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I took a double major in Economics and History in college in the 1970s. My "sweet spot" probably lies at the intersection of those two subjects. For instance, "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes" was really an "economic" admonition--to conserve ammunition.

I am the published author of "A Modern Approach to Graham and Dodd Investing" (Wiley, 2004), an (economic) "history of the future," and the unpublished author of "Axis Overstretch," an economic analysis of World War II.


Aug
18
revised How pro-Soviet was India join during the cold war?
changed the question to one of degree
Aug
18
answered Why did Japan not withdraw from China as its pacific front was crumbling and the threat of US invasion imminent?
Aug
14
comment Why did Japan not withdraw from China as its pacific front was crumbling and the threat of US invasion imminent?
@LennartRegebro: If the atomic bomb hadn't been dropped, the U.S. would have launched an invasion of Shikoku (one of the small southern islands) in November, 1945.
Aug
14
comment Why was the US unable to win in Korea?
@Vector: You're missing the "moral" dimension. The use of the atomic bomb even against Japan was "disturbing" to many people including Americans. And that was a country that was allied with Nazi Germany and committed many atrocities of its own on foreign soil. By contrast, North Korea was a "little" country and using atomic weapons would have been seen as "overkill" in world opinion. MacArthur, in fact, wanted to do this, but President Truman overruled (and fired) him.
Aug
14
revised Why was the US unable to win in Korea?
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Aug
14
comment Why was the US unable to win in Korea?
@SchwitJanwityanujit: China just completed a civil war featuring 3-4 million men on each side in 1949. That's far more men with recent combat experience than the United States had (its World War II veterans had been mostly demobilized, and were engaged in civilian pursuits like creating a baby boom), and the "new generation" of soldiers wasn't as good.
Aug
14
answered Why was the US unable to win in Korea?
Aug
14
accepted What are the modern roles of “brigadier” generals and commodores?
Aug
11
answered How did Germany produce such an impressive portfolio of officers for WW2?
Aug
9
comment Why were troops with bayonets often effective against enemy cavalry even though the bayonet was a “secondary” weapon?
The Romans did well throwing javelins (pilum) and then using swords (gladius) against cavalry without stirrups. But the invention of the stirrup necessitated HELD spears, or better yet, multi-headed weapons such as pikes.
Aug
8
asked Why were troops with bayonets often effective against enemy cavalry even though the bayonet was a “secondary” weapon?
Aug
6
comment How close was the Soviet Union to collapsing during WW2?
@Tea Drinker:In a sense, the Caucausus oil was almost a non-issue for Germany, because the Russians destroyed the oil wells before capture. By the time they could get back up and running, it would be about 1945. And that's if the Allies didn't bomb them from Iran.
Aug
6
answered How close was the Soviet Union to collapsing during WW2?
Aug
6
comment How close was the Soviet Union to collapsing during WW2?
@FelixGoldberg: I provided that definition.
Aug
6
comment Why did France just give up without a major fight in WW2?
@LennartRegebro: I'm OK with the answer for either version of the question, the OP's or mine.
Aug
6
comment Why did France just give up without a major fight in WW2?
@LennartRegebro: Up to you. The gist of the original version of the question was "Why didn't the French continue fighting?" (a broad question that elicits subjective answers). I changed the thrust to why "couldn't" the French continue fighting?, which can be answered objectively. Note also that there have been votes to close after the rollback. And the one answer does answer my "revised" version, why "couldn't" the French keep fighting.
Aug
6
revised How close was the Soviet Union to collapsing during WW2?
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Aug
5
comment Why did France just give up without a major fight in WW2?
@PieterGeerkens: My version of the question is "different" in the sense of being more objectively worded. It also has several reopen votes. I'll leave it up to the OP (Young) as to whether he would rather have it reopened in its current form, or closed in its original form. If he prefers, he can roll it back.
Aug
5
comment Why did France just give up without a major fight in WW2?
I have reworded the question. Perhaps it can be reopened in its current form.
Aug
5
revised Why did France just give up without a major fight in WW2?
Added historical perspective/