A week ago, my buddy Matt Snook, told me that I should check out Dan Carlin’s hardcore history– specifically, Blue print for Armageddon– a multi-volume, very, very comprehensive discussion of World War I. I know, you’re thinking WWI? Boring? Who cares?
I remember studying both of the World Wars in college at WSU– but I didn’t remember much as much about the first world war, except that it is the reason why there was a second one and that the flu pandemic was right in the middle of it. So when Matt was talking about it, I thought it would be interesting, but I didn’t think much of it. The next day I just happened to be browsing for something and remembered him talking about it.
You can stop here. Just go and download Dan Carlin, Hardcore History, Blueprint for Armageddon. Here’s the link:
A couple of highlights– and I have to say its hard to list them in any specific order….
Before the War started, German was basically less than 40 years old — formally Prussia, the Germans of the time were worried that the surrounding countries would eventually attack them, so when Franz Ferdinand was killed in Sarajevo– the conflict had been building up for years, so when he was killed, it caused all of Europe to collapse in a flurry of war, one country protecting another country and the Germans in the middle of all of it.
Basically, within a 72 hour period, you had countries taking sides and a World War is underway. At first, people on both side were fed the propaganda of fighting for your country, but they learned in very quick order that dying isn’t honorable– its death.
Both sides of the war effort learned very fast that this war was going to be different– This was the first war fought mostly by machines. Specifically machine guns. This becomes known most quickly to the germans, who are wearingcaps (not helmets) and when they meet the Belgians, they are ready for war– which catches the Germans off guard. They parade through Belgium, singing songs and ready to march on to France, but the Belgians blow up bridges and gun down tens of thousands of germans at the start of the war– this war surprises a lot of people by how quickly it gets very deadly for hundreds of thousands of people on both sides of the war.
I don’t want to give too many spoilers, but its worth a listen for any audience– particularly those of you out there that are so patriotic, that think that “protecting your country” holds such a high honor– this history listen will make you rethink the way you think about that. I am VERY grateful we have not paid witness to such a war of men as this war or the second World War– but I feel like the lesson is really lost when we have people that still believe that the military is protecting our country– just like it was 100 years ago, people serving in the military are putting their lives in harms way to protect the elite’s interest– just like the millions of people that died in both world wars– they thought they were dying for a cause on both sides– but when you listen to these podcasts, you realize how senseless it all is– how these military leaders just let people continue to get slaughtered because they believed in the concept of dying and defending your country… War. It’s not worth fighting for.
Let me know in the comments if you check out and what you think of it.
It’s worth mentioning that these podcasts are LOOOOOONG…. there is over 20 hours of content there, over 5 series lasting 4 hours each…. So take your time… Or binge it like I have been doing.