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  1. marathag

    AHC/WI: Germany with rocket artillery by 1914

    It's the problem of needed rail 3000 yards from where you want to fight
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    Development of military technology without the world wars

    Developments in the 1920s dropped the prices to where it was just expensive, but not so bad to prevent the development of shielded gas welding
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    Development of military technology without the world wars

    would there be a threat with no WWI? The South Seas disputes had been settled for decades
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    AHC/WI: Germany with rocket artillery by 1914

    yes, but the the decision time loop was slow, unless you had an eager officer of rank narby to order opportunity fire at those targets
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    AHC/WI: Germany with rocket artillery by 1914

    Steam still had an advantage here, like the Sentinel Steam Trucks of the UK With pneumatic rubber tires, rather than solids, these could reach 45mph , though during this era, UK road Regulations limited these to 8mph, so wasn't a mechanical limit, even though the company recommended no faster...
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    Development of military technology without the world wars

    My Mom said the same thing about LZ Graf Zeppelin, and that was smaller. But still a big ship, the size of a skyscraper floating across the sky
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    Development of military technology without the world wars

    No Nazis, and US may have been willing to sell Helium
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    Defensive Soviet military doctrine

    The US had no plan ever to invade the USSR. It did have many plans, to turn it into a smoking series of craters from one end to the other, but invade? nope. And it wasn't exactly a secret.
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    Defensive Soviet military doctrine

    Those in the Kremlin must have been smoking crack if they were paranoid enough to see the Japanese SDF as an invasion threat. Sure, at the top of the Cold War, the Turks had 3500 Tanks, but 15% were M47 and the rest split between M48A2 and the M48A5s with the 105mm, and the Turks were keep a...
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    A Hippie in the House of Mouse (Jim Henson at Disney, 1980)

    But going from recent headlines, no Tuna DNA in Subway 'Tuna'
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    Defensive Soviet military doctrine

    The high point in the early '80s was 2885, with 1357 being T-55A, the rest the various T-54 models, with 66 T-72 at the top, and 66 T-34/85 in storage.
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    Defensive Soviet military doctrine

    Other than they were quite aware that Nato would fight conventionally until they started to lose, and then would break out the tactical nukes, and was US policy that a WMD was a WMD, no matter if Nuclear, Biological or Chemical, and every Soviet Plan had large chemical usage from Day One. So...
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    Development of military technology without the world wars

    This didn't stop the Italians in the 1930s.
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    What would pop culture and entertainment be like if Star Wars flopped?

    The trailblazer for Film merchandising was the _Planet of the Apes_ series. So that was going to be a thing, even with _Star Wars_a flop
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    AHC/WI: Germany with rocket artillery by 1914

    WWI Counterbattery fire was not very fast, for reason listed in the post above. However, launching rocket shows immediately to all, friendly and unfriendly, the rocket battery location The real risk is being in range of volley fire in return by riflemen and Machine Guns, plus any direct fire...
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    AHC/WI: Germany with rocket artillery by 1914

    At this time, steel is cheap, and doesn't need to be able to hold up to thousands of firings like an artillery tube, just needs to last one firing. Yeah, you can use wood, but you need more of it, so ends up weighing more than the steel. Aluminum is still expensive at this point. for fuel, BP...
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    Have Hudson Motors continue to be viable company up to the present.

    Almost need Henry to get taken out by his mini-stroke in 1937, so Edsel could be in control and be more forward thinking
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    Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    From a Combat Engineer I know, he could calculate what would be needed to cut span or make a crater to the kilogram, but would then double it, just to be sure, and round up. Besides, he said on exercises, there was too much paperwork to return a partially used spool of Primacord or crate of C4...
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    M4A3E8

    He didn't want to see the ad-hoc Rhinos that First Army was doing with sandbags or concrete, that added a lot of weight with little actual increase in protection
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    M4A3E8

    Its not like the US had any other tank to use, and the latest M1 is now heavier than the Tiger II
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