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A Canadian geek, finishing off a chemistry degree. I typically hang around TeX.SX as I like the community and learn things by reading the questions. I'm also active on RPG.SX and History.SX.


Jun
10
comment What goods did Germany trade during the Weimar Republic, and with whom?
I do know that Aly and Tooze are both very respected in this feild, though they have some rather sever disagreements; As I recall, Tooze had an appendix that was basically "This is why Ally is wrong", so between them you should be able to find a fairly unbiased picture. I do encorage you to read both books if you are interested in the topic.
Jun
5
answered What goods did Germany trade during the Weimar Republic, and with whom?
Jun
2
comment What goods did Germany trade during the Weimar Republic, and with whom?
I'll look into it, but two excellent books on the topic, down to exact donnages are Götz Aly, Hitler’s beneficiaries: Plunder, Racial War, and the Nazi Welfare State (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2007) and Adam Tooze, The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy (London: Allen Lane, 2006) Both focus on the period after Hitler takes power, but describe the Weimar Republic in detail for comparison. Also: No, the above quote is very wrong, will write more tomorrow.
May
31
comment Number of bullets used in WW2
@quant_dev Sure, but you'd get an upper bound at least, then you can use that to sanity check any other estimate.
May
22
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
5
comment Number of bullets used in WW2
You could probably tackle it by figuring out how many bullets a day various combatants produced, then assume pretty much all of them where fired, since if they were not then the combatants would have not wasted resources making more.
Mar
6
comment Was Theodoric the Great killed by Justinian?
Boethius was a good friend of his that he had do a lot of work for him, as shown in Variae.
Feb
1
comment What effect did tanks have on warfare strategies upon their introduction?
@TomAu It was phrased much more ambiguously originally. The new wording is more clear, I agree.
Jan
2
comment WWI trench tactics using shields?
Bonus points for mentioning the shield-shovel, and taking the time to look it up.
Jan
2
awarded  Critic
Jan
2
comment What are the counterarguments to calling German nazism a right-wing movement?
As the FAQ says: "You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of our site and push other questions off the front page."
Dec
18
comment Which war games did Napoleon practice with his generals?
Dammit, I've seen discussion of this before and can't remember where. This information is out there. I'd try looking through some of the history of roleplaying and wargames articles that are around.
Dec
16
comment WWI trench tactics using shields?
Generals in WWI, while not great in a lot of cases, actually were not quite as stupid as portrayed in the media. There were a series of tactics used to try and break the deadlock. It should also be noted that despite the horrific slaughter, the period in the trenches actually had lower casualties then the parts of the war without trenches.
Dec
16
answered WWI trench tactics using shields?
Dec
16
comment WWI trench tactics using shields?
I don't think there are any shields around that would be able to stop a high velocity bullet from a Mauser or Lee-Enfield, at least not one that a normal human could carry.
Nov
21
comment How Did Modern Weapons Change the Dynamics of City Fighting?
@Sardathrion Sorry, I get a little elitist when talking to Americans as I forget some of you actually know what you are talking about-- I'm unfortunately used to dealing with people who thought WWII started with the bombing of Pearl Harbour and that there were 2 beaches invaded on D-Day.
Nov
21
comment How unfavorable were the terms of Germany's “surrender” in WW1?
It demonstrates who was dictating terms and how much they took advantage of it. I mainly put it up to correct the above answer (which lists 200,000 men) and add sources, which I consider essential to answering a question.
Nov
18
comment How Did Modern Weapons Change the Dynamics of City Fighting?
Ah, no- Al Qaeda hates Iraq as a secular state. Do some reading on it written outside of the US; The BBC is a good source generally. If you want a really good overview Gywn Dyer has written a book on the topic.
Nov
18
answered How unfavorable were the terms of Germany's “surrender” in WW1?
Nov
18
comment How Did Modern Weapons Change the Dynamics of City Fighting?
Pssssttt, Al Qaeda wasn't involved with Badgdad; It was local, Iraqi insurgent creating the problems for US troops in Iraq.