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    Albany Rifles, thank you for that link. ...

    Albany Rifles, thank you for that link.

    zraver's mention of Brittain's Testament of Youth reminds me about a good book written by another volunteer WWI nurse, Florence Farmborough, Nurse at the...
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    Concurrently with reading Joffre's account of...

    Concurrently with reading Joffre's account of 1916, I have been reading Ludendorff.

    I had last read Ludendorff's memoirs back in the late '90's. At that time, I had found Ludendorff tendentious...
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    Memoirs of Joffre, Foch, freely available

    Internet Archive also has digitized the English translations of the memoirs of the French commanders, Joffre and Foch:


    Joffre (in 2 vols):

    https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.77210...
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    In terms of higher direction of the war, many of...

    In terms of higher direction of the war, many of the memoirs by major personalities, published shortly after the conflict, can be quite valuable.

    I think the best is Falkenhayn's General...
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    I've been doing quite a bit of reading on the...

    I've been doing quite a bit of reading on the Great War during the past decade or so. I`m lucky in that I have access to a big university library whose collection includes a large number of works...
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    French National Library (BnF) has made available...

    French National Library (BnF) has made available the complete set of Les armees francaises dans la grande guerre in searchable PDF for free download:
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    The Allies adopted a strategic plan that ran...

    The Allies adopted a strategic plan that ran counter to the tactical doctrine of the largest of the Allied armies. As has been noted, the French Army had equipped and trained for a defensive battle....
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    snapper: Although most of the Syrian coast is...

    snapper:

    Although most of the Syrian coast is pro-government in the civil war, ISIS has nevertheless been able to engage in a number of significant operations in the area--incl. attacks on...
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    The USA enjoyed a wide advantage in most...

    The USA enjoyed a wide advantage in most aggregate indices of output. However, the aggregate economic advantage of the USA, and indeed of the Western allies as a whole, was offset in the first half...
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    1. Those divisions may have remained in Siberia,...

    1. Those divisions may have remained in Siberia, but the Comintern had a successful agent in Tokyo.

    2. Even when he decided to trust Sorge, Stalin still hedged his bets when he shifted...
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    I agree with you that the expansion of our...

    I agree with you that the expansion of our alliance was not undertaken carelessly. However, you do make it sound like the expansion was some sort of involuntary process. As you point out, NATO has...
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    In fairness to the Japanese leadership, they must...

    In fairness to the Japanese leadership, they must have planned the war during the late summer or fall of 1941, at a time when it looked probable that the Soviet Union was going to collapse in the...
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    In ordinary power-politics, the economic...

    In ordinary power-politics, the economic development of the Russian Empire would have posed no insuperable threat to German sovereignty. Putting together an offsetting coalition in the event of...
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    I thought that his remarks on "revisionism" were...

    I thought that his remarks on "revisionism" were worth discussing without derailing the thread in which they had originally been made.




    Agreed.



    The question I asked in my OP was...
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    The article's authors couldn't find one battle...

    The article's authors couldn't find one battle from the wars of the ancient Mediterranean?

    I think zraver's choice of Alesia is a good one. Did you consider any of the Punic War battles (e.g....
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    "Revisionism" in West/Russia relations

    An interesting comment by astralis on the Ukraine thread deserves a new thread for discussion.




    In my opinion, it's not exactly revisionism. You just have to look at a couple of maps. The...
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    One thing to which Solonin minimally refers is...

    One thing to which Solonin minimally refers is the Germans' and Italians' strategic activity in the Mediterranean theatre.

    I'm surprised that, given the amount of favourable attention paid on...
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    Offensive at tactical level, or offensive at...

    Offensive at tactical level, or offensive at higher levels?

    I am reluctant to ascribe grand-strategic intention to the development of new tactical means of relatively short-range, direct-fire,...
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    Stalin's worst grand strategic surprise did not...

    Stalin's worst grand strategic surprise did not come in June 1941. Rather, it came a year earlier, in June 1940. That's when the USSR's grand strategic position changed abruptly from "comfortable"...
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    Was it "class warfare" in the 1950's or 60's when...

    Was it "class warfare" in the 1950's or 60's when income tax rates on the upper brackets were higher than they are today?


    I've already explained your three doors:

    Door #1: Take a bunch of...
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