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Jun
19
comment Were any German cities spared by by the Allies for personal or idiosyncratic reasons?
@Oldcat er... question is about German cities
Jun
17
comment Why did Argentina seize South Georgia immediately prior to the Falklands invasion?
So was it that the junta as a whole intended it as vital element in its entire territorial claim (first paragraph)? Or was it Anaya going rogue (later paragraph)? Either seem plausible (I especially like the notion that it was muddle/Anaya acting out his own campaign), but they're somewhat contradictory.
Jun
10
comment Why did Argentina seize South Georgia immediately prior to the Falklands invasion?
There are no sheep farmers on South Georgia.
Jun
10
comment Why did Argentina seize South Georgia immediately prior to the Falklands invasion?
And you say the islands were not easily or cheaply retaken. Wikipedia says Operation Parakeet cost the British 2 helicopters and no loss of life. Seems quite cheap to me.
Jun
10
comment Why did Argentina seize South Georgia immediately prior to the Falklands invasion?
And Ascension island isn't an American base. It's British.
Jun
10
comment Why did Argentina seize South Georgia immediately prior to the Falklands invasion?
Sorry, but this is a terrible answer. You're talking about the Falklands as a whole. I'm asking about a small part of that campaign. It's the equivalent of asking why Hitler occupied Narvik and answering "lebensraum".
May
29
comment What was the death toll of non-Americans in the Vietnam War?
@T.E.D. and fraxture ... and the hundreds of Autralians killed?
May
28
comment What was the name for a group of 12 men in old England responsible for each others actions?
er, what or when is "old England"?
May
27
comment Was the Soviet Union in 1945 seeking to capture German soldiers and civilians, or drive them west?
@Oldcat i'm asking, not asserting
Apr
8
comment Spain's tributary empire vs. Portugal's seaborne empire
i am not your downvoter but ... i'm wondering whether you're asking the wrong question. since portugal also built a huge (Brazil is huge) colonial empire in the americas shouldn't your question be about the differences between the americas and asia rather than between spain and portugal?
Apr
2
comment How did the Nazis view Dickens' Oliver Twist?
you've read the book, so that's fair enough. as i understand it the book paints him very much blacker than his portrayal in the famous musical and films (which might be the Fagin many readers here are more familiar with, me included). So it's hard to imagine the Nazis unhappy with Dickens' Fagin.
Mar
17
comment Why does the United States keep using “old” date representations and imperial system, while being in the minority?
re your para about the UK, no one in the UK uses MM/DD/YYYY and everyone, even those who still fight against metric and cherish imperial regard MM/DD/YYYY as completely nuts. just saying.
Mar
11
comment Explaining the data in the 2004 Republican primary results
thanks for the answer but I'm not anti-Bush. for the record i came to the question listening to an old podcast (from the BBC) from the 2000s about sitting presidents in the US getting an easy ride in primaries. the podcast mentioned that it hadn't always been the case which is why i also intro'd my question saying "in recent history". i picked a random party and a random (recent) year to look up in Wikipedia but it could just as easily have been Clinton in 1996. then, seeing that wikipedia page gave rise to my questions. not anti-anything.
Mar
8
comment Who started trams in Delhi?
@Ramit i see it is labelled "Indian English". Not being Indian I had taken it for a typo. Always happy to learn a different English from my own.
Feb
20
comment Has this newspaper printed the wrong picture (as well as a baffling caption)?
so, the Express aren't being so dumb after all. but still "at the battle front near Reims" would be a better caption for a general audience.
Feb
20
comment Has this newspaper printed the wrong picture (as well as a baffling caption)?
Superb working out!
Jan
15
comment Were any German cities spared by by the Allies for personal or idiosyncratic reasons?
@PieterGeerkens that's an interesting claim and worthy of a question in its own right. i've never heard it anywhere else though.
Jan
14
comment “More Frenchmen bore arms for the Axis than for the Allies during the Second World War”?
There was also Dakar which was an emphatic victory for Vichy France fighting hard against the Allies. Admittedly it was also badly botched by Free French/British.
Jan
14
comment “More Frenchmen bore arms for the Axis than for the Allies during the Second World War”?
@OldCat as well as in Syria the British and Vichy French fought for several months in Madagascar and there were several other raggedy encounters in other regions. Not large forces though. The book England’s Last War Against France: Fighting Vichy is helpful.
Jan
12
comment Why did the Union army favor a “western” route to approaching Richmond during the American Civil War
@PieterGeerkens leaving aside "Union" I saw "Civil War" and "Richmond" and thought of London.