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  1. DrakonFin

    Why was Hitler so charismatic?

    Coming from a country with a multiparty parliamentary system, I'd say that 37% is a very good result in elections, but it does not speak of universal support for a party. A party that gets that amount of votes is popular, but will still need the support of other parties to build a majority...
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    No Kriegsmarine cruisers or modern destroyers

    It expires in September 1944. Finland kept Petsamo after the Winter War. It was lost to the USSR in the Continuation War. The Winter War losses:
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    Germany builds another battleship instead of Graf Zeppelin

    Both the Germans and the Finns laid several mine barrages in the Gulf of Finland already by the end of June. Some of this work was done even before the beginning of actual hostilities, and then there were already the defensive minefields both the Finns and the Soviets had been laying in their...
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    What are some cliches in a Central Powers victory TL?

    The Kingdom of Finland, under Friedrich Karl of Hessen. Like I have argued before, there is no inevitability of this happening even in a late CP victory. IOTL the scheme was only as likely as it was due to the Finnish Civil War, and the conservative and royalist right in Finland having a...
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    No intermediate cartridge as we know it?

    AFAIK, the Carcano rifles bought from Italy arrived to Finland only after the Winter War. Or maybe some of them arrived during the war (sources disagree), but they in any case were not used during the Winter War. So the Soviets would get to capture them only after the summer of 1941, likely not...
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    Fact Check Article: Prototype Nazi Nuclear Bombers Were Within a Few Months of Hitting New York

    The source for that information is, apparently, the book Heisenberg's War by Thomas Powers, a Pulitzer-winning journalist and acclaimed author. Quoted here: It would be interesting to know what sources Powers was using on that, though.
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    Fact Check Article: Prototype Nazi Nuclear Bombers Were Within a Few Months of Hitting New York

    I'd say that Anna Kreisling is definitely modelled on Hanna Reitsch. But in general, I am convinced she never existed.
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    Fact Check Article: Prototype Nazi Nuclear Bombers Were Within a Few Months of Hitting New York

    Agreed. There are many things about the article that don't pan out in the slightest. It is a collection of misunderstandings, half-truths and pure lies. Just to point out one thing among many, the author claims that a female pilot by the name of Anna Kreisling (called "the White Wolf of the...
  9. DrakonFin

    Could any of the communist goverments of Eastern Europe have survived the Soviet Collapse?

    Who says that those young Soviet soldiers supported the Soviet system, though, or Moscow's control of Eastern Europe? I know an Estonian man who is still traumatized due to the fact that he had to serve in the Soviet army, even though the USSR was everything he hated. Maybe those young soldiers...
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    East first! Europe after a German / CP victory in 1916

    You're welcome. If Finland is not invaded by the Germans or their allies, Finland's position would be dependent whether by the time of the peace Finland is still under Russian control, or whether the Finns themselves have created a country in a post-Russian power vacuum and declared it...
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    East first! Europe after a German / CP victory in 1916

    Timing is important here. Operation Albion was realized in October 1917, after the February Revolution and just before the October Revolution. By this point, the revolutionary turmoil in Russia had caused the military's readiness and ability to fight to collapse. This process was most early and...
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    East first! Europe after a German / CP victory in 1916

    About the bolded: since 1913 there was a major Russian effort to build fortified coastal artillery positions and emplace heavy and super heavy guns on both sides of the Gulf of Finland. By 1916 it had created some results, as well, even if the system was still not entirely completed. So there...
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    East first! Europe after a German / CP victory in 1916

    It is perhaps not impossible, but would it be worth of risking losing a major part of the HSF, and other units and forces besides, to take Finland?
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    East first! Europe after a German / CP victory in 1916

    For a German landing on the southern coast, you will need to take into account the Russian fleet, coastal artillery, and different minefields the Russians would have laid on the Gulf of Finland and the Archipelago Sea, along with the Russian Army units on the mainland. A landing in southern...
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    East first! Europe after a German / CP victory in 1916

    Like I argued in the thread you linked to, a Swedish conquest of Finland would not be all that easy in reality. I think you are being much too optimistic for Sweden's chances here. The Russians have a vested interest in trying to hold on to southern Finland to keep St. Peterburg's defences...
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    Warships that survived World War Two and should have been museums!

    For the Finnish Navy: The coastal defence ship Väinämöinen. One of the two biggest ships of the Finnish Navy has built so far. Was handed over to the Soviets after WWII, and served as the Vyborg until being scrapped in 1966. The minelayer Ruotsinsalmi. Built in 1940, along with its sister...
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    Scandinavian alliance 1939

    But they couldn't. The whole population of the Nordic countries was c. 18 million. The USSR had c. 170 million, or nearly 10 times the population. The Nordic economy would likely collapse if they suddenly needed to take care of more than, say, a million Soviet citizens and soldiers, let alone...
  18. DrakonFin

    What if the Soviet Union never existed?

    Being more benign (that is less murderous, repressive and totalitarian) and about as stable as Soviet Russia and the USSR under Lenin and Stalin is not a very high bar to clear, though.
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    Could USSR attack Germany during Battle of France?

    The Baltic states are unlikely to resist a Soviet takeover in the summer of 1940 any more than IOTL. The dynamic between them and the Soviets would not be significantly different. For Finland, I don't believe it entering the war would be a certainty, at least not right away, if the USSR doesn't...
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    WI Germany goes South in operation Barbossa

    Even if Leningrad is taken, there are really no Finnish troops available for anywhere outside the areas the Finns fought in and occupied IOTL. Finland will not send troops to fight for Moscow. If the Finnish Army has to get involved in occupying Leningrad, it would even be more pressed for men...
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