Recent content by pjmidd

  1. Heinkel He 177 Germany's succesful longrange bomber

    Problem is unescorted bombers in daylight get slaughtered , Night bombers will have trouble finding a city let alone a railway ( hitting it would be even more fun ). If this were viable as a strategy ,Germans could have tried it OTL, they didn't even attempt it for the reasons stated.
  2. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    Probably not, the range of the Boys would be suicidal and the 40mm had a good HE round for trucks/barges. However this is really a choice between two very poor options, OTL losses were high due to the very straight approach run needed ( no dodging possible ) and even then it only really worked...
  3. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    Down south that is normally called a Cafetière, when trying to be posh ( South being further South than Scotland ).
  4. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    You're missing the real problem , without Torch, instead of Omar Bradley you get Lloyd Ralston Fredendall ...
  5. No GNW (or “Peter goes South”)

    Think you are taking the later period and spreading it over the whole. The future Henry IV of England for instance considered himself a crusader and talked positively of his time. The HalbBrudern were classed as members of the Order and their vows were not for life.
  6. No GNW (or “Peter goes South”)

    Not wholly true , the proper permeant knights were monks but they had a lot of normal knights that just fought with them for a set period ( due to them feeling a calling as crusaders , penitents, plain bored or a wanting to leave home for a time ). Some of these did end up settling.
  7. There and Back Again: The English Journeys of Catherine of Aragon

    Actually it depends on what the letters patent say , some titles go male line only but can backtrack the tree ie an uncle/cousin will get the title, some simply revert to the crown if no son, some even would go into abeyance and then go to first son born by a daughter, it depends on when the...
  8. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    Did not help it was a widow maker with very poor one engine handling.
  9. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    OTL the Panther was designed to combat the T-34 , ITTL it may be designed to counter the Valiant. It could therefore be in service quicker but would almost certainly be lighter. I'd also note the DB design is listed in my books as weighing in at 35t which does not seem to fit with having the...
  10. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    That assumes its the OTL version , it could be the DB version or even a tank at the bottom of the design weight criteria ( so 30t rather than 45t final OTL design )
  11. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    For groups like the Ukrainians I'd agree but the groups you mention and the Balts have two problems. First they are easily demonised, Germans by just showing sections of the Allied newsreels, Tartars by being the traditional bogeyman of the Slav's of Southern Russia and the Ukraine, Balts due to...
  12. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    Its one of those unknowable what ifs, without the uniting factor of the war ( or control of Eastern Europe ), Stalin would feel the need to purge and purge hard to keep control. You could end up with the Balts being deported to Central Asia so he can fully assimilate their territory into the...
  13. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    No they built male tanks because they did not know what they needed , they found female ones ( MG only ) were more useful for attacking trenches. Only when German tanks turned up did they need an anti-armour version ( hence hermaphrodite tanks being created by swopping a sponsion ).
  14. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    Totally missing the point. Tank design in the interwar war years was crippled by the great depression , tanks had to be, in the main, cheap , smaller gun meant smaller, cheaper tank. Saying spend more money when you are drowning in debt is pretty stupid. the US lucked out by being able to sell...
  15. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    Well , it does bring up the issue of do they bother even issuing AP shells, HE will , going on Sherman's , be overkill anyway.