History Series You Need to Watch: The Great War and World War Two

If you are like me there is no such thing as too much history. It would be comparable as to saying there is too much air to breathe. Fortunately for those of us that have a continuous history craving there is just the fix for us.

On Youtube there is a content creator by the name of Indy Neidell, along with his highly skilled team. This group specializes on covering the two world wars, week by week. This isn’t just history content released week by week, but the covering of the wars as they unfold in real time.

Certainly a daunting feat, but they have already done it with their first series, The Great War. For that project they covered the war each week for four years. Calling it impressive would be a bit of an understatement.

They manage to cover not only the numerous fronts around the world but also cover the political aspects, economics, and various other factors. With the amount of firsthand quotes from soldiers, generals, and civilians it also gives an intimate look into how they viewed the war.

They also produce various special episodes such as Out of the Trenches, where they answer viewer questions and a series where they cover the important players in the war.

The current production quality is quite high, thanks to the donations they receive from their audience. They have numerous clips and images to display as they narrate the events, custom animated maps to display troops movements and the situation of the war, and a lovely designed set from which Indy discusses the war.

If you are looking for an in depth coverage of both world wars there is no better series to watch. Although it may seem daunting at first to jump into such a lengthy series the years will flash by before you know it.

With the World War Two series just starting a few months ago it still has a little less than 6 years left, and I am eagerly awaiting every single episode.

Some of the Strange Names of Wars

As if taking cue from the monarchs’ historians can be quite bad at naming events. Why come up with a new name when you can just name your newborn Louis the fourteenth? Today I would like to take a look at some of the names of wars for their strange names, misleading titles, and other such oddities.

The Hundred Years’ War

The obvious fact wrong with this title is that the war did not last for one hundred years. It in fact lasted for one hundred and sixteen years. This may be a result of rounding off for simplicity or convenience, but other fields would be less forgiving. Just try rounding off numbers to that degree in chemistry or with temperature.

The French and Indian War

This one appears simple enough. It implies that the French and Indians were fighting each other.  Well yes and no. The French were fighting the Indian allies of the British and their colonists. But the French also had Indian allies. What I find most curious is that the title would omit the British, as they would be France’s major antagonist. But perhaps this is a way to distinguish itself from the innumerable wars the two have fought against each other.

The Continuation War

This title is completely devoid of meaning or context if you know nothing about the Winter War. And even then, the Winter War gives no clue to its combatants. Being a small war it would need to be able to stick out more on its own compared to The Second World War, which most people already know the major combatants. The Winter War was between the Soviet Union and Finland and after 3 months, despite the remarkable performance of the Finnish, the Soviet Union annexed parts of Finland. The Continuation War was, as you might be able to guess, a resumption of the war as Finland sought to regain lost land by the opportunity Operation Barbarossa provided. Finland failed to regain land and instead lost further ground.

The Pastry War

This title sounds like a joke, but I can assure you such a conflict actually took place. Displaying that even historians can have a sense of humor. A French bakery in Mexico sent a complaint to the King saying that Mexican officers had looted his shop. With more complaints of French citizens arriving the King demanded Mexico pay 600,000 pesos, an outrageous sum at the time. (The average daily wage was just one peso.) Mexico refused and thus war broke out.