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Why would anyone care about history? Why would anybody care about math? One can just punch those numbers into a calculator or an inexpensive math program and get the correct solution every time. Why do people even bother to learn math? If you're an engineer you have to take so much math it's crazy... Calculus, Differential Equations, Statistics.. etc ...


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All history is bunk -- Ford All history is fairy tales rewritten by the winner of the last war -- Bismarck FWIW a lot of what we know about history is from archeology. Digs are neither bunk nor fairy tales rewritten by the winner of the last war. They're just artifacts, waiting to be analyzed. As to texts, I invited you to pick up Chris Wickham's ...


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Did the Allies who defeated the Ottoman Empire not leave Anatolia very quickly? Yes, the occupation began on 13.11.1918 and ended on 23.08.1923. The British did not colonize the place, I think all of them are based on secret treaties. Why did the Allied Powers, after occupying the Ottoman Empire, leave Anatolia (the Republic of Turkey)? When we look at the ...


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Range and reliability were primary factors. The earliest steam powered ships used atmospheric Watt style engines, those that condensed hot steam to create a partial vacuum to create power. Not very efficient. Consequently, the early steam ships had a fairly short range... the first steam ship to cross the Atlantic, the SS Savannah, did so largely on sail ...


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A vast majority of success of Blitzkrieg hinged on surprise factor which was available only in the earlier stages of war: https://www.britannica.com/topic/blitzkrieg Blitzkrieg, (German: “lightning war”) military tactic calculated to create psychological shock and resultant disorganization in enemy forces through the employment of surprise, speed, ...


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What actually happened is that Australia had problem with its economy, because mobilization removed many men from industries. Citing wikipedia: As manpower restrictions in the Australian economy forced the early demobilisation of large numbers of men. As an example, in the 9th brigade ... elements of the Militia were disbanded to return personnel to ...


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Organizational deficiencies, technical obsolescence, inexperience of pilots, surprise caused by Stalin's blunder First of all, claims that VSS lost 4000 planes in the first three days of war is somewhat dubious. This is mostly based on German sources, which is understandable since Soviets usually omitted exact data from this embarrassing period . Only ...


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The Wikipedia article cited in another answer lists among reasons ...equipment, like that of the Red Army, was largely obsolescent and suffering from prolonged use. The Great Purges had also hit aircraft manufacturers, and the loss of personnel ended the Soviet lead in aircraft design and aeronautics (...) The aviation industry was disrupted, ...


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According to WW2 researcher Mark Solonin, one of the most important reasons of huge losses in the beginning was the unwillingness of soviet soldiers to die for the authoritarian regime and their mass desertion. There were a lot of live memories of the 193x repressions. In his recent interview (in Russian) Solonin says something like "History proved again ...


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The Soviets were caught by surprise and suffered massive casualties as a result. See this Wikipedia article. Lots of aircraft were destroyed on the ground, not the air. The first attacks began at 03:00 on 22 June. The Soviets had been caught by surprise, their aircraft bunched together in neat rows which were vulnerable. The results were devastating ... ...


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Question: Was it ever possible to join the US military instead of going to prison for a crime? Local Prosecutors and judges can do whatever they like. They can tell someone to join the army or face prison, etc. There are plenty of stories of these kinds of things occurring, especially in Korea and Vietnam. However; that doesn't mean the army willingly ...


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This is intriguing because it's usually a "don't ask, don't tell" military thing. I was in the US Army for 2 years (2003 - 2005) and over time I've learned it definitely happens but probably a low percentage of military recruits. The compelling issue is what the exact percentage is. When I was in Army AIT, my AIT Drill Sergeant actually told us he was ...


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