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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:53 pm    Post subject: What Ifs Reply with quote

Historical "What Ifs" are always an interesting subject, especially when talking about WWII. People always seem to talk about the big ones(IE, what if one the attempts on Hitlers life had been successful), but I've always found the more minute ones.

Two that have been dogging me ever since I started reading A Bridge Too Far:

1) What if the 9th and 10th SS Divisions had not been ordered to the Arnhem area to refit? Would this have allowed the 1st Airborne to hold out longer?

2) What if the suggestion to drop the 6th Airborne along with 1st Airborne had been taken? Would the additional division have made a difference?



Anyone else got any "What Ifs"?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What if the mkb42/stg went into production sooner.
Operation Cerberus was a go, and successful.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Johann Hansen wrote:

Operation Cerberus was a go, and successful.


According to Wiki (the fount of all wisdom and knowledge!) it was successful.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Boche wrote:
Johann Hansen wrote:

Operation Cerberus was a go, and successful.


According to Wiki (the fount of all wisdom and knowledge!) it was successful.


Apparenlty The Channel Dash was doubly succesful Smile But I think all those KM ships were sunk later on anyway.

I think John meant Sea Lion.

What if the Germans would have had a more operationally minded General in North Africa instead of Rommel the tactician running the show. One that would have been more minded to Hold the Line with little more than the DAK and not PanzerArmee Afrika and perhaps not one to lead them into the quagmire
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ah yes, Sea Lionů.if only! Then England would've been known for good food and fine automobiles.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doh.. well you can't really have one without the other!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sea Lion is a funny one. Thee's less to that "plan" that the 20 odd planned and cancelled Allied Airborne Operations after D Day and before Market Garden.

No German surface fleet of any substance, transporting Divisions vis river barges over the channel. Messerschmidts dropping wires over powerlines. Yeah that's the ticket. Makes as much sense as aircraft carriers made out of ice.
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