alternate englands - belated questions

AZS ania at
Mon Feb 14 17:19:53 EST 2005

I believe that it was during the American Civil War that the something or
other rifle was invented and mass-produced, and it's seen as a Decisive
Weapon, at least acc. to a documentary I saw on TV once (others were the
longbow and.. umm.. possibly the samurai sword? can't remember). Maybe that
decisive rifle was further developed and led to whatever they used to kill
each other in WWI.
Someone here may be a lot better informed about this.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Elizabeth Bentley" <elizabeth at>
To: <dwj at>
Sent: Monday, February 14, 2005 8:41 PM
Subject: Re: alternate englands - belated questions

> On 14/2/05 7:08 pm, "Otter Perry" <ottertee at> wrote:
> >
> > On Monday, February 14, 2005, at 11:26 AM, Robyn Starkey wrote:
> >
> > I would say that if we hadn't had the American Civil War/War of
> > Northern Aggression
> > [depending on where you're from and how strongly you feel about it], WWI
> > certainly wouldn't have taken the form it took.  I think this is true
> > independent
> > of who won the Civil War.
> Could you explain why you think this, since the USA didn't join WW1 until
> 1917?
> EB
> Elizabeth Bentley
> mailto:elizabeth at
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