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    Malaya What If

    Slim's book Defeat Into Victory has an excellent account of a small-scale unit attack he witnessed on a Japanese bunker in 1945 - you could barely see it.
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    Malaya What If

    Plus the Arakan Campaign of 1943 was badly handled from a command perspective, with Noel Irwin, the commanding general, feeding too many brigades into the fighting without a proper command structure. It needed a Corps Commander to handle everything. XV Corps, under Bill Slim, was only brought in...
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    Malaya What If

    I'm really not sure that your information about the Black Code is right. The British told the US that it was compromised in June 1942, just after which Bonner Fellers was recalled from Cairo and given a training job in the US. The US changed their codes in Cairo at once. Yes, the Germans were...
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    Malaya What If

    Can I just point out that when evaluating the British performance in the Western Desert in mid-1941 to July 1942, Rommel was reading the British mail in every possible way, due to the Italians breaking, with German help, the US Black Code, plus a certain man called Seebohm verifying everything...
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    The Germans build carriers, instead of battleships, prior to WW2

    And if it had been multiple carriers, with no battleships, even Dudley Pound would have smelt a very large rat. Plus we are talking about the navy that 95% completed a carrier and then, even after Pearl Harbour, used it for timber storage throughout the war.
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    The Germans build carriers, instead of battleships, prior to WW2

    I can't underline the above more strongly. It's all very well to get all theoretical about what the Germans could have built, what would the political reaction and naval reaction have been in Britain and France? Carriers were not a strike arm of any navy in the early to mid 1930's, they were a...
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    Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    Vicious, you mean about Stalin. The man wasn’t thick and gooey. Sorry to go all spelling police.
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    What if General Patton takes command of First US Army after Normandy

    Sorry, but I have severe issues with the myth that the Germans regarded Patton as 'the USA's best field commander'. Yes, they did regard him a talented armour commander, but the way that he got badly bogged down at Metz and Nancy did not impress them. They did not follow his every move with...
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    Barbarossa without the Great Purge

    I know that it's unlikely that Mikhail Tukhachevsky could have survived to 1941 (Stalin never forgave him for daring to point out that it was Stalin's screwups in Poland in the Soviet-Polish war that led to disaster at the Battle of Warsaw) but it would have been fascinating to see a Red Army...
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    Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    No, sorry, the punch was utterly unprovoked and Clarkson has admitted that. He was drunk and punched a production assistant for the fact that the hotel had closed its restaurant. He was a boorish moron.
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    Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    That sounds normal for that generation. My Grandfather must had the most amazing stories about the war, from the Retreat to Dunkirk, to becoming an officer, to landing on Gold at D+2 and having to find a) paper for the daily 2nd Army newsletter and b) Calvados for a VIP who came to his HQ once...
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    Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    The annoying thing about Jeremy bloody Clarkson is that when he can control himself and not be a ranting maniac who punches people and says stupid things, he can be a bloody good journalist who can tell a great historical tale. Unfortunately he's better known for being a childish twit.
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    Sir John Valentine Carden Survives. Part 2.

    You mean George MacDonald Fraser in his memoirs about Burma, Quartered Safe Out Here. Great book, asides from the snark about the European Union on one page that jarred with me quite badly.
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    What if Hungary won the 1848/49 War of Independence?

    Let us also not forget that 1848 was the last dying gasp of the Congress of Europe system - in other words major powers not wanting to upset the applecart in any way and disturb the balance of power. They also wanted to curb any possibility of a return to the revolutionary period. So Russia was...
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    WI: 'Tall Boys' & 'Grand Slams' used by the US against & Japan?

    Wow. Two GS on any kind of fixed defences would ruin anyone's day. "I'm sure there was a bunker complex here somewhere."
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    Zimmermann telegram and USW are fake and staged by Britain

    *Astonished silence* ASB. Nope, ASB in spades.
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    Bush vs. The Axis of Evil - TL

    I think that the impact on the the UK will be... interesting. My initial thought that Blair is toast, Brown as well, ITTL, but I'm not so sure now. The Tory leader until the May 2005 UK General election was Michael Howard, who took over from Iain Duncan Smith, both of who would have tied...
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    Bush vs. The Axis of Evil - TL

    Bravo. Depressing, horrific, everything I could have imagined a war like this, started by complete idiots like Dubya, Cheney and Rumsfeld, with a death toll of horrifying proportions. At least Bush is stepping down in this TL, horrified by what he had unleashed.
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    Could the Axis powers neutralize allied strategic bombings?

    *Baffled silence* Germany had two industrial powerhouses, the Ruhr and Silesia. Both had good transport access, local natural resources, population, power, etc. The Ruhr's power needs were the main reason behind the Dambusters Raid, to take out a chunk of the region's hydroelectric power. I...
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    Could Yamamoto have pulled off an even more devastating PH attack?

    Based on almost ideal conditions for the Japanese - strategic and tactical surprise, astonished, half-asleep officers & crewmen, ammunition lockers locked (many were smashed open), some guns covered, no-one ready - the number of Japanese planes shot down wasn't bad. The Japanese in the second...
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