Kobunite
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Last death caused by World War I
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To expand on Sid's answer, for those who are interested. Unfortunately, it is likely to continue for a fair while. Estimates given by ordnance disposal experts in Belgium by the (BBC in 1998) and by ...

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To what degree did women participate in the air war during WW2?
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In the UK women played an extremely important, and also extremely undervalued, role in the air war as pilots of the ATA - Air Transport Auxiliary. The ATA was a civilian formation whose purpose was to ...

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Have there been any nuclear accidents in the US at nuclear facilities which were not "commercial"?
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It depends on what you consider worse. Time magazine lists an incident that occurred on December 18 1970 at Yucca Flat Nuclear Test site where radioactive debris from the underground test of a 10 ...

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How much did Pan Am tickets to the moon cost?
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Well, according to all sources I can find they issued free travel vouchers - in the form of "First Moon Flights" Club cards - that could be redeemed for a trip to the moon when the service started. ...

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What were Argentina's intentions for the Falkland Islanders?
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In the 74 days that Argentina occupied the Falkland Islands several people were at first deported and then placed under house arrest at Fox Bay East. Governor Rex Hunt was removed from the islands the ...

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Bow shape of WW1 warships
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While I can't answer for the reason for a C-Shaped bow in the 19th Century and WW1 - I can provide you with an example of a successful ramming attack in WW1. HMS Dreadnought(Wiki link) rammed and ...

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Did the Germans lose the U-Boat war in World war II because of a shortage of quality, rather than quantity?
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Commander Michel Thomas Poirier, USN wrote a paper/study in October 1999 called Results of the German and American Submarine Campaigns of World War 2. In it he details many factors of both campaigns; ...

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When and how did the British Monarchy stop claiming Divine Right
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As mentioned already by Mark C. Wallace, one of the key aspects of the English Civil War was the divine right of the Monarchy. The Bill of Rights Act 1689 established that the succession to the ...

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What was the alcoholic beverage of choice for British soldiers during WW2?
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The answer is, quite simply, yes. The daily ration of alcohol traditionally existed to help soldiers cope with the stress of combat and daily life within the military. In WW2, the British Army did ...

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Can anyone identify the regiment and rank from this WWI photograph?
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Starting with the regiment - looking at the cap badge (see below), I believe that he was in the Corps of Royal Engineers. The uniform appears to be that of a commissioned officer, however the exact ...

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What role did the Ancient Samurai heritage play on Modern Japan during WW2?
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The Meiji Restoration that took place between 1868 - 1912 saw many of the traditional rights and privileges of the Samurai class drastically changed or removed entirely. In 1869 all Samurai were ...

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Why did the attempts to keep Africa colonized after World War II fail?
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There are several reasons for the decolonisation of Africa in the post WW2 world - some of them indicate a decision to withdraw rather than a failure to continue. These reasons are in no particular ...

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What is the best historical example of conflict between two cultures with differing levels of technology?
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One such example that springs to mind is Japan and the "Black Ships". "Black Ships" was a term that applied to western ships arriving in Japan in the 16th and 19th Century. The Portuguese first made ...

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Did American forces specifically target officers during the revolutionary war?
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It appears that the practice was becoming more common, and was a tactic being pursued and developed by American Revolutionaries. The following passage is from "To Be A Military Sniper" - Gregory Mast,...

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Is there a way to find who died and what American plane crashed over a spot in Romania in 1942/1943?
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I haven't been able to find any data on the known crash locations of any of the bombers lost. I have found a website that list's most of the bombers included in the raid, and looking on the Wikipedia ...

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How high was the morale of non-Soviet Warsaw Pact states' armies and governments in the '80s?
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I have found a source, "Intelligence Estimates of the Warsaw Pact" from "Studies in Intelligence Vol. 51, No 4 (Extracts-December 2007)", which is an academic paper that covers Western intelligence ...

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How did the US Navy raise sunken battleships in WWII?
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In the case of the USS California, the ship had been holed in the hull by two torpedoes and a bomb. The salvage teams worked to install floatation devices to raise the area holed by the Japanese above ...

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Was it common practice in Victorian London or other Western European cities to name locations as places where fictional characters lived and acted?
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There are a number of streets in the UK, and I'm sure that there are in other countries too, that are named after literary characters. For example the town of South Woodham Ferrers, in Essex has a ...

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Are photos of WWII US Navy damage reports available online?
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Well, I've found a couple on WWII Archives. USS Enterprise (CV-6) War Damage Report - 5 September 1942 (Eastern Solomons) - War damage report of Captain A. C. Davis of details of damage to USS ...

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Was there a Princess of Wales between 1727 and 1736?
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Simply, there would have been no Princess of Wales. Caroline of Ansbach ceased to be the Princess of Wales on 11th June 1727 when she became Queen Consort when her husband became king. When George ...

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Could an enlisted soldier in German Imperial Army get rank above Gefreiter?
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Having done a bit more research I have found this page concerning Awards and Promotions on a website regarding Werner Voss. The website states that, as would be standard, all soldiers started of with ...

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Comparison of naval fleet strengths during the Napoleonic wars
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According to www.napolun.com the European fleet strengths, in terms of Ships of the Line (1st to 3rd rates), in 1808-1809 (shortly after Trafalgar) were: Great Britain: 113 Spain: 45 ...

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What type of provisions would seafarers use in the mid 19th century?
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While this is unlikely to be the average, it should provide a relatively accurate impression of the kind of stores carried by and 18th Century ship. The Victualing Board of the Royal Navy allowed the ...

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Did civilian cold war bunkers plan for inclusion of family pets?
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Here in the UK, a network of bunkers were built and maintained into the 1990's - mostly by the MOD. Unfortunately for us plebs, the vast majority of these bunkers were not intended for use by the ...

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What field guns, howitzers and mortars were used by the Indian Army and the Pakistan Army during the 1971 war?
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Well, according to this article on DefenceNow, the Indian Army hasn't purchased any new field artillery since the 1970's. The miserable record of the Indian Army in procuring artillery guns over ...

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Whose colors/coat-of-arms did men-of-arms wear in a feudal army, 14th century?
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The following quotes, from English Medieval Knight 1400-1500 By Christopher Gravett on Google Books, states that retained Men-At-Arms would have worn their lords colours. Great lords employed knights ...

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WWII boat-looking bus
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HMS Spurious was a 1930's Albion Bus that, as your quote says, was converted to resemble the island of an aircraft carrier. It was used by the Deck Landing Control Officers school based at RNAS East ...

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Were East Germans more acquiescent to Soviet domination than the rest of Eastern Europe and if so, why?
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As an addendum to knut - and I'm lifting a quote from an answer I gave to another question - There is a quote from a Russian General about fighting East Germans that comes to mind for this particular ...

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When was the concept of "weekly day off" first introduced in Indian Subcontinent?
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Well, as stated by Monster Truck there are many theories about when the "weekly off" was introduced to India. For those of you who are interested, one of the more common theories is that it was ...

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When did the Romans begin using the sword, as opposed to the axe, for decapitation?
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While I can't find much on when the sword was adopted (at least for the moment) I have found several sources that point towards answers for some of your other questions here. It appears that the ...

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