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  • Drachinifel, Youtube 5 minute guides

    So, in my long journey through the wilderness I have been listening to various things and my current addiction is a Youtube channel by a guy named Drachinifel. He has done hundreds of videos from 5 minute warship guides to hours long breakdowns of battles or Q/A sessions. He covers from the age of sail through to the end of WWII. He is a naval engineer and has a very sharp wit and British twist to humor and will really help eat up the miles or minutes for those who like to listen.

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    I have recently discovered Drach and he has been keeping me company during stage 4 lockdown. His depth of research and dry, dry English sense of humour are a great combination. he reminds me of a couple of friends of mine. :-)

    The 5 minute guides (though few are 5 minutes) are great little potted histories of warships and warship classes. The longer stuff is even better. His two parter on the Russian Pacific Squadron that got sunk at Tushima is hilarious. The 90 minute episode on the Zero fighter - which he mostly turned over to an expert on the plane - was incredibly informative and illuminating. Accounts of various battles, expeditions, ship development and other things are also great. Who would have thought damage control was so captivating? The Q&A sessions are also interesting - throwing up lots of stuff I normally don't think about. Next week I might even chance his epic account of Jutland.
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    • #3
      Between Drachinifel and Mark Felton productions you can pretty much while away all of a rainy day. Felton's WW2 Ships Still Serving 2019 well worth your time.

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      • #4
        BF, Jutland is epic! His humor is awesome, I almost drove off the road when his description of the Mk 14 torpedo... The only thing less effective would be sailing up to an enemy warship and raising your periscope with a little white flag that said "BANG!".

        Looking4NSFS, I will give him a try.

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        • #5
          For one of his hypotheticals I'd like him to do a Bismark 41 v Des Moines class heavy cruiser 48. I think the Des Moines would shred the Bismarks' top side at long range and basically pound it into floating scrap.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by zraver View Post
            BF, Jutland is epic! His humor is awesome, I almost drove off the road when his description of the Mk 14 torpedo... The only thing less effective would be sailing up to an enemy warship and raising your periscope with a little white flag that said "BANG!".
            Have you listened to the Russian Pacific Squadron two parter? Part one is like a comedy script. Even part two has its funny moments, though not as many given the outcome.

            Looking4NSFS, I will give him a try.
            Felton does 10 minute spots on unusual or obscure history, mostly military themed. He's good. I will also throw in The History Guy, who does something similar, though not as military focussed.
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            • #7
              Big fan of Drach as well.

              Between Forgotten Weapons and The Chieftain's Hatch, they're a sort of trilogy of military-type channels that are must-watch for me.
              “Never let yourself be persuaded that any one Great Man, any one leader, is necessary to the salvation of America. When America consists of one leader and 158 million followers, it will no longer be America.”
              ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

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              • #8
                Originally posted by TopHatter View Post
                Big fan of Drach as well.

                Between Forgotten Weapons and The Chieftain's Hatch, they're a sort of trilogy of military-type channels that are must-watch for me.
                You guys are spying on me, aren't you?

                I've pretty much exhausted Forgotten Weapons. I find the mechanical aspects less interesting than the historcal context, but Ian is such an engaging host that they are a pleasure to watch. I loved whe nhe got hold of a bunch of stuff from Ethiopia. As someone with a keen interest in the history there it was great to see some of that brought to an audience who probably hasn't much thought about it. I also like the general lack of politics, something reinforced by how jarring it was watching he & Larry Vickers lament the demise of minority ruled Rhodesia. Given the level of casual politics (let alone quite conscious stuff) in most YT gun channels I enjoy just hearing about the technical & historical stuff absent all that.

                I also enjoy some of the In Range stuff, though it is a bit less aligned with my interests.

                The Chieftain is great fun, as are some of the video from the Tank Museum in the UK. Just the idea of an Irish bloke as a major in the US Army is fun in itself, but he is great at explaining to a layperson the ins & outs of historical tank designs. Also funny at times.

                I have also enjoyed some of the videos from Tik, who focusses on WW2. I don't agree wiht all of his conculsions - especially about the nature of Nazism - but his detailed analysis of battles can be surprisingly engaging. Who would have thought something like 5-6hours on the battle fo Courland would be so fascinating?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Bigfella View Post
                  You guys are spying on me, aren't you?
                  Don't worry, we haven't found your porn stash.

                  You guys forgot lindybeige. Hilarious story telling and makes the most complicated things to understand into something so obvious like how a Sgt, a LCol, and a LT stopped nine tanks with 1 gun and a burning jeep (Snipe Ridge).

                  Then there is the Great War and World War II where they report the wars as if you're reading a newspaper.

                  Last but not least, the most wonderful World At War series.
                  Chimo

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Bigfella View Post
                    Have you listened to the Russian Pacific Squadron two parter? Part one is like a comedy script. Even part two has its funny moments, though not as many given the outcome.
                    Japanese torpedo boats have become something of a joke on the channel...

                    Love his videos, pretty much binged on the older ones untill about a month ago, when I started to follow regularly. He's one of only 2 people I have on Patreon.

                    Btw, for anyone that likes science fiction, check out his analysis on the ship that takes part of "War of the Worlds": HMS Thunderchild - A bad day to be a Tripod.

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                    • #11
                      Yes, I listened to the Pacific Squadron, and HMS Thunderchild.

                      Pod/Video casts I like

                      Drachinifel, Dan Carlin (his Supernova in the East obviously has lots of naval stuff) Mike Duncan's Rome and Revolutions, also pull up a lot of the video lectures coming out of Carlisle, Leavenworth, and the National WWI Museum.

                      Jlvfr, another running joke is BuOrd.... kicking and screaming, under threat of bodily harm from pissed off submariners....

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                      • #12
                        Was The Chieftain's Hatch the channel where the guy compared how easy/hard it was to bail out of the driver's/asst driver's position?

                        As I recall the Sherman was easiest followed closely by the Churchill. Not surprising the T-34 SUCKED!!!
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by zraver View Post
                          Jlvfr, another running joke is BuOrd....
                          And the US congress on getting more ships, pre 1930s:
                          "no you cannot get ships; yes you must be badass"
                          "yes you can get a few ships; no you can't have money"
                          "get all the ships!! money? what for?"

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by jlvfr View Post
                            And the US congress on getting more ships, pre 1930s:
                            "no you cannot get ships; yes you must be badass"
                            "yes you can get a few ships; no you can't have money"
                            "get all the ships!! money? what for?"
                            Which he then materially ties in to actual impact on history. USN in 1918: massive battle line no idea where it was going because they never built any cruisers.

                            He also gets way out there in really cool ways like the Honda Point Disaster, an earthquake in Japan wrecks a US destroyer division in California, but eh oh well just grab another handful of Clemson class and keep on rocking.

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                            • #15
                              Yeah, his analysis of what he picks is excelent. I loved the videos on tech evolution over the years, even of something apparently as boring as boilers!

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