Recent content by Coulsdon Eagle

  1. WI: HMS Repulse, HMS Hood and HMS Prince of Wales at Denmark Strait?

    Also quoted in Ludovic Kennedy's book.
  2. Nothing bad ever happens to the kennedys

    The Kardashians don't get a look in.
  3. At what exact moment did Germany lose the opportunity to win the war with the Soviet Union?

    I respectfully disagree on the last point, but that is part of the beauty of this forum. No-one knows for sure!
  4. Alternate Battle of Lorraine 1914

    My understanding is that Germany invested heavily in fortifying the Metz-Thionville as a huge defensive zone, the Moselstellung, rather than individual fortresses, with the second belt of fortifications being completed in early 20th Century. It was also a major staging area for the troop trains...
  5. At what exact moment did Germany lose the opportunity to win the war with the Soviet Union?

    When they failed on the Marne in 1914. Failure to avoid defeat in WW1 led directly to WW2.
  6. Biggest urban battles that never happened

    Pyongyang in '50 if the North Koreans decided to make a stand.
  7. WI: France and Britain went to war and started WW1

    Nothing to do with our debate... Reading thru Barry Gough's masterful Churchill & Fisher: Titans at the Admiralty. Comment that when Dreadnought was laid down, a Franco-Russian alliance was seen as an equally likely threat as that from parvenu Wilhelmine Germany. However the following extract...
  8. Funny Tidbit of History - The Ottoman West Indies........in 1909?!

    I thought they fought against the Serbs in bitter guerrilla warfare, in part because of the religious divide. They didn't want to be part of Greater Serbia.
  9. WI: France and Britain went to war and started WW1

    I agree with the points you make that Britain would not be a shoo-in. For example, how does Britain win any such war without a continental ally? Probably win the naval war, certainly the colonial war, and I doubt Russia could mobilize a credible attack (not just a threat) via Afghanistan. But...
  10. WI: France and Britain went to war and started WW1

    Which is really the only sensible decision for Russia, but the Balkans do have a habit of forcing Germany to chose who to back Their armour was poor in quality & fitting. Large gaps were found between plates. And they were effectively a French design... The Japanese can still reinforce Korea...
  11. WI: France and Britain went to war and started WW1

    Not sure about the Russian naval threat. OTL they did not replace their Baltic Fleet until they planned the Gangut's. The Baltic fleet was down to 2 pretty good semi-dreadnoughts & a couple of older models. With a victory over Japan, assuming the majority of their pre-dreadnoughts survive...
  12. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    Might explain why their previous employer suddenly went out of business ☺️
  13. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    General Custer's scouts, finding themselves unexpectedly out of gainful employment, seeking an alternative employer?
  14. Alternate Battle of Lorraine 1914

    Like OTL there would be government propaganda - probably playing up the German naval threat.
  15. WI: France and Britain went to war and started WW1

    Russia - 3 dreadnoughts in the Black Sea, so effectively out of any war against the British. The dreadnoughts & battlecruisers in the Baltic were IIRC relying upon the British for the main battery guns (the Russian company managed one barrel). RN in August 1914 has 21 dreadnoughts & 8 BC's in...
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