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What would be the impact of a modern programmer and laptop being dropped into World War II, possibly breaking Enigma?

I've always found the idea of intelligent every-man sent back in time using his knowledge of the future tech to realistically impact the past. The first time something like this came to my mind was ...
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From which point on would including a dragon on one side of a historical battle not be an instant victory?

Inspired by this question, I am wondering something similar. In a modern war a dragon that simply flies over enemy forces and torches them with its fire breath there are several ways of taking it down ...
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How can asymmetrically powerful states be balanced? (AKA why don't legendary heroes rule the world)

We've all heard the stories. The unbelievably chaste Sir Prancealot having the strength of ten men. The undefeatable members of the Kung Few, equal to any five hundred lesser mortals. The frankly ...
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Implications of a Lightsaber on the Middle Ages

Imagine if by chance, a Lightsaber was transferred using a time machine to the middle ages. At first it was found by a peasant. The poor fellow didn't know what to do with it, so he sold it for a few ...
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For how long could a modern tank survive in a past war?

A while ago, I asked In what war would one modern military vehicle make a difference? I have now come up with a sort-of sequel. A modern, Challenger II battle tank has been sent back in time to a ...
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Does power make a king?

Imagine a modern day special forces soldier, armed with the best gear and training the military can offer (Limited only by what he can reasonably haul around). Now imagine him thrown into the distant ...
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Ancient tanks of war

I plan to go back in time and help Asterix and Obelix to turn the tide of Gallic wars against the romans. To achive this i will build ancient versions of our most dreaded land weapon: Tanks ! The ...
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Impact of a Nimitz-class carrier in hypothetical past wars

Inspired by: In what war would one modern military vehicle make a difference? A lone Nimitz-class carrier (with a full crew and pilots) suddenly gets transported back in time into a war and the crew ...
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How thick a stone castle wall needs to be to withstand a modern tank?

From In what war would one modern military vehicle make a difference? question I presume a tank could decimate something like an ordinary medieval castle as have survived to this day. But at some ...
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A T-90 tank in WW2

A russian scientist wanted to develop a new superweapon : Time travel. So he arranged for a experiment to be made. A tank and its crew was transported back in time to 1941. But there was a problem : ...