Recent content by Dan Carlin

  1. What if Alexander attacked Italy.

    Guys, As Bluestraggler points out, the idea of Alexander going West after a rest and refit (after India) comes to us from the ancient sources. It wasn't just Livy. The question has fascinated people since the man died. It is not far fetched at all. In fact, once of the more hard pressed...
  2. No Schlieffen Plan

    Well, I've often thought about this. If only it had been realized that the defensive would have such an advantage (as demonstrated in several pre-WW1 conflicts) the Germans indeed could have let the French break upon their defenses while they knocked the Russians out of the war. Considering...
  3. What if Alexander attacked Italy.

    Well, Alexander's relative (Alexander of Epirus) WAS fighting the Romans and made the comment (according to Plutarch, I believe) that while Alexander was fighting women in the East, HE (Alexander of Epirus) was fighting Men in the West. (and lost, by the way...). For what it's worth, Pyrrhus...
  4. Other 1066 possibilities...

    Okay...so how different do things go if Harold dies at Stamford Bridge (or the Saxons lose there? ) or if William is killed at Hastings (as was feared for a time during the battle)? One thing is for sure...English would be easier to learn in school without all those French/Latin influences...
  5. Julius Caesar Dies During Gallic War

    Maybe not THAT small... From the American Heritage Dictionary definition: Tribe=A political, ethnic, or ancestral division of ancient states and cultures, especially: Any of the three divisions of the ancient Romans, namely, the Latin, Sabine, and Etruscan. Any of the 12 divisions of ancient...
  6. Julius Caesar Dies During Gallic War

    Uh...I have to believe calling a society "tribal" is a lot better than calling it "disorganized" (and probably less offensive to the society in question!). Also, perhaps YOU are making a blanket statement about fighting styles? While Germans and Gauls/Celts believed in the heroic ethos...they...
  7. Julius Caesar Dies During Gallic War

    Barbarian=tribal. No offense to the Celts intended. The Mongols were tribal until their states became settled too (I would not call either the Yuan Dynasty or the Ilkhanids "barbarians"...but settled peoples with a "barbarian" overlordship leading them). Perhaps the term "Barbarian" is...
  8. Julius Caesar Dies During Gallic War

    Yeah...but the Steppe peoples were not really dangerous to settled societies until/unless they HAD a Jenghiz, Attila or Mao Dun. Yet, the weapons system was always formidable. Great leaders are the wild card...aren't they? Look at the Jugurtha's of the world...he was fighting Imperial Romans...
  9. Julius Caesar Dies During Gallic War

    "Thats what we would say about the mongols if there would not have been dschingis khan. Why not a gallish Temudschin?" --------------------------------------------------- Touche. That's true for all the large barbarian confederations...isn't it?
  10. Julius Caesar Dies During Gallic War

    Well...you wonder if the Roman public would have been as receptive to a Pompay as they were to Caesar. He was a silver tongued Orator (Cicero was supposed to have asked "Does anyone speak better than Caesar?") who courted the middle and lower classes. He had popular appeal. I agree with the...
  11. Julius Caesar Dies During Gallic War

    I thought there must be a thread about this...but I searched and could not find one. What if Caesar had died fighting the Gauls? There are accounts of him fighting in the thick of the melee at times and exposing himself to death...it sure could have happened (one stray Javelin...). I keep...
  12. No Winston Churchill?

    Varus, That's a good point I think you made about the British people getting what they wanted with Chamberlain. So, did they turn to Churchill because he was striking the bellicose, anti-German pose before it was fashionable (thereby earning the "street cred" that politicians urging a more...
  13. What happens if Germany doesn't declare war on USA?

    Wow...you know, it never occurred to me whether the U.S. declared war against the other central powers or not. I mean, we fought no battles against Austro-Hungarians OR Turks in that war. Talk about "Alternative History"...Americans fighting Ottoman Turk forces in WW1 sure would qualify!
  14. No Winston Churchill?

    I know that somewhere in the gazillion posts here someone must have (multiple times) posed the question: What if there had been no Winston Churchill in 1940? I just read another book on him (a good one called "forty views of Winston Churchill"...or something like that) and you really get the...
  15. What happens if Germany doesn't declare war on USA?

    Oh I totally agree that WHENEVER war was declared against Germany and Italy, Peal Harbor would somehow be brought up and referenced (and wouldn't you fire your presidential speechwriter if they negelected to mention it? haha...)
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