Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Overview on Frequently Asked Questions

  • Personal & Background Questions
    • Are you German? Where are you from?
    • What kind of Software do you use?
    • What is your educational/professional background?
    • Are you a soldier/officer?
  • Content Questions
    • Are you going to do a video on [INSERT FAMOUS BATTLE/CAMPAIGN/WAR HERE]?
    • Are you going to do a video on [INSERT FAMOUS PERSONALITY HERE]?
    • Are you going to do a video on [INSERT RATHER UNKNOWN BATTLE/CAMPAIGN/WAR HERE]?
    • Are you going to use photos and/or footage?
    • Are you going to do a video on [COMPARISON BETWEEN ARMIES/DIVISIONS/VEHICLES/ETC]?
    • Are you going to cover [OTHER ERA THAN WORLD WAR 2]?
    • What is your opinion / will you cover on Einsatzgruppen/Extermination War/Holocaust/etc.?
    • Will you make a video about [INSERT ss-division here]?
    • Are you going to do videos in German?
    • Are you going to add subtitles to your videos?
  • Video Format Questions
    • Are you going to add music during your videos?
  • Computer Game Related Questions
    • Do you play Computer Games?
    • What Computer Games do/did you play?

Video covering some of these Questions

Answers

Personal & Background Questions

Are you German? Where are you from?

I am Austrian. To be more exact, Upper-Austrian (or as I like to call it jokingly “austria superior” ;). Austria is South of Germany and Upper-Austrian sounds very similar to Bavarian.

What kind of Software do you use?

  • For the first videos until the Marine Division Laout: PowerPoint 2013 (+ Word + Excel), Open Broadcaster Software and Movie Maker.
  • For the majority of the videos in 2016: PowerPoint 2013, Open Broadcaster Software and Filmora.
  • In late fall 2016 I upgraded from PowerPoint 2013 to 2016.
  • In January 2017 I did a major expansion on my tool-chain, thus it includes the following tools:
    • PowerPoint 2016 ( + Word + Excel)
    • OBS Studio
    • Adobe Creative Suite – Premiere, Audition, After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator etc.
    • Processing 3
    • TileMill
    • QGIS

What is your educational/professional background?

I have

  • Master of Arts in History from the University of Salzburg (Austria)
  • Bachelor and Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Salzburg (Austria)
  • Internship at the Military Research Institute (Militärgeschichtliches Forschungsamt) in Potsdam (Germany)

Furthermore, I gave a class in Rhetoric on the University of Salzburg. Worked as a teacher in Ecuador and as an IT-Specialist Trainer in Germany.

Are you a soldier/officer?

No, I only served the mandatory military service in the Austrian Army (Bundesheer).

Content Questions

Are you going to do a video on [INSERT FAMOUS BATTLE/CAMPAIGN/WAR HERE]?

Yes, I plan to cover basically everything, but

  • I am a one man army
  • I don’t want to talk out of my ass this means I want to well-informed
  • and furthermore I need proper sources, this proper articles and/or books. There are some exceptions, e.g., rather mundane info like what countries used weapon XY, also I often add wikipedia articles as sources if I wanted to double-check an information etc. Also my very first 2 videos.
  • I must be interested in it. Usually I am anyway or will at a certain point in time.

Are you going to do a video on [INSERT FAMOUS PERSONALITY HERE]?

Yes, although this may take a while, because

  1. I have to do develop a proper format of it.
  2. The source situation is rather annoying, because there are either rather short encyclopedia articles or full-fledged biographies. The first are way too “small” and the second are way too large, I am a slow reader, thus I can’t really afford reading a whole book on one guy if I want to keep my schedule of 2 videos a week up.

The most likely person to start with is probably Guderian, because I read his auto-biography once, but that was ages ago and also found a phd thesis that covers him and some of his achievements.

Are you going to do a video on [INSERT RATHER UNKNOWN BATTLE/CAMPAIGN/WAR HERE]?

Probably, but it depends on good sources and if I deem it interesting.

Are you going to use photos and/or footage?

Yes, if they fit and if I have some where I don’t have to add loads of copyright information in the description or video itself, this means photos I took.

The reasons for this are simple, I sit in the European Union, which has rather weak fair use rights. Furthermore, I am also located in Austria, which is neighboring Germany, where lawyers have a strong tendency for suing people about minor shit like that. Copyright law-suits are expensive, because they require a lawyer. Also most photos and footage I could use, was already used a bazillion times by others anyway, so I couldn’t add much novelty anyway. Thus, the risk is not worth the benefit. Although I have some ideas for footage videos in the future, but I have so many plans and ideas, which are far “safer” too. TIME!

Are you going to do a video on [COMPARISON BETWEEN ARMIES/DIVISIONS/VEHICLES/ETC]?

Yes, but there needs one of the following criteria fulfilled:

  • I have a certain amount of knowledge on this topic already, e.g., if I have done like several German Tank Division layouts and a few of the Allies, I am probably able to do a comparison video at one point. Basically, I won’t start with comparison videos, I did it with the Shokaku and Yorktown Class carriers, but this was also the video I spent the most time on so far (out of around 65 videos as of writing).
  • I have a proper article / book that covers such a comparison that is of good quality and ideally (not mandatory) I know the topic well or have another good source to “counter-check”.

Are you going to cover [OTHER ERA THAN WORLD WAR 2]?

Yes, and I already did some videos on the Imperial Roman Army, Alexander the Great, the Vikings, Napoleonic Warfare, World War 1 and the Falkland War.

There will be definitely more non WW2 videos, I had already planned more more videos outside of this era, but there are two things to consider:

  1. I gained a lot of subscribers from the Hearts of Iron (IV) community and it also sparks more interest in WW2, thus I made more WW2 videos recently than originally planned.
  2. I have excellent resources and a good overall background knowledge on World War 2, thus I don’t need to double-check or do “overview research” in order to prevent talking out of my ass, errors can still occur, but they are less likely.

What is your opinion / will you cover on Einsatzgruppen/Extermination War/Holocaust/etc.?

I very briefly covered the Extermination War (“Vernichtungskrieg”) in my Barbarossa Blunders video. The little paragraph took me about 3 rewrites and ages to write. This topic is just a minefield, also YouTube is quite problematic with just “normal” Military History, thus at this point I will make no more videos or comments on this topic unless necessary. Thus, I will only mention these topics when they are really important like Barbarossa, because they were a central part of the campaign, but even then I will keep it short. See also the follow-up questions.

Will you make a video about [INSERT ss-division here]?

No, nope, NEIN, nyet, I have very little interest in the waffen-ss. Furthermore, it is just a political minefield and also YouTube policy is quite insane as it is. In short: little interest + loads of trouble.

Are you going to do videos in German?

Maybe on very special topics, but highly unlikely. I originally planned on releasing every video in German too, but nearly everything takes longer than expected, thus I couldn’t create 2 videos a week if I did them in German too. Additionally, a disproportionate amount of negative comments are written by German-speaking people. Not to mention that by keeping it English provides a certain deterrent/leverage against maniacs from the “outskirtS” of the political spectrum.

Are you going to add subtitles to your videos?

Well, for a few months I published all my scripts on this page, but nearly nobody looked them up. Although I linked them in every video and also noted it in the video itself. A few people added various subtitles (English, Spanish, German and Chinese) to a few of my videos (special thx to you guys!). But in general, it seems a waste of time to add the scripts and adding subtitles takes even more time. So the answer is: No, I am not going to add subtitles, but if someone uses my scripts on this page and adds them as subtitles to my videos (at least 10), I probably will continue adding my scripts here.

Video Format Questions

Are you going to add music during your videos?

No, for two reasons:

  1. Copyright (at the end of the video I can cut it out).
  2. I personally have an extreme distaste for music in the background, because it distracts and it doesn’t add nothing.

This might change – originally I had no music, now I have already an ending “jingles”.

Computer Games Related Questions

Do you play Computer Games?

Yes or better I played more, since I started this channel I play WAY less.

What Computer Games do/did you play?

Rarely still playing: (not complete, not really in order)

  • War Thunder
  • Men of War Assault Squad II
  • Hearts of Iron IV
  • Close Combat – Panthers in the Fog
  • Red Orchestra II
  • Civilization V
  • Colonization (Civ IV)
  • Company of Heroes II
  • Armored Warfare

Played: (not complete, not really in order)

  • Hearts of Iron III – Black ICE
  • RUSE
  • Company of Heroes
  • Unreal World
  • Steel Panthers Series
  • Close Combat Series
  • World of Tanks
  • Civilization Series

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