Our Podcast has Launched!

AND WE ARE LIVE! Citizen Historian has officially launched a podcast! Find us now on iTunes by searching “Citizen Historian” or through your favourite podcast app! https://itunes.apple.com/…/p…/citizen-historian/id1406860035 Our first episode is about African Superheroes where we interview the creators of South Africa’s first true superhero: Kwezi! Thank you to Loyiso Mkize and Clyde Beech for the amazing interview! If you liked what you heard, please leave us a positive review and … Continue reading Our Podcast has Launched!

From Conquerors to Custodians: In Defence of Zoos, Ambassador Animals, and Captive Breeding (Part I)

PART I – Introduction There is so much to discuss on a topic like this, especially for someone like me who, although currently a historian, grew up working on a conservation facility with my family, and still works in this field on occasion. This article is not a quick pop-sci piece, this is a lengthy essay discussing the merits of zoological facilities and the issues … Continue reading From Conquerors to Custodians: In Defence of Zoos, Ambassador Animals, and Captive Breeding (Part I)

Hysterical Accuracy: Women, WWII, and Gaming.

First, let’s answer the question: “is it historically accurate that women fought in WWII?” Short answer: yes. Now, let’s elaborate. Battlefield is a long-running gaming franchise that has roamed through several different eras of warfare including World War I and II, Vietnam, the modern era, and even the distant future. It is a series built around intense battles and action where you can hear your … Continue reading Hysterical Accuracy: Women, WWII, and Gaming.

What they wore at Stalingrad

Garrett E Eriksen examines uniforms and gear worn by the Red Army and Wehrmacht at Stalingrad. The rest of this article can be found in the December 2017 issue of The Armourer. The Battle of Stalingrad is near mythical in its status as a decisive battle during World War II. Any history buff worth their salt has, at the very least, heard of this battle if not … Continue reading What they wore at Stalingrad

Are Blood Cells Bigger in Bigger Animals?

Short answer: yes, blood cells, specifically, can be bigger in bigger animals. The obvious reason behind this is that the larger the animal the more oxygen it would need to get to various parts of it’s body and thus would need bigger and more numerous blood cells. But I am no biologist and apparently there is division in the scientific community over the exact reason … Continue reading Are Blood Cells Bigger in Bigger Animals?

The Uniforms of the Desert

An examination of the gear worn by both Axis and Allied forces at the Siege of Tobruk. The rest of this article can be found in the April 2017 issue of The Armourer. 1941 saw the likes of General Erwin Rommel, the Desert Fox himself, testing the might of his Afrika Korps against the steely resolve of the British Western Desert Force (WDF) in Northern Africa. … Continue reading The Uniforms of the Desert

The South African Border War – A Brief History

“A country without a memory is a country of madmen.”  –George Santayana South Africa had humble beginnings as a refreshment station, founded by Jan van Riebeeck in 1652 in the Cape of Good Hope on behalf of the Dutch East India Company. The refreshment station would later grow to become Cape Town, the country’s current legislative capital.[1] In 1806, the Cape Colony was seized by … Continue reading The South African Border War – A Brief History