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Could anyone elaborate on the relationship between the Soviet-Union and Syria, and its larger geo-political connotations? The relation between Syria and USSR was largely based on the cooperation in the economy, with big works like river dams or power plants, and about the weapons trade. Syria bought nearly everything to Russia, and this was a source of ...


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Question: Why the M24 Chaffee was not used as a tank at Dien Bien phu? Answer: The M24 Chaffee was used as a tank at Dien Bien Phu. They were critical in giving fire support to the French infantry in repulsing the many Viet Minh attacks over two month battle. The Battle of Dien Bien Phu The French deployed a small number of M24 Chaffee light tanks ...


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To the extent that any tactic remotely associated with the French at Dien bien phu could be said to be not entirely stupid or insane, the French employment of the the Chaffees would be a good candidate. Fire support is what tanks do. If you're creating a fortress with the intention of drawing your enemy into the open where you can destroy him with fire then ...


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Question: I am wondering why there are so much airplanes made in USA in the world's air forces prior to WW2, since I don't think the US Air Force had the better reputation. You can count the: Glenn Martin fighter Brewster F2A Buffalo fighter Martin Twin engine bombers in multiple variants Short Answer: It wasn't really ...


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A form of Social Darwinism. Hitler's view were actually very similar to Madison Grant and Lothrop Stoddard. The idea that there was one unique aristocratic race that carried "the burden of civilization." From here he assumes that there's a "natural order" in life devised by Nature. So he replaces God with Nature and religious laws with natural laws that ...


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US actually didn't sell so many planes between wars Although the US was an industrial powerhouse in that period (something like China today), military planes were still something new and experimental for most smaller and poorer countries. Yes, they did participate in WW1, but question remained of how effective they were and how effective they would be in ...


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Look at Dennis Ross' book for an account of the negotiations that led to the breakdown of the Oslo accords. A good book about the Mandatory Period is Tom Segev's One Palestine, Complete. Read any book you find critically. Virtually anyone writing about this issue has an ax to grind.


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As Denis de Bernardy found the 'newspaper' alluded to by Finkelstein was the November issue of the 'Post New York Post'. The headline didn't talk about 'a holocaust', nuclear or otherwise. The paper is a parody paper, not to be taken seriously, as if the news bit wouldn't suggest that already. But if it would have contained a letter attributed to Eli ...


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The headline (or more specifically, a variation thereof) was used on the debut edition of the Post New York Post, a satirical take on the New York Post by Robert Vare and the same crew of satirists that also produced Not The New York Times and Off The Wall Street Journal. I'm unable to locate anything about the Elie Wiesel quote from the archives, but ...


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What is an ambush? A surprise attack by a concealed force. What does it take to ambush the same enemy force twice? Either two separate ambushing forces, or one ambushing force that has broken contact after the first ambush. What does it take to ambush in the same place twice? Nothing special, actually. There are plenty of reasons why a force might have ...


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Did America participate in China's Civil War (1945-9), to repel the Communists? No, they did not. Marhsall's role was to intermediate between Chiang Kaishek's Nationalists and Mao's Communist, to avert a civil war. Not to start one, nor to use force against the Communists. Truman was blamed during later stages of the Civil War (1945-9), when it going the ...


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If you believe you have secured the location, it's fair to assume there won't be an ambush there when you come back some time later. If there is, it means you did something seriously wrong suppressing the first ambush and securing your rear (assuming you didn't do what the Americans did in Vietnam which was to secure a site, then draw back from that site ...


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Maybe the naval battle in Surigao Strait fulfill the request. During WWII, near Leyte Gulf. In this battle, two japanese forces went directly to an ambush in a strait. The first japanese force went to the strait and a combination of american battleships, cruisers, destroyers and PT boats almost destroyed them. The second japanese force went to the strait, ...


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Air defense actually wins whenever it is employed properly in sufficient quantity First thing we need to understand is the cost. Cost of having air force compared to cost of having air defense based on AAA or SAMs is significantly higher. For air force, not only do you need planes, you also need air bases, hardened aircraft shelters, cost of aircraft ...


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Anti aircraft artillery is somewhat effective, but not very effective. I mean the state of it before the end of 1970s. The probability of direct hit was really very low, but this was not the main goal. The main goal is to prevent the enemy from hitting the target: to drop the bombs in the wrong place etc. One somewhat effective technique was the barrage ...


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Hitler was most likely an atheist who respected the cultural values of German paganism. Nazi propaganda was notably anti-religious and the "Nazi Master Plan" involved the eradication of religion from Nazi Germany. Many senior Nazis were also devout anti-theists like Joseph goebbels, the Nazi Minister of Propaganda. If Hitler wasn't an atheist, he most ...


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I am very doubtful about how the maffia in Sicily, even if it was very involved in helping the Allies at the same level as some European partisans, could give efficient intelligence in the context of the Sicily Campaign. In this campaign, the Allies already knows a lot on the land forces in Sicily with the Air recons, and with radio interceptions (decoded ...


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The Dragoon operation in the South of France in 1944 shows also, besides the Butler Task Force, many adaptations of the 1rst Free French Army when it was going north along American forces. These were not about modifications, but rather about adaptations. In the same manner, stands for example the Midway battle where it was to Admiral Nagumi, commanding on ...


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The rural population was indeed a significant source of demand for cars. From 1911 to 1920 the number of automobiles owned by farmers increased 21 times, while overall registrations increased 13 times. By 1920, more than a quarter of cars were owned by farmers. Rural doctors were also heavy buyers of cars, as they could serve a wider area, respond to calls ...


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There have been a couple of criminal activities involving these materials including an this and some of the other events here including two murders. With the deep pockets of the governments trying to sidestep the NTP the most likely end location for bomb making materials are inside bombs in various places with criminal/terrorist organizations just plain ...


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A team of researchers at the Institute for International Studies at Stanford University compiled the "Database on Nuclear Smuggling, Theft, and Orphan Radiation Sources" (DSTO) in 2002. At the time, that database was described as the: "... most reliable currently available data on illicit trafficking of weapons-usable nuclear material" Lyudmila Zaitseva ...


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Nuclear material actually isn't all that useful, unless you also have the resources to design, build and operate your own power plants or nuclear bombs. Generally only full-blown state actors have that level of resources. For that reason, its generally felt that the only reason a terrorist organization would be looking to acquire that kind of material would ...


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On what basis is it correct to assert Chiang Kaishek's actions were strategic blunders? Instead of cycling through the endless characterisation of his actions, let's stick to one, the Battle of Shanghai (August 13, 1937 – November 26, 1937) (note: the dates are important, so let's keep it in mind). At this battle, Chiang Kaishek sent his best 2 divisions, ...


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tl; dr Did the RMS Carpathia have enough lifeboat capacity for its own passengers when it set out to rescue the survivors of the Titanic? Yes. But only because it was sailing from New York to Europe, and so wasn't even close to its full capacity. Had she been sailing in the other direction, with more passengers in steerage, then the situation would have ...


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What you may be remembering might have been an ad similar to this one, from Boys' Life magazine, May 1970. Note the text in the ad, "Made of frangible zinc alloy, cannot be converted into an actual gun." Since the original weapons were not made of frangible zinc alloy, it is unlikely that the same equipment could be used to manufacture both the ...


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