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  1. George Collins

    Ploesti Raid

    Anti-axis gorilla forces does not appear to have been a factor in Romania at all: http://ndupress.ndu.edu/Portals/68/Documents/jfq/jfq-69/JFQ-69_92-98_DiNardo.pdf
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    Ploesti Raid

    Romania was not an occupied country - it was a willing Axis member.
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    African Military History

    Not sure about what you mean by "African Military History." Just another day somebody asked about Cubans fighting in Angola; and I'm quite sure that there were multiple discussions about campaigns in North Africa, Sinai, Suez, etc, etc.
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    What was the worst mistake made by Germany in WWII?

    The most interesting wrinkle is that there were actually 2 German federal elections in 1932. And, if in March, the Nazis won the majority with 37.3%, the following November their margin fell to just over 33%. And if the Communists agreed to form a voting block with the Social Democrats, their combined margin of over 37% could destroy the Nazi party, which was on the verge of bankruptcy at the time, according to Goebbels' diaries.
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    Hitler got a postcard ?

    I tried a quick search about British commando raids to France, and the only one I came up was the raid on the Channel island of Sark in October 1942. But, from the brief description here, it sure does not look like they had any time to spare on such freevolities as a postcard to Hitler: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4036826/How-crack-team-WWII-British-soldiers-invaded-Nazi-occupied-Channel-Island-capture-German-troops-help-local-widow-1920s-guide-book-triggering-Hitler-s-infamous-Commando-Order.html
  6. I have a couple of comments here: "The Union Army was a multi-national one" and so was the Confederate Army, Russell. "Legend has it that at the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1862, none of the soldiers were seriously hurt because most of their bullets collided with each other in mid-air. The Myth Busters looked into this and found it entirely plausible because of the soft lead used." I'm not sure what you mean to say here, Russell, but it reads funny. You must know, of course, that there were over 15 thousand casualties in that battle. And by "casualties" I mean killed and seriously hurt.
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    Italy under Mussolini

    By the way, there was no such thing as Czarist Russia during the Russian civil war. The civil war did not even begin until the Bolsheviks' coup d'état in November 1917. The last Czar of Russia had already abdicated 9 months prior to that and was under arrest until Bolsheviks would execute him with his entire family and servants in July of 1918.
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    Italy under Mussolini

    Easy question. It was Stalin’s USSR. By 1939 it produced more tanks, small arms and ammo than the rest of the world combined.
  9. "The prominence of cavalry in the American Civil War was more a matter of publicity than of impact on the battlefield. Confederate General Jeb Stuart, a flamboyant character and renowned cavalry commander, got behind enemy lines, humiliating the Union and boosting the morale of his own side. But while his lightning raids and decisive leadership played well in the Confederate newspapers, and alarmed readers in the north, cavalry had become a showpiece rather than a decisive factor on the battlefield." I think this is quite an arbitrary assertion. For example, in the battle of Chancellorsville the Confederates under Lee and Jackson defeated Hooker's Union army twice their size. In Jackson's own words, Hooker's fatal mistake was sending away his cavalry under Stoneman's command, which allowed Jackson to execute his legendary march around Hooker's position practically undetected. On the other hand, as the war went on, Union cavalry drastically improved and helped to turn the tide.
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    List of weapons used by the U.S during Vietnam

    That's just a portion of where it went. AKs were shipped everywhere from Middle East to Africa, wherever Politburo chose a spot to steer another so-called 'national independence movement.'
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    List of weapons used by the U.S during Vietnam

    I'm pretty sure that AKs are the most prolifirated weapons in the world's history - bar none.
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    What if....

    By him, I mean Stalin, of course - to be clear.
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    What if....

    No, his expectations were that it would be an exhaustive war in the west and he would benefit toward the end. You probably assume the US involvement from the get-go, but in 1939 US Army was woefully unprepared for any conflict.
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    What if....

    Stalin did not invade Poland for over two weeks after Hitler's invasion, which made the latter quite nervous judging from the correspondence between German and Soviet diplomatic corps at the time. In the meantime, Stalin disseminated via Comintern channels his talking points justifying his pact with Hitler with the expectation of another war that would exhaust Germany and the Western allies (former CalState professor Richard Raack published a few works on that). Whether or not that was Stalin's genuine thinking, it obviously would not quite pan out as planned.
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    Average Germans knew Nazi atrocities

    Yes - I wrote it myself, remember? I can safely say that I have a pretty good measure of how you can help me learn history, so, without further adieu, have a nice life.