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Napoleon's Army Commanders

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The highest rank within the Grand Armee was the General de Division (something that would not change until the First World War) and the highest command...
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Lin Zexu's Letters to Queen Victoria and Emperor Daoguang

Posted December 30th, 2016 at 07:16 PM by Lord Oda Nobunaga
Updated December 31st, 2016 at 01:50 PM by Lord Oda Nobunaga

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Commissioner Lin Zexu

The Chinese Repository is a collection of letters published in 1840 about the issue of opium trade in China, particularly that of foreign smuggling by the British. The first letter I chose to focus on is an open letter written to Queen Victoria by Commissioner Lin Zexu in which he requests the end of illegal opium trafficking. The second...
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Why the Germans Could Not Have Won Kursk

Posted October 12th, 2016 at 05:05 PM by Lord Oda Nobunaga
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The Battle of Kursk 5 July to 23 August 1943

To put it simply the Germans would have lost regardless of what they did. Even if the Germans were able to take Kursk they still would have lost at the end of the day. As the Soviet deployment and pincer maneuver would have had the Germans trapped in Kursk or the pocket and assaulted from three sides regardless of whether they actually took that city or not.

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The Artillery of Nader Shah

Posted October 12th, 2016 at 03:02 PM by Lord Oda Nobunaga

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The Safavids had already been known to have established an artillery corp as a result of their defeat at Chaldiran in 1514. Though that is not to say that they were unfamiliar with cannons. Their founder Ismail Safavi had used some cannon during his career. The need for a permanent artillery corp became evident after threat of Ottoman invasion and constant incursions from the...
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Napoleon's Performance in 1809

Posted October 9th, 2016 at 01:02 PM by Lord Oda Nobunaga
Updated October 9th, 2016 at 03:09 PM by Lord Oda Nobunaga

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The war of the Fifth Coalition was masterminded by the Austrians solely (but subsidized with British money). The Russians demonstrated that at best they would remain neutral, the Prussians had no ability to join the war only 2 years after they had been wiped out and the British contributed only in so far as putting up another front in Iberia, promising to open a front in...
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