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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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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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Did Churchill have a hand in the sinking of the Lusitania?

In the hope that the loss of American lives would bring the United States into World War 1, did Winston Churchill play a part in getting the Lusitania to carry ammunition so that it would be sunk by ...
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Was a German WWI soldier made into a hat rack by a furious Scottish Lord?

In the TV show QI XL J16 - Just the Job Jeremy Clarkson tells a story, about a Scottish Lord making a hat rack out of a german WWI soldier. The story goes (from 21:20 in the video): There were some ...
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Was it common among soldiers to put boot blacking on other soldiers' private parts during WW I?

The claim is hidden in a long article about some other ... uhm delicate ... myths surrounding Hitler here: according to a former comrade of Hitler's from the trenches, Hans Mend, his comrades ...