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  1. worst military leadership of world war 1

    Allegedly pulling random retreating soldiers off the road and having them summarily shot doesn't help his case.
  2. worst military leadership of world war 1

    I'd say it's a toss up between the Russians, Austro Hungarians and Italians. The US gets a dishonourable mention due to Pershing's refusal to listen to the lessons the professionals were giving him.
  3. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    The surprising thing about the last above post is that the Italians get a free pass. Christie suspension did have some advantages. I doubt any other system would have let the Cromwell tank jump Dutch ditches, and the tanks were so fast they were hard to hit. Speed is armour.
  4. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    The British didn't extend the hull of the tank over the tracks like the Americans did with the Sherman.
  5. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    Will it though? They won't know they're better off than they could have been, just that the British Army got its arse kicked off the European mainland. Whatever else the Army saves from France tanks won't be with them. They'll be used to hold the line with the rearguard and destroyed in the...
  6. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    The biggest problem that the early Churchill had was a direct result of the post Dunkirk panic, it was rushed into service without any testing or development to work out the inevitable bugs. Whether the eventual A22 is the otl Churchill or not nothing in this time line is likely to prevent that...
  7. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    By that argument so is praising its hill climbing ability.
  8. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    Why build continue with an apparently failed design just in case you have to fight in the Italian mountains? Is it not better to build a good all rounder?
  9. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    Just goes to show what happens when you try to use Fosters or Castlemain XXXX as fuel for your tanks.
  10. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    The 6pdr or 75mm will take out any Pz IV ever built though the 75mm be at a range disadvantage.
  11. Would Operation Sealion shorten WWII?

    I think the Germans would still attack the Soviets in 1941, though perhaps a little later in the year. I don't see them sparing the men and resources to bail out the Italians in either Greece or North Africa though.
  12. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    Where it becomes interesting is when the Covenantor fails and the Churchill appears to fail. They now have a tank that can replace both failed tanks already in production and it would be the obvious choice to cancel them in favour of increasing Valiant production.
  13. British victory in Irish war of independence

    Mountbatten's India plan then, pull out quick and let them sort it out themselves. That worked really well in India and I don't see it going any better in Ireland.
  14. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    If the Valiant turns out to be reliable then the Soviets are going to love the thing even more than they did the Valentine.
  15. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    That's irrelevant, in early 1941 the US Army needs a viable medium tank now and can't afford to wait a year for the M4. Good enough is good enough and better can wait till later.
  16. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    My understanding is that the US opted to build the interim M3 Lee rather than what would have been the M4 because they were at that time unable to build a turret large enough to take the 75mm gun and the Battle of France had shown their existing medium tanks were hopelessly obsolete.
  17. Alternate Aircraft of Nations

    In 1938 a fighter variant of the Miles Kestrel trainer is offered to the Fleet Air Arm as an alternative to the Gloster Sea Gladiator. First powered by a Canadian built HS 12 Y engines and later Merlins its performance is better than any naval fighter in current service. Entering service in...
  18. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    It won't impact the M3, just how many Britain acquires if any. The US Army needs them as at least a stopgap and training tool.
  19. Alternate Aircraft of Nations

    I'd add in the Bristol Bombay as transport and bomber trainer.