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Mar
26
comment Why travel to one's birthplace for a Roman census?
So, to clarify, Jesus was born in the second century?
Mar
10
comment What did people of the middles ages call their period?
I've got to be honest, from the title I completely misinterpreted this question.
Mar
8
comment Why did navies abandon armour?
@Moo I was completely ignorant about the workings of torpedos and just how devastating the shock of an underkeel explosion is. Just wow. Article comparing it to "traditional" side puncture, video of Australian Torpedo test
Jan
20
comment Has there ever been a battle with only a single survivor?
@vsz I was extremely flippant, but the point stand about sourcing stands. I think Schwern took the time to say it much better.
Jan
20
comment Has there ever been a battle with only a single survivor?
@brichins I'm afraid I have to agree with TED, no fictional battles please. "Claiming to be historical" is not the bar we want to set for our sources. This is History.SE, not scifi.se, authenticity matters, no in-universe answers please.
Jan
15
comment Was the Battle of Trafalgar strategically pointless?
It may be interesting to read about the navel warfare doctrine of a Fleet in being, which is more or less what the Franco-Spanish fleet was.
Dec
29
comment Was Australia ever attacked during WW2?
While the Japanese didn't appear to be planning one, before Coral Sea and Midway the Australians certainly feared attack. Didn't transpire, just another interesting wiki page. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/… in fact this was the only Japanese land incursion en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimberley_(Western_Australia):
Nov
27
comment Was England considered a “colony” of France?
To understand Normandy's Vassal relation with France read the (possibly falacious) story of Rollo kissing the King of France's foot
Oct
25
comment Price of a shot and a bottle of whiskey in 1870s American West
Wrt inflation adjusted price, purchasing power or just raw amount?
Aug
15
comment Why travel to one's birthplace for a Roman census?
@WadCheber I very much enjoyed your answer. If theologians are multi talented they are welcome to discuss history here. If you're talking about evidence based biblical scholarship, I think belongs on this site.
Apr
21
comment Why weren't Baden, Würtemberg and Bavaria independent states ever restored?
To sound a little acerbic: 1945 - 1871 = 74. I could have used 1949 (the end of the occupation zones) and nudged it closer to a century than a half century. Big number. And as you may have gathered that was somewhat a time of change, I don't buy the german question remaining the same in that time. Without that context I don't see the substance beyond multiple German states being neat.
Apr
5
comment Why hire Hessian troops?
I feel it's important to state that the American Revolution was a global war between the great powers of the time: France, Spain, Dutch Republic all stood opposed to Britian and there were multiple fronts outside of the thirteen colonies. This needs to be appreciated to understand the extent to which Britian was overstretched. I also think it important for answers to avoid the fiction that it was just up to the Americans to secure their liberty.
Feb
23
comment Did pirates really drink a lot of rum?
I see the question has been edited to one about the accuracy of the association between rum and the golden age of piracy. I think this is on topic now.
Feb
9
comment Was the US's pre-emptive bombardment of Iwo Jima insufficient?
This needs clarification. I'm not really sure what's being asked, and if the questions that are here can be objectively answered. This is interesting subject matter and the question shows research, so it would be especially nice if OP could hammer this into an in-scope question.
Feb
9
comment How many Axis troops fought on D-Day?
I think in the questions current state it should be left closed. There may be an interesting angle on how the forces were deployed, or on the tooth to tail ratio of axis forces in Normandy. However, the question has not be edited in a way that suggests it after any other answer than the simple one (50,000 for d-day, 380,000 for the battle for Normandy: check wikipedia). This should remain closed.
Feb
9
comment Ted Nugent and draft dodging
snopes.com/politics/military/nugent.asp - may answer this later, just to tie up lose ends. Will be very inconclusive.
Jan
17
comment How long did belief in the Egyptian sun god Ra last?
Get a room you two :D
Jan
13
comment Why did Great Britain switch its alliance to France?
The balance of power argument: Yes Minister (video).
Dec
27
comment Why travel to one's birthplace for a Roman census?
@SamuelRussell No. Claims about history are not made theology by proximity to Jesus. However, if there is a "why is part of the bible made up" part to the OP's question, I happily pass that onto another discipline (but perhaps onto a rigorous humanity rather than merely a worthy one)
Dec
27
comment Did the bounty on bin Laden ever get paid?
Well, there is a $25m bounty on Bin Laden's successor Ayman Al-Zawahiri. Might be the same money? Nevertheless, the U.S. State Department has not run out of people to place bounties on just yet.