SURVIVING The French Foreign Legion | Thomas Gast | Podcast #230

Surviving the French Foreign Legion features Thomas Gast, a German author, web video producer and former Foreign Legion soldier.

SURVIVING The French Foreign Legion

Thomas Gast is a German author, video producer and former soldier. He is best known for his books on the French Foreign Legion and his YouTube channel ‘Thomas Gast’. Thomas has regularly published videos about the Foreign Legion, the Bundeswehr and survival since 2017. Chris chats with Thomas about his life and what led him to joining the French Foreign Legion. Excellente!

Transcript from ‘SURVIVING The French Foreign Legion’ podcast

Thomas – I have taken a lot of good memories and good souvenirs. The romantic way of life is a soldier’s life you know? I’ve been two years in the French Foreign Legion and this is the jungle regiment in French Guyana. I chose the adventure and this was in the French Foreign Legion. I’ve been in deep jungle with crocodiles and marched through the bush with a big rock sargon on my back.

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14 PEAKS The Nimsdai Story | MBE SBS | Bought The T-Shirt #229

14 Peaks the Nimsdai story features Nimsdai Purja who is one of the world’s greatest mountaineers and veteran of the Special Boat Service.

14 PEAKS The Nimsdai Story

Nimsdai was born in Nepal and like his father and brothers before, signed up to join the Gurkhas. Nims then passed selection for the UK’s special-forces and served another ten years with the Special Boat Service. After leaving the forces, Nims has gone on to become one of the world’s greatest mountaineers. He has accumulated an ever-growing list of record-breaking climbs and rescue missions. After one such mission, Nims was awarded an MBE for outstanding achievement in high-altitude mountaineering. His Netflix documentary, ’14 Peaks’, follows his attempt to summit all 14 of the world’s ‘Death Zone’ peaks in just seven months.

Transcript from ’14 PEAKS The Nimsdai Story’ podcast

Nims – Thank you Chris. You know it’s a really humbling. Everything I do in life, I give one-hundred percent and writing this book was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I’m not sure if i’m going to write another book if i’m honest. When you write something, it becomes black and white, then it becomes concrete. To write this amount of an enormous book up to this stage, it’s kind my autobiography. I grew up in a very small humbling background with almost nothing. To joining The Gurkhas, failing on the first attempt and then making it happen. Then going into the special forces and serving with the elite forces for ten years.

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Could YOU Pass SAS Selection? | Nick Grainge | Podcast #228

Could YOU Pass SAS Selection features Nick Grainge who tells us about the arduous selection training for the reserve special-forces.

Could YOU Pass SAS Selection? | Nick Grainge

Nick Grainge is a highly successful athlete and creator of ‘Elite Outdoor Fitness’. In this podcast, Nick gives us his experience of going through selection in order to join 23 Special Air Service. From the Brecons mountains, to the notorious interrogation phase, Nick endured all to attain the coveted sand beret of the world’s most elite special-forces.

Transcript from’ Could YOU Pass SAS Selection?’ podcast

Nick – I think the first step that people need to make is, just try and find out as much information as possible. There’s a lot of information out there nowadays. You mentioned on the last podcast, that this is an open book to a certain extent. Certainly with 23, there’s a lot of open source information out there and if you go to a recruiting office, you can kind of get a really good understanding of what kind of level of fitness you need to go through, to start that process. You can get quite good understanding.

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Virtual Planet | Joseph Steel | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast #227

Virtual planet features Joseph Steel, who’s company, Virtual Skies, use drone technology to digitise the real world.

Virtual Planet | Joseph Steel

Joseph Steel is part of the Visualskies company who are a collection of studios utilising the latest technology to digitise the real world. Visualskies is an aerial focused technology company, who provide photographic and surveying services for heritage, construction, film and tv sectors. Visual Skies specialise in high definition 3D mapping, Virtual Reality environments, as well as aerial based time-lapse and photography services.

Transcript from ‘Virtual Planet’ podcast

Joseph – Absolutely yes, this is definitely already happening. Virtual reality training already happens. Dropping a soldier into a virtual reality experience feels real when you have the headset on. When you take the headset off afterwards, you’re almost disappointed. It looks worse than the virtual reality world you’ve just been in, which is sort of scary. In as good a form as we can, we can preserve something right now. For Assassin’s Creed they had fully created a digital copy of Notre-Dame in Paris.

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