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  1. Can the Ottoman Empire Collapse Before WWI

    Would it be possible for the Ottoman Empire to collapse before WWI would occur? What’s the earliest time it could happen? How would the empire be divided up? And how does this impact Germany and Austria-Hungary’s ability to perform during WWI?
  2. Dread Nought but the Fury of the Seas

    Rumours of War The assassination of an Austrian Archduke would trigger a war that had been building for years. However, as the echoes of the shots died away, it was not immediately obvious that would be a world war. The Great Powers did not react immediately; ‘We should not be greatly concerned...
  3. PC: Earliest All or Nothing, three turret RN Battlecruiser?

    The battlecruiser as a design and concept splits opinion. There are those who see them as a mistake and waste of resources in general and there are those who see them more of a missed opportunity. IMHO, the genesis of the battlecruiser makes sense, the need for a “super cruiser” to combat...
  4. PC: Mass SMG use in 1914?

    When did (simple blowback, open bolt, fixed firing pin etc.) submachine guns become practical to manufacture in large numbers? I realize the tactical doctrine wasn't there yet in 1914, but would there have been any industrial/technological reasons why the Great Powers in the First World War...
  5. Ring of Fire- or Japan joins the Central Powers in 1917

    So mulling over some kaiserreich stuff and I'm basically wondering- say the Kaiser has a dose of sanity and agrees to cede Tsingtao (and possibly the rest of German Asia) to Japan in 1914, thus preventing their joining the Entente. Very little changes beyond Japanese neutrality- a few hundred...
  6. AHC/WI Get a Woman to Lead Imperial Germany

    The goal of this thread is to wank history so that a woman such as Augusta Victoria is leading the German Empire with POD between 1890 and 1914, and how this would affect the War itself and beyond.
  7. Višeslav

    Germany wins ww1, loses the next war. What happens with Mittelafrika.

    Basically what the title says. A few key differences: WW1 was shorter than OTL, Russia is not communist, it's some kind of far right, Britain stayed out of WW1 because it was not allied with Russia. Now the Brits realized they messed up by letting Germany get big, and they join the Russians and...
  8. kasumigenx

    DBWI: No Austro-Russian vs German WWI

    What if the Adolf Hitler, the Austrian does not kill the Kaiser and start the WWI, I remember this is the reason we have a revived Poland under the Cieszyn branch of Habsburg married to a Romanov and it has the whole Upper Silesia, Cieszyn, the Polish border cities, Posen, Pomerellia and East...
  9. Britain joining the Entente inevitable?

    Im slowly coming around to think that there was never really another workable solution for the British Empire. The problem is many fold and it centers on Russia. With railway building and rearmament Russia had by 1914 a booming economy and reformed and improved its army to a degree that even...
  10. Messalian

    WI: Romania expels the Transylvanian Hungarians at the end of WWI?

    The issue of Transylvania and the Hungarian population in the east was a burning issue since the end of the Crimean War in the 1850s and the formation of Romania as a nation. It served as a source of extreme tension from the end of WWI onwards, as Hungary wanted Transylvania returned, but the...
  11. England Expects that Every Man....
    Threadmarks: England Expects Ch 1 - 1

    England Expects that Every Man.... This is the beginning of a story I wrote a few months ago, and am re-editing. It will be a short confection, posted in tiny pieces as I have time to re-think the nuance and edit it. I have some ideas and I think it will be fun to roll them out. There will be...
  12. WI: The B.E.F. only defends Belgian Neutrality in 1914.

    So I was listening to a podcast today that got me thinking. The guy being interviewed was discussing the history of “Sea Powers” and saying what made a nation a Sea Power, etc. During the talk, he mentioned how 1914 and Britain’s involvement in WWI was a case of Britain losing sight of her...
  13. GauchoBadger

    WI: Jacobus de la Rey not killed in 1914?

    What if the former Boer guerrilla commander turned South African dominion politician Jacobus Herculaas de la Rey had not been accidentally murdered by police gunfire while caught in the midst of a criminal pursuit shootout in September 1914? How would Jacobus react to the coming events of South...
  14. The Republics of Britain

    Introduction 18th July 2018 Rose Harris stood staring across the hillside in front of her. Behind her she could hear the distant sound of cars as the towns of Holmbridge and further north, Chesterfield slowly came to life. Wind blew from the south, flaunting the rules of international borders...
  15. WI: Wilhelmine Germany attempts to go to war with US between 1899-1904

    Essentially what it says in the title. It’s fairly established that the German military under Wilhelm II formulated several war plans for a US invasion to reduce the latter’s colonial/international influence. While the actual feasibility of Germany pulling off an invasion/occupation (or beating...
  16. Antonio the Komnenoi

    WI: German Victory at the Marne and a Defeat in Tannenberg

    What if von Moltke didn't panic and send two corps to the east, allowing the Germans to keep a substantial force close to Paris, achieving a victory at the battle of Marne, meanwhile the Russians are more lucky and win at Tannenberg. How would it change the WWI Frontlines ?
  17. triscreen

    Over By Christmas
    Threadmarks: Part I - Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men

    Part I Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men An excerpt from The War of 1914 by E. M. Remarque By December [of 1914], the war in the West had bogged down, and trenches had been dug. As commanders planned their next strategies, a lull in the fighting began to develop, and many soldiers began to...
  18. GameBawesome

    WI: A Macuahuitl type-weapon in WWI

    WWI, famous for a return of clubs, and blunt melee weapons used in melee conflict in trench raids What if, someone in WWI, designed a weapon, based of the Aztec Macuahuitl, but instead of sharp obsidian blades, it's thin razor blades, imbedded a specialized wooden club, similar to a cricket...
  19. Braden Anderson

    WI: The Ottomans make a more persuasive call to Jihad in 1914?

    What if Mehmed V was able to persuade Muslims around the world, or at least some of them, to join the war against the allies? There were large muslim populations inside Russia, India, as well as the Dutch East Indies. Could there be an Azerbaijani or Pakistani equivalent to the Polish Legion?
  20. Hawkeye

    Navy of an Axis Ottoman empire WWII

    Let's speculate that the Ottoman empire remained neutral during wwi and this doesn't butterflies a second global war. During the interwar period the empire becomes a totalitarian state and expands into Arabia and joins Germany and Italy in the Axis powers. My question is, how big could the...
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