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Oct
27
comment How do new countries legally and without bloodshed declare themselves independent?
@WladimirPalant: They weren't part of the RSFRS, once that stabilized. They were part of the Russian Empire. Russia always has had rather fluid borders.
Oct
26
comment Why did the United States not seriously develop Anti Aircraft Missiles?
Do you have any evidence for the relative effort other than number of deployed systems? There's other possible reasons. Perhaps the US improved missiles more while keeping the designation, perhaps the US was more satisfied with its earlier weapons and was therefore slower to replace them. How much of this is naval? The USN had lots of carriers, and the Soviets didn't have any.
Oct
25
comment At what point do armies tend to break?
Some American Civil War battles were extremely bloody, with regiments occasionally taking 90% casualties. They weren't combat-effective any more, but they had to be staying in combat with surprisingly heavy casualties to take the 90%.
Oct
24
answered When did aircraft carriers eclipse battleships as the “King of the seas”?
Oct
24
answered What Were the Types of Sieges?
Oct
24
comment What Were the Types of Sieges?
Are we talking about any particular period? The Romans conducted sieges, and so did (say) Germany and the US in WWII.
Oct
24
comment What was Finland's position in World War Two?
FWIW, I was told by a Finn that the Germans were the ones that stopped with the "nice" withdrawal. No idea what he was using as sources, and it could just be one of those ideas floating around a country.
Oct
23
answered Why weren't aircraft carriers utilized during D-day?
Oct
22
comment What are the scholarly opinions on the idea of the “European Civil War”?
One problem with asserting continuity between WWI and WWII was the changes in the players. Of the major powers, Britain and France were recognizably the same, but Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire had disappeared, the Russian autocracy had been replaced by Soviet communism, Germany went from a federal constitutional monarchy to a dictatorship, Italy got a dictator and changed sides, and Poland, newly created after WWI, tried to be a Great Power and did not do well at it.
Oct
22
answered Did the USA win the counter insurgency war in the Vietnam war?
Oct
22
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22
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Oct
22
comment What was the American policy on colonisation and why?
When? It varied in different periods.
Oct
22
comment Are there any records that indicate a submarine vs submarine battle?
In WWII, standard convoy attack tactics, for Germans and later the USN, was to attack on the surface inside the convoy. That worked a lot better than trying submerged shots. Destroyers were not, in WWII, the "basic" ASW ship; they were surface fighting ships that were adaptable for ASW. Countries that had to deal with ASW usually wound up building something other than fleet destroyers for the purpose.
Oct
21
comment Are there any records that indicate a submarine vs submarine battle?
This is wrong on several points. Submarines preferred to hide underwater but fight on the surface. Many of them weren't much slower than corvettes when on the surface. The preferred anti-submarine weapons, once available, were forward-firing launchers like Hedgehog and Squid. Destroyers were typically not the best ASW vessels, specialized escorts being better. Submarines wouldn't use depth charges in any case; their weapons (other than guns) being torpedoes and occasionally mines.
Oct
21
answered What was the last battle fought mainly by sail-powered ships?
Oct
21
comment Why did Robert E. Lee stop offensive maneuvers?
Grant was not the commander of the Army of the Potomac; that was Meade, hero of Gettysburg. Grant was general in chief, and traveled with the Army of the Potomac, possibly to keep a close eye on Meade.
Oct
18
comment How were dagger axes used in battle?
That sounds similar to European pole arms, including the halberd.
Oct
18
answered Why didn't Imperial Japan attack the Soviet Union during World War 2?
Oct
18
comment Why did Hitler declare war on the USA?
Also, FDR wanted the US into the war against Germany. He was trying to avoid war against Japan.