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  1. The L84A1, A2 and A3 Assault rifle - "The Last Enfield"

    In 1980 the Canadian arms company Diemaco (part of the Héroux-Devtek Inc group based in Quebec, Canada) in a then very contentious move purchased the Royal Small Arms Factory (RSAF) in Enfield Lock, London. Part of the sales pitch had been the on going development of the XL series of bullpup...
  2. No defeat of the 1st and 2nd Russian Army's at Tannenburg

    What difference would the Russians not being defeated at Tannenburg have on WW1? I have been refreshing my knowledge on WW1 in recent months and I usually when looking at 1914 focus on the Marne and race to the sea etc But recently I have been reading up on the series of Russian defeats @ the...
  3. Nagumo puts his country first

    There has been several posts on Midway recently which has got me thinking could Nagumo have saved Hiryū? POD: At 11:15 Nagumo having transferred his flag from his burning flagship Akagi to the Cruiser Nagara - realising that he is holding a very poor hand - places Moral courage above personal...
  4. The M1937A1 'BREW' LMG (ZB36)

    During the lead up to WW2 the US army was still essentially equipped with WW1 weapons such as the Springfield and 1918 and 1922 BARs. While much was expected of the M1 Garand teething issues in development and production had delayed its deployment. Initially intended as a back up programme in...
  5. "Bettering the Lesson" The Allied Doodlebugs of WW2

    When the 83rd V1 Prototype made a 'very good' crash landing on the Dutch Island of Bornholm in the Baltic sea between Germany (75 Miles North of the Rocket testing establishment at Peenémunde) and Sweden on or about the 22nd Aug 1942 it was perhaps fortunate for the Allies and somewhat...
  6. Britain orders the 16 tonner Mk III tank into Serial production - how does this change British AFV development

    In 1934 Britain had built 3 '16 tonner' medium tanks However while the 3 prototypes were largely successful (granted it still had some suspension issues) it was never placed into serial production due to funding not being allocated by the government meaning that in 1937 when Britain was...
  7. Force Z Survives

    So this POD is that No. 453 Squadron RAAF with its 16 Buffaloes possibly assisted by No. 488 Squadron RNZAF manages to provide a rotating CAP over Force Z as it attempted to retire to Singapore on Dec 10 1941. The presence of Fighter planes - impacts the ability of the IJN Bombers to...
  8. RAF Coastal Command gets equal funding to Bomber Command from 1936

    Okay so someone in the air council remembers that while Zeppelins and Gothas where all scary and what have you - u boats and raiders actually did nearly bring the nation to its knees. And one of the major parts of Germany's ultimate defeat was the 'distant blockade' by the Grand Fleet. So...
  9. The Austere Class Battleships
    Threadmarks: Chapter 1 - "HMS Austere"

    This is an itch I have been needing to scratch for some time now - I got the idea from Antony Williams ATL/ASB WW2 novel 'The Foresight War' and applied my fascination of the G3/N3 and O3 designs of Battleships coupled with the Naval treaty limitations of the day and also the problems of...
  10. In search of better Cherry tree's 'or' what the Navies of the world could have built Post WNT

    So their has been various discussions recently around the various vessels planned, in some cases laid down and either scrapped or converted either side of the 1922 Washington Naval Treaty. This resulted in either existing partially completed hulls being converted to Aircraft carriers, scrapped...
  11. How does France defeat the German Attack in 1940

    Having been a 'student' of Alternative history for several years now it has occoured to me on many occasions what a massive differnce France not being defeated in May/June of 1940 would have made to world history. No fall of France and likely Italy makes the only winning move for Italy (ie do...
  12. Deep refitting British Capital Ships in the 30s

    Given that both Italy and Japan rebuilt all of their older Battleships and Battle cruisers is there a path to allow the same thing to happen to all of the 13 Pre Jutland Battleships in the Royal Navy? While all ships were periodically refitted only 4 were significantly modernised - that is with...
  13. The Fairey Fulmar FTSR MK1 and MK2 - the first multi role carrier aircraft

    (Note the major POD's here is a slightly earlier rearmament by the UK and the FAA coming back under control of the Admiralty 18 months earlier at the beginning of 1937 and a minor POD's being a 27000 ton Armoured carrier design starting with Ark Royal and that Albert George "Ramp head" Elliott...
  14. The Royal Air Force is 100 years young today - what if it had not been formed?

    Happy Birthday RAF 100 years young today But what if the RAF was never formed and the RFC and Naval Air Service had continued as Army and Navy controlled airforces. How different would British and by extension other forces and their aircraft have developed in the face of similair challenges?
  15. The '1936' light fleet carrier or how the 3rd Sea Lord both has his cake....and eats it

    HMS Colossus conducting her speed trials in June 1940 - with the situation in Europe worsening many 'issues' were overlooked in the haste to bring her into service and several of them such as the steering faults where not rectified for several years. One of the ‘ATL Riddles’ that occupies far...
  16. An Earlier Independence - Saint Louis/San Carlos Class Light Carrier

    (This was keeping me awake last night - so had to write it down) In early 1936 President Roosevelt concerned with the disparity emerging between Japanese Aviation and that of the US Navy sought to improve the situation and along with naval planners this resulted in the USS Wasp a warship that...
  17. AFV Shadow Factories

    Many on this here forum will be familier with the efforts of the British Goverment from 1935 to leverage existing Aircraft industry as well as the then British automobile industry to put into place Shadow Factories that could in time of war allow Britain to rapidly ramp up aircraft production...
  18. A pair of Kings

    There has been a number of Denmark Straits ‘what ifs’ recently – so not to be outdone I have come up with one of my own. During the engagement where HMS Hood and the ‘unfinished’ HMS Prince of Wales engaged Bismarck and Prince Eugen HMS King George V was acting as the Home fleet flag ship. And...
  19. Germany and Russia Attack Poland on the same day - How does France and Britain react?

    In OTL Russia waited until the 17th Sept 1939 before invading Poland My understanding was that they were awaiting the results of the Russian – Japanese “Molotov –Togo” treaty which was signed on the 16th Sept 1939 effectively securing their far Eastern Regions. Now my question is – what if...
  20. The Deep refits of the Royal Navy

    During the 1930s the Royal Navy conducted deep refit's on 3 of its 5 Queen Elizabeth class Battleships and one of its Renown class Battlecruisers But I always wondered if more of the Battleships and possibly the remaining 2 Battlecruisers could not also have been modernised? Italy with far...
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