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History isn't just about the past anymore! Join historian Garrett E Eriksen in "Citizen Historian" as we journey through the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of our past, present and future! Robotics, dinosaurs, comics, ancient battles, cosmic forces, political intrigue - everything is up for discussion and no subject is safe! Time to get Historical!
 
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On this episode we talk with David Jones a Troop Commander in the 1980s who came to the Special OP Troop from 148 (Meiktila) Commando Forward Observation Battery. A specialist Naval Gunfire Support Forward Observation unit within 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery of 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines David covers the Troop Commander’s perspective …
 
We love a book on the podcast so if you are wondering what to do with those Amazon vouchers this is the episode for you. In a break from the normal format we talk about our books of choice with guest Simon Vincent. Along the way we discuss how the need for hunting hawks led to the Islamification of a part of Pakistan, Spike Milligan's PTSD, a bank …
 
On this episode we talk with Neil Hogg about the British Army's Operation BANNER which ran from 1969 - 2007. 300,000 British troops served in Northern Ireland during this period with more than 20,000 deployed at its peak. In the first part of the pod we cover a brief history of the troubles, the effectiveness of the Provisional IRA, how we trained …
 
Often speaking about private investigators bring up romantic TV images of fast cars, fast women and Hawaiian shirts.The harsh reality cannot be farther from the truth in South Africa. Mike has seen the worst that the nation has to offer. Drugs, kidnapping and violent crime.With a soft spot for animals and victims of violent crime he is often a last…
 
Our guest on Pod #005 is Pete Walsh. We talk to Pete about joining the Army in 1978 and subsequently volunteering for the Special Observer selection course in 1982. In this episode we cover mandatory training and other courses conducted in the 1980s at the International Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol School which was the centre of excellence for …
 
Legendary South African hardman Martin Dreyer is joining us on the show.The Dusi Duke takes us back to his days as a commercial fisherman in Canada. We discuss his record and secrets on the infamous Dusi Canoe Marathon and how he beat the best adventure racers in the world on the gruelling Land Rover G4 Challenge.He tells us all about his adventure…
 
Our guest on Pod #004 is Sammy Nicholls. Kev and Colin talk to Sammy about joining the Army in 1980 and subsequently volunteering for the Special Observer selection course in 1984. In this episode we cover the challenges of siting and digging in large underground hides known as mexes and the forward deployment of two sub surface observation posts (…
 
For any war and history buff the name Eeben Barlow and Executive Outcomes paints romantic pictures of neverending bushwars in Africa. Executive Outcomes was one of the most effective fighting forces that came out of the South African Borderwar.Assisting the government STTEP fought a secret war with the Nigerian Army and devestated Boko Haram with l…
 
Frans van Dyk lived a life many young men dream of but few get to experience.With Operator Badge #13 Frans van Dyk was instrumental in establishing the reputation of the South African Special Forces as a member of 5 Recce during the Border War. In the show he takes us though his career from how they survived selection to how they chose gear and pla…
 
Our guest on Pod #003 is Iain Strachan. Kev and Colin talk to Iain about joining the Army in 1979 and volunteering for the first stay behind Special Observer 22 week selection course at the height of the cold war in 1982. We cover the content of the course, the type of person required and the backgrounds of instructors from units such as the SAS, C…
 
Our guest on Pod #002 is Major General Anthony Stone CB the founder of the Special Observer concept at the height of the Cold War. The "stay behind" Special OP Troop consisted of selected soldiers in 6 man patrols whose task was to dig in large underground hides known as "mexe" shelters along the inner German border. They would then allow the main …
 
In another installment of the Campfire Conversations the usual suspects are joined by the lovely Marguerite Doig-Gander who started a gun-debate veldfire on Twitter! She wants to know more about carrying a gun and we are happy to oblige.Also in studio with us like last time is Gideon Joubert from Paratus**Sorry about the sound quality and lag. We c…
 
Meet your hosts as they grapple with new technology and attempt to master the challenges of podcasting. Follow their journey to covert Surveillance & Target Acquisition (STA) patrols via the jungles of Central America, the Far East, Canada, Denmark, Northern Ireland and Germany. Along the way they will discuss the merits of 58 pattern webbing, jung…
 
"The cave tried to keep us"Chilling words from Jill Heinerth a pioneer in the most dangerous occupation in the world, professional cave diving.How many occupations can say you lost 100 colleagues as part of your day job?How many occupations have almost zero possibility of rescue if it goes wrong?What a fascinating woman with unparalleled mental str…
 
In Jan 2020 we travelled to Cornwall for the Arc of Attrition. Thane was running, Antony was crewing and so we thought this was an opportunity to talk about an ultra from the perspective of the crew. This is NOT an episode on how to crew an ultra. Unless you want to learn how to forget your runner’s kit. Or how to exchange their supplies for other …
 
A panel of industry players and a new gun owner discussing the uncomfortable decisions to be made and things to understand before buying a gun for self-defence from their perspectives.Our Guests are:Gideon Joubert from ParatusAziza Scheidereiter from CHS Guns and CHS BunkerBryan Mennie from Hard to Kill SALouis Ackerman from Dude AwesomeThanks to o…
 
In this episode we break down the Texas Church shooting and discuss our goals for 2020. By putting a line in the sand we are practicing what we preach here at Weekend Warrior. It also makes us accountable to you our follower and listeners.Our Friends/PartnersRenegade Media: https://www.renegadereport.co.za/Paratus:www.paratus.infoEDC South Africa F…
 
Tonight we discuss training in depth."The Training Onion"1. Fitness2. Medical3. Unarmed Combatives4. Fundamentals of Shooting5. Advanced TrainingLinks to the service providers mentioned:1. Fitness:Wherever you want.2. Medical training / Stop the BleedGauteng:Rob McCallum rob@crisisbleed.comSportsadventure Shooting - Craig Gadd info@sportsadventures…
 
The suffering continues in this second episode of a 2 part special on the 2019 Montane Spine Race (you might want to listen to Part 1 – Ep 14 – first, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to. You’ll just be wrong if you don’t). Listen to find out how Thane and his fellow mid-packers got on over the second half of this brutal 268 mile slog up the…
 
In January 2019, with waterproof socks in hand (well, on his feet actually), Thane set out to conquer the brutal Montane Spine Race, a non stop 268 mile race up the iconic Pennine Way National Trail in the UK. This is the first episode of a 2 part special with interview content from other racers he travelled with on his journey through the cold, da…
 
African Monsters is an anthology that "explores old African myths and monsters in short stories and art." In this special Halloween episode, we interview contributing authors Nerine Dorman and Toby Benet on their chosen African monsters and discuss the mythology surrounding these creatures, identity and death, the nature of writing in general, and …
 
The Recce is a newly released film that explores various emotional and historical themes against the backdrop of the South African Border War as well as the elite reconnaissance unit that served during this conflict known as The Recces. In this episode, we interview director Ferdinand van Zyl about his film and also explore his responses to critici…
 
Today we interview Dr Benjamin Rosman of the CSIR at The University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. We will discuss AI, robotics, machine learning and all that other neat stuff, and also how this applies to Africa as part of the developing world - and of course we can't forget the big robotic elephant in the room: the dangers of Artificial In…
 
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