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    Re: Preview: If You were the Doge...

    Thank you; I am flattered. But likewise, I must say you really do have a knack for churning out fascinating situations for me and anyone else who is interested to talk about.



    Good. That is...
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    Re: Preview: If You were the Doge...

    First and foremost, find a way to take an axe or dagger to the head of Ulrich von Württemberg. As long as he remains alive and active he is a threat to the power, safety, and integrity of the Swabian...
  3. Re: First Battle of the Marne - 100th anniversary

    Again, it's one thing to have a different set of opinions. It's quite another to misrepresent the other side. But since I am clearly going to have to break this down.

    The dispute is not about...
  4. Re: First Battle of the Marne - 100th anniversary

    This is playing word games. The problem isn't that we agree the BEF retreated. It clearly did. The problem is your classification of it as a "total retreat." Which fits things like the collapse of...
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    I agree on the whole with the comparison, except for the fact that I'd probably peg the Morgenthau Plan as being really harsh and late while the Septemberprogramme was rather early and harsh. The...
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    Re: Blitzkrieg or steady progress?

    I find that to be true in general, even without high dread. And on occasion even with the bloody Trolls and Ringwraiths. (Good God, I bloody hate those things...).



    On the former, I find that...
  7. Re: First Battle of the Marne - 100th anniversary

    That was what I was getting at. The OHL did count on fighting the British, they just did not count on it count very well. At all.

    Making jokes about arresting an army with the Berlin police...
  8. Re: First Battle of the Marne - 100th anniversary

    I'm not so sure about the "not hurting the German time table by so much as a day." If nothing else, it certainly involved tying up more troops in the rear for significantly longer than the plan...
  9. Re: Help me flesh out my East Asia alt history (late Tang- Five Dynasties Ten Kingdoms)

    I'm also not a specialist in the field. However, Japan strikes me as fairly easy. Identify the Emperor and the key players/postilions and slap them with a bunch of events. Have the Emperor get a lot...
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    A very worthwhile commemoration. I'm still a bit amazed that it's 100 years since then.



    Agreed.



    I'm a bit skeptical. Parts of the reasons hwy they lost faith in it was because just...
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    Re: Blitzkrieg or steady progress?

    Sorry for the delays. Real Life mugged me for a good while. But now I'm back in it and happy to be so.



    Perhaps. I'll take your word for it, since I have just met him. However, some parts of...
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    Re: Blitzkrieg or steady progress?

    I tam glad you appreciated the in-depth reply. However, the "you misunderstood the question" bit stretches credibility. There's just not a whole lot there *to* be misunderstood, nevermind what *can*...
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    Re: Blitzkrieg or steady progress?

    I find the OP to be a bit of a loaded question, to say the least. Especially given the way he phrases it, with the latter "naturally" being assumed to take more losses than the former. Which if...
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    Re: What if US did not join WWI?

    That does not detract from the main point of your own link. Which treats the Zimmerman Telegram as a very legitimate German transmission (as detailed by the parts of it where the Germans began their...
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    Re: What if US did not join WWI?

    With all due respect, my patience is starting to fray. if you are going to respond, at least give an actual response.

    First and foremost: Those Links Are Far From my only sources, and Far From The...
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    Re: What if US did not join WWI?

    Yes, I am well aware that was a typical feature of great and minor power worries and ambitions. I am also aware that the Wilhelmite government(s) in particular was ludicrously guilty of it. However,...
  17. Re: Suspicious Numbers of German Civilians Killed by Allied Bombing

    @Hanny

    What part of

    "This forum is for the pursuit of honourable discussion and the fostering of academic debate. All members are welcome but they will be held to a higher standard of...
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    @Hanny

    This response is beyond parody, and demonstrates only that you are not interested in serious, honest discussion. Its' only claim is "That is what Every Source Says."

    The problem is that...
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    Re: Battle of Tannenberg - 100th anniversary

    First and foremost, while this is a very good thread and a worthy subject..

    @hellheaven1987

    1. It's not even arguable that there were more successful strategic encirclements. If nothing else,...
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    Re: What if US did not join WWI?

    Thanks, and it's the best compliment I could have asked for. I may be one of the few people- especially Americans- who will go to the mat over WWI, but I don't pull any punches over it. If there are...
  21. Re: Was Constantine the man who ultimately doomed the Empire?

    Captain Hastings, I figure that you're doing a good enough job so I will keep my own weighing in short.

    But to Etchelion, I find it highly ironic that you castigate church and secular government...
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    Re: Preview: If You were the Doge...

    That's what I was pondering, though the Swabian League seems mostly out of the bounds of the game map. Though I would certainly be interested in all of the above!!!
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    Re: James Longstreet and the Lost Cause Movement

    Do you even realize how much nonsense that is?

    The Federal Government is not merely party to the Constitution, the Constitution is largely about *terms the Federal Government accepts in order to...
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    Re: Preview: If You were the Doge...

    Thank you yourself. I am glad you liked it. It's good to know that somebody else liked these walls of text.. :P

    Good to hear you're planning on continuing these things. Any idea what is up next?
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    Re: What if US did not join WWI?

    And in addition held a flipping press conference where he said about the Telegram- and I quote- "I cannot deny it. It is true." If that is a fake, it must e one of the most convenient ever given to...
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    Re: Name That Historical Event

    Congratulations!! +1 Rep; your turn now.
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    Re: Preview: If You were the Doge...

    Let all of Christiandom and beyond see how dangerous the Pope is as an ally before they see how pitiful he is as an enemy.Publish the documents from the Pope (or barring that send them around) and...
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    Re: Name That Historical Event

    http://i.imgur.com/CJmGtA0.jpg

    Note: I chose this picture because it is relatively close to having an anniversary.
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    Re: Name That Historical Event

    Prime Minister Percival's murder.
  30. Re: From man to beast; Propaganda and the German Soldier in East 1941-1945

    I can understand; it is such a massive topic that it needs some amount of breaking down and compartmentalizing. I have yet to give my feedback on your post, but it was a novel intent. Also, I do...
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    Re: What if US did not join WWI?

    The only Bull here, fine ShockBlast, is that claim.

    The truth is that Yes, it did, it tried to force even more. It's sort of hard to ignore Imperial German military intelligence going up and down...
  32. Re: From man to beast; Propaganda and the German Soldier in East 1941-1945

    For the record, I see absolutely nothing disagreeable with the latter statement. I do not believe an act of tyrannicide should be lumped in with works of genocide or genocide advocacy (another thing...
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    Re: What if US did not join WWI?

    I have no idea why anybody claims the Zimmerman Telegram was a fake anymore, least of all because the German who sent that "silly little message" confirmed it was legitimate *at the time*, for...
  34. Re: From man to beast; Propaganda and the German Soldier in East 1941-1945

    @Marcus Aemilus Lepidus

    You misunderstand. I agreed with what you said. That quote was one of Visna's that I was replying to and refuting to a large degree, especially since there were a few...
  35. Re: From man to beast; Propaganda and the German Soldier in East 1941-1945

    At best, this interpretation is at odds with what Arendt said about Eichmann as well as the other evidence. Things like accepting Eichmann's claim that "he had never harbored any ill-feelings"...
  36. Re: From man to beast; Propaganda and the German Soldier in East 1941-1945

    I would be skeptical about taking Arendt's book too seriously. It is a good read, makes a lot of sense, and the firsthand account of Eichmann's trial is almost worth the price of admission alone. But...
  37. Poll: Re: Who was generally better: Frederick the Great or Napoleon?

    Firstly, it wasn't just the meme. If anything, the stuff regarding "Dubya" was more inflammatory than that particular meme.

    Secondly, it wasn't saddened. It was irritated. Regardless of how...
  38. Poll: Re: Who was generally better: Frederick the Great or Napoleon?

    Some major things. First, the hamhanded American references- as someone who has actually been living hear through all this- are as inappropriate and out of place as they come.

    Secondly, the...
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    Re: Rise from defeat thread

    Regarding Gaugamela; I agree. Eliminate Alexander. Once that's done, even if the Greeks win the battle they will probably be left to limp home ala the Katabasis of Xenophon.

    And it's not like this...
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    Re: Myths of the Red Army during World War II

    Offhand, there are two pretty much diametrically opposed myths that come to mind and I'll throw out.

    A: That the Red Army/Soviet Union Won The War By Itself

    To put it politely, this is utterly...
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