2017, 08:15 PM   #3481
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Jesus. They estimate there are still 12 million unexplored artillery shells remaining in the ground at Verdun alone.
Amazing the difference a single letter makes.
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Old 07-17-2017, 04:53 AM   #3482
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Not a wikipedia but my mind is blown that there are two different 'th' sounds in English. Been speaking it my whole life and i never noticed!

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Old 07-17-2017, 06:38 AM   #3483
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Amazing the difference a single letter makes.

I absolutely hate the iPhone keyboard and autocorrect. It tries to replace unexploded with either unexplored or "I exploded."
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Old 07-17-2017, 05:19 PM   #3484
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The latter is a machine learning from your most commonly used phrases.
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Old 07-17-2017, 05:34 PM   #3485
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I often use offbeat or unusual words and do so deliberately. I feel as though the machine learning function is deliberately attempting to thwart me.
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Old 07-18-2017, 01:34 PM   #3486
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The Lord Byron segment in the most recent ITTW podcast was excellent, particularly his insult about a wife he hated.
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Old 07-18-2017, 08:10 PM   #3487
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I feel like the machine learning is a global user-base thing. No way a phone things I'd type half the stupid **** it auto-corrects me with.

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Rai Stones:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai_stones

Rai, or stone money (Yapese: raay), are large, circular stone disks carved out of limestone formed from aragonite and calcite crystals. Rai stones were quarried on several of the Micronesian islands, mainly Palau, but briefly on Guam as well, and transported for use as money to the island of Yap. They have been used in trade by the Yapese as a form of currency. The monetary system of Yap relies on an oral history of ownership. Because these stones are too large to move, buying an item with one simply involves agreeing that the ownership has changed. As long as the transaction is recorded in the oral history, it will now be owned by the person it is passed on to and no physical movement of the stone is required.
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Old 07-18-2017, 08:18 PM   #3488
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I think one of the Rai stones dropped to the bottom of the ocean but lost no value as a result!
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Old 07-20-2017, 12:55 AM   #3489
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I first heard of those many years back. The person I was hanging out with was looking at one of those slug coins with a hole in the middle and telling me about it, as he was from the Palau islands. I'm not sure if he told me the story about a stone falling into the ocean and still having value, but I know I've heard that story as well.
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Old 07-20-2017, 03:59 PM   #3490
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Project Habakkuk
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Project Habakkuk or Habbakuk (spelling varies; see below) was a plan by the British during the Second World War to construct an aircraft carrier out of pykrete (a mixture of wood pulp and ice) for use against German U-boats in the mid-Atlantic, which were beyond the flight range of land-based planes at that time. The idea came from Geoffrey Pyke, who worked for Combined Operations Headquarters. After promising scale tests and the creation of a prototype on a lake in Alberta, Canada the project was shelved due to rising costs, added requirements, and the availability of longer-range aircraft and escort carriers which closed the Mid-Atlantic gap the project was intended to address.
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Old Yesterday, 02:33 PM   #3491
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Colditz Cock

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Following the execution of 50 prisoners who had taken part in the "Great Escape" from Stalag Luft III, the Allied High Command had discouraged escape attempts, though the plan to build a glider was encouraged in order to divert the energies of the prisoners from descending into boredom and tedium. The idea for the glider came from Lieutenant Tony Rolt. Rolt, who was not even an airman, had noticed the chapel roof line was completely obscured from German view. He realised that the roof would make a perfect launching point from which the glider could fly across the River Mulde, which was about 60 metres below.
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