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  1. How quickly can Nazi Germany defeat The British Empire after the Fall of France?

    What it says in the title. IF Nazi Germany concentrates its military efforts on the UK and Empire, how quickly can it force the UK to seek a peace deal? The following qualifications apply 1) The US supports the UK as OTL, with Lend-Lease and other aid. 2) There is no Operation Barbarossa...
  2. AHQ: Is this a viable air group for a strike carrier in the late 1970s?

    The projected Air Group for an RN CV would be: 2 squadrons @12 F-4K Phantom FG1 (RN) = 24 I squadron @12 Buccaneer S-2 (4 fitted as tankers) =12 1 Flight @4 Buccaneer “E3”, hypothetical ECM version = 4 1 Flight @4 Hawkeye E3A/B = 4 2 Flights @4 Sea King ASW helicopters = 8 2 Wessex SAR Hel & 1...
  3. WI No Reinberger incident: No Sickle-Cut?

    I've been re-reading Blitzkrieg, by Lloyd Clark, to help me follow AlanpCameron's excellent TL on British tanks and the Battle of France and beyond. One thing struck me as a potential POD for other TLs and a "What IF" question for the forum Hitler had ordered the Offensive in the West to start...
  4. AHQ: Did the Western Allies make any important mistakes in Strategy in 1942 and later?

    Basically, with a POD after the start of 1942, what did the US/UK joint leadership do or fail to do at the strategic level that was a mistake which lengthened the War? By strategy I'm thinking of things like the basic Germany First option, the allocation of production resources to each type...
  5. Churchill and Pearl Harbour - could he have warned FDR?

    Rereading a book on British codebreaking activities in the Far East, I was reminded that somewhere, sometime, I came across a conspiracy theory that Churchill was aware of the Japanese plan to attack Pearl Harbour - but deliberately let the US be surprised. I can't confirm this and think it...
  6. What peace terms could Britain have obtained from Germany at end-1940?

    That the British (UK, Commonwealth and Empire) should have fought on beyond 1940 is I think the accepted consensus - at least morally. From a strict realpolitik point of view though could it have obtained a better outcome to the war by offering an armistice with Germany in late 1940 - after...
  7. AHQ: Wargaming the USM - any known games or rules.

    Note: this is not intended as a thread for discussion on the feasibility of SeaLion - there's already a live one I've spent far too long reading and participating in. As I'm now interested in how one could game the air and naval components of said operation I'd be looking to use squadrons as...
  8. Production costs of different weapons in WW2

    From sources such as Harrington (Six economies in WW2) , Tooze (Wages of Destruction) Ellis (Brute Force) we can get reasonably accurate figures for how many tanks, aircraft, naval vessels etc each major Power produced. And Harrington gives figures for the % of GDP taken by military expenditure...
  9. AHQ KGV class with 9x15" guns

    A quick question. Could the RN KGV class have been built with 3 triple 15" turrets rather than the two quad and one twin 14"? And, would it have made any difference to their performance in WW2. The POD would have to be the UK proposing that 15" rather than 14" guns be permitted for the new...
  10. AHC: US planes for 1950s Fleet Air Arm

    As we have discussed, UK post-war carrier procurement was deeply flawed. Fiscal constraints bear much of the responsibility but there were clearly poor decisions made. Such as the rebuilding of Victorious and delayed completion of Hermes. Cheaper to build more Audacious class or better still...
  11. Query - British Empire and Germany - who could outproduce whom in WW2?

    A simple explanation of why the Axis Powers lost the war is that by 1942 they were facing a Grand Alliance that massively outmatched them in raw materials, manpower and productive capacity.[1] Which between them outproduced the Axis in all types of war material - tanks, artillery pieces...
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