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  1. Vichy to be supplied with arms to support a 1942/43 Allied Invasion of France

    Talks began in December 1941 between the Imperial General Staff and the Vichy French military about Vichy French forces supporting an Allied invasion of France. By May 1942 it had got as far as the approval of the Chief of the Imperial General staff General Alan Brooke but kept away from the...
  2. No Soviet Invasion in the 1939 Polish Campaign

    The Soviet invasion was the coup de grace to Polish defence against the Germans. Of course it was not that simple in OTL but it is a valid summary. How might the Polish defence against the Germans home had the Soviets kept out of it? The OTL campaign exposed some serious German operational...
  3. Multiple Montgomerys in the BEF

    Bernard Law Montgomery was not a popular officer with most who served with him pre Alamein. However this does not mean that he was not respected by some nor unsuccessful in a senior rank. His 3rd Division spent the Phoney War in realistic hard training unlike the sister Divisions who (a gross...
  4. The Ottomans Pass Through

    How would events pass if Egypt, nominally an Ottoman vassal, allowed the Ottomans to pass through Egypt to Libya when the Italians invaded Libya in 1911? I know Britain was de facto running Egypt but de jure the Khedive was the Head of State and minded to assist his nominal suzerain. Egyptians...
  5. Britain goes 7.92x57mm SLEM post WW2. What are the NATO implications?

    7.92x57mm Mauser aka 8mm Mauser was a favourite possibility for Britain to adopt as a new rimless ammunition choice for small arms as WW2 was finishing. The Bren and Vickers could both be easily changed to this and the BESA and the ammunition were already in use throughout the war. Most...
  6. The 75 Goes to War Early

    In this scenario the OTL British 6 Pounder is being prepared for production in 1939/40. Much as OTL. Given actual war and working with the French it is noted that the 6 Pounder case is much the same as the French 75 case. The idea is mooted that the ^ Pounder be made with a 75mm barrel instead...
  7. British Tank H.E. early WW2

    Infamously the early WW2 British tanks with the Ordnance QF 2 Pounder gun were handicapped by a lack of HE fire ability. Whilst there was an HE 2 Pounder round they were late to make and of little effectiveness. Faced with the same problem with the Infantry Tank MarkIII Valentines in the Battle...
  8. Challenger and not Cromwell

    What if British tank factories made the Challenger with the 17 Pounder gun instead of the Cromwell with the ROQF 75mm?
  9. The Bicycle and Traction Engine in South Africa

    The South African Wars were fought with transport barely more advanced than in the days of Napoleon bar steam ships and railways. What impact could a general use of bicycle infantry and steam traction engines have upon the British Empire forces? The drag of fodder and horse care upon the...
  10. No T34 in the Soviet Union

    The T34 was something of a private venture (in Soviet terms) design and was not an army requirement. What if it went nowhere? What would the Soviet Union have to be their medium tank during the Great Patriotic War? Super BT? Extra KVs? As it was the early tank deliveries from the UK helped...
  11. The Austrians Shoot From Far Away

    When the OTL Prussians and Austrians met on the battlefield the OTL Austrians relied on close fighting to engage with the bayonet but were defeated by the Prussians Dreyse breech loading fire power. However, the Austrian Lorenz muzzle loader was far more accurate and far out ranged the Dreyse...
  12. British and Japanese remain in Vietnam 1946

    What if Britain had remained in command in Vietnam with trained and experienced British, Indian and Japanese troops in 1946? Instead IOTL it was handed back to French control with ill trained and inexperienced French troops. Ironically the small British led forces had militarily beaten the Viet...
  13. German Light Logistic Railways in WW1 & WW2

    To overcome the shortages in horses and mechanised transport could light long distance railways be laid to bring supplies to the fronts from a national distance? Germany was short of horses and mechanisation. Main railways could only carry so much and to a limited number of rail heads. Roads...
  14. Britain gets it right

    The Cruiser MkVIII Challenger 17 pounder tank first ran in September 1942. It mounted a QF 17 pounder gun on a Cromwell based chassis powered by the same 600 bhp Meteor engine on @68 octane Pool petrol. The OTL Challenger suffered from the same flat front of the base Cromwell and a thinly...
  15. Small Crew Carriers

    The most expensive part of a carrier over time is the crew and the operational limiting factor is have enough bodies to run the carrier. What can one do to run a carrier with a lesser crew? Probably it might impact upon operational capabilities but is there a radical method which would allow...
  16. Singapore fights back.

    At the end of the Malayan campaign Commonwealth forces had withdrawn to Singapore IOTL. We also know that the beseiging Japanese forces were smaller and ill supplied (hindsight). What if it was decided to launch an attack from Singapore instead of surrendering?
  17. What if Prussia never adopted the Dreyse Breechloading Rifle?

    Prussia adopted the Dreyse breechloading rifle in 1841. It proved itself superior to the muzzleloading rifles of Denmark and Austria. What might have happened to European history if Prussia had stuck to the muzzle loading rifle musket as was the the standard type fielded by other European armies?
  18. German Channel Port Breakout

    Could the German garrisons under siege in the Channel ports breakout and cut off supplies to the Allied front at a critical time? They would eventually be contained and defeated but could they actually break out and was the supply line vulnerable to a temporary excursion/s?
  19. Ottoman Libya

    With a POD of the Italian 1911 invasion of Libya let us say that Britain stands aside and let the Khedive of Egypt permit the passage of Ottoman troops and supplies into Libya across Egypt. What might change from OTL as a result?
  20. An operational Vickers Venom

    The Vickers Venom was a very small fighter built by Vickers which matched very early Hurricane performance. How might it have been made worthy of service? Worth noting is that, compared to early Hurricanes, it benefitted from a variable pitch propellor so a better comparison is with the...
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