05-31-2013, 05:41 AM
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  • ben74
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Alexander the Great observed that beards could be easily grabbed by the enemy during battle and insisted his troops fight with clean-shaven faces...

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 05-31-2013, 06:03 AM
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(05-31-2013, 05:41 AM)ben74 Wrote: Alexander the Great observed that beards could be easily grabbed by the enemy during battle and insisted his troops fight with clean-shaven faces...

What if they used a full helmet Smile

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 05-31-2013, 06:12 AM
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Same reason I used a clip on tie when I was in law enforcement.

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 05-31-2013, 09:44 AM
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Great strategist!

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 06-01-2013, 11:49 AM
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Have read a lot on Alexander the Great, first time I hear that one. Great strategy and makes sense on a practical level.

Happy Shaving.

Sam

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 06-01-2013, 12:34 PM
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If you check, one of the reasons for being clean shaven every day was found in the History of WWI, and why the Gillette DE became so popular.
Poison Gas! Unless you were clean shaven your gas mask wouldn't fit properly. And if it didn't fit properly you were dead.

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 06-02-2013, 12:46 PM
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(05-31-2013, 06:12 AM)Johnny Wrote: Same reason I used a clip on tie when I was in law enforcement.

Johnny, I thought that was mandatory in virtually every police department for just that reason.

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 06-02-2013, 01:19 PM
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Had it done to me 'once'. There is a small trick to doing it the 'right' way. Luckily there was 2 people with me who came in and helped me. You really need two hands to loosen the knot and if you're using one defensively to fend off the persons other hand you can come up short.

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 06-04-2013, 04:59 PM
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  • Dalejr
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The same can be said about why you get a buzzcut when you join the military.

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 06-05-2013, 08:53 PM
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Dittos on the buzzcut, but that's also done to help prevent lice and such.

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 06-06-2013, 11:21 AM
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(05-31-2013, 05:41 AM)ben74 Wrote: Alexander the Great observed that beards could be easily grabbed by the enemy during battle and insisted his troops fight with clean-shaven faces...

Don't really believe this anecdote. Greek hoplites fought in the phalanx formation using shields & spears. They wouldn't get close enough to grab any beards, nor would they risk a limb trying to get over the OP's shield and drop their weapon.

The Macedonian phalanx used the sarissa which is a 9 ft spear making this statement still more historically doubtful.

The Companion cavalry also used spears.

The peltasts obviously slung stones and arrows from a distance.

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 06-06-2013, 03:39 PM
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I think that being "Clean Shaven" started with an advertising campaign by some shaving company.

And that got started because some women folk wanted their men to be "Clean Shaven" all of the time.

And before that them Barbers would shout in the streets that they would shave anyone's face in under a minute. And the lines would be formin around the block as some Barber would set a record shaving a 100 men without stopping.

And before that you would go to the Doctor who was a Barber and after he treated what was wrong with you he would give you a hair cut and a shave for less than 2-bits.

Those were the days.

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 06-08-2013, 03:28 PM
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FWIW, The useable distance of a given weapon is meaningless in actual warfare. The enemy doesn't stop if they get withing the useable distance... that is the goal.

Rifles have a useable distance of hundreds of yards, and in actual combat I would have been as cleanly cut as possible for that very reason. Even our troops in Vietnam had to use hand to hand combat despite having rifles. Long hair is a liability for combat troops.

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