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  1. T

    German espionage in pre-Occupation Paris

    When German troops occupied Paris in 1940, they requisitioned the buildings they needed (hotels, offices, etc) so quickly that they must have staked them out in advance. But how did they do this? Spies acting as tourists? Detailed studies of guidebooks? Other methods? Are there any books or...
  2. M

    A (very) Brief History of the Bernoullis' (Part 1)

    Hey guys! I've got a two part series in the works, on a brief history of the Bernoullis' during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In total, I'll be covering 10 Bernoullis' (with some being remarkably short), five in each part. Here's a link to the first part, if interested: It's not...
  3. J

    Where the British and French the sick men of Europe during the 1870-1914 period? (In the growth in the share of global GDP and importance)

    Where the British and French colonial Empires the sick men of Europe during the 1870-1914 period? (In the growth in the share of global GDP and importance) Article: How Austerity Destroyed the British Empire Decline of importance of many European powers was rapid due to the rapid growth of...
  4. Darth Raidius

    The Allies declare war on the Soviet Union in 1939

    What if, when the Soviet Union invaded Poland on 17 September 1939, France and the United Kingdom declared war on the Soviet Union in their defense just as they did against Germany? How would the war progress differently with the Soviet Union and the western Allies on opposite sides? How long...
  5. Futurist

    Did Vichy France ever consider restoring the French monarchy?

    I was wondering if Vichy France's leadership ever seriously considered restoring the French monarchy. After all, they rejected France's republicanism and thus one would think that this would have been an idea that they should have at least seriously considered. Anyway, does anyone here have any...
  6. Futurist

    A restoration of the French monarchy after a French defeat in WWI?

    If France lost World War I, would there have been a realistic chance of the French monarchy being restored? For the record, I am thinking of France losing World War I due to British neutrality in this war. Of course, this might require a somewhat later World War I--perhaps one which breaks out...
  7. Futurist

    If France decides to fight on in 1940, how much can it evacuate to Algeria?

    If France decides to fight on in 1940 (for instance, if the U.S. is already in the war at that point in time but--for whatever reason--France still ends up falling), how much people, industry, et cetera can it relocate/evacuate to Algeria (and perhaps other parts of French North Africa, such as...
  8. Futurist

    France doesn't fall in 1940; Stalin makes a move on Subcarpathian Ruthenia

    Here is the scenario: Due to the French Seventh Army not being sent to the Low Countries and instead being kept at either Rheims or the Ardennes sector, France is able to stop the Manstein Plan (the Sickle-Cut) in its tracks--thus preventing the Fall of France in 1940 and causing World War II to...
  9. Futurist

    Was Germany's 1940 victory over France a curse in disguise for Germany?

    Do you think that Germany's 1940 victory over France was actually a curse in disguise for Germany? As for me, I voted Yes for a very simple reason: Germany's victory over France didn't change the ultimate outcome of World War II but did result in a much bloodier World War II. In turn, this made...
  10. chansey

    How did Henry II of France die?

    Wikipedia says But no more explanation in wikipedia. Is this an accident or a murder? Helmet of Henry II:
  11. Futurist

    The largest post-WWII Soviet bloc if France doesn't fall in 1940?

    What is the largest post-WWII Soviet bloc that can be formed if France doesn't fall in 1940? As for my own thoughts on this, I think that, if France doesn't fall in 1940 and a long war subsequently occurs--with enough time for the Soviet Union to enter the war on the Anglo-French side--then the...
  12. Futurist

    Did France ever make a serious attempt to acquire Sardinia?

    Did France ever make a serious attempt to acquire Sardinia? Due to Sardinia's central location between Corsica and Algeria, one would think that France would have been interested in acquiring Sardinia. However, did France ever actually make a serious attempt to do this? Any thoughts on this?
  13. D

    German armies in France (1569-1576)

    Hello everybody.I am looking for the composition of the german armies which entrated in France during the wars of religion: 1569:army of Wolfgang von Bayern,duque of Zweibrucken. 1575:army of Johan Casimir,son of Friedrich III of Palatinat. Thank you.
  14. W

    France vs Japan in WWII without outside interferance

    Inspired by this thread. https://www.reddit.com/r/whowouldwin/comments/5xt8lt/world_war_2_but_with_only_france_and_poland_vs/ The basic scenarios are: -France and Japan have their prepared forces as the start of WWII in irl and same problems with politics, ecnomics, geography, social, etc...
  15. R

    Historic Metre Gauge Railways in Provence in Southern France

    This is just a test to see what interest there might be on this Forum in the History of some of the fascinating railways which crisscrossed Southern France in the late 19th and early to middle 20th Century. My wife and I travel each year to Nice or other towns/cities in Provence and on the Cote...
  16. Tokugawa Ieyasu

    Adolf Hitler's dilemma for defense of France — Beachhead defense ? "Mobile" defense ?

    Adolf Hitler's dilemma for defense of France — Beachhead defense ? "Mobile" defense ? In AD 1944, the Allied Army was planning to liberate France from the Nazi Germany's occupation. Imagine if you're Adolf Hitler, how would you dispose your armoured divisions to counter the imminent Allied...
  17. Futurist

    Why wasn't there much European settlement in France's North American colonies?

    Why wasn't there much European settlement in France's North American colonies? After all, apart from Quebec and Louisiana, Europeans don't appear to have settled in large numbers in any of the French colonies in the Americas. In turn, this raises an interesting question--why exactly was this...
  18. Futurist

    The invasion of France in 1940 fails and the SK overthrow Hitler afterwards

    If the German invasion of France would have failed in 1940 (as a result of France not sending its Seventh Army to the Low Countries and as a result of France defending the Ardennes more), and if the Schwarze Kapelle would have subsequently overthrown Hitler and the Nazis and failed to make peace...
  19. Futurist

    With no WWII, would France be less willing to give up its colonial empire?

    With no WWII--or even with a WWII but with no Fall of France--would France be less willing to give up its colonial empire? I am asking this because, in our TL, France was liberated from the Nazis by Britain and the U.S. and got security guarantees from the U.S. in the form of NATO after the...
  20. jameen

    If France and UK are China's neighbors

    Do you believe that French and British navies can drive out the PLA Chinese navy out of South China Sea if ever France and Britain are China's neighbors and the 3 countries can sail through South China Sea?