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Apr
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comment Was Ley ever married to Rudolf Hess's sister?
@FelixGoldberg - "Wer Jude ist, bestimme ich" ("I decide who is a Jew"). - Hermann Göring
Apr
1
comment Who was the oldest recorded participant in a battle whom we know of?
@Anixx - with all due respect, I have more confidence in someone like Bonner's info than someone willing to take Stalin at his word.
Apr
1
comment Who was the oldest recorded participant in a battle whom we know of?
Drobyshev was likely a typo. See discussion here
Apr
1
comment Who was the oldest recorded participant in a battle whom we know of?
@DarekWędrychowski - this makes perfect sense. In 1941-42, Stalin basically sent 100% possible warm bodies to the front, to plug the holes. Even those who had no place fighting. I was just reading an interview with Elain Bonner (Andrey Sakharov's widow) on the topic earlier today when researching this question.
Apr
1
comment Who was the oldest recorded participant in a battle whom we know of?
@Drux - Laskov was chief of Engineering forces and R&D of Israeli Defense Forces. For most armies, that'd be REMF, with no serious harm chance... but being IDF, who knows.
Mar
31
comment When has serious unemployment among educated young populations not led to revolution or war?
@Drux - the more hypocritical thing is emigrating from USSR to USA and being a Marxist. (for that matter, any Marxist who hasn't tried to live in a country founded on Marxism).
Mar
31
comment Who was the oldest recorded participant in a battle whom we know of?
Do you include people who weren't in battle but served on active duty (e.g. engineers)? David Laskov was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest active duty soldier (he died while on active duty, at 86).
Mar
31
comment Who was the oldest recorded participant in a battle whom we know of?
@Anixx - David was what, 15? :) Most of those mythical heroes were fairly young.
Mar
31
comment Military tactics specifically aimed against cavalry horses
Alexei Meelissino's russian Wiki says he was killed from 3 bullet wounds (so neither bayonettes nor cannonball). Source: «Словарь русских генералов, участников боевых действий против армии Наполеона Бонапарта в 1812-1815 гг.» // Российский архив. Т.VII – М.: студия «ТРИТЭ» Н.Михалкова, 1996, с.471.
Mar
31
comment Who was the oldest recorded participant in a battle whom we know of?
Do you include irregulars (partisans, militia etc..)?
Mar
31
comment What was Gen. Buford's ultimate objective at the Battle of Gettysburg?
@T.E.D. = On SFF.SE I saw people downvoting every question unless you present a great case for why you are asking to "solve a practical problem". I shall leave it to you as to judge the wisdom of such a pattern on "Science Fiction and Fantasy" site >:) . Incidentally, +1. I can't believe we have so few Civil War questions.
Mar
31
comment Wasn't it a tactical mistake for Saladin to send fruits and water to Richard I when ill?
Did that actually happen (e.g. was there a subsequent example of enemies surrendering when they would have otherwise fought)?
Mar
31
comment Were there biological weapons used in WW1?
@LouisRhys - i'm fine with Wiki definition: "Biological warfare (BW) — also known as germ warfare — is the use of biological toxins or infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi with intent to kill or incapacitate humans, animals or plants as an act of war. Biological weapons (often termed "bio-weapons", "biological threat agents", or "bio-agents") are living organisms or replicating entities (viruses) that reproduce or replicate within their host victims. Entomological (insect) warfare is also considered a type of Biological Weapon."
Mar
31
comment Battles that took place on the ice
I recall reading an article ~10 years ago that seemed to indicate that the Battle of the Ice didn't go nearly the way popular Russian historical accounts paint it. Don't recall any details, sadly.
Mar
31
comment When has serious unemployment among educated young populations not led to revolution or war?
@Drux - Nothing so advanced. Just a sysadmin (of VAXen, to boot) employed (at least in 1998) by one of MIT's centers. stuff.mit.edu/people/fjk/fjk.html who happens to be a committed Marxist. Too bad he's practicing his Marxist fancies in USA and not Cuba or Venesuela or North Korea, the filthy hypocrit.
Mar
31
comment Roman aristocrat with slave assassins named after him?
+1 if you can cite sources
Mar
28
comment Kazakhstan and anti-capitalism in the 1990s
A large portion of ex-USSR intellectuals have never relinquished their idealistic beliefs in the ideals of communism and evils of capitalism (being in the "trade" was always considered a put-down, "you can't make money if you are honest" etc...), even if they didn't like Soviet government. When faced with the half-assed "capitalism" being implemented in post-Soviet space (which pretty much combined the worst aspects of capitalism with the worst aspects of soviet/russian mentality), the sentiment is less surprising than you think.
Mar
28
comment Are there ways to measure “how much power did ”Russia“ lose when the Soviet Union broke up?”
@Anixx - that was the immediate method, not the end goal
Mar
28
comment Is one of the causes behind the cultural atmosphere surrounding the Scopes trial, and the concepts about family, “children are the future”?
@T.E.D. - not really. Eugenics is merely a human form of atrificual selection that farmers have been practicing empirically for millenia before Darwin (or for that matter, Spartan ideas about throwing sick kids off the cliff, would be a crude form of Eugenics). Evolution is helpful to bringing scientific explanation to the practice, but not required.
Mar
28
comment The destruction of the mycenaean palaces and the sea-peoples
Do you have any references (textbooks, etc...)?