Lets pretent Hitler was never born and the Weimar was in power.
As soon as you do that all events which follow change, so you can no longer use the same history for the hypothesis, since all of the events that followed were dependent on Hitler. No Hitler = no 1939 invasion of Poland. Other events maybe, but not the same. For all we know if Hitler hadn’t been born, Germany may have been invaded by Russia and the cold war may have been between a German victor and the US.
Hypothesis and theorizing aside: Germany was defeated in North Africa and Stalingrad at the end of 1942 / the start of 1943. At that point any chance of an Axis victory was lost (the Japanese were also experiencing reversals of fortune in the Pacific). The causes for the loss may have started earlier, but that’s when the problems created earlier became physical fact.
I was sixteen years old; it was the Christmas of 1996. I had been playing Risk and heard stories of a WWII game called Axis and Allies. I found the game at Toys-R-Us. My dad thought I was crazy paying over fifty dollars for a board game, but he did like the picture of Rommel on the front cover.
I was Germany my first game. Five of us played. I remember attacking capturing all of Africa. My friend’s father gave up saying the game was too long for his taste.
I wonder what your dad would have thought if he’d known that, a few years in the future, a two-part Global 1940 game costing about three times as much would come on the market, and I wonder what your friend’s dad would have thought if he’d known that this Global 1940 game would take about three times as long to play.
He would just shake his head in disbelief. Dad is very cheap.
My job is to ENCOURAGE people to come see the site, and to participate, and to also click those banner adds for nice things like games that are in the top corner of your screen (please take a moment to tip your waiter or waitress…)
And part of that promotion of traffic is to run Tournaments. I oversee 2 Tournaments a year, and I do my best to encourage participation in them (I did REALLY well this Spring, not so good this fall) so that people will join the site and be active here (and click the banner ads… please take a moment to tip your waiter or waitress).
So while I PERSONALLY would have removed JSP and U-505 from the Tournament after probably the second smart ass response, that is NOT in keeping with my assigned job of promoting site participation and getting people to click the banner ads (please take a moment to tip your waiter or waitress).
So I am far more patient with most folks as a Moderator than I EVER would be as a person (and that includes pretty much every conflict or dispute to which i have ever been a party to on this site).
So… please take a moment to tip your waiter and waitress. And while you do so, think of all the posts that I have deleted unsent in the interest of promoting activity on the site.