Steven Drennon
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How did Israel win the Six-Day War?
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The Egyptians, along with Syria and Jordan, had worked up a plan to attack Israel a couple of weeks prior to the actual war. Apparently some recently declassified documents confirm that the Egyptians ...

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Why wasn't the Republic of Ireland invaded (by either side) in WW2?
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Neither side really saw enough of a strategic advantage. The UK was already spread thin trying to defend their own island, so going out and trying to take control of Ireland didn't make sense, even if ...

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What was the status of Arab Christians during the crusades?
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Most of the information I have found indicates that the Arab Christians were caught in the crossfire between the Muslims and the Christian Crusaders. In fact, they were often slaughtered along with ...

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Why isn't Somaliland recognized as a separate country?
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This isn't really so much about any US allies not wanting it to happen as much as it is about the African Union not wanting it to happen. In January of 2008, the US State Department issued this ...

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What really happened to the Maya civilization?
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It appears that the real demise of the Mayan Empire was a number of factors, including drought, warfare, and disease. NASA archeologist Tom Sever used satellite images combined with archeological ...

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Why weren't aircraft carriers utilized during D-day?
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Strategically, it didn't make sense to use aircraft carriers in the Atlantic. Any portion of the war that was taking place in the European theater could be reached from air bases already available in ...

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How did the US/South Vietnam lose the Vietnam war?
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Up until Vietnam, the US had been training their military to fight a "conventional" war, more along the lines of what they fought in each of the World Wars. In Vietnam, the fighting was very "...

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Are there ancient historical sources which have been permanently lost?
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There are some minor works that have been discovered over the past twenty years or so, but nothing of any major importance that I can recall. As to whether or not these other major works have been ...

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Why did Robert E. Lee stop offensive maneuvers?
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Gettysburg was pretty much a last ditch effort by Lee and Jefferson Davis to save the Confederacy or at least give it some credibility. There were different objectives that led to the attack in the ...

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Was any significant percentage of Mongol army infantry?
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There are two things that the Mongols had to their advantage when they waged war, significant numbers and superior training and discipline. These two factors almost always ensured that they would have ...

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Does Grant's use of attrition tactic support his reputation as a general?
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The ends justify the means. I'm sure we've all heard that statement before, but it's never more true than in a war of attrition. As long as your goals are met, then the tactics are justified. If Grant ...

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Why did the Monitor and Merrimac (aka Virginia) have such radically different designs?
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In 1861, the US issued an announcement that they were looking for designers to submit plans for an ironclad ship. They did this in response to information they were obtaining indicating that the South ...

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Why have officers in the U.S. army tended to "top out" at the level of Major?
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I work for a company that provides services specifically for the military, and because of that, they tend to hire a lot of former officers. Many of them left the military after reaching Captain ...

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Did Alexander the Great destroy a city to demonstrate his ability to reign?
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Actually, it wasn't intended specifically to set an example, but it did serve to deliver a message that he was not someone who was going to just go away. Alexander's father, Phillip, was murdered in ...

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What knowledge may have been lost at the Library of Alexandria?
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The Serapeum is actually a smaller "branch" of the original library, formally part of the Temple of Serapis. The temple was converted to a Christian church by Theophilus around 390 AD, and it appears ...

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Did the communication lag become a problem for the ever expanding Roman Empire?
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Throughout history this has proven to be a difficult task for a number of empires, including the Greeks, the Chinese, the Persians, and the Romans. The larger their territory, the more difficult it ...

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How did ancient armies keep the route of supplies to their battlefield?
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In most cases, they would forage (or pillage) from neighboring areas. As in invading army, they had no qualms about taking whatever they wanted or needed. In situations where they were sending troops ...

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How would a large kingdom be ruled?
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Usually the ruler would divide the kingdom up into smaller territorries and appoint someone to be the leader for that territory. This has historically been a pretty common practice. From the Zhou ...

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Who gave King Richard I the title Coeur de Lion?
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Actually, Richard had acquired that name before he went on the Crusades. Richard and two of his brothers rose up in rebellion against their father, Henry II. They went to France to obtain the support ...

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What factors contributed to the popularity of Eastern cultures in the USA in late 20th century?
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Perhaps one of the most influential things that raised awareness and popularity with these cultures was the involvement of the Beatles in exploring their own "spiritual awareness". At the height of ...

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What were the Government Press Prosecutions of 1858 and why did they occur?
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In the late part of 1858, Count Charles Montalembert of France was put on trial and prosecuted by the French government for writing an article titled "A Debate on India in the English Parliament". The ...

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How did Quebec transition from French Law to English Law?
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British colonial rule after the end of the Seven Year's War ended in 1763 gave the Canadians, including those in Quebec, little choice. Since the British ruled, their laws became the law of the land. ...

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What Are the Dynamics of A "Forced March?"
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I believe Sun Tzu's comments were meant to be more cautionary than anything. A commander has to consider the consequences of such an action in order to make a more informed decision. If you need to ...

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When and where did just war theory originate?
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I found a rather lengthy discussion on this topic at the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. It points out that the concept is most likely to evolve between two culturally similar enemies. The shared ...

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To what degree has the historical effectiveness of non-violent resistance movements been impacted by parallel violent resistance movements?
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I found this article from the Atlantic that addresses this topic and gives the recent events in Egypt as an example of a successful non-violent movement. There are similar examples going on currently ...

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How did the Romans build straight roads that stretched very long distances?
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The simple answer is that they used a form of surveying tool called a groma. This basically consisted of two pieces of wood nailed together to form a square cross with right angles in all corners. ...

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How do new countries legally and without bloodshed declare themselves independent?
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There is no formal process by which one country would declare its independence from another country. However, the most common form has been to simply declare your intentions to operate as an ...

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Were there any political checks on the U.S. executive during their covert support of the military junta of Pinochet?
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There is a book that was written titled "The Pinochet File" by investigative reporter Peter Kornbluth. In this book, he uses actual audio recordings and declassified files to confirm that the US did ...

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What alternative locations were considered for the United Nations?
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On 10 December 1945, the Congress of the United States unanimously resolved to invite the United Nations to establish its permanent home in that country. Thereafter, the decision to locate the United ...

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What rank is S. SGT in the Army Air Force during WW2?
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As has already been pointed out in the comments, the US Army Air Force was actually a combat branch of the US Army. It originally was called the Air Corps, but then became known as the US Army Air ...

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