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  1. Getting Ahead of Ourselves: A B-29 TL

    Was the USN already aware of the Yamatos sporting 18.1 inchers or are the finding that out now, afte the fact, when measuring shell hits during damage surveys?
  2. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    To me it sounds more like the congressmen may or may not be in the splashradius of Nixon's olympic surprise gift being dismantled. Or collatteral damage from that. That bar did have a whiff of mob connections back then - if all the waitresses act uniformly like that either all of them german...
  3. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    Part of the problem we already read about in an earlier chapter: The people on the sidelines are sick and tired of watching the atrocity variety show the the G&T brothers have been putting on for decades now. Diplomatically and politically this might be prickly but the observing forces have...
  4. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    There shouldn't be many potentials around at this point in the TL? ITL and location the "best" bet would be quebecois, sponsored by the french state (Which seems to not have taken the stupid luck and happenstances well from what we have seen)? Not saying the likely, but there doesn't seem to a...
  5. Heavy Cruiser Seydlitz

    Hitler basically assumed that steel = steel and, especially after Bismark was sunk, steel spent of surface units was wasted, better built more tanks, airplanes or u-boats with that. The Kriegsmarine was basically locked into a twin deathstruggle after the Bismark was sunk. Goering coveted...
  6. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    Stein, meet Ram. Ram, this is Stein. I'm pretty sure I should know who Ian is too but I'm drawing a blank.
  7. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    I do not think that would fly actually. If all are equal before the law (and constitution) how can a law requiring a specific subset of people to affirm special loyalty oaths be constitutional? Keep in mind their oath, which every person entering the armed forces gives, when entering the armed...
  8. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    Ah, but germany is nation of laws. Any such ban would need to successfully achieve some impressive legalistic gymnastics to remain in place once challenged in court.
  9. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    It is also notable that this is informal. There is now law on the books that say it should be so but there are probably some early versions of anti-discrimination laws on the books and given how those generally evolve they are most likely already at the point of banning discrimination for reason...
  10. Jutland Redux - A summer soltice shootout

    Hah. You have spoiled what Beatty is going to do!
  11. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    It should also be noted that polish ultra-nationalists want to leave - wether this reflects the attitudes of majority or even a sizeable minority of the polish people is hazy.
  12. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    It is entirely possible that this is a sanctioned mole, having been greenlit by the Kaiser or BND (or both). So far none of the secrets leaked are truly dangerous but arguably more in the nature of a background briefing to make sure that the CIA has the right idea instead of blindly speculating.
  13. A Better Rifle at Halloween

    No, it is based on lower level unit initiative. Which can end up looking like elan if it goes wrong. Because it can mean a commander decides to roll the dice to save a plan, or improve a plan. And if he rolls snake eyes you get a butchery like that which looks like elan.
  14. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    Maybe but not he's not Stumpy's grandkid.
  15. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    Well, in a odd way it might be. What is the state of global fisheries these days there? With the Soviet Union dead that much sooner there was much less time for their insane fishing policies to devastate stocks (and there might be less nuclear subs hulls rusting away in open water). IIRC the...
  16. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    Honestly, if this doesn't end with "and then neighbors machine gunned the thugs" I'm severly disappointed, Kat has so far been eminently practical, there should be no reason to grab that idiot ball this tight
  17. Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

    Yes. However, it could be argued that between Grandpa "Zeus was an underachiever re. womanizing" and the actual heir getting their head blown off in spain the family luck has rolled two crit failures this century already.
  18. Sir John Valentine Carden survives.

    Yeah, but that's Goering trying to make light of the fact the the Luftwaffe couldn't do the same nor could prevent it happening, which translates to denying somebody else air force could do it. I wouldn't take any quote of Goering regarding the capabilities of the Luftwaffe or somebody else...
  19. Jutland Redux - A summer soltice shootout

    Nice to see you returned, and in good form too.
  20. The Forge of Weyland

    My condolences as well.