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  1. Orbital Solar power satellites and the 'Sun Raker' SSTO

    Watching this - got me thinking as this is one of those big 'what ifs'. Of course the technical challenges of this are immense, 60 stations in orbit , with long solar panel structures 5 km long by 4 km wide, or 3.1 miles by 2.4 miles - for a total of 11.73 kilometers long, 7.2 miles in imperial...
  2. RN Ahead throwing ASW weapon question.

    I recall reading about a RN test of an ahead throwing weapon that was developed for ASW work pre-war, but it was cancelled in the 20's or early 30's either because something went wrong and there was an explosion or general ambilience towards the system and it being seen as not needed. Its not...
  3. A different middle east.

    Based on this map, what do you folks think the effect would be if this had happened post WW1.
  4. A Queen Victoria what if question

    I'll say off the bat that my knowledge of this time period isn't the greatest so I do appologise if this has been asked before. But, what if Albert had survived and lived as long as she had. What kind of changes might this have on the UK and Empire as a whole as he seemed to be quite the...
  5. My first Pre-1900 DBWI.

    So my question is this, what if chillies, cocoa and potatoes hadn't been introduced to medival kitchens by Aztec traders? Yeah it took what..at least four recorded missions before the Europeans stopped trying to attack them on sight but then again, could those european lords and kings have...
  6. The 'Battlecruiser panic' - A mini TL. (bit wanky sorry!)

    Genesis. When rumors of a supposed super-Battlecruiser being constructed in Germany reached the Admiralty in 1912 they feared that these rumoured super ships would be able to wipe out the Royal Navies battlecruisers and even outclassed the latest vessel the Tiger that was currently under...
  7. The Black Prince rides again

    The Prince goes to War. With the Churchill Mk III in service and popular with its crews there was still concern in the RAC that their tanks would be outgunned. It was no secret that the German Panzer IV with its long 75mm gun could engage Allied tanks at longer ranges than units equipped with...
  8. How actually competent (or not) WAS Benny the Moose?

    Italy gets a fair bit of stick for how they performed in WW2, with a poorly prepared military, reaching too far, having lofty goals but no real way of achiveing them as well as an inept leadership. At the top of this sits of course, Benito (Benny) Mussolini. He's generally portrayed as...
  9. The Universal vehicle programme - British army 1950's WI.

    After World War II the British army, and indeed economy were in a poor state. Having fought since 1939 with often heavy casualties there were manpower shortages which were countered by the rapid demobilization of many units to return them to their homes and families. Dozens of warships were...
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