An alternate history of British Airships and the British Empire

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: After 1900' started by zoomar, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. zoomar Curmudgeon

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    The attached .pdf is a revision and addition to a post I placed on this site many years ago. It posits a very different trajectory for the development of lighter-than-air travel and World History after the end of the Great War.
     
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  2. Some Bloke Well-Known Member

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    Does it include the Royal Navy using Zeppelin's for reconnaissance, anti submarine warfare, and early air warning during WWI?
     
  3. zoomar Curmudgeon

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    Can you see the .pdf? It should answer the question.
     
  4. Tanc49 On Faraway Seas

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    Pretty cool and well made. One thing though, airships always struck me as having potential massive impact on counter-insurgencies, particularly in the colonies, which I don't think you've mentionned.
    Usefulness in warfare against an industrialised enemy would be limited (it's big, , relatively fragile and fairly slow) but anti-colonial movements generally don't have airplanes or artillery
     
  5. riggerrob Well-Known Member

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    Try reading "Peshwar Lancers" by S.M.Stirling. It is one of his better books.
     
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    Has hydrogen been made non-flammable while my attention was diverted elsewhere?

    Dynasoar EDIT: If the above is incorrect, please refer to Post #12 in the Thread "French Zeppelins and German Aeroplanes"
     
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  8. zoomar Curmudgeon

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    I suspect airships, at least zeppelin airships of the type in this AH would have limited military utility past about 1930-35 not to say that smaller airships might have been useful in counterinsurgencies, but that's not the focus of this paper.
     
  9. Tanc49 On Faraway Seas

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    I figured if you were talking about the British Empire staying an Empire that'd be important. I imagine it would be a powerful symbol to have flying behemoth watching you from above