Podcast dedicated to the WWII history of the 10th Mountain Division


WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) – A podcast that both catalogs and celebrates the history of the 10th Mountain Division during World War II.

The Ninety-Pound backpack, named after the huge bags soldiers in the division had to carry, is the brainchild of Christian Beckwith.

The podcast delves into the history of the 10th Mountain Division before and during World War II.

Through the podcast, Beckwith, a lifelong climber, hopes to shed light on the division’s history of training with skis and climbing and how it became popular as a hobby after the war.

“It’s such an important part of the fabric of who was as a people. I feel like it hasn’t been explored to the point where it needs to be explored and celebrated,” Beckwith said.

Beckwith isn’t alone on the podcast. He is supported by a team of 7 advisers. A few of them, like Doug Schmidt, live right here in the north of the country.

“This is just one of those opportunities where we tap into a medium that is gaining popularity in podcasts. We use that to reach the general public,” said Schmidt, historian, 10th Mountain Division National Association.

The first episode of the podcast focused on the factors that led to the creation of the 10th Mountain Division, primarily Soviet Russia’s invasion of Finland.

The upcoming episode titled “State of the Art” will focus on the training that the soldiers of the division undertook before the war. It will be available on platforms like Spotify and Apple Podcasts.


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