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Weapons of the US Marines
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Weapons of the US Marines

The US Marines fought mainly in the Pacific zone of World War Two. The US Marines found fame at battles such as Guadalcanal, Okinawa, Iwo Jima etc. A Marine, nicknamed a 'Leatherhead', carried a variety of personal weaponry, which was modernised as the war progressed. By the time Guadalcanal had been fought for, those Marines landings on the Pacific beaches were equipped with the following weapons: M-1941 Johnson rifle - this was a semi-automatic infantry rifle that was similar to the Garand but with a different magazine design.

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Admiral 'Sandy' Woodward

Sir John 'Sandy' Woodward was the commander of the South Atlantic Naval Task Force that sailed to the Falkland Islands to reclaim them after the Argentine invasion in April 1982. Though Woodward had a naval history that centred on submarines, his pedigree was such that he was given the command of Britain's most powerful naval fleet in decades.
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General Leopoldo Galtieri

Leopoldo Galtieri was the senior member of the military junta that governed Argentina at the time of the Falklands War in 1982. Galtieri to all intents had the power of a president but it was the military defeat over the Falklands that cost Galtieri his position of power. Galtieri came from a working class family with an Italian background.
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Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi became one of the pivotal figures, if not the main figure, in India's history in the Twentieth Century. Along with Jinnah and Nehru, Gandhi shaped India's history up to its independence in 1947. Mahatma Gandhi was born on the 2nd of October 1869 and he died on the 30th of January 1948.
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Voting Patterns in the 2004 Election

The voting patterns of the 2004 election showed little that commentators would not have predicted in terms of which group voted for which candidate. Those less well off tended to put their faith in John Kerry while those earning above average incomes supported George Bush. Minority groups went with Kerry while Bush received the majority of support from the white voters of America.
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Sergeant Ian Mackay

Sergeant Ian Mackay was a member of 3 Para The Parachute Regiment. 3 Para was tasked with the attack on Mount Longdon on June 11 th . Sergeant Mackay was in 4 Platoon B Company 3 Para. Mackay was born on May 7 th 1953 in Wortley, Yorkshire. Argentine machine gun emplacements on Mount Longdon were well placed.
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Germany and Rocket Development

The country most associated with rocket development during World War Two is Nazi Germany. Such was the impact made by German scientists such as von Braun, that their developments spear-headed post-war missile developments both in weapons and in space exploration. The work done at Pennemünde has gone down in history.
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Sea Hurricane

The Hawker Sea Hurricane was the sea-launched version of the legendary Hawker Hurricane of Battle of Britain fame. The Mark 1 version of the Hurricane, designed by Sidney Camm, was very much one that needed a runway to take off and land. Camm probably did not give much if any thought about a sea-launched Hurricane.
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The Sea Harrier

The Sea Harrier played a major part in the Falklands War in 1982. The Sea Harrier was a vertical/short take-off plane designed to be used on aircraft carriers. Whereas the Sea Harriers could manage a vertical take-off from a carrier, it was found that with the addition of a 'ski slope' at the bow of a carrier, the Sea Harrier could take-off with a lot more power than was generated by a vertical take-off - an obvious advantage if the Task Force was threatened.
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Neville Chamberlain

Neville Chamberlain was Prime Minister of Great Britain in September 1939 as Europe descended into World War Two after the failure of appeasement in the late 1930's. Chamberlain paid a political price for the failure of Britain in Norway in the spring of 1940 and resigned as Prime Minister to be succeeded by Winston Churchill.
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Main issues 2004 election

IRAQ Bush: He argued during the election campaign that the war in Iraq made the world a safer place and may act as a lead to other nations in the Middle East to strive for a democratic government. He also argued that Iraq had the potential to make WMD and could have informed terrorist organisations on how to do likewise.
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Democrat National Convention Boston 2004

Boston was an interesting choice for the Democrat national convention. It is a historic city associated with the American Revolution and freeing the people of America from British rule. The Boston Tea Party occurred in the city. Boston is a city very much associated with the Kennedy family - John F Kennedy was seen as the saviour of the Democrats in the early 1960's and the 'golden boy' of American politics.
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The Enabling Act March 1933

The Enabling Act was passed on March 23 rd 1933. The act was to have huge consequences for the citizens of Nazi Germany. The formal title for the Enabling Act was the 'Law to Remedy the Distress of People and Reich' Hitler had been appointed Chancellor on January 30 th 1933. However, he had no intention of acting within a participatory democracy.
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America and Elections

Introduction There are very many elections each year in America - over 80,000 - though the most important, the national election for president is held every four years. These elections are far from simple in terms of organisation. In fact, research indicates that many Americans do not fully understand the nation's electoral structure which might be one of the reasons to explain why nearly 50% of those eligible to vote in November 2000 did not do so.
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Hitler and his first Cabinet

Hitler and his first Cabinet When Adolf Hitler was appointed Chancellor on January 30 th 1933, he was in the position to appoint his very first cabinet. However, with no Nazi Party majority in the Reichstag, Hitler had to include men from other political parties in his first cabinet - even if they did come from the right wing Stahlhelm and German Nationalist parties.
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The Electoral College Votes for the 2000 National Election

The Electoral College Votes for the 2000 National Election State Bush or Gore Electoral College Votes Alabama Bush 9 Alaska Bush 3 Arizona Bush 8 Arkansas Bush 6 California Gore 54 Colorado Bush 8 Connecticut Gore 8 Delaware Gore 3 District of Columbia Gore 2 Florida Bush 25 Georgia Bush 13 Hawaii Gore 4 Idaho Bush 4 Illinois Gore 22 Indiana Bush 12 Iowa Gore 7 Kansas Bush 6 Kentucky Bush 8 Louisiana Bush 9 Maine Gore 4 Maryland Gore 10 Massachusetts Gore 12 Michigan Gore 18 Minnesota Gore 10 Mississippi Bush 7 Missouri Bush 11 Montana Bush 3 Nebraska Bush 5 Nevada Bush 4 New Hampshire Bush 4 New Jersey Gore 15 New Mexico Gore 5 New York Gore 33 North Carolina Bush 14 North Dakota Bush 3 Ohio Bush 21 Oklahoma Bush 8 Oregon Gore 7 Pennsylvania Gore 23 Rhode Island Gore 4 South Carolina Bush 8 South Dakota Bush 3 Tennessee Bush 11 Texas Bush 32 Utah Bush 5 Vermont Gore 3 Virginia Bush 13 Washington Gore 11 West Virginia Bush 5 Wisconsin Gore 11 Wyoming Bush 3 Bush received the Electoral College votes from 30 states (271 votes) Gore received the Electoral College votes from 21 states (266 votes) (Electoral College votes include District of Columbia; hence 51 'states') Related Posts USA 2000 election American politics in the year 2000 was dominated by the election for president.
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The Gestapo

The Gestapo ( Ge heime Sta ats po lizei) was Nazi Germany's feared secret police force. During World War Two the Gestapo was under the direct control of Heinrich Himmler who controlled all the police units within Nazi Germany. The first head of the Gestapo was Rudolf Diels but for most of its existence, the Gestapo was led by Heinrich Müller.
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Political Action Committees

Political Action Committees (PACs) are an important aspect of American politics and the American electoral system. Political Action Committees exist legally as a means for corporations, trade unions etc. to make donations to candidates for Federal office - something that they cannot do directly . An organisation will establish a Political Action Committee for which they solicit financial support.
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The Potsdam Conference

The Potsdam Conference was held from July 16th, 1945 to August 2nd 1945. The Potsdam Conference is considered to be the last of World War Two's conferences. At Yalta and Tehran, the so-called 'Big Three' attended - Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin. At Potsdam, America was represented by Harry Truman, the Soviet Union still by Stalin and Britain, first by Winston Churchill and then by Clement Atlee, who defeated Churchill in the post-war British election in 1945 which took place during the actual conference.
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Class and American elections

It is accepted that class-oriented behaviour can be a significant factor in American elections and in Americanpolitics in general. However the problem is to determine how significant class is in elections. The 1920's and 1930's - with the New Deal aiding the underprivileged - did, in fact, establish a direct relationship between class and party allegiance; though this allegiance was subject to considerable variation from election to the election.
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Heinrich Hoffman

Heinrich Hoffman was Adolf Hitler's personal photographer. As a result of this very close association with Hitler, Hoffman became a wealthy man. He followed Hitler wherever he went and the huge bulk of photographs released to the public of Hitler were taken by Hoffman. Numerous films of Hitler in public show a man with a camera within touching distance of the Führer - Heinrich Hoffman.
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