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The central problem in the theory presented in the question is this: According to their reasoning, the leaders of the military control the military, and thus have enough firepower to defeat any … popular uprising. Well, the 'leaders' do not always 'control' the military on all its levels. It's an idealisation. The average grunt sometimes thinks for himself. And when a revolutionary struggle …
answered Jan 26 by LangLangC
it to new dimensions. The Prussian military was moderately enthusiastic, but declined to pay the price demanded. People in general didn't grasp the advantages that quickly, just like Martin von … insistence of Russian military procurement. The Prussian state had its own logic and its own traditions, and indisputably the best way to capture the imagination of the Prussian state and its agents …
answered Jun 3 by LangLangC
The commander of Headquarters, Allied Forces Central Europe (AFCENT) from 1968–1973 was (Konrad Max Arthur) Jürgen Bennecke, a German. In short: Bennecke's publically available bio has some gaps in …
asked Apr 25 by LangLangC
and error, a confusion that characterizes not only the theoretical literature on war but the empirical literature as well. For example, Stam (1996) does not distinguish between military stalemates and … negotiated settlements in coding the outcomes of wars, nor does he distinguish the information conveyed by military operations from their effect on the relative power of the combatants, which makes …
answered Apr 21 by LangLangC
A guess: This might be French minister of defence Charles Hernu: He is on record for being quite a vocal French critique of SDI, from a political as well as a technological viewpoint: …
answered Mar 9 '18 by LangLangC
described en detail by a nice primary source: Polybius in Book IV (VI. The Roman Military System). Although he wrote at a later time, opinion goes that if his descriptions are reliable he has to … announced at a meeting of the popular assembly the day on which all Roman citizens of military age had to present themselves. On the appointed day the popular assembly or the consuls divided the 24 military
answered Apr 4 '18 by LangLangC
When a foreign dignitary was on a State visit the host was responsible for the security of the visitor. This was guaranteed by providing a military formation to do so and this was usually really … symbolism meant to be conveyed: The symbolic intentions of a reception with military honors are above all: Representation of state sovereignty to the guest (demonstrating state freedom and ability to …
answered Oct 19 '18 by LangLangC
travel with military transports or civilian trains. A schedule would have to be observed in any case, as no special train would be provided for one officer. If it was a civilian train, civilians … might sit in the same car, on a military transport: of course not. Even death transports would have had a car with guardsmen and those could make a little room for one more on board? As Auschwitz was …
answered May 12 by LangLangC
. Inside America's Military Machine", Random House: New York, 1973, p39 as well as in James M. Fallows: "National Defense, Vol 306", Vintage Books, 1982, p27. It seems quite authentic over all. When it was first brought down onto paper currently eludes me. …
answered Feb 18 '18 by LangLangC
First contender: Battle of the Nile, 1 to 3 August 1798: Alerted to this fact, the Royal Navy gave Rear Admiral Horatio Nelson fifteen ships of the line with orders to locate and destroy the Frenc …
answered Dec 26 '17 by LangLangC
served a military purpose, acting as camouflage and as a sunshade for the marksman's shooting eye. But note that Italian Wikipedia firmly contradicts the species used for the feathers, as real …
answered Jun 25 by LangLangC
reveals architect's general knowledge of military engineering. It does not, however, provide enlightenment as to the function of the device in scene CXIV. J. C. Coulston: "Trajan's Column: The …
answered Oct 12 '18 by LangLangC