Recent content by Dain

  1. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    The relatives I spoke to always explained the GDR in prison allegories. People just felt unfree even in times when materially everything was okay. It's little comfort to the prisoner that food, housing and even make-work jobs are provided for - it's still a life sentence. No wonder people...
  2. A Shift in Priorities - Sequel

    They are doomed. :D
  3. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    I'm pretty sure it makes no sense for a unit stationed in North-East Germany to use a military training area hundreds of kilometers away in South-West Germany. The Heer should own multiple training areas in Prussia itself this unit would exercise in. Of course it should - as mentioned in the...
  4. A Shift in Priorities - Sequel

    This operation at Hammerhorst sounds like it is growing bigger and bigger. And now they are preemptively accumulating supplies and personnel. There must be thousands of people working there now. Do they have families on base? If it weren't for this pesky radioactive contamination issue Germany...
  5. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    The usual bureaucratic gridlock in OTL Germany is that the local municipality will not begin renovations until it has secured most of the required funds from higher administrative levels under some development program or other. Ideally nothing has to be paid locally because the municipality...
  6. A Shift in Priorities - Sequel

    As long as they land at all they can count themselves lucky. Everything else is just a bonus.
  7. A Shift in Priorities - Sequel

    Well, running into debris around Jupiter is also improbable yet they managed multiple hits nonetheless. XD I wonder how future expeditions ITTL are supposed to handle this.
  8. A Shift in Priorities - Sequel

    Quite dicey... at least they do actually have options.
  9. would Germany have won the war if the flu didn't hit them?

    It took some not insignificant load off the home front by supplying the occupying forces. I think that was the main impact. As for winning the war without the flu - no chance. As discussed, the Spring offensive was the absolute last throw of the dice for Germany and it was doomed from the...
  10. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    He is a social democrat and thus ideological enemy number one in this world.
  11. Alternate Battle of Heligoland 1914

    Early in the war there was a sea battle close to Heligoland - the Battle of Heligoland Bight - which is what the title is referring to. The Royal Navy ambushed the too predictable German patrols in the bight at the beginning of the war with light units and a battlecruiser squadron, leading to a...
  12. USA Joins WWI Later, Can The Entente Still Win? And What Happens Afterwords?

    Paris not only produced a significant purality of the ammunition used on the front, it is also the central lynchpin of the French logistics network. Without it, supplying certain parts of the frontline (everything southeast of Paris) would require long detours. Essentially the Entente would lose...
  13. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    The chapter itself tells us that the commanders of the mountain division are likely informed about Allende's plot. Sure, they might be caught flat-footed now, but they did in fact prepare for a man-hunt and will likely still carry it out. Those were presumably their orders after all.
  14. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    The only reasonable explanation I can come up with is that Chile planned to do exactly that. Do a quick land-grab before Argentina can be reinforced by its allies and then call it quits while they are still ahead. Following the armistice they could demand favorable border adjustments in the...
  15. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    Well, this was a delightful turn of stupid luck and happenstance. Kudos for coming up with it. :)