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  1. Simon

    Number of Escorts for a Hypothetical Royal Navy

    Assume for a moment that the Royal Navy has three large conventional aircraft carriers and three large amphibious assault ships, operated with the expectation that two of each will be operational at any time with the third in port. They might also have a trio of amphibious transport docks but...
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    Comet and Earlier Transatlantic Passenger Jets

    The de Havilland Comet was the first aircraft to introduce regularly scheduled transatlantic passenger services with the Comet 4, only to be very quickly eclipsed by the Boeing 707 which entered revenue service three weeks later. Travelling westwards due to range and prevailing wind issues the...
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    The ESA With a TKS Like Spacecraft?

    I've always liked the concept of the Soviet Transportnyi Korabl’ Snabzheniia (TKS) spacecraft which was made up of the Vozvraschaemyi Apparat (VA) crew capsule linked via a tunnel to the Funktsionalno-Gruzovoy Blok (FGB) module. With the FGB having inbuilt solar panels, radiators, fuel tanks and...
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    Indian Ocean Raid

    In our timeline when the Japanese launch the Indian Ocean Raid in 1942 the invasion of Malaya and Singapore had succeeded and the invasion of the Dutch East Indies recently wrapped up. Do people think that the Japanese would have still launched the raid if they were still fighting in Malaya and...
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    Japanese Emperor Demoted Post-WWII

    Japan is in the interesting position of having an Emperor as head of state but not being an Empire, instead they're the State of Japan. After the Second World as part of the governmental and societal reforms the Emperor made the Imperial Rescript on the Construction of a New Japan part of which...
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    No Battle of Okinawa?

    The Battle of Okinawa was an incredibly bloody affair which, similar to the Battle of Iwo Jima, has been subsequently questioned as to whether it was worth it. Just over six weeks after it concluded the first nuclear bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, three days later the second was dropped on...
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    Harriers, Ski-Jumps, and Deck space

    On aircraft carriers without steam catapults like the Invincible-class ski-jumps allow aircraft to get airborne with a shorter takeoff run, with a heavier payload, or a combination of the two. The US Navy operates the Wasp-class with Harriers but doesn't incorporate a ski-jump as they don't want...
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    Different Outcomes of the Invasion of South Georgia

    The invasion of South Georgia in 1982 as part of the wider Falklands war is often overlooked, however it had a number of interesting incidents including one of the few times in history that a warship has been hit by multiple recoilless rifle rounds and anti-tank missiles. The British defenders...
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    Germany Without Colonies

    So I was wondering what happens to the various territories Germany controlled in our timeline if due to [Reasons] they decided to not enter the colonial game? In Africa I would expect their colonies to either be divided between the British and French such as Togoland and Cameroon or become...
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    AHC: Chilean Tierra del Fuego

    In our timeline the southern Chile-Argentina border runs west to east before turning roughly east-southeast to Punta Dungeness, going across the Strait of Magellan, and then south down Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego to the Beagle Channel. So is there any way to have the border instead continue...
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    Alternate Sites for GM in Canada?

    Thanks to Robert Durant's relationship with Sam McLaughlin events, through several twists and turns, saw the Oshawa based McLaughlin Motor Car Company becoming a part of GM and renamed General Motors of Canada. The original plants were much nearer the centre of town diagonally opposite from each...
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    Allied Occupation of Japan

    I’m looking at doing a timeline where thanks to some prior changes – the Ryukyu Kingdom being a British protected state, the war in Europe going a bit differently – the UK is more involved in the Pacific including the Battle of Okinawa which ends up with there being a British/Commonwealth...
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    British Ryukyu

    I'm looking for the best way to have the Ryukyu Kingdom become a Brirish protected state similar to how the Kingdom of Tonga was between 1900 and 1970 – basically the UK handles defence and foreign affairs whilst the local monarch mostly retains domestic control. Easiest solotion seems to be...
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    Automotive Industry Without Honda?

    There seem to be two main points of divergence where the Honda Motor Company's rise could have been derailed. During World War II Soichiro Honda's first company Tokai Seiki which manufactured engine rings had one factory destroyed by bombing and another due to earthquakes, selling what could be...
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    Marshall Plan Aid for Australia?

    Whilst not actually a part of the plan, it simply makes for a useful shorthand, the US did make a number of grants and loans to countries outside Europe in the Middle East and Asia. Australia didn't suffer any great damage domestically during WWII but it did spend a lot of money funding their...
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    Mao Tse-tung Dies in 1963

    I came across a mention on-line of Mao having apparently contracted septicaemia due to a poorly treated chest pustule that led to an abscess. Now obviously in our timeline he recovered but what if it had instead developed into a fatal case of sepsis? The timing is interesting as it's between the...
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    British Armoured Cruisers at the Battle of Jutland

    At the Battle of Jutland the British had 8 armoured cruisers as part of the Grand Fleet. My question is how much use were they? Reading through some of the basic details it seems like half of them didn't really become engaged whilst the other half was sunk. I'm looking at a possible timeline...
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    Volkswagen Without Audi?

    The recent death of Ferdinand Piëch reminded me of a question I had been wondering about. How important was Volkswagen's purchase of Auto Union in 1964 and NSU Motorenwerke in 1969, merging them to create what we now know as Audi? VW kept the Beetle in production longer than they probably...
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    Rommel Seriously Injured at Arras

    The Battle of Arras was something of a mixed affair with the Germans managing to hold off the Allied attack. As I understand things the German's 7th Panzer Division under Rommel came under some pressure, and it was in part due to its commander organising a line of anti-tank guns and ordering the...
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    Panavia Tornado Without the UK

    The Multi-Role Aircraft (MRA)–later Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA)–which led to the Panavia Tornado was initially an international project made up of West Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Canada to study replacements for their F-104s, with Canada and Belgium departing early on due...
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