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As I see it, the value of the Soviets telegraphing they indented to honor their treaty with the Czechs would be to call the German's bluff. The Czechs were no push over and the German army was not ready. With a promise of Soviet troops it's possible the Czechs would have decided to fight and the Germans would not have invaded. How possible was it to for the ...


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It was General Patton. It is my opinion that Army orders should not exceed a page and a half of typewritten text and it was my practice not to issue orders longer than this. Usually they can be done on one page, and the back of the page used for a sketch map. I think this is from his book War As I Knew It, but I don't have a copy. However, I did find ...


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I see very limited options how the Soviets could have helped Czechoslovakia during a potential war with Germany. Diplomatically, crossing into Polish airspace would not be possible - Poland was at odds with both the USSR and Czechoslovakia. Romania, on the other hand, was in an alliance with Czechoslovakia so it could have allowed controlled passage of ...


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While a whole piece on the German military after the surrender would be too large, but I'll give an overall picture. I must emphasize this answer is only about post-war Western Europe. Treatment of former Wehrmacht in the East by the Soviet Union is an entirely different matter. The Western Allies anticipated needing to deal with the resulting humanitarian ...


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This is a placeholder for an answer. This is definitely a Polish uniform. The cap shape and collar decoration are distinctively Polish. The cut of the uniform looks World War I-ish. I don't think the Sam Browne belt was much used outside Britain until about 1910, and became extremely widespread after World War I. The Wikipedia article on Sam Browne belts ...


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This isn't a particularly controversial claim; if you've studied archery, it is unexceptional. I've seen the same argument in multiple places, generally with evidence very similar to what Shad presents as his own research. I believe the same claim, with much of the same evidence has been presented on Modern History TV and on Malta Archery. I think Nusensei ...


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Is it not for consideration that the artwork depicting right handed archers shooting with the arrow on the left side of the bow were made so as to show a complete arrow? If it was shown behind the bow, the artist would had to have painted the arrow in two separate parts. Additionally, I'd suggest that knocking the arrow on the left of the bow would be much ...


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According to a page on the 'Convoy to Remember' site you linked, the one on the right is a G13, a post-war Swiss variant of the Jagdpanzer 38 "Hetzer", and the one on the left is likely a Panzer 68, a Swiss main battle tank developed in the late 1960's. The description from Convoy to Remember can be found here, and from the picture on that page you ...


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The classic example was the Battle of Chancellorsville, during the Civil War. The Union general 'Fighting" Joe Hooker had better than a two to one advantage over Confederate Robert E. Lee. Logically enough, he attempted to use his numerical superiority to pincer Lee. The main attack would be made by 75,000 on Hooker's right, Lee's left, with a holding ...


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I can answer some of these questions, as I had a hand in writing the present version of the Wikipedia article -- which I admit needs more work. The red squares are the Roman camps, as labelled in the other map @TomasBy links to. Hannibal put his weaker infantry units in the middle of his line, in order to lure the Roman troops in, so they could be attacked ...


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A provisional answer. A web page shows several stages of Turkish Army rank insignia history; the fifth illustration, for 1933-1947, with caption With the Decree dated 23 May 1933, the shapes of the ranks have been kept but they were applied to the shoulder straps. Also another rank was established Orgeneral (General – now 4 star). Only Maresal insignia (...


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This is the Uniform of the Polish "Blue Army" which was a contingent which belonged to the French army and therefore received its name due to receiving French model 1915 uniforms. This unit consisted of men from all around the world of Polish ethnicity and this unit formed in 1917 fought on the Western front in World War one and would later be ...


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The Uniform of your Great Great Great Uncle Leon is actually one introduced after the Franco Prussian War. The Uniform that he is wearing was introduced in 1872 to all the Army branches except for the Troupes de Marine (as suggested above) and Cavalry when the French decided to change their uniforms after their defeat to the Prussians. Before this the army ...


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