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What's the best history/non-fiction book on the bombing of Dresden?

I'm trying to learn more about the history of the bombing of Dresden, and am looking for the most reliable (yet accessible) source. [more inside]
posted by scblackman on Jan 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Questions about the 1970s phase of the Vietnam War

My knowledge of the Vietnam War is not as complete as I would like it to be. My own internal representation of its 1960s period is fairly strong but it fades a little at the 1970s/Vietnamization phase of the war. So I'm posing the following questions: [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Nov 9, 2013 - 5 answers

Why did the Soviet military retain the traditional Officer/Enlisted class binary rather than instituting some other hierarchichal structure?

Russian History: Why did the Soviet military retain the traditional (western) Officer/Enlisted class binary rather than instituting some other hierarchichal structure? How did they ideologically justify maintaining two distinct and separate classes, one subordinate to the other, in an army putatively fighting for a classless society? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Nov 2, 2012 - 11 answers

How do soldiers in wartime talk about death?

I'm looking for quantitative studies or other accounts of how often, and in what ways, soldiers in dangerous wartime situations discuss the possibility of death. [more inside]
posted by inkfish on May 11, 2012 - 1 answer

Shred it!

Computer and/or military history nerds -- please lend your speculations. Was Joe doing mundane data entry or something secret and spy-like? [more inside]
posted by amanda on Jul 2, 2011 - 13 answers

What Are Some Great Movies About War?

We're watching Gettysburg, which is a great education in the Civil War for our 15-year-old son. What are other great movies about battles and war?
posted by musofire on Oct 6, 2010 - 48 answers

Narrative histories of war

I enjoyed Rick Atkinson's Liberation Trilogy on WWII (so far) and Shelby Foote's Civil War: A Narrative. What are similar narrative retellings for other wars? I'm particularly interested in something like this for the Napoleonic wars.
posted by event on Aug 13, 2010 - 17 answers

Enlistees in uniform, photographed

Where can I find photos (portraits) of veterans in uniform, taken during their enlistment? Is this the kind of thing that's kept on file in military records? [more inside]
posted by liketitanic on Apr 19, 2010 - 8 answers

Scholarly military history introduction/books/journals

Military history looks like a field where jokers abound. All sorts of people make various claims, and it seems that many of them don't know what they're talking about. How do I, a layperson, get the tools to evaluate claims about military history? [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday on Jan 31, 2010 - 19 answers

Who were the highest ranking Jewish officers in the World War II militaries?

Who were the highest ranking Jewish officers in the World War II militaries? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Oct 21, 2009 - 20 answers

What hurdles did you encounter in trying to get a personnel file on someone "famous"?

Have you ordered a US military personnel file (aka "OMPF," or "201 file"), for someone famous that was "released" under the Persons of Exceptional Prominence (PEP) program? How did that go? How long did it take? Did you have to go there in person? [more inside]
posted by garfy3 on May 8, 2009 - 4 answers

How do you measure progress in war?

What are some objective criteria/metrics by which to measure progress towards success or failure in a war or other extended conflict? [more inside]
posted by EatenByAGrue on Jan 13, 2008 - 18 answers

I am not a conspiracy theorist, but. . .

What kinds of high-technology things exist now but will only come to light 50 or 100 years from now? Speculative, but asking for concrete answers. [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater on Nov 30, 2007 - 41 answers

Legally finding someone's military history?

Is there any legal way to find out a person's military history? [more inside]
posted by sidereal on Aug 29, 2007 - 13 answers

Were in London would I be able to see a bearskin-wearing wearing foodguard of the Household Cavalry?

Where in London would I be able to see—and get a decent photograph of—a bearskin wearing footguard of the Household Cavalry? [more inside]
posted by barbelith on May 14, 2007 - 8 answers

History geek activities and tours in San Francisco?

I'm seeking your brilliant ideas for cool behind-the-scenes history/military/engineering tours in the San Francisco Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by handful of rain on Nov 2, 2006 - 19 answers

When, how, where did the distinction between commissoned and non-commissioned officer in the military originate?

When, how, where did the distinction between commissoned and non-commissioned officer in the military originate? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones on Jul 21, 2005 - 9 answers

Is it just the nipples?

Calling all historians: a question inspired by this photo, found through this FPP. What is the significance of the Napoleonic hand-inside-of-shirt pose? [more inside]
posted by Cuke on May 20, 2005 - 15 answers

Guns for US Soldiers in WWI

What sort of guns (by model) were issued to United States soldiers in the first world war? Smaller guns in particular.
posted by dagnyscott on Apr 26, 2005 - 10 answers

Help finding photos of Royal Navy ships

When I was a kid, my dad had framed photos of the ships he'd served on during his time in the Royal Navy. Both he and the photos are long gone, but I've decided I'd like to put something similar together.

First problem is getting hold of his service history - I've only got a vague idea of the time he served (he was involved in Korea and Suez I think). Second is getting the photos.

Any ideas on either?
posted by monkey closet on Feb 16, 2005 - 3 answers

How can I find records or info about my grandfather's WWII service in the Canadian military?

Military Historians or Resident Librarians: lend me your ear!! Actually, I'm just looking for some pointers on digging up information. [MI] [more inside]
posted by smcniven on Nov 12, 2004 - 2 answers

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