Nick and Geeked on History will be back!

Folks!

It’s been a while since Geeked on History has released a podcast (October to be exact) and if you saw the last post on the blog, you’ll see that it’s likely to be a while longer before more is published to the Geeked on History series….but rest assured, the series is NOT dead!

I do want to give you all an update on what I have been doing in the meantime though.

I am pleased to announce officially that I am working on a collaborative project with host of The History of the Papacy podcast host and partner in historic crime, Stephen Guerra.

The project is a new series which will be a deep look at the interconnected events of the Cold War. The project has yet to be given an official title, but having just completed the outline, I think you’ll all be excited by the content.

So stay tuned to the Geeked on History blog for updates on new GoH episodes and news on the new series.

Stay geeky, friends!

GOH thanks to listeners

Hi geeks!

Over the last year, producing the show with my good friend Ryan has been one of the best hobbies i’ve ever had. Talking about history with you all and learning new things along the way brought me a lot of joy, as did hearing all of the feedback from the listeners of the show.

Unfortunately, producing the show is very time consuming. Between finding the topics, writing the scripts, recording the shows and editing them all before publishing, it’s something that has become more and more difficult to find time to do.

I can speak for Ryan too when I say that neither of us ever wanted to put out a show that was anything less than our best. Because of this time demand, we have decided to put the show on what may become a permanent break.

If at some point in the future, circumstances change and we’re able to continue to develop the show, you may see episodes hit your podcast stream, but until then – thank you all for listening to me every week.

Even though the show may not be around (as much?) the spirit of the show lives on, so as usual, make totally sure that you stay geeky!

Some updates and news on Season 3

Hey there, geeks!

It’s been roughly a month since the last episode of Geeked on History was released. November has been one of those busy months where life gets in the way of your hobbies. It happens to the best of us, but Geeked on History is not belly up!

I had originally planned on having one more episode come out before taking a month off between seasons 2 and 3, but I cut to the break a little earlier than I had planned on.

Part of this month long break will be used to reorganize my note-taking, review some of the orphaned scripts I have been working on and conceptualize some new ideas for the show.

One thing I’d like to do more of are in depth series like the Andrew Jackson: The Bear series of season 1. I have a complete script put together on a topic i’ve been looking forward to covering for a very long time.

So look out for more to come in December, including new cover art from friend of the podcast Kevin Beaty!

See you soon, and keep it real, geeks!

Japanese Balloon Bomb Found in British Columbia

As a semi-supplement to the podcast we just released regarding the legacy of Japanese warfare during the second world war, a news story posted three days ago reports that another one of these historic bombs has been found by loggers in Eastern British Columbia. (Source)

These bombs were called “Fu-Go” – the Japanese for “Wind Weapon” and were planned as a weapon of opportunity against the Allied forces in North America by launching bombs held aloft by weather balloons and carried by the winds to the North American continent.

Japan launched 9,300 fire balloons during the war, with anywhere between 100 and 300 completing the aerial journey from the Japanese islands to their intended targets.

The program was extremely unsuccessful with the biggest loss of life being inflicted on an Oregon school teacher and five of her students who were on a trip to the woods one day in 1945.

The Japanese balloon bombs are just another example of the terrorist lengths that the Japanese were willing to adopt in pursuit of a military victory.  Much like landmines, these weapons of fear will most likely continue to be found across North America for decades.

The Horrors of Unit 731

This week’s podcast touches on a very tough subject – the subject of brutal human experimentation during World War II.

This episode is not for those who are easily put-off by graphic descriptions of violence, so consider this a fair warning for the content of this week’s podcast.

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The Life of Baroness Lovelace (Flash Edition)

Geeked on History covers the tragically short story of one of the greatest female scientists in history: Augusta Ada Lovelace in this flash edition.

This was a podcast originally recorded for The History Podcasters Network, so you may notice some differences (like no intro track!) but the information is the same quality you’ve come to expect from the show!

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Supplemental: Der Sicherheitsdienst & other SS intelligence elements

In addition to the podcast recently released on Operation JEDBURGH titled “Meet the Jedburghs”, I wanted to touch on a group I brought up during the podcast.

In “Meet the Jedburghs” we talked a lot about how the allies exploited the juncture between military intelligence and sabotage during WWII. But the allies weren’t the only intelligence game in town. So who were they up against?

As a quick recap, we covered the Commando Order put in place by Hitler in 1944 – a direct violation of the Geneva convention of 1929.  We also talked a little bit about how Jedburgh operators caught under this order could be transferred to a Sicherheitsdienst (or SD) prison camp for interrogation.

The Sicherheitsdienst was what you could consider a sister organization to the infamous and brutal Gestapo. The purpose the SD served was as more of an intelligence gathering and investigative organization more than a capture/kill service like the Gestapo.

The SD became much more focused on the military aspect of intelligence consumption being used in support of offensive and defensive military operations rather than domestic and political crime enforcement in the way that the Gestapo was used for.

When it comes to Nazi intelligence gathering efforts, there were a number of very interesting dynamics that came into play. For example, there were a number of organizations that existed before the SD was created including the well known military intelligence organization called the Abwehr. Some of these organizations (Abwehr included) didn’t necessarily follow Adolf Hitler ideologically.

As a product of Hitler’s paranoia and the rampant nepotism in the Nazi system, Hitler created many redundant organizations with a more National Socialist focus (i.e. political enforcement) rather than practical military goals (again, like Abwehr).

These new organizations didn’t always get along great with each other, and the rivalry between the SD and Abwehr has been well recorded.

In the end, we remember the SD as an political intelligence organization tasked with locating political opponents to the National Socialist cause both inside and outside the borders of Germany.

Sources:

http://www.wzaponline.com/TheSS.pdf

http://avalon.law.yale.edu/imt/judorg.asp#gestapo

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