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War and Military History

War and Military History encompasses the causes and effects, the courses and actions, the good and the bad, of warlike activities - from the earliest of times to present actions.

Asked in History, Politics & Society, US Civil War, War and Military History

What advantage did the South have over the North during the Civil War?

Southern Advantages (Northern Disadvantages) Fighting a Defensive War To stand on the defensive meant that the North had to invade and carry the fight to the South. This allowed the South to prepare and receive the enemy, although Lee was not a passive man by any standards. The South did not have many advantages, but just like in the American Revolution, it's very difficult to conquer an area. Essentially the South only had to muster the will to keep fighting until the North felt...
Asked in US Civil War, War and Military History, Slavery

What caused the US Civil War?

Slavery The primary reason for the Civil War was the issue of slavery, more importantly the economic value it had to the South. The secession act of South Carolina specifically mentions that the North wanted to take away the property (slaves) of the South. The North's economy was not dependent on slavery and did not see the existence of the "peculiar institution" as the South did. However, it is important to remember that by no means was every Northerner an abolitionist; in fact,...
Asked in Pearl Harbor, War and Military History, Japan in WW2

Why did the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor?

The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor because they wanted to control the Pacific Ocean. The Japanese purpose was to destroy Pearl Harbor to make the Americans force less, useless and purposeless. The outcome resulted in the opposite. So that US would surrender and not fight back in WW2. Essentially, the Japanese attack the US Navy at Pearl Harbor so that the United States would not be able to interfere with Japan's expansion in the Pacific. While the attack slowed the US response, it did not...
Asked in War and Military History, Gulf War

What are the causes of the Persian Gulf War of 1990-1991?

Answer 1 Saddam Hussein ordered Iraqi troops to invade the sovereign nation of Kuwait to plunder its wealth, oil was involved in an indirect way in that most of the Kuwaiti wealth was due to oil production. But the world stepped in when an aggressive dictatorship invaded an established nation with the purpose of seizing its land and resources. Answer 2 Well, the first reason was because Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990. Kuwait is a tiny but wealthy neighbor of Iraq in the gulf....
Asked in World War 2, War and Military History, D-Day

What does the 'D' in D-Day stand for?

The 'D' in D-Day "D-Day" and "H-Hour" are general terms used for the day and hour to mark the beginning of an important event. By far the most well-known D-Day is June 6, 1944, when the Allied invasion of German-occupied France began in WWII. The "D" was used to mark the day that a particular operation was to begin. Each operation had a D-day and an H-hour. Because D-Day of Operation Overlord was the largest amphibious assault in military history, it became the...
Asked in History of the United States, War and Military History, Mexico, Mexican-American War

What lands did the US acquire from Mexico after the Mexican War?

The whole states of California, Nevada, Utah and Texas, as well as parts of Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado, Oklahoma and Kansas. The original US-Mexico border was defined by the Sabine River north from the Gulf of Mexico to the 32nd parallel north (32°N), then due north to the Red River, west along the Red River to the 100th meridian west (100°W), due north to the Arkansas River, west to its headwaters, north to the 42nd parallel north (42°N), and finally west along that...
Asked in War and Military History, The Battle of Hastings, Middle Ages

Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?

Some factors in William's victory, which was not a foregone conclusion: Harold having to bring a good number of his troops on a long march from the battle of Stamford Bridge against the vikings (and some of the forces involved there staying in the north) Harold's possible impetuous commitment to battle, when another day's wait would have increased his numbers. The battle site was not badly chosen by Harold, and his lack of archers not a major problem. Mid-way through the battle, one flank...
Asked in War and Military History, Video Games

How do you get honor points in global war?

Try to keep the civilian deaths to a minimum would be a good start. Though the human race is not a endangered species so it would not hurt to cull the population in poor areas to give the rest a fair chance. ...
Asked in History of the United States, War and Military History, Mexico

Why did Texas want its independence?

Texians wanted to keep Texas as a slave state. First on the background of the war: When Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1821, all the territories it possessed included Mexico, most of Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica) as well as today's US States of California, Nevada, Utah, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and parts of Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas and Wyoming. Due to the extremely low population for such territorial extension (estimated at 12 million during 1824), Mexico relaxed...
Asked in World War 2, War and Military History, US in WW2

When did the US enter World War 2?

December 8, 1941 was the date of the US declaration of war, but in fact the US was at war on December 7, 1941 at about 7:55 AM when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. This war, while not unexpected, was not the war the US wanted to be in because it was felt that Germany was the greater threat. Hitler didn't declare war against the US until December 11, 1941, in support of his Axis agreements with Japan. ...
Asked in US Civil War, History of the United States, War and Military History

Name one problem that lead to the civil war?

The well-meant attempt to put the slavery question to a local vote in each new state. When they tried it in Kansas, the voters were intimidated by mounted terrorists from outside the state. This demonstrated that the slavery question was likely to spark a war. ...
Asked in Vietnam War, History of the United States, War and Military History

How many US soldiers died in the Vietnam War?

58,196 names have been listed on the Vietnam wall. However, Does 58,168 cover the MIA's, the POW's, the many people that were spit on, shouted at, called "non-Americans" after what they were forced to do in Southeast Asia? Answer According to the Scholastic Encyclopedia of the United States at War, 58,168 U.S. troops died in Vietnam. Answer 58,000 Answer 58,196 names are listed on the Vietnam wall. Answer Most casualty figures I've seen say 45,000. I'm not positive, but I think those are KIAs and not a mixture...
Asked in Health, War and Military History, Afghanistan

How many Russian Soldiers died in Afghanistan?

Estimates vary, are you ready for this ? Probably in excess of 50 000 !
Asked in History, Politics & Society, War and Military History

Is guerrilla warfare still evident today?

Though guerrilla warfare is not the same as it was during the American Revolutionary War, it does still have a place in modern conflicts. For any group fighting a highly advanced force or a far larger opponent, guerrilla warfare is still a viable tactic. A very common example of this fighting style in the present day would be ongoing war between the United States and terrorist cells in the middle east. With the advanced weaponry, manpower, and combat intelligence of an organized...
Asked in World War 2, Pearl Harbor, War and Military History

When did the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor?

Sunday, December 7, 1941 at 7:55 AM. The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii, was aimed at the Pacific Fleet of the United States Navy and its defending Army Air Forces and Marine air forces. The U.S. public saw the attack as a treacherous act and rallied against the Imperial Japan, causing the United States to enter World War II. Since the attack was on Sunday, the US was undermanned. The attack damaged or destroyed 12 American warships, destroyed 188 aircraft, and...
Asked in War and Military History, US Army, US Marine Corps

Why do people go to war in the first place?

They want to defend their country. If it isn't their country they are doing it for other countries. ...
Asked in US Civil War, War and Military History

What is the Range of an old gatling gun?

400 to 600 yards, comparable to single-shot infantry rifles of the time.
Asked in US Civil War, War and Military History, Confederate States of America

Is Tennessee a Confederate or Union state?

Tennessee was Confederate state. However the people of the state were divided and many joined the Union army. Its capital, Nashville, fell early to the Union advance but many big and important battles were fought in the state. Many of the Union supporters in Tennessee were located in the eastern part of the state. ...
Asked in US Civil War, War and Military History

Which two armies fought the last battles of the Civil War?

The Union army under US Grant was meant to take care of Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia. It eventually succeeded - after the terrible siege of Petersburg, which was simply a slugging match, with Grant knowing that the Confederates could not replace their losses. The surrender came when Lee's lines were so stretched that they couldn't hold. The other Union army under Sherman was meant to destroy the Army of Tennessee under Joe Johnston (replaced by John Hood)....
Asked in War and Military History, History of Asia, History of the Mongol Empire

What was the mongol warriors significance to history?

The Mongol Hordes are significant to history because of its influences on warfare. The Mongols introduced a new aspect of warfare in the Middle Ages that was often overlooked: mobile logistics. The Mongols relied primarily on fighting on horseback; the majority of their army was comprised of cavalry. They often carried multiple horses per person to travel long distances without stopping, and relied on compact supplies like dried meat to avoid being slowed down by large supply wagon chains. This allowed them to...
Asked in War and Military History, Holocaust, Germany in WW2, Nazi Concentration Camps

How did concentration camps stop operating?

When it became obvious to the members of the German High Command that the war was lost, they began to order all prisoners marched out of the camps, and mass-marched in the direction away from the advancing armies. The camp, if ti was a work camp, was then abandoned, or if it was a death camp, it was destroyed, as best as they could. At least, that was the plan. But the Allies from every direction were advancing too fast, and...
Asked in War and Military History

Who is the best military special forces unit?

This is a matter of opinion, so there is no single correct answer. Here are som opinions and the reasoning: So far Russian Spetsnaz are famously known for being the best. Actually, I'd go with either the superbly trained Navy Seals or Britain's famed SAS as two of the best trained and deadliest special forces units on Earth, at least when it comes to hostage rescue/terrorist takedown missions where stealth, precision, timing, accuracy, nerve, great balance, quick shooting skills and these razor sharp, finely...