TIK History: I came across TIK History through one of Geordie's very helpful blog posts. If you Google TIK you will see some interesting discussions about some of his views. To say that he has a particular perspective on economics is an understatement. He would fit in well with Trump supporters who view the NHS as the work of the communist devil.
Having said that, and make you own minds up if you wish to form an opinion, is it worth watching some of his output?
The short answer is yes. I have watched all 23 episodes so far of Battlestorm Stalingrad. I thought they were really good and educational:
- TIK does pretty well at presenting and his style goes down OK with me.
- The story is narrated through animated maps, these are detailed (look like US Army topographic maps), zoomable and show their scale.
- Statements are supported by references.
- The narrative really does create an insightful picture of what actually happened.
- The main source for the series is Glantz's Stalingrad trilogy supplemented by the current wave of new histories and is well researched.
- It has reminded me I need to refresh my library and I have bought the latest edition of When Titans Clashed by Glantz and read it straight through. I have a few other updated books to get as well.
- It has rekindled my interest in the Eastern Front which is a very nice change of scenery.
- The visual representation of the campaign shows what I knew, but didn't always realise was so important. The Red Army contested the battle through endless desperate defences and multiple continuous counter attacks. This brings to life the granularity of the fighting which, to my mind, no other medium has managed to do.
- There are great learning points for wargames.