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Why was Switzerland not attacked during the two World Wars?
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Simply because Switzerland was a worse alternative plan strategically than Netherlands and Belgium. Hitler had a plan to attack Switzerland, named Operation Tannenbaum but the Maginot line could be ...

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Why does German money from the 1940s not bear Nazi symbols?
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The currency you posted is from an occupied territory, see the related wikipedia link. If you read carefully, it says: Reichskreditkassen on the bottom, Nazi Germany issued these notes in occupied ...

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Was there ever any doubt which side the USA would join?
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I know the answer for the Second World War. The political parties and organizations were all pro Allies except three notable groups: German American Bund This was a Nazi organization supported by ...

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Roughly, what percentage of arrows can be reused after a battle?
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I decided to make an answer since I pointed out a lot of the issue, I deleted my comments, and I state now I don't have the historical evidence, but have a good view on practical use of arrow and bows....

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Why bother attacking castles at all? Why not go around?
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Let's make a quick simulation in head, hereby I present a sketch of a realistic scenario: what if they ignore forts: Let's assume Invader decides to ignore forts and let's just capture the capital ...

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Does Chinese history really span the past 5000 years?
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Well, to be factual, more like 4100 years+ of history is available for study. The Xia Dynasty is dated back to c. 2100 BC - 1600 BC, and numerous sites have been found meeting these dates. Well before ...

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Why did helmets have this metal thing between the eyes?
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The main reasons are Cost-Efficiency points. Just consider how expensive is a full covering and well made helmet, and how much they are blocking the view. However this kind of helmet is blocking way ...

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When did the Great Purge start?
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The problem is the definition. Great Purge as itself wasn't a single event under Stalin's rule but waves of executions and convictions. In fact after Lenin's death in 1922 Stalin came to power. With ...

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Why do so many national flags contain the color red?
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The colors come from the heraldic tradition, especially European and former European colonies' flags and coats of arms. In this summary on heraldry the basic heraldic colors are: Yellow (Gold) White (...

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Why there were no economic sanction wars against Warsaw Pact countries by the West?
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Sanctions generally work when the country which suffers is isolated relatively and rely on trade with the opposite members of the sanctions. When Warsaw Pact existed it formed a separate and ...

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How much salt did people in agricultural societies eat?
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Good question, but the problem of an answer will be that the salt was the most important food-preservation method before fridges. So it is hard to say how much people ate, maybe a good starting point ...

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Who were the Wright brothers' competitors?
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In Hungary there was an article about this, but I am not sure you are looking for him. I remembered his name, here is wiki, it should be a good point to start. The name is Gustav Weisskopf or Gustave ...

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What was the practical reason for East Germany to reunify with West Germany?
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The question could be is there any reason not to reunite GDR and FRG? These are trivial reasons why they united: The Soviets claimed not to intervene in any conflicts under last years of Gorbachev. ...

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Why did people in 18th century wear wigs?
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First of all, tt was the age's fashion. But the main purpose was to cover the unhygienic hair. The general hygiene was really on a low level in Europe from the beginning of the dark ages until the ...

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What were the German "general" ranks in World War II?
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This wasn't a hard google search :) On this topic the wikipedia page of WW2 German Army ranks serves with lot of data, with many related links. I hope it serves the information you are looking for....

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Are tanks the only reason for the abandonment of trench warfare?
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I agree with Alex, I would add up a big point, I wanted to comment it, but it became bigger. Appearance of mass parachute also made trech warfare useless. In the time when the enemy could cross only ...

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Other than coffee and tobacco what major product became Cuba's source of wealth in the 18th century?
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There was a period in Cuba "the sugar revolution" as it is called in Franklin W. Knight's review. Sugar industry includes large set of products, and between 1750-1850 there was a big explosion of ...

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Why did the assasination of Franz Ferdinand trigger WW1?
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The question seems lame for first sight, but makes sense in depth. The alliance systems weren't trivial at the start of World War 1 (or Great War). First I recommend to check out the timeline and look ...

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How much did the Chinese Summer Palace cost to build?
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With a little research: 1 Tael is equivalent with 37.5 or 33.9 or 37.8 g of silver, depends on region where it was issued. The local tael also took precedence over any central measure, so the ...

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Why was Copernicus not persecuted by the church, but Galileo was?
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You can read the condemnation of Copernicus' theories yourself on the following link. I am sure others might have a better answer, but from my knowledge, there were three big centers of inquisitions ...

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What shoulder straps are these?
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Based on GIS (Google Image Search) hits, it is from nowadays Russia from Bashkorostan. If you are familiar with Russian language, here is the web site where they provide extra information. Sadly I ...

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Democratically elected leaders of different culture
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I don't know if you meant complete democratic examples, but Alberto Fujimori is a pretty famous example of your request, he lead Peru a little longer than ten years, as he has been elected enacted neo-...

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What is the flag in this 17th century painting?
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I found a site which might lead to the answer. Sadly I couldn't find the territory named Keizer (Emperor? Maybe is it a royal ensign for the Emperor himself?), the sixth from left, third from top: ...

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What is the reason of Mongol Empire success conquering that huge territory?
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The success of the mongolian army was built on more factors: size: as it mentioned, an army with 100.000 people wasn't small at all. Take note that the population of Holy Roman Empire (today: Germany,...

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How can prices be compared over time?
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To declare I don't have a definite answer, but with my answer I might get you somewhat closer to the ultimate method. To estimate a value back in time is especially hard because of the following ...

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How were shields fastened to soldiers' backs?
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I wanted to comment, but an actual google search gave some sort of answer for me, maybe there will be better answers than mine, I see the practical side of the fastening problem. The handles are ...

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How did shells, bones, and other trinkets work as currency?
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These are the basic characteristics of a currency: easy to carry: if you have something to exchange, you should be able to relocate and carry it where ever you wish. If you can do that, it is ...

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What advantages have motorized infantry enjoyed over standard infantry besides speed?
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I would add few other notices over great advatange of speed: morale effect: derives from mobility, simply the soldiers in a motorized infantry feel less trapped in situations since if there is a ...

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Has Taiwan always been a part of China?
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I assume your question is: Since People's Republic of China (PRC) exists, was Taiwan considered as part of it? It is more like a political question than historical, since the current situation of PRC ...

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Need help interpreting "silver" hallmark - 1706?
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It looks you have an Electro Plated Nickel Silver. The technology is not old enough to origin from 18th century. From a site where you can find identical font type: Modern electroplating was ...

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