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#46    DieChecker

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 07:55 PM

View PostBiffSplitkins, on 02 April 2013 - 12:07 PM, said:

Also, I would bring these guys, I could make a fourtune selling civil war items to them.  :D


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Posted 19 April 2013 - 08:05 PM

View PostTesla II, on 02 April 2013 - 02:32 PM, said:


Edit: You dont use nukes in civil war.. dont watch so many movies man..
Though North Korea and South Korea could be considered a civil war...

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 05:26 PM

ak 47's. so easy to maintain.


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Posted 21 April 2013 - 02:29 AM

I see everyone talking about the weapons and stuff they would bring back, but I would give them blueprints to AK-47's or early lever-action rifles if AK's are for some reason out of their technological capabilities. Bringing stuff back, once it is broke it's done for, but if they can keep producing them, one side of the war would win easily even with lever-action rifle. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

Though honestly, any kind of med tech would be best, heck modern anesthesia at the very least for people who had to get amputated.


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Posted 21 April 2013 - 04:31 AM

View Postsk8tan71, on 25 March 2013 - 10:14 PM, said:

What invention would you bring from the 20th century to the Civil War that would affect the outcome of the battle?

I would bring forward 6 walkie-talkie radios whichever side gets them is going to win the battles and the war.

50. Cal Sniper Rifle and give it to the Confederacy.  Let them pick the tyrannical union *self edit* off from a distance, they'd win for sure with that kind of weapon distributed throughout the army...  no item amount limit, I'd just say thousands of those rifles given out.


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Posted 21 April 2013 - 05:00 AM

View PostPersonFromPorlock, on 27 March 2013 - 12:00 AM, said:

A more general question would be: what device could you transport to the 1860s that would function very long without the infrastructure of the time it came from? A B-52 would surely impress, but it kinda needs twelve-thousand foot concrete runways, jet fuel, bombs, a few hundred maintenance troops in support and so on. Walkie-talkies might be less demanding, but even then the batteries wouldn't last very long.

Incidentally, Harry Turtledove already considered the question*: his answer was AK-47s.

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You are spot-on here.  I flew navy fighters and the massive amount of support required was eye-watering.  The technology required to support a modern tactical aircraft would render it useless after one flight and even a WWI aircraft would have been useless after one flight.  One viable time transfer would be a nuclear carrier which could fight a sustained war for a while with no support.  The destruction would've been overwhelming but limited in time because there would be no possibility of support as technology couldn't conceive of a carrier and it's weapons load, much less support it.

Edited by Merc14, 21 April 2013 - 05:07 AM.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 10:54 AM

View PostMerc14, on 21 April 2013 - 05:00 AM, said:

You are spot-on here.  I flew navy fighters and the massive amount of support required was eye-watering.  The technology required to support a modern tactical aircraft would render it useless after one flight and even a WWI aircraft would have been useless after one flight.  One viable time transfer would be a nuclear carrier which could fight a sustained war for a while with no support.  The destruction would've been overwhelming but limited in time because there would be no possibility of support as technology couldn't conceive of a carrier and it's weapons load, much less support it.


Still thinking along these lines then a portable Mortar (WW2 style one) would do a lot  and be easy to maintain.

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