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    Malaya What If

    OTL, did Percival or other top staff general make such a similar inspection tour? To my mind, this trip becomes more fuel for the fire to act sooner. Time may run out before preparatory action can occur though.
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    Alternative History Armoured Fighting Vehicles Part 3

    Who in the US drove those design decisions? US half-tracks, tank destroyers, and earlier self-propelled artillery were all open topped. I could see some utility for ammunition handling and fume diffusion, but also significant risk for air-burst shrapnel, hand grenades, urban fighting...
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    Keynes' Cruisers Volume 2

    Acidic is a fairly common US description for some attributes of coffees - good or bad
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    1937-42, yet another alt British Army what-if

    Good point. Your thought jogged a memory of talking to a Viet Nam veteran who said the Viet Cong would do the same thing with old tires *edit* Ninjaed
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    Keynes' Cruisers Volume 2

    Is there a Japanese equivalent of "The Ride of the Valkyries"? The IJN and Air Force are closing fast.
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    1937-42, yet another alt British Army what-if

    Could you have textured* boot soles made from vulcanized rubber, or some long-wearing synthetic material in that pre-war time? A bit lighter and more damp resistant that hob-nailed leather soles. Quieter too, though that would be considered a bug on street marches. :rolleyes: :p. Also on the...
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    No Westland Lysander, Army gets two A/C types instead

    By those later stages, the aircraft has probably been farmed out to secondary or tertiary theaters (anything still flyable, that is)
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    Alternative History Armoured Fighting Vehicles Part 3

    A couple of notes on the equipment retirement idea: can the thing be practically repurposed and repurposed for how long before it returns to stardust? Second, are there diplomatic constraints to replacement? (thinking specifically of Israel and probably South Africa)
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    No Westland Lysander, Army gets two A/C types instead

    Doh... I'm embarassed.... With a little Google-fu I did find a perfect Commonwealth candidate: the Noorduyn Norseman. God and and all of his Angels flew them before and during the war (and I think a few are still flying today). Tough as an old boot and highly adaptable. Being built in Canada...
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    No Westland Lysander, Army gets two A/C types instead

    Any good British candidates to do double duty combining the observation and flying ambulance role?
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    Optimize the RN for WWII

    Wasn't there some language in one of the treaty's limiting where any additional fortifications could be built? (i.e. the US couldn't add to fortifications on the Pacific islands like Guam, etc) IF so, how extensive were those prohibitions.?
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    WW2 carbines for other countries, too?

    I don't doubt the test results, but it just seems counter-intuitive to me. I'd think that minor difference puts an incentive to make more carbines (so long as the cartridge choice is matched to the gun)
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    WW2 carbines for other countries, too?

    Wouldn't a shorter barrel, using the same ammo be inherently less accurate than the longer version of the basic rifle? That barrel shortening, plus the shortening of the distance from front sight to back?
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    Optimize the RN for WWII

    A bit of a tangent, but how about using the Martin Maryland in the nightfighter role till the Beau's are fully ready? You'd need for the British to usurp the original French order for the Martin 167 (Maryland in British service). OTL, it only came into French service at the beginning of 1940...
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    No Westland Lysander, Army gets two A/C types instead

    Would a shoulder-winged monoplane Gladiator work better for the Army support role? (theoretically better vision to the ground). Something configured like the PZL.7/11/24 fighters of the Polish air force. In the mid-30s, they were competitive
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    Optimize the RN for WWII

    Wasn't there a fair level of union resistance back then to the idea that welders would replace riveters? Both from a skills learned and lost, and work time for a task? To get an earlier jumpstart on welding as a mainstay, wouldn't you need some kind of incentive for the union to jump on board?
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    3.5lb carbine requirement instead of 5lb?

    Rube question: is there a weight difference for gas-operating gear vs blowback hardware? Is there enough difference there to affect the choice of cartridge as well?
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    Alternate warships of nations

    The second comment got me thinking - always dangerous..... Of those first generation aircraft carriers, which ones got more attributes right, and which were just dead end ideas?
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    Optimize the RN for WWII

    A passing thought: Two heavies and any combo of light cruisers in the Graf Spee battle. Another passing thought: another heavy at Denmark Strait?
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    Optimize the RN for WWII

    Basically, building plans should allow for simultaneous (or overlapping times) of conflict across the globe. Even with one hot war going on one front and a cold war going on another, the RN would need to project across the globe. No other navy needed to cover every major body of saltwater...
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