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  1. Dragon King: the Many Wives, Mistresses and Children of King Henry VIII (1491-1577)

    And even if the young woman might demur at the prospect, her (noble or royal) male relatives will salivate at the opportunities this will give The Family. (I find thinking of Medieval or early Modern politics in terms of mafia clans sometimes useful.) edited for typo
  2. If Sweden-Norway joins the Second Schleswig War, could it led to a united Scandinavia ?

    Current day Malaysia has numerous royal families which rotate to hold the ”federal” monarchy. Each is Sultan (I think that’s the term) in their own state. Joint Kingship could be a thing.
  3. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    Madagascar could be a Rendevous Point for Japanese and German submarines. To swap technical data and small quantities of key goods. Saves the Germans travelling all the way to the Japanese Home Islands. The Vichy government there would allow such visits and maybe help refuel the boats. Not sure...
  4. WI Unsanctioned Rhodesia?

    @Quintuplicate Thanks for the information. So it seems that to change the OTL situation of UDI and then UN Sanctions on the rebel regime.... We need a different UK and/or Rhodesia by 1960.
  5. WI Unsanctioned Rhodesia?

    Will? Yes, it was what both the Conservative and Labour governments wanted from the early 1960s. The noisy opposition from the far right reaches of the Tories notwithstanding. Ability [to impose by military force]? Not after UDI, no forces that could invade Rhodesia or bases. Beforehand, maybe...
  6. Munich Shuffle: 1938-1942

    ‘Only’ is right. But OTL the Tiger Force was planned to include 617 and 9 squadrons. The specialist precision bombing experts with the Tallboy and Grand Slam bombs. Demolition of railway tunnels, viaducts etc. guaranteed. Along with port installations, warships in harbour and anything else that...
  7. Munich Shuffle: 1938-1942

    Operation Vegetarian (sic) plans brushed off and adapted for the Japanese environment perhaps? IF so ruled, the Japanese people had better pray the Manhattan Project comes to fruition first.
  8. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    Ah, yes. Still, they have been used in some cases.
  9. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    Like the mills of God they are slow but grind exceedingly fine. Ask the Italians how easy it was to stop them in Operation Compass. Now, the besetting sin of British armoured units in 1941-2 was charging onto lines of anti-tank guns. Even then, the Germans needed the "88mm" to get kills at long...
  10. Malaya What If

    To add to RRs reply, it might be worth searching Google Scholar or JSTORR (if you can get access) for any studies on the topic. Failing that, maybe a good reference library could have near contemporary books or journals that might enlighten you.
  11. Munich Shuffle: 1938-1942

    Hmm, I failed to notice those hints. What’s the advantage to the British Commonwealth and Empire of occupying Korea (or parts thereof)?
  12. Munich Shuffle: 1938-1942

    My thought too. Korea might be a sea-bridge too far.
  13. Keynes' Cruisers Volume 2

    Probably the British Commonwealth has built more of the modern Dido class, or possibly converted some other old cruisers (D class, maybe others.) So no longer needs the smaller and worn out C class conversions.
  14. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    Moreover, Perceval could well (author’s discretion) suffer further nightmares going forward relating to his calendar date OTL experiences and the ordeals of the troops he was forced to surrender. Better get him back to “Blighty“ for much needed R&R.
  15. Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    What a few KM fanboys claim. It wasn't a bad ship but half a generation behind the USN and RN in DP armament and armour design. Good shooting though against Hood but the flaws in the design of fire control runs meant this was vulnerable. And having both front turrets knocked out by one shell...
  16. Munich Shuffle: 1938-1942

    Probably. He could be given a meaningless position where he could do no damage but I think he had a significant power base somewhere in the Labour movement. So, an accident that ends his political careeer could be in order.
  17. Munich Shuffle: 1938-1942

    In 1945-6 relations with the USSR weren’t as bad as they became during the Cold War. There were arguments over how to treat the occupied zones of Germany and other quarrels. But there was still a naive hope that the Allies could remain partners rather than antagonists. Stalin clearly wanted...
  18. How Didn't The Japanese Have Air Superiority In The Pacific During WW2?

    Yes And geography meant that unless Japan could occupy all of New Guinea, much of Australia and all of Polynesia, possibly including New Zealand, their defensive perimeter was never going to be out of range of allied land based Air Power. Which perhaps makes the carrier operations in the...
  19. How Didn't The Japanese Have Air Superiority In The Pacific During WW2?

    Yes, perhaps the IJN was too ambitious in trying to jump from Rabaul to bases at Guadalcanal and Tulagi. And then trying to contest the US occupation of it rather than shoring up Rabaul by building Munda and other bases up the chain. But leaving Guadalcanal uncontested simply left the US at...
  20. How Didn't The Japanese Have Air Superiority In The Pacific During WW2?

    Other responders have noted the numerous reasons why the Japanese were unable to adopt the strategy outlined by the OP. I think it’s worth noting that there was one theatre where it would seem practical and indeed Imperial Japan did sort of stumble into pursuing It. Albeit accidentally as their...