Could America have won against the rest of the world?

Discussion in 'WW2 General' started by rogthedodge, May 26, 2007.

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How Long could America have lasted?

Poll closed Jun 5, 2007.
  1. Immediate capitulation

    4.8%
  2. Honourable surrender after many heroic defeats

    33.3%
  3. Fought to a stalemate

    38.1%
  4. Eventually won

    23.8%
  1. rogthedodge

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    Assuming we'd accepted Hitler's peace offer and he'd honoured it, how long could America have stood alone against the might of the the British Empire / Commonwealth, the Greater Germany, Japan, oh and the Italians French?







    The biter bit?
     
  2. Parmigiano

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    You forget the Russians in the picture...

    Anyway, there would have been 4 major powers: USA, UK+BE, Nazi+Fascist in rest of Europe and CCCP. Plus Japan that would have been a lesser power, but likely allied with Germany.

    Difficult to believe that there would have been a lasting peace, but also difficult to figure out what would have been the opportunity alliances.

    US vs Japan in the Pacific area is the most likely short term war in my view, both were still actively trying to expand there.
    But then CCCP may had wanted to take his share...
    Maybe the fight would have been about control of China, the last big chunk of territory available for easy invasion (= without a powerful army and modern weapons)
     
  3. syscom3

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    How many decades would it have taken for the rest of the world to build a navy capable of threatening us?
     
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    Somehow I think my neighbourhood would feel the first strike by the US in this scenario and I'd end up with a P painted on my coat picking fruit in California:shock:
     
  5. rogthedodge

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    Guys I'm just playing the 'but for us...' game that seems to be popular among some among this community.

    It's pure devilment / payback - while remaining polite.

    You're correct, of course, I'd forgotten the Russian forces - let's add them to the alliance.

    On Navies I think anyone choosing to do some research would find that the UK/German/Italian/French/Japanese/Russian combined fleet would have dwarfed the US fleet in '39 by a considerable factor. - But I'm willing to be proved wrong
     
  6. rogthedodge

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    @ Parmigiano

    Thanks for the considered response - of course it's an unlikely alliance but it's purely a hypothetical discussion.

    Thanks BTW for reminding me of the brilliance of Douglas Adams - Hotblack Desiato and Norbert Dentresangle still make me chuckle (saw one of the latter's trucks the other day and it made me think of DA) :salute:
     
  7. syscom3

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    You mean a "C"
     
  8. DerAdlerIstGelandet

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    These threads are just getting stupid and out of hand.

    Good job syscom for starting all this ****.
     
  9. Njaco

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    Rog, good thread. Am I getting this right? Are you asking individually or if those countries were Allies against the US? I getting the feeling I staring the answer in the face and can't see it.:oops:

    As far as fleets, UK and USSR would definately have the ships for battle. But if there was a landing on the USA where would it be? I say either east coast, probably NC or SC - objective , Wash DC; or go for the Gulf of Mexico - cut the country in half.

    Sys :lol:
     
  10. rogthedodge

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    @ Njaco I meant the combined might of all the other powers. My error.

    I'd love to debate where this massive fleet would have landed its many forces (4 simultaneous landings?) but even I think it's far too theoretical for this thread. Maybe we could start a 'how would a UK+Empire/German alliance have tackled America ?' thread when things have calmed down a bit - it IS an interesting question.

    @ DerAdlerIstGelandet you're right it is stupid and, possibly getting out of hand - feel free to delete the entire thread if you think it too silly. As far as I can see I can't delete the thread myself.

    Just trying to demonstrate the stupidity of the 'but for us' type threads and have probably made my point.
     
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    No I will let it go....
     
  12. Soundbreaker Welch?

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    Would Winston really have gone agains't Roosevelt?
     
  13. rogthedodge

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    It might not have been Churchill.

    Before '39 he was seen by many as dangerous warmonger who would only get us into trouble. He was hated by the working classes for his actions in putting down the '26 General Strike

    There were elements within the British establishment who advocated a settlement with Hitler (Lord Halifax, foreign secretary (?) for one).

    There were others who were possibly even advocates of an alliance (The Duke of Windsor {Edward Mrs Simpson} admired Hitler, was pictured in nazi uniform, was accused by Churchill of passing info to the Germans, and exiled to Bermuda for the duration - under the guise of being 'Governor').

    But for the abdication he would have been head of state in '39.

    As we're going to go on with this thread an alliance between the UK and Germany was certainly a possibility. Whether this could have expanded to a UK/Germany/Japan alliance is very debateable. Also there's absolutely no guarantee the Empire would have followed the UK on such a crazy path.
     
  14. mkloby

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    The only fleet that could have posed a threat to the US is the RN. Of course, in the early years, it was larger than the USN. British naval aviation, however, paled in comparison to the USN/USMC throughout the whole war. The Kriegsmarine surface units were lacking terribly. Italy only had a couple new BB and some CA. A small task force could have swatted the soviets.

    This is all assuming that all the fleet units survived transition and there werent mass scuttlings. US construction over the subsequent years was amazing, and would require a heck of a fleet to overcome - in numbers as well as quality - notoriously lacking from many soviet, german, and italian units.
     
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    Gotta start by giving this a date. In 1945, the USN ruled the waves with the only viable threat being the British/Commonwealth Navy. The USN had the best Carrier Aircraft and Fleet Train. It could go where it wanted and stay there to fight.

    However, in 1939, it is a different story. The US building program had not yet put any major hulls in the water. Only smaller ships (destroyers and such). The Cruisers, Battleships and Aircraft carriers that would make up the Fleets of WW2 were either on the drawing boards or, in some cases, first of classes were being built. Then, the US would've faced a combined fleet that would've overpowered it in a single battle, if the US would fight such a fight. But odds were seriously against the US.

    From the European's perspective, they'll want to keep Canada, reinforce bases in the Carribean and cut the US from South American raw materials (Oil, Tin, ect). US Fleet units would be a priority as they would make an invasion much more difficult. Also, US Subs and Sub Bases would be of great importance as they can attack the lines of communications back to Europe making reinforcing very difficult.

    For the Pacific, the Japanese (as well as ANZAC, Dutch and other Pacific forces) would focus on removing the US presence from the Far East. After that, they would go with reducing US presence in the Pacific to the West Coast. From the Japenese perspective, it might be wise to start the war with a Suprise Attack on the Panama Canal. That would for the US to fight a two ocean war with whatever assets it had in each ocean.
     
  16. DerAdlerIstGelandet

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    A British, German and Italian fleet would have been eneogh to deal with a US Fleet atleast in the beginning.

    All the British Carriers, BB's combined with the German BB's, BC's and the U-Boots...

    Again though I seriously doubt something like this would have ever happened.
     
  17. syscom3

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    Would this invasion begin in 1939 or1940?
     
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    I think after seeing what happened against Russia, we would have seen a stalemate, or possibly no invasion attempt

    Besides, it would have been pretty difficult to Invade North America from across the Atlantic

    The Japanese had a better chance from the Pacific, and they ultimately would have failed too
     
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    You are 100 percent correct. I dont necessarily think the US could hvae beaten a UK and Germany alliance but it would have certainly turned into a stalemate because there was no way that they could invade the US and I really dont think that the US could have invaded Europe either across the Atlantic. Sure they had the right kind of boats and landing craft but they could not have bombed them before hand and it would have been a slaughter on the beaches.
     
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    This is a very odd thread....:lol: It'll be interesting to see where it goes. Beer and popcorn anyone?
     
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