Mark Johnson
  • Member for 2 years, 6 months
  • Last seen this week
  • Berlin, Deutschland
Can anyone identify the military branch and rank of the man in the front row? This is from Germany @1932
49 votes

This is a Railway (Reichsbahn) uniform from the period 1924 until June 1935. The rank is probably Rangieraufseher (Shunting supervisor). Ranks, 1924-1935-06 Railway Cap, 1924-1935-06 Source: ...

View answer
Was there a tax in the fifties for British citizens traveling abroad?
Accepted answer
39 votes

Currency restrictions existed between 1939 and 1979. The main goal of these restrictions after 1945 was to insure that enough foreign exchange was available to finance needed imports from non-sterling ...

View answer
Any information about the photo with Army Uniforms
Accepted answer
26 votes

These are Polish Army Uniforms, starting around 1919. Unfortunately the main wiki pages show no Uniforms of the times. To my knowledge, these types of zig-zag collars (Polish only, but translates ...

View answer
How and why was the boundary between West and East Berlin decided to be where it was?
25 votes

The initial decision to divide Berlin into sectors was made around the 12th of September 1944 by the European Advisory Commission (EAC). E.A.C. (44) 9th Meeting Berlin Area (as shown on the annexed ...

View answer
Why in most German places is the church the tallest building?
17 votes

The maximum building hights are determined by each city (or as in Berlin possible each City District). In Berlin the first Bebauungsplan (Building Plan) of 1862 regulated standard street widths of ...

View answer
How much were Jews allowed to take with them from Nazi Germany?
16 votes

Is this indeed a discrepancy, or am I misunderstanding the article? You are misunderstanding the situation, since the article is mixing multiple laws that changed over time. Currency restrictions (...

View answer
Were the Nazis actually ever horrified of anything that the Imperial Japanese Army did or vice-versa?
Accepted answer
15 votes

Yes, at least one member of the Nazi party is known to have been horrified by the actions of the Japanese Imperial Army. It depends on what you understand by the (plural) term the Nazis I would, in ...

View answer
How could an Englishman be forced to fight for Austria-Hungary against his will during WW1?
13 votes

Based on the Austrian conscription law of 1868 and militia law 1886 only citizens could be conscripted. The only exception would be for a foreigner to be conscripted would be with permission from the ...

View answer
Was it possible for a message from Paris to reach London within 48 hours in 1782?
11 votes

Post stages existed in France (and elsewhere in Europe) before the Revolution where horses would be exchanged along the route The Wikipedia article Stage station deals more about the 19th century ...

View answer
Where is the sword used to execute Queen Anne Boleyn?
11 votes

Neither in the Anne Boleyn - Wikipedia account or any other account that I have read has contained the name of the executioner. William Kingston, the Constable of the Tower, in his writings didn't ...

View answer
Was Switzerland really impossible to invade during WW2?
11 votes

There were many practical reasons why Switzerland was not occupied of which none of the first answer of @AmorphouBob apply Some of these reasons are: militarily Switzerland was considered a 'thorny'...

View answer
What is the reasoning behind these huge numbers for participants in the Battle of Grunwald 1410?
Accepted answer
10 votes

The first source below confirms: that given numbers in the past may be unreliable quotes the Lübeck Chronicle with similar numbers As tremendous as the battle and the decision of Tannenberg was, and ...

View answer
Were there any travel restrictions during the Black Death pandemic?
10 votes

Based on the accepted answer linked below, Poland did: In addition to Poland's relatively sparse population, a key factor is that King Casimir the Great wisely quarantined the Polish borders. By ...

View answer
Was Hitler exclaiming "Heil Hitler!" himself when saluting?
10 votes

No, since the greeting is being made to him or referencing him as the leader he would not greet or reference himself Nazi salute - Description By autumn 1923, some members of the Nazi Party were ...

View answer
Was there a German re-urbanization plan for after WWII?
9 votes

Short Answer: No, with the exception of East Germany, city planning was done by a city and not by a State (Land) or national authority. Between 1933 and 1945, with exceptions, this was also generally ...

View answer
Are there examples of cities planned for urban combat that actually experienced it?
Accepted answer
9 votes

For Europe, I would say, that most of the major cities were not designed to make urban combat more of a mess than it already is. Most of the original European cities were not planned at all but ...

View answer
When did the number of motor driven vehicles surpass the number of horse driven vehicles in Paris, London, Berlin?
9 votes

For central Europe, between 1925-1930 may be considered realistic. For France possibly sooner due to a higher motorized density between 1920 and 1930. The transition was uneven due to certain ...

View answer
What was meant by the protest sign "Bundestag nach Berlin"?
9 votes

This is a call for solidarity after the building of the Wall in Berlin. In the 1950's the Bundestag met in Berlin, expressing the political will, that Berlin (West) was a part of the Federal Republic ...

View answer
Did German spies operate in Austrian territory up to 1914?
Accepted answer
8 votes

Before 1914, the 2 organizations that existed were very small: Army (Abteilung III b): 1908 3, 1914: 5 officers Navy (Nachrichtenstelle (N)): 1897: 5, 1900: 2, 1914: unknown Since 1910 there was an ...

View answer
Were cities that enacted lockdowns during the 1918 flu pandemic successful in preventing any infections?
8 votes

Denver, Colorado is a good sample of the results when the measures start early, but are revoked too soon. The goal of the lockdown is to prevent people meeting and transferring the virus on to ...

View answer
Is it true that Nazi Germany replaced prices ending in .99 by round prices and called this "Aryan pricing"?
Accepted answer
8 votes

A quick search for the term: Gebrochener Preis (Psychological pricing), including some Bachelor papers, does not mention pre-war usage in Germany at all. One would have to go through newspaper ...

View answer
Has there ever been a case where a country adopted the currency of another country with a smaller economy?
7 votes

Since Fiat money (paper banknotes) are often based on the strength of an economy of the country that issued it, it is unlikly that a bigger economy would be able to use the currency of a smaller ...

View answer
When and why have the Neo-nazi view of Slavic peoples changed?
7 votes

Short answer: The terminology being used here, is I believe, incorrect. The true Neo-Nazis have not changed their view on Slavic people. What you are observing is the attitude of Neo-Fascists ...

View answer
Did everyone have to carry identity papers in Nazi Germany?
Accepted answer
6 votes

Was everyone expected to carry identification on their person at all times in Germany after 1938 or only the Jews? No, all together only 3 groups of persons were required to have a Kennkarte. The ...

View answer
In 18th century America, how did people board ships to travel long distance?
Accepted answer
6 votes

In your timeframe there should have been routes from Charleston/Savannah to Boston/New York. The time of day would be based on the tide. A ship would leave Charleston when the tide was receding (from ...

View answer
Was Wilhelm II aware of the Franco-Russian Military Convention 1892?
Accepted answer
6 votes

Yes, it was assumed that an alliance was being formed during the visit of the French fleet (23rd of July 1891) in Kronstadt. Due to the 2 week celebrations in the last half of October 1893, where a ...

View answer
How much did a transatlantic telegram cost in 1914?
6 votes

Partial answer. Source for information would be postal agreements of the Universal Postal Union, where rates and conditions were set for international fees. Telegrams fees were often based on a ...

View answer
What do the last four digits of this postal cancellation stamp mean?
Accepted answer
5 votes

How does one interpret the last digits "10-11"? The ones after the date? It is a time indication: between 10 and 11. Somtimes they would use: V for AM (0-11) N for PM (12-23) Around 1956 ...

View answer
How were the West Berlin air corridors negotiated?
5 votes

During the Conference Between Marshal Zhukov and Soviet Representatives, General Clay and US Representatives, General Weeks and British Representatives at Marshal Zhukov’s Headquarters on June 29, ...

View answer
How were borders patrolled in history? They seem too large to patrol
5 votes

There are 3 major types of Border Controls: Immigration Control the control of persons crossing a border Customs Control the control and taxing of goods crossing a border Military fortification ...

View answer