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Aug
12
answered Civilizations evolution with common technologies like pyramids in Egyptian and Aztecs
Aug
8
comment How was the United States able to produce excellent tanks in 1942?
@Schwit Janwityanuljt - The Panther wasn't in time to save Africa. The M4 had a somewhat faster road/overland speed than the Panzer IV and III, and did not need to stop for maintenance as often. It was completely outclassed by the Panther, no doubt. There were around six thousand Panthers built - and fifty thousand Shermans. It didn't matter that it was outclassed.
Jun
13
answered Did archers synchronize fire? Why?
Jun
11
comment How were small swords worn in the 18th century?
This answer is likely incorrect or incomplete. Ribbons sewn into the coat were used for hanging swords in the first half of the 17th century. I'm trying to run down if it was still the fashion during the heyday of the smallsword (1670-1770 or so)
Jun
10
comment Could depicted items (brooch, urn, key) really be 3000 years old?
We will need a better photo of the items - the pattern on the "brooch", and any patterns on the "urn." The key is likely medeval or modern, tho... the ancients did not have similar keys, and likely did not have metal locks at all prior to the Romans.
Jun
6
comment How did the Romans build straight roads that stretched very long distance?
@Luke - Baloney. I've had accepted answers in this format before. It is a broad field to cover, and a waste of time to plagiarize an excellent and succinct source in its entirety. Is this a new guideline? Where is it documented?
Jun
6
answered How did the Romans build straight roads that stretched very long distance?
Jun
6
answered The first use of submarines, and the appearance of “modern” submarines
Jun
6
comment Comparison of naval fleet strengths during the Napoleonic wars
@Drux - The Americans, in the War of Independence and the War of 1812, used submarines, and the French commissioned Robert Fulton to develop one during the Napoleonic Wars (the prototype was christened Nautilus, sound familiar?) The British didn't need 'em, and blew a few of the American ones up. They did, however, invent the modern torpedo during this time period, aka "The Automobile Torpedo" (before then, torpedos were what we call mines today.)
Jun
5
comment Ancient statue I found near my place
@Eugene Seidel - Well, it is, essentially, a rock - and underground, it would be protected from weathering and vandalism. After the Romans came the Byzantines, who moved away from pre-christian imagery, and after them, Islamic cultures, who had a very different representational style, and Crusaders, who didn't have the skill or interest in pre-christian antiquity required to replicate roman decor.
Jun
3
comment Where can I find American circus or carnival grounds plans?
What a great question, and frustratingly difficult to run down online - we all know the midway, the sideshow, the rides, but tracking down how were they separated and organized in practice is proving a tough row to hoe.
May
28
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May
28
awarded  Nice Answer
May
24
revised Ancient statue I found near my place
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May
24
answered Ancient statue I found near my place
May
24
comment Ancient statue I found near my place
1) Where are you located? (Which city are you in or near?) 2) Are there any ruins or old buildings or sites near you? What cultures do they belong to? 3) We really need a clearer photo, and please photograph all sides of the object.
May
23
comment Epoch of an item marked with anchor symbol with the letters N and D
Notre Dame actually translates to "Our Lady" not "Our Mother", sorry.
May
22
revised Why didn't the US choose to demolish Tokyo with an atom bomb?
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May
20
comment Epoch of an item marked with anchor symbol with the letters N and D
This is a souvenir of someone's first communion - the ND probably stands for Notre Dame, "Our Mother", which is a Roman Catholic reference to the Virgin Mary - and the name of a few dozen churches, cathedrals and chapels dating back to that period in francophone countries worldwide. The logo is probably of the church, parish or bishopric... will require some shoe leather to run that down.
May
20
comment U.S. Marine Corps and Why does the Navy’s army need its own air force?
Ehh. Things have changed - the emphasis is now on Special Forces for targeted missions to begin combat operations. The CIA SAD are the first combatants into any given theater nowadays, followed closely by units from the Special Forces from the various branches for specific, targeted strikes. The first conventional forces on the ground in both Afghanistan and Iraq were the Marines.