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  1. The Ratte lives – AKA Hitler develops an early fascination for land based armor with VERY big guns

    So what is mounted in it (the engine that is), how? How does it work? If you've got multiple engines feeding into a crankshaft or two then how does this work? How does it maintain itself, how is it repaired? How reliable is it? What about the clutch, what about the transmission, do they have...
  2. The Ratte lives – AKA Hitler develops an early fascination for land based armor with VERY big guns

    But you're still going "it just does" when dealing with the technical aspects of actually having a 1000 ton vehicle be made that can move about 4mph and with the technology of the time. Ignoring the immense technical issues basically to the point that it seems you're going "well its German stuff...
  3. The Ratte lives – AKA Hitler develops an early fascination for land based armor with VERY big guns

    Well you've just lost the Norway invasion then because the RN won't worry about the twins getting out.
  4. The Ratte lives – AKA Hitler develops an early fascination for land based armor with VERY big guns

    IIRC the plan is to just use these - https://oldmachinepress.com/2017/03/05/mercedes-benz-500-series-diesel-marine-engines/ which were E-Boat engines but that's to move a boat that weighs 100 tons, not a 1000 ton tank that has a wee bit more friction due to that pesky land being in the way. So...
  5. Cressy class cruisers are uniform 9.2"

    The size and weight of the 9.2's of the time would probably mean that you'd end out with a layout more akin to the Defence class, with broadside turrets mounting individual guns, perhaps 3 per side, giving you a 5 gun broadside if there was the room available. The Monmouth/county's would...
  6. The Ratte lives – AKA Hitler develops an early fascination for land based armor with VERY big guns

    So by cancelling two cruisers, the Nazis get a series of Rattes as well as keeping their tank production numbers up, and do a refit of the Panzerschiffes (not only fixing the flaws with the class but up-armouring them to boot, going to guess one's going to sink the Hood at some point) and build...
  7. WI: Clean IJN

    And yet that very rapidly went out the window in the period after the war.
  8. WI: Clean IJN

    Yeah really the only way to stop Imperial Japan being like Imperial Japan is to go back to probably the Sino-Japanese War in 1894/95 and start getting stuff in place there. Post WW1 its pretty much too late to nip it in the bud as the IJA and IJN are already following a deeply perverted view of...
  9. WI: Clean IJN

    Not really considering the generally racist views of the West on the Japanese at the time, the US and UK both either ignored or downplayed the reports they recived from people on the ground and generally in the middle of a fire fight, you don't care who you're fighting or really know. And unless...
  10. WI: Clean IJN

    Unfortunately in the pre-war environment this is basically impossible because of the crap the Military had been pumping into the population for years (that nasty mix of nationalism, xenophobia, blatant racism and more). To have the IJN somehow be 'clean' then the army and navy would probably...
  11. A Royal Netherlands Navy fantasy

    The South American dreadnoughts were pretty trinkets that were usually in bad condition because they were not well maintained (especially the Brazilian ones, Chile took good care of the EX Canada though). Because ships balloon so quickly in size in the 1900s, the Dutch would still be better...
  12. A Royal Netherlands Navy fantasy

    Even looking here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotterdamsche_Droogdok_Maatschappij The biggest floating dock the Dutch had could lift 8,000 tons. That was oddly enough one of the limitations placed on the - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HNLMS_De_Zeven_Provinciën_(1909) When she was made, she...
  13. A Royal Netherlands Navy fantasy

    The SS Rotterdam was the largest ship in Dutch service https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Rotterdam_(1908) She wasn't built at home but rather by Harland and Wolff in Belfast. I don't think the Dutch have the actual capability to build a ship that's Super-Dreadnought sized, not without massively...
  14. A Royal Netherlands Navy fantasy

    The thing is, I think this would be a waste of money for the Dutch. A group of 6 pre-dreadnoughts and a collection of ACR's isn't going to really defend the DEI. I doubt there's the facilities out there to maintain them, as they'd need to be built or a drydock made there or towed to the region...
  15. A Royal Netherlands Navy fantasy

    Exactly, the Dutch don't have the yards to build something much bigger really or the industry to support the construction of something like a Dreadnought or Large Armoured Cruiser/Battlecruiser. Building up the infrastructure first to build such a large ship would be a national investment and...
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