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Have a question about the economic impact of WW2 on countries like the US, and Germany.4/20/2016
  Q: What was the economic impact of World War 2 on the US and Germany, did the governments still tax ...
  A: There was still an income tax like there was before the war. The United States, and most of the ...
Grandpas WWII organazation3/7/2015
  Q: First off I appreciate any help you can give towards figuring out my Grandpas service. I collected ...
  A: All I can tell you is that AAA BN probably means "Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion" and ITRY C ...
Father's unit WW22/14/2015
  Q: I believe that I have arrived at a dead end concerning my search for my Father's unit in WW2. He ...
  A: Well first, you need to figure out whether he was in the Army or Marines. You didn't mention above ...
British Naval history1/28/2014
  Q: Sir, Do you know of any books available that tell of a 1st hand account of life aboard a British ...
  A: There are a lot, try: Master and Commander Mutiny on the Bounty Horatio Hornblower series ...
Old pictures6/29/2013
  Q: I have come to be in possession of some old pictures that were left by my cousin when she passed ...
  A: Tough call on these pictures. My gut feeling on these three guys is that it is, US Army, Spanish ...
ammo boxes5/31/2010
  Q: I have bought wood ammo boxes from a garage sale I was wondering how old or what they would be worth ...
  A: To be honest I don't think they would be worth much. They are probably from WW2, and during that war ...
Combat Aviation11/26/2009
  Q: Has there ever been, in any branch of any military, a combat helicopter ace? That is, someone who ...
  A: I don't think there has been, although I'm not sure. The general rule of thumb is that helicopters ...
WW1, First Army helmet9/9/2009
  Q: I have a helmet, that belonged to my great-uncle, that has a "91" inside a green tree on the helmet. ...
  A: First, the 91 and the green tree represents the 91st Infantry Division. You can read all about them ...
draft8/30/2009
  Q: When after vietnam did the graft end
  A: From Wikipedia: ======================================================================== Vietnam War ...
WW1 uniform7/2/2009
  Q: I have my grandfather's WW1 uniform. on the left sleeve at almost wrist hright are 2 cheverons ...
  A: Those are overseas service chevrons. They indicated the wearer was stationed overseas for six ...
molotov cocktail5/22/2009
  Q: can the flames from a molotov cocktail be put out if burning on the outer hull of a WWII panzer ...
  A: Thats a hard question to answer as there were hundreds of different types of Molotov Cocktails and ...
Battle Dress Badges4/11/2009
  Q: This isn't a homework question. I picked up a battle dress from a garage sale today. It's from 1951 ...
  A: It looks to me like a West German uniform, as their national flag was the tricolor Black/Red/Yellow ...
world war 29/18/2008
  Q: who officially ended world war 2?
  A: The European part of the war was ended on V-E Day (May 7, 1945), when Nazi Germany surrendered to ...
world war one generals8/21/2008
  Q: I have a wwone medal and on the edge it says GNR. J.D.T. Patten. R.A Do you know if this medal has ...
  A: My guess would be it means "Gunner J.D.T Patten, Royal Artillery" If you go to a good university ...
British Military Tradition4/17/2008
  Q: I've read that in World War 1 and prior, there was a tradition where the men of a unit, or those ...
  A: It's usually called the "Last Man's Club" and it still exists today but obviously not as often as it ...
WW11 Normandy10/10/2007
  Q: Can you tell me what the "D" in D-Day stands for? I have been wondering about this for a long time, ...
  A: It doesn't really stand for anything. It's a way of keeping information secret in case it falls ...
photo ID8/7/2007
  Q: I have two photos...one of my grandfather with the date 1916-1918 on the back wearing a uniform and ...
  A: By all means, please send these pictures to me, I'll try to do what I can, but please don't get your ...
military draft6/10/2007
  Q: How many wars has the draft been active?
  A: What we call the draft today... the Selective Service System, has been around since 1942, but was ...
military history3/2/2007
  Q: hold old was the youngest service member ever awarded the medal of honor?
  A: Many 18 year olds, most notably Arthur MacArthur, father of Douglas MacArthur. Also Thomas Custer, ...
epaulet11/26/2006
  Q: they are around ww2 i think , dark navy, thee gold stripes with purple trim with a gold diamond on ...
  A: Not really possible to identify them unless I have a picture to look at. However, I will tell you ...
Return of soldiers10/18/2006
  Q: I would like to know when most soldiers returned to the U.S. from WWII. If you could give me as ...
  A: There wasn't a specific date. They moved soldiers home as quickly as possible using the ships they ...
ww210/10/2006
  Q: what was the fasion like during world war two?
  A: I don't know much about fashion, but I do know that materials and fabrics were in short supply, and ...
second world war4/22/2006
  Q: how was the german tank ace michael wittman killed
  A: This is from Wikipedia: ############################### Death Wittmann was killed in action less ...
WW27/14/2005
  Q: I have an assignment for history, and i'm trying to find the truth behind the movie Saving Private ...
  A: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saving_Private_Ryan#Historical_background has some information on the ...
WWII6/10/2005
  Q: I am writing a WWII fiction and am in need of some geographical help. I need the name of an ...
  A: Here are some links that might help you out: http://www.mapsouthpacific.com/pacific/index.html ...
Cold war4/8/2005
  Q: This question is about the cold war. Before inter-continental missiles, US bombers with nuclear ...
  A: I don't know much about this topic and there doesn't seem to be much on the internet about it. Your ...
I was asked a question in...3/21/2005
  Q: I was asked a question in history, and I'm not really sure how to answer it. If the Schlieffen plan ...
  A: This question calls for a lot of speculation and "what ifs" and I don't think anyone can really give ...
Nazi beliefs2/3/2005
  Q: (1) What were the Nazi's reasons for believing that they were the superior race? (2) What were ...
  A: Unfortunately, these questions are far too complex to be answered here. Some scholars have spent ...
Battle of Britain5/26/2004
  Q: Mr. Saurman, This may seem like a rather trivial question, but perhaps because of that it may be ...
  A: I'm sorry but I don't know of any way to find the answer to that question. I did do a paper a few ...
Suez Crisis Q5/15/2004
  Q: I would simply like to know what America's position was in the 1956 Suez Crisis? What were its ...
  A: Well, our position was much like it was in the Falklands War, we didn't really like what England was ...
INFORMATION ABOUT 18-19 CENTURY CANNON4/3/2004
  Q: LAST YEAR I FOUND A SMALL CANNON IN AN ABANDONED BEACH IN THE SOUTH OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. SOME ...
  A: I'm not an expert in this area, but I can tell you a couple things. This was probably not a real ...
1st Bn. 14th Inf. Regt. 25ID3/14/2004
  Q: 1/14 was the last unit I was in, and while I was there, one of my leaders referenced our motto ...
  A: I had always heard that the right hand of any commander is where his number-one assistant stood, ...
george washington2/28/2004
  Q: my 4th grade daughter is being taught that George Washington was British during the French and ...
  A: Everyone who lived in the thirteen colonies was a British citizen until we declared our independence ...
history2/27/2004
  Q: How did the Nazies come to adopt the swastika as their symbol?
  A: Swastikas have been a design element for thousands of years. Someone in the Nazi party just thought ...
Russian Carriers2/25/2004
  Q: By any chance do you know if the USSR had any carriers during World War II? Also, do you know where ...
  A: As far as I know the Soviet Union had no aircraft carriers until the 1960's. I think they were ...

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I can usually handle any question on USA or European history since 1870. I am especially interested in WW2 and Spanish-American War. Also Spanish Civil War and WW1 to a lesser extent.

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