[quote]Mark 5 First USA designed mine. Moored type with Hertz horns. Still in use during World War II. 1,700 lbs. (771 kg) total weight, charge of 500 lbs. (227 kg) TNT.
Also the first effective allied mine.
How are they going to starve Britain without it being a cassus belli?How this have anything to do with him not being too stupid to start a war at once, but to starve the enemy first while regrouping home production.
Don't mix this with his declaration of war to Germany. They also had a fair time of draining after they pushed Mexico to side with them. An overreacting man like you are describing would consider that enough.
Also, Germany was not in position to leave North Sea and threat US ports.
...... that makes zero sense, those draftees are not the factory workers... selling less means some percentage of those 4 million is out of work.... More importsantly is the side effects... Du Pont making powder won't be affected much, but a brass maker that is now sitting on 2 million useless brass 303 casings is out the cost to melt the bras for example. Bethlehem steel making fuses for 18lb howitzer shells is out completely... plus the lost loans, soon to collapse grain prices, glut of oil on the domestic market which the US cannot absorb domestically...And NO, you wont have drop in sales, simply you wont produce as much because the workers are now conscripts training somewhere. USA conscripted close to 4 million people in 1 year and sent them in Europe, I bet they were able to conscript 4 million more and still have a better economy then Britain.
BTW, you didn't need that production as that was surplus you were exporting to Britain.
I never said that the US couldn't hurt Canada, stop arguing against strawmen please.Canadian cities are closer to the border (which can be their advantage as well), but they have 3-4 divisions in Europe, some of them in very bad shape after Somme. We go in circles here.
And that is a problem for the US, as Pershing showed in 1918, it took horrible losses to really understand the power of the machine gun.It is still a loss of military personal. US has 0 losses as they are neutrals prior to 1917.
A balance of power that has not changed... But at the same time the USN can't leave the east coast undefended.Are we talking Alfred Mahan here?
IIRC, his almost 30 years old strategy wrt to Britain was to keep entire Eastern fleet in NYC ports, while defending other ports with subs. That strategy is based on much weaker USN wrt to RN.
I never agreed that the RN close to NYC results in sunk British dreadnoughts, runnign them aground would, but that isn't an issue anymore.So, USN is keeping the ships in the ports, bringing RN closer to NYC will sink their DNs as agreed before. Now what?
And you demonstrate how little you know about military history and war. Tech between Germany and the USSR in 1941 was balanced- each side had some advantage and some disadvantages vs the other. The Soviets had better tanks, better logistics (trains are a technology and all new Soviet tanks except the T-50 used the same engine), diesel instead of gasoline... In the same vein, had the Soviet's not adopted a defensive strategy designed to maximize the effects the Blitzkrieg....I have pointed this in the previous post, in the WWII, operation Barbarossa thought us that superior tech vs vast men will lose. Britain doesn't have time on their side nor more man to conscript, USA does.
I also dare say that Cortez and Pizzaro would laugh in your face, as would the US Army troops that rolled through Baghdad, the British troops that put paid to Mussolini's dreams of a New Roman Empire in Africa .... Smaller numbers triumph all the time... quality has a quantity all its own... What you need to win is the proper application of the the proper force to the proper center of gravity. Sometimes that force can be properly applied to the proper location through numbers, but sometimes it can't.
Thats why there was such serious in ranks grumblings by wives, vets and industrialists starting in May 45... It might surprise you but the US started switching back to a civilian economy when Germany not Japan surrendered- despite pearl harbor, shelling California and balloon bombing several US states. AQ based in Afghanistan took down the towers, and before that attacked us multiple times... yet the voices for "bring them home" get louder and louder...Drop 2 shells anywhere on CONUS or march to Moscow and you have unrestricted home support to wage the war as long as needed.