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Apr
10
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Apr
4
comment What were the German “general” ranks in World War II?
@Drux en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Up_to_eleven
Apr
4
comment What were the German “general” ranks in World War II?
@Drux - our generals go upto 11
Mar
26
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Mar
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Mar
19
comment How far could an English war bow shoot?
@BramVanroy at long range the archers weren't trying to hit a target. They were fired up in volleys to rain down on men, and more importantly horses, although at that range they wouldn't penetrate armour
Feb
26
comment Why have officers in the U.S. army tended to “top out” at the level of Major?
20years ago there was the opposite problem (at least in other Nato armies) there was no private contacts and pay was firmly linked to rank - so any junior officers with useful skills in computers/communications etc were promoted rapidly up the ranks to keep skills in-house
Feb
3
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Feb
2
comment Effects of deliberately creating inflation to eliminate domestic debt
Inflation is good for those who owe money, bad for those who own money. Since those making the laws are generally those who own money - inflation is generally seen as bad.
Feb
1
comment Why did the US drop nuclear bombs on a weakened Japan?
It's unlikely there would have been a D-Day style invasion - there is no need, Japan is an island. You just have the fleet shell every city within 20miles of the coast to rubble and firebomb every inland city and every farm. With no Japanese navy or airforce to oppose you - you can keep doing this for as many years as you wish with no losses. Any few survivors might be allowed to surrender.
Jan
5
comment What is the basic structure of British Politics?
@Rory - although many of their policies are now to the left of NewLabour, but they are in a coalition with the conservatives So James' "Who Knows" is a reasonable political definition
Jan
1
comment Early medieval urban development
@anixx - but without an emperor. Although if Berlusconi gets back in and appoints his horse to the senate .....
Jan
1
comment Early medieval urban development
@anixx - didn't there stop being a Rome around 475?
Dec
31
comment Early medieval urban development
@anixx - I thought Venice was built C6 by people hiding in the swamps after Rome fell and barbarian hordes were arriving?
Dec
31
comment Early medieval urban development
But are there any major medieval cities that weren't originally Roman? I can only think of Venice
Dec
29
comment What are some of the Egyptian pyramid building theories?
Putting the big end at the bottom and placing less blocks on each layer as you go up were the major theoretical breakthroughs
Dec
19
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Dec
17
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Dec
17
revised How was armour rusting in the rain handled throughout history?
typo
Dec
15
comment Why wasn't the Republic of Ireland invaded (by either side) in WW2?
@Noldorin - I think mercenary implies that they fought for whichever side paid more and didn't care about the issues. they deserted the Irish army because Ireland refused to fight Hitler. Calling them mercenaries is like calling Americans who went to Britain to fight before Pearl Harbour "terrorists". ( A British politician had to apologise to Polish WWII vets after saying that foreign fighters in wars - meaning Afghanistan - were all terrorists)