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  1. Reich Ministry commissions surface to air missiles in 1941

    No the MG-3 is a marginally improved MG-converted to 7.62NATO https://weaponsystems.net/system/1043-Rheinmetall+MG3 I think you mean the G3 which was a battle rifle and has been replaced by the G36:
  2. USA doesn't join WW1 but Germany still loses?

    They won't be loyal if Krasnov has been installed by the Germans and the Germans need Russian food, their cities behind them are rapidly starving, if the Russians splinter into civil war the Germans won't in a position to exploit anything in the medium term as chaos will just make it even more...
  3. USA doesn't join WW1 but Germany still loses?

    Hoffman said no annexations, by which he meant nothing beyond the front line which German troops had advanced to, i.e. the Baltics and Poland: Wikipedia isn't great but for the basics: That was what sent the Kaiser and Ludendorff mad. The minute a representative from the Ukrainian Rada...
  4. USA doesn't join WW1 but Germany still loses?

    That was Hoffman not Berlin, when Berlin found out they were absolutely furious that he had suggested no annexations because they knew they needed the Ukraine. I think even if Joffe had accepted that initial offer the Germans would have repudiated it themselves.
  5. USA doesn't join WW1 but Germany still loses?

    There wouldn't be an early German offensive. Remember Ukraine is the key to keeping Germany fed, and factories supplied and the Germans know it. Even if the Provisional Government offers a peace in spring 1917 the Germans would not accept anything much short of Brest-Litvosk and the Provisional...
  6. Q: Why Versailles was territorially harsher with Austria-Hungary than Germany?

    Historically speaking winning a war is carte blanche for whatever you can get away with. Ask the Gallic slaves Caesar marched through Rome in his triumph, vae victis. Now 1919 AD isn't 50 BC but as settlements go "everything you can plausibly claim on a ethnic self determination plus a bit more...
  7. Reich Ministry commissions surface to air missiles in 1941

    Oh absolutely, as I said upthread once you get past a couple of very specific niches like tank gun optics and the MG42 the overall suite of equipment the Allies had, especially C3I related was both qualitatively superior and available in vastly greater quantities.
  8. Q: Why Versailles was territorially harsher with Austria-Hungary than Germany?

    Maybe but why? Austria-Hungary had started a war and lost the Serbs and Romanians were on the winning side and the Czechs had the service of the Czechoslovak Legion on their side.
  9. Reich Ministry commissions surface to air missiles in 1941

    No it's not. The specifications were for a clone though with a reduced RoF but mechanically it is significantly different with input from the FG42 and elsewhere. Unfortunately they probably shouldn't have fiddled which is why the M-60 is gradually going out of service while the MG3 is going nowhere.
  10. USA doesn't join WW1 but Germany still loses?

    That's an example of the Entente having to shift. Not the Germans No it doesn't, the only neutrals of any relevance are the Dutch, who are completely exposed to Britain over the Dutch East Indies and were in OTL as pro-German as possible, Denmark which is too small an economy to supply all...
  11. Reich Ministry commissions surface to air missiles in 1941

    The Germans absolutely won the debate with their late war StG44/MG42 combo which is the model for every rifle squad on the planet. The Kar98k/MP40/MG42 combo vs. M1 Garand/BAR is considerably closer though as I said I think the Germans were right.
  12. USA doesn't join WW1 but Germany still loses?

    The point is that Germany wouldn't be in a different situation. No Zimmerman telegram and the USA remaining neutral isn't going to make the Royal Navy disappear and unless the Royal Navy disappears the economic blockade is going to remain in place. An economic blockade that resulted in the...
  13. USA doesn't join WW1 but Germany still loses?

    Official rations were down to 1,000 calories in 1917 and even that was overly optimistic as in some areas there wasn't enough food to even meet that level of provision. Furthermore somewhere between 400,000 and 600,000 Germans died of starvation or starvation induced diseases. The situation in...
  14. Q: Why Versailles was territorially harsher with Austria-Hungary than Germany?

    On the other hand, Hungary had been an enemy combatant and Romania and Serbia had been part of the Entente, they had shed enormous amounts of blood on the same side as Britain and France so if they wanted some territories to which they had a semi plausible claim then there was no reason not to...
  15. USA doesn't join WW1 but Germany still loses?

    I think the least plausible kind is a "Entente barely staggers past the winning post" ending. The reality is by 1916 too much blood had been spilt and too many promises made so there are only two plausible routes out of the war for any party, first is the route that Germany, Austria-Hungary and...
  16. USA doesn't join WW1 but Germany still loses?

    I think too many people have been playing Kaiserreich and have confused that scenario for reality. By 1917 providing the Entente held Paris the Central Powers were destined loose because they were starving. Brest-Litvosk may have assigned vast territories to the Central Powers and the collapse...
  17. Q: Why Versailles was territorially harsher with Austria-Hungary than Germany?

    Partly because by the time the treaties were being written Austria-Hungary was dead, it had splintered into it's constituent parts and large parts of St-Germain was simply recognising facts on the ground. In contrast there was a functioning coherent German state and while it was unable to fight...
  18. Reich Ministry commissions surface to air missiles in 1941

    And the Soviets placed more emphasis on SMG's anyway. While the Garand was an excellent battle rifle and fitted US doctrine and military culture well I think the British/German approach of MG centric platoons with SMG equipped assault sections was better and the MG42/MP40 was a better...
  19. Reich Ministry commissions surface to air missiles in 1941

    "Ready for mass production" can mean very different things to different people. The broader issue for this is the same as the Wasserfall SAM, which incidentally was a much better system and the reason why Schmetterling was cancelled before the end of the war which is that it's vulnerable to...
  20. WI Modern balcony design cruise ships in 1960s

    Would governments be willing to subsidise a cruise ships? By the 1950's there was a long tradition of fast, glamorous liners competing for the Blue Riband. As a prestige project public money to pay for a national flagship was defensible. A cruise ship is bluntly a lot less glamorous, for one...
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