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  1. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    Probably not, the range of the Boys would be suicidal and the 40mm had a good HE round for trucks/barges. However this is really a choice between two very poor options, OTL losses were high due to the very straight approach run needed ( no dodging possible ) and even then it only really worked...
  2. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    Down south that is normally called a Cafetière, when trying to be posh ( South being further South than Scotland ).
  3. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    You're missing the real problem , without Torch, instead of Omar Bradley you get Lloyd Ralston Fredendall ...
  4. No GNW (or “Peter goes South”)

    Think you are taking the later period and spreading it over the whole. The future Henry IV of England for instance considered himself a crusader and talked positively of his time. The HalbBrudern were classed as members of the Order and their vows were not for life.
  5. No GNW (or “Peter goes South”)

    Not wholly true , the proper permeant knights were monks but they had a lot of normal knights that just fought with them for a set period ( due to them feeling a calling as crusaders , penitents, plain bored or a wanting to leave home for a time ). Some of these did end up settling.
  6. There and Back Again: The English Journeys of Catherine of Aragon

    Actually it depends on what the letters patent say , some titles go male line only but can backtrack the tree ie an uncle/cousin will get the title, some simply revert to the crown if no son, some even would go into abeyance and then go to first son born by a daughter, it depends on when the...
  7. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    Did not help it was a widow maker with very poor one engine handling.
  8. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    OTL the Panther was designed to combat the T-34 , ITTL it may be designed to counter the Valiant. It could therefore be in service quicker but would almost certainly be lighter. I'd also note the DB design is listed in my books as weighing in at 35t which does not seem to fit with having the...
  9. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    That assumes its the OTL version , it could be the DB version or even a tank at the bottom of the design weight criteria ( so 30t rather than 45t final OTL design )
  10. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    For groups like the Ukrainians I'd agree but the groups you mention and the Balts have two problems. First they are easily demonised, Germans by just showing sections of the Allied newsreels, Tartars by being the traditional bogeyman of the Slav's of Southern Russia and the Ukraine, Balts due to...
  11. A Blunted Sickle - Thread II

    Its one of those unknowable what ifs, without the uniting factor of the war ( or control of Eastern Europe ), Stalin would feel the need to purge and purge hard to keep control. You could end up with the Balts being deported to Central Asia so he can fully assimilate their territory into the...
  12. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    No they built male tanks because they did not know what they needed , they found female ones ( MG only ) were more useful for attacking trenches. Only when German tanks turned up did they need an anti-armour version ( hence hermaphrodite tanks being created by swopping a sponsion ).
  13. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    Totally missing the point. Tank design in the interwar war years was crippled by the great depression , tanks had to be, in the main, cheap , smaller gun meant smaller, cheaper tank. Saying spend more money when you are drowning in debt is pretty stupid. the US lucked out by being able to sell...
  14. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    Well , it does bring up the issue of do they bother even issuing AP shells, HE will , going on Sherman's , be overkill anyway.
  15. Jutland Redux - A summer soltice shootout

    The limit was 15" guns with exceptions for 16", only 14" treaty battleships ever built were the KGV's.
  16. Jutland Redux - A summer soltice shootout

    Except nobody really wanted 14" guns bar the British so that limit is not happening and larger guns means larger ships or silly compromises. Tonnage limits might be played with yes but reducing the limit to less than 35000 probably not happening ( people preferring bigger ships to more smaller...
  17. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    Indeed, the British deliberately decided to use off the shelf components, hence the wavelength, specifically to get it into service ASAP. They did reject the German approach purely on the basis they decided they needed the system now , not in a year or two's time.
  18. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    Yum , Yum , 6 Japanese carriers not in open ocean but closing on a semi-restricted area that will have most of the surviving allied subs in or near it, scratch one flat top or two.
  19. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    Logistics mean the Japanese cannot actually increase the troops in Malaya by a meaningful amount , they could not OTL supply what they had ( one railway and small ports ). So any tweaks would be swopping units rather than adding. Add in more intense combat and even rolling 5's vs 2's rather...
  20. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    They are even more constrained than you think , the Monson, which will shut down the Land war when it hits, gives a need for speed and shipping is near maxed so they cannot even supply/transport much more than OTL. Given that OTL they had difficulty deploying all the troops, a reliance on...
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