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What exactly was East Prussia between 1933 and 1945? Was it part of a larger government, and which one?

I know, it's confusing. "East Prussia" is a retronym. It used to be the only Prussia. And there is no longer any "Prussia" at all. What used to be East Prussia is now split between ...
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Did line infantry units have designated marksmen?

why is the soldier at the bottom left of the drawing shooting during the march without waiting for the command from the officer? He's waiting for a severe punishment from his sergeant. In that period ...
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Did line infantry units have designated marksmen?

This picture is from a boxed set of figures (Zvezda's Prussian Grenadiers of Frederick the Great) and is illustrating the figures within. It shouldn't be taken as an accurate representation of the ...
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Was it widely known during his reign that Kaiser Wilhelm II had a deformed arm?

I'm going to say that, yes, it must have been fairly well-known. For instance, a number of (American) newspapers in 1893/4 quote Harper's Bazar in saying: The Empress of Germany shares her husband's ...
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What exactly was East Prussia between 1933 and 1945? Was it part of a larger government, and which one?

Q What exactly was East Prussia between 1933 and 1945? Was it part of a larger government, and which one? 'East Prussia' was a subdivision of 'Prussia' which was a subdivision of Germany. We need ...
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Was 18th century Prussia really so militarily obsessed?

Prussia as been described as "an army with a piece of land attached." That said, some of the things implied by the book are not correct. First, men were conscripted around age 20, but that doesn't ...
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What exactly was East Prussia between 1933 and 1945? Was it part of a larger government, and which one?

Spencer's answer gives a good historical background over what Prussia was at different times, and the reason why the usage of "Prussia" is so confusing is indeed an historic oddity. However, ...
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Did line infantry units have designated marksmen?

Expanding on Jos’ answer: This is a modern military illustration of a weapons system in action. This is not a great example: line infantry is only shown in battle line march and fire. The ancillary ...
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Why weren’t resettled Germans compensated for their confiscated land in Prussian Pomerania after WWII?

Wars often cause so much destruction that compensation is not economically feasible. It was tried after WWI, but the idea was eventually all but dropped after it appeared that Germany could just not ...
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Why did the Swabian Hohenzollern princes give away their power to the Prussian king in 1850?

The Swabian princes were "overthrown" in the Revolution of 1848 and forced by democratic forces to accept constitutional monarchies. When they couldn't get along with the democrats, they turned to the ...
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"We, who've been connected by blood to Prussia's throne and people since Düppel"

According to the book "Before, during and after 1914" by Anton Kristen Nyström, London 1915, p.73/74, emphasis mine: A German song-book (Liederbuch) was introduced in 1884 into Schleswig ...
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Who considered themselves as "Prussian"?

"Prussia" is an area on the East Baltic, conquered by the Teutonic knights, who assimilated the local "Prussian" people. In part because they were on the frontier between Germany and Slavic lands, ...
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Was Kaliningrad offered to the Lithuanian SSR; was this offer rejected; and if so, why?

Richard J. Krickus affirms that Sniečkus rejected the offer of the enclave in his book, The Kaliningrad Question. Sniečkus sought to avoid the "thorny problems" of Latvia and Estonia with Russian ...
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Was Kaliningrad offered to the Lithuanian SSR; was this offer rejected; and if so, why?

I checked Richard Krickus' citation to support the statement that Snieckus rejected the offer of Kaliningrad. It is indeed fn 8 in chapter 2. I quote "Interviews in [sic] Lithuanian Foreign Ministry, ...
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How tall was Frederick the Great of Prussia?

Frederick the Great was rather short as well. 5'2" The city of Potsdam would be one source for giving you that number: FRIEDERISIKO. Friedrich der Große Ausstellung der Stiftung preußische ...
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Was it widely known during his reign that Kaiser Wilhelm II had a deformed arm?

Alas, after couple hours of strenuous research yesterday, I admit that this question is hard to answer but is capable of being deduced upon since one cannot speak for the general public. Thus, I came ...
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Why did the other Continental European powers keep trying to fight Napoleon before 1813 despite being beaten by him so often?

There are some assumptions you've made, which are all too easy to do when judging historical events from a modern lens: Hindsight is 20/20. We know that Napoleon would beat them again and again, but ...
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Was Fredrick the Great considered a strong military leader or was it all because of the superior officers that came out of Prussia at the time?

Frederick was at least as capable a battlefield commander as Napoleon, who was himself probably only the sixth best French battlefield commander of his generation, after Davout, Desaix, Lannes, ...
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Why was Austria given the best chunk in the First Partition of Poland, even while protesting it?

Not Austria, Prussia received the 'best share' in the end. It's not about size. Neither population nor territorial size. It's purely location, location, location. In terms of strategic positioning. It ...
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Why was Austria given the best chunk in the First Partition of Poland, even while protesting it?

It is important to understand why Maria Theresa protested Austrian involvement. It wasn't that she didn't want Austria to succeed over her neighbours, but rather in her mind it was immoral of them to ...
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Why did the other Continental European powers keep trying to fight Napoleon before 1813 despite being beaten by him so often?

Napoleon represented an existential threat to the other rulers of Europe. First, although he was technically an Emperor of France, he was not descended from royal blood like all the other emperors, ...
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Who considered themselves as "Prussian"?

The whole premise needs to be reversed. The entire question is extraordinarily broad and potentially encompasses developments over 800 years and the entire globe. What was Prussia, exactly, and what ...
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Was there a Moresnet Conference of 1867?

This is a good example why an artificial intelligence, such as ChatGPT, can come to invalid conclusions. The Neutral Moresnet area was around 1.5 km at its widest point and 5 km long, starting at the ...
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Did the Prussian army commit atrocities?

Yes for the Austro-Prussian War, But no more or less than any other force of the period. The rounding up an executing of civilian hostages as reprisal for franc-tirers did not, so far as I know, occur ...
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Why were terminal train stations built in Germany?

This is completely nonsense. As @jjack mentioned in his answer in the mid 19th century the rail road net wasn't as large as today and connected few important cities, only. The advantage of such a ...
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Was Fredrick the Great considered a strong military leader or was it all because of the superior officers that came out of Prussia at the time?

Frederick the Great was well regarded by slightly later military leaders such as Napoleon, and also the writer von Clausewitz, who admired both Frederick and Napoleon (the latter said of Frederick, "...
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Was Fredrick the Great considered a strong military leader or was it all because of the superior officers that came out of Prussia at the time?

There were a few early battles where Frederick left the field before the end of the day but the remaining officers managed to pull off a victory despite that. Some anti-Frederick histories report more ...
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Why were terminal train stations built in Germany?

The Imperial German rail network, in the late 19 Century, was largely designed and financed to facilitate military mobilization. THus any terminal stations would have been designed as arrival stations ...
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