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  1. Political impacts of Canada deciding to build small nuclear reactors for use on Submarines

    The recent threads about the Australian SSNs has reminded me of a concept that I read about in the 1980's. As I understand it there were proposals to use small Canadian built nuclear reactors to essentially re charge the batteries of an SSK. What if Canada had formally announced their...
  2. What if the US had launched a relatively small scale nuclear strike against the USSR in the early 1960's ?

    I decided to start a new thread for this (rather than work this into the current thread re Soviet Bombers and Submarines in Cuba.) What if the US had finalized plans to attack approximately 88 "Designated Ground Zeros" (some of which apparently encompassed more than one target) in the USSR...
  3. Enhanced Border security within North America

    What if following WW2 Canada, the US and Mexico all decided to deploy military forces to routinely and effectively guard their sea, land and air borders, imposed exit controls (as well as entry controls) etc. Would this have been within the relm of the possible for some or all of these nations...
  4. What if NATO does not adopt standard small arms cartridges ?

    What it says on the tin. What if NATO for what ever does not adopt standard small arms cartridges. What would be the likely impacts ? I'm thinking most of the smaller / less prosperous nations will likely adopt the US or UK solutions, France will likely do their own thing. West Germany is...
  5. Alternative UK response to the invasion of the Falklands

    What if the UK declined to mount an immediate expedition to reclaim the Falklands in 1982, but refused to give up their claim to the islands and explicitly reserved the right to take military action at a time and place of their choosing and also imposed a submarine blockade of the island (and...
  6. What if Nazi Germany Surrendered unconditionally to the Western Allies on Sept 01 1944 ?

    The concept of Nazi Germany somehow being able to surrender to the western allies while continuing to fight the Soviets seems to come up fairly often. I suspect this would not have worked out very well in practice (from the perspective of the Nazis) for a number of reasons but I would be...
  7. Best course of action for Nazi Germany as of Sept 1 1944 ?

    If the Nazis wanted to sustain resistance on at least a portion of their pre war German territory as long as possible what would their best course of action after Sept 1 1944 have been ? I realize that eventually they would likely have been attacked by nuclear weapons if they resisted long...
  8. Post cold war air sovereignty fighter

    This thread is somewhat inspired by the periodic threads that occur re jet combat aircraft for nations such as New Zealand and Ireland. How much of a market might there have been for a so called "air sovereignty fighter" in the post cold war era. I am sort of envisioning a simple modern...
  9. Best location for the US and UK to block the Japanese in late 1941

    Somewhat inspired by the USN goes to Singapore thread.. Leaving aside politics, if the US and the UK had collectively decided by mid 1941 and that war with Japan was inevitable and that both countries were better off working together to prevent the Japanese from being able to exploit any...
  10. Political effects if New Zealand or Australia were ouccpied during ww2 or were compelled to enter into their own peace treaties with the Axis ?

    Any thoughts about what might have happened in the UK and or the rest of the commonwealth if for what ever reason New Zealand or Australia were either substantially occupied or were forced to enter into peace treaties with the axis to avoid being occupied during WW2 ? I am thinking this might...
  11. What if New Zealand acquired a fleet of fast jet combat air craft circa 2000

    I figured I would start a new thread to discuss what might have happened had New Zealand acquired a fleet of perhaps two dozen fast jets around the turn of the century (perhaps the F16`s that had been originally intended for Pakistan.) For the sake of argument I am going to assume the New...
  12. What if the F111K order isn't cancelled ?

    What if the the UK doesn't cancel the F111K order and the RAF takes delivery of the aircraft in the early 1970's ? (Presumably the RAF would also have been able to arrange for a temporary replacement (F4's ?) in the same way the Australians did ?) I'm thinking UK participation in the MRCA /...
  13. Greater use of cluster bombs for close air support in WW2 ?

    Reviewing the recent discussions about "tank busting" air craft in ww 2, I'm wondering why the use of cluster bombs for close air support in ww 2 wasn't more common ? Rather than trying to shoe horn increasingly large, heavy and powerful cannon into close support aircraft, what would have had...
  14. Another Avro Arrow / CF 105 thread

    Assume the Canadian government presses on with the Avrow Arrow and 100 (say 20 prototypes and 80 production aircraft) are built as RCAF interceptors for NORAD roles. Assume as well there is a modest increase in overall Canadian government revenues to pay for the R and D work and the production...
  15. Canada vs any single nation except the US ?

    The thread about a US invasion of Canada has me wondering, could any single nation other that the US actually invade, occupy some or all of Canada and persuade the Canadians to stop fighting ? For the sake of argument assume that the US is a benevolent neutral (ie. will sell Canada any arms...
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