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  1. Failed Pearl Harbor Attack

    Upside, given even an hour's warning, ships that cannot leave their moorings have time to close water-tight doors, man AAA, prepare 'damage control' rather than react 'ad-hoc'. Downside, as stated above, nimble ships that *do* leave their moorings may be sunk in the channel or deeper water...
  2. AHC: Liverpool the capital of Great Britain

    Sadly, for most of recorded history, Liverpool was but a fishing hamlet up a muddy tidal creek off the Mersey. In fact, it was so insignificant that the Vikings named Litherland and Otterspool to either side, raided Garston, gave Liverpool a miss. Local population centre was 'Walton on the...
  3. WI: Hitler family moves to Ireland in 1903

    Little builders vans scooting around Liverpool during the Blitz: 'Hitler & Fils'...
  4. What do submarines look like in the late 30s/early 40s if the Central Powers win WW1?

    If the 'Central Powers' won, would France & UK even have navies beyond cute coast-guard cutters ?? Would surrender / armistice conditions have seen the RN scuttled en-masse at Scapa Flow, with the exception of eg Med & Far East ships that flee to Australia, along with Dutch, French etc ??
  5. Dread Nought but the Fury of the Seas

    Came late to this fascinating ATL, but Turkish neutrality has 'butterflied' the dire Dardanelles Campaign and 'Ghastly Gallipoli' unto a 'fevre dream'. Along with its hard-learned lessons about 'combined forces' etc... IIRC, this also butterflies away some remarkable work by stealthy RN subs in...
  6. Technical limitations preventing earlier autoloaded heavy guns?

    "150cm AAA? " Yikes. Even the Petard spigot-mortar was only 290 mm... ;-)
  7. If They Want It Then They Can Have It.

    Will the Kennedy clan have the wit not to jump in with both left feet ?? == Disclaimer: One side of my family hails from Baltray area, on the North coast of River Boyne estuary down-stream from Drogheda. Been a long, long time, but I still remember being awed by Newgrange...
  8. Alternate names for California?

    Mexicala ?
  9. How do we know there wasn't an advanced civilization on earth 12,000 years ago?

    "Before the last ice age" the sea levels were higher than they are today. Yes, but each advance of the ice lowered sea levels, each thaw raised them. Over and over. Such 'gardening' may erase a LOT of potential evidence. I'm reminded of eg Grand Canyon's 'Great Unconformity' from when massive...
  10. How do we know there wasn't an advanced civilization on earth 12,000 years ago?

    @F: "Graham Hancock is ummmmm. Not an Archaeologist. And is full of hokum." Agreed. His work is generally well researched, but the extrapolations and conclusions are often wonky unto hilarious. Due care, please !! Much potential evidence has been submerged by post-glacial sea-level rise / delta...
  11. How do we know there wasn't an advanced civilization on earth 12,000 years ago?

    @C: IIRC, Bronze Age civilisations could work iron where they could find it on the surface) The Pharaonic Egyptians were restricted to meteoric iron, per the remarkable blade found in eg Tut's tomb... Snag is extensive mining usually leaves traces. The old, artisanal copper diggings in eg the...
  12. Alternate National Anthems

    When Australia had a competition for a new 'Anthem' and, some-how, some-how, OTL's rather prim effort beat the wondrous 'We Are One'... I liked that inspirational piece so much, I adapted it for my Convention. Upside, each new Alien addition just has to compose their own verse...
  13. Demographics of a British Argentina

    "how the local automobile and motorcycle industry of a Anglo-ruled Argentina" Land Rover and variants ??
  14. Demographics of a British Argentina

    Would it become part of Commonwealth ? Cricket and Rugby instead of FOOOOTBALL ?? I had an aunt and cousin there, but they 'fell off the map' during one of the military dictatorships' clamp-downs. Could be they changed address several times, burned all reference to us and got through. Sad...
  15. What if the trains were invented and commercially run earlier.

    First, railroads had to compete with canals and their rich investors. Second, you gotta move development of steam-power up a fair way. IIRC, best part of a century was 'wasted' because each inventor 'locked down' their work with patents and virulent law-suits. IIRC, about five complementary...
  16. Effects of Population Crash

    Perhaps another version of Spanish Flu caused by the mingling of post-war refugees' strains of the common types... FWIW, there some serious mortality spikes in UK due to persistent Winter smogs engulfing the coal-fired cities. IIRC, these 'Pea Soupers' culminated in some absolute horrors during...
  17. How effective would bayonets alone be at stopping a cavalry charge?

    A small correction: Muskets were up to five feet long, plus any bayonet. Not necessarily a match for lancers, with or without horse-pistols, but still dangerous to cavalry. How the opposing forces are handled makes all the difference...
  18. the most realistic timeframe for German Soviet armistice in WW2

    As I understand it, the Germans expected to roll all the way to the Urals, taking Moscow etc en passant. They would not have accepted an armistice. Then the tide slowly, slowly turned, destroying several German armies (!) and much materiel. After that, to put it kindly, the Russians would not...
  19. WI no smoking

    Without smoking, my wife's parents would probably be alive and well. Their passive smoking may not have seriously impaired my wife's health or significantly shortened her life. (RIP) Hence my barely-contained rage when ijits suggest that e-cigs are allowed where cigs used to be, such as on...
  20. WI: More extensive investment in Philippines defense in 1930s?

    There were some coastal gun-forts built. I IRC, one was a converted island in the mouth of the bay that held out for a really, really long time. That would be the one the Japanese refurbished, and proved a real pain to re-capture. Eventually, gasoline was pumped into the air vents, an ignition...
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