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Was climate a factor in the spread of Islam?
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The question is of course kind of entirely biased, as always when you take a statistical correlation and want to apply a cause on that. However, the question should still be answered. It just means ...

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How did Nazi Germany justify the attempted invasion of Britain?
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The war with Great Britain was justified because when Hitler invaded Poland, Great Britain declared war. The invasion of Poland itself was justified by the "provocation" at Dantzig. For ...

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Did the "unexpectedness" of key events argue against a "third strike" at Pearl Harbor?
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Short Answer: 1/ Events six months after Pearl Harbour strike were too uncertain to be considered 2/ The American offensive from the base of Pearl Harbour did not start in summer 1942 at Guadalcanal, ...

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Why was the Vichy French Navy in Toulon scuttled in 1942?
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The problem was that he was not able to prepare the fleet to take the sea and join the Allies. Ships could have take the seas individually, but they would then had been under the threat of the ...

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Why were the Scandinavians not as expansive as other Europeans in global colonization?
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Short Answer: There was a sum of factors: War Weather Population Willingness Long Answer: Population, as highlighted in the comments, is part of the answer. But only a part, because the Netherlands ...

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Were armed merchantmen effective against submarines?
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Armed merchantmen could clearly deal with a submarine attacking by day, on surface. During the night, U-Boats surface attacks would include many submarines, and the capacity of numerous merchantmen ...

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Why did the French "surrender" all of its troops during the armistice in World War II?
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There were already numerous French soldiers taken as prisonners of war when the Armistice happened. 2/ Those prisonners of war could have been paroled, but the Germans did not trust France. OP ...

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How much did "Rhino" tanks improve the American advance in Normandy?
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Sergeant American Culin invented the Rhinos: the use of the Rhino was as followed: The tank drives at 25 mph It goes through the hedgerow thanks to the prong Other tanks could use the breach to ...

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Why was air support not provided during the Battle of Mogadishu, 1993 (Black Hawk Down)?
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The answer lies in two considerations: First, the specific operation that led to the Battle of Magadishu was designed as a capture operation: the Americans should have landed, capture and go back. ...

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Did the Germans try to "Pearl Harbor" Russia's Black Sea fleet?
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Two parts for the answer: Sneak attack at the beginning of the war: Pearl Harbour was the biggest sneak attack of the Japanese plan. Smaller sneak attacks included raids on Philippinese airfields. ...

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Why did South Korea not go the same way as South Vietnam?
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:) The question is nice, even if a little broad. It allows me to raise an important point about history: you might be taking consequences as causes. You are asking: despite that US forces left ...

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Did Germans and Soviets count casualties differently at the Battle of Kursk?
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First: Is propaganda on either side a strong force for these numbers? Yes, the table of causalties for Kursk is strictly debated because there was a lot of propaganda involved. On the Soviet side: ...

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Did Reza Shah Pehlavi know about Turkish offer to restore Ahmad Shah Qajar?
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Depending on the date of this offer, an explanation could be made to why Reza Khan, future Palavi, did not take into account the offer of Ataturk as an agression. The putsch made by Reza Khan in 1921 ...

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What was the effective sight radius of World War II naval reconnaissance aircraft?
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To the question of the OP, what was the effective visibility radius, there is no straightforward answer: it depends of where you are, what was the weather, what is the training of the pilots to detect ...

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Why was America much better prepared earlier in World War II in the air than in other respects?
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There are two elements to be considered in your question: First, about the difference in mlitary spendings and aircraft production: what should be considered as completing the difference costs are ...

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How many troops did Hitler send back from the Eastern front to face the Allies' assault?
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Welcome on history stackexchange. From Kursk: The answer is none. When the Allies attacked Sicily, the battle of Kursk was involving all the resources the Axis has put near the front. The Soviets ...

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Does anyone know the history on this artillery shell I found in my grandfather’s shed?
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According to the 57-mm caliber and the "6 PND" letters you mentioned, this is certainly a 6-pounder antitank gun shell that has been found there. Sources like Wikipedia does not mention 170 ...

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Is Bulgaria the only country in modern history to have gained territory after being on the losing side of a war?
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The question is based on wrong premises: Bulgaria entered the war on the Axis side for many reasons, first of which being it gained territory on Romania (which was part of Axis as well). Many reasons ...

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How well did American bombers fight enemy fighters in World War II?
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The auto-defense weaponry of American bombers worked, but not in the way you mentionned: Speaking about number of enemy fighters shot down by bombers: the number shot down during a battle is ...

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Wouldn't shortening the front also shorten it for the enemy?
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tl;dr: Your own interest might be to shorten the front line, no matter if it is good for the ennemy as well. Answer: As other answers have pointed out, there might be configurations in which ...

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Did the Germans fuel the general's purge?
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There is historical basis to those claims, but not entirely on the way you sayit (from the book, I mean): Yes, the Soviets used contacts of accused officers with Germany to accuse them at the Great ...

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Are tech workers in the Siberian city of Tomsk really "descendants of those sent to the gulags"?
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Two elements can be araised to answer the question. First, the Gulags of the tsars and of the Soviet Union were very different: different people were put there, and they had different conditions of ...

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Why do all my history books divide Chinese history after the Han dynasty?
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It is my understanding that the Han Dynasty represents the first unification of China, and that it lasts for a very long time. It is often presented as comparable to the Roman Empire, and I think it ...

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Why was IJN apparently inactive mid-war?
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Short answer: IJN was not able in 1943 to find the correct opportunity for the decisive battle. So IJN denied any big involvement of her ships. This was a fantastic strategic mistake. Long answer: ...

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Which of the Roman wars was the most important and riskiest for Rome?
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It is very difficult to answer this question, because a war could have few risks at its beginning, and becomes very dangerous as long as fights occurred. This is the case for the Second Punic war: ...

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When did aircraft carriers eclipse battleships as the "King of the seas"?
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The question could be divided in two parts: First, when did they loose the title of King of The Sea to Aircraft Carrier, then when did the naval strategy change? And of course, all of that should be ...

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What is the difference between archeology and defacing a tomb?
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The difference between archeology and looting a tomb is based, today, on two points: First, in archaeology people don't expect to make money directly out of the opening of the tombs: they won't take ...

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What quality were Japanese troops in Japan in 1945?
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Most of experienced Japanese troops, that had been used to do the bright land conquests of 1942, were destroyed in shipping in South Pacific (5th division) or were stuck in the battle of Burma until ...

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When did Germans stop supporting Adolf Hitler?
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As Pieter said in comment, May the 8th 1945 should be chosen for the event you're speaking of. Why? Well, because if during the dictatorship from 1933 to 1939, people could still enter resistance, the ...

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Why were Soviet losses consistently so high?
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There are different answers for the different operations or battles considered. Since things did not change fundamentally between each operation, I will answer on a more generic fashion. 1941: A lot ...

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