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comment Are there any examples of soldiers faking their death a combat before the modern era?
@moudiz before modern times, battles with more than a few hundred on either side were rare, with more than a few thousand rarely if ever happened. The logistics of supporting such large forces were simply impossible with no access to heavy equipment.
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comment Why did the Soviet Union close its borders and restrict travel abroad?
@OlegV.Volkov where's your Heaven on Earth USSR? Oh yeah, it no longer exists...
Jul
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comment Why did the Soviet Union close its borders and restrict travel abroad?
and of course people traveling to the west were rarely if ever allowed to go alone, they'd always travel in groups, with the members being mutually responsible for each others' return and proper behaviour.
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comment Why did the Soviet Union close its borders and restrict travel abroad?
@dmit yes, some did. But only in cases where there was a risk to national security if that resident were to travel to the USSR and divulge (under pressure or voluntarilly) information. Think senior people from the NSA or CIA, high rank military personel, etc.
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comment Why did the Soviet Union close its borders and restrict travel abroad?
@Popup yes, you needed a passport to leave your area of residence. This was in place in Russia before it became the USSR and never changed. Made it a lot easier to control their population of course. Mind that "internal passport" is their name for it, it was typically valid for only a single trip so would more appropriately be called a travel permit or visa. Longer duration ones were available to for example farmers and others needing them for work (pilots, train drivers, etc.).
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comment Why did the Soviet Union close its borders and restrict travel abroad?
@CarstenSchultz yes, they did. It was illegal to travel from the USA to Cuba. Many people read this as it being illegal for US citizens to travel to Cuba but AFAIK this was not actually the case (and many did indeed travel to Cuba through other countries).
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comment Is there any evidence that WW2 pilots lead a swinger's lifestyle to ensure that their friends would take care of their family if they died?
even the "fighter pilots had the highest mortality rate" claim is bogus...
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comment What historical reasons did the Nazis give for hating the Jews? How did they identify non-practicing Jews?
@Michael sorry, but you're dead wrong. There was a lot of anti-semitism in the USSR prior to WW2. In fact it was a major component in Stalin's purges. It wasn't an official government policy maybe, but it was definitely there. The idea that the USSR was this pristine place where everyone was tolerated, there was no racial or religious hatred, is pure propaganda.
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comment Did the United States have a third atomic bomb to drop on Japan?
they had no bombs ready to drop, but they did have all the materials required to build them ready to go. Remember that each bomb was an experimental one-off device, there was no series production (yet). So while technically they had no bombs, they were capable of building more (up to a limit of another 2-3 at least) in short order (the time needed to ship them to Guam by ship for mating to the bombers would be longer than the time needed to construct the devices, time that would have been used to train the crews for their deployment).
Jun
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comment Was Jesus depicted as dark skinned during the beginning of christianity
@jamesqf the differences weren't that great. Jews and Arabs are ethnically ever similar, the number of black slaves in the ME has always been low (the Arabs brought most of them to Arabia, as they do now with "guest workers" who're treated much the same as slaves except they are allowed to visit their home country once in a while from Asia).
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comment How close was the Soviet Union to collapsing during WW2?
@TomAu yes, but there's things that can float on water, and fly over it... Not saying it would have happened, but without the Luftwaffe being tied up for 75% in the USSR it'd be available for a far more extensive campaign against the UK. We're talking what-if scenarios anyway, no saying what'd happen if the USSR were to fall in late '41 or early '42.
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comment How close was the Soviet Union to collapsing during WW2?
the Germans could indeed have won "if" they'd done a lot of things they didn't. IF everything fell together in their favour, IF the winter of 41/42 and the one 42/43 hadn't been as bad, IF Stalin hadn't pulled forces from the Chinese border to shore up those in Stalingrad and elsewhere, IF the Kriegsmarine had been more successful in interdicting the Murmansk convoys, etc. etc. In the end, what happened happened and everything else is tainted.
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comment How close was the Soviet Union to collapsing during WW2?
OTOH, and that's going into different what-if scenarios than you do, had the Soviet Union collapsed in 1942/3 that would have freed up a lot of German forces for operation Sea Lion, the UK would likely have collapsed, and the US never entered the war in Europe in strength. They'd likely have made a separate peace with Germany after whipping Japan in the Pacific.
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comment Travel time for African Slave trade
correct. And most or all those long duration caravans were NOT bringing slaves to the slave coast to be transported to the Americas, they were taking slaves FROM the slave coast, across the continent, to the Red Sea coast to be transported to Arabia and Persia by Muslim slavers. What's also worth mentioning is that that went on far longer and always had a much higher volume than the trade to the Americas, in part because the death toll in transport was much higher.
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comment When did husbands & wives start sharing bedrooms?
@Gangnus he asked when people started doing it, not when the majority of people were/are doing it... Big difference.
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comment When did husbands & wives start sharing bedrooms?
and where do you get your idea that CC means when the majority of people sleep in separate rooms?