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Day-to-day of a tanker in WWII?

I'm looking for non-fiction books that describe the day-to-day life of an allied tanker (guy in a tank or other AFV) in World War II. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Mar 14, 2014 - 8 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

Which Two Things Are Not Like The Other?

I have a serious question about how war will be fought in this future age. Please explain how technology effects the business of military conflict. I'm very very interested if any news outlets or American Politicians are discussing this perspective currently. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by jbenben on Sep 5, 2013 - 21 answers

Must have been one helluva loan

In a nutshell; how much does the USA owe for "debt incurred in past wars", are there easy to understand figures for which wars specifically, and who does it owe it to? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Apr 6, 2013 - 7 answers

Recommend me some thoughtful military books

Bookfilter: Recommend me thoughtful military memoirs / journalism [more inside]
posted by xchmp on Sep 3, 2012 - 24 answers

The other perspective

Can you recommend a book which gives a perspective of the occupying military force in a conflict zone? [more inside]
posted by manny_calavera on Jul 5, 2012 - 9 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

Segregated troops at Ft. Gordon, Georgia in 1950s

My father-in-law, who is 81, was stationed at Ft. Gordon in Georgia in 1951, as part of the signal corps. He has charged me with finding out anything I can about the segregated troops during the period. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Dec 31, 2010 - 4 answers

What should I read about Just War?

Do you have recommendations for good readings on Just War theory and debates? Any and all perspectives welcome, from Thomas Aquinas to modern day. Links to good summaries and reviews of leading works/thinkers very good too. This is for thesis writing, so especially looking for the academic or at least erudite. Thanks very much for any tips!!
posted by zresearch on Nov 8, 2010 - 16 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

Please recommend some books about incompetent military leaders.

Please recommend some books that deal with incompetent military commanders and, ideally, the competent ones who replaced them. [more inside]
posted by circular on Apr 18, 2010 - 18 answers

Good songs about men and war?

What are some popular World War II-era songs about masculinity, the military, and/or war? [more inside]
posted by catesbie on Apr 6, 2010 - 21 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

How many will be killed / wounded?

Of the 30,000 additional troops President Obama has now committed to sending to Afghanistan, how many will be killed or wounded? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Dec 5, 2009 - 24 answers

How do I get my brother out of the Marines?

How do I help my little brother get out of the Marines? My little brother (well, not so little anymore) recently graduated from Marines' boot camp and is now in infantry training (I think, I'm woefully ignorant of military terminology). He recently expressed to me online that he's basically had enough with the Marines and wants to go home. Is there any way he can do that simply and legally? Would he have to get a dishonorable discharge. Seriously, I know nothing about the military having come from a long line of cowards. Can he just leave or is there some special process? Is there some kind of hotline or something he can call to be counseled on this stuff? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 9, 2009 - 29 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

How destructive are current U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals relative to their maximum levels?

How destructive are current U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals relative to their maximum levels? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Sep 26, 2009 - 8 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

What to write to a military pen pal I don't know?

What sort of things should I write about to my soldier pen pal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2007 - 18 answers

Civil War balloon photography.

Are there any extant photographs taken from balloons during the American Civil War? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft on May 22, 2007 - 7 answers

Illegal's kids serving in the US Military?

Are there legitimate statistics that can tell me how many or what percentage of US Armed Forces are children of illegal immigrants? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones on Nov 13, 2006 - 8 answers

"‘Cause we’ll put a boot in your ass, it’s the American way.”

Fear Of A Brown Planet: I'm looking for songs with a Jingoistic bent, preferably in Country Music. [more inside]
posted by sourwookie on Jun 13, 2006 - 28 answers

Vietnam war stories

Where can I read some Vietnam tour of duty stories? [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman on Jun 3, 2006 - 20 answers

I feel lightheaded... maybe you should drive.

Hallucinogens as weapons? [more inside]
posted by RokkitNite on May 23, 2006 - 29 answers

What do they tell soldiers leaving for war?

Military briefings. A friend of a friend works as a consultant for the military. This person briefs soldiers before they go off on missions. What goes on in these briefings? [more inside]
posted by acoutu on Apr 18, 2006 - 12 answers

Occupation

is there a map or list of all the military bases the "west" (read USA/NATO) has ? [more inside]
posted by Substrata on Feb 16, 2006 - 12 answers

Cutting military benefits?

Has the Bush administration been cutting or curtailing benefits to active duty soldiers and veterans, and if so, can you point me to non-opinion sources that would back up such an assertion? [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Nov 18, 2005 - 6 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

Will there be an Iraq war draft?

I'm looking for any informative preferably unbiased look at wether the US might set up a draft for the ongoing Iraqi war . I would also be interested in reading educated opinions on the probablility of this happening in the absence of real tangible information. I did find this: The Coming Draft, but I don't know the slant on this news source. Many thanks!
posted by pissfactory on Apr 15, 2004 - 14 answers

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