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I remember reading this ages ago, but this Chinese General, was severely outnumbered and the enemies were advancing. This General and his few troops were in a camp and he was told to shut the gates! But he kept them open, hid his army and all flags so the camp was in silence. The General sat on a ledge playing a flute (or something music wise). The enemies with a huge army, upon arrival grew weary and thought this was an ambush, and left. Later on the General launched a counter attack and won the battle lmao.
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That war never changes.
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The most profound to me that I can easily recall was the christmas truce in WWI between british and german soldiers.

My second profound finding, which is better than the first in my mind, is the Confederate States of America submarine H. L. Hunley which has the first ever submarine kill in naval warfare.
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During the German advancement into France in 1914 at one point the German army was using more ammunition in a single day than during the entire Franco-Prussian war of 1870-1.
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It amazed me to find out that Nazi soldiers were going to be put on a drug called D-IX. This would have enhanced their strength and endurance.

It contained five mg of cocaine, three mg of Pervitin and five mg of an opoid painkiller.

This articles really interesting and has more info about drugs in Nazi Germany.
https://medium.com/clouds-taste-metallic/drugs-the-influence-of-mind-altering-substances-on-society-part-1-3a4be0e63198
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I remember reading some articles about Mengele's experiments during WWII and how he went about trying to find the gene that could create/enhance the aryan race(blond, big, blue eyes etc..). Pretty disturbing stuff. And to think he lived to be 68 years old..
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The sad truth that technological advancements occur more rapidly in times of war.

In our most recent history, leaps and bounds have been made in the treatments for gunshot trauma.
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Another is during WWII, an allied bomber that had been seriously damaged was a sitting duck, a German pilot seen this, but instead of finishing the plane off, he escorted them safely back to land. Later on after the war the 2 pilots met and became best friends until both passed away in 2008.
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The Nazi's nearly beat us to Weapons of Mass Destruction (Nuclear, using heavy water for starters (Heavy water is a heavy isotopic form of water)).
German Unterseeboot U-124 sank a quarter of a million tonnes of ships.
Of the 40,000 submarine crew members, 30,000 died.
The Bat Bomb (dramatic drum roll). A explosive using hundreds of bats to carry a payload. Made in America, never saw service.
Field Marshall Erwin Rommel was one hell of a great guy (read up on him).
Mad Jack Churchill stormed Normandy with a Scottish Broadsword (don't even say Claymore) in his hands. He also had the last recorded bow kill in war.
Balloon Armies. Armies made of balloons to fool enemies from the air. Sometimes having hundreds of tanks, soldiers and even laundry hanging out. Also known as Patton's Ghost Army.

Man, I have too many more. I need to stop here so I can study for finals!
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From the last war, a lot of soldiers were obviously killed dozens at a time daily, and nothing really changed for the better. I think of it like I think of the Vietnam
War, we went in ,. alot of our soldiers were massacred, we left, the region left vulnerable and began to destabilize .

The cold war before that, now its Cold War II thanks to Putin.
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That those snapping sounds were actually bullets passing right above your head...
Yeah, pretty lame but I was like "Wuuuuuuuuuuuuut?"
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The Nazi's nearly beat us to Weapons of Mass Destruction (Nuclear, using heavy water for starters (Heavy water is a heavy isotopic form of water)).
German Unterseeboot U-124 sank a quarter of a million tonnes of ships.
Of the 40,000 submarine crew members, 30,000 died.
The Bat Bomb (dramatic drum roll). A explosive using hundreds of bats to carry a payload. Made in America, never saw service.
Field Marshall Erwin Rommel was one hell of a great guy (read up on him).
Mad Jack Churchill stormed Normandy with a Scottish Broadsword (don't even say Claymore) in his hands. He also had the last recorded bow kill in war.
Balloon Armies. Armies made of balloons to fool enemies from the air. Sometimes having hundreds of tanks, soldiers and even laundry hanging out. Also known as Patton's Ghost Army.

Man, I have too many more. I need to stop here so I can study for finals!


I thought that the bat bomb was another Japanese bomb for the US.

Japan did attack the mainland of the US with balloon bombs, and every once in awhile a hiker finds one.
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War will always be part of humanity, no matter how "advanced" we get.

History will always repeat itself.
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First recorded gas attack dates back to antiquity, 19 dead Romans and 1 Persian soldier were found dead in a tunnel underneath the city of Dura-Europos. The Roman soldiers were not killed with swords, but from a poisonous gas created from a mixture of bitumen and sulphur that was unleashed by the lone Persian (who also fell victim to the gas). Coins carried by the Romans date the incident back to the year 256 A.D.
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