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Was there any terrorism in the Soviet Union?
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Russian wiki has decently good article on terrorist attacks in Russia, including ones which took place in USSR. 1927 The bomb in Leningrad Communist University; 1 killed, 26 wounded; done by white ...

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Are these Red Army uniforms authentic?
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Yes, these are authentic cadette uniforms. But note that 1 is "standard", while 2 and 3 are "parade" variants. No 1. is a kind of standard infantry uniform which had a little changes from WW1 to WW2. ...

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How common was decimation in the Roman army?
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In the time of late Republic the decimation was not practised anymore, except the well-known incident on Spartacus uprising: Five hundred of them, moreover, who had shown the greatest cowardice and ...

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How were the British and French armies invited into Belgium in 1914?
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There was no magic transportation, of course. France moved troops by land; British Expeditionary Force landed from sea, and then moved to Belgium during August 1914. The relevant diplomatic documents ...

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Did Soviet cars have seatbelts or laws enforcing them?
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The production of safety belts in Soviet Union was started in Estonian SSR by NPO Norma which still exists. According to AS Norma website: Our connections with the international automotive ...

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What is the reason that not all roman emperors named a month after them?
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Actually several did: Caligula renamed September to Germanicus (Suetonius, Caligula, 15) in memory of his father. Nero renamed April to Neronium (Suetonius, Nero, 55).

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Did the ancient Greeks revere the Titans?
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Yes, they did. At the very least Pausanias in "Description of Greece" VI, 20, 1 mentions sacrifice for Cronus done once a year on the head of a mountain Elathion in Elis. Sorry, I can't find a ...

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When did cavalry soldiers unsheathe swords?
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The cavalry tactics could differ from century to century, yet when they got firearms, for sure, they had to learn quick swapping from firearm to a saber during the attack. The Russian cavalry officer ...

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Why did the Roman military start to favour swords over the spear phalanx?
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As I remember, the biggest problems of phalanx were slow pace and inability to operate on a rough terrain (consider the length of their spears). In the battle of Pydna the macedonians had early ...

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Why and how were the Mongols able to invade Russia successfully?
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Just a couple of thoughts. Rus' internal weakness Due to disunity Russian feodal states were not capable to form a grand alliance. Kievan Rus vs Russian Empire Rus had no such territory or human ...

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In post-WW2 Soviet Union, did most people have bank accounts?
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First, to make it clear, there was a single bank in USSR which worked with personal accounts: Гострудсберкассы СССР (i.e. state workers' savings "Kassen" of USSR - the word "bank" was apparently ...

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How much of "Russia" was actually occupied by the Germans in World War II?
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maximum extent in December, 1941 It wasn't really the "maximum" extent. The territory, which the USSR fought back in winter 1941 - spring 1942, was much less than the area occupied by the German army ...

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Did the Thracian Rhomphaia ever clash with a Roman Gladius?
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Plutarch in "Aemilius Paulus" mentions tracians (allied with macedonians) in the Battle of Pydna. First marched the Thracians, who, he himself tells us, inspired him with most terror; they were of ...

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Ancient Greek or Roman Teenaged Suicide for Glory
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Though I'm not sure, but you may be trying to remember the story of Peregrinus, who committed the act of self-immolation at the Olympic Games 165 A.D. His story is well-known due to Lucian's "The ...

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Cryptography used by Red Army in Polish-Bolshevik war
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The information on this subject is scarce. We positively know that Tsarist army during WWI had all the sorts of contemporary cryptography, but the Red Army got only a small part of it. First special ...

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Has there ever been a battle with only a single survivor?
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Not really one survivor, but pretty close. Olshansky's marines group. On 26th March 1944 Soviet marines group consisting of 68 men (as only 55 names are known, some people argue that there were only ...

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How frequently were girls adopted in Ancient Rome?
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Normally, there was no sense in adopting girls. There are only two known examples, and both took place under very specific circumstances. Livia Drusilla was formally adopted by Augustus' testament, ...

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Why did Napoleon march to Moscow instead of Saint Petersburg?
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Napoleon's initial objective was defeating Russian army in a border battle. Immediately after that he was planning to start negotiations and, among other things, to restore the alliance with Russia. ...

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What percent of Sparta's population were citizens in various centuries?
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Sparta always was a closed society, and the exact numbers of citizens (i.e. warriors) were an absolutely secret information all the time, no doubt. After all, what do we know for sure? In the Battle ...

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Who were these two 1961 Soviet pilot defectors?
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During the Viet Nam War, a Soviet pilot nicknamed "Victor" defected from an airbase near Baku, crash landing in Iran in an L-29. In the USAF he was named "Defector Source 306". This is probably the ...

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"Peace, land, and bread!" Or not?
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Well, these words most probably originate in Lenin's "Letters from afar" (March 1917). However, (1) Lenin wrote these words many(!) times in different combinations as the parts of larger sentences; (2)...

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Fate of Latvian Jewish population sent to gulags in June 1941?
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were deported to the gulags GULag was an administrative subdivision, so "deportation to GULag" doesn't make sense. People could be sentenced to prisons, ITLs ("correctional labour camps") or "special ...

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Was von Manstein's Lack of Success at Leningrad (and later Stalingrad) due to the failure of German military intelligence?
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William L. Shirer in the "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" and Walter Kerr in "The Secret of Stalingrad" allege that Germany military intelligence underestimated the available 1942 Soviet troop ...

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Did the Soviets excel in one area of weaponry during World War II?
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Although it's not really about "weaponry", yet I should add something that others seem to forget completely: the sniping. Although the Red Army lacked good sniper rifles, yet it had an absolutely ...

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How did marrying off one's daughter help secure an alliance, in early medieval Europe?
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If anything it seemed the daughter can be used as hostage or a bargaining chip That could be an option if the sides were not on the equal terms. Say, if you have to show your loyalty to the ...

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Monuments of Sesostris
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H. Shliemann in "Ilios, the city and country of the trojans", NY 1881, p. 700 wrote: Moreover, I had not then made the important discovery of the Hittite origin of the sculptures and inscriptions ...

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How did the supplies shipped in winter over the "Road of Life" to Leningrad compare to those at other times of the year?
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Russian wiki (Road of life) provides extensive data with references. September-November 1941 (navigation) - about 60000 tons, about 30000 men evacuated - intense fightings, heavy bombings, building ...

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Were major foreign films allowed in the USSR?
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Soviet Union was really special market for American movies. First of all, many movies took their way into SU many years after international release. For example, "West Side Story" (1961) was shown in ...

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When and how did the West lose its dependency on the USSR for Titanium?
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when and how did the West lose its dependency on the USSR for Titanium? In reality the West still seriously depends for Titanium on Russia. The main reason is pure economics. Titanium has a very ...

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When did last names start being used, and who introduced the concept?
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In Europe last name was an attribute of noble origin. It could be either personal "award", or name of noble progenitor. Ordinary people didn't have last name at all (only first name and father's name)....

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