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    AHC - Different US-Japan relationship early 20th Century?

    Is there any plausible path to a different US/Japan relationship in the first half of the 20th Century, other than adversarial? If so, how might it have been made possible?
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    Kudos from the Treasury….

    Kudos from the Treasury…. We often hear (justifiably) about various military gear that has been a waste of public money. On the flip-side, we hear less often about the gear that has been a solid value from public investment in national security Put your Treasury Department hat on here…. What...
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    Role Reversal – April 1941 – Rommel and O’Connor

    Role Reversal – April 1941 – Rommel and O’Connor In the late summer of 1940, the Italians had made their first attack into British-controlled Egypt, before calling a halt to the attack. The halt was in part to build up supplies and infrastructure to resume at some later time. At that point...
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    What if Blackjack Pershing doesn’t rise to General?

    What if Blackjack Pershing doesn’t rise to General? John J “Blackjack” Pershing was an American icon for most of the 20th Century. In more recent years, his career has been subject to more complete and often critical re-examination. What happens if Pershing does not reach the rank of General...
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    A different first US LMG – a different doctrine path?

    The first US Army Light Machine Gun was the Hotchkiss M1909 Benet-Mercie. (Photo from Wikipedia) It was a 30 round strip fed, 12kg/26.5 portable automatic rifle. The basic design was used in a number of countries. But, as it was a pioneering effort, it proved to be an imperfect answer and...
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    AHC: A DeHavilland single-engined fighter of the late 1930’s

    The challenge is to have a DeHavilland design (1938-ish) single-engine fighter, using a RR Merlin engine, or another alternative. Perhaps a PoD is to have the DeHavilland Don use a somewhat more powerful engine than the DH Gipsy King/Twelve. Substitute a RR Kestrel maybe? Coupling the success...
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    Skirmish at El Tintero – April 1916
    Threadmarks: Introduction

    Skirmish at El Tintero – April 1916 (A tale of a different Pancho Villa Punitive Expedition, including the early adventures of Lt. Erwin Rommel - US Army) Generals Alvaro Obregon, Pancho Villa, John Pershing (in happier days) This will be a very short TL. There are two POD’s involved: First...
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    What would be your naval "do-over"?

    What would be your naval "do-overs", or mulligan's? By that I mean, within 2 years of launch, you determine the ship either was designed badly, or the mission for it has changed, so what would you do to make a better ship, or class of ships? You can't scrub the ship, just make it better...
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    Favorite Historians - for use in AH discussions?

    Who are some of your favorite 20th and 21st Century Historian authors, especially where their works are useful to Alternate History discussions? I'd be interested in hearing counterpoints to some of the selections too. Some of my favorites: Winston S. Churchill - History of WW2 - It's...
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    If not the Westland Lysander, then what replaces it?

    The Westland Lysander performed a number of roles for the British and Commonwealth forces. Its original role was intended to be Army Co-operation and Liason, but as designed it also had good STOL performance which were put to use for other purposes. For all of its virtues, it often appears on...
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    Wank US Military Ordnance for the first half of the 20th Century (1900-1950)

    The US Military (Army and Navy) have had great success in the larger sense, but have also had some real clunker ordnance hardware paths along the way – or choices that could have gone in other directions just as successfully. i.e., but not limited to the 20mm gun problems for aircraft, the 7mm...
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    A US Army better prepared for the Great War (WW1)

    With a POD of 1900, how do you get the US Army better prepared for the Great War (WW1)? Why 1900? The US came out of the Spanish-American War of 1898, recognizing that the Navy needed to improve; but the the Army was a complete mess on several levels. At the end of 1899, the US Army chiefs...
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    Under-rated/Under-appreciated US military leaders of the 20th Century

    Some 20th Century US military commanders have received great accolades, or at least lots of press and historian coverage during their service. Fellows like Patton, Ike, Nimitz, et al. How about a thread acknowledging those senior officers who make worthwhile contributions, but either haven't...
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    AHC: A Different USS Alaska

    I'm going to go ahead and stick my face into the whirling fan...... Here's the challenge: create a different (and hopefully more useful) alternative to the historic USS Alaska's. The POD, is that post-Munich 1938, the US decides as part of an earlier naval build-up, (screw the London Naval...
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    Original equipment question

    Some weapons, such as the B-52, A-10, and many others have long served well past the demise of their original production lines. In the case of the B-52 and A-10, what percentage of the total aircraft is original factory equipment? I'm assuming things like avionics and weapons control systems...
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    WI: Alternative to the .45ACP round

    I've been reading a light-weight bio of Blackjack Pershing. There was a passing reference in the section on his experiences in the Philippines early in the 20th Century relating to the inability of the old .45 Revolver round to stop Moro tribesmen, who were juiced up on drugs. As I understand...
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    1920's Handley-Page Naval Fighter

    This thread inspired by one current thread (WI the Grumman FF designed.....)by Tomo Pauk, and one old thread (Handley Page Fighter) by the late Just Leo. What if the 1922 Handley Page fighter prototype were built with a sturdier undercarriage from the get-go? Either the USN, or the RN pick it...
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    Charles Lindbergh dies in a 1931 Aviation Accident

    In the early 1930’s, Charles Lindbergh worked as a very high-profile technical advisor for Pan Am Airlines. He actively participated in route planning and aircraft design approval, along with making a number of pioneering flights in the Caribbean, Central and South America with Pan Am’s growing...
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    Movie Spinoffs from AH Timelines

    Taking a cue from conversations on "Keynes' Cruisers Volume 2" Many of the timelines on this site contain events that would alter movie history, as we know it... For example: Keynes' Cruisers has changed the Malaya & Burma Campaigns to the point where "Bridge Over the River Kwai" wouldn't be...
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    A Better Bren/Universal Carrier?

    At risk of committing blasphemy..... Starting at it's inception in 1934 up to the Munich crisis in 1938, could a somewhat improved version of the Bren/Universal Carrier be created? I choose those dates just to allow wiggle room for design enhancements but have the machines in the field in...
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