Wow Jensy, when I saw my name on the board I couldn't resist having a peek
I am currently wondering (having seen the thread all of two minutes ago) what sort of political shape Ireland would have been in at all. Would they
have been neutral?
They wouldn't have just had the English invader to put up with in their preceding history, they'd have had Britain and France fighting over them for
a thousand years!
I am going on my own tangent a bit here but........what if William the Bastard had actually made his capital in Ireland in 1066 and ruled from there,
and every subsequent King following on, that changes the complexion a bit doesn't it, Ireland as the master and us as the servant perhaps?
Still, thats probably going a bit too far for the purposes of this thread so I'll wind it back a bit. The following is pure 'stream of
consciousness, types exactly as it flies through my head. I'll try to make a rational post out of it later, but here's what I'm working with;
Scenario 1 - The UK is as we know it, Ireland serves as a big buffer between Britain and Europe and has been English ruled since Napoleon got his arse
kicked. We never bothered getting involved in WW1 so were never seen as a threat by Hitler and vice versa. The Greater German Empire completes its
conquest of the European mainland in 1940 and turns to Russia who are beated helped by the fine weather. The Soviet Union is too big and troublesom to
rule though so Germany retrenches in 1950 back to the Ukraine and sets it border there. The world of the 50's and 60's has three superpowers, USA,
British Empire and Greater Germany, a newly free Russia starts to rebuild, tensions are sky high and a future war looks certain but The Russians andt
eh USA, who don't like each other anyway, can't be sure whether the 'Aryan Empires' will join forces or not. No WW2 means no special relationship
remember. Fascinating thought.
Scenario 2 - Things develop pretty much how they did and France falls in 1940. Hitler has already shown with Belgium and Holland that neutrality means
not a jot.
To Ireland and then England is but two very small hops. Does Ireland throw in its lot with England and defend its southern end as we defended the home
counties in 1940, or do they still try to stray out of it?
If the latter I reckon the Germans march straight in with no bother at all and simply use Ireland as the launch platform for the invasion of England
The RN is severely restricted in the amount of ships it can place in the way and the Luftwaffe can fly its aircraft from Irish airfields. I reckon the
BoB would therefore be a much closer run thing, but then the Germans STILL have to use those ridiculous river barges for any invasion so, can it
scenario 3 Ireland stays neutral but the Brits and Germans go to war, combats end up happening in Irish skies and both combatants are gradually bled
as pilots are interned whenever they are shot down. better than drowning though, eh?
Now I've set out my three options I need to go and have a think.