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Jan
21
comment The taking of Paris 1940
As I mentioned in the answer to the mirror question, in addition to no military action, no personal act of resistance was recorded. So the answer does seem to be zero.
Jan
5
comment Did De Gaulle really say “I am France” (Je suis la France)?
@Bbaldi Well, seeing that De Gaulle managed to say "La France a perdu une bataille mais la France n'a pas perdu la guerre" (France has lost a battle but she has not lost the war) with a straight face in June 1940, one can wonder if he was severely delusional, megalomaniac or imbued with an inordinate aptitude to identify his wishes with reality (or all of the above). But the truly amazing thing is that De Gaulle actually managed to turn exactly all these extraordinary pronouncements ("I am France", "France has not lost the was") into truths.
Jan
5
comment Did De Gaulle really say “I am France” (Je suis la France)?
"J'assume France" is not a correct sentence (maybe "J'assume la France") but anyhow the answer is correct: many people report De Gaulle saying "Je suis la France" in June 1940 (google Souvenir de guerre de Pierre Capucin for a testimony).
Dec
3
comment Did the division between East and West Germany coincide with cultural boundaries?
Any such difference must have been purely coincidental, as the boundary between East and West Germany followed quite faithfully the respective advances of the Anglo-American and Red army.
Nov
21
revised When did scientists first postulate that Earth's atmosphere might have an upper limit?
Expanded the answer with sources.
Nov
21
comment When did scientists first postulate that Earth's atmosphere might have an upper limit?
@fdb, thanks for your comment: I though I knew this as a general fact but digging for sources lead to an interesting discovery, reflected in the update to the post.
Nov
20
awarded  Popular Question
Nov
19
answered When did scientists first postulate that Earth's atmosphere might have an upper limit?
Oct
26
comment Why didn't Gengis Khan invade India?
There are many obvious reasons, but for starter I would encourage you to compare this map with the map of the Himalayas.
Oct
23
comment Why did Hitler not invade Sweden?
"Only France supplied more troops to the German war effort" is deceptive: Vichy France's troops fought the Allies but did not really contribute to the German war effort. If you concentrate on troops which 1) contributed to the German war effort and 2) did so willingly, then France contributed around 40,000 troops at most, which is less than for instance the Netherlands (contributed at least 50,000) though it had a fraction of France's population at the time, and which is comparable to the conservative estimation of Belgium's 40,000 (also a much smaller country).
Sep
18
awarded  Yearling
Sep
17
comment Persian Letters
Well, for most of your questions (say Montesquieu's background) you could start with Wikipedia. Otherwise, The Spirit of Laws will tell you if he believed radical measure were needed or not (and the answer is not).
Sep
16
awarded  Necromancer
Sep
13
answered Rape perpetrated by American soldiers during WWII?
Sep
5
comment Why did East India Company accept Government of India Act 1858?
User Semaphore has been a most wonderful addition to this site.
Aug
23
awarded  Nice Question
Aug
23
revised Was the Italian campaign a strategic mistake?
Added some references
Aug
14
comment Was there a plan “B” for the D-Day?
I would add that the success of Operation Bagration in the summer 1944 all but guaranteed the defeat of Germany in a rather short time frame. That said, I think it is very debatable whether the strategic goal of the USA had already shifted by that time. Do you have reference for that claim? FDR, or so it seems, thought a balance of power with the USSR to be a desirable outcome and did not seem to see the advances of the allied armies in Europe as a zero-sum game. To my mind, the shift occurred 6 months later at the earliest, and perhaps as late as 8 month later.
Aug
5
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
11
comment Has there been other settlements in occupied territories in recent history?
Not at all, but these two examples are already explicitly in my answer, along many others.