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  1. Latest possible use of privateering in naval operations

    Yeah.. I suspect even a few .50 Cal MG's with API ammo (and a captain and crew willing and able to use them) would deter many if not all pirates, privateers etc. (I seem to recall a comment from an a naval officer a decade or so ago advocating merchant ships having heavy machine guns in...
  2. Air launched ballistic missiles

    That may be the case. I do recall discussions about the Soviets potentially acquiring advanced missile systems for both Edno and Exo atmospheric intercepts of SRAM (which sort of implied to me at least some SRAM flight options involved fairly high altitudes.)
  3. Air launched ballistic missiles

    I recall there was discussion in the later part of the Cold War about US medium range high speed Air launched nuclear or conventional weapons for use by bombers. Possible targets were seen as including AWACS or possibly AABNCP (air borne command post) aircraft. One of colleague of mine...
  4. Air launched ballistic missiles

    I suppose to be pedantic, SRAM was air launched and reportedly had a "ballistic" flight option.
  5. WI: How to make the IRL United States resemble their Grand Theft Auto version as much as possible?

    The situation(s) in certain parts of the Western Hemisphere to the South of the U.S. makes me wonder a bit about how far things can go off the rails in more or less western oriented societies. Granted the root causes behind the violence and the character of the violence are rather different...
  6. Air launched ballistic missiles

    I presume you are thinking in terms of intercontinental range ALBM's carried by transport style air craft as opposed to shorter ranged weapons carried by bombers ? As I understand it, on paper at least a force of intercontinental range ALBM's with a portion on permanent air borne alert (or...
  7. If Germany wins in the east, how long can it realistically hold out against the Western Allies?

    Perhaps although an air campaign and Italian campaign similar to IOTL (with perhaps higher Allied causalities due to more effective German and Italian opposition) would seem within the relm of the possible to me while the Western Allies wait for nuclear weapons to be available. Without...
  8. If Germany wins in the east, how long can it realistically hold out against the Western Allies?

    Once nuclear weapons are perceived as plausible I suspect the US, UK and at least some of their allies won't be running out of will vis a vis defeating Nazi Germany. If for some reasons Fission weapons don't bring the conflict to a conclusion then I suspect the subsequent prospect of Fusion...
  9. WI: Earlier introduction of B-47, effects on Korean Air Campaign?

    IMHO. Perhaps North Korea and China just accepted what ever losses they incurred due to US and Allied air power as a cost of continuing the war while taking what ever steps they could to confound the US targeting efforts. I doubt that adding B47's to the mix (assuming the US were even...
  10. British Rearmament Before World War 2

    Regarding rifle caliber guns, the RAF and the Battle of Britain, it might have been helpful to have ramped up production of the more effective forms of ammo. Reportedly Ball ammo was still widely used by the RAF during the Battle of Britain, see: https://www.quarryhs.co.uk/BoB.htm With the...
  11. British Rearmament Before World War 2

    You may very well be right on all counts (: Altough maybe later without needing to worry about treaties the design might transform into something larger, more useful but with a speed well under 30 Knots. Building some 2,000 ton ships pre war might help iron out some of the details.
  12. British Rearmament Before World War 2

    I am inclined to agree that the RN would have benefited from some rationalization vis a vis 4.5" thru 5.25" gun systems pre WW2. I do see a role for basic hand worked 4" systems no matter what. The issue of equipping a 2,000 ton sloop style vessel with guns bigger than 4", using power turrets...
  13. British Rearmament Before World War 2

    IMHO (no doubt somewhat with the benefit of hindsight..) A reasonable path for the RAF might have been: Plan A) Proceed with the .303 Browning more or less as they did in our time line (maybe carry out more pre war firing trials and if possible accelerate the development of modern AP...
  14. British Rearmament Before World War 2

    Yeah but the German navy seemed fixated on having 15 cm secondary guns on their larger ships so there may have been some perceived reasons why more or less 6" guns were seen as desirable by at least some navies in the WW2 era. Perhaps given the apparent German attitude to guns of that caliber...
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