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What was the largest battle axe used in battle?

Most likely the Dane Axe, as seen here: https://berloga-workshop.com/blog/342-dane-axe.html. And possibly backed up here: https://www.sciencealert.com/archaeologists-uncovered-one-of-the-biggest-...
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Has anyone come across WW1 large brass casing engraved with French cities?

Engraved shell casings like this are a relatively common type of trench art (The Imperial War Museum calls it "perhaps the most common", though most of the examples in their collection are ...
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How far could an English war bow shoot?

The English longbow had a draw weight of around 175/180 pound it could very easily to achieve a distance over 300 yards and as far as 400 yards in the right hands. As long as the archer did his ...
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What was the tactical benefit of using flamethrowers as weapons?

Everyone has covered all the pertinent points, except one: fear. Not only can a single flamethrower clear out a bunker effectively, the lone flamethrower cause the abandonment of nearby bunkers as ...
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What were the cost of comparable aircraft?

In comparison, the cost to build a Mustang was around $50k. Does that make the BF109 'better'? Later BF109's could compete with the Mustang (assuming pilots of similar skill level), as the BF109 was ...
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What was the tactical benefit of using flamethrowers as weapons?

If it's bunker warfare at close range (the only range at which flamethrowers work), you're crawling along or under cover anyway, so it's not like you're that bigger of a target. Throwing a 1-lb / 500g ...
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What was the tactical benefit of using flamethrowers as weapons?

I am fairly fearless facing most weapons, but flamethrowers are a major exception. In truth, I almost never thought about risk in combat, being under the influence of adrenaline and trained to think ...
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