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  1. AHC: President returns to politics

    Ex-Presidency John Quincy Adams served 18 years or so in the House of Representatives. Ex-President Martin Van Buren ran for President on the Liberty Party ticket in 1848. Ex-President Millard Fillmore ran for President on the American ("Know-Nothing") Party ticket in 1856. Ex-President...
  2. AHC/WI: British victory in Norway

    If the Allies can use Sweden, they can invade Denmark by a series of, basically, river crossings: Sweden to Sjaelland to Falster to Lolland to Langeland to Fyn to Jutland. Each crossing is in artillery range. The land is all flat and open.
  3. AHC/WI: British victory in Norway

    The Western Allies were 100% committed to the defeat of Nazi Germany. They put all other moral considerations aside for the duration. No one was more anti-Communist than Churchill - but after BARBAROSSA started, he famously remarked "If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favourable...
  4. AHC/WI: British victory in Norway

    Only if one side or the other invades Swedish territory. France was different; the Allied side included Free France which claimed France's sovereignty. France was not really "neutral". More exposed than Switzerland, but Switzerland did remain neutral. The Allies cannot rationalize an invasion...
  5. AHC/WI: British victory in Norway

    Basis Nord was never used OTL. The purpose of Basis Nord was to allow German subs and raiders to reach the Atlantic by an unexpected and thus unguarded route. That is, to facilitate German attack on the main Allied shipping lanes. Allied shipping to northern Norway would be very minor by...
  6. WI: Enrico Fermi Remained in Italy

    In 1938, when he received the Nobel Prize. He went to Sweden for the ceremony, and then directly to the U.S. That has so many other knock-ons that Fermi's decision is minor. It seems highly unlikely that he would do so, unless conditions were substantially different, which would have many other...
  7. Under what circumstances would nukes be dropped on Germany?

    All of these targets were destroyed OTL. Koln was smashed in 1942 by Operation MILLENIUM. Hamburg was obliterated in 1943. The Ruhr was surrounded in 1945. Germany didn't surrender. The target is Berlin. The target is the Führerbunker. The target is Hitler.
  8. WI: Hitler never declared war against the US?

    No one is asking them to be anyone's ally. I don't think Yugoslavians are going to blow up their own railroads just to prevent shipments of chrome to Germany. One might see the occasional sabotage of an individual train - but all the other Yugoslavians who want to use the railroads would be...
  9. AHC/WI: British victory in Norway

    Being slightly at war is like being slightly pregnant. Very different situation. OTL, British forces were not on the Finnish border, could do nothing to intervene, and Finnish trade was not passing through British-controlled zones. Not declaring war meant nothing except symbolically. Once...
  10. AHC/WI: British victory in Norway

    No, the knock-ons start almost at once. In Sweden? I don't think so. Sweden is very exposed to German air attack and possible invasion. While such moves wouldn't do Germany much good, they'd hurt Sweden a bunch. Sweden stays neutral till it's over.
  11. King Roger I of England

    Richard didn't abdicate out of the blue sky; he was forced to abdicate by his cousin Henry Bolingbroke, Duke of Lancaster - so that Henry could take the throne as Henry IV. If Roger Mortimer is alive, he is heir presumptive. OTL his son was HP, but Edmund was a boy of 9, and easily thrust...
  12. For Want of a Spy - a victorious Kuomintang TL

    Very large U.S. forces (the Fourteenth AF) operated from China during WW II. Substantial U.S. forces landed in China at the end of WW II (at Tsingtao and elsewhere). So the RoC was not opposed to "foreign forces on their ground". Besides which, it seems very unusual for the RoC to refuse any...
  13. How can the Germans stop the Allied invasion of Sicily?

    Not that difficult. The Axis knew the Allies wanted to invade Sicily: it was an obvious target. They just weren't sure the Allies had decided to do it. One of the objections to the MINCEMEAT deception was that if it failed, it would point Axis suspicions to Sicily. Churchill dismissed this...
  14. WI: Hitler never declared war against the US?

    If Italy is neutral, Greece, Yugoslavia, and Bulgaria are neutral, and there is no threat to Germany. However - if Italy is neutral, there are no Balkans or North Africa campaigns. The German army is completely idle. And even Stalin is going to wonder why Hitler hasn't demobilized his ground...
  15. AHC/WI: British victory in Norway

    The Anglo-Franco-Polish work against Enigma succeeds three weeks earlier than OTL. The Poles handed over their Enigma knowledge in July 1939; the Polish codebreakers escaped to France at the end of September. The British/Franco-Polish cryptanalysts had figured out how to re-break Enigma, it...
  16. A True and Better Alamo Redux

    Oof. But that which does not kill the TL makes it stronger. (Which is impressive, considering its established strength.) In any case, you get a Hemingway KillYourDarlings ribbon. And let this be a lesson to all of us: do the research in the right order. Before investing time in a TL element...
  17. A True and Better Alamo Redux

    Um, no. There was no such requirement. There were practices to conceal the use of ULTRA. For instance, when ULTRA revealed the position of Axis ships between Italy and North Africa, three Allied air search patrols would be sent out - one to the known location, and two to plausible alternatives...
  18. For Want of a Spy - a victorious Kuomintang TL

    There is a very interesting idea here: that a successful RoC China would become nationalistic and even physically aggressive. But remember that the RoC's chief concern would remain Communism, which still holds a large area of Chinese sovereign territory, and the confrontation between the USSR...
  19. Under what circumstances would nukes be dropped on Germany?

    The Allies have an operational Bomb and Germany has not surrendered. Really, that's all. There was no desperation need to Bomb the Japanese in 1945; that war was decided. They used the Bomb to force immediate surrender. The Allies were entirely willing to blast German cities with carpets of HE...
  20. If Hitler Dies in 1918, Does WWII Still Happen?

    How do you know he knew that? There are many examples of Stalin overestimating the strength of his side and underestimating the strength of the opposition. And ITTL, "Europe" is substantially weaker. Plus, if Stalin is considering a Grand Venture, he knows that most of the major nations of...
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