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  1. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    Only one mentioned so far in the story is the SM.79 - a couple of squadrons worth have been ordered, fitted with ASV radar by the British and transferred to Indochina.
  2. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    Too slow to react - this collapse has come extraordinarily fast, and of what warning there was none reached Italy. In real time (rather than writing-time!) we're only about 2 weeks after the Entente attack started - and before that everybody expected things to be quiet until the spring. One...
  3. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    Can't see why they wouldn't. The butterflies in the US pre Pearl Harbor are pretty minimal, and they were already committed to installing lights at that point.
  4. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    One of the headaches with that is Poland: it'll be a very long time indeed before the Poles are willing to accept armed German troops on their soil, even if it's all about keeping the Soviets out. In OTL when the front line was on the Inner German Border, it made a lot of sense to arm the...
  5. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    I'd say it's significantly more payable than the WW1 reparations - the initial sum from Versailles seems to have been about ~600% of GDP (no really good figures seem to be available for what GDP actually was), later revised to ~350% in the early 1920s. This is talking about 300% of GDP, but...
  6. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    Those are all valid reasons from the viewpoint of today, with the benefit of what is essentially 80 years of hindsight. From the viewpoint of 1942, I'm not so sure. Fundamentally it's a different way of doing reparations, and setting it at a relatively low level means that it'll be seen by the...
  7. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    I have the whole thing as a Word document, and frequently re-check bits or relevant keywords against each other. The problem isn't Germans having guns, it's <organised> Germans with guns. One guy with a gun isn't going to get many eyebrows raised, being a member of a hunting club is going to...
  8. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    Germany was also formally occupied by the allied powers into the 1990s. I'm very cautious about taking lessons from future history however - that's a route to turn this into an X-wank. What I'm trying to do is figure out what lessons the people of the time would have taken from their history...
  9. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    OK, looks like I need to do some actual writing on an update before you guys get to the next stage and start talking about Surströmming. My view (which is feeding into the writing, obviously) is that there are several major factors driving the Entente plans for after the war: Germany...
  10. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    Probably, but without Rickover being given access to Cold War type budgets we won't see much progress. It's already somewhat established with the sharing of the MAUD report, but so far that's as far as it goes. The V-weapons don't get much love from the Germans ITTL - we see Friz-X/Hs-293...
  11. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    The Windscale Pile 1 filter decision seems not to have primarily driven by cost-cutting but by a lack of understanding of the risks (essentially they didn't consider a fire a plausible risk). Without them things would certainly have been worse, but that isn't saying a huge amount - as it was the...
  12. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    Essentially it's about the power and influence of Congress .vs. that of the Muslim League. My understanding - and it isn't an area of history I'm particularly strong on - is that in 1940 Congress were vastly more powerful than the Muslim League, and a lot of the changes can be traced back to...
  13. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    So the CEO was told on his visit that I'm the Chief Engineer, the team in France has been told the same thing but nobody has said anything officially to me.:perservingface: 2/3 down, last one today. Audit went very well, my 5-up boss was on the same plane to the UK as me and told me he was...
  14. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    Thanks. No promises, but things have to get better from where they are at the moment. If nothing else I've been told that within the next week or so I'll be formally appointed as the Chief Engineer for the political hand-grenade of a project I'm leading, rather than being formally a technical...
  15. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    Quite. The last thing I want is for this thread to get locked because of people crayoning all over it when I'm feeling too crap to write updates. On the plus side once I get through the next week of hell (group level audit in Paris, presentation to the CEO in the UK and presentation to a...
  16. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    Not a huge amount in Romania, and what there is won't really be available in a hurry. The real issue is what the Italians can offer the Hungarians - I can't imagine any support they're giving will be worth very much in the postwar conferences, simply because they spent most of the war cosying up...
  17. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    So far no changes - I've taken the attitude that the switch-over in OTL was largely about the US troops being available and the British having better things to do. Here, there aren't going to be any US troops and Denmark is under occupation so doesn't have the troops to do it. That said, with...
  18. Tube Alloys - Best Case Scenario

    The MAUD proposal was for the use of Gaseous Diffusion to create HEU. Not exactly quick or easy, but at the same time the physics problems for it were more or less solved and it was a matter of building the plant. Electrical power is actually the easiest bit to deal with: realistically such a...
  19. Westinghouse's Electropult system gets more development

    There's also http://moltensalt.org/references/static/downloads/pdf/AEEW-R956.pdf If I'm understanding it correctly the real interest of helium coolant is that it makes it easier to extract tritium from the reactor, which is a pain in the backside with water cooling and a real problem with some...
  20. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    Yep. There are things I've really hated writing about in this (e.g. Operation Reinhardt), but there just isn't any way to write this sort of story without including them. I've not decided what to do with them yet - so far I've just handwaved it as being the same as happened during 1940-41 in...
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