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Why weren't the Faroe Islands ever conquered by Britain?
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Britain never saw a compelling reason to take them. On the other hand, the Faroes were strategic to Denmark, because of their supply route to Iceland and Greenland. So it was probably the fact that ...

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What specific jobs did people have on the Manhattan Project?
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Here is the org chart. People had all kinds of jobs. One of the interesting thing about engineering before the digital age is that there were whole divisions of workers making graphs and ...

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Was Reagan Disliked By Establishment Republicans?
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Yes. As a matter of fact, 1980 was a pivotal election where the anti-establishment electorate and younger people started to vote conservative. Like Barry Goldwater and Donald Trump he was seen as an ...

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How was the safety of allied leaders ensured in transportation for conferences during WW2?
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By counterintelligence and air superiority. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Long_Jump The Axis allegedly was planning to assassinate Allied leaders at the Tehran Conference. The plot was ...

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What is the earliest map of Washington, D.C.?
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The earliest map was the L'Enfant Plan, made before the city existed. Here is a collection of all the important city maps, going back to 1792.

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Why did the British leave Kohima and Imphal "lightly" defended in 1944?
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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kohima Meanwhile, the commander of the British Fourteenth Army, Lieutenant General William Slim, belatedly realised (partly from Japanese documents that ...

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What were the needs of the US Navy that resulted in the production of both the Arleigh Burke class and Ticonderoga class in the 1980s?
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Short answer: In addition to the above, the Ticonderoga is a large vessel suited for open ocean, while the Burke is more of a littoral combatant. Long answer: The important feature of both vessels ...

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In the 1980s, did any Western expert, scholar, official, or politician predict the impending collapse of the Soviet Union?
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M. King Hubbert predicted that Soviet oil production would decline as it did, thus implying an economic collapse. It seems that the CIA took Hubbert’s methodology seriously and applied it to the ...

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How did the Romans supply water in winter?
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https://m.reddit.com/r/AskHistorians/comments/396myg/how_did_the_romans_prevent_their_aqueducts_from/ Aqueducts did, in some cases, freeze over. Aqueducts were built underground in the northern ...

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How was the naval battle of Guadalcanal affected by Japanese ships loading High Explosive shells rather than Armor Piercing?
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HE had little to do with the outcome. Japan failed mainly because of American air power and Japan's refusal to press the attack. Here is a diagram of a typical battleship, an Iowa class. As you can ...

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Has anyone survived triggering a bounding landmine?
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Yes. http://www.pbs.org/pov/afghanistanyear1380/the-horror-of-landmines/ In northern Iraq, during the Persian Gulf War, for instance, we observed six casualties from the explosion of a Valmara-69. ...

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How dependent were the Germans on horse transport in their invasion of the Soviet Union?
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http://www.zdnet.com/article/the-wwii-german-army-was-80-horse-drawn-business-lessons-from-history/ Up until 1943 the Wermacht was only 20% motorized. However, this understates the importance of ...

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How many words were written before Gutenberg
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About 10,000 ancient texts survive, which would require around 4-8 m2 of floor space stacked 1.8m high. The texts would be primarily from the Roman and Greek periods. http://www.roger-pearse.com/...

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Are there any known instances of sub-Saharan African democracy before European colonialism?
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The definition of "democracy" used today is generally "whatever the US state department labels as a democracy". Hunter gatherer groups usually practiced some sort of democracy, but this isn't ...

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What trains were used on the Dakar-Niger Railway in the late 1950s and early 1960s?
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Taken from THE INDUSTRIAL RAILWAY RECORD. Corpet Louvet 1736 of 1927 40.005 of the Chemin de Fer Dakar-Niger, Corpet Louvet 1736 of 1927, was typical of a large number of metre gauge 2‑8‑2 tender ...

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What were the expectations of a medieval castle or fortress hoping to break or outlast a siege?
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Link Castles were very hard to take and required several months of siege and a numerically superior force to take. It was really a logistical battle between the siege force and the castle. If the ...

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Who is the oldest ruler whose remains can be positively identified?
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http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/oldest-pharaoh-carvings_n_2271909.html Narmer's tomb and remains have never been located. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sneferu http://dome.mit.edu/handle/1721.3/...

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Why did the German air force lose experienced pilots faster than the Allies, even though they were defending their home airspace?
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The Germans were enormously outnumbered. They were fighting an opponent with over ten times more oil production. At the time, the US was the largest oil producer in the world. Furthermore, the Allies ...

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When did we start expecting a store to have bags for our purchases?
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http://nymag.com/thecut/2013/12/bag-envy.html In the age of street vendors and sprawling town markets, shoppers carried purchases in their own baskets and bowls. It wasn’t until the early 1800s,...

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Exactly when was the country of Andorra founded?
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"Country" is derived from the Latin term for "land across the river". Thus, in history, nobody really talks of "countries" if they can avoid it. But we can talk about "states". http://www.medinnus....

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Was Catalonia ever a sovereign state?
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Was Catalonia ever a sovereign nation? Not quite, but it has come close. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catalan_Republic The Catalan Counties were de facto ruled by Barcelona and declared ...

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Is this list a complete list of US Jewish servicemen in WWII?
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It would be very difficult to find a full list because in the US, Jews are considered white, and large numbers of racial Jews are not Jews by religion. So I doubt there is anywhere on the internet you ...

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Was there anyone involved in the negotiations of New Territories (Hong Kong) lease still alive at the time of the negotiations of its return to China?
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It's possible, although very unlikely. Almost all diplomats are at least 40 years old. This means that a diplomat alive in 1971 would be 113 years old, which is a rare and newsworthy age. The ...

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Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
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Stalin was likely to attack anyway, and made statements in this direction. Source: Soviet offensive plans controversy Danilov and Heinz Magenheimer examined this plan and other documents in the ...

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Were people happy under Ivan the terrible?
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Yes, it seems that common people were generally happy about Ivan the Terrible's rule, as far as we can tell. Source Primarily, throughout folktales, the tsar is typically described as an “ally and ...

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Military Strategy of Carnot
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http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/people_carnot.html The plan was to pin down the troops in their fortifications while encouraging the Austrians to split their forces. The Austrians would then be ...

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Did other countries stop recognizing Austria, after the German annexation?
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http://www.cs.mcgill.ca/~rwest/link-suggestion/wpcd_2008-09_augmented/wp/a/Anschluss.htm Austria ceased to exist as a fully independent nation until late 1945. A Provisional Austrian Government was ...

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How did Americans know to use smallpox infected blankets, before germ theory?
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Before germ theory, there were similar concepts of infectious disease- bad humors, bad air, etc. Miasma theory held that decaying organic matter transmitted infectious fumes to other organic matter. ...

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Origin/reason for reversed flag on right shoulder?
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https://www.google.com/search?q=why+is+army+flag+backwards&oq=why+is+army+&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0l3.6018j0j4&client=ms-android-hms-tmobile-us&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8 ...

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The fate of children fathered by US Soldiers in the UK during WW2
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http://www.lwfaam.net/ww2/eto/children.htm About 20k children were born, 1k of them black. The white children usually went back to America and grew up with their biological parents. The mixed ...

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