EXPANDING OUR KNOWLEDGE ON GERMANY
History for all, and for all some fun
Germany has been a major player in the last 100 years for the world and is well known for its role in World War 2 and creating the world we know today. But how much do you know about the Germany before? Or about the Germany after? Did you know that the German tribes conquered most of Roman Europe and Africa? Did you know that Queen Louise of Prussia was a symbol of resistance against Napoleon? Join us as we discuss the history of Germany and turn it from dry tales into relatable and personal stories of people not so different from you or me. This podcast will cover aspects of culture, politics, military, gender, and day to day life from when we first have findings for the archeological records all the way to modern day.
The episodes are supposed to be listened to in order so make sure to start with episode 1 and work your way through up to the newest episode. I hope you enjoy as we explore the center of Europe.
September 29, 2020
It is time to move off the Italian peninsula. Tribes are trying to settle in Spain and Gaul and make deals with the Roman empire or the rebel leaders who keep popping up. But how can you expect things to go easy if your leader can't even take a bath without being killed?
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ABOUT THE PODCAST AND MYSELF
My name is Jacob Collier and I am the creator of the Podcast on Germany. Podcast on Germany was created in order to provide a fun and interesting discussion on German history. This podcast wants to expand on our common knowledge of Germany and its past and turn it from the dry pages of your textbooks into real life stories. The names and dates will have faces and meanings while the past becomes something that we can understand and appreciate. Those involved in the history will be shown as real life humans not story book characters that we could never be. All of this is important to show that history is something that we take part of every day, even without realizing it. It also serves as a reminder that history is life. What happened to those mentioned within the podcast can happen to you as well. We can end up being just as great if we try, or just as terrible if we are not careful, as those names mentioned within those long classes back in high school.
I received my Master's degree in Modern European History focusing on Imperial German diplomacy in 2017 from Texas Tech University. I can read German but do not bother to ask me to speak it. Language has never been my gift. I have spent 3 years reading and researching German history and was lucky enough to go visit Berlin, Potsdam, and Vienna back in May 2018. I have always enjoyed reading the histories and I look forward to sharing it with you.
ON THIS DAY!
Important events and people on this day in German History:
As the Army of the Rhine was cut off in the Metz, Emperor Napoleon III began to feel rising tension in Paris. If the Army of the Rhine fell, his reign would fall with it. As such he moved quickly to meet up with Marshal Mac-Mahon who was forming the new Army of the Chalons on August 17 1870. Napoleon III took over command of the army and decided that a left flanking march northeast towards Belgium would be their best hope of bypassing the Germans and reuniting with Bazaine.
This was initially slowed by the Bavarian and Saxon success at Beaumont on August 30th. This was made worse the next day when Bavarian Royal Corps attacked the Blue division of the Troupes de marine. The Bavarian corp attacked thanks to their general's rash ambition the town of Bazeilles which had been fortified by the french marines.
Attacking at 4am the Bavarians were ambushed by the French in the town and harsh hand to hand fighting broke out. The French troops and civilians fought to the last bullet throughout the day as the Bavarians continued to poor men into the town.
Due to the French civilian involvement in the fighting, orders were given to open fire on them and buildings were set on fire. Despite the French papers claiming the town being completely killed by the savagery of the Bavarians the death count was under 40 the day of and 150 from injuries over the next months.
Despite the French marines being heavily outnumbered by the Bavarians they refused to back down without orders. Napoleon shocked by the German push was unsure of what exactly was in front of him and what should be done. If they should try to push their way on to Metz or retreat and try again. In order to prepare for either case, Napoleon gave the order to the marines to abandon the village and retreat back to Sedan. The Germans would soon follow.