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  1. Germany Can't Beat France: What Does Stalin Do?

    Thing is, Germany had nothing to resist the offensive either. It turned out they went through about 80-90% of their ammunition stocks in the Polish campaign and an additional front might as well lead to exactly the situation the Wehrmacht generals planned a coup for - the fear of a two front war...
  2. How would Adolf Hitler be impacted by a white victory?

    Yes, and the main steelmaking capacity was in today's Ukraine (Krivoi Rog) and the Belgorod/Lipetsk area, all of which ended up overrun by Wehrmacht. The huge Magnitogorsk iron ore deposits just started being exploited at the time
  3. How would Adolf Hitler be impacted by a white victory?

    Hitler was not a space alien who manipulated the minds of Germans by magic. He was playing with already existing, widespread fears and desires in the society which existed before he turned up, and he needed allies and massive financial support to achieve the necessary reach and popularity...
  4. How would Adolf Hitler be impacted by a white victory?

    No. The Soviet government in the 1930s has been obsessively preparing for an opportunity that they might be the ones invading and overthrowing, sorry, liberating. This was the key reason that the Soviet side was very close to the utter defeat in summer 1941 - they have placed much of the army in...
  5. Germany Can't Beat France: What Does Stalin Do?

    The popular discourse in the Soviet Union in the second half of 1930s included quite a lot of imagery featuring the glorious Red Army liberating some not further specified parts of Europe from fascism and capitalism. It was not necessary Stalin's long term plan but he certainly wanted to have...
  6. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    Yeah, it would be rather unusual. Most likely they would deliver a thermos can with coffee and some sort of multi-use cups, probably some cheap ceramic (or not so cheap - assuming Kat gets the invoice, it's not like she is poor).
  7. Es Geloybte Aretz Continuation Thread

    Because ITTL they have been sold, not borrowed out. They cannot be taken back. At most, Germany can stop servicing them. Uranium is the least of your worries. A nuclear weapon, unless you stay with huge and inefficient gun-type devices, consists of a bunch of highly precise, very complex...
  8. Es Geloybte Aretz Continuation Thread

    Maybe they are rather simply rational and are able to perform a calculation (how to achieve best result with least costs)? Countries buy tanks and jets OTL instead of painstakingly building their own industrial supply chains to be able to build and develop domestic ones. If nukes are not seen as...
  9. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    One of the worst enemies of the whales in the OTL 1960s was the Soviet whaling fleet which seems to have single handedly been responsible for killing the majority of the humpback whales in the time - just because they got bonuses for each killed whale, no matter whether they could even process...
  10. A Shift in Priorities - Sequel

    "Famous last words"...
  11. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    No, it's because trucks are the most flexible way of transporting freight, and in many cases indeed the cheapest ones on the point of use. The only subsidies there are OTL, are (or were) directed at German companies to make them competitive against cheap, unsubsidized, Eastern European ones...
  12. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    How the hell did Kiki get the Epione up the Rhine Falls? There are no navigable connections between Lake Constance and any other waterways. All larger boats on Lake Constance were constructed in situ, there are seevral shipyards on the lake for exactly this purpose. Unless of course Epione has a...
  13. A Shift in Priorities - Sequel

    At 0,1c aerobraking is utterly impossible. Sorry. The dinghys will be chewed up by the little bit of matter in inner solar system within shortest time - basically every microscopic dust particle impacts like a bomb. And contact with denser matter like the upper atmosphere means an immediate and...
  14. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    ...if they don't run the regatta on the Chiemsee or Bodensee...
  15. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    You can have accompanying animals as attributes for the statues....
  16. A Shift in Priorities - Sequel

    What were the kamals again? Sort of graphic novels?
  17. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    Not just Prussian, the Napoleonic French occupation was also being brutally mocked. But surely the idea is not just importing the Rhenish carneval but to set up an own, similarly subversive, Berlin-own tradition.
  18. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    That would not be particularly new for Germany - the subversion of Prussian and French militaristic traditions is the core of the Rhineland Karneval
  19. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    The island in question is obviously Iwo Jima?
  20. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    The OTL German Greens had some outright Völkische, blood-and-soil founding members opposing modernity as such.
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