From: Fishers Indiana
ORIGINAL: Erik Rutins
Indeed following its humiliation at the hands of the Japanese, would the Russians have any appetite for another war in 1905?
Yes, the different situation as far as alliances and the Russo-Japanese war is indeed part of the intended hypothetical scenario. Would we really have had a replay of WWI or would things have gone very differently?
Could Germany have defeated France in 1905 and if so, could anyone else have stopped that victory (and would they)? If Germany wins, how do subsequent events then unfold as far as the balance of power in Europe and the events that happened historically over the next 40 years?
The key to this is the relative state of the armies in 1905. Germany did not go to war over Morocco and so this may tell us something. We need an army expert!
However, given the events of 1870 and 1914, I think it is fair to assume that the German army on its own could defeat that of the French.
That being the case, and the British and Russians would have thought that too - what would they do and why? Really interesting scenario Erik.....
I doubt Nicky would have wanted to face a victorious German army on his front stoop after a German march into Paris, 1905 defeat or no.
I have a subtle and cunning plan.