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Nov
4
comment How strong a land force did Germany need for a conquest of the British Isles in the summer of 1940?
@Schwern, I agree. The 540 st supplied to the pockets would hardly be enough for Stalingrad let alone Sealion.
Nov
4
comment When was the last documented occasion that Arab or Ottoman slave traders abducted people from Europe?
@T.E.D. That linked article was great.
Nov
4
comment How strong a land force did Germany need for a conquest of the British Isles in the summer of 1940?
It should be noted that the Stalingrad statistics may be a bit misleading. Prior to Stalingrad, two separate groups of German soldiers were surrounded in the Demyansk and Kholm Pockets, in a situation similar to the Stalingrad one, albeit on a much smaller scale. Interestingly, these two pockets were supplied by air from February to May, recieving an average of 540ish tonnes of supplies per day. Indeed, this effort ended up destroying the German transport fleet, dooming the later effort at Stalingrad. Thus, supplying Sea lion from the air might not have been so far fetched.
Aug
6
comment Why did France just give up without a major fight in WW2?
I don't see why there are down-votes, though perhaps not a politically correct, it is a valid question.
Jun
8
comment Sumerian cuneiform dictionary?
[][][]? Apparently Google Chrome does not. :)
May
21
comment What were Argentina's intentions for the Falkland Islanders?
@Valthersus, I don't think that Luke was talking about your question as it sounds legitimate, but rather Carlo_R's statement about Margaret Thatcher in the comments.
May
21
comment Which is closer to Old Dutch?
@Elrond, Added.
May
20
comment U.S. Marine Corps and Why does the Navy’s army need its own air force?
I think it is historical; it asks for events in history where marines saved the day.
May
1
comment Amount of time an aeroplane could stay in the air during the last stages of WW1
Wow, very nice.
Apr
29
comment Could the Confederates have done better at Gettysburg if they had put cavalry in front of, rather than behind, Pickett's charge?
@TomAu, there was a charge of the Heavy Brigade at Balaclava, its just less known: classiclit.about.com/library/bl-etexts/atennyson/…
Apr
16
comment Who started/popularized the department store perfume gauntlet?
"Forced to walk through the stench." +1
Apr
10
comment Viking culture: unhygienic use of water bowl
I know, don't worry. :)
Apr
10
comment Viking culture: unhygienic use of water bowl
I feel sick now. :(
Apr
10
comment Looking for info on an (epicly) failed British Special Forces mission
I just read a book on this, but I couldn't remember the name! Great answer by the way.
Apr
9
comment Could the Confederates have done better at Gettysburg if they had put cavalry in front of, rather than behind, Pickett's charge?
@T.E.D. How about the Charge of the Heavy Brigade during the Battle of Balaclava?
Apr
9
comment Did Marco Polo really play Weiqi (Go)?
I'm sure that he was one of the only western players of go until the 20th century.
Mar
19
comment What incentives are in place for American soldiers to go fight in Iraq?
@TomAu, fair point.
Mar
19
comment What incentives are in place for American soldiers to go fight in Iraq?
@TomAu, ah, I get it, for many people who would otherwise have to resort to illegal and dangerous forms of making a living, the Armed Forces is a safer alternative. Well, that has made me change my vote.
Mar
19
comment What is the real story of the Lion of Gripsholm Castle?
No one can say that you havent done your research. :)
Mar
19
comment Why have wheat and rice been consumed in different forms?
Wheat has been made into noodles...