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Germany did in fact attempt to stir up unrest in Ireland, as seen by this BBC article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/3264257.stm Unfortunately, the first Irishman they approached (whom they hoped would lead them to the IRA) handed them over to the police instead. They also had plans of using the IRA as proxies/allies to invade Northern Ireland, but ...


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For British ships of war, the usual practise was to have a single gun crew allocated to the guns on both sides of the ship. If the ship was fighting on a single side then the whole gun crew worked the gun on that side. For the great guns this was between 10-14 men depending on the size of the cannon. If fighting both sides, the gun crew split so that a ...


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You kind of answered your own question by mentioning the phalanx. First of all, you will often read some historians saying that chariots were not used by "mountain" people or that the terrain in such-and-such country was not suitable for chariots. This is not true. Macedonia is one of the most mountainous areas in Europe and they were famous for their ...


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If you go to an old farm, you may be surprised to find out that a lot of the metal tools in the shed have the metallic part dating back 50 or even older than that without significant degradation other than rust and some chips. The wooden parts however have long been replaced with newer material, and the edge is periodically resharpened. I wouldn't be ...


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Anywhere between "after first serious use" and "never". Assuming thorough, regular maintenance, a sword can last almost indefinitely - the oldest one I've held that has seen use was about 250 years old and might still be usable, given a good cleaning. The oldest one that I've seen was about 1500 years old and while thoroughy rusty, was worn (indicating ...


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C-54D c\n 10858 type C-54D-15-DC prod line DC589 reg\tail #42-72753 72753 (c/n 10858) to MASDC Aug 4, 1964. C-54 is the type of aircraft (Cargo) D denotes improvements on the base model (C-54A,C-54B,C-54C) -15-DC says that the aircraft was built by Douglas Aircraft Company I believe the Prod line DC 598 is its place on the overall production line. ...


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If you blow up the photo and look carefully, the Squadron name is the USAF Bee Liners, which is the name of the 21st Air Lift Squadron. I actually believe this is a Douglas C-54 Skymaster. You can see plane 7233-A in this photo



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