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  1. galileo-034

    Of lost monkeys and broken vehicles

    At Thies then at Kayes in Mali. I didn't know about the French gold there. After further checks, French gold there was only 750/790 tons out of 1100, and the remainder were the 70 tons of Polish gold reserves and 200 tons of Belgian reserves.
  2. galileo-034

    Of lost monkeys and broken vehicles

    If I remember correctly, the gold stored in North Africa was either Polish (about 75 metric tons) or Belgian (about 198 metric tons), while French gold had either been sent to the Antillas, London or Canada. So, Free French capture of West Africa doesn't impact so much their own finances, but...
  3. galileo-034

    Of lost monkeys and broken vehicles

    Since the Helli keeps the same place as OTL instead of the Averoff as in the Guns of Lausanne, where is gone the Averoff? I lost track of it. Also, what's the status, preparedness and resources of civil defense in anticipation of future bombing campaigns either the Italians or more probably the...
  4. galileo-034

    Al Grito de Guerra: the Second Mexican Revolution

    Speaking of the form of the regime, since the president's role is largely ceremonial and he doesn't even get to formally appoint the prime minister as is the case even in the UK or in Italy, I think it would be better called a parliamentary regime than a semi-presidential one.
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    WI Afghan and Persian Monarchies intermarry – Afghan King Zahir Shah marries a Pahlavi in the 1930s

    I wouldn't mind the religion difference as I don't have hindsight enough on this question, but I would question the relevance of a Pahlavi princess. The thing is the Pahlavi dynasty was of very recent elevation, usurping the throne from the Qajars. It's like with the Bonaparte family...
  6. galileo-034

    Of lost monkeys and broken vehicles

    Just that I thought, what happened to the Massilia ITTL? IOTL, it has transported a number of figures of the French political establishment that might have had a large impact if they had escaped, like Daladier and Mandel, or even Mendès-France. Even a small number of deputies could have given de...
  7. galileo-034

    Of lost monkeys and broken vehicles

    I believe the biggest impact remains the absence of Mers el Kebir. The OTL bombardment and losses incurred by the French navy did much to turn a chunk of the French opinion against the British I believe, and seriously impacted the recruitment of Free French forces. A peaceful defection there...
  8. galileo-034

    Of lost monkeys and broken vehicles

    Besides, they could just as easily invoke the same argument the Turks did, one they couldn't possibly contest without moving out in the open.
  9. galileo-034

    Of lost monkeys and broken vehicles

    So, at that point, I guess more extensive measures of partial mobilization would have been decreed by the Greek government, aren't they? It doesn't seem there are any moves from Bulgaria yet, but Italy and Turkey are clearly gearing up towards confrontation with Greece it would inferred from the...
  10. galileo-034

    Of lost monkeys and broken vehicles

    And the Soviets? They are going to count among the major powers, and they probably won't like Constantinople being annexed.
  11. galileo-034

    And All Nations Shall Gather To It - A Crusades TL

    And speaking of mercenaries too, the Capetians would probably have to hire quite a lot of them for naval matters, as in the HYW, they did hire Genoese and Castillan captains, crews and ships to prosecute the naval war against England.
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    And All Nations Shall Gather To It - A Crusades TL

    On Britanny though, even if it has no stakes, it doesn't prevent the Capetians to recruit in the duchy mercenaries and war captains.
  13. galileo-034

    Patton in Korea/MacArthur in the White House

    De Gaulle and Tito would have something in common to laugh about.
  14. galileo-034

    Patton in Korea/MacArthur in the White House

    Well, with Germany reunified and neutral, and with France out of NATO command structures, it may look in America like MacArthur is the president who lost Europe. Italy, Spain, the UK and the Low Countries are just good as beachheads. Even though Iran may be messy to them, the Soviets are...
  15. galileo-034

    Of lost monkeys and broken vehicles

    Indeed, as long as this French corps stays in Constantinople, Turkey can hardly attack without putting itself in a very incomfortable position with Germany, depending on the terms of the June Armistice in relation to this matter. IOTL, the Germans were quite lenient on French colonial...
  16. galileo-034

    Patton in Korea/MacArthur in the White House

    Don't you know our de Gaulle was bulletproof? :cool:
  17. galileo-034

    Patton in Korea/MacArthur in the White House

    Exactly. If the three other great powers are discredited in the Middle East, that leaves a huge vacuum for France to fill in. I would have said China in a lesser extent, but I'm not sure it can do any more than a spoken support, with France being the only of the two to have some real means to...
  18. galileo-034

    And All Nations Shall Gather To It - A Crusades TL

    Indeed, the very concept of nationhood didn't appear until way long and at this time, wars were fought either on dynastic, territorial, religious or commercial grounds. But as of Outremer, there is already a proxy conflict brewing. The last updates on Egypt mentioned a civil war in the Levant...
  19. galileo-034

    Of lost monkeys and broken vehicles

    I thought the same, but I couldn't find any info on his political leanings, nor on his activity during the war, else than he was an important theoretician of naval warfare and geoplitics and retired in 1939, though his views in geopolitics concerning the colonial question were not too dissimilar...
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