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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.
May
5
comment Why was Johannes Blaskowitz indicted at the Nuremberg High Command Trial
German wikipedia goes into a little more detail than the English version. Including that he sentenced SS soldiers to death for their crimes against the polish population.
May
5
comment Why was Johannes Blaskowitz indicted at the Nuremberg High Command Trial
Maybe what I've described as too expansive a definition is actually included in what a war crime is. I'm not a lawyer and I've tried to steer clear of legal related points. Nevertheless, it seems likely he was accused of specific things a layman like myself can understand.
May
5
asked Why was Johannes Blaskowitz indicted at the Nuremberg High Command Trial
May
5
comment What were Rommel's views on the Nazi crimes?
I've asked a more focused question with a much smaller scope. If it's answered it should prove useful to this one.
May
5
asked How successful were Einsatzkommando Tunis and how much was Rommel complicit?
Apr
28
comment Machine gun specs in WW1
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vickers_machine_gun Look in specifications.
Apr
26
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Did Hitler not intend a major war while invading Poland?