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May
23
comment Are submarine launched ballistic missiles still inaccurate?
+1 Interesting. The agenda of the video seems to be promoting the necessity of second strike counterforce capability. Apparently this was a debate at the time. Based on the dubious idea that a similar counterforce retaliation against the USSR would end the nuclear exchange rather than escalate it. Related MIT document, it also notes Polaris was inaccurate for use against hardened structures.
May
20
comment What other pairs of wars have had a ~25 year interval?
Marshal Foch on Versailles: "This is not a peace. It is an armistice for twenty years". The point here is that the end of WW1 didn't resolve the reasons for conflict. However, this question seems like it's just concerned with time proximity of wars, rather than that type of relationship.
May
20
comment Why did the Arabs start the 1973 War during Ramadan, and did it affect their performance?
@ASandiyudha IslamiCity seems to state that in multiple traditions Mohammed told his men not to fast. This isn't good evidence to whether it was true (or whether it is a "correct" interpretation of the Koran), but it does suggest at lot of muslims think that it's okay to break fast during wartime.
May
19
comment Is there a commonly-accepted book or a site that explains the history-of-everything?
Luke's right, I'm afraid.
May
19
comment Is there a commonly-accepted book or a site that explains the history-of-everything?
@MMD The thing is there are a lot of themes that pervade history, any in particular?
May
19
comment Is there a commonly-accepted book or a site that explains the history-of-everything?
I'd recommend "1066 and All That" if you want to start with England. If you want a more universal outlook, I'd recommend the Barenaked Ladies song. Just to clarify, do you want a book that explores common themes and issues affecting many civilisations (like Jared Diamond's) or an absolutely gigantic history book? Anyway, you have lots of questions. Why not separate them out, do a bit of research on them individually using wikipedia maybe, and ask them on stack exchange. :D
May
13
reviewed Approve suggested edit on uniform tag wiki
May
12
comment What is this strange uniform?
The KOSB were a lowland regiment and therefore wore trousers rather than kilts (excepting pipers). Otherwise +1
May
10
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How many firearms were owned by civilian population between 1836 and 1912 in USA?
May
10
comment When were swords last used in European warfare?
You may be interested in Jack Churchill British soldier who fought in the Second World War armed with a longbow and a Scottish broadsword. His motto: "any officer who goes into action without his sword is improperly armed."
May
9
comment Why did Emperor Nero kill his mother and others?
I see it's been edited. But the only worthwhile answerable content is: "Why did Nero kill his own mother?", which is unfortunately below the standard of effort expected for questions. With improvement this could be reopened, there is a good question idea here, but for now I'm going to add the final close vote.
May
9
answered What was involved in “grounding arms?”
May
7
comment What was involved in “grounding arms?”
@TomAu I'll attend to it asap. I might even make it coherent.
May
7
comment What was involved in “grounding arms?”
Some sources suggest Pierre Cambronne surrendered to the British at Waterloo by saying "Merde" or even ""The Guard dies and does not surrender!", wheras other units surrendered more conventionally. So it's probably an operational decision, how you balance dramatic flair and clarity in surrendering.
May
7
comment What was involved in “grounding arms?”
Hague (II) convention: "To kill or wound an enemy who, having laid down arms, or having no longer means of defence, has surrendered at discretion". So laying down weapons is always necessary (but maybe not sufficient) to unconditional surrender, does that help?
May
7
comment What was involved in “grounding arms?”
Still not sure I'm with you. I disagree with your assertions about "grounding arms" and the rest of your question turns out to be about surrendering rather than "grounding arms" per se. However, generally you'll find that "grounding weapons" is accompanied by hand raising or the white flag, both being less ambigous signals of surrender which can be performed from behind cover.
May
7
comment What was involved in “grounding arms?”
Is there something I'm missing? Dropping ones weapons seems to be a fairly universal act of capitulation. It's the first thing the police request of an armed suspect, for instance, and most surrenders result shortly in weapon confiscation anyway. To answer what level the decision is made, the wikipedia page on surrender should help (the answer is pretty much at any level). I would have though the reason soldiers surrender would have been obvious. Does surrender work like a fair catch? Only if you're lucky.
May
6
awarded  Scholar
May
6
accepted Why was Johannes Blaskowitz indicted at the Nuremberg High Command Trial
May
5
comment Why was Johannes Blaskowitz indicted at the Nuremberg High Command Trial
Hmmm. It turns out Hugo Sperrle and Otto Schniewind were acquitted. I had suspected that they were always going to indict everyone, but thank you for providing the text of the indictment.