CGCampbell
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WW2: Did US marines and soldiers really go into action with unbuckled helmet chin straps?
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Yes, they did. Not all, but a very many, especially the more veteran soldiers. I don't have time to get sources together, but will when I do. Reasons were varied. Some believed that being close to ...

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Why did Sun Tzu believe you shouldn't wait beside a river when eager to fight?
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Verse 3. After crossing a river, you should get far away from it. If the river is a barrier, you can be hemmed in against it. If your enemy is the one hemmed in, they also have a defense on at ...

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Did Magellan's log show a lost day?
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The first ship to successfully circumnavigate the world was the Nao Victoria. It was originally part of Magellan's fleet. All of the other ships (the Trinidad, the San Antonio, Concepción and the ...

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What degree of choice did slaves have over their sexual autonomy?
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The short answer is: None at all. According to the "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" by Harriet Jacobs: Female Slaves and the Law Southern rape laws embodied race-based double ...

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In the Film Master and Commander, why do they start towing their rowboats after they beat to quarters?
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Beat to quarters is what has become General Quarters in the modern navies. It was the call to ship's company to prepare for action/battle. All crew would prepare for action, depending on the reason ...

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Identify this two mast one funnel side paddle-steamer boat circa 1900
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I believe this is the "Clermont" replica, built for the 1909 celebration. The original Clermont the first steamboat built by Robert Fulton, of the Hudson-Fulton Steamboat company, which ran in New ...

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How long did it take to copy a Bible during the early propagation of the Christian faith?
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In the earliest years of the newborn Christianity, scribes wrote on single sheets of papyrus, formed into scrolls, or birch bark sheets. Towards the end of the 1st century a.d., parchment, made of ...

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Can you identify the plane in the picture?
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If you blow up the photo and look carefully, the Squadron name is the USAF Bee Liners, which is the name of the 21st Air Lift Squadron. I actually believe this is a Douglas C-54 Skymaster. You can ...

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Identification of Aircraft, Weimar, Germany, May, 1945
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They appear to be DFS (Deutsche Forschungsanstalt für Segelflug) 230 Assault Gliders, with the wings removed. There is a great page here, with some photos, and a page for a kit form toy model here. ...

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What does the phrase "Vietnam, the mixture of up and down" mean?
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Dong Ap Bia is a mountain in Vietnam. Since the lighter has the dates (19)65-66, it was probably used (and engraved) by a soldier stationed in support of the Montagnards who lived in and around the ...

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When did formal social dance fall out of favor in the US?
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I'm not sure I agree with your premise at all. Dance has never 'gone out of style'. Sure ballroom dancing has. What were discos of the 70's and 80's if not group synchronized dancing? Now we still ...

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Help identify ship, possibly from New York area
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This is the Halve Maen, presented to the United States in 1909, by the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It was built, along with the replica ship "Clermont", a North River Steamboat built by Robert Fulton ...

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About the use of the arrow shaped tool in archaological digs
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It is generally known as an Archaeological North Arrow. It serves several purposes all at once. The archaeologist will put this down in view of the find, oriented to true North. The scale is usually ...

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What does 'a long train' mean in the Declaration of Independence
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According to The Declaration of Independence for Dummies, Part 1, ”But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under ...

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Price of a shot and a bottle of whiskey in 1870s American West
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There is a terrific site, Legends Of America. It goes into pretty good detail about the history of the Old West, including noted people and vices. In its discussion about the real Gem Saloon of ...

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Were US Navy WWII-era submarine crewmen allowed on deck?
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According to "U.S. Pacific Submarines in World War II" by William P. Gruner, Normal practice when on the surface was to have five men on the bridge at all times. The Officer-Of-The-Deck (OOD) had ...

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Why were Roman gladiators "expensive"?
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According to Paul McCabe of Boston College As mentioned earlier, gladiators were trained at special schools originally owned by private citizens, but later taken over by the imperial state to prevent ...

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How common was drug abuse and related deaths in the USA during the conservative 1950s?
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Well, drugs and drug abuse has been around since the beginning of man, of that I am positive. In the Victorian era, for instance, addiction to laudanum was a major thing. Mary Todd Lincoln (the First ...

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What is the band beneath Nefertitis crown?
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According to Crowns of Egypt, this is "The Modius" and was a type of flat-topped cylindrical headdress or crown of various sizes usually worn by queens or goddesses. A small modius was also used ...

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Why you must wait before claiming "historical knowledge"
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I am of the opinion that your assertion is flawed. Merriam-Webster simple definition of Historian: a person who studies or writes about history Merriam-Webster simple definition of History: the ...

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What rank did cadet branches hold in the peerage?
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In England, as I understand it, a cadet branch of a house is simply descendants of sons after the first. They can be, and sometimes were, given peerages themselves. Let's take a look at one notable ...

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Why is there a statue of Francis Drake in Coquimbo, Chile?
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On this page it describes the bay thusly: The city of Coquimbo is a source of legends of hidden treasures, due to that in the past centuries was assaulted by pirates and corsairs. In the year 1578 ...

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What is the gun traverse limit of the 75mm armament on M3 Lee/Grant?
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According to FM23-95 Basic Field Manual, 75mm Tank Gun M2 (Mounted in Medium Tank M3), the amount of traverse to the left and the right, are actually 14° 0'. Turns of hand wheel to traverse through ...

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Where and when stuntman Ian B. Jamieson performed in Poland in '80?
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After performing some social media searches, I realized that Mr. Jamieson has a Facebook page. I have started a short dialog with him during which he has responded thusly: Me: "When did you perform ...

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Can someone give me an example of stimulus diffusion from history?
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According to an American Anthropologist article written by A. L. Kroeger, one example of Stimulus Diffusion would be Chinese Porcelain. In the Sixteenth Century, Chinese Porcelain started coming into ...

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In XIXth century lower classes families, was it common for kids to witness their parent's intercourse?
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This is a question without anything possible but anecdotal answers. The first comprehensive sexual scientific study wasn't until 1948 when Alfred Kinsey produced Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. In ...

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