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  1. What did Neville Chamberlain need to save his reputation?

    This is the core of the tragedy of Chamberlain. Its difficult to see how he could have had better intel on the objectives of the top of the nazi hierarchy. But, that he had very bad information & understanding is painfully clear. There were a number of Germans in the government feeding the...
  2. How does a proto-NATO vs USSR war go in 1948?

    Assorted authors mining the old Soviet archives when they were relatively open in the 1990s. In the military literature, the professional magazines like Proceedings, Marine Corps Gazette, Field Artillery Journal of the 1990s there was a lot of revisionist retrospective. That overlapped a...
  3. Germany loses a ship or ships during the raids on UK East Coast 1914

    The Germans plan any further raids more carefully. There is also that these raids often included a hope to ambush the British reaction forces. Parts of the High Seas Fleet sortied as covering forces, or were in other cases ready to sortie. The intent was to ambush the Brit flotillas...
  4. How does a proto-NATO vs USSR war go in 1948?

    SAC did not really exist. A proposed paper organization where a part of the components existed, but a very much intern organization & command/staff control. And, many comments not yet existent. In 1948 there was only the B29, of the still flyable remnants of the former bombardment group...
  5. USN Defends the Pueblo

    I don't know enough about the NSA missions these ships were sent on. If this degree of exposure or possible lack of coordination was typical. Theres other stories from those years about a coordination problem.
  6. What if the USA realised that the Sherman was not fit for use in Europe and decided to copy the T34 and the IS2?

    The web site Tank Archive had this translation from a report of Red Army representatives. A example of a T34 & a KV1 were sent to the US and to Britain for evaluation performed 1943. The reports from the Red Army officers are a bit clinical & perhaps a bit incomplete as presented here & may...
  7. What if the battle of Jutland was a Trafalgar style victory for the British Royal Navy?

    I wonder how many battalions or regiments? In 1914 there was a '"Northern Army" mobilized in Northern Germany. Principally the 9th Reserve Corps of the 17th and 18th Reserve Divisions. That lacked any heavy artillery, larger than 77mm. This was reinforced with two additional reserve...
  8. What if the USA realised that the Sherman was not fit for use in Europe and decided to copy the T34 and the IS2?

    At 90% availability which was typical average in the US Army of 1944, the 50 M4 and 32 M10 TD meant the US infantry divisions had more medium weight AFV than the average German Panzer Division in July - December 1944. Despite a resupply of tanks October - December the pz Div averaged less than...
  9. What if the USA realised that the Sherman was not fit for use in Europe and decided to copy the T34 and the IS2?

    Going to ask this question again, would it have made any sense for the British to adopt the T-34? There is a story that emerged in the 1990s, that Britain did inquire in early 1941 about purchasing some tanks from the USSR, for use in the Middle East. Presumably that includes the 8th Army in...
  10. Military consequences of no "Hindenburg" Plan

    Theres so many variables in this. I was kind of grasping at a best case scenario. Worst case might be France, Austro-Hungary, and Germany disintegrate into revolution similar to Russia, the British Army mutinies and heads home, and The Great War spins apart into a dozen little wars. But...
  11. How hard was it to develop a nuclear power plant or engine?

    lab bench tests usually are expensive. many good research labratory has been trashed by managers/investors who don't understand why a few guys in a room cost so much.
  12. Military consequences of no "Hindenburg" Plan

    A complex question. I'll wing a simplistic answer and propose a weaker German army in latter 1917. Perhaps even pressure to declare victory and try for a armistice and peace in early 1918?
  13. WI: Oswald Lives

    Four years later Sirhan Sirhan was able to evade the death penalty for killing Senator Robert Kennedy. I don't think its a given Oswald will receive the death penalty.
  14. USN Defends the Pueblo

    The capture of the USS Pueblo by the North Korean Navy, while operating for the National Security Agency off the Korean coast was in large part bad planning by the NSA managers of the operation, including failure to communicate clearly and swiftly with the USN fleet command that could have...
  15. How hard was it to develop a nuclear power plant or engine?

    Absent a WWII the incentive is to obtain a cheap power source for nations that lack lots of petroleum or high quality coal. Britain converted the Navy to petroleum power for greater efficiency, but the down side was the need to either protect distant oil fields in the Gulf region which is not...
  16. WI: Oswald Lives

    Oswald names the shooters on the grassy knoll? Ok I'll see myself out out.
  17. Hubert Humphrey is elected in 1960, and bends the path on manufacturing jobs ? ?

    Yeah. For the last forty years Purdue employment has been either a temp. starter job, or a career for those who have given up on better work. Of course its different for the professors. Tho there have been periods of crisis in the various schools over talent departing to better paying...
  18. What if the USA realised that the Sherman was not fit for use in Europe and decided to copy the T34 and the IS2?

    Yep, that trend started when the first German Lieutenat of artillery turned a 77mm field gun on a Brit tank and sent a round thru the side.
  19. What if the USA realised that the Sherman was not fit for use in Europe and decided to copy the T34 and the IS2?

    You are absolutely wrong. My fathers peers in the US Air Force made a irrefutable case air power rendered tanks obsolete & ineffective. After all, look at how many US tanks they destroyed in Korea in the summer of 1950 :)
  20. Argentina joins Axis, occupied and rebuilt by Allies in Cold War

    Middle East in the 1940s is too well dominated by British, French, and US intelligence services. I've actually read a few novels and short stories from long ago about stranded German diplomats, agents, and others on the run desperately looking for a way out of the ME to safer regions. A...
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