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What was wrong with Hitler's left hand?
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Joachim Fest, who wrote a major Hitler biography in German, cites four sources and concludes thus (in footnote 63 on p. 807 of the English paperback edition): Probably the exact nature of Hitler's ...

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Did the United States have a third atomic bomb to drop on Japan?
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Ray Monk in Inside the Center: The Life of J. Robert Oppenheimer tells the story thus: Truman returned to Washington from Potsdam on the evening of 7 August and was immediately caught up in a ...

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Did the Soviet Union know when DEFCON levels changed?
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Sometimes it deliberately wasn't kept secret from the enemy. This is from William Taubman's Khrushchev: The Man and His Era, about the Cuban missile crisis in 1962: At 10:00 A.M., Washington time, ...

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How did Hitler behave towards all those whom he knew in his childhood and youth after he rose to power?
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The case of Eduard Bloch is relevant if untypical in humanity considering Hitler's character: Eduard Bloch (30 January 1872 – 1 June 1945) was a Jewish-Austrian doctor practicing in Linz (...

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What is this strange uniform?
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The Colonel was of Scottish descent and served with the King's Own Scottish Borderers in WW I (according to Wikipedia). The trouser pattern in question could well exhibit the unit's (mainly green-and-...

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Did the poor performance of the Red Army in the Winter War significantly contribute to German underestimation of the USSR's military capacity?
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Antony Beevor's Stalingrad contains some supporting material on perceived weaknesses of the Red Army esp. following Stalin's domestic purges: Such confidence [in the success of Operation Barbarossa]...

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Could you help me identify this photograph that was taken shortly after World War 2?
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I'd say it's the International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE or Tokyo Trials) from 1946. Compare e.g. the wall pattern elements between your picture and this one (source: Wikipedia):

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How quickly could the Roman legions march? How did it compare to their cavalry?
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This (fun) site assumes 10 miles per day, while adding the necessary disclaimer "it depends". However, I was not able to confirm this number in the cited source: John Pebbie's The Roman War Machine ...

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Was Japan really part of the Axis?
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The formal German-Japanese relationship in World War II (as part of the Axis) was established in the Tripartite Pact of 1940 (see also Anti-Comintern Pact). The "Axis powers" formally took the ...

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What was the contemporary German public opinion on the Herero Genocide?
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The article in the German Wikipedia (for some perhaps telling reason its title refers to "uprising" vs. "genocide") mentions pressure exerted by protestant missionaries' churches ("Der Druck der ...

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Why did the Germans fall behind the Americans in the development of the atomic bomb after an initial lead?
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This was also a direct question in an interview with J. Robert Oppenheimer's biographer Ray Monk, which he chose to answer thus (approx. 16' into the program): One of the aspects of the Manhattan ...

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Is it true that medieval villages didn't have names?
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Some villages had histories and thus names going back to Ancient Roman times. A case in point is Matreium in the Austrian Alps, a small village then and now. So the statement that medieval villages ...

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Who were the successors of the Roman Empire?
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Andrew Wheatcroft's The Enemy at the Gate: Habsburgs, Ottomans, and the Battle for Europe contains the argument that both the Habsburg Empire (in the West) and the Ottoman Empire (in the East) ...

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What name is taken if a man marries into a noble house?
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So your fantasy is about about a common man obtaining a title by marrying into a noble family? To my best knowledge the chances of this happening are slim. What is more likely is that the woman (or at ...

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How did it happen that countries and cities got different names in different languages?
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This is a wide-ranging question that perhaps permits many answers, e.g. of both linguistic and political kinds. Sometimes renaming a town was a way of exerting a (outside) ruler's power: e.g. what ...

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Was the American Civil War the first to include multiple multi-day battles?
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I think this may be a(nother) case of alleged American exceptionalism :) Is there any known intrinsic reason as to why American Civil War generals might have led their troops into multi-day battles as ...

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What language does this look like?
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I am fairly sure this is Mary's cipher (here are similar specimen). It's a fairly simple encryption scheme and was indeed broken by her contemporary enemies in the 16th century.

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Who was head of Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in 1907-1908
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Brigitte Hamann's Hitler's Vienna: A Portrait of the Tyrant as a Young Man lists the commitee members. (I've also quoted from her book here). The decision was made by the faculty: professors Rudolf ...

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Did Gorbachev say that his intention was to destroy Communism?
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I trust David Remnick's Lenins's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire as a source, which includes this passage: To begin with, Gorbachev himself was still convinced of what he called the "...

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What did squires do in the middle of a medieval battle?
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Barbara Tuchman provides a a partial answer in A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century: At fourteen or fifteen, when [the young noble] became a squire, the training for combat intensified. ...

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Were there any German operations to destroy supply routes in the Persian corridor in WWII?
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Donal O'Sullivan's Dealing with the Devil: Anglo-Soviet Intelligence Cooperation During the Second World War (2010) looks at the intelligence situation in Iran: Pro-German sympathies within the ...

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What started the Korean war?
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I think what your teacher may have been referring to is not the start of the Korean War in 1950, but the later axe murder incident, a serious border incident in 1976 which involved the deaths of two U....

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How did Hitler behave towards all those whom he knew in his childhood and youth after he rose to power?
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August Kubizek is another individual with whom Hitler seemed to have sustained some bonds of friendship. I've read about him in Brigitte Hamann's Hitler's Vienna: A Portrait of the Tyrant as a Young ...

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Are there instances where collective farming has actually brought benefit to the population
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From what I've gathered from books (e.g. Joseph Baratz' A Village By the Jordan: The Story of Degania and Daniel Gavron's The Kibbutz: Awakening from Utopia) kibbutzim were of critical importance to ...

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Why did Stephen Ambrose believe that the election of Aaron Burr would have led to the end of the USA?
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Presumably he is referring to the Burr conspiracy: The Burr conspiracy in the beginning of the 19th century was a suspected treasonous cabal of planters, politicians, and army officers ...

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Is history always written by the victors?
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I am reading Andrew Weatcroft's's The Enemy at the Gate: Habsburg, Ottomans, and the Battle for Europe (see also here). It contains this relevant statement in relation to a (from some perspective) ...

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Was Sofia really demolished by Bulgarians after 1878 and why?
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The 11th ed. of the Encyclopaedia Britannica (published in 1911) provides a specific answer as to when. The why can perhaps be inferred from its somewhat anti-Turkish language (tortuous, mean) and the ...

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Are these remarks by Napoleon on Jesus genuine?
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Following-up on @FelixGoldberg's answer I found this in Sources and Notes of Vincent Cronin's Napoleon: The remark attributed to N[apoleon], "I know men, and I tell you that Jesus Christ was not ...

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Were Roman emperors officially considered kings of Egypt?
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In 30 BC Cleopatra, Mark Anthony, and Caesarion (Ptolemy Caesar) famously met their deaths in the aftermath of the Battle of Actium at the dawn of the Roman Empire and the Augustan Age. Ronald Syme (...

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Did the Romans have winter uniforms?
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Wikipedia to the rescue: This article on caligae (military boots) states that Socks were not normally worn with caligae, although in colder climates such as Britain, woolen socks were used. This ...

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