posted on Jun, 21 2005 @ 12:46 PM
Germany versus Japan in WW2?
Interesting idea.......and I suppose if Britain had come to terms with Germany and taken up the offer to liberate and defend Singapore with the help
of German troops, a possibility too!
It is worth bearing in mind though that had Germany been able to win in Russia then the new advanced projects that came out towards the wars end would
have been extremely unlikely to have seen the light of day for a long time after.
In fact it was the case that Germany (then one of Europe's, if not the world's leading science nations) thought she had already won WW2 by 1941/42
and, because of limited resources, stopped all developments unlikely to lead to an immeadiate benefit to German arms; it was the later realisation
that they hadn't that led to umteen crash programs which resulted in many of the famous advanced weapons.
Some (like the type 21 U-boat) actually were not nearly quite as advanced in principle as they initially seemed.
The type 21 was indeed a much faster and better all-round U-boat than the old type 7, 9 & 11 U-boats but it was all based on a simple double hull
design with the bottom hull full of batteries.
The basic tech of that could probably have been done in WW1 if anyone had thought of it!
(BTW the figures I have for it are -
18 knots for 90 minutes
12 knots for 10 hours
or 'silent cruise' at 5 knots for 60 hours.
This was a vast improvement on the type 7 which could manage -
6 knots for 45 minutes
or cruise at 2 knots for 20 - 30 hours.
The type 21 as a genuine submarine whereas the earlier boats were really just submersibles; the type 21 could have crossed the bay of Biscay submerged
whereas the type 7 was virtually immobile underwater except for short bursts.)