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  1. Would a quick CP Victory solve anything?

    "A broken down drug-addicted ex-pilot, a failed chicken farmer, an unsuccessful snob of a champagne salesman with a fake title and a ratty little lecher embittered by a club foot. A gang of total deadbeats, led by a paranoid failed art student."
  2. How Avoidable was WWI?

    Exactly. Stop the alliance systems, or have saner heads prevail.
  3. How Avoidable was WWI?

    Indeed. The revolutionary fervour within Russia as late as 1914 seems to be grossly underestimated. And a repeat of 1905 wouldn't end with the revolutionaries being fobbed off with Tsarist promises, Well a 'readjustment' within the Ottoman territories was probably inevitable, though it could...
  4. AHC: Keep the whole of Ireland as part of the United Kingdom

    Hmm, interesting. Having deValera executed is a fairly trivial alteration, for example have him held with the other leaders and tried quickly. I doubt the British would reprieve Connolly, he was far too involved with Republicanism.
  5. AHC: Keep the whole of Ireland as part of the United Kingdom

    True. However to avoid deValera in a senior position you'd need to kill or incapacitate him. OK, that's probably an overall improvement for Ireland anyway... Settle the matter peacefully before the Great War erupts. 1919 is too late. Basically after the conscription crisis and the 'German Plot'...
  6. AHC: Keep the whole of Ireland as part of the United Kingdom

    Why? He was the senior surviving leader, in fact historically he was senior to Collins. OK, he was a terrible leader but he'd have the followers.
  7. AHC: Keep the whole of Ireland as part of the United Kingdom

    :biggrin: Indeed. Far more rational, realistic and charismatic as a leader and less of a religious bigot. Agreed. However he was perceived as the leader. You'd need to remove him somehow. In fact I personally think it a truism that any ATL Ireland is improved by the earliest possible removal...
  8. Panic Submachinegun 1938

    True, sometimes with a Thompson foregrip. TBH that didn't take much, I've seen it done with a Swiss army knife. In fact worn sears were prone to unselective fire on their own.
  9. Panic Submachinegun 1938

    And yet many reliable sources, such as Phil SHarpe's writings based on factory records, state this.
  10. Panic Submachinegun 1938

    Which in no-way alters the general uselessness of such machine pistols; there's a reason for the failure of the Stechkin, VP-70, Glock 18, M-93R st cetera. Try building a carbine type SMG; the Owen is probably the best WW2 design (though an offset magazine and skeletal stock would be...
  11. Panic Submachinegun 1938

    There were selective fire High Powers manufactured, in small numbers. Like most such devices they were terrible weapons; inaccurate, uncontrollable and ineffective.
  12. Battleship of the Future (From 1940)

    Probably. But it'd be the first new British capital ship after the Troubles and the fall of the monarchy. Plus they'd be leading the wrong lessons from the Eastern War regarding the new capital ship/airpower relationship. It looks like it could survive an air attack.
  13. Return of Horrible Educational Maps

    I await the Cork-to-Buenos Aires ferry service.
  14. Best warships that should have been built

    The Spruances were supposed to carry one MCLWG foreward.
  15. Best warships that should have been built

    There were numerous proposals back to the BBG and assault ship concepts of the '50s.
  16. Best warships that should have been built

    The plans didn't involve removing all three turrets. Either small (32-cell VLS units) replacing the 5" mounts or multiple 64-cell systems and/or aviation facilities replacing the aft turret.
  17. Battleship of the Future (From 1940)

    Handy if they're spending time in the Arctic... Now personally I'd prefer a 4/3/2 layout fore and aft and no midships turret. Maybe 6" secondaries and an extensive 3" heavy AA tertiary battery. In the EDCverse it should be around late in the Eastern war, just as improved airpower and guided...
  18. Battleship of the Future (From 1940)

    There's a thread over at World of Warships on these concepts: The Streamlined Battleships This includes a line drawing of the UK design with it's mix of twin, triple and quad turrets. ETA: Now that I think on it, this might be a possibility for the British Republic of the EDCverse late in the...
  19. WI: Germany Uses Chemical or Biological Weapons on Populations During Invasion of the Soviet Union

    No. The Germans lacked strategic delivery capacity and chemical weapons aren't that useful against area targets. Plus, while the Soviet CBW defense plans weren't great, the German military was very vulnerable to retaliatory CW attacks. As of Barbarossa the Germans had little biological warfare...