Questions tagged [war]

An organized, armed, and often a prolonged conflict that is carried on between states, nations, or other parties.

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Were more Americans fatally shot by March this calendar year than died during DDay as the Washington post claimed?

As above - seems either scary or unlikely? Is this claim accurate? Washington Post: More Americans were shot to death by March 6 this year than died on D-Day From the linked article:
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Have heroRATS cleared more than 100,000 mines?

From the Washington Post (emphasis added): The Belgian organization APOPO has been training its “heroRATS” to find land mines for 20 years, and it says the animals have helped clear more than 100,...
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Did Christians kill thirty to fifty times as many people in political violence as Muslims in the 20th century?

Blog post by US academic Juan Cole (sometimes linked to in twitter) Twentieth Century Deaths in War and Political Violence by Religion Total: 102 Million Killed by Christians of European ...
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Has France ever won a war?

France is commonly made fun of for not having won a war, for instance when they rejoined NATO and the daily mail made fun of them: Why did the French celebrate their World Cup in 1998 so wildly? ...
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Was the death rate in Boer War concentration camps the same as in Glasgow?

In a widely reported debate on BBC's Question Time, Conservative politician Jacob Rees-Mogg was accused of "justifying" the British use of concentration camps during the Boer War at the beginning of ...
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Do colour-blind people see through certain kinds of camouflage?

I found this claim in Unweaving the Rainbow by Richard Dawkins. This is the Google Books link to the relevant page. Nobody knows whether or how this benefits them, but it may be suggestive that ...
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Did the Nixon administration use anti-drug law against anti-war movement?

The History Channel stated that Nixon administration actively used anti-drug law to get rid of anti war activists. Is it true?
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Does the US Army move tanks in bulk to Ukraine?

I know the site I am sharing is mostly fake news. For instance their latest claim (excerpt below) is not supported by any link to external source. But still, the claim was really alarming and I am not ...
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Did more Vietnam vets kill themselves after the war?

In his song 'Terrorist' the artist Lowkey asserts: When more Vietnam vets kill themselves After the war than died in it? Is this true?
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Have more people been killed by automobiles than by all wars combined?

I read this claim somewhere recently, and a google search shows that it's occasionally made around the web, but was perhaps more common in the 1970's (many of the stories I find online are people ...
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Did the Greeks provide Turks with ammunition during the Greek War of Independence to save the Parthenon?

The following anecdote can be found in the History Revealed magazine from January 2015. In 1822, during the Greek War of Independence, Turkish troops found themselves under siege at the Acropolis – ...
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Were younger people more likely to support Vietnam war than people older than 50 years old in the 60s?

Claim: “According to Gallup polls done throughout the 1960s, young and educated people (meaning college students) were far more likely to support the war than their old and educated fellow citizens. ...
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Was 19 the average age of a combat soldier in Vietnam?

The anti-war song 19 by Paul Hardcastle claims that: In World War II the average age of the combat soldier was 26... In Vietnam he was 19. Are these figures accurate? I'm more interested in the ...
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Was superglue invented to seal bullet injuries in Vietnam?

I cut myself recently and used superglue to seal the wound. I thought it was normal but when I tell people that act like I'm crazy. Then I tell them this story: Superglue was invented during the ...
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Did a group meditation in Delhi (1988-1990) influence the world peace? [closed]

Snippets from the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8SYlV3ihl4 at https://www.unify.org/ The concept of morphic resonance was widely promoted by banning the TEDx talk by Rupert Sheldrake: https:/...
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Did global warming exacerbate the Syrian conflict?

Newspapers have recently reported that research shows that Global Warming can now be assigned as a major contributor to the ongoing conflict in Syria. For example, The Independent: Climate change ...
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Was the UK's drive to acquire civilian metals to use in WW2 necessary for the war effort?

This question was asked here recently: Were World War II scrap drives in the United States truly necessary for the procurement of raw materials? And it has produced some very solid analysis and ...
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Was Robert Capa’s famous 1936 war photo “The Falling Soldier” a faked photo?

The photo in question (Death of a Loyalist Militiaman, Córdoba front, Spain (1936)) can be found here at The International Center of Photography and is also attached below. The question is: The core ...
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Did Pakistan military and allies rape 200-400 thousand women during the 1971 war?

A 2016 article from the Indian Express, When raped women and war babies paid the price of a new nation, refers to the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 and states: An official estimate of 200,000 to 400,...
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Was an argument over how many telegraph poles Germany needed to deliver cause to WW2?

I was reading a Batman comic where the Joker claimed: Do you know what triggered the last World War? An argument over how many telegraph poles Germany owed its war debt creditors! This ...
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Did India conduct a fake military strike across the Western border in 2016?

On 29 September 2016 Indian government claimed that they conducted a 'Surgical Strike' (military operation) across the Western border with Pakistan. Pakistan military rejected the claim ...
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Did Churchill urge the US to ‘wipe out’ Moscow with an A-bomb

I read the following article: https://www.icij.org/blog/2014/10/churchill-urged-us-wipe-out-moscow-bomb/ from a seemingly reputable source (although it is a blog post). The key claim: Privately, ...
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Is the silence of BBC Radio a key test for UK (submarine) nuclear response?

A comment under a WorldBuilding.SE answer to the question What's the quickest way to tell if most of the people on Earth have disappeared? refers to the BBC Newsbeat article Trident: What are the ...
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Was there a chemical attack in Syria in April 2018 and was Bashar al-Assad responsible for it? [closed]

Trump said in a tweet on April 8, 2008: Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it ...
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Was the bombed Barzah scientific research centre inspected by OPCW in Nov 2017? [closed]

Was the bombed Barzah scientific research centre the same as the " Barzah facility" in this 23 March 2018 OPCW report stating (section 11): the second round of inspections at the Barzah and ...
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Did Churchill come up with the idea of using civilian vessels to evacuate those trapped at Dunkirk, as portrayed in Darkest Hour?

I just watched the movie, "Darkest Hour", about the first few weeks of Churchill's leadership during WWII. In it, Churchill is studying the map of Calais and Dunkirk when he seems to come up with the ...
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Did no genocide occur in Kosovo? [closed]

British Member of Parliament Llew Smith filed a motion in 2004 which is being talked about today because one of the MPs who signed in support of it was Jeremy Corbyn, now leader of the opposition of ...
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Was the Browning Automatic Rifle kept from US troops during WWI?

On the History Channel show Modern Marvels: Engineering Disasters 2 (S05E30) there is a segment on the French Chauchat rifle. Dr. Jack Atwater, former director of the US Army Ordnance Museum, makes ...
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Which secret societies is JFK denouncing in this speech? [closed]

I have a few friends who are strong believers of the existence of illuminati/nwo threats, and I occasionally am shown a video or two that is supposed to provide evidence of such. Whether such a group ...
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Did the North Korean Navy sink the heavy cruiser U.S.S. Chicago by torpedo boat in 1950?

I am from an Eastern bloc nation. In my childhood I was taught that the North Korean Navy sunk the U.S. Navy heavy cruiser U.S.S. Chicago by torpedo boat in 1950. The teaching was such: On June ...
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Is there any evidence that soldiers turned traitor due to Chinese “brainwashing”?

The Wikipedia article on brainwashing states: Hunter and those who picked up the Chinese term used it to explain why, during the Korean War (1950-1953), some American prisoners of war ...
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Is any male over 15 years of age considered a combatant if killed by a drone strike?

In the essay "We have always fought" by Kameron Hurley, she makes the following claim: We don’t kill “fifteen year old boys” but “enemy combatants” (yes, every boy 15 and over killed in drone ...
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Did the Germans invent Radar first?

The popular view of the Battle of Britain is that one of the critical factors that enabled the British to win it was Watson-Watt's invention of Radar. The History Learning Site, for example, ...
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Chinese behind the 2003 NY blackout

"[There are many people in the defense community who believe that] the Chinese communist party was behind the 2003 shutdown of the New York city electrical grid." (Joshua Philipp, interview) Is ...
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Did the US (ab)use the “deconfliction channel” with Russia to shoot the Syrian Su-22 plane? [closed]

I just read this piece of news: ... the American plane took off from a carrier (George HW Bush), flew over all of Russia's radar and missile sites in western Syria, shot down the Syrian Su-22 in ...
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Is it true that every McDonald's branch had a bunker in case of war? [closed]

About 10-15 years ago, I heard rumors that in 20 century every branch of McDonald in America had a bunker in case of war with USSR. Bunkers are placed in this way so that they can easily be found by ...
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Can USA's president launch nukes whenever/wherever? [duplicate]

Many people complaining the current (or former) president of USA mention the fact that "he has the ability to launch nukes wherever and whenever he wants", "he has all the launch codes of the nukes", ...
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Would tying sulphur to the feet of birds allow you to burn down a house?

According to legend: The last vengeance took place in the year 946 when Olga traveled around the land of the Drevlyans in order to gather tributes. She besieged the town of Iskorosten, which ...
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Is “five” removed from military countdowns because it sounds like “fire”?

This question on english.stackexchange.com asks if a word with multiple meanings could be misunderstood and result in death. This answer says: The word 'five' is generally omitted from countdowns ...
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Were chemical weapons used in the civil war in Syria by the Assad regime before 2014?

From Erdogan: Assad using chemical weapons in Syria at The Jerusalem Post: Turkish Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that the regime of Syrian President Basher Assad has used ...
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Does the GRU-43/B “Massive Ordnance Air Blast” weapon cost $US16 million?

I read in the past for the existence of the so called "Mother Of All Bombs" and for some reason I still thought it was a fuel-air or thermobaric bomb. However after the first operational use (here) I ...
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Did Kim Jong-un order the partial evacuation of Pyongyang in North Korea? [closed]

Pravda.ru reported on April 12, 2017 that Pyongyang was being partially evacuated in fear of large-scale war with the USA: North Koreaт (sic) leader Kim Jong-un ordered 25 percent of Pyongyang ...
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Did Syria use chemical weapons (in the recent April 2017 ordeal with 30+ civilian casualties)? [duplicate]

My Apple News Feed blew up regarding the missile strike on the Syrian airbase in response to the "Chemical Weapon Attack" - which I put in quotes because while all the major news outlets in my news ...
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Did pro-Israel Americans convince the U.S. to initiate the Iraq War?

In 2003, the United States invaded Iraq, which initiated the Iraq War. I've seen several people claim that pro-Israel Americans pushed the US to initiate this war, all referencing a June 2005 article ...
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Did the Syrian government use chemical weapons in Khan Shaykhun? [closed]

Since April 4th 2017, reports have been released about a chemical attack that is supposed to have occurred in a Syrian town called Khan Shaykhun. According to the BBC, "[t]he UK's foreign secretary, ...
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Did birth defects in southern Iraq rise enormously after the US war against Iraq?

Doug Westerman of the Centre for Research on Globalization writes in Depleted Uranium – Far Worse Than 9/11: Doctors in southern Iraq are making comparisons to the birth defects that followed the ...
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Was this Indian from British India the first to strike Berlin during World War I?

This article (since deleted, backup here) came to my eye recently. The article glosses over the exploits of a citizen of British India who, purportedly, rose from utter obscurity to becoming an ace ...
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Have the rich Arab states accepted almost no Syrian refugees?

According to speisa.com, BBC News, and sources cited by this skeptics post, and many others, "rich Arab gulf states" accept none or almost none Syrian refugees: The six wealthy Gulf countries - ...
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Were majority of those killed in the Sabra And Shatila Massacres women, children and the elderly?

New York Times: ON the night of Sept. 16, 1982, the Israeli military allowed a right-wing Lebanese militia to enter two Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut. In the ensuing three-day rampage, the ...
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Do gun homicides and suicides kill more Americans than war?

In a 2015 column in the New York Times by Nicholas Kristof, the following two claims are made: More Americans die in gun homicides and suicides every six months than have died in the last 25 years in ...