This is just asking for a major incident to occur because of the backlog. Inattentiveness at the highest office can't be good.acklog of communiques, nearly hundreds of pages, from the Soviet Union, United States, Republic of China, France, and other countries were waiting for him. His first instinct was to grab a suitably cool but not chilled mug of British ale.
The Americans like the British. The British don't return the favor.Great as always
Be interesting to see what TTL Britain's Cold War relationship with the US is... I suspect that the two will eventually fall out after one too many failed British colonial wars.
Oh, I didn't mean it like that. It was more like during the few hours where they swap out the guy in 10 Downing Street - that's how many messages piled in lol.This is just asking for a major incident to occur because of the backlog. Inattentiveness at the highest office can't be good.
I actually don't agree with those strategists - I actually think it's the opposite. A missile boat is probably never going to sink a carrier because it's never going to get anywhere close enough. A long-range anti-ship missile can also be deflected by proper countermeasures/aerial coverage, the latter which a carrier provides an entire fleet. The Souda disaster only happened because well, the Royal Navy didn't see it coming - they didn't even know long-range anti-ship missiles existed - and they had no idea that South Greece even had long-range bombers (so they essentially weren't guarding the direction the bombers came from). This pretty much is just a wake-up call to every navy in the world to not be caught with their pants down. As humiliating as it is for the Royal Navy, they're still the second naval superpower and they're never getting caught like this again. Broadly speaking, this moves the ITL UK from being a very overrated power to being a very underrated power.I love this. It will be fascinating to see how this changes naval strategy in the ATL. Plenty of military strategists in OTL have claimed that the large aircraft carrier is obsolete due to anti-ship missiles - but we're yet to see the engagement that proves it in our world. Here, they've had that battle in the 1960s.
Where do navies go from here for the next fifty years?
The British? I am more concerned for Israel because if they lose they literally will be pushed into sea at the end of bayonets to drown by the Syrians if what we are reading is anything to go by. I can only hope that the PRC just gets to the point where they look to the Syrian's and say "screw this and you guys!!!" and just hands the territory back over to the Israeli's in spite.It takes a truly special series of events for Britain to be at war simultaneously with (South) Greece, Turkey, Syria, and Saudi Arabia. I think a few years from now Britons are going to look back and ask themselves a few questions. Was Cyprus worth all of this? Was Egypt worth this much, particularly since the Suez Canal just went to a treacherous Israel instead?