The Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm I Tried To Make An Army of Super Tall Soldiers


A statue of Prussian King Frederick William III stands in front of an advertisement on July 28, 2011 in Berlin. PATRIK STOLLARZ / AFP / Getty Images

Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm was fascinated by all things military, but the crown jewel of his army was a group known as the Potsdam Giants -- men recruited on the basis of their height alone. If these tall boys, teens and men didn't want to sign up for the Giants, the King had no problem kidnapping them. Listen in to learn more about the strange story of the Potsdam Giants.