royal navy

  1. Kantai Kessen

    WI: Scharnhorst not torpedoed?

    During Operation JUNO in the course of the 1940 Norwegian campaign, the German battleships/battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau encountered HMS Glorious and her two escort destroyers, Ardent and Acasta. This did not go well for the British. HOWEVER: The resulting events meant that...
  2. Kantai Kessen

    AHC: HMS Rodney sinks the Tirpitz

    This is not that complicated. As many of us know, IOTL HMS Rodney contributed largely to the sinking of the Bismarck. Now try to make it so that she does in Bismarck's sister as well. Timing, context and method are up to your choosing. Nothing ASB is allowed though. Bonus points if Rodney...
  3. Kantai Kessen

    WI: Alternate Operation Weserübung

    The POD for this is that the German light cruisers Nürnberg and Leipzig are not torpedoed by HMS Salmon on 13 December 1939, for whatever reason. This means that they are able to participate in Operation Weserübung, the German invasion of Norway, in April 1940. The troop-carrying warships are...
  4. Disraeli's Ghost

    Alternate British WW1 Grand Strategy: The Baltic Project
    Threadmarks: Lord Fisher’s Baltic Plan

    I recently watched this fascinating talk by Andrew Lambert, about how Britain should have fought the First World War according to Lord Fisher’s strategy: As he explains it, the Baltic Plan was NOT, as previous posts on the topic suggest, to simply shove the Grand Fleet into the Baltic and hope...
  5. No Armoured Carriers.

    What would happen if the Admiral Reginald Henderson, does not get his way? In 1937 British laid down 4 new Carriers of the Illustrious class, and they were designed to prioritise Armour protection over other attributes, with their Armoured Box design, which in turn limited the amount of...
  6. Sargon

    Rear Admiral Sir Horace Hood survives the Battle of Jutland

    As I was working on some more of my naval fiction stories recently, I was once more sidetracked (as one inevitably happens to be) by reading again about Rear Admiral Sir Horace Hood who was lost when HMS Invincible blew up at Jutland. Looking through his career history, he appears to have been...
  7. A Learning Experience for RN

    I was thinking just how different could the Royal Navy Carrier design and perhaps doctrine be different to OTL, if they start building Carriers a bit earlier then OTL. Now, IOTL, their first modern, large carrier was Ark Royal, laid down in 1934, but just what design they would end up with if...
  8. Alternate Washington Naval Treaty with a WW1 German victory(?)

    Anyways, with a POD in spring of 1915, this is the alternate world in 1923, as a semi- to almost-realistic take on the popular Hearts of Iron 4 mod, Kaiserreich. The objective is to determine the outcome of this alternate Washington Naval Treaty.
  9. AHC "Sorry Jackie" A different battlecruiser design regime in the Great War.

    In 1905, the Royal Navy embarked on a brand new trajectory, commissioning construction of HMS Dreadnought, an all-big gun battleship with a main battery of 10 x 12” guns and powered by turbine engines. This changed the nature of battle-fleets, and immediately rendered all previous capital ships...
  10. Kantai Kessen

    AHQ: Royal Navy carrier strike on Wilhelmshaven, 1939

    In our much beloved TL, The Whale Has Wings, a powerful ATL Royal Navy carrier force with ATL aircraft conducts a night strike on Wilhelmshaven in 1939, to the detriment of the Kriegsmarine. My question is, could a similar thing be done IRL with OTL's resources? The POD is that, after the...
  11. VaultJumper

    What is the strongest the American Navy and the weakest the Royal Navy can be during the American Revolution.

    What are the ways to give American a stronger Navy and make the Royal navy weaker? would having Canada (Quebec), Nova Scotia, and Saint John Island(Prince Edward Island) joining have any noticeable effect? like having Quebec's Iron works help or Halifax somehow being taken by patriot forces...
  12. HMS EAGLE in the Falklands (Story Only)
    Threadmarks: Prologue

    Westminster, 31st March 1982 Pausing only to make a quick phone call to get an update on the disposition and readiness of his fleet and having found the defence secretary not in his office in the Ministry of Defence but at an emergency meeting to discuss the emergent situation the fully...
  13. WI: Washington joins the Royal Navy

    Something not many people are aware of is that George Washington very nearly joined the Royal Navy. Only his mother begging him to stay convinced him not to take his appointment as a midshipman. There are a lot of jokes to be made comparing this to Luke Skywalker wanting to enroll in the...
  14. G3 aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy

    The G3 was planned class of the battlecruiser for the Royal Navy post WW1. This ship were cancelled because of the Washington Naval Treaty. The Treaty allowed the signatories to convert two existing or under construction capital ships into aircraft carries with a displacement of 33 000 tons...
  15. Foreign Response to a Different RN

    Hi all, I am looking for some feedback on a portion of a TL I am (very slowly) working on. TL is more of less a Britiwank going all the way back to the mid 19th Century. My aim is to try and build a logical and reasonable (and hopefully interesting) story even while hitting many of the standard...
  16. WI Queen Elizabeth Class Dreadnoughts with increased range

    Hi all, This is another POD provided by Percy Scott's autobiography "Fifty Years in the Royal Navy". And so I need to give a disclaimer. A lot of Scott's book consists of essentially "The Admiralty could have/should have done X but they decided not to". The book is chock full of AH POD's. To...
  17. Earlier Depth Charges

    Hi all, So I came across the following quote recently in Percy Scott’s autobiography “Fifty years in the Royal Navy: “The depth charge, which ultimately turned out to be the antidote to the submarine, furnishes a remarkable illustration of Admiralty methods. Who invented it? It has even been...
  18. HMS Canopus at Caronel

    Hey all, I have been looking at WW1 British history lately and came across a POD that I was surprised to find no thread on. Maybe it exists and I just haven't seen it, in which case please post a link. OK, in the opening stages of WW1 Admiral Von Spee's Far East Squadron left Asia to raid...
  19. Earlier RN Armoured Carriers

    I was wondering just what it would take for the British RN to adopt the concept of the AFD/Armoured Box carriers earlier then they did IOTL? Instead of having Ark Royal being what it was OTL, could we have ATL Ark Royal become the first of the British Armoured carriers, as RN comes to an...
  20. सार्थक (Sārthākā)

    A Better Decade - a British TL.
    Threadmarks: Chapter 1 - McKeena

    Chapter 1 While Britain had indeed come out of the Great War victorious, it was by no means an awe inspiring victory nor one that managed to make Britain stronger in the long run. Its war debt with America was extremely high which had turned Britain from a net creditor to a net debtor. Britain...
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