43 Questions for the topic Military
Which was the last war in which swords were used?
Which was the last war in which swords were actively used as the primary weapon by an army?
Which was the first war in which photography was employed?
Undoubtedly photography has greatly changed public perception of war; but there is no _clear point_ in which photography began to be used—whether for documenting war or anything else. So I’m left... more
What was the dominant Soviet strategy for invading Germany in the 1980's?
The last war in the Balkans finished around 2000. Until today, land mines are a big problem, especially in Bosnia. There are huge regions where you shouldn't leave paved terrain. Since I love... more
Was the Gulf War 1990 a complete surprise, or was a military build up evident?
I understand that Iraq had disputes with Kuwait about slant drilling of an oil field, borders of some islands and of course in general about OPEC oil production quotas. But none of this was new in... more
Has anyone ever got more than a 21 Gun Salute?
The 21 gun salute is given at the funeral for US military personnel. Has there ever been someone who got more than 21 rounds fired? Primarily for the US but not limited to I am looking for... more
Why were bloody religious wars so incredibly frequent in Europe in the century following the Reformation?
Beginning in 1520, right after Martin Luther's Reformation, bloody religious wars began that kept recurring almost yearly for over a century. The Reformation's rapid spread drew battle lines... more
Revolutions: which side does the nation's military join?
Historically, when there has been a notably significant revolution to overthrow the standing government, does the military typically defend the government or join the revolutionists?
Why does the United States still keep substantial numbers of soldiers in Europe?
If I recall correctly, the US maintains about 30,000 men in Germany alone and thousands more in different European countries. I understand the need to project power and to rapidly deploy to any... more
What are some examples of US states warring with one another?
My question is, has there been any states that have warred with each other in the United States? Obviously the one war that comes to mind is the Civil War, not what I am looking for. My question... more
Were there crewmen from other USN ships on USS Missouri when the Japanese surrendered?
I have tried finding a list of the crewmen on the USS Missouri at the time of the signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender, or at least some general information about who was on the ship at... more
What is the percentage of the draft pool that were conscripted during WW2 and Vietnam?
During the times of these conflicts I'm pretty sure the eligible ages to be drafted were from 18 - 25. During these times what percentage of US males between those ages were drafted. I'd like to be... more
The Goths and The Roman Empire (Alaric)?
When the Goths became Roman Mercenaries, who were they tasked to fight, if not the Huns?
How many ministerial deferments were there during WWII for the United States?
How many, or what percentage of eligible inductees were excused by way of a 2-D or 4-D during WWII?
Why was the Me262 not suited for a bomber role?
A documentary at Radio-Canada named "mégastructures nazies" mentioned the Me262 as not being suited for a bomber role. Also, Albert Speer was against the decision to convert the Me262 to this role,... more
What was the military makeup of the Baltic tribes/Lithuania from 1200 to 1500?
There is quite a lot written on the Teutonic order and it's military, but I'm having a harder time finding any good English sources on the military of one of it's chief foes, Lithuania and the... more
How could black men serve as officers in the US army during segregation?
How did black men such as Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr achieve high ranks in the US military during segregation? Those ranks should put them in position of power over white people, not very... more
How to be a Doctor for the Military?
Hi! I'm currently a junior in high school in New York City and I will be applying to college next year. I have recently for the past year been seriously considering being a doctor for the military.... more
Average ages of US Army officers at the turn of the 20th century?
What would be the average rate of promotion for US Army officers beginning their career in the mid 1890's as a 2nd Lieutenant? By what age could they expect to be promoted to each successive... more
Was it ever possible to join the US military instead of going to prison for a crime?
It is pretty clear that today the US military is an all volunteer force and it is not allowed to take people who are joining to avoid going to prison. Was there ever a time when a judge could... more
Can i join the military if i need a kenalog shot once a year
I know there are a lot of things that can prevent you from joining the military like needing asthma treatmemt or one of the many various things. This time of year my seasonal allergies get kinda... more
How did the British Army unit size and structure in WWI change from 1915 to 1918?
*Preface: For obvious reasons, we will assume ideal conditions for the purposes of this question. For convenience's sake, we will also ignore the original British Expeditionary Force that was... more
Were any fortified castles self-sufficient in food?
I read here and there about sieges of fortified castles which lasted extended lengths of time (two years for instance). Was there any castle in Medieval Europe that was self-sustaining? By... more
What was the troop ratio between the red and white army in the Russian revolution?
I am making a game over the Russian Revolution for English class. I want to make this game a somewhat accurate representation of the Russian Revolution. I have been able find the answers to all of... more
Why were there "hussars" all across Europe?
From what I read, hussars are originally a cavalry forces in Medieval Hungary. But then it became a class of light cavalry that were in service in many European nations, and during the Napoleonic... more
Why was the US army slow to adopt the use of radar prior to Pearl Harbour?
According to Wikipedia, the US radar station SCR-270 picked up the Japanese approach and reported it, but this report was ignored as the duty officer believed it to be American bombers coming from... more