July 14th, 2009

  • thejim

Map of Gdansk in 1945?

So, I'm working on a story involving a couple of SOE agents in Gdansk/Danzig, Poland during 1945 and I need to get some access to a contemporary map.

So far, my Google-fu (Map of Gdansk 1945, Map of Danzig 1945, Map of Gdansk Historical, Map of Danzig Historical, Map of Gdansk 1939, Map of Danzig 1939) has failed.

Any help would be appreciated.


EDIT: Excellent help, guys! I have everything I need, thanks!

Nahuatl place names, Aztec ship-building and exploration

Era, Location: 1500s Aztec empire post contact with the Spanish (AU and not historical)
Googled terms: Aztec + ship-building, maritime history, naval history, ships, transportation, etc.; various online Nahuatl dictionaries and language essays

1) In my story, an Aztec ship explores up the coast of N. America; I am pretty sure the Aztec never built ships, but would like that confirmed (suggestions for search terms much appreciated).

2) The Aztec settlement in my story has four main locations which need names. I would like *not* to use real place-names, but I would like them to be gramatically correct (in modern Nahuatl is fine) and not too precious. The names I am considering are: Ayoaatlan ('river place'), Xochiyan ('conch-shell place'), Pistican or Pistemec ('black place', 'black hills' - hopefully implying north), and Achtonco or Achtopan ('first [landing] place'). As I only speak English and Japanese, if any of these are rude in any other language, please let me know *does not want to be rude*

Withdrawal from Multiple Drugs, Religious Hallucinations

You know the old lament, this guy was just supposed to be a minor, walk-on character.  And then he hijacked my story. 

Searches:  "withdrawal multiple drug methamphetamine alcohol duration symptoms hallucinations" in various combinations, erowid, wiki, and this comm's tags.  If there are better searches I could run, please, tell me.

My character could variously be considered an alcoholic or a meth addict, but he's not choosy.  He's the sort who would snort powdered mothballs if he thought it would get him high.  He has pot, meth, booze, jimson weed, and native (southern Appalachia) mushrooms all close to hand.  Heroin, cocaine, and all that other stuff is no more than an hour's drive away.  This fellow is in his twenties and has been doing meth long enough to destroy his teeth and age him at least a decade.  Near future setting.

What I want is, firstly, for him to go from seeing/feeling cockroaches to having religious visions, after a severe emotional shock and a religious trigger.  Is that doable?  Secondly, I need him to go cold turkey (with no medical supervision) and be able to ride in a car and slump/stand in the background looking menacing within two days.  Is that even in the realm of possibility?  He also needs to shoot someone to death--would he likely be shaking so much he'd waste a lot of bullets?  The story would allow me to cut him off from everything but booze up to a week earlier if I have to, but he'd probably try to find something to compensate ("something" likely being pot and native plants/mushrooms)--what would happen then when he goes cold turkey (provided he hasn't given himself lethal liver damage)?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.

Edit:  For any researching authors of the future, an addiction to more than one substance is called "polysubstance dependence" in the DSM.
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Immobilizing/controlling an opponent while face-to-face

I need to have a character check someone roughly his own size and build up against a wall, face-to-face. This character seems to have fairly extensive military/hand-to-hand training, but probably wouldn't be a devotee of any particular art form—his martial arts vocabulary is probably total pidgin. If he wanted to control his opponent in that position without any sort of choke or incapacitating them (or taking them to the ground), how might he do it?

I'm imagining him bracing his hips against his opponent to keep their own hips back against the wall so they can't get leverage, and then controlling their upper body… somehow. By twisting one of their arms behind their back, I suppose. Is that efficient or even sensical? I don't want to spend paragraphs describing this, of course, but the nature of the scene is such that I need a fairly high level of physical detail. Tips much appreciated.

On-base procedure for a soldier's death (Afghanistan, ~2005)

I've got a Delta Force character who dies on a mission in Afghanistan sometime in 2005. He is the only casualty. I know that his body will be taken back to base and (eventually) make its way to Dover Air Base, but what happens in between? A memorial service, an announcement on the base's PA system? His team is headquarted in Bagram, if that makes a difference.

Second... is there any time limit for how long a body stays at Dover? My soldier has no family, his CO is listed as next of kin for any medical/legal issues that might crop up. His funeral is scheduled to be about three months after his death, owing to several factors, so would the body be kept at Dover or sent to a funeral home in the DC area until it's time for his internment at Arlington?

Cross-posted to military_beta