Sacre Bleu! It is ze week we av all been waiting for, kick arse Frenchmen week!

Yes, after months of baiting our cousins across the sea, it's finally their time to shine as we explore some of the most competent, brave souls from the beautiful country.

We do mock the Swiss though, don't worry.

Tom kicks us off with a look at Marcel "Bruno" Bigeard, a French commander in the first indochina war and Algerian independence uprising who was famed for his incredible fitness, devotion to his men, and brutality against his enemies.

Next, Sam takes a look not so much at French success, but more at their competence in the face of British stupidity with the Boudan Expedition, a napoleonic era French mission to map, colonise and even invade Australia.

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Welcome to That Was Genius: Two blokes. A 12-hour time difference. An immature sense of humour. And 10,000 years of human civilisation. A weekly podcast looking at the weirder side of history.

Join Sam Datta-Paulin (he likes history and lives in Britain) and Tom Berry (he also likes history but lives in New Zealand), for a weekly reflection on the bold, the brilliant... And the downright strange.

From bizarre events and stories to equally odd inventions, barely a day goes by without something incredible (or incredibly stupid) happening around the world.

We upload new episodes every Wednesday night/Thursday morning (UK time).

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That Was Genius is produced by Glorious Republic Broadcasting.

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