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Chris and Jody are Air Force vets who enjoy military history and folklore. This is their podcast. They tell stories. They digress. A lot.

The Digression Podcast Chris Rash & Jody Hanks

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Chris and Jody are Air Force vets who enjoy military history and folklore. This is their podcast. They tell stories. They digress. A lot.

    89. Werewolves of Aachen

    89. Werewolves of Aachen

    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.
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    NOTES:
    Nazi Werwolves
    Werewolves of Aachen
    Operation Werewolf: The Nazi Resistance Force
    SS Werewolves
    Ilse Hirsch Nazi Resistance Fighter
    Warren Zevon: My Shit's F****d Up
    Who is Burgermeister Meisterburger?
    Who is Col Flagg?
    Who is Sgt Schultz?

    • 42 min
    88. Space Isn't New

    88. Space Isn't New

    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.
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    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!
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    Show notes at https://thedigressionpodcast.com/88
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    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

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Winning Battles, Losing Wars

    Winning Battles, Losing Wars

    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
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    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

    • 33 min
    86. The Weasel

    86. The Weasel

    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
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    • 26 min
    85. Hardcore Mode

    85. Hardcore Mode

    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
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    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

    • 1 hr 14 min
    84. Angel's Glow

    84. Angel's Glow

    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
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    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

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

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caw328 ,

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My father was a soldier in WW2. He would be horrified to hear we are facing those grave markers. It shows Political Correction running afoul. What’s next? Shall we remove the Star of David because “we are a Christian nation “ ? Those graves are someone’s final resting place. They should be respected for who they were, not who we think he should have been. Shall we hide anything that makes us uncomfortable? Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
Thank you for another thought provoking episode. Keep up the great work.

Trench_Warfare ,

OO-RAH!

Why subscribe to this podcast? While the subject-matter is interesting and pretty well researched, the real hook for me is this: Chris and Jody are genuinely having fun! These are two men who are proud of their military service, but they are also just good friends who love telling stories. The show is aptly named because they do digress a lot, but the digressions come naturally and they enrich the story. They are also considerate of their listeners taking time to explain the military talk a civilian might not understand, which is why this podcast appeals to more than just old “ground pounders” like me. I look forward to every new episode!

Dalmtions ,

Fort Hoodlum episode

Another thought-provoking episode. SFC Barteau brought some great perspective. The similarities between the Army and Air Force were evident, and lessons learned translate to the civilian world. Political correctness can undoubtedly impact the mission.

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