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Ref. Das Boot showing a similar chain of command (although only with one additional person). The lieutenant commander gives orders to the watch officer, who passes them below deck. The commander could pass them himself, but doesn't, for the same reasons the officers in your movie don't. Hunt for Red October has a similar scene, and they are really on a timer....


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Clarity for the soldiers. Imagine you are a a rifleman standing or crouching somewhere during the battle. The colonel says in your hearing "hold this position." The captain says "first platoon, face left." The lieutenant says "third section, infantry on the slope, five rounds rapid, then fall back." What are you to do? Are you supposed to judge how falling ...


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This is absolutely no different from a modern office environment. The only person I take orders from is my supervisor. Anyone above/outside him will be politely told, "I need to check that with Mr. M." or "Please coordinate that through Mr. M". (In many cases it is illegal for me to take direction from anyone other than Mr. M.; it can result in civil/...


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As stated by this British Army Doctrine Publication, an clear chain of command strengthens integration between formations and units and enhances unity of effort. Subordinates must be in no doubt as to the command state within which they are operating, to whom they are responsible and for what. The chain of command in the British army at the turn of ...


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I have come to the conclusion that this bullet originated from an M61 Vulcan cannon. Developed shortly after WW2, and in common use over the last few decades in Switzerland. Even today the Swiss Airforce fly the F/A-18 with the M61 Vulcan cannon mounted. It is hard to place a timestamp on when the bullet was fired, given the many years of use. Based on the ...


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I found a match to this emblem (not the full uniform jacket), but the match I found seems difficult to understand how it might be relevant to your photo because of its location. This is from a genealogy blog, and the uniform is attributed to the Modern Woodmen of America, which is a fraternal benefit society. I can find no reason to expect to find this ...


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This is not a definitive answer, because I haven't found a firm source to establish when the height standard came into existence, and because the history of army height requirements is turning out to be surprisingly difficult to google. With this in mind, I'd stick my neck out and suggest that no, the standard if any was probably different when the regiment ...


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Hardly an "academic" answer, I'm a middle-aged (alright, elderly) woman with no military experience, though from a family of soldiers - but it seems blindingly obvious to me. Officers have to communicate with each other, and with those under their command, clearly and unambiguously. A non-military analogy (with no inferences re hierarchy to be drawn!) - ...


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Since at least WW2, when Nazi Germany demonstrated the effectiveness of Blitzkrieg, where units at the front were basically left to decide what they should do with a strategic goal in mind, modern armies have been operating with distributed decision making front and center. So with respect to "does the military allow informal flat structures at times, and ...


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Looking through the list linked by Marakai in the comments, the best match appears to be Shang general Fu Hao. Her biography indicates she commanded several campaigns victoriously, successfully conquering several neighbours of the Shang dynasty, and was the most powerful general of her time. Comparatively, the other people listed either didn't command, didn'...


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Boudica, the beautiful rebel warrior queen who led the revolt of the Britons against the occupying Roman forces around A.D.60 in England.


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Question: Why did India use Soviet military hardware during the Cold War? (... given India was a former part of the British Empire). Answer: I don't think India in the 1950 - 70's would have expressed the fondness for the British colonial period as your question implies. The Soviet Union and then Russia and India have long ...


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I am not sure to understand the question, but one possibility could be: - How did the armies of both sides impress the other by their success against pro-Western or pro-Eastern ennemies? First, the Korean War was a good news for the Soviet: their pilots, on homemade Mig-15, were able to fight the US Air Force and the Chinese, on the ground, effectively ...


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