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Jun
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comment Could an enlisted soldier in German Imperial Army get rank above Gefreiter?
It should be so, because I remember from Hindenburg biography that he despised Hitler for reaching only Gefreiter rank in such a great war. I think, German marshal should know the rules...
Jun
3
comment Could an enlisted soldier in German Imperial Army get rank above Gefreiter?
So, it seems, the wiki errs: that rule worked only in peace times. So, it could not work till 1918, but only till 1914.
May
30
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May
29
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May
29
comment Could an enlisted soldier in German Imperial Army get rank above Gefreiter?
@Kobunite Thank you. I have read the article, too. The problem is, how erroneous is it. As for your message, I know that volunteers had special rights to become an officer later. But never had I read that you had to be a volunteer to become a corporal.
May
29
asked Could an enlisted soldier in German Imperial Army get rank above Gefreiter?
May
12
revised When and where did socks become common?
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Feb
28
comment Most fought over piece of land?
The question asks the most years with war. It doesn't say anything on how many battles there were in one year.
Feb
28
comment Most fought over piece of land?
All destroys, sieges and capturing started from attack. And 55 attacks? Not much really. In Stalingrad there were several attacks a day in many places and the uninterrupted battle lasted 23 August 1942 – 2 February 1943. All victim of Jerusalem's battles would fit into one Stalingrad's day. All battles of the far past were merely a handful of combats in comparison with WWI and II.
Feb
28
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Feb
21
comment Are there any communist leaders without a record of acts we consider as a crime (against humanity)?
In post-communism lands there happen leaders who speaks for "free market" and Adam Smith, but without morals. And the whole system doesn't work, of course.
Jan
28
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Jan
26
comment How do Tamahagane, Damascus, and Toledo Steel compare?
@LennartRegebro According to Wiki article, it WAS a common knowledge not far ago, and it remains such for American Bladesmith Society even now. So, your point of view is not obviously better and absolutely accepted
Jan
26
comment How do Tamahagane, Damascus, and Toledo Steel compare?
@LennartRegebro It do not claim this. I am merely presenting the common knowledge. Citing the sources, BTW, even if it is not necessary in this case. It is very probable, that the common knowledge is not correct, and my references and me merely stupidly repeat the lie. It often happens with the common knowledge. But I would like to see some arguments for your point of view, references at least.
Jan
26
comment How do Tamahagane, Damascus, and Toledo Steel compare?
@LennartRegebro you could tell legends from facts in history? You, personally? Or some article you read. And if somebody read other articles? This is a theme on TERMS. It is impossible to discuss correctly, for the terms are not stable.
Dec
4
revised Did anyone ever win a kingdom through single combat without a backing army or blood tie to the throne?
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Dec
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comment Did anyone ever win a kingdom through single combat without a backing army or blood tie to the throne?
If he means the personal fight, then it happened in old times, when the challenger had obviously more rights for the throne, than the king. Any case, when a pretender killed a ruler personally and openly, fits for the question. And there were HEAPS of such cases in history.
Dec
4
comment Did anyone ever win a kingdom through single combat without a backing army or blood tie to the throne?
wiki: "The term combat ...typically refers to armed conflict between military forces in warfare" So, single combat=single battle. And NOT a battle of singles.
Dec
4
comment Did anyone ever win a kingdom through single combat without a backing army or blood tie to the throne?
I am only demonstrating, that the paragraph "Why would the sovereign accept single combat as an option unless the claimant had an army that was clearly outnumbering the sovereigns army?" is irrelevant, for there are other cases - viz. my answer. The same with the other two.
Dec
4
comment Did anyone ever win a kingdom through single combat without a backing army or blood tie to the throne?
@Lohoris. You have taken into account your own conditions. Why exactly these? Where is the logic?