I read "Exodus" by Leon Uris decades ago. I also saw the movie. One of the heroes is a young teenager and survivor of a concentration camp. He had been forced by the camp administrators (i.e. SS and assistants) to become a male prostitute for the homosexual
If all animals suddenly gained human intelligence, which species would come on top in a world wide war for dominance?
A very good question and one which I remember being posed years ago: I think it was in BBC Science Magazine Focus.Anyhow the answer mentioned (and one which I believe in) is the answer to this question would be (drum
How can you say that Indian military is underrated , it has glorious and legendary past look at the wars of 1965 , 1971 and 1999 wars .We all know about our surgical strike it tells about dare of our army to hit enemy in their own area .Look at the no. Of applicants for NDA , Cdse
The Manhattan Project: Why, although USSR was one of the Allied Powers, did US keep its Manhattan Project a top secret from USSR?
I want to quote a very famous phrase that aptly explains the question. "Enemy of an enemy is a friend!"In 1941, when Germany was at its peak, the USA had not actively entered WW2 against the
Fairly low.Another world war will, be very costly for every country fighting, no matter who wins.During the next 4 to 8 years of President Trump's administration, we can expect an unquiet peace. Trump's hostile attitude towards China is really the only thing that could trigger World
Overrated: North Korea. While they have a huge army with a million plus soldiers, many artillery pieces and tanks, much of their equipment is terribly outdated. Due to economic constraints, they rarely train and there is a critical shortage of fuel. Also, much of
Anyone who follows a bit of politics, global news and world events are well aware about the instability and dangerous Pakistan and Afghanistan possess in South Asia, especially for India. The Kashmir conflict between India and Pakistan is going on since 1947 - , which has seen several
1. Canada declared war on Japan before the US did.2. Col Wenck, chief of staff for the 1st Panzer Division, composed the daily situation reports in rhythm during Operation Barbarossa.3. Col Wenck created a unit out of nothing. After the encirclement of Stalingrad, he rounded up stragglers and anyone or
I think the biggest moment in the human history was that when we realized that we are not the privileged children of God but rather our existence has only been for 50 million years and whereas the earth and Universe is around 13.5 billion yearsTill the age of my grandfather it was believed that there were 9
World War One destroyed what is known as the
May be we all have different views regarding this answer but according to me our INDIAN ARMY is the most powerful army in the whole world.1. I remember one famous saying by Mr. Saddam Hussein on INDIAN ARMY ' if I have 300 soldiers from INDIAN ARMY
Churchill. A good orator and morale leader, but an atrocious supreme commander. As both Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, he also involved himself intimately in the intricacies of war planning in a way that Roosevelt or other Allied war leaders never did. The
I don't have any reliable statistics but 20 years in the army and airforce gives me the idea that the opposite is true. Probably a higher rate due to many different factors. The mission comes first. Frequent separations. financial considerations,lots of overtime,stress that comes with raising
Yes there are.Active US ground troops (I assume you are talking about the main four branches) are located in Africa (AFRICOM - Arica Command), Middle East (CENTCOM - Central Command), Europe (EUCOM - European Command), Asia (SEAC - South East Asia Command), South America (USSOUTHCOM - U.S. Southern Command) and of course North America.There are many US military
Of course they can. And, of course, your innate personality and national identity will certainly affect your level of interest in an inherently American conflict. Anti-Americanism is the most in vogue of in vogue things right now. To even be honest and admit an interest in American history (the good and the bad) is political and social
Yes, of course they could have. If the Thirteen Colonies could beat the world's strongest power in 1776, then certainly the Confederacy could have defeated the Union in the Civil War. However, they made a number of mistakes that greatly reduced their chances of securing their independence.One of the
The US, it seems has achieved most of its goals in Afghanistan.It destroyed Al Qaida and killed its dangerously popular leader, it established intelligence networks that will be helpful in the long run specially if a conflict arises with China or Russia, it has established necessary airbases in Afghanistan and has even signed the
Do submarines have gyms?Good Question... Theres a video in some of my other articles about life on a Virginia Class nuclear boat and they show a gym of sorts ( well 3 stationary cycles next to each other).Older USN ships used to have a variety of options throughout the ship to exercise
Has Japan ever accepted responsibility for its atrocities commited during World War II? Have any reparations been paid to victims?
While they may have apologized after the war, the overall feeling Japan has to the war, specifically that with China is more about covering up the atrocities as opposed to accepting what happened and moved on from it. This action can be explained by several reasons, the ones coming to my mind being the lack of major consequences
When Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose went to meet Adolf Hitler for the first time, he was asked to wait in a hall by his men.Netaji started reading a book in the hall.A man, who was a duplicate of Hitler, entered the hall and he went back as he wasn't entertained by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.Many duplicates entered the
The Red Army in the last 2 years of the war was a whole different beast from that of the first two years.In Barbarossa alone, the Soviets lost 4 million soldiers, along with the majority of their equipment. These were their most experienced and best equipped soldiers, and they were almost completely wiped out. It was therefore necessary to
How would World War II have been different if Stalin hadn't killed off a lot of his generals and other officers before the war?
Stalin would have been overthrown. He was a despot and a tyrant. His purges made sure he was never lobbed a hand grenade during a meeting. Once you purge an officer, you have to purge his cousins too. Possibly Stalin altered the racial/ethnic profile of the overall leadership with his
If all animals suddenly gained human intelligence, which species would come on top in a world wide war for dominance?
A very good question and one which I remember being posed years ago: I think it was in BBC Science Magazine Focus.Anyhow the answer mentioned (and one which I believe in) is the answer to this question would be (drum roll).....BacteriaYet, these little microbes
*It's 1942 and Agent Kyle is deep undercover at the Berghof, Hitler's mountain lair in Obersalzburg, Bavaria for Operation Potato Cannon - a daring plot to assassinate the Nazi queen bee himself, Adolf Hitler. Using a clever disguise and posing as a simple chambermaid, Agent Kyle has gained the trust of the staff at the Berghof over
The Germans had already surrendered. Ironically, if you read Joseph Farrell's
The destructive force of the atomic bomb is clearly demonstrable without actual casualties. Why did the US still opt to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
An alternate-history story by Barbara Delaplace, "No Other Choice" (appearing in the collection Alternate Presidents, edited by Mike Resnick, Tor Books, 1992), has President Thomas Dewey, elected in 1944, faced with the same choice about where to drop the first atomic bomb. He, unlike Truman,
I've spent twenty years of my life (and I'm 33) going back and forth on this matter. I have studied the civil war in depth. I have considered modern textbooks, hardcore conservative circles, defenders of the "Lost Cause," and more mainstream historians like Shelby Foote and George Catton.I consider myself a hardcore conservative; I bear no
Yes.In fact, in the 1939-40 war against the original allies of France, Poland and Great Britain, Germany did win. Today, we see these victories as inevitabilities. To the world in 1940, they were nothing short of unimaginable. These victories are not just tactical:-Poland ceases to exist;
Armies improve over time with equipment, leadership, training and experience. The American Army in 1939 was vastly different than the American Army in 1945. In addition, the Army Air Corps (which was part of the US Army and later became the US Air Force) is technically an element within the US Army.The question also bears analysis
The basic cause of the Civil War was slavery. However Lincoln's immediate goal was to save the Union.It was the South's decision to break free and it was a miscalculation on their part. Had they stayed in the Union it is likely they could have kept their institution far into the foreseeable future.Lincoln would not have gone
What are little known historical facts from World War II that most people do not know about even today?
The Dieppe Raid was always considered to be a complete failure, with no reason for the raid even being offered. Recently, records were opened to public scrutiny, which show that the raid was being used as a cover for an attempt to do a snatch and grab of intelligence from the Germans. They
I am sure there can be thesis's written about the horrors of the Nazi regime, but as a history fan it's always advised never ever to get judgmental, because history can only reveal so much. "What is history but a fable agreed upon?" - Napolean BonaparteI have read a lot of
There are many.The
It showed the world how hugeeee the US Military was going to be. Few years ago Europe was bleeding because of the Crimean War (1853–1856) Russian, British, French, Sardinians and Ottomans ended up with a body count of 562,000 deaths. The US CW (1861–1865) body count was for about 620,000 deaths.A single young nation
The Civil War was between the racist, spiteful Democratic Party and the very religious Republican Party, which was mixed-race.The last Confederate general to surrender was a Cherokee, Stand Waite, or Oklahoma Territory.A lot of African Americans eagerly served on the side of the Confederacy. These were free, often wealthy
I would suggest the whole Tennessee Campaign. Both Lincoln and Davis were obsessed with the capture and control of the middle section of Tennessee (Middle Tennessee). Indeed, both sides continued the fight until the end of 1864, long after the Union's
A French officer's spectacular escape and a display of German chivalryIn 1940, after the Werhmacht's impressive victory over the British-French forces and their allies in the Western campaign, hundreds of thousands of French servicemen were captured by the German Army. The
I am not sure if you can call these facts unknown, but... here are some not talked about regularly:The Indian army would usually vacate from its forward posts and bunkers which were between 14000-18000 feet owing to the harsh winter weather conditions. Pakistan used this chance and its northern light infantry, armed with small arms,
The historical facts concerning Lincoln's policy decision not to use Compensated Emancipation to address the secondary purpose of the War ( the first was, of course, to continue tariff collection at the ports of the seceded States by force as needed) aren't unknown, but are not at all
At the beginning of the war airplanes were used for recon only and had a 2 man crew, the pilot and the recon officer. The pilot was an enlisted man and the recon person was an officer. This is because cars at the time
I think the best photos are those that tell the stories. The answers so far had very few pictures from the Eastern front. This side of WW2 seems less familiar to many people in the West, and I would like to "tell" it, as it happened, in photographs.
The skewed lies of the victors in World War II, lies told by both the Americans, Soviets and their allies. I have met many American people on the internet, many who believe that America was the driving force behind the Allies of World War II - one of the major two, yes, but not the sole driving
On behalf of Germany and the Soviet Union, foreign ministers Ribbontrop and Molotov signed a non-aggression pact between the two countries on 23 August 1939. So sudden was the event that for the signing ceremony in Moscow four swastika flags were borrowed from a film studio in Moscow which was actually producing anti-nazi propaganda films.
1. Canada declared war on Japan before the US did.2. Col Wenck, chief of staff for the 1st Panzer Division, composed the daily situation reports in rhythm during Operation Barbarossa.3. Col Wenck created a unit out of nothing. After the encirclement of Stalingrad, he rounded up stragglers and anyone or thing he could get his hands
There are two answers depending on the time frame you use. This answer looks at the immediate aftermath Immediately after the war, Britain demobilised millions of people who had been conscripted. Those people returned home to try and rebuild their lives. Until
Nothing bad. In fact, he was highly essential to the postwar occupation by the Americans, believe it or not.Upon surrendering, basically the only concession that the Japanese walked away with was the fact that the emperor wasn't going to be removed as emperor. However, under the Shinto Directive of 1945, he was removed of any power
Here in the netherlands is not much bigger game, what we do have are birds. In WWII big parts of the country were inundated, overflood with water. There were not many pieces of land left. On these litle islands aal the birds had
That would be interesting to see... The way humans have been treating the animals ... They ought to wage a war. As they are inadequately equipped with a voice to express their thoughts , they don't seem to be starting a war.
1. Zimmerman Telegram:This eventually turned out to be a major reason as to why USA decided to get involved in the war. In January 1917 it was being anticipated that Germany would resume unrestricted submarine warfare in February which would lead to a
The ancient Chinese were absolutely sadistic when it came to killing one another during war. They used whatever means possible to win. After all, the alternative would be the extinction of your state and people.Death facilitated by emotional shockDuring the Battle of Zuili in 496 BC, the king of Wu was about to defeat the king
I totally agree with Eddie Haymaker.Austria had no intention to start a war. The conservative Emperor Franz Joseph did not like his more progressive Crownprince Franz Ferdinand very much but they were of the same opinion. After all Austria had lost the battles with France over Italy and
OH BOY!The lead up to WW2 is, in my opinion, more interesting than the war itself.LET'S DIVE RIGHT IN!The first event in the lead up to WWII was the end of WWI. Ironic, I know.The Treaty of VersaillesThe Treaty of Versailles wasn't made to be fair. It was made with the
A lost war is a heavy burden. Some added up to 10 years as a POW in Siberia. Many died in the camps, some died after returning home when eating their first big meal for years. Others discovered their wife had remarried
The usual answers you'll see here are all good options.Gettysburg marked the end of the Army of Northern Virginia's ability to take the strategic offensive. From that loss to the very end, Lee was limited to reacting to the operations of his Union counterparts. The Army of Northern Virginia never recovered
The Confederacy chose to first secede from the United States and then attack at the Battle of Fort Sumter. The Union objected to the undemocratic secession that in all cases was either against the will of even
First of all, let's get the players into the fore-front. Unlike the first two world wars, where the goal was either world domination or imperialism/nationalism, this war would be about social dominance. You'll likely see countries aligning primarily on social or
What would have happened if the US had decided to invade Japan with full military might, instead of dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
The invasion would have ended in a bloodbathAnd I have hard facts to corroborate my argument.This is one of the most complex questions I have ever answered because of the HUGE amount of data and facts that must be synthesized
The world if:GB made a nonaggression pact with Germany after the fall of France. Hitler never wanted a war with GB since they were Anglo-Saxons. USSR eventually surrenders to Germany. Germany realizes it cannot occupy all of the USSR so the Soviets remain in
Lincoln was a son of bitching despot who managed to get 700,000 of his governed killed or maimed and as many families ruined, allowed his generals to rape and pillage the southern states, and burned Atlanta to the ground.THIS from a vaunted great negotiator.If Lincoln were alive today he would
The easy answer, of course, is the North, the Union, won the war by defeating the South on the battlefield and forcing its armies to surrender. But, there is a more complicated, nuanced answer we need to look at as we are over 150 years past the end
In the most traditional sense, the Allies won and the Axis lost. But if we look deeper we can find that some who, "Won," really did not and some of the biggest winners did not even have to fight.United States: The U.S. most definitely won WW2. They were
Why are Spartan warriors depicted as muscular when they were barely fed (which stunts height and muscle growth)?
Every Spartan male citizen was allocated land as a birth right, even though they probably never did anything on that land. Managing the land fell to the Spartan women, who might well also own land in their own right. The actual work was done by the enslaved Messenians who they called Helots. The Helots would
It was the only way to get the Japanese to stop fighting. The people who argue against the use of bombs seem to have no idea of the circumstances of their use and no idea of what the alternatives were. Apparently, people who take
Long story, but let's make it short.Several people in the US government (including Paul Wolfowitz and Dick Cheney) had a plan to change the political dynamics of the Middle East. Iraq was obviously a problem, and complicated efforts on Syria and Lebanon, as
I would say the Sarajevo Incident in 1914 was only the last straw of WWI and there were other underlying causes should not be neglected.For example, the alliance system in which the Triple Alliance was formed by Germany, Italy and Austria-Hungary in 1882 and the
Q:Why has Afghanistan always been a war torn country?Ghengis Khan conquered it, British and Russian empires attempted, past 40 years there's been the Soviet invasion, civil war, Taliban uprising, US invasion.But why has it been such a war torn country that always gets invaded? Is its location valuable?A: Superb Question.Disclaimer: This is a picture
This isn't a simple question, and doesn't have a simple answer. Afghanistan has no railroads crossing it from Iran and the Persian Gulf to India. No significant highways as well. The pipelines you would expect between the Middle East and South Asia - simply are not
Iraq1)First Gulf War (1990-1991)All started when Iraqi´s President Saddam Hussein accused Kuwait from practicing a super oil-extraction policy causing a fall in the oil´s prices and hurting the Iraqi economy. Saddam also resurrected old problems and demanded indemnity. Such as Kuwait did not accept,he was invaded by Iraqi troops.Another Motive Saddam won the Iran-Iraq War
Very hard question to answer. In short, I would say not really.The women we have seen in power throughout history (Cleopatra, Queen Elizabeth, Joan of Arc, Margaret Thatcher) have risen to power in patriarchal societies where violence and war are the main forms of conflict resolution. They have risen to success in such societies
Definitely,By that time, there were strong feelings of nationalism between countries. Especially, Britain and Germany had a rivalry which can be shown by the
Ever hear the expression ‘fighting like dogs and cats'? Sure, we've all heard that.My dog and my cats are routinely snuggled up together on the couch behind me. Sometimes they'll even clean each other. My dog has such a fancy for cats that when a person he's never met before shows up he tries
War never changed until 1945. It remained the same through the ages, changing only in the weapons used and the numbers (of men, of distance, of supplies, of money) involved. Yet, it remained the same, and the teachings of Sun Tzu, Ceasar,
As someone who is personally extremely interested in the Congo Crisis, I found this movie to be a disappointment. The action was fun, but much of the larger political situation is blurred over. I do not know very much about the Siege of Jadotville itself,
1 to infinitely many, depending on your perspective and place in the universe.If you're referencing the 300 line (a quote from Dieneces) there were between 80,000–300,000 Persian troops at Thermopylae. I could not identify the number of archers, but I would assume at least 8,000–30,000 were armed with bow
One very common misconception is that battleships were highly vulnerable to attack by aircraft.The modern version of events has it that battleships were easy targets for dive bombers and torpedo bombers and that they succumbed easily to such attacks. This is why battleships vanished from the navies
Every time my ex-husband would watch a WWII movie from the 40's, 50's and 60's, the veins would stick out of my neck. The sanitized movies depicting the unfailingly good Allied soldiers pitted against the evil Germans and Japanese pissed me off. My blood would boil. I understand the 40's movies
Navigation and concealment. Many decades ago, just prior to the kickoff in Iraq, we were staging in Saudia on the border with Iraq. It was early evening and I was tasked to drive my XO out to the airfield, a few
Before the war, in 1938-39, the biggest misconceptions were :France would beat Germany easily if not quickly;true until 1938 but false after.Germans would never do the blitzkrieg and the Maginot Line will be unbeatable.This last one has been true as the Germans invaded France by violating Belgium's
That the purpose of a warship is to defeat its counterpart (i.e. all the
Having done a little MOUT - military operations in urban terrain. I can tell you its a blood bath - seemingly every defended building produces casualties. IN Iraq they built fortifications in houses and had BB-IEDs (building-based improvised explosive device). Entire buildings that were wired
Two of the most controversial are Iraq and Vietnam.Both are wars many feel should not have been fought. Both were initiated with false or tainted evidence.Vietnam was fought on the basis of doctrine of containment. North Vietnam was
A great big shrug. Contrary to national myth, you'd have to have lived under a rock not to know about the Manhattan Project.* You would also be able to do the back-of-the-envelope calculations that showed that building your own atomic bombs would require a Tennessee Valley Authority's worth of electricity, lots
What if France had kept the Louisiana Territory and was allowed to keep it after the Napoleonic Wars?
For this to happen you will have to change the USA thinking of
Well there's a few if you're American.American firms were happy to supply the Nazi regime with strategic minerals, oil and equipment right up until the start of the war. Standard Oil went out of its way to purchase tetraethyl lead for gasoline from a British company so that
There are numerous 18th century dress / ceremonial swords, maces, and axes carried daily by officers, in almost every Western military service, and I believe there are a couple of 15th Century Katanas, owned by officers in the Japanese defense force.The King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery
If you had asked me this question 23 years ago, my answer would have been different. I left for boot camp shortly after high school ready to see the world and be a hero. Typical 18 year old testosterone riddled male. As the years
What was Britain's role in the Manhattan Project? Did the British gain knowledge from it to create its own atomic bomb?
The UK essentially already had the base knowledge of how to utilise nuclear materials for a potential weapon, and already had a programme to develop one by the time the US entered the war. It was the first nuclear weapons programme in history.A series of experiments at Imperial College London and the University of Birmingham in early-1940 produced several
What was the weirdest restriction placed on people serving in the Los Alamos installation during World War II?
No more babies.Well, almost. It didn't reach the level of restriction per se, but General Groves and Oppenheimer tried to make Los Alamos a sort of
Common misconceptions of war are:War is a part of human nature.War is unavoidable.War solves problems and peace is the resultWar is necessary every 20 years or so. It is a psychological need.Peace is a pie-in-the-sky liberal idea that can never be achieved and
There was this cross - Mediterranean disagreement.Rome and Carthage Sign Peace Treaty Ending Punic Wars After 2,131 YearsABIB FAKHRI February 5, 1985TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) _ More than 2,000 years ago the Romans overpowered the Carthaginians, razed their ancient capital, plowed its ruins into the earth and sowed the soil with salt so nothing could grow again. On Tuesday, modern
As the Manhattan Project was created and funded by the United States government, it might be difficult to assign credit to one person. Oppenheimer does get a lot of credit, but, the breadth of the project suggests that many deserve acknowledgement for their involvement.An issue with this discussion is that the MP is essentially the birth of the Defense
Probably von Neumann. He came and went as he pleased to solve problems. Teller was placed in Super Theory after some initial work, to get him out of the way of the people doing real work.The bright could be identified and separated into the past and future Nobel Laureates: probably Fermi, as
I'll make this answer as short as possible, since there is a lot of information on it and a lot of personnel were involved. Albert Einstein wrote a sealed letter to FDR in 1939 about uncovered projects in Nazi Germany that were focused on purifying uranium-235, which could be used to make an atomic bomb if they made
After 1066, the King of England was also the Duke of Normandy. The Duke of Normandy, however, was a subject of the King of France. This caused numerous wars between the two nations, culminating in the Hundred Years' War (1337-1453), when the
Two words lost the war in Vietnam: Body count.At the end of the day, while North Vietnam won the war by political means which borrowed, expanded on, and were embedded into tactics evolved from communist Chinese guerrilla warfare doctrine, America lost the war through inefficient tactics and strategies which led to a
Several reasons. You can find a number of good answers here, but in addition the soldiers of that era were physically smaller AND high mobility was not as much of a priority in most units then as it is today. Today, you take
One day our senior drill instructor had the entire squad line up. He asked which of the recruits was going in to the reserves. After a few guys raised their hand he yelled
During wars what was a common daily or overall kill count for a soldier say during WW 2 or Iraq invasion. Simo Hayha for example was said to have kill around 800 enemy soldiers was this uncommon or a common number during major conflicts?
Since the end of The Vietnam War most tacticians really aren't looking at
How hard was basic training back in WWII and Vietnam?I can only speak for U.S. Army basic training taken during the Vietnam War.I attended Army Basic Combat Training at Ft. Dix, N.J from 1 Jun 71 to 6 Aug 71. I was already physically fit