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May
13
comment Why isn't Somaliland recognized as a separate country?
@Lohoris I feel sure Sudan and Ethiopia were "encouraged" to agree by overwhelming pressure, i wonder why the same hasn't happened in Somalia
May
13
comment Why were the Germans and Russians so fixated on an unlikely “separate peace” in 1945?
@ThorstenS. interesting answer but please see my edits to the Q
May
9
comment Why did Hitler not order the use of poison gas in combat?
i've seen this argued before but never understood how this squares with every indication (e.g. the "Nero decree" germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org/sub_document.cfm?document_id=1590) that Hitler and many leading nazis by 1944/5 cared not a jot whether Germany and all Germans were destroyed at the end
Jan
5
comment Did De Gaulle really say “I am France” (Je suis la France)?
thanks Olivier, i'ved edited the French
Jan
5
comment French WW 1 infantry field uniforms
Looks more Balkan to me, or possibly Spanish. I've never seen French soldiers dressed that way.
Dec
29
comment Was swastika really a popular symbol among Slavs and/or ancient Indo-Europeans?
this World Service programme may help bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02dcqf2
Nov
29
comment Was there a serious proposal to offer India territory in East Africa?
NZ got Samoa and Nauru
Nov
29
comment Was there a serious proposal to offer India territory in East Africa?
Australia got the German territories in Papua New Guinea. I think the NZers got some of Germany's Pacific Islands. I'd have to check.
Nov
21
comment Chiang's allies were “a kidnapper, a hooligan and a bully” but which was which?
fantastic answer, happy to accept this
Nov
21
comment Chiang's allies were “a kidnapper, a hooligan and a bully” but which was which?
@TomAu enjoyed your answer, thanks for the personal insights
Oct
21
comment Was breaching the Yellow River dykes Chiang Kai-Shek's Mers-el-Kebir?
@Oldcat of course, nevertheless, British participants variously described the act as "hateful", "painful", "an act of butchery" and "unnatural". So I think there was some discomfort on the British side too.
Oct
10
comment How did the Nazis plan to defeat America during World War II?
+1 oldcat, just as Italy and Thailand also declared war on the United States without - erm, so far as I can tell - having concrete plans to bring the United States to her knees
Oct
10
comment What were Britain's defensive plans for a Nazi invasion?
google.co.uk/…
Aug
28
comment How to explain the Khalkhin Gol outcome in view of Soviet weakness and Japanese strength at that time?
@Semaphore wikipedia's page for Operation Barbarossa suggests the USSR had something like three times as many planes as the Germans, and three times as many tanks, and yet they were crushed. "had more tanks and planes" hardly seems a sufficient explanation, on its own, for Khalkhin Gol. But your comment about Japan's lack of commitment to the battle and questionable authorisation is an interesting point.
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".