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    Alternative History Armoured Fighting Vehicles Part 3

    Is there the indirect hand of McNamara's school of management involved, in some of those FUBARs? Not necessarily hands on, but the imprint of the McNamara method?
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    Malaya What If

    Politico-Economics is war by a different name?
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    WWII alternative military "workhorses": what if there had been no Jeep, no Kubelwagen, no Ju-52, no DC-3 ?

    But at 1400+ HP each. So for a 1930s creation, how do you get enough juice for the STOL performance, or is that just out? Go to four 800-1000hp engines for 1938-39? Or design the slightly smaller and lighter airframe and run two R-1830s and power up as the war goes on?
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    WWII alternative military "workhorses": what if there had been no Jeep, no Kubelwagen, no Ju-52, no DC-3 ?

    Tons of handwavium involved, but how about creating the grandfather of the DHC-4 Caribou, but with conventional radial engines?
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    Keynes' Cruisers Volume 2

    Nice contrast on the relative state of logistics. Night and day differences.
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    Salvos at Savo

    FWIW: here's a video of PT boats on the move. (scroll to 30 secs and onward)
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    WWII alternative military "workhorses": what if there had been no Jeep, no Kubelwagen, no Ju-52, no DC-3 ?

    I'm going to pick up on a US Universal Carrier PoD. Feel free to fold, bend, spindle, and mutilate my thought here. :biggrin: OTL J. Walter Christie had managed to both intrigue and thoroughly piss off the US Army procurement brass, with his unique approach to highly mobile armored vehicles...
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    WWII alternative military "workhorses": what if there had been no Jeep, no Kubelwagen, no Ju-52, no DC-3 ?

    Being flippant again: instead of "Tante Ju" this craft might be dubbed "Zia Ju" (if built built or reconfigured by Junkers)
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    WI: NACA Modified P-38

    That's a configuration I've not heard of. Like an OV-10 Bronco?
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    Salvos at Savo

    Ironic, in that was a problem that plagued Glenn Curtis with his first floatplane experiments back in the "aughts"
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    Salvos at Savo

    Would Henderson Field or the beachead still be too contested at this point?
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    WWII alternative military "workhorses": what if there had been no Jeep, no Kubelwagen, no Ju-52, no DC-3 ?

    Calling @marathag, @phx1138 , @Draconis - this is in your wheelhouse. A couple of thoughts: No DC-3, then the C-46 (for all its flaws) gets a bigger role, till something better is created. No Jeep: The Dodge WC in all its iterations, gets even more use The US Bren analog is an interesting...
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    Malaya What If

    ^^^^ Just trying to extrapolate how the Major's presentation and Lord Gort's commentary might be processed by the officers present. I could imagine for some both comments are taken with a bit of an eye-roll followed by looking for a drink refill. For other ears, Lord Gort's straight forward...
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    Keynes' Cruisers Volume 2

    DH.103 Hornet?
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    WI: NACA Modified P-38

    I'm not sure how you would accomodate the second-seater, but I'd think it could be done. The OTL P-38M had the second set, and there's even an active two-seat version of a Spitfire! The trade-offs may be in CoG and aerodynamic flow, but with the other gains in performance, maybe it could be...
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