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hauptmannn wrote:I've been noticing that it is always suggested that atomic bombs be dropped, and i ask myself is the US that desperate or is it that careless of human lives?
maltesefalcon wrote:Further to my previous post.
My point was that if the German forces had sufficient strength to crush the invasion at its source (which they did not) and if they had the thousands of aircraft in Northern France required to counter the Allied naval and air elements (again they did not).
If Germany had these resources, then it is inconcievable that the D-Day landings would have been attempted in the first place.
With this many aircraft they would have been a real threat to the Allies in Britain, preventing or delaying the buildup.
To respond to Hauptman's post: Some posts regarding these what-ifs may appear unduly critical, but it is because the situation itself may be unlikely.
One of the most often repeated errors in what ifs, is that one element changed will still result in the exact same expected behaviour in your opponent. Suppose for example, you said " What if France had fortified Sedan more heavily in 1940, so that the breakthrough did not occur?" Why then would the Panzers even attack there? They would find an alternative weak spot and go there instead.
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