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  1. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    Thank you for pointing out the proper channel for appealing your decision. I have posted my request there.
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    CalBear, I would like to make a public appeal on behalf of Eric S. Raymond for you to reverse your decision to ban him. He has been a long-standing member of this thread and has made many useful and cogent contributions that are appreciated by many members of this community. First, I would...
  3. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    Also, Silesia is on the other side of the mountains and has no easily defended borders. It would be more of a strategic liability than an asset.
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    I recall reading years ago in a book on the Japanese perspective on the war that there was an active debate between Japanese Army and Navy on who Japan should attack to get the resources needed to continue the war in China. IIRC, the Army wanted to attack the USSR to seize the mineral resources...
  5. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    As of 1939, the only port in French Indochina that had an organized naval base was Saigon - Cap-Saint-Jacques (present day Vũng Tàu), which is where the French Far East Squadron was stationed in the OTL. Saigon had a complete naval base organization, including a naval arsenal and repair...
  6. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    There’s plenty of room in the South China Sea for over-the-horizon aircraft carrier battles, the real question is whether the Japanese will risk a war with the Entente. The Japanese missed their best chance when the Entente was tied down with their war with Germany. Tokyo now faces the prospect...
  7. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    Thank you for the link to the Chieftain, he give an excellent presentation on the development of French armored doctrine. In his video, he refers to "mass tank units", which seems to refer to the chars de manoeuvre d'ensemble in French doctrine. That suggests that "mass maneuver tanks" might...
  8. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    I've been reading through several French military manuals from the 1930s and I see that they classify their infantry tanks by tactical mission, either chars d'accompagnement (light tanks in independent tank battalions) or chars de manoeuvre d'ensemble (Char B1bis and Char D). The first easily...
  9. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    Prior to the fall of France, Turkey was actually a lot closer to Britain and France than most people realize. Ankara started to distance itself from London only after the German victory in France. In October 1939, the UK, France, and Turkey signed a treaty of mutual assistance where the three...
  10. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    I wonder which German unit will be the last to surrender? Anyone want to start a pool?
  11. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    Here is the operations map of 9 Jan 1942:
  12. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    Welcome back pdf27! It's good that you are feeling better and can continue on with this great timeline. I wonder just how stable will an Indian federation actually be post-independence. The underlying religious conflicts remain and it may be that we will just see the sectarian violence arise at...
  13. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    That seems unlikely. After their street fights against the Communists in pre-war Germany, why the would any hard core Nazi believe that surrendering to the Soviets would earn them anything other than a one-way ticket to a Siberian work camp?
  14. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    Here is an updated situation map for 8 January. It is clear that, except for a few pockets, all organized German resistance has collapsed. Even the remaining pockets, except possibly Berlin, rely more on the Entente's logistical problems than on any strength of their defense. Here is a review of...
  15. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    I’ll admit to relative ignorance on the topic, but I fail to see why the French would want to maintain protectorates in Cambodia and Laos after granting independence to Vietnam. After all, as the census figures show, Vietnam is the crown jewel in Indochina. Wouldn’t the French interest here be...
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