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    Alternative History Armoured Fighting Vehicles Part 3

    The link goes to the Amourgeddon Military Museum site. It's a fascinating (IMO) nut-and-bolt restoration effort on a M3A1 Stuart. There's a number of videos in the series.
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    WI US Army fields the Pedersen device in WW1

    I've not heard that before, and it surprises me. Good to know!
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    Essai en Guerre: an FFO-inspired TL

    Very chaotic situation
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    Alternate warships of nations

    ^^^ I can imagine PLP was being a bit tongue-in-cheek too. Lake Michigan, where the OTL Wolverine served is often rough Spring and Fall - lots of wind, sleet, and snow. Not like the Norwegian Sea, but a good bit nastier than you might expect for inland waters. It proved to be a good rugged...
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    WI: No DH Mosquito? What are the options going forward?

    What was the relative thickness of the Brigand's wing? Maybe skip to an earlier thinn(er) winged Brigand?
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    WI: HMS Repulse, HMS Hood and HMS Prince of Wales at Denmark Strait?

    Good question, but probably yes. Here's some events that may impact the thought process: Nov 1940 - OTL Taranto - major Carrier success Mar 1941 - OTL Vanguard ordered May 1941 - Althist Bismark - Hood, Repulse, PoW probably survive, but with some repair time/overhaul needed Oct 1941 - OTL...
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    WI: No DH Mosquito? What are the options going forward?

    What role(s) would be expected? As it developed, the Mosquito was a Jack-of-all-trades, Master-of-all - which was extraordinary. In this thought experiment, might it's alternative be one plane, or two?
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    WI US Army fields the Pedersen device in WW1

    You probably need to have Blackjack Pershing get dumped from the top of the US command at an early date. He had kind of an obsession with the notion that all US Infantry were, or could be taught to be, modern incarnations of Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, and Buffalo Bill when it came to aimed...
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    AHC/WI: RN carriers supporting USN at Battle of Midway?

    Probably more Zero bait, unfortunately. But.... wouldn't it have been ironic if the Albacores arrive at nearly the same time as the Devastators, but from a slightly different direction, so a few of somebodies torpedo planes actually press home an attack and score a hit with a working torpedo...
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    British KV-1 and T-34

    There's a candidate for Claymore's workbench....
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    Alternate warships of nations

    Maybe too much designer inertia and projects too far into the development phase to adapt? Could a Spanish torpedo damaging a US battleship or armored cruiser off Santiago in 1898 have altered mindsets at an earlier date? Or might that just be seen as a "one-off"? At Santiago, that would almost...
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    Alternate warships of nations

    With no serious knowledge to go on, I'm guessing naval architects thought their solutions were workable, given the other design constraints they had to contend with (budget and other parts of the fighting mission). That they underestimated the torpedo danger, didn't really show till too late, I...
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    Alternate warships of nations

    The outstanding "The Rainbow. A World War One on Canada's West Coast Timeline" is in its epilog phase and some interesting naval design questions have come up. The gist is the consistently poor torpedo defence designs across most/all navies of that early 20th Century era. It didn't take much...
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    Essai en Guerre: an FFO-inspired TL

    ^^^ Nice foreshadowing there.
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    Keynes' Cruisers Volume 2

    Could this be a monkey flip of OTL events, a dress rehearsal for the Viet Minh (or their ITTL equivalent), or neither?
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    Most exotic plausible World War 2 standard-issue weapons?

    Oh, to be sure, that was true with motorcycles. The off-road specialist cycles would be a niche use. Some earlier forms of lightweight ATV could have been useful though. Ammunition carrier, short-haul ambulance, speedy recon; plus with their relatively lightweight and compact dimensions...
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    Most exotic plausible World War 2 standard-issue weapons?

    The scooter ideas got me thinking on a couple of more robust paths: Off-road motorbikes (either conventional dirtbikes or fat tire trail motorbikes (i.e. Tote Goat): OR, an earlier appearance of the four or six-wheel ATV's. Those items are probably more of an option for a well-funded military...
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    Most exotic plausible World War 2 standard-issue weapons?

    Would there have been a useful role for a "flash-bang" stun grenade in WW2
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    Essai en Guerre: an FFO-inspired TL

    In this universe, would there be an equivalent group of French VIP's as was interned in Castle Iter? (Nowadays more noted for the unique rescue operation) Not necessarily the same cast of characters, but a comparable group? Some of the OTL prisoners (from Wikipedia):
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    Essai en Guerre: an FFO-inspired TL

    ^^^ I could see another category of quisling - Someone who was so alienated in the French colonial society, that pure spite-driven venom, regardless of personal cost. By comparison, I believe one or more of the Norwegian turncoats filled that bill Probably others elsewhere too. Still, as...
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