BUILD ALL THE TOGS!!!which will be followed by four 'what do we do next?' posts about the British position after the Battle of France.
I know the Covenanter gets a lot of, probably justified, criticism, but how is the TOG II not regarded as the worst tank the British ever produced???
Oh I know all about it in WoT, where it was always funny, so long as it was on the other team. Problem was so many people saw it doing dumb stuff on Youtube channels like the Mighty Jingles and failed to understand those were 1 in a 1000 battles.Two reasons.
1 - Memes
2 - World of Tanks where it kind of became a mascot vehicle and the addition of the silly thing to the game brought it to lots of peoples attention which in turn caused option 1 which caused more people to be aware of it and so on.
Your last paragraph there is pretty much hitting it on the nose, the biggest changes will play out after France. This version of the Battle of France will be longer than OTL and the British position afterwards will be very different. Some events in during the Battle will be rather like their OTL counterparts but there will of course be some twists along the way.So we are coming more or less to the plan of OTL, right?
Here though, I have some question regarding the different setting and background.
With the TTL battle of Belgium having happened, I guess the Wehrmacht would have to begin the TTL sickle cut with a less powerful force than OTL, even if slightly so, given the some of the panzer divisions would have bloodied in Belgium first. Even if the Germans have a six weeks pause to refill their stocks for another offensive through the Ardennes, I wonder if that'll be enough to make up for what has been consumed in invading Belgium and attacking the Escault line.
Then, there is also the matter of Allied preparedness. Granted, the French command was screwing up in biblic proportions, but overall, not speaking of the command, the Allies have had a fresh taste of German tactics in Belgium, and some lessons and tricks they could resort to, to some degree, in a latter battle. They'd have about six weeks between late May and early July to think about it. For instance, the impact of the RAF wrecking up German supply columns could give some ideas if, when the situation will present itself with a German crossing of the Ardennes; though it's double-edged as I'm sure the OKH will think of this problem and might take some measure to paliate to it after Belgium, lest they risk the same halt as on the Escault. Also, I guess these forces involved in the invasion of the Netherlands would be redeployed to bolster the German advance into France, or relieve units that may.
That's not me saying the Germans would fail in their endeavour, since there are still huge shortcoming in the Allies command and doctrines, but given the different setting for this TTL sickle, I'm tempted to say it would be a harder fought campaign. That said, ultimately, politics in Paris and Bordeaux will dictate the end of it I suspect.
But since the object of this TL seems to be a better position for the British, I'd tempted to guess that this alternate battle will allow a smoother evacuation of the BEF, perhaps even Poles, without the immense loss of equipment that happened OTL at Dunkirk and other places. That in turn might have a serious impact on how the Libyan campaign plays out in 1941, with perhaps an earlier end to it, and also on the Greek campaign, with at the very least the conservation of Crete as a forward base.
Only one was built before it was laughed off the field. It's basically a WWI design with a modern turret, but in terms of production, it wasn't. I think it was basically a "Right School Tie" project, so even getting 1 built was nothing more than a sop to the old gang. As much as I joke about it, there is not enough lead paint, even in 1940, for the General staff to drink to think that actually building the TOG is a good idea. It's the Fairey Battle of the Tank world.I know the Covenanter gets a lot of, probably justified, criticism, but how is the TOG II not regarded as the worst tank the British ever produced???
Given it's health pool, low gun dispersion and fast reload it can be surprisingly effective if it's played right and you're not meeting tanks more than 1 tier higher. After that you are, as Jingles puts it, "a semi mobile giant XP piñata". I'm always happy to see TOGs on my team.Oh I know all about it in WoT, where it was always funny, so long as it was on the other team. Problem was so many people saw it doing dumb stuff on Youtube channels like the Mighty Jingles and failed to understand those were 1 in a 1000 battles.
Wasn't he historically ousted in March, well before the German attack in May, and from what I could read, because of his failure to help Finland?Daladier, still smarting over being unceremoniously ousted from office in favour Reynaud in the aftermath of the initial German successes in Belgium.
I could claim that's a butterfly, but its actually just a cock up. I will edit it later today.Wasn't he historically ousted in March, well before the German attack in May, and from what I could read, because of his failure to help Finland?
Politicking is part and parcel of the Nazi regime. The next update will cover the German reaction to events in Belgium. As for Chamberlain I think historians will take a kinder view of him as the years go by ITTL, after all the argument over whether Munich was playing for time or a capitulation will be settled firmly in favour of the former here. This is ironic as I am no fan of Chamberlain and making him more sympathetic here was one of the challenges of creating the TL.Halder single handedly destroying German chances of winning since forever. Truly wish they all get sacked for their politicking after a successful sickle cut.
Also not gonna lie but hoped Chamberlain would have a better fate than this. It always broke my heart listening to him deliver the war declaration, and was hoping more actions to prepare would lead to more respect if not longer life. Alas.