Recent content by Coulsdon Eagle

  1. Germans introduce V1 in 1940

    It is good, but lacks pin-point accuracy at the lowest scales. How do I know? There is a supposed bomb marked on what has been my home for 60 years, and was built in 1938. Until the late 60's there was a bomb site about 200 yards down the road, which shows no bomb hit. So if you want to check...
  2. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    Princess Patricia's Light Infantry?
  3. Russo-German peace after a CP victory in the west

    IIRC the battlecruisers were to be fitted with German engines, but certainly the guns were to be supplied in the first instance by Vickers. The Rusian company meant to be picking up the slack in armaments managed to produce one gun in total. There were also serious deficiencies in the armour...
  4. Germans introduce V1 in 1940

    Not sure if the dark patch in the south extends to Croydon, which IIRC was one of the most heavily bombed London councils during WWII. It contained or was close to three Fighter Command airfields at Croydon Airport, Kenley & Biggin Hill; there were also a fair bit of aircraft industry based...
  5. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    No North Sea or Humber Estuary in the Yorkshire moors!
  6. Jutland Redux - A summer soltice shootout

    The Grand Fleet battle squadrons had a better hit rate than Scheer's at Jutland - the latter can be put down to circumstances, while the former proves the value of practice.
  7. Jutland Redux - A summer soltice shootout

    IIRC OTL Jellicoe & Beatty agreed to blame the lax ammunition practices for the loss of 3 battlecruisers, rather than the thin armour, so that the Fleet would think "Well, that problem is solved" rather than "I'm in a tin can likely to become a roman candle." Interesting that Jellicoe's opinion...
  8. Jutland Redux - A summer soltice shootout

    Dreadnoughts were very hard to sink by gunfire - exploding magazines aside. In WW1 perhaps the only one battered to death was Lutzow. The increase in the number of damaged ships alone speaks to the difficulty in finishing off a dreadnought. A Tsushima-like result is pretty much impossible...
  9. Jutland Redux - A summer soltice shootout

    Thank you for a brilliant TL. I enjoy the naval stories, especially those set in the dreadnought era.
  10. The BEF carries out the Weygand Plan

    Sir Alec Douglas-Home was neither a member of the House of Commons nor the House of Lords when he was appointed PM!
  11. The BEF carries out the Weygand Plan

    Oh indeed - Halifax was talking dry rot once Churchill refused to say if he would have served under Halifax. In a live-or-death struggle for survival of the Empire, does anyone believe that Parliament would not have rushed through an earlier version of the Peerage Act (i.e. Halifax renounces...
  12. The BEF carries out the Weygand Plan

    OTL Halifax gave the excuse that it would be difficult to lead the Govt. from the House of Lords. But as all other parties did not consider this to be a bar, ruling him out as Chamberlain's successor, then I think we can ascertain that both the Conservatives & Labour were prepared to waive...
  13. Jutland Redux - A summer soltice shootout

    IIRC Jellicoe was aware of the (lack of) quality of British shells as early as 1910.
  14. How to force an earlier Zimmerman Telegram and bring the US into WW1 earlier? Consequences if it does?

    Nit Picking HMS Vanguard was a first-generation dreadnought, not a super-dreadnought; Vanguard fully participated in the Battle of Jutland as part of the 4th Battle Squadron; The three super-dreadnoughts that missed Jutland were Emperor of India (in dock for refit), Queen Elizabeth (overhaul)...