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comment Was the Italian campaign a strategic mistake?
What's never been mentioned here yet is that the US and British forces gained invaluable experience in fighting the Germans in a European theater (and especially the winter fighting) which helped them no end in France and Germany. This had among others a great effect on the tank destroyer force which on entering Italy was largely ineffective because of a plethora of mistaken assumptions in their procedures and equipment choice, which were quickly rectified, leaving the force a valuable part of both the Italian and French campaigns.
Jan
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comment Has a government ever been elected with the full 100% of the votes?
@JeroenK in many countries it's illegal to vote blank (or blank votes are not counted).
Jan
11
comment What's the last record of pagan believers in Europe?
@NeMo wrong... Your idea of what Europe looked like (and does) seems severely flawed.
Jan
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comment How did destroyers protecting convoys operate in bad weather during WWII?
@ThorstenS. it was hell. I've read stories, seen pictures. Those ships would have been running on vomit.
Jan
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comment Were there any westerners who entered the soviet bloc to escape capitalism?
escape is the wrong word. Nobody tried to prevent them from leaving. In fact most countries would be glad to see them go.
Dec
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answered Did the cost ineffectiveness the V2 and V1 rocket program actually matter to the Nazis?
Dec
11
comment Is there any truth to the claim that freed slaves who moved to Liberia enslaved the local population?
@LateralFractal certainly for the Russian kulaks who were not in name slaves but indentured, that was indeed the case. They were bound to their land, for eternity (or until the kulak system was abandoned), and that land could be transferred or inherited. Similar with people in medieval Europe. They were slaves in everything but name, even if they could not be sold because they could not be freed either, and if they tried to flee by leaving and trying to live elsewhere they would be returned by force if needed and punished.
Dec
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comment Is there any truth to the claim that freed slaves who moved to Liberia enslaved the local population?
@Oldcat indentured servitude is effectively slavery. The victim can't leave their employment and they typically don't get paid except for cost of living. Which is slavery in all but name.
Dec
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comment Was the Italian campaign a strategic mistake?
Also, a lot of valuable (and expensive) lessons were learned about what tactics and equipment worked and what didn't during the Italian campaign, lessons that were put to good use in France and later the Pacific.
Nov
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comment Why travel to one's birthplace for a Roman census?
Another thing to remember is that both accounts were only written down centuries later after having been passed orally for all that time, and no doubt twisted in the telling. They were also both written down in a different language from the original telling, and later translated many times before ending up in our modern bibles, leading to more errors in translation.
Nov
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comment Has there ever been a direct clash between NATO and Russia?
that was not a military aircraft. It was a civilian aircraft owned and operated by the CIA, a civilian agency.
Nov
27
comment Why didn't battleship Bismarck have more support with it?
and having a surface action group include aircraft carriers isn't a normal practice anyway, except maybe when moving 2 groups together to a new home port.
Nov
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comment Was there any terrorism in the Soviet Union?
@Anixx nonsense. That would disqualify a large number of Stalin's victims as being ordered by the regime. You're as usual just trying to come up with excuses for Stalinism.
Nov
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comment Was there any terrorism in the Soviet Union?
Kirov was killed by the regime, explicitly disqualified. Same with the Stalinist purges, false accusations all over the place.
Nov
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comment Was there any terrorism in the Soviet Union?
@Bregalad one person's terrorist is often another person's freedom fighter. The French and Dutch resistance in WW2 were terrorists according to the Germans, freedom fighters according to the allies...
Nov
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comment Was there a direct telephone line between Stalin and Hitler during the war?
@Anixx that'd be pure fantasy. Goebbels was never in Soviet hands, and the only thing Soviets did with Germans during the war was to shoot them, rape them (if women), or ship them off to POW camps.
Nov
13
answered Was there a direct telephone line between Stalin and Hitler during the war?
Nov
11
comment Where did Germany get their oil during WW2?
and they also had plans to link up with the Persian Gulf through Persia (now Iran). Didn't quite work out either when Turkey (who'd been their ally in WW1) turned out to be less than friendly towards them.