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reviewed Close Were the Vikings descendents of the Tribe of Dan?
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answered Where do all the bullet casings after a war end up?
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comment Where were visa documents invented?
no time for exhaustive research, but I remember from history lessons long ago that you used to need a passport issued by the country you were visiting as well as one issued by the country you were a citizen of. That'd be what we call a visa now.
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comment Was burning/disposing of furniture a common act during the Iranian Revolution?
given the winter weather and the lack of fuel supply during the period, it's quite likely people would have burned furniture for heating and made up stories about how they did it out of piety later...
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answered When was the first national anthem?
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comment What is the role of towers in Romanesque architecture?
@bob-Looterofelvishrealms that would be highly error prone, as many churches have had towers added or removed over time, others have had towers start construction but never completed (often because the donors ran out of money halfway through construction), etc. etc.
Jul
17
comment What is the role of towers in Romanesque architecture?
not just that, but the assumption that pre-Christian temples had towers at all is wrong. See the Parthenon, see the Roman Pantheon, see many many others. Most had no towers at all.
Jul
17
comment How many Jewish refugee have been expelled out of Arab lands and when?
@FelixGoldberg except that the term "palestinians" is itself highly political, the very name was an invention of the Arabs designed to indicate the people forced into the refugee camps by those same Arabs and indoctrinate them into becoming self-made victims of 'the Jews'...
Jul
17
comment Did Arab policymakers have plans for the Jewish population, in case of victory in 1948 War?
@FelixGoldberg I seriously doubt any unbiased, unedited, reports from them exist. After the "oil crisis" certainly the west was so anxious to "not offend muslims" that anything that reeked of being critical of them was scrapped from the historical record and replaced with anti-Israeli rethoric (not openly anti-Jewish of course, because being openly anti-Semitic leaves you open to being branded a Nazi which is political suicide, but hiding it as "anti-Zionist" is perfectly ok).
Jul
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comment Which military commanders burned their own ships?
yah. Burn your ships when you can use the wood for more productive things like building siege engines, shelter for your people, wagons to transport your supplies? Seems like a terrible waste of good solid wood...
Jul
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comment Is Costa Rica's refusal to maintain a standing army unique?
@TylerDurden you forget to mention the Vatican, which has no armed forces of its own despite being an independent country, relying rather on Swiss mercenaries and Italian regulars to provide for its defense.
Jul
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comment Is Costa Rica's refusal to maintain a standing army unique?
@CGCampbell or at least if he thinks there has been a US Army continuously since 1775...
Jul
5
comment In ancient Rome, did a lot of people feel guilty about owning slaves?
@Oldcat mines and galleys were mostly penal slaves, prisoners of war, convicted criminals. The other category weren't slaves, they were more like indentured servants (which is borderline slavery, but as you say they had limited term contracts, not dissimilar to a foreigner signing up in the US army for a 5 year term with the end reward being citizenship).
Jun
30
comment Identify WW2 ammo
@Comintern if it were in inches, they'd be 1" bullets, 25mm... That's a small canon, AA most likely. At 1cm, they're .306 or .308 which would be typical rifle ammo at the time.
Jun
23
comment What effort did the Luftwaffe make to prevent Operation Torch landings in North Africa 1942?
Some minimal effort would have given you that information easily.
Jun
23
comment Classical battle sizes vs medieval battle sizes
and of course, after the black death especially, there simply were far fewer people in Europe than there had been during the Roman era...
Jun
20
comment Why didn't Britain's nuclear weapons deter Argentina from invading the Falklands?
@Oldcat I guess if the Pakistani were to nuke someone who has nukes, they'd get as good as they give, iow nuclear retaliation. If they merely threaten nuclear strike, and start bombing up their air force or whatever their current delivery vehicle is, I can imagine India (the most likely target for a Pakistani strike) launching a conventional strike against those bases to get rid of that threat, but only if war were pretty much on the very near horizon anyway (think Israel striking first in the 6 day war, seeing the obvious preparations of an Arab attack against them).
Jun
20
comment Occupation of Iran in World War 2
they lacked the range, plus would have to fly a long way through hostile airspace to get there... Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Transjordan, all were solidly in the hands of the allies.
Jun
20
reviewed Looks OK Why didn't France and UK invade Germany September 3rd 1939?
Jun
20
comment Why didn't France and UK invade Germany September 3rd 1939?
@DarekWędrychowski yes, Germany would just have had an excuse to invade Poland a year or two sooner...