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  1. Sea Lion ….. No Really

    the KM later schemed u-boats transportable overland, if that had been accomplished pre-invasion it would have affected the Soviet (seaborne) evacuation from Odessa, which in turn affected the defense of Sevastopol. in practical terms they might have raced to Maikop months earlier (which is as...
  2. What could a negotiated end to WW2 in Europe look like?

    (just IMO) the problem is the resources are deep within the USSR, for instance if Baku was near the border, of course the Nazi regime would be likely (or more likely) to consider some deal. IDK that the Soviets were ever really serious about a deal or stalling for time? my speculation has been...
  3. What could a negotiated end to WW2 in Europe look like?

    there have been several threads on Germany discovering the oil in regions under their control (Austria, border with the Netherlands, Piedmont in Italy), this might obviate the lunge for the Caucasus in 1942. my question would be if the Axis gave up on N Africa, and you had the US invading...
  4. Reactions to an Italo-Yugoslav War in 1934

    the fact remains Italian forces would not be in Albania when this adventure starts, making it difficult (or more difficult) for masses of troops to be landed there, and it is a big assumption that Zog I would not just take a determined neutral stance.
  5. Reactions to an Italo-Yugoslav War in 1934

    there are reasons why it was Ethiopia, Albania, (a break for involvement in the Spanish Civil War) and then Yugoslavia (stopped temporarily by Hitler) if they go for Yugoslavia in 1933-34 they would have few(er) experienced troops, no launching pad in Albania, and their relations with France...
  6. What could a negotiated end to WW2 in Europe look like?

    it seems you would need almost a series of near ASB events once US production has cranked up and the German forces are grinding in the USSR. FWIW the USSR maybe, possibly could miscalculate (prior to any German invasion) and take some military action that has them viewed as a de facto Axis...
  7. Kriegsmarine behaves like HSF

    for certain they would not capture Murmansk unless they are holding Norway and can persuade the Finns to take a more active role, after Leningrad was captured. (like part of a film I didn't like I skipped over the "not using larger ships during invasion of Norway")
  8. Kriegsmarine behaves like HSF

    Germany had the ocean liner Bremen hiding out at Murmansk at one point, if they were holding the surface fleet back per this scenario maybe they would make more of an effort to capture Leningrad and Murmansk?
  9. Did Poland ask Romania *not* to honor its alliance and stay neutral in Sep 1939? If so, did this stop Romania from DoW'ing Germany then?

    my guess leadership in both Poland and Romania were caught flat-footed by the pace of warfare in 1939, during WWI countries joined years into the conflict (one of the later entrants being Romania.) the "Bridgehead" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanian_Bridgehead might have seemed a well...
  10. “We need to sue for peace” type of losses for allies

    I'm always hesitant to speculate on the RN losing large warships but if the KM had better functioning torpedoes https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1599&context=etd there were many opportunities, from defending themselves at Narvik to having Allied troop ships...
  11. Realistic Luft' 46 Development in an Axis Victory

    in a Cold War scenario, it seems to me the LW would be flying some cobbled together, mixed propulsion aircraft, with use of their existing designs and tooling to every extent possible. twin fuselage 109s & 190s, mixed propulsion AR-234s/DO-335s. they schemed "small" jets for a version of the...
  12. Did Poland ask Romania *not* to honor its alliance and stay neutral in Sep 1939? If so, did this stop Romania from DoW'ing Germany then?

    my understanding is that Poland expected to be supplied through Romania and a DoW by Romania could/would cause the Turkish Straits to be closed to that?
  13. What if the French navy rejected the armistice with Germany in 1940 and kept fighting with the British?

    an interesting aspect of the French fleet being independent of the metropolitan France government is that the gold reserves were moved by the navy, first to the US, then to the African colonies (split about 60-40 between, over 2,500 tonnes) historically the occupation costs were paid out of this.
  14. What is the maximum territorial expansion Germany can achieve in Europe WITHOUT triggering WW2? (Assuming WW1 goes as OTL)

    that is a good point(s), the "series of wars" could include more than the USSR though, if they could manipulate Italy and possibly other countries into wars.
  15. What if Germany dug deep from 1933?

    the Nazi regime could have started something like the Berlin U-Bahn system under many of the other cities, it would not have to be completed or even intended to be completed to provide underground space. the synthetic fuel plants could have been scaled down in size, buried to the extent...
  16. España No Ha Muerto: If Franco brought Spain into the Second World War

    my POV is "I don't know" what the situation would be, hence the question marks. I have a few assumptions, that an Axis Spain leads to the loss of Malta, that some deal with the Vichy regime easier to reach, and that (further out on a limb) the Nazi regime might make a real effort in Iraq (the...
  17. España No Ha Muerto: If Franco brought Spain into the Second World War

    as you stated earlier the only realistic way for Spain to jump into the war would be a successful Nationalist coup or a much abbreviated Spanish Civil War, in either case Spain would be more capable of controlling some of the various colonies. the rationale for keeping the far flung French...
  18. España No Ha Muerto: If Franco brought Spain into the Second World War

    the territorial aims of Italy and Spain were known historically, how would the Axis be viewed here? relatively stronger or weaker? it seems the Vichy regime would try the same policies as historical until that was not an option.
  19. España No Ha Muerto: If Franco brought Spain into the Second World War

    a good book on the German torpedo "crisis" https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1599&context=etd of course all the navies had their own issues, but none relied so heavily on submarine warfare as the German KM. on this larger scenario of an Axis Spain, can...
  20. España No Ha Muerto: If Franco brought Spain into the Second World War

    FWIW my speculation is always around better functioning torpedoes for the KM, and how that affects the invasion of Norway and the Dunkirk evacuation. (not to imply that the KM is suddenly sinking numerous RN warships, rather that some asymmetrical warfare would be viewed as more plausible to say...
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