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In the Autumn of 1944, as the allies pushed through Germany, the Nazis hatched a plan to establish active forces behind enemy lines. It was called Operation Werewolf. Operation Werewolf was led by Heinrich Himmler and Hans-Adolf Prützmann. The original plan was to create elite groups of guerrilla fighters to harass enemy forces just as the Allies Commandos had done. In less than two months, Prützmann successfully recruited nearly 5,000 Werewolves. In October 1944, the Allies captured the Belgian-Dutch border town of Aachen. It was the first German town occupied by the Allies. Four thousand civilians remained during the occupation and to help maintain order, the Allies appointed Franz Oppenhoff as the new mayor. Oppenhoff had been an ardent anti-Nazi and had proven quite adept at surviving his enemies’ attempts to arrest and deport him. Hitler was furious when he learned about Oppenhoff’s mayoral appointment. The Nazi high command considered Oppenhoff a collaborator who was committing an act of treason. Bent on making an example of Oppenhoff to discourage other Germans from collaborating with the advancing Allied forces, Hitler ordered Oppenhoff's assassination. Himmler thought this was the perfect mission for the Werewolf and gave the job to Prützmann. Soon, Operation Carnival was in motion and Oppenhoff's days were numbered. Show notes at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/89 Sound Off! With a comment or a question at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/soundoff Like the show? Leave a 5-star rating and review: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/review Become a Patron or support the show in other ways at: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/donate Or just share our podcast with a friend! It's the best way to grow the show!! NOTES: Nazi Werwolves Werewolves of Aachen Operation Werewolf: The Nazi Resistance Force SS Werewolves Ilse Hirsch Nazi Resistance Fighter Warren Zevon: My Shit's Fucked Up Who is Burgermeister Meisterburger? Who is Col Flagg? Who is Sgt Schultz?
88. Space Isn't New

88. Space Isn't New

2022-09-0901:09:03

IN THE NEWS with guest co-host Christof Ambrosch! VA makes PACT Act conditions presumptive and accepting claims; Ukraine's Zelensky talks war with Jimmy Fallon; While the parliament gives themselves a 70% raise; Pentagon OKs Novavax for COVID19, Civilian Protection Center of Excellence and limiting war casualties; Space is not new; Space Flag and on-orbit combat training; The Air Force knows sweat, piss, and hate; Army turns to social media to find missing M240 machine gun; Navy ghost leet is setting sail; Marine harrier controlled crash on mattress; Commission says vets more likely to go to jail than non-vets, but we're not quite so sure. ---------- Special THANKS to Christof Ambrosch for co-hosting this episode! Christof is a friend of the show and the producer and host of Tales of Honor Podcast and Professional American podcast. Look them up wherever you listen to podcasts! ---------- Show notes at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/88 Sound Off! With a comment or a question at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/soundoff Like the show? Leave a 5-star rating and review: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/review Become a Patron or support the show in other ways at: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/donate Or just share our podcast with a friend! It's the best way to grow the show!! NOTES: VA makes all toxic-exposure conditions presumptive immediately following signing of PACT Act Vets can apply for all PACT Act benefits now after VA speeds up law UKRAINE UPDATE: Volodymyr Zelensky Discusses Ukraine War Campaign with Jimmy Fallon 70 percent more money – Ukrainian MPs decide to increase their pay PENTAGON: Troops can now get Novavax as a COVID-19 vaccine Military Gets New Office to Help Limit Civilian Deaths and Injury SPACE FORCE: What is the Space Force? Guardian explains how it contributes to our every days lives US Space Force conducts 'simulated on-orbit combat' training AIR FORCE: ‘Sweat, piss and hate’ — What it smells like to carry hundreds of troops in an Air Force C-17 ARMY: The Army wants YOU — to help them find a missing M240 machine gun NAVY: The Navy’s ‘ghost fleet’ is growing MARINES: Wheels-Up Harrier Jump Jet Landing On Mattresses. What Could Possibly Go Wrong? VETERANS: Commission will study why veterans are more likely than nonveterans to get in trouble with the law
Among the basic distinctions in warfare is the difference between tactics and strategy. Tactics deal with the form of individual engagement, while strategy deals with its use. So, tactics are the operational techniques military units employ to win battles. Strategy addresses the broader political objectives for which a war is fought and the ends, ways, and means employed to obtain them. For the strategy to succeed, there must be at least a rough connection between tactical objectives and the broader objectives for which the war is waged. Otherwise, battles become ends in themselves, often with grave strategic consequences. Such was the case with Hannibal Barca, the Carthaginian general who is widely considered to be one of history’s most able and talented field commanders. He invaded Roman Italy in what historians still regard as a classic campaign, won every major engagement he fought, and yet ultimately achieved none of Carthage’s strategic objectives. In his view armies fought until it became clear to the political leadership of the losing side there was nothing more to be gained by further combat Show notes at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/87 Sound Off! With a comment or a question at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/soundoff Like the show? Leave a 5-star rating and review: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/review Become a Patron or support the show in other ways at: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/donate Or just share our podcast with a friend! It's the best way to grow the show!! NOTES: Hannibal of Carthage: Scourge of Rome Ancient Carthage and Hannibal Barca Hannibal: The Carthaginian General Who Took on the Romans Hannibal: Victories of the Great Hero from Ancient Carthage Hannibal of Carthage – The Greatest Opponent Rome Ever Faced
86. The Weasel

86. The Weasel

2022-08-2026:06

In this special episode, we're discussing General Milley's resignation letter to the President that he never sent, deciding instead to work against the Commander-in-Chief from the inside. Military members have a duty to be loyal to the service and the officers appointed over them. Military officers can be punished under the Uniformed Code of Military Justice for using contemptuous words against the President. And yet, if this new book is to be believed, that's exactly what General Milley did in his official capacity as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Why do we say this? The New Yorker recently published an alleged resignation letter from General Mark Milley that was never submitted to former President Trump. The article is an excerpt from a new book by authors Peter Baker and Susan Glasser, who are unsurprisingly senior reporters for The New York Times and the New Yorker. Lacking any imagination at all, the authors have titled the book, “The Divider: Trump in the White House.” According to the story, Milley wrote the scathing letter to Trump following federal officials clearing rioters out of Lafayette Square back in the summer of 2020. Remember, it was on June 1, 2020 in the wake of the George Floyd riots when Milley and other senior staff accompanied Trump part of the way across Lafayette Square after it had been cleared of Black Lives Matter. Milley apologized after he was criticized by lefties, saying he should not have been there because his presence created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics.” We discussed this in Episode 28, Self Before Service, as part of a larger leadership context. Anyway, now, Milley and The New Yorker have conjured up a resignation letter that was never submitted to the former president to make the anti-Trump general somehow look noble and heroic. Show notes at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/86 Sound Off! With a comment or a question at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/soundoff Like the show? Leave a 5-star rating and review: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/review Become a Patron or support the show in other ways at: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/donate Or just share our podcast with a friend! It's the best way to grow the show!!
85. Hardcore Mode

85. Hardcore Mode

2022-08-1201:14:59

IN THE NEWS: RIP CMSAF #6 James McCoy, Nichelle Nicols, and Vin Scully; Ukraine economy tanking; Pentagon phone wiping; No national guard for Bowser; Space Force ‘ambassadors’; Air Force ‘family friendly’ drag show; Martin-Baker hardcore mode; Woke West Point; Bonhomme Richard discipline and another fire; Marine justice; Relief for burn pit vets; Ghost Army honors, listener comments, and more. Show notes at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/85 Sound Off! With a comment or a question at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/soundoff Like the show? Leave a 5-star rating and review: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/review Become a Patron or support the show in other ways at: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/donate Or just share our podcast with a friend! It's the best way to grow the show!! NOTES: RIP: Former chief master sergeant of the Air Force passes away at 91 ‘Star Trek’ Icon Nichelle Nichols Dead at 89 Dodgers mourn passing of Vin Scully PENTAGON: Pentagon reminds everyone not to wipe their phones Biden’s Pentagon Refuses D.C. Mayor Bowser’s Request for National Guard to Deal with Illegal Immigration SPACE FORCE: Space Force Looks to Put Space Attaches in Embassies AIR FORCE: Air Force Base Hosted Drag Show During its ‘Diversity’ Festival Lockheed F-35 Design Evades Martin-Baker Ejection Seat Grounding h/t Facebook Air Force amn/nco/snco page… ARMY: West Point Alum Warns the School is Going Woke NAVY: Vice admiral and two dozen others punished for USS Bonhomme Richard fire Fire breaks out aboard USS Milwaukee MARINES: ‘Failure of leadership’ — What one Marine’s discharge reveals about the military justice system Marine Cpl. Thae Ohu’s sister speaks out about her court-martial, trauma Marine Corps general won’t suspend Thae Ohu’s discharge after plea VETERANS: Millions of vets suffering from burn pit, toxic injuries set for more benefits after Congress passes PACT Act
84. Angel's Glow

84. Angel's Glow

2022-07-2926:37

The US Civil War was America’s bloodiest and most costly conflict. Although the battlefields were covered with death, the field hospitals were perhaps the most frightening places. From the echoing screams of men undergoing amputations to the inexperienced doctors and lack of medical knowledge, many believed it was better to die on the field than to face the surgeons. Infections were also a huge problem due to poor sanitation, disease, and the delay in care. At the Battle of Shiloh, some of the soldiers sat in the mud for two rainy days waiting for medics to get to them, as contaminated bullet and bayonet wounds became infected. As dusk fell the first night, some noticed something very strange: their wounds were glowing, casting a faint light into the darkness of the battlefield. Even stranger, when the troops were eventually moved to field hospitals, those whose wounds glowed had a better survival rate and had their wounds heal more quickly and cleanly than their unilluminated brothers-in-arms. The seemingly protective effect of the mysterious light earned it the nickname “Angel’s Glow.” Show notes at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/84 Sound Off! With a comment or a question at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/soundoff Like the show? Leave a 5-star rating and review: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/review Become a Patron or support the show in other ways at: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/donate Or just share our podcast with a friend! It's the best way to grow the show!! NOTES: Why Some Wounded Civil War Soldiers Actually Glowed In The Dark – And Lived Because Of It Angel’s Glow: What Made These Civil War Wounds Glow? Angel’s Glow - The Mysterious Glowing Wounds Of American Civil War Solved 140 Years Later By Two Teenagers
83. Pronouns

83. Pronouns

2022-07-1501:10:37

IN THE NEWS: Navy targets pronouns while China launches new carrier; Turns out West Point is teaching woke; Rep Matt Gaetz fighting DEI in the military; Woke military struggles with recruiting; Congress tells Space Force to slow down; Air Force "leaders" discourage gender-specific pronouns in award citations; Competition to replace the Army's Bradley is underway; Four soldiers receive Medal of Honor for action in View Nam; Navy threatens sailors who misgender; Last P-3 Orion leaves Jax Navy; RIP Medal of Honor recipient Chief Woody Williams; Last of the Band of Brothers passes, RIP PFC Bradford Freeman; Operation Shooting Star; and we catch up on the comments! Show notes at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/83 Sound Off! With a comment or a question at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/soundoff Like the show? Leave a 5-star rating and review: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/review Become a Patron or support the show in other ways at: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/donate Or just share our podcast with a friend! It's the best way to grow the show!! NOTES: PENTAGON: As US Navy Targets Pronouns, China Launches its Most Advanced Carrier Importance Of Using Correct Pronouns - Navy Training Video Barnes "Take the Pain" - from the movie Platoon Man from Lox - Navy Training Video Critical Race and Gender Ideology Infiltrating West Point, Judicial Watch Reports Matt Gaetz Sinks Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Amendment to Defense Bill: ‘This Is the Doubledown on Wokeness in the Military’ Woke Military Struggling to Reach Recruitment Goals SPACE FORCE: Space Force Launches New Intelligence Unit as Congress Voices Concerns over Growth AIR FORCE: Air Force leaders discourage use of gender specific pronouns in award citations ARMY: Competition to replace Bradley vehicles enters design, prototype phase Four soldiers to receive Medals of Honor for actions in Vietnam Tales of Honor Podcast NAVY: Navy threatens to penalize sailors who purposely misuse gender pronouns Longtime aircraft being retired by Naval Air Station Jacksonville patrol squadron MARINES: Last Surviving WWII Medal of Honor Recipient Woody Williams Dies at 98 VETERANS: Operation Shooting Star
82. Talk To Me Goose!

82. Talk To Me Goose!

2022-07-0145:58

By now, just about everyone has seen Tom Cruise’s blockbuster movie, “Top Gun: Maverick”...so why are we talking about it? Well, for one thing, it’s “us,” and another is it’s a damn good movie! So if you’re one of the few who have not seen this movie and you’re worried about spoilers in this podcast, let me assure you, we’re going to spoil the hell out of this movie! We’re also going to go beyond the story (which we really don’t spend too much time on) and dive into some background information you might not know about…important things, like is Dark Star real?; an alternate storyline theory; what became of Maverick’s jet and where can you see it?; the technology behind Iceman’s speech; who was really flying that P-51; who the hell is Penny Benjamin?; and much more! Show notes at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/82 Sound Off! With a comment or a question at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/soundoff Like the show? Leave a 5-star rating and review: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/review Become a Patron or support the show in other ways at: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/donate Or just share our podcast with a friend! It's the best way to grow the show!! NOTES: Darkstar Mockup From Top Gun: Maverick Looks Wicked In New Video Lockheed Martin: Top Gun – The Need for Speed Wild Top Gun 2 Theory Suggests Maverick Was Dead The Entire Movie Did you catch the Blue Angels Super Hornet in the new 'Top Gun: Maverick' movie? How A.I. Helped Val Kilmer Get His Voice Back For ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ The success of 'Top Gun: Maverick' is a warning to Democrats in the midterm elections, claims conservative host Steve Gruber Movie Star Aircraft: The P-51 Mustang in Top Gun: Maverick Who is Jennifer Connelly's Character Penny in 'Top Gun: Maverick'? Top Gun The Edge of Aviation 
81. Mission First?

81. Mission First?

2022-06-1701:07:44

IN THE NEWS: Fast-mover, Slow-mover collision story; Ukraine a stalemate? So why are we fighting; GI Jab lawsuit; The real home-grown terrorists; Space Force is just misunderstood; Space Force is LIT; Air Force changes Would make General Olds smile; Navy approves beards for sailors…sort of; Army basing challenges; Marine Pride!; VA hospital dithers while vet dies! Show notes at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/81 Sound Off! With a comment or a question at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/soundoff Like the show? Leave a 5-star rating and review: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/review Become a Patron or support the show in other ways at: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/donate Or just share our podcast with a friend! It's the best way to grow the show!! NOTES: INTRO: 1994 - March 23, USAF C-130/F-16 Collide TOPIC: IN THE NEWS UKRAINE: The Pentagon Testified Assessing Ukraine and No One Noticed PENTAGON: US service member may have planted explosives in inside attack at Army base, injuring 4 others Over 500 Military Service Members Sue the Government for Mandating a Vaccine that Was Not FDA Approved and Should Not Have Been Administered SPACE FORCE: Misunderstood and sometimes parodied, the U.S. Space Force is educating the public about its mission QueerSpace: Becoming Light AIR FORCE: A new mustache policy for airmen has arrived ARMY: How the Army can work around states cracking down on abortion, trans rights NAVY: Navy approves beards … if you’re no longer in the Navy MARINES: Marine Corps sparks outrage with rainbow bullets to mark Pride month VETERANS: VA hospital denied emergency care to dying vet because staff couldn’t verify his military service  
We all know The Red Baron as Snoopy's unseen arch-enemy who shot his Sopwith Camel doghouse out of the sky untold times in the Peanuts cartoons. But the actual man was so much more than the caricature painted by Charles Schultz! Although Baron Manfred von Richthofen was only involved in World War I's air war for 18 months, seated in his blazing red Fokker DR-1 triplane he shot down 80 allied planes in that time, an extraordinary feat considering that most fighter pilots only achieved a handful of victories before being shot down themselves. And you know, it's no coincidence this is also our 80th episode! Just kidding, it's a complete coincidence. Shownotes at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/80 Sound Off! With a comment or a question at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/soundoff Like the show? Leave a 5-star rating and review: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/review Become a Patron or support the show in other ways at: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/donate Or just share our podcast with a friend! It's the best way to grow the show!!
IN THE NEWS: Welcome to the Bud Abbott edition of The Digression Podcast; Space Force HQ finally has a home; USS George Washington moving sailors off the ship; More money for Ukraine and cracks in EU resolve; Milley worries about medics; Space Force National Guard fixes bureaucracy with more bureaucracy; So long to the REAL Space Force; What happened to the Pilot Protection Program?; Army General vexed by "hoopdies"; Navy Chief gives “mission first” a try; RIP Medal of Honor recipient, Marine Sgt Maj John L. Canley. Show notes at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/79 Sound Off! With a comment or a question at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/soundoff Like the show? Leave a 5-star rating and review: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/review Become a Patron or support the show in other ways at: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/donate Or just share our podcast with a friend! It's the best way to grow the show!! NOTES Listen to Sgt Maj Canley's story at Christof Ambrosch's Tales of Honor Podcast FOLLOW UP No foul play in moving Space Command to Alabama, Pentagon watchdog says Report: Hundreds of USS George Washington sailors living aboard ship to be moved off UKRAINE UPDATE Roadblocks to Concerted EU Sanctions on Russian Oil Biden Wanted $33B More For Ukraine. Congress Quickly Raised it to $40B. Who Benefits? https://greenwald.substack.com/p/biden-wanted-33b-more-for-ukraine Yellen says U.S. to give Ukraine another $500 mln to keep government running BREAKING: Senator Rand Paul Stalls Uniparty Bill Giving $40 Billion in More Funding to Ukraine PENTAGON Medical Forces Could Be Shorthanded During War Due to Planned Cuts, Milley Says SPACE FORCE Senators introduce legislation to create Space National Guard ‘Space Force’ Canceled By Netflix After 2 Seasons AIR FORCE Air Force disciplines C-130 crew for ‘unplanned’ landing to pick up motorcycle in Martha’s Vineyard ARMY Hawaii Army commander implores soldiers to help curtail abandoned-vehicle blight NAVY US Navy Chief Removes Woke and CRT Books From Professional Reading Program List MARINES Vietnam Medal of Honor Marine dies after decade-long battle with cancer
Major Donald Townsend experienced some of the most extraordinary events in British history. In My Road to Mandalay, author David Townsend recounts his father's adventures fighting with the "Forgotten Army" in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II. David expertly choreographs this story through a collection of more than 500 letters his father wrote to his family and a pen pal named Connie, who later become his wife--and David's mother. David was inspired to write this book during the Covid lockdown in 2020 when he found a diary that recorded his father’s homeward journey from Burma in 1946. He typed this up and shared it with a dozen or so family members and close friends. Feedback was such that they all wanted to know more! And there was a lot more! Five hundred letters had been found in his mother’s loft in 2011. Although he had already done some preliminary work on these, the lockdown provided time to do it right. Captain Tom was also an inspiration. He was born in the same year as David's father. He served in the 14th Army and was in the major battle of Arakan, that preceded Imphal. A film ‘Captain Tom’s War’ was shown on ITV on VE Day and again in February 2021 as it had been his wish that this part of history should be remembered. It was after this latter showing that David decided that his father’s story should get as wide a publication as possible and not just be kept for family and friends. My Road to Mandalay is the result. What makes this war story different is that it's not about blood and guts – it's the real-life story of a soldier who served in the 14th ‘Forgotten Army’ from start to finish and played a far more critical role in the re-take of Burma than his family ever envisaged, combined with amazing first-hand accounts of the battles that took place that provide a decidedly human aspect to the war. Buy David's book: Amazon-UK | Amazon-US  Contact David at Authoright Show notes at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/78 Sound Off! With a comment or a question at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/soundoff Like the show? Leave a 5-star rating and review: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/review Become a Patron or support the show in other ways at: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/donate Or just share our podcast with a friend! It's the best way to grow the show!!
77. Safe Spaces

77. Safe Spaces

2022-04-2950:54

IN THE NEWS: Back from vacation; Spotify drops Obamas’; Russia wants a land bridge to Crimea; Biden pours more money into Ukraine–where’s it going?; Unethical PsyOps with Ukraine and Clearview AI; Space Force goes solo at basic training; Air Force Safe Spaces; Land navigation coming back to the Army; What’s going on aboard the USS George Washington?; Are the Marines no longer America’s 9-1-1 force?; Watch the Nova special, “Frozen in Time,” for free; Listener comments and more! Show notes at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/77 Sound Off! With a comment or a question at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/soundoff Like the show? Leave a 5-star rating and review: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/review Become a Patron or support the show in other ways at: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/donate Or just share our podcast with a friend! It's the best way to grow the show!!
76. The Kee Bird, Revisited

76. The Kee Bird, Revisited

2022-04-1501:00:45

The Digression Podcast Guys are taking some much-needed time off, so climb aboard the Wayback Machine as we revisit one of our favorite episodes from the early days: Recovering the Kee Bird (episode #8 from 8/25/2019). In addition to a cleaned-up replay of the original episode, we share some additional news and insight about the Kee Bird crash and the pilot who flew her. Enjoy! Show notes at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/76 Sound Off! With a comment or a question at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/soundoff Like the show? Leave a 5-star rating and review: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/review Become a Patron or support the show in other ways at: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/donate Or just share our podcast with a friend! It's the best way to grow the show!!
75. Space Force Fit

75. Space Force Fit

2022-04-0149:23

IN THE NEWS: The Russians carve out Donbas; Did we bring the Taliban here?; The biggest troop surge in Europe since 2005; DoD covid policies are affecting readiness; Russia wages war while the U.S. trains on gender identify; A new digital fitness program for Space Force; Our thoughts on Okie AG F-16 crash; ‘Pentagon Wars’ flashback with Army’s new light tank; Navy security helps Hooker; The Marines are eager for Earth Day; Listener comments and more! Show notes at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/75 Sound Off! With a comment or a question at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/soundoff Like the show? Leave a 5-star rating and review: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/review Become a Patron or support the show in other ways at: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/donate Or just share our podcast with a friend! It's the best way to grow the show!!
74. Bloody Peleliu

74. Bloody Peleliu

2022-03-1853:26

In the autumn of 1944, the U.S. landed on Peleliu, one of the Palau Islands of the western Pacific. Some 28,000 Marines and soldiers hit the tiny island and immediately faced stiff resistance from the Japanese. The brutal, difficult battle lasted more than two months. The island garrison put up a particularly tough defense along a cave-pocketed massif dubbed "Bloody Nose Ridge" by the Americans. The ferocious defense put up by the Japanese demonstrated a shift in tactics from fanatic zeal to a war of attrition. This change in strategy was designed to make the Americans pay dearly in blood and treasure for every inch of ground gained. And at Peleliu, pay dearly they did. Show notes at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/74 Sound Off! With a comment or a question at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/soundoff Like the show? Leave a 5-star rating and review: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/review Become a Patron or support the show in other ways at: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/donate Or just share our podcast with a friend! It's the best way to grow the show!!
73. "No One Told Me"

73. "No One Told Me"

2022-03-0401:13:43

IN THE NEWS: Early thoughts on Ukraine; Feel-good story of the day; Seems we did leave a helicopter behind; DoD claims data glitch in vax reporting; 6-million man-hours gone woke; Kabul commander whines; The REAL Space Force is live; The other Space Force wants to pick-up garbage; Lucifer's Chariot laid to rest; Army points finger at Biden; Biden points back; Seabee command triad canned; Marine goes to court over bad paper; RIP Candy Bomber; Not safe for work; Book recommendations. Show notes at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/73 Sound Off! With a comment or a question at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/soundoff Like the show? Leave a 5-star rating and review: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/review Become a Patron or support the show in other ways at: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/donate Or just share our podcast with a friend! It's the best way to grow the show!!
Bill Mauldin once said that the infantryman “gives more and gets less than anybody else.” He knew this from his experience on the front lines during the invasion of Sicily and the Allied campaign up the boot of Italy. The talented cartoonist succeeded in ruffling the feathers of the “brass” all the way up to General George Patton. In a time when American news outlets were sanitizing World War II for the folks on the home front, Bill Mauldin depicted the grim reality of war. Through the use of meticulous detail, keen observations, and sardonic wit, he spoke for the masses of ordinary soldiers, the "dogfaces," who had no voice of their own within the massive military machine of the United States. Show notes at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/72 Sound Off! With a comment or a question at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/soundoff Like the show? Leave a 5-star rating and review: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/review Become a Patron or support the show in other ways at: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/donate Or just share our podcast with a friend! It's the best way to grow the show!!
71. Covid Misinformation

71. Covid Misinformation

2022-02-0701:00:53

IN THE NEWS: Covid misinformation; Pentagon spox refutes woke military claims by explaining how woke they are; Leaked docs prove Biden's Afghanistan failure; Special Forces take out new ISIS leader; Vax injuries skyrocket after military vax mandate; The REAL Space Force is back!; Congress turns down Space National Guard...again!; If that's not bad enough, there are no Space Force license plates, either; Surprise! Mysterious aircraft spotted at Area 51; Biden honors WWII Ghost Army soldiers; The Navy's new hip-hop 2-piece OC; Barefoot Marine kicks in a car window; Finally! Red Tails win first Top Gun competition. Show notes at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/71 Sound Off! With a comment or a question at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/soundoff Like the show? Leave a 5-star rating and review: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/review Become a Patron or support the show in other ways at: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/donate Or just share our podcast with a friend! It's the best way to grow the show!!
70. Rommel's Last Day

70. Rommel's Last Day

2022-01-2138:55

Field Marshall Erwin Rommel, the famed "Desert Fox,' was a German officer and reputed to be Hitler's favorite general. At the outbreak of World War II, Rommel was given command of the troops that guarded Hitler’s headquarters, which was a disappointment for a man used to fighting on the front lines with the infantry. But in early 1940, he was given a chance to put to use his gifts, when he was given command of the 7th Panzer Division. Although a novice as far as mechanized forces were concerned, he soon mastered the advantages and proved his leadership abilities again in the German offensive against the French channel coast in May. In early 1941, Rommel was placed in command of the Afrikakorps and sent to North Africa to aid Germany’s ailing ally, Italy, in maintaining its position in Libya. It is here, in the deserts of North Africa, that Rommel earned his vaunted reputation, as well as his nickname, for his fox-like tactics. Winning significant victories against the British, it wasn’t until a second battle to take el-Alamein in Egypt went against him that the “invincible” general was finally called home back to Europe. Hitler put Rommel back in northern France, to guard against an Allied invasion. Rommel’s suggestions for the precautions necessary to repel an enemy invasion were not taken seriously, and he began to lose confidence in Hitler and Germany’s ability to win the war. He assessed the support from his field commanders for removing Hitler from power and was also approached by colleagues to actually take the reins of government when Hitler was deposed. On D-Day, Rommel’s prediction of disaster for Germany’s position played itself out. Still, Hitler would not consider negotiations with the Allies. Rommel ended up in the hospital after his car was attacked by British bombers and he was forced off the road. Meanwhile, details of a failed assassination plot had come to Hitler’s attention, including Rommel’s contact with the conspirators. As Rommel was convalescing in his home at Herrlingen, two generals visited and offered him his choice: a public show trial or take his own life. Show notes at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/70 Sound Off! With a comment or a question at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/soundoff Like the show? Leave a 5-star rating and review: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/review Become a Patron or support the show in other ways at: https://thedigressionpodcast.com/donate Or just share our podcast with a friend! It's the best way to grow the show!!
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