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  1. Panic Submachinegun 1938

    The Sten was not unreliable as made in functioning as an SMG. It had a poor magazine choice but there were plenty of better models to choose instead from the pre WW1 Savage pistol onwards. What was a problem (not unique to the Sten at all) was the lack of an effective safety. If the gun is...
  2. Panic Submachinegun 1938

    The Ruralian Coast Guard it appears already have some foreign SMGs. Assuming they are in the MP28 class the task of 'Stenising' is no different to that made within 6 weeks by the OTL Sten designers and they too had to make it suitable for production by local light industry not firearms...
  3. Panic Submachinegun 1938

    Precision thin high quality steel stamping requires considerable investment in materials and technology. The Soviets went a simpler route using cheaper thicker steels and folded rather than die stamped such as the PPS 43
  4. Panic Submachinegun 1938

    A blowback system is the simplest and cheapest form of action in an SMG and 9x25 is around the practical limit to be contained readily by a blow back system. As soon as you add something to retard the blowback you lose the cheapness and simplicity. Even if BSA did claim they could make Kiralys...
  5. Panic Submachinegun 1938

    Sten users I have spoken with were quite fond of it. The only faults were the safety arrangements, that should have locked the bolt positively in the rear and forward positions, and the magazines. There were better magazines around in 1938 than were used as the model for the Sten. It looks like...
  6. Effects of more standardized British tank for WWII.

    In fairness to the Liberty engine Nuffield pushed their version too far but it was ancient technology costing far too much in man hours to make. When the Crusader was relieved of it's turret weight and employed as a 17 Pounder gun tow vehicle and that towed gun kept the speed down, it worked...
  7. Effects of more standardized British tank for WWII.

    The Ram (a good medium tank) relied (sensibly) upon USA components. For the Sentinel:
  8. Effects of more standardized British tank for WWII.

    Design faults in OTL British tanks were poor track materials, shoulder elevation, small hatches, no medium tank engines, poor integration of ancillaries for maintenance and ergonomics ad using riveting not welding. The guns were good to adequate, armour was mid par generally, gearboxes were...
  9. Effects of more standardized British tank for WWII.

    Your first tank is the Valentine which, as in OTL goes up from a 2 pounder through a 6 pounder to a ROF 75mm and power also goes up to match weight increases. It;s main virtue is that it can be made easily and keeps on working. The OTL replacement standard tank was to be the Cromwell but they...
  10. Effects of more standardized British tank for WWII.

    Britain was buying all the heavy duty welding kit it could get from the USA but was in competition with US industries and it's own ship builders. Also there were few users trained in using them whilst they were knee deep in riveters.
  11. AHC: Peerless Air Ministry

    Martin Baker were a bit careful about rear fuselage area following the MB2 and the high back helps keep this up.
  12. What if Home Rule resulted in civil war in 1914?

    But what sort of civil war? Unionists resisting Home Rule or Republicans insisting on it being granted? The assumption is the British Army being involved but against the Unionists, Republicans or between both?
  13. WI Panic Fighter 1938?

    Give the OP Swamp Tiger is right to emphasise pilot training. A cheap force multiplier and I would add staff doing a close study of doctrine and minor tactics. An Observer Corps with good communications and investigate central management of the battle to use the restricted forces to their...
  14. Britain holds Singapore during World War 2, what happens after?

    Surely the defence of Burma would be both more plausible and useful than the defence of Malaya, DEI and Singapore? Especially given the resources to hand. It has implications for China as well as SE Asia and a POD would be secure land route/s with India and China.
  15. No T34 in the Soviet Union

    A major complaint about British tanks supplied to the Soviet Union was the ineffectiveness of the 2 Pounder gun and they tried to fit larger Soviet guns into the turrets. Could this lead to a technology exchange of Soviet guns for British tanks? Is there anything which would fit into a British...
  16. No T34 in the Soviet Union

    The T34 was something of a private venture (in Soviet terms) design and was not an army requirement. What if it went nowhere? What would the Soviet Union have to be their medium tank during the Great Patriotic War? Super BT? Extra KVs? As it was the early tank deliveries from the UK helped...
  17. A slightly different RAM tank

    I think it was rather the Ross being to picky a rifle to cope with wartime ammunition whilst the Lee Enfield was built to accept ammunition at the limits of the tolerances. One was a military target rifle and the other was a military work tool. Ironically the Ross was withdrawn just as the...
  18. Challenge: name an airplane uglier than the Lloyd Luftkreuzer

    De Havilland were well aware of the stress concentrations of square corners and the Comet 1 did not have square windows but ones with rounded corners. When the thin skin/riveting issues began cracking under the stresses of repeated pressurisation cycles the cracks went to the nearest other...
  19. WI: American Boris Johnson

    Huzzah! A better ATL. Make it so.....
  20. WI: QEII assassinated in April 1970?

    All this talk of violence is rubbish. The role of the security services in NI was to stop violence to give room for talking. The British Army had already moved against protestants who were attacking catholics and the Irish Army well knew it had no useful purpose, or indeed life, in NI. As far as...
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